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Decrying ‘Dirty Jews‘, Mahmoud Abbas Promises ‘Bombshell’ at UN Speech

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

(JNi.media) PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has promised to “drop a bombshell at the end of my UN speech,” adding, “But I’m not going to reveal the nature of this bombshell,” according to a Wednesday night tweet by journalist Khaled Abu Toameh.

Senior Palestinian Authority official Nabil Shaath told Ma’an on Monday Abbas would use his speech before the UN General Assembly to cancel of some fundamental clauses of the Oslo agreement.

“Israel implements only that which serves her and her interests [in the Oslo Accords], So we, too, will act similarly,” Shaath said, promising that “Abbas will state things clearly — After 22 years, we have not achieved anything out of the Oslo Accords.”

Meanwhile, in a speech at the Muqataa compound in Ramallah, during a welcoming ceremony for a delegation from east Jerusalem, Abbas praised the protesters against the Israeli presence at Temple Mount, and declared that “no Palestinian state will be established without Jerusalem” as its capital.

Abbas stressed that he would not allow Israel to continue in its steps, which are intended, he said, to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He said that

“Al-Aqsa is ours, the Holy Sepulcher is also ours. They have no right to dirty the mosque with their filthy feet, we won’t let them do it.”

The past three days have seen violent clashes on the Temple Mount between Israeli security forces and stone throwing Arabs, enraged over Israeli plans to examine the possibility of sharing the area with Jewish visitors. On Wednesday morning, security forces broke into the Al-Aqsa mosque following intelligence information on masked young Arabs who had barricaded themselves there overnight in order to throw stones at Jewish visitors in the morning.

Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at dozens of barricaded youths, injuring 16, according to Al Jazeera. The Temple Mount riots led to a wave of violent acts by Arabs in Jerusalem, with masked Arabs throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at police and attacking Jewish passersby.

In Defense of Ambassador Danny Danon

Monday, August 17th, 2015

The left are frothing at the mouth at the appointment of Minister Danny Danon as Israel’s Ambassador to the UN. Primarily, because he’s a rightwing ideologue, and will unapologetically represent the views of the majority of Israel’s citizens and of the current government of Israel.

The left not only hates those views, they simply can’t understand how any positions other than capitulation can be defensible to the world.

Some on the right are complaining too, considering Danon to be a thorn in Netanyahu’s side, and this is Netanyahu’s way of getting rid of his political problem, at the expense of making a nondiplomatic appointment to an critical position.

But they’re both wrong.

The Left, brought us the Oslo disaster and its subsequent terror attacks, the recent Lebanon wars, the Disengagement and the Gaza wars. There’s no need to rebut their worldview. They’ve done it for themselves.

And besides, they froth at the mouth at every rightwing appointment.

For the Right, they need to consider something important. Only two people have truly and successfully challenged Prime Minister Netanyahu over the years for leadership of the Likud, Moshe Feiglin and Danny Danon.

While Feiglin successfully challenged Netanyahu by bringing his followers into the Likud from the outside, Danon managed to work inside the existing institutions, convincing Netanyahu’s own Likud people to join his team instead.

Repeatedly Netanyahu found Danon ruling the very same internal Likud institutions where Netanyahu should have been the unchallenged leader.

It’s precisely the fact that Danon managed to be a thorn in Netanyahu’s side, building up a strong coalition of followers, right under Netanyahu’s watchful gaze, indicates Danon’s ability to quietly organize and convince people to follow him.

Our former Foreign Minister, Avigdor Liberman proved that Right-leaning diplomats, working behind the scenes, confident in our country’s political positions were able to convince other countries to vote and stand with us in the international arena.

Danon sees himself as a contender for the position of Prime Minister. I suspect Netanyahu sees that potential in Danon too. There are many similarities between the two of them.

It’s no coincidence that Danny Danon reminds people of the young Bibi Netanyahu.

The fact that Danon was able to outplay Netanyahu in his own playground, proves Danon has the skills and capabilities that will be useful in the backrooms of the UN, quietly building up coalitions that will support Israel, while forcefully defending Israel at the podium, from a position of strength.

Netanyahu appointing Danon isn’t about getting rid of a thorn, it’s about preparing another qualified candidate. A potential leader who Netanyahu may dislike now because of the challenges he creates, but one who Netanyahu also trusts over the long term because of his unwavering ideology and skills — for the inevitable day when Netanyahu decides to step down.

Minister Danny Danon Appointed Israeli Ambassador to the UN

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Prime Minister Netanyahu decided to appoint Minister of Science, Technology and Space Danny Danon (Likud), to be the new Israeli Ambassador to the UN, according to a Maariv report.

He’ll be replacing Ambassador Ron Prosor.

Danon and Netanyahu haven’t always had the smoothest of relationships.

Danon began in the Knesset in 2009 and was a deputy defense minister in the previous government, until Netanyahu fired him following their open dispute during Operation Protective Edge.

Over the years, Danon challenged Netanyahu a number of times for key positions in the Likud party, including the premiership.

This position gets Danon out of Netanyahu’s hair (and government) for a while, while putting Danon’s experience and ideology to work for Israel at the UN.

Danon thanked the Prime Minister for the position and for trusting him to represent Israel at the UN during such a challenging time.

Replacing Danon on the Likud list, will most likely be Canadian-born Sharon Haskel.

MK Proposes Israeli Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) for NGOs

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

MK Yinon Magal (Bayit Yehudi) has proposed legislation in the Knesset that will tax Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) who receive significant funding from foreign governments.

The proposed law will tax any NGO receiving more than $50,000 from a foreign government, at the rate of 37% on those funds.

Those NGOs will also be restricted in the amount of cooperation they can receive from official government bodies and the IDF, and will be designated as a “foreign NGO”.

In addition, the NGO will be required to place notification on all their official documents that they are supported by foreign governments.

Regarding foreign government funding funneled through another NGO, the 2011 foreign funding transparency law explicitly covers all money that originates with governments.

Bayit Yehudi head called this a “response to the UN report.”

The latest UN “Schabes Report” against Israel received information from Israeli NGOs who receive millions of shekels from foreign governments in Europe, and advance the interests of those foreign governments.

The proposed law will not stop the NGOs from continuing their work, but it will make clear that they providing services for foreign government who ere using local Israelis to promote the agendas of the foreign governments.

The United States has a similar law called the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

The U.S. law requires those working directly or indirectly for a foreign government or foreign organization publicly disclose that information, as well as disclosing all their activities and finances.

Lapid: The UN has Lost Its Mind

Monday, June 15th, 2015

The United Nations is “obsessed” with criticizing Israel, and “always assumes the Jews are to blame,” Yesh Atid party head Yair Lapid has accused. His comments from a Yesh Atid party gathering were reported by the Hebrew-language site NRG.

The UN is expected to release a report in the upcoming days criticizing Israel over the 2014 Protective Edge operation in Gaza.

Lapid noted that the UN had chosen not to investigate the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teens at the hands of Hamas immediately prior to the operation. “If that’s not hypocrisy, I don’t know what is,” he said.

Overall, the report “is yet another example that the UN has lost its mind,” Lapid declared. Instead of investigating Israel, he continued, the UN should investigate itself. “How did it lose its honesty, its moral standards, the basic values of fairness for which it was created?” he asked.

He noted that Israel took extensive measures to protect Gaza civilians, including giving advance warning of military operations to allow civilians to leave affected areas and setting up a field hospital near Gaza.

Operation Protective Edge was launched in response to the Hamas terrorist group’s use of tunnels from Gaza to Israel to attack Israeli communities, and to near-constant rocket attacks. During the operation Hamas repeatedly attacked IDF troops in Gaza, leading to heavy fighting at several points near the Gaza border.

Following the operation Hamas accused Israel of war crimes, and claimed that nearly all of the dead were civilians – a claim repeated in the international media, despite strong evidence that at least half of those killed were combatants.

Two recent reports on the conflict have found that Hamas committed war crimes against both Israel and the civilian population of Gaza, and that Israel went above and beyond the law in its attempts to prevent civilian casualties.

UN Soldiers Illegally Occupy Handicapped Parking Spots in Katzrin

Friday, June 5th, 2015

The town of Katzrin on the Golan Heights has a problem.

It’s a popular town among UN Peacekeepers stationed up in Israel’s north, but for an organization that is so obsessed with international law (at least their interpretation of it when it comes to Israel), they completely disregard the law when it comes to following it themselves.

The Katzrin regional council has recently been dealing with UN soldiers who completely and purposely ignore parking regulations.

The UN soldiers illegally park in no-parking zones. They illegally park on the sidewalks. Most disgustingly, they illegally park and take over entire handicapped parking areas, as you can see in the photo above.

Dmitry (Dimi) Apartsev, the mayor of the Katzrin regional council, told Makor Rishon that Katzrin is happy to host the UN soldiers who recently moved their command center over to Katzrin after being chased out of Syria, but he would appreciate if they respected local laws a bit more.

He added, he also wouldn’t mind if they updated their business cards to say Katzrin instead of Damascus.

Apartsev has sent numerous letters to UNDOF to intervene with the local soldiers, to no avail.

The town even printed up special stickers to stick onto the UN vehicles parked in the handicapped parking spots, but that’s not working either.

The UN soldiers have diplomatic immunity, so there aren’t many legal steps the town can take against them, even as the UN repeatedly breaks the law.

The police can give them tickets all day long, but the town has no way to force the UN to actually pay the fines.

Sen. Graham Tells Netanyahu He Will Lead ‘Violent Backlash’ against UN

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a likely Republican presidential candidate, met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Wednesday and vowed to stand up for Israel in the United Nations.

Graham also pledged a “violent pushback” against the Palestinians if they pursue war crimes charges against Israeli soldiers in the International Criminal Court.

Graham told reporters at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel:

If there’s an effort by any nation to have the [U.N.] Security Council define the terms of the peace process, there will be a violent backlash from the United States Congress in a bipartisan fashion.

Graham’s remarks allude to a recently announced proposal by France that vowed to recognize a Palestinian state if there is no agreement between Israel and the Palestinians through an upcoming French-backed U.N. Security Council resolution.

“I am in charge of the foreign assistance account, I’m in charge of the money we provide for the United Nations,” said Graham, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.

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