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Lapid Says Netanyahu ‘Lives in an Aquarium’

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Yair Lapid responded in kind on Wednesday to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s verbal attack on him the day before and said the Prime Minister is “disconnected” and “lives in an aquarium.”

Both Netanyahu and Lapid set have set the tone for the election campaign, which should be a delight for those looking for an alternative to Roman gladiators who thrilled their audiences by dueling with wild animals, criminals and other gladiators.

If one were to believe the politicians, Israel will have three Prime Ministers on March 18, the day after the elections.

Yitzchak Herzog, the boring chairman of the Labor party, said on Wednesday he will be Prime Minister.

Yair Lapid. Head of the Yesh Atid party and arguably the Knesset Member with the most inflated ego, said he will be Prime Minister.

Netanyahu, of course, said he will be back at the same place and same station, but next time with a bigger and more solid majority.

He accused Lapid on Tuesday of trying to carry out a “putsch” by planning to create an alternative coalition with the Haredim, which Lapid denied and followed up with his “aquarium” gem.

If nothing else, Lapid will make the rhetoric and name-calling a bit more interesting than usual.

If Netanyahu lives in an aquarium, Lapid lives live in a glass house, which is going to be shattered by the verbal rock-throwing, and he will be spending months if not years trying to gull the shards out of his thin skin.

He also forgets that if he breaks Netanyahu’s aquarium, he is going to let out not only the water but also the sharks swimming around and just waiting for fresh meat.

If we are lucky, Netanyahu and Lapid will exhaust their vocabularies by next week, and everyone can start talking about less important issues, such as security and the economy.

Netanyahu Convenes Top Brass in Jerusalem Over Terror Attack

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu convened top officials from Israel’s security establishment and the city of Jerusalem Thursday over the terror attack that killed three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun less than a day earlier, as well as to discuss ongoing terror in the city.

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Israel Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino, ISA Director Yoram Cohen, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edri were all included in the meeting, held at Israel Police headquarters in Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Netanyahu was briefed on the attack and on the ongoing disturbances that have been taking place in Jerusalem on a near-daily basis in recent months. Despite the constant attacks by Arab terrorists, Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch continues to insist the violence does not constitute a “third intifada.”

Netanyahu ordered that “sovereignty be asserted in all parts of the city” via the stationing of additional forces throughout the city, according to a statement released by his office.

“Jerusalem is not the only city under attack by terrorists; other cities across the world are, as well. But the offensive in Jerusalem is supported by the chairman of the Palestinian Authority, Abu Mazen, who glorifies the murderers and embraces the group they belong to – Hamas,” Netanyahu said late Wednesday night after the attack, referring to the terrorist name of PA unity government chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Netanyahu also met Thursday with the Jerusalem District police officer who shot the terrorist and asked to send his condolences to the family of three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun who was murdered in the attack.

“On behalf of the entire nation, I send condolences to the family of this pure baby and my wishes for a quick and full recovery to those who were wounded,” the prime minister said.

Israel Gears Up for Deadly Ebola Virus as 2nd Case Confirmed in U.S.

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Israel is gearing up to deal with the threat of the deadly Ebola virus as a second case is confirmed in the United States just days after the first diagnosed patient died in Dallas, Texas.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held a special meeting this morning (Sunday, Oct. 12) to discuss the spread of the lethal virus.

More than four thousand victims have succumbed worldwide to the disease thus far. In the United States the first victim of the virus, Liberian citizen Thomas Eric Duncan, died last Wednesday despite being treated with the experimental anti-viral medication brincidofovir.

This morning a second case of the disease was confirmed at the same medical center. A health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who cared for Duncan until he died, has now also tested positive for the same virus, according to confirmation of tests by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Duncan’s remains have been cremated, though it is not clear when, where or by whom. Potentially contaminated material has been removed from the apartment where he stayed prior to his admission to hospital, and incinerated at a hazardous material processing center.

Meanwhile, a nurse in Spain has also been diagnosed with the disease. Her pet dog was euthanized last week as a precaution, and her husband is being held in isolation at a hospital as well.

Last week Israeli ministry officials met in the prime minister’s office to discuss ways to deal with the possibility that Ebola might spread to the Jewish State. “It is a real possibility,” one doctor at an Israeli HMO told Jewish Press.com on Sunday, on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak with media.

“Look at how the disease has traveled from Africa now to Europe. As diseases go, so too might this one,” she said. “It would not be unexpected for it to reach this region — and our country — as well. It’s just wiser to plan for it and always best when and if it never happens.”

The government decided to monitor travelers who arrive in Israel from the countries most heavily affected by the disease: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Israel’s health care system is also gearing up to provide services to anyone who may come down with the illness, or who may arrive here already infected or carrying the disease.

The prime minister summed up the meeting by saying, “The State of Israel is prepared in order to bar the possible entry of people with Ebola, as part of our effort to defend our borders against illegal migrants and terrorism. This is a global plague and we are cooperating with other countries in addition to guarding our borders; we are taking a series of steps to isolate those who are ill, if they arrive, and treat them, of course, in our healthcare system. We hope that this will not be necessary but we are prepared for any eventuality.”

Ben-Gurion International Airport Director Shmuel Zakai added, “We are beginning a very extensive deployment at all border crossings in order to locate and prevent the entry of travelers carrying the Ebola virus.”

Health Ministry Director General Prof. Arnon Afek also noted, “The healthcare system is monitoring the Ebola issue and is in contact with experts around the world. We are improving the preparedness of the healthcare system in order to be able to deal with any people stricken with Ebola should they arrive in Israel.”

In addition, three mobile clinics are being sent to hard-hit areas in response to a direct request by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the World Health Organization and a number of international aid organizations. Along with the three mobile clinics, Israel is sending a staff of medical experts who will train local medical personnel to use the equipment that is sent. They will also teach local staff to raise awareness in the local population and among others with a high potential for infection.

Sweden ‘Clarifies’ Stand on Palestinian Authority State

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

The Swedish Embassy in Israel has released an updated statement effectively “clarifying” an earlier announcement by newly-elected Prime Minister Stefan Lofven that raised a firestorm in Israel and even some disapproval by the U.S.

On Friday the Swedish prime minister announced to his cabinet that his country would be the first to officially recognize the “state of Palestine.” The news prompted words of caution from political leaders who warned the prime minister to reconsider his actions.

Even Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu cautioned Sweden on Sunday that it was damaging any chance for peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, rather than helping the process.

After consultations in Jerusalem, the statement by the Swedish Embassy in Israel late Sunday read as follows:

“The prime minister said that the conflict between Israel and Palestine can be solved through the two-state solution, by negotiations in accordance with the principles of international law.”

The solution, said the embassy, “must guarantee the legitimate demands of both Palestinians and Israelis, to self-determination and security. The two-state solution requires mutual recognition and the will to live together in peace. The prime minister concluded with the words that as a result, Sweden would recognize the Palestinian state.”

May Israel Blow Up Terror Tunnels During the Cease Fire?

Friday, August 1st, 2014

At 8:00am Friday, a humanitarian cease fire between Israel and Hamas went into effect.

IMRA’s Dr. Aaron Lerner has posed a question to both the Israeli Prime Minister’s office and the IDF.

“During the course of the humanitarian ceasefire can the IDF detonate explosives to demolish tunnels?”

The IDF referred him to the Prime Minister’s office. The Prime Minister’s office referred him to a statement by the IDF.

Prime Minister’s Office declines to answer regarding destruction of tunnels during ceasefire Dr. Aaron Lerner – IMRA 1 August 2014

At 08:50 Dr. Aaron Lerner of IMRA reached David Baker David Baker, the Senior Foreign Press Coordinator in the Office of the Prime Minister, on the telephone and asked: “during the course of the humanitarian ceasefire can the IDF detonate explosives to demolish tunnels.”

David Baker replied: Ask the IDF Spokesperson’s Office.

IMRA told Baker: The IDF Spokesperson’s Office says to ask the Prime Minister’s Office.

Baker replied: We have nothing to add to the reply of the IDF Spokesperson’s Office.

IDF Spokespersons Office: Questions relating to ceasefire to be answered by Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 1 August 2014

IMRA contacted the IDF Spokesman’s Office News Desk at 08:03 this morning and asked: “during the course of the humanitarian ceasefire can the IDF detonate explosives to demolish tunnels.”

The IDF Spokesman’s Office News Desk replied that “all questions relating to the ceasefire are to be answered by the Prime Minister’s Office.”

IMRA has contacted the Prime Minister’s Office but has not yet received a reply.

In a conversation with IMRA when the ceasefire was announced Saskia Ramming, Spokesperson, Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, decline to take a position as to whether Israeli forces could detonate explosives in order to destroy tunnels during the ceasefire.

News reports on Israel Radio regarding the terms of the ceasefire say that “the IDF will continue to DEAL WITH the tunnels during the ceasefire” but it should be noted that the term “DEAL WITH” includes filling up tunnel shafts with dirt.

Israel Radio Arab Affairs Correspondent Gal Berger reported this morning on Israel Radio Reshet Bet after 08:00 that it is the position of Hamas that Israeli action destroying tunnels would be considered a violation of the ceasefire.

During the course of the previous humanitarian ceasefire the IDF Spokesperson told IMRA twice that tunnels could not be exploded during the ceasefire but the next day the answer became more complicated, with the reference to the use of explosive material during the ceasefire being an airborne strike against a tunnel entrance in defense of IDF ground forces under attack from terrorists firing from a tunnel opening.

Take note: when the count of destroyed tunnels was renewed after the end of the ceasefire – a figure not provided during the ceasefire – it turned out that there was the exact same number of “destroyed tunnels” after the ceasefire as before the ceasefire.

Obama Promises Peres A-G Will ‘Check Into’ Pollard

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama assured Israel’s outgoing President Shimon Peres on Wednesday he would ask Attorney-General Eric Holder to “check into” an offer that Peres made regarding the case of former Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard.

Peres’s office submitted his request to the White House prior to arriving for what will be his last official state visit as Israel’s president.

“I made an offer but won’t go into details about it,” he told reporters on Wednesday. However, he did discuss the specifics with members of the Pollard family, he said, before presenting the plan to Obama.

“If I share too many details it will just ruin things,” he said at the briefing. “I cannot say that [the president] responded positively on the spot. I don’t want to add to what he said, which was that the U.S. Attorney-General would decide.”

Pollard is entering his 29th year of incarceration in a North Carolina prison after being convicted in 1985 on a single charge of passing classified information to an allied nation, Israel. The crime usually carries a maximum penalty of up to four years in jail. But although Pollard’s attorneys worked out a plea bargain with the prosecution, during the sentencing a note was passed to the judge. Suddenly Pollard was charged with and convicted of treason without recourse to a new trial. His attorney had no access to the evidence that had apparently led to the new charges, which was locked due to “national security” — and instead Pollard found himself sentenced to life in prison. All attempts at appeal have since failed.

Since Peres was serving as Israel’s prime minister at the time of Pollard’s arrest, and since it was he who submitted the documents to the U.S. with Pollard’s fingerprints that were used to incriminate him, it is Peres who is most likely to persuade Obama now to grant clemency for humanitarian reasons.

He and Obama also share a unique status as being the only two current heads of state in the world who are both Nobel Peace Prize winners.

Pollard’s health has deteriorated significantly over the past several years, and the request by Peres is reportedly to be based on the issues of Pollard’s extremely poor health, the impact on his wife, and the length of his time already served — in short, humanitarian reasons. At age 90, Peres this year retires from politics and made a promise to Pollard’s wife and the people of Israel prior to his departure that he would try to win her husband’s release during his visit to the U.S. He is scheduled to meet again with Obama Thursday.

Gov’t to Start Weekend Buses to Yeshiva, Girls’ Schools in Judea, Samaria

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ordered financing for public shuttles to and from yeshiva and girls’ high schools in Judea and Samaria on the weekends, it was announced Tuesday.

The prime minister told his staff to allocate NIS 4 million (approx. $1.15 million) for the shuttles, which will apparently will operate on Thursday nights, Fridays, Saturday nights and Sundays.

The decision was made in order to discourage hitchhiking, which has become a way of life in Judea and Samaria in order to deal with the infrequent and inadequate public bus service in the region. Although there are numerous political and financial reasons for the sketchy bus service, the bottom line results in Jewish residents of all ages hitchhiking on unsafe roads at all hours of the day and night.

Last Thursday evening, the price for that fact cost three families their teenage sons: a terrorist organization kidnapped two 16 year olds and a 19 year old, all of whom were students at the renowned Mekor Chaim Yeshiva in Kfar Etzion. The boys were in Gush Etzion, hitchhiking home for the Sabbath when they were abducted.

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