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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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Donald Trump Running to Be ‘Greatest President God Ever Created’ [video]

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate developer, casino owner, entertainment mogul, TV personality and father of a woman who converted to Judaism and says she observes Shabbat, tossed hit hat into the huge ring of Republican candidates for president Tuesday.

He probably holds the record for being the most frequent “almost candidate,” having hinted several times in the past he would run for president.

This time it is for real. He said in his announcement in a 45-minute speech in New York:

I am officially running for president of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again. Sadly the American dream is dead. But if I get elected president, I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before.

He boasted his net worth at $8.7 billion, twice the amount estimated by most sources, and said:

I’m really rich. I’m not doing that to brag. I’m doing that to say that’s the kind of thinking our country needs. We need that thinking. We have the opposite thinking. We have losers…. The greatest social program is a job.

Trump went on to state, without batting an eyelash:

I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” I’ve watched the politicians, I’ve dealt with them all my life. They will never make America great again. They don’t even have a chance.

Polls show that Trump has a chance to win the Republican nomination, but he still is a long shot. He loves Israel, but it is questionable if American Jews love him. He has made statements disparaging blacks and Hispanics, so he can forget about most of them for support.

What might really be interesting is if he does not win the Republican nomination but runs as an Independent. third-party candidate. That would make for the most interesting presidential election since former Alabama governor and segregationist George Wallace’s four pitches for the presidency, earning him the description of America’s “most influential loser.”

Trump, like Wallace, is a gadfly and shoots from the hip, something like an American version of Israel’s Avigdor Lieberman before he got too smart for his own good. Trump has sworn up and down that President Barack Obama did not fulfill a basic qualification for the presidency by being born in the United States. Trump’s constant jabs at Obama, along with those of other “birthers,” finally forced the president to produce a birth certificate. Of course, the hard-core birthers said it was a fake.

Trump’s name is plastered on a variety of industries, from real estate to wrestling, media, golf course, a chartering company, ice cream parlor, a line of men’s wear, vodka, books, steaks and a golf course.

Being a maverick gives him the image of sticking by his word. When he says he loves Israel, he puts his money where his mouth is. Trump has a huge real estate project in Netanya, and his daughter Ivanka, who converted to Judaism, looks favorably on Israel for real estate investment.

Her husband is from an Orthodox Jewish family, and she has taken her conversion seriously, adding “Yael” to her name and saying that “we’re pretty observant, more than some, less than others.”

If “the Donald” is elected president, the United States will have its first Jewish daughter in the White House.

Her father hates President Obama with a passion and has said that he is Israel’s greatest enemy. Trump also is a fan of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Below are three videos. The first one includes parts of Trump’s speech today, the second one is from 2013, when Trump endorse Netanyahu for Prime Minister. and third is of Ivanka’s visit to Jerusalem in 2008.

Jeb Bush Launches Campaign with Swipes at Obama and Clinton [video]

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush officially announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president Monday night in a speech that was laced with promises for getting rid of Big Brother and improving relations with America’s allies.

It was clear the Bush was referring to Israel, although he did not mention it by name.

He hammered on his record as Florida governor and ridiculed what he called the Obama administration’s policies of a “regulatory state” and more concern for the stock market than the economy.

Bush said that an administration headed by Hillary Clinton will be “more of the same” and declared:

The party now in the White House is planning a no-suspense primary, for a no-change election. To hold onto power.

To slog on with the same agenda under another name: That’s our opponents’ call to action this time around. That’s all they’ve got left.

They have offered a progressive agenda that includes everything but progress. They are responsible for the…the relentless buildup of the regulatory state, and the swift, mindless drawdown of a military that was generations in the making.

His speech sets up the campaign between the Democrats and Republicans as one of conservative vs. liberal. Bush stated:

The presidency should not be passed on from one liberal to the next…. We will get back on the side of free enterprise and free people….

What the IRS, EPA, and entire bureaucracy have done with overregulation, we can undo by act of Congress and order of the president.

Federal regulation has gone far past the consent of the governed.

It is time to start making rules for the rule-makers.

Bush is considered the front-runner in the crowded GOP race for the nomination next year. He emphasized his experience as governor of Florida. Unlike most other Republican candidates, he focused on the economy, which is what most interests voters, and spent little time on foreign policy.

He chided President Obama and recalled “a few months ago, [Obama] thought it relevant at a prayer breakfast to bring up the Crusades. Americans don’t need lectures on the Middle Ages when we are dealing abroad with modern horrors committed by fanatics.

The former governor mocked what he called the Obama administration’s “phone-it-in foreign policy” and charged that the Obama-Clinton-Kerry team is leaving a legacy of crises uncontained, violence unopposed, enemies unnamed, friends undefended, and alliances unraveling.”

He said here two weeks ago, “I…support moving the embassy to Jerusalem as well — our embassy. Not just as a symbol but a show of solidarity.”

Bush’s ability to speak Spanish gives him big advantage that no Democratic candidate has. He mentioned his Mexican-born wife, the former Columba Garnica de Gallo and then spoke a couple of sentence in Spanish. He has an uphill battle for the support for Jewish voters, whom polls show would vote for Clinton by a 2-1 margin.

His speech can be seen and heard below at 2:14:40.

‘Obama Invited Netanyahu For a Visit after Iran Deal to be Signed’

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

President Barack Obama has invited Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for a “working visit” to the White House two weeks after a deal with Iran is to be signed but before Congress will decide whether or not to ratify it, State Dept. sources told Yediot Achronot.

The office of the Prime Minister made no comment, and time will tell if the White House is telling the truth by denying the report.

The visit is supposed to take place on July 15 or 16, according to the Israeli newspaper.

The timing makes perfect sense for President Obama, whose mastery as a manipulator cannot be matched by anyone except Prime Minister Netanyahu, which probably explains their war-like relationship.

If the report is correct, and it probably is, it means that President Obama is confident that the talks with Iran over its nuclear program will be over before then. Obama has set a deadline of June 30 for a deal, but if history is a guide, it likely will be extended by one or even a few days.

If there is no deal, then Obama can welcome Netanyahu and say, “See, I told you that you could count on me not to make a “bad deal.”

If there is a deal, Congress has 30 days to have its say, and Netanyahu would not have such an easy time denouncing the deal in the White House as he did in Congress last March. The Prime Minister would have to face the cameras as President Obama expounds on how much he has done for Israel while promising he will never, never, never allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon or do anything that would endanger Israel.

President Obama also would offer Israel large bribes of military aid in exchange for its buying the deal.

If Netanyahu were to speak out against it without being 100 percent sure of being able to prove it endangers Israel’s security, which is difficult because it means proving an hypothesis, he would have to do as he sits next to the President in the Oval Office, with the cameras capturing every body gesture and word.

Americans’ overblown patriotism does not suffer a foreign official publicly telling their president he is wrong Netanyahu would risk losing American support for Israel against the Palestinian Authority campaign for backing in the United Nations and International Criminal Court.

Obama could refrain from vetoing a Security Council vote to make the Palestinian Authority a full member of the United Nations, thereby giving it de facto recognition of its definition of Israel’s borders.

Obama may or not have led one of the United States’ most disastrous foreign policies, but he has done so by masterfully putting everyone else in their place.

Netanyahu is an excellent chess player, but he might be checked when playing on Obama’s board.

Pro-Hamas George Galloway Running for Mayor of London

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Galloway apparently was not satisfied with his stinging defeat in recent elections for parliament.

Pro-Hamas provocateur George Galloway officially announced Sunday night he is running for mayor London in next year’s election.

Galloway once was the sole Member of Parliament for his Respect party until he lost his seat in last month’s elections, but he is not giving up his political ambitions. He pledged last night to build London into “a city that benefits everyone, not just those dripping in gold.”

He added:

London has for too long been run in the interests of the 1% working in the city’s glittering towers, whilst the vast majority of Londoners feel that their voices are not heard.

I’m running because I want to represent every piece of the mosaic of this city which I have called home for 35 years.

That comes from the man who declared the district of Bradford “Israel-free,” has backed off making cleansing London of Israelis.

He said to weeks ago that he would like to London “Israel-free” but that it is not practical.

Displaying delusions of grandeur and posing as a diplomat, Galloway said:

I think Palestine has more supporters in London than anywhere else in the country. But the mayor is not the pope and the mayor is not the president and is not the prime minister or the foreign secretary.

Galloway hates Israel and loves Hamas. He also once was fond of praising Saddam Hussein and said he had “courage,” a description he claims was intended for the Iraqi people, and he fiercely opposed the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

He did not mention his pro-Arab agenda at the launch of his campaign and instead focused on the “housing crisis.” and “white-collar crime.

It is not clear whether he really thinks he will win in London, and perhaps is counting on its growing Muslim population to vote him into office.

After his loss as Member of Parliament, and after his expected loss in the race for mayor, maybe Galloway will run for prime minister.

Leftist Actor Calls Likud ‘Herd of Cud-Munching Cattle’

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Freedom of speech does not mean having to say whatever comes to mind, a lesson that leftist artists and right-wing Culture Minister Miri Regev should be learning this week.

Regev, who once was the chief Spokesperson for the IDF, has a short fuse that enables her to contribute material for headline writers while making herself look like a jerk.

Ever since taking office, she has endured the wrath of the left by threatening to cut off funds for theatres and artists whose messages are anti-Israel, such as promoting BDS. Regev also threatened to cut funds from an Arab theatre whose founder refused to perform in the Jordan Valley because it is part of the “occupied territories.”

Leftists, of course, are champions of freedom of speech, unless it is a settler calling for the transfer of Arabs to Jordan or a Prime Minister who calls on Jews to vote in order to prevent leftist from forming as government with Arab support.

The latest brouhaha arose when Regev got wind of a film documentary that shows the “soft” side of Yigal Amir, who assassinated Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin. She said she might cut support for the International Film Festival in Jerusalem next month if it thinks that a film of the “soft” side of Amir is culture.

Suddenly, the leftists did not protest for freedom of speech. Leaders from the left and right condemned the film, but there was not a demand from the left that Regev express her disgust in some other way rather than using her power as Minister of Culture to oppose the film.

On the contrary, Zionist Union Knesset Member Itzik Shmuli called on Regev to remove funding for the film. So much for freedom in the arts.

It all depends on whose ox is being gored. The leftists screamed bloody murder when Naftali Bennett, Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) and Minister of Education Arab, cut off funding to a theatre that staged a play showing the “human” side of a terrorist who killed an Israeli soldier.

The terrorist can be portrayed as a good human, but Amir cannot? A plague on both of them, but that begs the question.

The issue of “freedom of speech” when it presents a threat to national security is thorny in every democratic country, and all the more so in Israel.

These questions got lost in the rhetoric, mostly by the left, which handed over an untold number of votes to the right-wing in March when Israeli artist Yair Garbuz ridiculed “thieves and bribe-takers….who kiss the ‘lucky charms’ and bow down at the graves of the dead,” referring to the Jewish tradition of kissing a mezuzah and the custom of many Jews to visit the graves of Torah sages.

The latest leftist to make “freedom of speech” a vehicle to prove his ignorance is actor Oded Kotler, who said Sunday:

Imagine your world is quiet — without books, without music, without poems, a world where no one disturbs you and no one stops the nation from celebrating the 30 [Likud] seats which are followed by a herd of straw and cud-munching cattle.

Even Labor party chairman Yitzchak Herzog criticized Kotler for his uncultured remark, and said:

Artists also need to know that in a difficult and justified argument, we have to be civil and respectful of anyone who thinks differently.

Herzog must be given credit for his comment, which will cost him support from the far left that, like Regev, want to decide what is accepted culture.

For example, how did the bleeding heart liberals react on Sunday when more than 300 artists and actors met under the slogan “The Blacklist” and drafted a petition protesting “anti-democratic” measures” by Regev and others who are allegedly trying to make government policy party of “culture”?

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