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Netanyahu, Putin Speak by Phone on Eighth Night of Chanukah

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday evening, (Dec. 31), the final night of Chanukah.

The two leaders discussed developments in the region, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Their conversation included an “emphasis on Syria and continued security coordination in this sphere, which has already proven itself in preventing misunderstandings,” the statement said.

According to a statement from Moscow, the call was initiated by Jerusalem and the conversation included a discussion about the “Palestinian-Israeli peace process.”

It was the second conversation between the two men in a week. Last Sunday Israel’s prime minister had called Mr. Putin to express condolences over the crash of a military aircraft that resulted in the death of the entire 60-member Red Army Choir, plus 32 others, while on its way to the Middle East.

Israel’s prime minister was among the world leaders who received New Year’s greetings from Russia’s president this week. Mr. Putin “expressed confidence in the successful continuation in 2017 of joint efforts to enhance the entire range of Russian-Israeli relations and constructive cooperation in addressing regional and international issues in the interests of the friendly peoples of the two countries, and for ensuring peace, security and stability in the Middle East.”

Hana Levi Julian

Jerusalem Bracing for Obama’s Other Shoe

Monday, December 26th, 2016

The severe retaliation employed by Prime Minster Netanyahu against UN Security Council temporary members Senegal, Ukraine and New Zealand were not an expression of blind rage by a smarting leader, as some on the left have explained it, but a last-ditch effort to warn these smaller countries against repeating their mistake should the Obama Administration drop the other shoe on Israel just before the January 20 inauguration of President Donald Trump, a political source said Sunday night, according to NRG.

Oleh Lyashko, leader of the Radical Party of Ukrainian, bewailed the great damage inflicted on his country with the cancellation of a state visit of Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman in Israel as a result of the Ukraine’s vote in the UN Security Council.

The Israeli PM also cancelled a meeting with the new Prime Minister of the UK and summoned US Ambassador Dan Shapiro for “clarification.”

One of the clues to the PM’s anxiety about the damage a vengeful retiring president can still inflict on the Jewish State is the un-delivered speech by Secretary of State John Kerry. In his Dec. 22 press briefing, Dept. Spokesperson John Kirby, referring to the Egyptian delegation last Thursday pulling its proposed anti-settlements resolution, said that “the Secretary was preparing to deliver some remarks today about a vision for the Middle East and certainly the Middle East peace process itself. And he decided that, in light of the postponement of the vote, that it would be prudent for him to postpone his remarks as well. I’m not going to preview the remarks with any specificity, beyond just saying that it certainly was going to be about the Middle East and the process.”

Kirby explained that the Kerry “vision speech” was timed “in concert with what we expected to be a vote today, […] and in light of the fact that the vote has been postponed, he’s decided to postpone his remarks.”

He then stressed that “it doesn’t mean that it has to be done on the same particular day, but that’s the timing that we chose to pursue. And if and when the Secretary delivers those remarks, we’ll certainly keep you apprised and let you know.”

Netanyahu knows that Kerry is eager to give his vision speech, because of all the failures of his four years in office, which have inflicted hundreds of thousands of deaths on the region, his failure to bestow peace on Israel and the PA wounded him the worst. The outgoing secretary invested so much time, effort, and personal prestige in forcing that peace deal down the Israeli rightwingers’ throats – his ticket to a Nobel peace prize – he hates to walk away without any permanent achievement.

President Obama, too, is smarting, as he prepares to see much of his signature achievements being reversed by the next Congress and the Republican Administration. He can’t give it to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has outplayed him everywhere, most notably in influencing the US election, establishing his control over eastern Ukraine, and ramming through Syria in support of its homicidal President Assad. But he, Obama, can punish Prime Minister Netanyahu for eight years of bad blood.

This is why Netanyahu has been lashing at those temporary UNSC members, literally cutting them off from every bit of technological advantage with which Israel has endowed them. But it isn’t just Israel –Netanyahu’s message is also a hint that by voting against Israel, should the opportunity come up again, they could raise the ire of Obama’s replacement.

That was, most likely, the message President-Elect Trump delivered last Thursday to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi: Don’t get stuck being messenger boy for a departing president, do business with me, the new guy. And el-Sisi blinked and withdrew.

Netanyahu’s spokesman David Keys told CNN Israel has “ironclad information, frankly, that the Obama administration really helped this resolution and helped craft it, from sources internationally and sources in the Arab world.” Keys added that the UNSC resolution was not just “deeply anti-Israel,” but represented a “last-minute jab” at Israel by the Obama administration. This means the gloves are off in the fight between Obama and the Israeli PM. No more niceties, no more pretense. The Obama White House is the enemy and it must be stopped, or at least slowed down.

JNi.Media

Russia’s Chief Rabbi: Terrorists Should Not Enjoy Safe Harbors

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar has urged world leaders to unite against terrorism in response to the tragedies in Ankara and Berlin, InterFax reported Tuesday.

“The terrorists are trying to impose their agenda and language on the world, focusing on no negotiations, no value for human life, and murder and intimidation,” Rabbi Lazar stated, suggesting that “the answer to these monstrous crimes, which places them outside the realm of civilized relations, must be to bring together the world’s leaders in the fight against terrorism.”

According to the chief rabbi, regardless of whether those terror attacks were coordinated or done based on individual whim, they showed that terrorism and extremism were “the number one danger in the world today.”

“There should be no safe harbors for the terrorists and their coordinators,” Rabbi Lazar concluded. “Our tolerance only inspires them to commit new bloody crimes.”

A native of Milan, Italy, Rabbi Shalom Dovber Pinchas Lazar grew up in the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement, beginning his service in Russia in 1990. In 2000 he became Chief Rabbi of Russia, and chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia and Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS. In September 2005 Lazar became an original member of the 168-member Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation which analyzes draft legislation and monitors Russia’s parliament and government. Rabbi Berel Lazar is known for his friendship with President Vladimir Putin.

David Israel

Senior US Officials: Putin Directly Involved in Hacking Election

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Two senior intelligence officials with direct access to CIA information have told NBC News they believe with “a high level of confidence” that President Vladimir Putin was directly involved in the Russian interfere in the US presidential election. They said their information comes from diplomatic sources and spies working for “US allies.”

Putin’s objectives were multifaceted, a high-level intelligence source told NBC News.

According to the officials, the hacking campaign began as a “vendetta” against Hillary Clinton, then evolved into an attempt to expose how corrupt American politics have become, in an attempt to “split off key American allies by creating the image that [they] couldn’t depend on the US to be a credible global leader anymore.”

The CIA apparently believes that from discrediting the US, the campaign evolved eventually into an all out effort to elect Donald Trump.

The FBI, which has done its part to discredit the Clinton campaign, is yet to endorse the CIA view, but, according to NBC News, US security agencies recognize across the board that the Russians were behind the leaking of embarrassing emails from the account of chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign John Podesta.

A former CIA official told NBC News that the US will find it difficult to retaliate by embarrassing Putin, for the same reason the Russians didn’t bother to release embarrassing information about Donald Trump. In both cases the Russian and the American public is already familiar with the allegations about them, most of which came, in Trump’s case, from the President-Elect himself. In Putin’s case, the Russian public has so far accepted and forgiven, reports that he has grown rich through corruption and has ordered the killings of political adversaries.

David Israel

Trump’s Secy of State Expected to be ExxonMobile CEO Rex Tillerson

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has apparently chosen ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to become the next U.S. Secretary of State.

Although the nomination is not final until Trump makes an official announcement – and that could come at any time between now and next week – Tillerson appears to be the top pick among all the candidates after former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani excused himself from consideration, leaving former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton as numbers two and three.

Tillerson, 64, has been the top executive at ExxonMobile for several decades, including a stint as president of Exxon Yemen in 1995, a tenure that undoubtedly seasoned the executive in the ways of Arab commerce, if not culture at least somewhat. He met Saturday with the president-elect at Trump Tower in New York City, Trump spokesman Jason Miller confirmed.

Like Trump, he has no government or diplomatic experience, and according to a report Saturday by NBC News, who said two sources from the Trump Transition Team claimed that lack may be addressed by his pairing with Mr. Bolton as his deputy Secretary of State, who would handle the day-to-day management of the department.

Until the appointments are made official, however, nothing is written in stone.

Tillerson reportedly has close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom he has allegedly spent so much time in past years, that only former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger outscores him. He was awarded the country’s Order of Friendship by Putin in 2013.

Tillerson also has a good track record as an advocate and business mogul in the field of natural gas, having acquired XTO Energy, a major natural gas producer.

He also signed a deal to develop oil fields in autonomous Kurdistan in 2011, a move that was in defiance of Iraqi law, which prohibits direct deals with autonomous Kurdistan.

Among other leadership roles, Tillerson also serves as a trustee for the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Hana Levi Julian

Russian diplomat: Moscow, Jerusalem Friendship at Highest Point Ever

Friday, December 9th, 2016

While the man who was condemned as Vladimir Putin puppet is getting ready to change the drapes in the Oval Office, and considering as his Secretary of State ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson – whom Putin awarded Russia’s Order of Friendship, Israel, too, appears to bask these days in the Kremlin’s new, sunny sphere of friendly smiles and sunshine.

Relations between Russia and Israel are at their highest point ever, President Putin Envoy to the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said at “The 10th Convent of RISA (Russian International Studies Association): 25 years of Russia’s Foreign Policy,” a conference hosted this week by the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, TASS reported.

According to Bogdanov, President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold regular telephone conversations. “This year bilateral contacts have been unprecedentedly intense,” Bogdanov told the conference.

“Russia’s leadership places great importance on boosting trade, economic and investment cooperation with Israel,” Bogdanov continued, noting, however, that “unfortunately, turnover statistics are a bit disappointing, though Israel remains one of Russia’s biggest economic partners in the region.”

According to Bogdanov, “Given the unfavorable global economic situation and the strength of the US dollar compared with the Russian ruble, in 2015 our turnover (sales) with Israel dropped by 31% to $2.3 billion. At the same time, we have been constantly working to restore turnover to its previous level.”

Bodganov stated that “it is no exaggeration to say that relations between Russia and Israel are now at their highest point ever.”

According to Anna Borshchevskaya, a Fellow at The Washington Institute, Putin pursued improved ties with Israel since he came into office in March of 2000, and the two countries have significantly improved relations on a number of fronts. “Russian and Israeli officials hold meetings and telephone conversations on a regular basis and maintain multiple open channels of communication,” she wrote in 2015. “The two countries have an agreement on visa-free tourist travel for their citizens. Israel is home to over a million immigrants from the former Soviet Union, which bolsters Russia’s ties to Israel. Russian is the third most popular language in Israel after Hebrew and English. Economic relations between the two countries have especially improved, exceeding $3 billion in 2014, a figure slightly higher than Russia’s trade with Egypt the same year. Military relations improved as well, [so much so that] in late 2015, according to press reports, Israel sold ten search drones to Russia, despite Israel’s concerns about Russia’s military and political ties to Iran.”

Для жизни (Google Translate says it means L’chayim).

David Israel

‘Holocaust on Ice ‘ Latest Rage (literally) in Moscow [video]

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Vladimir Putin’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov’s wife Tatiana Navka and actor Andrei Burkovsky performed a Holocaust-themed ice skating routine Saturday night which was called “shameful” but many who have watched it.

Dressed in black and white pinstriped death camp inmate pajamas complete with a gold Magen David, with the Israeli song “Beautiful That Way” for background, the couple performed figure skating jumps, spins, lifts, and other bits of ice rink choreography, in a kind of Auschwitz meets Grenoble show.

Tatiana Navka, a gold medalist in ice dancing at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, posted photos from her Holocaust on Ice routine on Instagram, with an inspirational message to parents to let their children watch the movie “Life is Beautiful,” because “Our children need to know and remember that terrible time, which I hope, God willing, they will never know!”

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Source: Instagram

Amazingly, Tatiana’s performance was received with applause by the audience, but social media folks have been condemning it in a mix of rage and disbelief, demanding an apology for an astonishing desecration of the memory of the most terrifying event in recent human history.

Sarah Silverman twitted: “Oh those whacky Holocaust victims (OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD).”

Deborah E. Lipstadt twitted: “HAVE YOU LOST ALL SENSE OF DECENCY? HAVE YOU NO SHAME? The Holocaust on ice, complete with a sound track of barking dogs.”

Many people kept their all-caps key on when responding to this one.

And Michael Ian Black twitted: “This might be offensive if they hadn’t take such great care to recreate all the wonderful ice dancing going on at Aushwitz at the time.”

David Israel

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