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Deligitimization and the Muslim Mindset

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

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Yishai is joined in-studio by Knesset insider Jeremy Saltan to discuss the report on the war in Gaza last summer and its “unsurprising” findings. He also talks about new “Free Gaza” flotilla and a different kind of deligitimization — that of MK Michael Oren (former Israeli ambassador to the US) against the Obama administration.

Then, Yishai is joined in-studio by Arab affairs analyst Bassem Eid to talk about issues surrounding Ramadan. Relating to the easing of Israeli restrictions on Palestinian travel to Jerusalem for the holiday, Bassem claims that Palestinians are mainly happy to be getting out of the “prison” of the Palestinian Authority. He also says that while most Palestinians oppose terrorism, it is nevertheless more rampant during Ramadan. He explains the Muslim mindset responsible for this phenomenon.

Finally, Yishai is joined in-studio by VOI political correspondent Raoul Wootliff to talk about the response on the part of Israeli politicians to the UN report.

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Netanyahu Notes UNHRC’s ‘Singular Obsession With Israel’ in The Schabes Report

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Netanyahu Notes UNHRC ‘Singular Obsession With Israel’

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu noted Monday in a statement to media that once again, a United Nations “independent commission” tasked with investigating a conflict between Israel and Palestinian Authority terrorists has produced a biased report.

Speaking to reporters about The Schabes Report released Monday afternoon (June 22, 2015) by the Independent Commission of Inquiry, Netanyahu pointed out, “Israel is a democracy committed to the rule of law.

“Time and again it is forced to defend itself against Palestinian terrorists who commit a double war crime: They deliberately target civilians while deliberately hiding behind Palestinian civilians. The Palestinians civilians they use as human shields include children, and they deliberately target our civilians while deliberately putting their civilians in harm’s way.”

The report did not mention the term “human shields” even once in its 34-page advance executive summary.

“In defending itself against such attacks, Israel’s military acted, and acts, according to the highest international standards,” Netanyahu said. During the conflict, the IDF dropped countless leaflets written in Arabic over areas marked for battle due to the numerous military targets within: each time, the leaflets warned residents to evacuate the area due to an impending battle. The flyers were followed up with automated phone calls to house phone lines and text messages to cell phones, in Arabic. Yet the Commission nevertheless insisted the IDF did not take enough measures to ensure Gaza’s civilian survival.

“The report in hand was commissioned by a notoriously biased institution; it was given an obviously biased mandate; it was initially headed by a grossly biased chairperson who received money from the Palestinians and was forced to resign.”

The Commission chairperson, Professor William Schabes, was found to have been a former legal adviser to the Palestine Liberation Organization – a clear conflict of interest. When this information was made public by Israel, Schabes had no other recourse but to resign his post, which he did in February 2015, just one month prior to the completion of the probe.

“The United Nations Human Rights Council has a singular obsession with Israel,” Netanyahu observed. “It has passed more resolutions against Israel than against Syria, North Korea and Iran combined. In fact, it has passed more resolutions against Israel that against all the countries of the world combined.

“So, Israel treats this report as flawed and biased, and it urges all fair-minded observers to do the same.

“Such fair-minded observers recently investigated Israel’s conduct in the Gaza campaign. They include senior generals from the United States and NATO countries. They found that not only did Israel uphold the highest standards of international law, in the laws of armed conflict, they said that Israel exceeded the highest standards.

“Israel will continue to uphold its commitment to the laws of armed conflict despite the brutal tactics of its enemies,” Netanyahu continued, “and it will continue to investigate any allegations of wrongdoing in accordance with highest international standards.”

UN Releases The Schabes Report: Israeli Self-Defense a ‘War Crime’

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

A wave of disapproval, and perhaps resigned expectation rolled across most of Jewish Israel on Monday afternoon with the release of The Schabes Report (183 pages) by the “Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict.” Professor William Schabes led the Commission, which included Mary McGowan Davis and Doudou Diène.

(The complete 34-page advance executive summary of the report can be viewed by clicking here.)

A Canadian professor of international criminal and human rights law, Schabes has been called “the world expert on the law of genocide and international law.” But Schabes was forced to resign in February 2015 after Israel publicly revealed that he had once been a legal adviser to the Palestine Liberation Organization – a clear conflict of interest. Justice Davis took up the mantle of leadership for the time remaining to the Commission.

Everywhere Israeli soldiers fought in the summer of 2014 was Occupied Palestinian Territory according to the United Nations. But even the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was forced to admit in The Schabes Report that Hamas controls the Gaza region.

As such, even the UN Commission was inspired to refer to the region’s terrorist rulers as a separate governing entity (see item five, page three of the 34-page advance executive summary of the report.) However, the Commission failed to note that it was the population of Gaza who in 2006 democratically elected Hamas* – a terror group whose charter still documents its vow to annihilate the State of Israel — to rule the enclave.

Instead, according to The Schabes Report, anything the Israel Defense Forces did in Gaza to conduct their counter terror military campaign against “Palestinian armed groups” was considered illegal.

There was no mention of the term “human shields,” nor was there any reference to the military activities by Hamas that had provoked the war. Oddly, the Commission blamed the “Occupation” by Israel on page five in item 14: “The hostilities of 2014 erupted in the context of the protracted occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, and of the increasing number of rocket attacks on Israel.”

The Commission continued its rant against Israel in a similar vein on page seven, in item six:

“The most important characteristics of the hostilities of 2014 … [were those] that reflect new patterns, notably attacks by Israel on residential buildings resulting in the death of entire families; Israel’s ground operations, which leveled urban neighborhoods; and violations by Palestinian armed groups and authorities in Gaza, including their reliance on attack tunnels.”

The Commission flatly implied that Israel had deliberately set out to murder Gaza civilians and destroy as many civilian residential structures as possible; thereby swallowing terrorist propaganda hook, line and sinker if not in fact actually helping to write the script.

This, despite numerous, concrete satellite imagery and other photographic evidence to the contrary made public during the war by the IDF – all disregarded.

Here’s a snippet from page 12, items 50-52, from the executive summary of the report:

1. The extensive use by the Israel Defense Forces of explosive weapons with wide-area effects, and their probable indiscriminate effects in the built-up neighborhoods of Gaza, are highly likely to constitute a violation of the prohibition of indiscriminate attacks. Such use may, depending on the circumstances, qualify as a direct attack against civilians, and may therefore amount to a war crime. 2. In addition, the fact that the Israel Defense Forces did not modify the manner in which they conducted their operations after initial episodes of shelling resulted in a large number of civilian deaths indicates that their policies governing the use of artillery in densely populated areas may not be in conformity with international humanitarian law. 3. The commission examined several additional incidents, including attacks on shelters, hospitals and critical infrastructure, in which artillery was used. The use of weapons with wide-area effects against targets in the vicinity of specifically protected objects (such as medical facilities and shelters) is highly likely to constitute a violation of the prohibition of indiscriminate attacks. Depending on the circumstances, indiscriminate attacks may qualify as a direct attack against civilians, and may therefore amount to a war crime.

For the record, according to international law, residential buildings become legitimate military targets when used for military purposes.

Druze Block IDF Ambulance with Syrian Patient

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Israeli Druze in the northern town of Hurfeish for the first time actually attacked an IDF ambulance on Monday as it was transporting a wounded Syrian to an Israeli hospital.

It was the first act of violent protest carried out by the generally peaceful community.

The Druze surrounded the ambulance and blocked it from proceeding down the road – as they did last week with others in similar cases — but then they also attacked it.

Leaders of the Druze community in the Israeli Golan Heights claim the IDF medical teams are aiding fighters with the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front) terrorist organization.

Al Nusra is one of the groups responsible for attacking and murdering Druze communities on the Syrian side of the border. Their relationship to Da’esh (ISIS) or lack thereof is also not clear.

But the terror organization has maintained a firm grip on the town of Quneitra in which the sole border crossing between Syria and Israel is located.

Israel has not commented on the incident.

Iranian Parliament Votes on Access to Nuclear Sites

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

The Iranian parliament appears to be nixing the deal over its nation’s nuclear technology being negotiated with the U.S.-led delegation of world powers.

The legislative body of the Islamic Republic voted Sunday to ban access to military sites and scientists as part of the deal in which talks are set to end on June 30.

“Access to military, security and sensitive non-nuclear sites, as well as documents and scientists, is forbidden,” the bill states in part. Inspectors from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency will only have “managed access” to military sites, and those under strict control and very specific circumstances.

If ratified by the Guardian Council, the bill will become law.

It could kill the talks currently taking place in Vienna between Iranian and international negotiators representing the U.S., UK, France, Russia, China and Germany.

Of 213 legislators, 199 voted to require the United Nations to completely eliminate international sanctions against Iran upon launching any agreement over its nuclear development program.

However, after all of that, the parliament also approved a measure to remove its authority over the deal in a surprise amendment giving the right of supervision to Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC).

The SNSC, chaired by President Hassan Rouhani, is comprised of government ministers, military commanders and other top officials appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

At the bottom line, however, it will be the Supreme Leader who will ultimately make the decision as to how the deal will go.

Saving the Druze, Understanding BDS

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

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Yishai delves into various aspects of Israeli Justice. First, he is joined by Knesset insider Jeremy Saltan, to talk about Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked’s offensive against boycotts.

Then, Yishai is joined by Dr. Mordechai Kedar, research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and lecturer in the department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University, to discuss the Druze community in Syria. It is in grave danger from jihadists on the slaughter. But Israel have a moral responsibility to protect them, because of their literal and figurative brothers and sisters in Israel who are loyal to the state?

Then, Yishai is joined by Israeli journalist and author Ben Dror Yemini, who says that though many people think that BDS is an organization or a movement, they’re wrong. It’s an atmosphere, Yemini asserts. It’s an “evil spirit,” not criticism of the occupation or settlements.

Finally, Yishai hears from VOI Bureau Chief Daniel Seaman the tale of his grandparents’ burial on the Mount of Olives.

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What Are the Main Weapons Being Used to Fight Israel Today?

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

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Yishai is joined in-studio by Knesset insider Jeremy Saltan, who heard Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon claim that while terrorism was yesterday’s war, BDS and Deligitimization are today’s strategic threat to Israel.

Then, Yishai is joined in-studio by Erez Tadmor, associate editor at Mida magazine and co-founder of “Im Tirtzu,” an organization that fights anti-Zionism on Israeli campuses. As the head of the “message” team for the Netanyahu campaign, which yielded a whopping 30 seats for the Likud, he explains what Israelis want to hear, and how Netanyahu beat an international consortium against him.

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