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Five US made armored jeeps were imported on Sunday for the PA security forces via the Allenby bridge that connects the PA with Jordan, Ha’aretz reported Tuesday. The purchase was made with the approval of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, to boost the ability of PA security forces to deal with increasing challenges. United States Security Coordinator Lt. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim made the deal happen, with the cooperation of Israeli and PA military officials.
Delivered in the middle of the night, the armored jeeps were loaded on transporters under Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli supervision and were transported to PA security bases. They will most likely be used against Fatah forces loyal to Mohammed Dahlan in PA refugee camps. According to Ha’aretz, the PA has been asking for Israel’s approval for the deal for four years now, and it took US intervention to finally get it.
Under PM Netanyahu Israel has not been fond of letting the PA import weapons and other military equipment, which the Russian government has been offering for some time, including light arms, ammunition, two-way radios and flak jackets. The approval for the five armored units attests both to Israel’s approval of the job PA security forces are doing fighting terrorists in refugee camps, and its assessment that these forces need a boost to keep going.David Israel
- The Saban Echo Chamber and the Trump Effect
- Peace with Other Arab Countries
- Which Arab Countries?
- Just Plain Insulting
- Skipping Over the Peace Process
- Jews, Settlers and Settlements and Obstacles to Peace
- Kerry’s Straw Man
- Kerry’s Complicated Solutions and Lack of Imagination
- Just to Throw one Idea at Kerry
Secretary of State John Kerry’s rant at the Saban Forum was fascinating in that it illuminated everything that is wrong with the supporters of the two-state solution “peace” process.
The Saban Echo Chamber and the Trump Effect
To begin, Kerry asked the room to raise their hands to indicate their support for the two-state solution, and then to raise their hands if they are against it. Perhaps one or two hands were raised against it.
There’s no better indication that either nearly all the participants of the Saban Forum are out of touch with what Israelis believe and reality itself, thus forming a Saban echo chamber, or the participants are too intimidated to publicly admit to their peers that they don’t support it, just like Americans were publicly afraid to disclose they were voting for Trump.
I got the impression from Jeffrey Goldberg’s tough questions, that Goldberg realizes and acknowledges there’s an incorrectable problem with the two-state solution “peace” process and Kerry’s perception of reality, but Goldberg is unable or unprepared to make that intellectual leap and reach the logical conclusion.
Peace with Other Arab Countries
I was honestly baffled at Kerry’s absolute insistence that an Israeli peace with the other Arab countries, including Egypt and Jordan, is predicated on peace with the “Palestinians.”
Kerry insisted that while the Arab countries need Israel’s expertise in areas like agriculture, technology and finance, they refuse to take it because of the “Palestinian” conflict.
First of all, if these Arab countries want to shoot themselves in the head, gei gezunterheit.
Second of all, Jordan takes Israel’s water. Jordan’s parliament just approved a natural gas deal with Israel. And Israelis even manage agricultural farms in Jordan (shhhh) .
Egypt, under the non-fundamentalist Al-Sisi – whom the Obama administration pushed away, is discussing major cooperation projects with Israel, where Israel will assist Egypt in solar energy, agriculture, desalination, and even expanding tourism.
So, when Kerry includes Jordan and Egypt not taking what Israel has to offer, one has to wonder about his disconnect.
Which Arab Countries?
But here’s the real question. Which Arab states was John Kerry referring to, and are the real benefits to Israel so earth-shattering?
In this new Middle East, we already quietly get oil from Kurdish controlled Iraq.
Now that Erdogan is close to consolidating his position as Turkish dictator, he is calming down and making deals with Israel, especially over Israel’s natural gas.
Lebanon, for as long as it remains controlled by the Hezbollah terrorist organization and the Islamic regime in Iran, will never make any peace.
Syria, doesn’t exist anymore as a country, and no one is rushing there to eat Hummus in Damascus.
Iraq? Yemen? The Islamic State of Iran (who aren’t even Arabs, and don’t care about “Palestinians”)?
We already have quiet business happening with some of the Gulf states.
That pretty much just leaves Saudi Arabia, and personally, besides overflight permission for El Al, I could pass on them.
Just Plain Insulting
John Kerry doesn’t like how Israel turned out. He believes it’s not faithful to the original vision.
“It’s because we want to be able to see this thing develop into the full-blossomed beacon that Israel has the potential of being…”
A nasty word directed at Kerry, is the only proper response I can think to such a condescending and false statement such as that.
There’s nothing more to say on that one.
Skipping Over the Peace Process
I found it fascinating how Kerry confused the timeline between Oslo I (1993) and Oslo II (1995).
I found it instructive how Kerry completely avoided discussing and glossed over the only reason that Oslo II was stopped in its tracks – and that was the horrifying terror attacks by our so-called peace partners.
Terror attacks so extreme, that even then Prime Minister Shimon Peres threatened to end any further IDF pullouts if the attacks didn’t end.
Yet, he somehow expects Israel to not learn from history and experiences and what our own eyes see before us.
Jews, Settlers and Settlements and Obstacles to Peace
Let’s discuss settlements, that being an area dear to my heart.
Kerry says the vision of the settlers is to control all of Judea and Samaria and to prevent peace and a Palestinian state.
To the first part, I finally congratulate Kerry on finally saying something factually correct.
We “settlers” believe in greater Israel. We believe in applying sovereignty over all of Judea and Samaria.
On the last part, I congratulate Kerry on recognizing the truth, we “settlers” do not want a Palestinian state in the Land of Israel, in any form.
As for his middle part, that’s Kerry’s straw man argument. As the only vision for peace that Kerry will accept or consider is his repeatedly failed two-state solution.
Kerry’s Straw Man
Kerry only believes peace is possible on his terms.
He warns that Israel could become a “unitary” state. He claimed there are more Arabs on this side of the Jordan river than Jews.
He pooh-poohs any other idea and concept for peace as leading down the same road.
He then knocks down his straw men.
Kerry’s Complicated Solutions and Lack of Imagination
What is most amazing is how he bragged about all the “complicated”, convoluted, ridiculous and impossible to implement solutions he came up that he claims would allow Israel to maintain its security after evacuating strategic territories.
The man is capable of building absurd castles in the skies for implementing his peace process, but when it comes to challenges that applying sovereignty might encounter, Kerry can’t even conceive there might be any solution to the problem.
It’s a religion for him.
Just to Throw one Idea at Kerry
Kerry raises the central concern that anyone considering a Sovereignty solution encounters. Long-term demographics.
Naftali Bennett has addressed the problem, Caroline Glick has addressed the problem and even Betzalel Smotrich has addressed the problem.
Yet Kerry acts as if no one advocating Sovereignty has any solution.
Kerry spoke about the Marshall Plan after WW2. Kerry spoke about complicated networks of drones, fences, and cooperation with terrorists on our border with Jordan.
I have a simpler, less expensive, and less convoluted solution for his concerns.
I’ve spoken with a number of Arabs living under the Palestinian Authority regime, and they would love if Israel freed them from under the PA thumb.
But do you know what they want more than that?
A Green Card.
If Kerry really was worried about the demographic problem and the future of Israel, he would find a way to offer a Green Card to every “Palestinian” family who chooses to voluntarily and permanently leave the Land of Israel.
He would get his peace partners in crime, France and the EU to offer the same.
Most of Gaza and the West Bank would likely be empty within a few months time.
Kerry has 6 weeks to implement this idea before Trump takes over and closes the borders.
That’s just one possible solution.
Is Kerry really serious about peace? Or does his vision of peace only involve kicking indigenous Jews out of our ancient homeland?
After listening to his rant last night, the answer is self-evident.JoeSettler
Chairman of the Joint Arab List MK Ayman Odeh on Monday demanded that Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit investigate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for encouraging anti-Arab incitement during the wave of fires that plagued Israel a week ago.
Speaking to a meting of his Knesset faction, Odeh said, “The Arab public continues to deal with the wave of incitement and igniting hatred by Netanyahu and his ministers during the fires.”
“Today everybody understands that the mountain gave birth to a tiny mouse,” Odeh continued. “There was no wave of terror, no arson intifada. If they find one or two [Arabs] who are guilty, our position is that they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, but a wave of terror? Everyone knows there’s no such thing.”
In reality, Netanyahu, who was widely rebuked for warning rightwing voters they must hit the polls on election day in 2015 because the Arabs are bringing busloads to vote, did not actually accuse Arabs or even mention them in connection with the recent fires. Speaking at a press conference at an airforce base up north, the PM warned that “whomever tries to burn the State of Israel will be punished severely.”
“They arrested people left and right, but they never investigated the thousands of Jews who incited and called for the murder of Arabs,” Odeh charged on Monday, and informed his fellow MKs that “the Joint List has decided to appeal to the Attorney General – we accuse the prime minister of racist incitement and call on the AG to launch an investigation.”
During the week of wild fires police arrested 30 Arab suspects and detained 24 for extended interrogations. In the end it turned out that some of the suspects’ activity was limited to praising the acts of arson and calling for additional ones, but fell short of actually setting fires. It is expected that about half a dozen suspects will be prosecuted.
It should be noted that, according to fire forensic experts, it is very difficult to find hard evidence for arson in open air areas, since the fire and the wind devour traces of intentionally set fires – unlike indoor fires, which can be traced more easily. Experts usually seek more than one concurrent focal point to a forest fire as an indication of arson.David Israel
A deal has been struck between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) and Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Nftali Bennett regarding the proposed Arrangements Act on Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, Walla reported Monday morning. The bill will be submitted for a preliminary vote by the Knesset plenum without a retroactive application to include Amona, a community in Samaria slated for demolition by the Supreme Court come December 25. In return for this concession on the part of the settlements movement, the government will defend the new law once it is approved in a third plenum vote, even if AG Avichai Mandelblit persists in his refusal to do it.
That part, about government insisting on defending a law against an appeal at the Supreme Court even when the AG (whose function also include being government’s legal counsel), is considered almost revolutionary by rightwing politicians, who view the AG and the individual legal counsels appointed to every government ministry as tyrannical extensions of the largely leftwing judicial civil service.
Last week, Mandelblit approved a short-term solution – moving the Amona residents to nearby vacant land which can be declared as belonging to absentee landlords and therefore may be appropriated by the state. The new deal requires finding proper relocation for all of the 42 families of Amona. To do that, the government intends to petition the Supreme Court once more for a postponement of the evictions, this time for 30 days – after the court has already denied its appeal for a 7-month postponement.
The new deal reportedly also includes a legal solution for the residents of the Netiv Ha’avot neighborhood in Gush Etzion as well as nine homes in Ofra, next door to Amona, which the Supreme Court has also slated for demolition and eviction. The state will be obligated to assign them substitute lands and homes.
Some in the settlement enterprise have suggested that moving the Amona residents to newly obtained state land is still an improvement over the idea of removing them from the area altogether, because the Mountain will not be deserted of Jews, with Ofra and Amona II maintaining their Jewish presence there.
Should the new bill be submitted this week, possibly even on Monday, without the retroactive application to Amona, the Habayit Hayehudi politicians will be expected to prevent clashes between the residents and security forces.JNi.Media
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday morning told the weekly Cabinet meeting: “We are working overtime to find a responsible solution to the issue of Amona and for similar cases in the future.
“We are working to reach a rational solution and I expect all of you, ministers and MKs, to respect it,” the PM reiterated, adding, “We must act responsibly and prudently here for a common goal: to defend the settlement, and to defend the court. We are working in both spheres.”
Netanyahu also told his ministers about new progress in the Israel-Jordan-PA Red Sea–Dead Sea Canal. “Last week we crossed another stage en route to realizing the canal between the seas project,” he said. “The US, the EU and Japan are financing this joint Israel-Jordan-Palestinian Authority project, and it includes desalination for communities in the Israeli and Jordanian Aravah desert alike, and channeling salt water to the Dead Sea. According to the plan, in 2020 fresh water will be supplied to the residents of the Aravah and salt water will finally be channeled to the Dead Sea.”
Netanyahu pointed out that the project “ties in with Herzl’s vision in his book Altneuland. He foresaw the canal between the seas and we now have the great honor and opportunity to realize this vision. Of course, this is also a project that constitutes an additional strategic anchor in the peaceful relations between Jordan and Israel, peaceful relations which are more vital than ever in light of what is happening in our region.”
The PM thanked Deputy Minister Ayoob Kara, “who is responsible for this project on my behalf; he is doing important work. Thank you, Ayoob.”David Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night banned Habayit Hayehudi MK Bezalel Smotrich from a debate over the evacuation of the Amona community in Samaria because of things Smotrich said about the PM in a major interview he had given the Ha’aretz weekend supplement, Army Radio reported Sunday.
Speaking to Ha’aretz reporter Ravit Hecht, MK Smotrich said, “Unfortunately, Netanyahu is not a rightwinger,” and added that “Apparently, had Netanyahu been in charge instead of Ben Gurion, we would not have had a state. Ben Gurion had courage, he established a state against all odds.”
The meeting included Prime Minister Netanyahu, Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, and AG Avichai Mandelblit, and focused on the Amona issue and the Arrangement Act which will be submitted for a Knesset vote Monday. The meeting ended without concrete results and the participants agreed to meet again on Sunday.
Speaking to Army Radio Sunday morning, Smotrich confirmed his removal from the meeting, adding, “If the prime minister’s feelings were hurt I’m prepared to apologize.”
Smotrich relates how he had driven for an hour and a half from home Saturday night to get to the meeting. “The prime minister refused to let me into the room. He asked that I not come in. I was led to believe that he didn’t love some of the things I said in my Ha’aretz interview.”
In his own defense, Smotrich said, “I didn’t initiate public criticism of the prime minister, I merely answered truthfully the questions I was asked and didn’t blur our disputes with him.”
Smotrich clarified that he feels “a great deal of respect for the prime minister,” adding, “I’m a young man in the system and he is an older man with a great del of experience, and he is the prime minister of all of us.” Nevertheless, Smotrich reiterated, “it’s no secret we have ideological disagreements with him.”
As to his comparison between Netanyahu and Ben Gurion, Smotrich stated he was ready to apologize, but commenting that “if anyone who has a disagreement with the prime minister loses the ability to work with him in a useful manner, I believe we have a big problem.”JNi.Media