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Bibi Does Hollywood

Friday, March 7th, 2014

The description that came with this picture says: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with American actor Bette Midler during an event at the house of Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan in Hollywood on March 6, 2014.

But Bette Midler is not really an actor, she’s a singer who made movies for the LGBT community and mostly sings. I think the woman in the picture is another singer who makes movies, mostly also for the LGBT crowd, my favorite and yours, Barbra Streisand.

So I went and checked, and turns out I was right. AJN, Agencia Judiade Noticias, has issued this blurb: El primer ministro Israelí continuó su visita a California en una reunión con la realeza de Hollywood en la casa del productor de cine Israelí Arnon Milchan. Leonardo DiCaprio, Barbra Streisand y Keanu Reeves fueron algunas de las figuras presentes.

Here are the rest of the pictures featuring Bibi, Sara and the stars.

El primer ministro Israelí, Sara, Leonardo DiCaprio. Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO/Flash90

El primer ministro Israelí, Sara, Leonardo DiCaprio. Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO/Flash90

El primer ministro Israelí y Keanu Reeves. Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO/Flash90

El primer ministro Israelí y Keanu Reeves. Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO/Flash90

Minister Accompanying Netanyahu: Settlement Freeze Off the Table

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Likud Minister Yuval Steinitz, accompanying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his trip to the U.S., told Israel Radio Tuesday morning that Israel’s position both regarding the peace negotiations with the Palestinians and the Iran question are receiving wall-to-wall support in Congress.

According to Stenitz, the leaders of the Senate and the House understand that the main hurdle before the peace process is the Palestinians’ refusal to recognize the right of the Jewish people to their own country, and their terrible incitement against Israel.

According to the Washington Post, after his conference with Obama, Netanyahu met with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Capitol Hill. Cantor said the Palestinians must “accept Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state” and “uniformly and aggressively” combat terrorism while confronting, not condoning, “incitement against the Jews.”

Steinitz added that the Palestinian demand for a freeze on settlement housing starts, as well as their insistence on prisoner release in exchange for extending the negotiations are simply not part of the discussion.

Leftist party Meretz Chairwoman Zehava Gal-On told Israel Radio that the settlement freeze would serve Israel’s interests more than it would the Palestinians’.

Labor MK Nachman Shai argues that the Ukrainian crisis is not diverting the world’s attention away from Israel and the peace negotiations, and is not improving Israel’s political situation.

But, despite MK Shai’s note to the contrary, AP reported that Secretary of State Kerry left Monday for the Ukrainian capital. The European Union’s foreign ministers, meantime, issued a Thursday deadline for Russia President Vladimir Putin to pull back his troops or face a rejection of visa liberalization and economic cooperation negotiations long in the works.

And the White House said Obama met for more than two hours Monday night with the National Security Council, including Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, to discuss what steps the United States can take with international partners to further isolate Russia and persuade it to de-escalate the situation.

So, for now, nobody is pushing the 2-state thing. Maybe wait until after the Russian occupation…

Have a Good US Visit, Bibi, Please Don’t Bring Home Any Surprises

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Dear Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,

Today you are your starting out on your complex mission to the United States and may you have Heaven’s support and the support of the Land of Israel.

He who turns history presents you with the challenge of your life at an optimum point in time.

A quick glance at what is happening around us reveals how international attention has passed from Israel to the Ukraine and everyone is alert and prepared to see if the weakness of the American president’s policies will lead to the collapse of the United States’ international standing.

The experience of the recent past in Syria teaches us that Obama has not kept his promises about the red lines that he himself stated. In Egypt as well as in Libya Obama supported the wrong side and his failed policy has brought the entire Middle East to a state of instability and shock. Who better than you knows that in the Iranian question as well, Obama made declarations, promises and commitments about his commitment to the security of Israel while in effect, gave a green light to continue the Iranian nuclear program.

Mister Prime Minister, every child understands today that we must not depend on the Obama administration and we must not submit to his decrees. The eyes of the People of Israel accompany you in your travels. Up until now you have maneuvered yourself wisely, and indeed, we hope that you will have the wisdom to take advantage of the momentum that has been presented to you to raise Israel’s esteem in the world and repair the long-range damage to the consciousness that were done by the declarations in your Bar Ilan speech. The damage that was done by that declaration must and can be repaired now.

At this juncture, when the entire world is alert and everyone realizes the importance of maintaining the sovereignty of Ukraine, this is the time to clarify in a great voice to the entire world that we intend to guard our sovereignty in the Land of Israel like the pupils of our eyes. We must impose Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley. From your long years of acquaintance with the Arab “partner” and the blood-soaked history that our people has experienced, you know well, Mr. Prime Minister, that the Arabs have never recognized and will never recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish People, regardless of any borders. We are at a decisive time in which it is possible to strengthen our position.

As you leave Jerusalem, the Women in Green movement and the Forum for Sovereignty are with you and will accompany you with a very large poster that will be placed at the exit from Jerusalem for the coming weeks and it reads: “YES to Sovereignty over Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley”.

In a discussion on the expulsion from Gush Katif and northern Samaria that was held in Ariel a few days ago, Eyal Arad claimed that the Right failed because it did not present an alternative. This is not true. There is an alternative! A realistic, Zionist plan does exist – application of Israeli sovereignty. This plan is indeed accompanied by difficulties but the difficulties associated with sovereignty are preferable to the physical and spiritual destruction entailed in the establishment of a terrorist Palestinian state in the heart of our Land, a stone-throw away from Ben Gurion Airport.

We must not think in terms of survivalism, rather we must aspire to realize our hold on the Land and our sovereignty in the Land of Israel. This will bring calm to our Arab neighbors, economic growth and an improvement in the security situation.

Netanyahu: Settlers Will Be Able to Choose Palestinian Citizenship

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

An official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told AP Sunday that all Jewish settlers should have the right to remain in their homes in a future Palestinian State.

Since the Oslo Accords of 1993, the common assumption has been that those Jewish settlers who find themselves on the wrong side of the new green line under the peace deal would be uprooted. Indeed, when Israeli unilaterally left the Gaza Strip, some 8500 Jewish settlers were not offered the option to stay under what, back then, was still a PLO government.

But Netanyahu now appears to believe, according to his official, that there is no reason for a future Palestinian state to be “ethnically cleansed” of its Jews, the official said.

During his stay in Davos, Switzerland over the weekend, Netanyahu told reporters at the World Economic Forum that he was not going to uproot any Israelis as part of the peace agreement.

Netanyahu has committed last year to keeping a settlement “blocs,” where the vast majority of the estimated 500,000 settlers live, as part of any 2-state deal. The Palestinians, apparently, have been planning to accept this as part of the final deal, in exchange to land swaps with Israel – although this part will prove difficult to carry out, as no Israeli Arab is prepared for his town or village to be handed over to the PA.

It is estimated that at least 100 thousand Jews live outside of the settlement blocs, include two major clusters: Karnei Shomron, Ginot Shomron, and several other bedroom communities near Tel Aviv; and Beit El near Ramallah. Until today, it was unclear where they would go. Even if they did not resist deportation—which is highly unlikely—the cost of offering them fair market value and resettling them inside Israel would be staggering, certainly beyond the ability of the Israeli economy and, these days, beyond what the U.S. and the EU might be able or willing to contribute.

Which may explain why the Israeli official on Sunday told the AP that Netanyahu believes there is no reason to uproot settlers against their will.

“The prime minister believes that in peace, just as Israel has an Arab minority, there is no logical reason why the Palestinian state could not contain a Jewish minority and that Jews living in Judea and Samaria would be given the option to stay,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “It should not be accepted a priori that in peace the Palestinian state must be ethnically cleansed.”

Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett on Sunday condemned the message coming out of the prime minister’s office, saying they were born by confused values. Bennett said the Jewish people has not endured 2000 years of yearning for Eretz Israel to live here under the rule of Abu Mazen (PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s nom de guerre).

Bennett told Israel Radio that anyone who even considers Jews living under Palestinian rule in Eretz Israel is pulling the rug from under our living in Tel Aviv as well.

Senior Israeli Officials: Kerry’s Jordan Valley Plan ‘Ridiculous’

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry will probably be back in Israel as early as next Monday, for his twelfth (12th) visit here in less than a year (should have signed up for the monthly plan). So that part is not news. What’s news is the fact that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s official news organ, Israel Today, established and paid for by Jewish billionaire and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, is quoting “senior political sources” who are far from excited about the visit.

So the following information is like quoting Putin’s RT News agency, or Obama’s NBC, straight from the horse’s mouth.

Turns out that in closed forums in Jerusalem you could hear these past few weeks unprecedentedly harsh criticism of Kerry and his team.

Most notably, those closed forum senior folks have been ridiculing the American plan for defending the Jordan valley. Close as they are to the actual details of the plan, these seniors say it is “ridiculous and does not stand up to the test of reality.”

“Kerry has been visiting here a lot, but he shows no true understanding of what’s going on,” they continue. “The American plans are superficial and not serious. There’s no connection between what’s being said publicly about progress in the negotiations and what’s actually happening. It looks like Kerry is simply not in touch with reality. He is not knowledgeable, to say the least, in the roots of the conflict, he doesn’t know how to present real solutions, and he isn’t even familiar with the maps he is being shown.”

So, that’s the welcoming message Bibi wants Kerry to find upon his 12th arrival. Not bad, actually, if it’s true. that’s the problem with Pravda-style news organs, you never know.

Here are more fun excerpts, courtesy of Adelson Enterprises: “The way the American secretary of state has been handling himself has been obsessive. Some are saying that more than trying to advance the peace, he is trying to use the conflict for his own political ends. According to this view, Kerry must think that the road to the White House for him goes through the signing of a Middle East peace treaty.”

I must intervene here and state that Kerry already tried the White House thing and lost to one of Barbara Bush’s less bright boys during a military fiasco that followed the latter’s losing a chunk of two major American cities while telling a goat story to six year olds. So Kerry is not harboring presidential fantasies, and if he is, the Democrats aren’t buying.

Still, Bibi’s officials have been watching Kerry meeting with opposition politicians and with reporters, making it look like the deal is in the next room, waiting for the caligraphist to copy it onto a nice parchment. But it ain’t, really, it’s not even close.

“Israel is being forced to cooperate with the U.S. plans, especially because we’re afraid that if we don’t, they would blame Israel for the failure of the talks,” they say.

They also believe that, in exchange for Israel’s request to extend the peace process by one year, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas will demand additional concessions, such as construction freeze in the settlements and more prisoner releases (that’s murderers of Jewish babies and mothers with blood trickling down from their sleeves).

“And Kerry will support these demands, turning them, in effect, into new American demands, backed by American threats, while the Arabs are yet to have given even a single concession, from Oslo to this day,” Bibi’s circlers are saying.

Finally, all the prime minister’s men complained that “the negotiations are being conducted without any papers and documents being exchanged between the two sides, because the Arabs are refusing to show written paper. The Americans come in with prepared suggestions, they read them, and they, too, leave no documents in either side’s hands. Everything is done by heart.”

Bibi: Palestinians Manufacturing Crisis

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the Palestinian claim that new construction in Judea and Samaria constitutes a violation of the agreements reached at the start of the current, ongoing peace negotiations.

Netanyahu accused the Palestinians of attempting to manufacture a crisis. He said they knew well at the beginning of the talks that Israel accepted no limitation on construction beyond the “green line.” The prime minister emphasized that Israel is living up to all the agreements that had been reached before the start of the new talks.

Netanyahu was speaking at the Sunday meeting of the Likud ministers, but his statement was publicized only Sunday night, in response to angry Palestinian reactions to the plan to construct 1,859 new housing units in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem.

According to AFP, the PLO is threatening to go to the UN Security Council over Israel’s announcement on Sunday of tenders to build new homes east of the “green line.”

“The PLO is considering a mechanism to go the Security Council and the UN against these new Israeli decisions, especially as there are international resolutions that consider settlements illegal,” senior PLO member Wassel Abu Youssef said.

According to Peace Now, which lovingly monitors Jewish activities in Biblical Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, at least 1,031 plots were offered by Israel’s housing and construction ministry in the land where Abraham, Isaac and Jacob once herded their flocks, and that successful bidders would be able to start construction shortly.

Late last week, PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi said that Israel is not interested in the two-state solution, rather in only creating “greater Israel.”

“The Israeli occupation is exposing its true intentions of creating ‘greater Israel’ rather than a two-state solution,” said Ashrawi. “The Israeli government has proven once again that it is not a partner for peace nor a member of the international community that respects the global rule of law.”

Ashrawi said the Israeli announcements “are the latest affront directed at U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. administration’s efforts,” which led to resumption of Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations in July.

Only one question remains, then: if the talks are off, can we have the released killer prisoners back?

Rav Ovadia’s Son to Netanyahu: You Hurt Dad’s Feelings

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara arrived at Hakablan 45 Street in Jerusalem around noon, Tuesday, on a shiva call to the children of the departed Rav Ovadia Yosef, and was greatly surprised when the sons of the great man exploded at him, saying their father had been hurt by him, Kikar Hashabbat reported.

While Netanyahu was in the middle of his visit, one of Rav Ovadia’s sons, Rabbi Avraham Yosef, turned to him, and in a voice choked with tears said: “Half a year ago you were here, by us, you were present near Dad… Dad asked you very much… The world of Torah was very dear to him… It was like his last will…”

Rabbi Avraham Yosef was referring, of course, to the “decree” of drafting yeshiva students to the IDF, which Rav Ovadia fiercely opposed.

“We’re begging,” Rabbi Avraham Yosef told Netanyahu, “we’re asking, all of us, with our hearts, do what you can…”

At that point, another son, Rabbi David Yosef, exploded at the prime minister, saying: “Dad asked for your answer and didn’t receive it, he was very much hurt by that.”

Rabbi David Yosef continued: “Dad was very hurt by the fact that he did not receive a response to his request. All he heard [from you] was ‘I didn’t come [to discuss] this, only those words, and he was very hurt by it. He spoke to me afterwards and he was very much hurt.”

And Rabbi David Yosef continued, relentlessly: “We anticipate, we feel that this was the most important request for him. He told you in these very words, ‘I lost a son, but this pains me more.’”

Later, during Netanyahu visit, Rabbi David Yosef returned to the subject, saying: “He voiced some very harsh words on this topic, the yeshiva students’ draft, and he did not receive a response. We’re still waiting.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu, who appeared deeply embarrassed by the unexpected onslaught, responded: “We’re making efforts to unite the nation, to preserve the nation.”

To which Rabbi David Yosef responded: “To preserve the world of Torah, that’s what he asked.”

Earlier, Netanyahu told Kikar Hashabbat how much he would miss his visits to Rav Ovadia’s place, and how much he would miss Rav Ovadia himself, “a special man with a big heart, a great soul, a good spirit.”

Netanyahu also mentioned that the departed was a member of the association commemorating his own late brother, Yoni Netanyahu, who was killed during the hostage release in Entebbe, Uganda.

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