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October 23, 2016 / 21 Tishri, 5777

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Worried About Obama: Netanyahu’s Request for Amona Industrial Quiet Becomes Scandal De Jure

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

It’s not easy to be the prime minister of the Jews, as Benjamin Netanyahu discovered yet again this week.

It began a week ago, in a meeting between Netanyahu and the residents of Amona and Ofra, the former being under the gun of demolition by order of the Supreme Court come December. In the meeting, as can be surmised from a Channel 2 News Wednesday report and from social media posts by the participants, Netanyahu warned that the Obama Administration could become very dangerous in its last two months in office, which is why they, the settlers, and the Israeli government must be careful not to provoke them.

As the news channel put it, the PM said, “It’s not only Amona, in the coming period between the elections in the US and the end of the Obama term our entire settlement enterprise is at risk.”

This was not the kind of explosive charge the Netanyahu government wanted to throw at the gates of the White House. In fact, Netanyahu was probably asking the residents for industrial quiet that would help keep the Administration’s attention on other things, such as the transition or the actual wars elsewhere on its doorstep.

On Wednesday night, Netanyahu’s office quickly denied the report, and stated, “Prime Minister Netanyahu never said the things that were attributed to him, but rather noted that past residents at the end of their term would promote initiatives that were not consistent with Israel’s interests. The Prime Minister reiterated that he hopes that [such misquotes] not be repeated, as he expects the US not to change its traditional policy of several decades to prevent anti-Israeli resolutions at the UN Security Council.”

And now we’ll all hold our breath until November 9, when a brave new world might just emerge for Israel…


Likud MK Calls Livni Adviser ‘Useful Idiot’ over Leftwing NGO Law

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

MK Amir Ohana (Likud) is part of the move to revoke anti-Israeli B’Tselem NGO’s right to receive interns from the National Service, where Israeli young men and women are invited to serve instead of enlisting in the IDF. B’Tselem, along with Peace Now’s US branch, have caught the wrath of Israeli politicians on both sides of the aisle when the testified last Friday before a non-binding UN Security Council session against the Jewish settlements in the liberated territories. Regardless of the arguments both groups were making, the fact that they chose to testify against their own country before a forum that included some of the most vile regimes on the planet disqualified them, in the view of most Israelis, from receiving any state support whatsoever.

Ohana tweeted: “How many Israeli citizens are aware of the fact that the state (through the National Service) provides manpower to B’Teselem? How did we get so screwed up? I was glad to hear the PM supports my proposed legislation to end this absurd situation.”

So former journalist Mia Bengel, who served as senior advisor to former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (then with her own The Movement party, formerly in the Kadima party, before that in Likud and now in the Zionist Camp), tweeted in response: “How many Israeli citizens are aware that there’s an MK who does not find it absurd for a homosexual to try and damage human rights organizations?”

Yes, we neglected to mention that MK Ohana is a declared homosexual and member in good standing of the Likud party. No one in Likud thought there was anything wrong about it, but, as it turns out, on the Israeli left you lose your gay license as soon as you join a rightwing party. Or, as Ravit Rita Bar tweeted: “I’m a rightwing lesbian, I vote Likud and support the Great Eretz Israel idea. Do I have your permission?” And Lilac Sigan tweeted: “Excuse me, but what human rights? They’ve long since forgotten what that means, they haven’t been in that category for a long time.”

MK Ohana went on the offensive, tweeting: “Only useful idiots like you consider B’Tselem, which defends Hamas, which throws homosexuals off the rooftops, a ‘human rights’ organization.” And he added for good measure, “Small former journalist.” Probably for the homosexual insult.

Bengel reacted: “Oy, and I was sure that a useful idiot is more like being a homosexual in Likud, voting against himself in return for a lentil stew of popularity and nausea.” This was a rather astute criticism of Ohana, who tends to be absent from votes where the coalition, of which he is a member, proposes anti-gay measures. This isn’t a frequent occurrence, mind you, but when it happens, gay activists don’t forgive it easily.

Michelle Hellm demanded (tongue in cheek) that the state revoke Ohana’s gay license. Ariel Plaskin expressed his revulsion at Bengel’s essentially bigoted idea that Homosexuals can’t belong to rightwing parties, and the debate is still raging.

Finally, the spokesperson for the Embassy of Israel in London, Yiftah Curiel, mentioned in the same Twitter debate that on the eve of Yom Kippur, October 11, which also happened to be National Coming Out Day in the US, “someone” at the Israeli embassy in London raised the rainbow flag together with the Israeli national flag. Considering the fact that the Jewish nation read together on the following afternoon a portion of the Book of Leviticus that outlaws just that sort of hanky panky, should someone alert the authorities?

David Israel

Israeli UN Envoy: Stop Funding B’Tselem

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Israel’s UN envoy Danny Danon will call on the UN Security Council to suspend UN funding for the anti-Israeli NGO B’Tselem, Israel’s Army Radio reported Wednesday morning. In his speech before a special session of the UNSC on the Middle East, Danon will reveal the funding provided the leftwing NGO by the UN, blaming the latter for orchestrating attacks on Israel through this funding. “It is no coincidence that this specific organization is invited to speak at the UN, to damage the State of Israel,” Danon will tell the special Thursday session.

On a related topic, Danon announced on Tuesday a new “political struggle against aid money which is transferred to Hamas in Gaza.” He noted that intelligence reaching Israeli security forces points to a worrisome increase of humanitarian funds ending up in Hamas hands. “Today we launch a political war against funding Hamas terror infrastructure with money from aid organization,” Danon declared, adding, “We will not rest until the UN and the aid organizations keep track of every dollar being transferred to the Gaza Strip.”

Danon said that he had approached directly the UN secretary-general regarding the creation of control mechanisms to stop the leakage of funds into the hands of Hamas. He also called on international aid organizations to do the same. In recent months, Israeli security forces detained two Arab officials of international aid groups who confessed to diverting tens of millions of dollars in aid money to Hamas. Israel has reported that Hamas invests $110 million annually in constructing terror tunnels, using, among other sources, International aid money.

“We must put an end to the unacceptable phenomenon whereby the international community believes it is funding hothouse construction while, in reality, the money goes to digging tunnels and buying arms,” the envoy said.

At the same time, Danon also praised the forum of donor countries to the Palestinian Authority, whose annual meeting is coming up, saying “Israel welcomes the contribution of these countries to the Palestinian Authority and sees great value in it.”


Netanyahu to Amend the National Service Law to Exclude B’Tselem

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

At the start of the Knesset winter session, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will act to amend the national service law so that it will no longer be possible for young Israelis to do their national service working for the B’Tselem organization, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s office, released Saturday night. Netanyahu discussed the amendment Saturday evening with coalition chairman MK David Bitan (Likud).

Prime Minister Netanyahu has previously contacted the Attorney General on the matter, and the latter said the law needs to be amended to exclude the anti-Zionist NGO.

On Friday, Hagai El-Ad, executive director of B’Tselem, appeared before a non-binding session of the UN Security Council, together with the director of Americans for Peace Now, to attack Israeli policy on Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

The meeting came a week after the US and the EU had expressed their outrage at the fact that Israel was planning 98 new housing units in Samaria, for the residents of Amona which was slated for demolition by the Israeli Supreme Court. Apparently, the fact that Israel refuses to let a few hundred Jews go homeless poses a threat to the national aspirations of Palestinians everywhere.

David Israel

As B’Tselem, Peace Now Attack Settlements, US Tells UNSC Israel Sabotages Two-State Solution

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

In a move that appears to confirm Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu’s worst nightmare, Deputy US Ambassador to the UN David Pressman told a session of the UN Security Council on Friday that the US is “deeply concerned and strongly opposes settlements which are corrosive to peace,” blaming Israeli settlement activities in Judea and Samaria for creating ” a one state reality on the ground.”

The council meeting, titled “Illegal Israeli Settlements: Obstacles to Peace and the Two-State Solution,” was called by member states Egypt, Venezuela, Malaysia, Senegal and Angola. The meeting was pushed by the PA delegation, which earlier this year shelved an anti-settlement proposal in favor of a French-led peace initiative. Attendance was not mandatory and there was no vote, however, it was clearly a signal of things to come, with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry preparing to go after Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria as soon as the Nov. 8 vote is cast.

Pressman pointed to the rise in the number of demolitions of illegally constructed Arab homes in Area C of Judea and Samaria as being of particular concern, and called on both sides to adopt policies that encourage rather than impede “implementing the two-state solution.” He also condemned Arab terrorism against Israelis, and argued that by inciting violence the PA is telling the world it isn’t interested in peace.

The Russian representative said the situation in the liberated territories is near “the moment of truth,” and insisted that “settlement construction must stop,” because it creates “Palestinian enclaves” which are disconnected from the world. “Israel needs security, but without the two-state solution, the threat to Israel will grow,”he threatened.

Hagai El-Ad, executive director of B’Tselem, and Lara Friedman, director of policy and government relations at the Americans for Peace Now, were the darlings of the special anti-Israel session. Friedman said that the Israeli investment in settlements shows the state is looking to thwart the two-state solution, and called on the UNSC countries to “send a message” to Israel.

Friedman told the council about an entire system inside and outside the Israeli government dedicated to constructing new settlements and expanding existing ones. She accused Netanyahu’s government of promoting the construction of 11,000 new settlement housing units between 2009 and 2015.

El-Ad complained that “Israel has systematically legalized human rights violations in the occupied territories through the establishment of permanent settlements, punitive home demolitions, a biased building and planning mechanism, taking over Palestinian land and much, much more.” He added that 2016 was the “worst” in terms of the number of illegal Arab structures that were demolished by Israel in Area C, which is under Israeli control according to the Oslo Accords.

Zionist NGO Im Tirtzu CEO Matan Peleg addressed the remarks by El-Ad, saying, “As we have said all along, the term foreign-agent does not do justice to the disgraceful activities of B’Tselem against Israel, which is enabled by funding from foreign governments and the New Israel Fund. History will not forgive those who, in exchange for money, are willing to sell out their country, people, and land.”

Peleg added: “We expect the government to announce that it will cease providing National Service positions to B’Tselem. The organization should be distanced from all contact and cooperation with the IDF and government offices.”


B’Tselem Rejects Criticism, Says UN Session Not Stacked Against Israel

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

by Andrew Friedman The B’Tselem human rights watchdog said in a statement Thursday that organization Director General Hagai El-Ad would address the issue of settlement construction at a special session of the UN Security Council this Friday (Oct. 14), but an organization spokesman said the group’s appearance at the world body was not a political move.

The session, “Illegal Israeli Settlements: Obstacles to Peace and Two-State Solution“, was initiated by the delegation from the Palestinian Authority and will be co-chaired by Angola, Egypt, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela.

The leftist Peace Now organization was also scheduled to speak, but has reportedly backed out at the last minute, according to a report posted by Ha’aretz.

B’Tselem’s spokesman Amit Gilotz told Tazpit Press Service (TPS) the session will not recommend concrete policy decisions. But Israeli diplomatic sources are concerned that the hearing could be a first step towards a full-fledged Security Council resolution denouncing Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria, possibly to be supported by the United States before U.S. President Barack Obama leaves office in January.

In a news release ahead of the appearance, B’Tselem said El-Ad will stress that “after almost half a century of Israeli military control over millions of people, the occupation is only deepening, while the settlements – one of the main reasons for daily violations of Palestinians’ human rights – continue to expand. Under these circumstances, it would be unreasonable to consider the occupation temporary or to believe that Israel intends to change this reality in the foreseeable future.”

But when asked how El-Ad’s appearance in a political setting could be considered “non-political,” Gilotz said that the group’s testimony is intended to get the international community to act, but he stopped short of specific policy recommendations.

“We don’t give instructions, we don’t make suggestions of what they should do. For that, there are politicians and statesmen,” Gilotz said. “The idea is to encourage the international community to stop accepting the violations of human rights and international law that Israel is committing.”

Reaction from the Israeli political stage to the announcement of El-Ad’s upcoming testimony came quickly. Israel’s permanent representative to the UN, Danny Danon, slammed the decision to appear at the meeting, calling it “diplomatic terrorism against Israel.”

MK Ofir Akunis (Likud) was less subtle, invoking a 2nd century prayer asking God to ensure that Jewish spies not be able to harm the Jewish people.

Further to the middle of the political spectrum, Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid described the group’s participation as “a declaration of divorce” from Zionism.

Gilotz was unmoved by the criticism. Asked whether B’tselem’s appearance could be interpreted as part of a wider anti-Israel move, Gilotz said only that he could not comment on a speculative suggestion. But he stressed that a UN session initiated by the Palestinian Authority delegation is not necessarily stacked against Israel.

“The UN is the body that gave its stamp of approval to the State of Israel, and in general Israel enjoys excellent relations with the international community. And her desire to be considered one of the enlightened, democratic countries means we have to also maintain certain standards that we are not maintaining at the moment,” Gilotz concluded.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

PA Official Gets Heavy UN Support in Getting FIFA to Ban Israeli Teams

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

The UN secretary general’s special advisor on sport Wilfried Lemke has been lobbying on behalf of the PA soccer association ban Israeli teams from Judea and Samaria, and sent FIFA a letter advising that all Jewish life in Judea and Samaria is illegal, which includes Jewish soccer teams.

Jibril Rajoub, President of the PA soccer association, has warned the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) that if it would not suspend six Israeli teams from the liberated territories, he’d take the association to court. That’s the Court of Arbitration for Sports conflicts, not the Criminal Court in the Hague, in case you were wondering.

Jibril Rajoub, whose history of terrorism goes back to 1968, and who spent a good chunk of his life in Israeli security prisons, was renowned as one of Chairman Arafat’s cruelest enforcers, when the PLO was invited by a Labor government supported by the Arab parties in Knesset to take over Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Starting in 1994, Rajoub served as head of Arafat’s Preventive Security Force until 2003, when Arafat appointed him his national security advisor. During his tenure, Rajoub was accused of using brutal force and harrassment to quash political dissent, including the frequent use of torture. Witnesses described him as shooting adversaries in their kneecaps in broad daylight.

The same Rajoub, who has moved down from murder to sports, told a press conference that “Israel receives quite a few benefits from FIFA, and some of those benefits also reach the settlements teams, which is unacceptable. Our message to FIFA is clear. The time has come to decide this issue and bring an end to Palestinian suffering, and thereby grant freedom of action to Palestinian sport and football, on one hand, and stop giving legitimacy to clubs active in the settlements, on the other.”

According to FIFA’s bylaws, one country may not allow a team located in the territory of another country play in its league without the other country’s consent, and Rajoub argues that six teams from Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria violate this law: Ma’aleh Adumim, Ariel, Kiryat Arba, Givat Ze’ev, the Jordan Valley and Oranit.

“Until a week and a half ago, we were very worried about what was likely to happen at the FIFA Council meeting,” an Israeli official told Reuters. “Now, we’re more relaxed, and believe that nothing dramatic will happen [during FIFA’s Thursday meeting] aside from a discussion of the issue. The big battle over the issue of the settlement teams will effectively be postponed until the FIFA Congress, which will take place in Bahrain in May 2017.”

According to the same Israeli official, the new FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, reassured the Israelis  that he would not permit a unilateral decision on the issue. Infantino wants to try to get a compromise that satisfies both sides, when he visits Israel and the PA come November.

According to Reuters, the UN secretary general’s special advisor on sport Wilfried Lemke stressed in his letter to Infantino that the UN Security Council has deemed the settlements a violation of international law, and so they have no legal status, and, therefore, “their soccer teams also have no legal status” and don’t meet the requirement of the FIFA bylaw.

In an interview he gave International Catalan Institute for Peace, Lemke counted among his chief achievements during his tenure as head of UNOSDP the active role he played in building “Extension Building for the Indoor Sports Hall” in the PA, to “empower refugee children and provide safe sporting environments for youth.” He has also supported “Sport for Resilience,” a project implemented by UNRWA. In 2014, UNOSDP also supported the Diyar Women Sports Center, a facility that provides PA women with the necessary skills and education required for them to enter the employment market. “The construction of this center contributes significantly to the enhancement of sporting infrastructure, human resources and social programs in Palestine now,” Lemke boasted.

Will the team of PA and UN officials be able to damage six Israeli soccer teams? We’ll find out in May, in Bahrain.


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