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Deri to Leave Ministry of Economy

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Aryeh Deri, chairman of the Shas Sephardi Hareidi party, will leave the Ministry of Economy and be given another Cabinet post following the failure of the Netanyahu government to convince him to relinquish authority over the roadmap for governing Israel’s off-shore natural gas fields.

Deri will continue to serve as Minister of the Development of the Negev and the Galilee along with another post yet to be determined. Taking over the Interior Ministry from Silvan Shalom is one possibility, but that could not take place without the agreement the senior Likud member.

The stalemate over the authority for the natural gas development has kept the Knesset from voting on the budget. Once it is passed, probably in mid-November, authorization is expected for the framework for natural gas.

Israel to Revoke Citizenship of Terrorist Who Attacked Tel Aviv Bus

Friday, October 16th, 2015

(JNi.media) Interior Minister Silvan Shalom (Likud) began the process of revoking the citizenship of a terrorist, with the approval of Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.

The Interior Ministry received the approval of the Attorney General to revoke the citizenship of Mohammed Mufarja, a Palestinian Authority resident who became an Israeli citizen under the Family Unification Law by virtue of his father’s marriage to an Israeli woman. His Israeli identity card gave him relatively easy access to Tel Aviv, in December 2012, where he got on the number 142 bus one day after his 18th birthday with a bag full of bombs in his bag. He hid the bag of explosives, got off the bus and ten minutes later activated the explosives using a cellphone. He then took a train from Tel Aviv to Modi’in, to arrive on time at his job in a McDonald’s restaurant.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) told Israel Radio Friday that the families of terrorists who were involved in or supported their crimes will also lose their residency, assets belonging to terrorists will be confiscated and their homes demolished.

Shaked added that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is a terrorist and not a partner for negotiations. She noted that the Palestinian Authority’s incitement against Israel is perpetual, and that it is time to shut down the Palestinian TV. Regarding the US Administration insinuation that Israel uses excessive force to suppress Arab violence, Shaked said that it suggests a total misunderstanding, or hypocrisy on the part of the Administration.

Israel Hayom, the daily freebee which usually supports Benjamin Netanyahu, on Friday accused Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked, the two most prominent Bayit Yehudi leaders, of attempting to circle the PM from the right, and of attacking him from inside the government. The newspaper accuses Education Minister Bennett of failing to remove Jordanian textbooks fom Arab schools in east Jerusalem, and says Shaked is not going to get too far with her initiative of broad citizenship revocations against Arab terrorists.

Israel Hayom suggests these moves on the part of Bayit Yehudi are timed to push back Netanyahu’s efforts to open up his government to additional parties, in what the newspaper says is the national interest.

Interior Minister Revoking Residency From Terrorists ‘Unfit to Live Among Us’

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Interior Minister Silvan Shalom has instructed the Population and Immigration Authority to begin revoking the residency status of two terrorists who attacked Israelis last week.

Both terrorists live in Jerusalem neighborhoods.

The decision was made and is being carried out under the Interior Minister’s authority as delineated by Article 11 of the Law of Citizenship and Entry into Israel.

When the process is completed, the attackers will no longer have the legal right to receive Israeli social benefits. These include stipends from the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi), and medical insurance (kupat holim) and related medical care.

“These terrorists clearly broke – and severely broke – their loyalty to the State of Israel through their attempts to kill innocents, and as such they are not fit to live among us,” Shalom said.

“We cannot allow terrorists and enemy actors to take advantage of their status as citizens or residents in our country to carry out attacks.”

The interior minister warned that he would do the same with anyone else who acted likewise.

“We must expel these bloodthirsty killers from among us,” Shalom declared.

This is not the first time that Article 11 of the Citizenship and Entry into Israel law has been invoked against terrorists to revoke their residency status. Past ministers have acted similarly in times of severe terror against Israel.

Bennett Calls Iran ‘Most Dangerous Country in the World’

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Naftali Bennett, Education Minister and chairman of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party, called today’s agreement with Iran “grave and dangerous.”

“Western citizens who get up for another day at work or school, are not aware of the fact that about half a trillion dollars has been transferred to the hands of a terrorist superpower, the most dangerous country in the world, who has promised the destruction of nations and peoples,” Bennett stated.

Calling Iran the “most dangerous country in the world,” he added that it will be much easier for Iran to “reach every country in the form of suitcase bombs.

Interior minister Silvan Shalom warned that even if Iran complies with the agreement, it will be free in 10 years “to produce a nuclear bomb, not one, but dozens and hundreds.”

Minister’s Wife Posts Stupid, Racist Obama Tweet

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Hey, didja hear the one about the politician’s wealthy wife who put her keyboard in her mouth and had to have it yanked out real fast?


Well, a whole bunch of others apparently have.

Israel Interior Minister Silvan Shalom found himself scrambling on Monday to clean up after a horrific diplomatic gaffe by his wife, heiress to the mammoth Hebrew-language newspaper Yediot Aharanot, via Twitter.


Judy Nir-Mozes Shalom, had the social media crowd all a-Twitter on Sunday after tweeting a stupid racist joke that she posted in very poor taste.

“Do u know what Obama Coffee is? Black and weak,” she wrote.

The fallout was swift and merciless, with accusations that Shalom’s wife was “racist” and had caused “grievous damage” to Israel’s foreign relations. Which although it likely did, it probably just added to the poor foreign relations the state already has with Obama.

An apology tweeted by Shalom – who shrugged off the faux pas by calling the post “a stupid joke somebody told me” did little to clear the air. Nothing, even.

This behavior between the two governments is not new. Nasty slurs have been slung at Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu by staff in the Obama administration as well.

But it does no good and causes a great deal of harm when an Israeli government official – or a close family member of that individual – lowers him or herself to firing demeaning pettiness at others.

This is stupidity Israel can ill afford at any time, and certainly not right now, with U.S. presidential elections just over the horizon. Ultimately, what goes around, comes around.

Foreign Minister Hotovely: Tell the World ‘God Gave Israel to the Jews’

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

De facto  Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely told Israeli diplomats Thursday that her policy is to deliver  a message to the world that “this land is ours” because God gave it to the Jews.

Hotovely official is Deputy Foreign Minister and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu officially has the title of Foreign Minister. In practice, he has placed his trust in her to deal with foreign diplomats.

An Orthodox woman and mother to a baby girl, Hotovely somewhat shocked several Israeli diplomats with a “Dvar Torah,” Hebrew for a short lesson from the Torah. She quoted in brief the Torah commentator Rashi, who cited the interpretation of the  first word of the Torah:

Rashi wrote:

Said Rabbi Isaac: It was not necessary to begin the Torah except from ‘This month is to you, (Exod. 12:2) which is the first commandment that the Israelites were commanded. Now for what reason did He commence with ‘In the beginning?’

Because of [the verse] ‘The strength of His works He related to His people, to give them the inheritance of the nations.’ (Psalms 111:6). For if the nations of the world should say to Israel, ‘You are robbers, for you conquered by force the lands of the seven nations [of Canaan],’ they will reply, ‘The entire earth belongs to the Holy One, blessed be He; He created it (this we learn from the story of the Creation) and gave it to whomever He deemed proper When He wished, He gave it to them, and when He wished, He took it away from them and gave it to us.’

Hotovely added, “We need to return to the basic truth of our rights to this country,” she said. “This land is ours. All of it is ours. We did not come here to apologize for that.”

Her comment that no apologizes are necessary is right out of election campaign of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) and its chairman Naftali Bennett.

Hotovely also quoted Rabbi Yehuda Ashkenazi:

If Jews will convince themselves when facing the world that they are right in their ways, they will get along fine.

Haaretz reported that one diplomat said, “This the first time we have been asked to deliver a Dvar Torah to explain Israel to the world.”

It’s about time.

Her speech to the diplomats represents a radical change – a real revolution – in the Israeli government.

Hotovely, a darling of the national religious movement, has shown herself to be a brilliant politician, and she has won the full trust of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, which is not easy.

One of the main reasons Netanyahu named her as Deputy Foreign Minister is because Hotovely never has lashed out at the Prime Minister like other Likud politicians.

She and Moshe Feiglin, whom Netanyahu maneuvered out of the Knesset, believe that the national religious movement is better off working through the Likud party instead of a smaller and ideologically defined faction, such as the old National Religious Party (Mafdal).

Hotovely has succeeded where Feiglin failed. He tried to go one-on-one against Netanyahu. Hotovely plays the game the way politicians are supposed to play it.

Even when the government carries out expulsions of Jews from the homes in Judea and Samaria, she politely disagrees but carries on with the attitude, “He is the Prime Minister, and I respect that,”

Netanyahu can trust Hotovely, who speaks excellent English, to represent the e the government, and she has stated that she will do so even if she personally disagrees.

Foreign media are aghast that Israel has a de facto Foreign Minister who is against the two-state illusion but Netanyahu has brilliantly made Silvan Shalom responsible for the non-existence “peace process” that Israel has to pretend is alive.

Likud MK Silvan Shalom to Lead Israeli Negotiating Team

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Likud Interior Minister Silvan Shalom has been appointed to become Israel’s new lead negotiator in any talks with the Palestinian Authority, as well as in strategic dialogue with the United States.

Palestinian Authority officials made it clear they were not happy with the appointment.

“He does not believe in a Palestinian state,” a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) source told the AFP news agency on condition of anonymity. “He’s against a two-state solution. It’s not an issue of names. It’s an issue of policy.”

Leftist politician Tzipi Livni, head of the Hatnua party and a justice minister in the prior government was the last minister to head Israel’s negotiating team.

Shalom said Monday that he is “ready to review every subject in every area from the most weighty issues of the United Nations, to smaller matters such as managing joint day-to-day life.”

Having served as foreign minister from 2003 to 2006 (during the second intifada and the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza), Shalom is no novice to the role. He will also be responsible for strategic talks with officials from the United States as well, according to a report broadcast on Galei Tzahal Army Radio.

Likud members are expected to raise some opposition as well, because party member and Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely was expected to be given the appointment.

Hotovely evaded reporters’ questions on Monday, saying only that until she is told otherwise, she will “work diligently to fulfill [her] duties faithfully in every sector in which Israel must act.”

Although it is usually the foreign minister who manages the issue of negotiations, at present Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is holding that post. Yisrael Beytenu party chairman Avigdor Liberman, the previous minister of foreign affairs, quit the coalition and withdrew his party as well.

Shalom’s new role is also likely to bring him in to security cabinet discussions on strategic issues such as how to deal with the Iranian nuclear issue vis a vis any dialogue with the United States.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/likud-mk-silvan-shalom-to-lead-israeli-negotiating-team/2015/05/18/

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