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Biden at AIPAC Says Jews, Arabs Have No Desire for Peace

Monday, March 21st, 2016

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden blamed both Jews and Arabs Sunday night for the current terror wave wracking Israel, and the lack of peace with the Palestinian Authority.

Biden said in a speech to the annual gathering of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington that both sides lacked the political will to find peace.

The vice president said he has never been so pessimistic. “I didn’t walk away encouraged,” he said in the wake of his recent visit to the country. “The current prospects for peace are not heartening… There is no political will among Israelis or Palestinians to move forward at this moment with serious negotiations, and that’s incredibly disappointing.

Biden’s wife and grandchildren were meters away eating dinner on the beach when a Arab terrorist murdered a U.S. tourist and wounded nearly a dozen others during that visit.

He did criticize Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas for failing to condemn the terror attacks in Israel, tearing up as he spoke of bringing his late son’s Jewish children to the country of their heritage (their mother is Jewish).

One might have expected him to have a bit more clarity about the situation as a result of that experience. But apparently Biden learned nothing more than a greater need for peace – something Israel has sought since the signing of the declaration of independence in 1948.

The vice president insisted that both sides still had to do a little “show me” – a comment not well received by the audience.

He talked about the efforts by the Palestinian Authority and its supporters to secure sanctions against the Jewish State in various international forums, and pledged the United States would continue to block those moves.

But he also criticized the Israeli policy of “building settlements and seizing land.” The reference is to the process of legalizing land already designated in an international document as Israeli under Area C as state land, allowing existing Jewish communities to continue natural growth and letting families repair or add needed items to their homes within the boundaries of their properties.

“Israel’s government’s steady and systematic process of expanding settlements, legalizing outposts, seizing land, is eroding in my view the prospect of a two-state solution,” Biden said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders have repeatedly pointed out that the conflict with Arab enemies long preceded the 1967 war, and has little or nothing to do with these areas. In fact, the Arabs themselves say it repeatedly in their harangues to their own people – in Arabic, of course – referring to the entire geographic area “from the river to the sea” as their own land.

Biden said these activities take Israel towards a “one-state reality, a reality that is dangerous.”

The vice president also attempted to convince those present that Israel should sign a military memorandum of understanding with the Obama administration prior to the elections.

“It will, without a doubt, be the most generous security assistance package in the history of the United States,” Biden said.

Hana Levi Julian

Bennett Seeks to Calm Tensions Amid Leftwing Professor’s Comparison of Ayelet Shaked to “Neo-Nazi”

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett delivered a statement this evening in response to a publication by two professors at Hebrew University implying that Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked was a “neo-Nazi.”

Bennett described the publications as “incitement” claiming that they represented “the most serious incitement against a Justice Minister of Israel since the founding of the state.” The Education Minister warned that if the matter is not handled immediately, the consequences could be extremely serious, adding that “lecturers do not need to incite.”

Bennett said that he had consulted earlier in the day with Hebrew University President Professor Menachem Ben-Sasson and demanded that incitement from the campus be removed “by its roots” and said that he expects the president to consider the various methods by which this can be implemented.

Rather than assigning blame exclusively to the left or right of the political spectrum, Bennett sought to unify the political fractures which have become increasingly conspicuous in recent weeks.

“Perhaps I should wave a finger at the left at this point and blame them and say that these lectures emanated from the left, but I will not do that because these same professors grew up in Israel’s flowerbed just like those people [right wing extremists] who celebrated at that wedding grew up in Israel’s flowerbed. These are the flowerbeds that belong to everyone and we need to stop this dance of mutual blaming,” Bennett berated the two political extremes.

“Everyone needs to wave a finger at himself and to relax. We don’t have another state. We don’t have a right or a left, but only a flowerbed that is Israel. We have only one state, and all of us, from left to right, must do everything to protect it,” he appealed to his listeners.

Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid joined Bennett in condemning the professors saying that their statements were “disgraceful. The professor is not even a doctor. He is a bottom-tier writer of the lowest kind. If he knew what he was talking about, he would know that states can be destroyed because of people like him that say such things. Shame on them,” Lapid said.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Journalist Zvika Klein at WZC & Jerusalem Activist Eytan Morgenstern

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

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In the hight of a wave of terror, a conference is taking place about the future of Israel. Yishai is joined at the conference by Jewish world correspondent Zvika Klein and discuss Israelis in America, French anti-Semitism, and a major broohaha involving Zvika and the Prime Minister. Then, after a horrific terror attack in a quiet Jerusalem neighborhood, Eytan Morgenstern and his friends are giving strength to the security services and the residents with songs, flags, ideology, and of course, food. Eytan and Yishai speak at the site of the murder.

Yishai Fleisher on Twitter: @YishaiFleisher
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Moshe Herman

State Dept. Refers to Mahmoud Abbas as the ‘President of Palestine’

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

At the U.S. State Department daily press briefing held on Thursday, Oct. 22, Deputy State Department Spokesperson referred to Mahmoud Abbas, the man elected 11 years ago to fill a four year term as head of the Palestinian Authority, as “Mahmoud Abbas, president of Palestine.”

What?

Has the State Department just pulled a fast one and proclaimed “Palestine” a state?

Or, as happens so often in these State Department press briefings, did the spokesperson merely repeat a phrase asked by a reporter, not realizing the ground-shaking implications of the statement?

Toner was responding to a female reporter who said, “As I understand it, Secretary Kerry will be meeting with King Abdullah [of Jordan] and with Palestinian President Abbas.”

reporter asking about "Palestinian President Abbas" at State Dept. press briefing Oct. 22, 2015.

reporter asking about “Palestinian President Abbas” at State Dept. press briefing Oct. 22, 2015.

Toner responded to the reporter, but he also appeared on the video of the briefing to be checking his briefing book when he said, “so, yeah, he is going to be – I’m just checking my – yes, he is supposed to meet Saturday with King Abdullah and then, as you said, I believe separately with Mahmoud Abbas, president of Palestine.”

In terms of the proposed substance of those upcoming conversations, Toner said that just as the Secretary met with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu today, Kerry was trying to “come up with concrete ways that, as we’ve said, all sides involved in this can take affirmative steps to reduce tensions.”

If the U.S. State Department is seeking to reduce tension in the region, intentionally or even mistakenly elevating the Palestinian Authority to the status of a state in the course of a press briefing is not the way to go about it.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Biden Decides Against Run for President

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden announced today, Wed., Oct. 21, that he will not run for president.

Rumors had been swirling over the past several months that Biden was considering a run in light of Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton’s numerous scandals and faltering polling numbers.

Biden’s son, Beau, who died this summer, had reportedly urged his father to run for president. That made a compelling story, the kind that could have launched a campaign on a sympathetic note. But Biden and his family were clearly deeply shaken by the death of their son, and it was not a propitious moment for kicking off such a campaign.

Word of high-level meetings Biden held with major Democratic fundraisers and advisers leaked into the media over the past several months, perhaps because those meetings actually happened or perhaps as a way to test the media and public response.

But after months of appearing to consider whether he would take the plunge, Biden announced from the White House, with his wife, Jill, and President Barack Obama at his side, that he will not run.

Biden said that it was too late in the game for him to get a campaign up to speed.

“Unfortunately I believe we’re out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination,” Biden said.

He added, “While I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent.”

This news has to make Hillary Clinton happy. Jim Webb, former senator from Virginian and another potential candidate for the Democratic nomination, withdraw from the race yesterday.

 

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Lapid ‘Fed Up with the Palestinians’

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid said Sunday morning he is “fed up” with Palestinian Authority Arabs and “the time has come to separate from them” but with the IDF remaining able to operate to prevent attacks on Jews.

Lapid sounded on Israel radio’s Voice of Israel (Reshet Bet) like a responsible centrist opposition leader, filling the vacuum left by Opposition leader Yitzchak Herzog whose only reactions to the recent wave of terror have been to blame Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and to claim that none of this would have happened if he had been Prime Minister.

Not even the anti-Netanyahu media have swallowed Lapid’s weak and divisive stance, and Lapid took the opportunity today to say that he backs the Prime Minister’s efforts to defeat terror.

Lapid, a former journalist, reads the political tea leaves better than Herzog and even Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman, who is huffing and puffing over polls that show his is one of the most trusted political leaders to deal with terrorism.

Seven months after the elections that gave Prime Minister Netanyahu only a one-seat majority in the coalition government, it is as strong as ever. Herzog’s refusal to join a national unity government, along with his pathetic demand that Netanyahu resign, have been met with the sound of one hand clapping.

Lieberman’s rants win him some headlines, but his rise in popularity will last as long as the wave of terror, which appears to be winding down even if it does not end.

Lapid understands better than anyone else outside the coalition that Israelis are more unfired than ever in their distrust of the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas, whose blatant incitement and lies have left the left-wing camp look like a home for dwarfs.

The anti-Netanyahu media, which include the largest electronic outlets and the Yediot Acharonot newspaper, have dismissed Tzipi Livni as useless and are ignoring Herzog for the same reason.

The same media hate Lieberman even more than Netanyahu. The only one left is Lapid, and he milking it for all it’s worth in preparation for the next elections, which don’t appear on the horizon.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Israel’s Ambassador to UN Ron Prosor ‘Glad to Come Home’

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Israel’s outgoing Ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to bid farewell this week to the world body in New York. The two men spoke about the Ambassador’s four-year tenure at the UN and the situation in Israel.

The Secretary-General expressed his deep appreciation for Prosor’s contribution and for their collaboration, and Prosor invited the Secretary-General to visit Israel again. On his Facebook page, Prosor continued: “Four years ago, when I arrived at our Mission to the UN, Israel was facing a challenging reality and was fighting in the battle on public opinion. Today, upon my return to Israel, our reality remains complicated.

“Throughout my time here at the UN, I have always said that I walk the halls of the United Nations standing tall and proud, knowing who I represent and what I represent, and I’m going home with this same feeling.

“I have confidence in the resilience of the people of Israel in the face of constant challenges, and I thank the government of Israel and its citizens for the privilege of representing you at the United Nations, an important arena that knows no rest.

“I’m leaving behind here in New York a dedicated and professional team and I know that they will continue doing an incredible job. I wish the incoming Ambassador, Danny Danon, the best of luck and strength to face any future battles, and may he mark many achievements.

“Today, as I complete my tenure as Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN, I have more faith than ever in the State of Israel and the people of Israel.

“And more than anything, I’m glad to come home.”

Hana Levi Julian

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