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Haredi MK Porush: Netanyahu Is a Dishrag, We’ll Avenge the Draft Law

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The Haredi parties in the Knesset are enraged. The Knesset Special Committee for the Equal Sharing of the Burden headed by Jewish Home MK Ayelet Shaked, approved criminal sanctions for draft dodgers in the new draft law, to take effect in 2017.

Jewish Home MK Moti Yogev opposed criminal sanctions in committee, and his appeal will be discussed next week. MK Shaked abstained from the vote.

The brunt of the Haredi anger is directed at Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s media report Friday. Haredi activists feel that he just stabbed them in the back. After all, for so many years they used to be his natural coalition partners.

Criminal sanctions were approved after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu settled the dispute between Finance Minister Lapid and Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett.

The angriest response came from United Torah Judaism MK Meir Porush, who told Yeditoth Aharonot: “Netanyahu is a dishrag. Twice he was elected and received the leadership because of the support of the Haredi sector. But this week it turned out he is not an honest man. He’s an ingrate.

According to MK Porush, Netanyahu had declared that while he’s in charge there won’t be criminal sanctions against yeshiva students, and this week he broke his promise. Or as Porush put it, “He capitulated to Lapid.”

Porush insisted that as recently as two weeks ago Netanyahu had promised the would be no criminal retribution against yeshiva men who fail to register to serve in the army.

Porush says that Netanyahu offered to issue a press release with his commitment, and he, Porush, told him, “the press release doesn’t matter. It’s important that I know you won’t capitulate in the end.”

Now to the revenge part. The Haredim are pretty much determined to vote against any Likud candidate for president, simply because he’s from Likud. “If we’re third rate citizens, why should we support the Likud candidate?” Porush asked.

“The middle class is fed up with carrying the Haredi population on its back,” Finance Minister and Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid said at a Tel Aviv press conference Thursday. He said the new draft law would correct 65 years of a social and historic perversion. Starting next month, thousands of young Haredi men will be receiving their draft orders.

“In three years, 70 percent of Haredi students obligated to enlist in the military will serve in the army or national service,” Lapid said.

Criminal sanctions comprise the most controversial clause in the draft law since the previous legislation, the Tal Law, expired in 2012.

The unexpected benefactor of the new Haredi mindset will probably be former Foreign Minister David Levi. The Haredim have sworn to shoot down any presidential candidate who supports the new draft bill, and, apparently, David Levi, retired from political activity these days, is yet to come out for the new draft law.

Mostly because nobody asked…

Report: Senior Israeli Ministers Suspected of Ties with Foreign BDS

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

The website KR8 reports that Israel’s foreign ministry has warned Prime Minister Netanyau regarding activity within his own government to encourage an international boycott against Israel. As a result, according to the report, Ministers Tzipi Livni, Yaakov Perry and Yair Lapid were not included in a recent special cabinet meeting with the Shabac, Israel’s internal security service.

KR8 points out that the three ministers belong to two parties that did not exist a year before the January 2013 national election, and that both have not disclosed the funding from foreign sources which allowed them to run effective campaigns to attract the “floating votes” between Likud and labor.

In Livni’s case, she had been voted out as chair of the Kadima party, disappeared from view for several months and reappeared with the financial muscle that enabled her to pick up 7 Knesset seats. Lapid’s rise to political success was even more resounding, going from no political experience whatsoever to 19 Knesset seats. The Israeli press has not questioned these two stunning feats of political prowess, even after both Livni’s and Lapid’s parties ended up as the only left-leaning coalition partners.

The angry report from the foreign ministry charged that Livni, Lapid and Perry have been so vociferous and adamant about the impending doom of European and American economic sanctions against Israel’s economy, should the Jewish State fail to sign a peace treaty with the Palestinians, that their message is now threatening to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Recognizing that some inside Israel’s leadership would actually welcome a boycott, European corporations are softening their resistance to BDS pressures.

When weighing capitulation to the BDS against potential Israeli retaliation, especially in the area of technology and hi tech, those European concerns would have likely chosen not to join the boycott. But when the media is flooded by Israeli voices that give legitimacy to the boycotts, it would make sense for the Europeans to associate themselves with the likes of the Danske Bank, Denmark’s largest, which has a long antisemitic record and strong ties with Iran.

Incidentally, speaking of Danske Bank, which has decided to boycott Israel’s Bank Hapoalim for “legal and ethical” reasons related to its operating in the settlements – is now facing allegations from state prosecutors of price manipulation “of a particularly serious nature” in connection with mortgage bond trading in 2009. Six employees have been suspended, and that only the start.

Instant Karma is such a pleasure to watch…

So far, there have been no confirmation to the KR8 story, which does not quote sources. The likelihood at this point that Netanyahu would fire the three erring ministers is low—while the right wing KR8 reporter’s view is that it is practically inevitable. But who know, Purim is just around the corner, and it’s a holiday renowned for a lot of Karma and of turning bad things around in the nick of time.

Lapid Freezes Funding for Draft-Delayed Haredim

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Finance Minister Yair Lapid on Wednesday froze the money going to Haredi yeshivas, following a Tuesday Supreme Court ruling that ordered the state to halt all payments to yeshivas whose students’ draft has been postponed.

Lapid instructed the Finance Ministry’s comptroller to freeze the payments, but on Thursday he issued a statement saying that, after discovering that the funds had already been sent to the Education Ministry, he convened an emergency meeting with his comptroller following which he ordered her to block those funds as well.

Lapid’s statement said that this was done in an effort to obey the high court’s ruling.

Now the two offices will be cooperating to separate the 18- to 20-year-old yeshiva students with an August draft postponement, who will not be paid, from the rest of the yeshiva students.

“These will no longer receive state funds,” said the Lapid statement. “Only once the Education Ministry’s examination of their cases is concluded will the Finance Ministry release the funds to those yeshiva students not included in the court ruling.”

The Supreme Court ruled on several appeals from so called good government groups. The court ordered government to issue an updated announcement by March 31 regarding the pay, saying the justices might issue a new decision should the Knesset not come up with new legislation by then.

Meanwhile, the justices have prohibited government to transfer any funds “intended to support Torah institution students born in 1994, 95 and the first half of 96, who received their draft date starting in August, 2013, and who have not shown up to be drafted based on general decisions to postpone their draft made by the IDF Chief of Staff.”

So, everybody wins: Lapid gets to show his few remaining potential voters that he’s tough on parasitic Haredim; the Haredi yeshiva deans get to show the world that Israel hates Torah; and Yeshiva students and their families get a rare opportunity to drop their nasty habit of eating several times a day and living in homes.

Feiglin Says Israel Better Off without Yesha Council

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Knesset Member Moshe Feiglin condemned the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria to the gallows Monday, explicitly saying that Israel would be better off without it.

The Council, whose title included “Gaza” before the expulsion of Jews in 2005, has been the voice of Jews in Judea and Samaria for decades. It has been praised and damned for its failed efforts to prevent the Oslo Accords and the expulsion of Jews from Gaza and four northern Samarian communities in 2005.

Feiglin, the most hawkish nationalist in the Likud party, stepped smack in the middle of a controversy brewed by Finance Minister Yair Lapid, who charged on Sunday that the Yesha Council has misused government funds by funneling them for political purposes, such as media campaigns against the government’s policies towards the “peace talks.”

The Council vigorously denied the charges and said that all money could be accounted for as being spent for non-political activities.

However, Feiglin said on the national religious-oriented Galei Israel radio station Monday, “The attack on the Yesha Council is based on politics and not economics, but it is justified… Yesha has caused only damage to the Land of Israel and has no benefit.”

“Israel would be better if this body [Yesha] would disappear from the world,” he stated. “Whoever outs his hand in my pocket and does not consult with me is in effect stealing from me.”

The Yesha Council was a holy cow to Jewish residents in Judea and Samaria years ago, organizing dozens of demonstrations, some of them in the tens of thousands and even in the hundreds of thousands, against Oslo and later the expulsion.

It was successful at organization protests but a failure in realizing that they had little political effect against the massive support from Israel’s popular media for the “peace movement.”

Peres Demand for ‘Jewish State’ Recognition an Obstacle to Peace

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

President Shimon Peres has told diplomatic officials that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s demand that the Palestinian Authority recognize Israel as a “Jewish State” is “unnecessary” and is an obstacle to a peace pact, the Yisrael HaYom newspaper reported Wednesday.

The “Jewish state” issue has been one of Netanyahu’s’ favorite ploys to make PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas look stupid. The more Netanya raises the issue, the more Abbas gets his back up, while at the same time insisting that no Jews will be allowed to live in a Palestinian country.

That puts even J Street in a tough position.

But Peres, like Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid, don’t understand the Big Picture that Netanyahu sees, a picture of diplomatic chess to put the opposition in a defenseless corner.

Instead, they make out the matter of recognition of a “Jewish State” to be a useless principle.

Not surprisingly, relations between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Peres are not the best, but then again, that parallels Netanyahu’s relations with another president, Barack Obama. His statements have leaned towards Netanyahu’s demand and away from Peres and Lapid’s efforts to finds a way to let Abbas off the hook.

Polls Show No Chance for Obama to Wreck Netanyahu Coalition

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Two new polls show that Israel is marching rightward and that the nationalist and religious parties would even be stronger than in the current coalition if elections were held today, mostly at the expense of Yair Lapid

The Likud Beitenu party, which reflects the merger of Likud and Yisrael Beitenu that still may be dissolved, would increase its strength from 31 in the current Knesset to 34, according to a Channel 1 poll, and 40 according to a survey by Geocartography. The second poll also showed that if the two parties were to split, they would win a combined number of 55 mandates

The Jewish Home party, headed by Naftali Bennett, would hold its own, with one poll showing a gain of one seat and the other a loss of one seat. If Likud and Yisrael Beitenu were to split, the strength of Jewish Home would sink to seven.

The left-wing Meretz party, which now has six Knesset Members, would gain one or four seats in the next Knesset, depending on which poll is accepted.

The increased strength of Likud Beiteinu comes at the expense of Yair Lapid and his Yesh Atid party, which was the star of the last election by winning 19 seats. The Channel 1 poll gives it only 9 seats and the Geocartography survey came up with 13.

Despite the difference in the results, the trend is clear – a sharp rise for Likud Beiteinu and a punch in the pace for Lapid. The “champion of the middle class” has lost its luster as the truth quickly emerges that he represents the upper middle class.

He has an ace up his sleeve if he can bring down the price of housing, but that is not about to happen tomorrow, next month or even this year.

The gain of Meretz and Likud Beiteinu at his expense indicates that Lapid’s charisma attracted leftists and center right secular nationalists.

As for the other parties, Shas still is around and will stay or more at less with 11 seats, according to the polls.

Labor, now under the lead of Yitzchak Herzog instead of Shelly, Yachimovich, would drop from the current 15 to 11 or gain one seat.

Both polls reveal that Tzipi Livni’s HaTunah party would be cut in half in the Knesset, from the current six MKs to only 3.

One surprise result is that former MK Aryeh Eldad, Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir, all of them to the right of the right, would win three seats.

Yesh Atid Education Minister’s Ruling Challenging Lapid on Draft

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Last Friday, Yesh Atid Chairman and Finance Minister Yair lapid threatened that he would fight to get both of Israel’s chief rabbis fired, because of their objection to drafting women into the military.

The website Srugim quipped that it had taken Lapid a mere 65 years to discover that the rabbinate has always opposed enlisting women, and so in his Facebook entry he responded to the news as if it had just happened:

“Israel’s chief rabbis have announced that they forbid girls to enlist in the IDF,” he wrote, with a sense of indignity that gave a freshness all its own to the “sin” committed back in 1948, give or take a year.

“This is chutzpa and a national scandal, and we will act to get them fired in the Knesset and in the government, and, if need be, through the justice system as well.”

Not exactly a Churchillian “We Shall Fight on the Beaches,” but close enough.

“These are state employees receiving a nice salary from the State of Israel, sitting in their comfortable offices, with their official cars, and announcing they disagree that girls would serve in the mud and the cold as infantry warriors, in flight school, in the Border Patrol, in Navy school,” Lapid pontificated, signing off with the threat: “David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef are not worthy of serving as chief rabbis of Israel.”

Israeli politicians do that every once in a while, making total fools of themselves by jumping head first into a complex issue about which they know next to nothing, only to emerge on the other end battered and bloody.

In this case, the sucker punch response came from Lapid’s Yesh Atid party’s no. 2 minister, Rabbi Shai Piron, formerly dean of a yeshiva; or rather, it began with an irate former student of Piron, who dug up a rabbinic ruling by hs rosh yeshiva, where he writes explicitly that he could not find a halachic scholar who permits drafting women into the army.

Piron wrote, originally: “The problem with the military service is the general atmosphere which does not permit life without needless moral capitulation. The pressure, the abnormal reality, is liable to emphasize the less pure aspects of the meetings between young men and women.”

Profoundly true and eloquent, in my vie. Rabbi Piron concluded that we should not go some places not because we’re certain something untoward would happen, but because we fear that the potential exists for such an outcome.

Piron’s student, Ran Churi, a community activist (yes, just like our president used to be), turned to his former dean and demanded to know whether he agrees with his party boss, that both chief rabbis should be fired on account of their objection to the women’s draft.

And Churi didn’t go easy on Rabbi Piron, challenging him: “I call on you to prove that the political game has not eroded your values, the place from whence you came, the title you acquired through hard labor and its very meaning. How should you prove it? You choose. But now you’re at a crossroads between being a politician with obligations to his party and a man with obligation to his values.”

Piron’s office released a short but clear statement, in response to an inquiry from Srugim: “Minister of Education rabbi Shay Piron believes that there are nearly no halachic authorities (poskim) who gave religious young women permission to enlist in the army. That’s what the two-year national service is for. But this position does not detract from the duty of all the young women to serve in the army.”

Obviously, Minister Piron is not interested in a fight with his boss over this issue. He picked a truly clever way to avoid such a fight with his student as well. His argument goes (say it with a yeshivish niggun): On the one hand, all the young women must serve in the army; but on the other hand, religious young women are prohibited from military service by practically all the halachic authorities. So if you’re not adhering to halacha, you should go in the army (good with boss); but if you’re religious, you shouldn’t (good with student).

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