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Knesset Members Thwart Anti-Israel Move At Geneva Meeting

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Knesset Members Meir Sheetrit of Tzipi Livni’s HaTnuah party and Aliza Lavie  of Lapid’s Yesh Atid) were able to thwart an anti-Israel initiative promoted by Palestinian Authority representatives at a meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva this week.

The Arabs tried to insert an “emergency motion” into the agenda that called for all parliaments to boycott Israel and condemned settlement construction, Israel HaYom reported.

“Immediately after I landed in Geneva, I informed the heads of the organization that I had no intention of participating in meetings with Palestinian representatives unless they changed their intentions,” said Sheetrit. “The proposal that they put forward for the agenda hurts peace efforts and negotiations. Together with MK Lavie, I worked with all my might, and the Palestinians said today that they were pulling the motion.”

Knesset Members Thwart Anti-Israel Move At Geneva Meeting

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Knesset Members Meir Sheetrit of Tzipi Livni’s HaTnuah party and Aliza Lavie  of Lapid’s Yesh Atid) were able to thwart an anti-Israel initiative promoted by Palestinian Authority representatives at a meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva this week.

The Arabs tried to insert an “emergency motion” into the agenda that called for all parliaments to boycott Israel and condemned settlement construction, Israel HaYom reported.

“Immediately after I landed in Geneva, I informed the heads of the organization that I had no intention of participating in meetings with Palestinian representatives unless they changed their intentions,” said Sheetrit. “The proposal that they put forward for the agenda hurts peace efforts and negotiations. Together with MK Lavie, I worked with all my might, and the Palestinians said today that they were pulling the motion.”

Native Baltimore Rabbi Runs for Beit Shemesh City Council

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Baltimore native Rabbi Avraham Leventhal, who moved to Beit Shemesh eight years ago after making aliyah, has tossed his hat in the political ring and is running for a seat on the city council. Elections will take place October 22.

Another former American, Rabbi Dov Lipman, also was active in politics after making aliyah. He joined Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party and won a seat in the Knesset in the elections earlier this year.

Rabbi Leventhal joined the Tov political party, explaining that is comprised of “Orthodox Jews with a strong social action agenda.” He added, “They assist residents regardless of their party or religious affiliation. This is exactly the style of good government that Anglo olim seek. “

Beit  Shemesh is home to a large Anglo population but also has been the scene of violent clashes between Haredi extremists and modern orthodox and secular residents,

Rabbi Leventhal said, “An ‘us vs. them’ mentality has taken hold. There are many levels to the various conflicts including Haredi vs. Haredi, veteran residents vs. newcomers and olim vs. those native to the city. Unfortunately this is reflected in the functioning of the current municipal government. City Hall doesn’t serve all residents equally.”

’Middle Class’ Champion Lapid One of Richest Israeli Politicians

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Yesh Lapid party’s chairman Yair Lapid’s wealth is estimated at $6 million, ranking him number six in Forbes Israel’s listing of the top 10 politicians in Israel.

The estimated wealth comes as no surprise to his former supporters, who have helped  his party’s popularity dive by 50 percent since Lapid led the party to win 19 seats in the Knesset with a campaign boasting him as a champion of the middle class.

As Finance Minister, he promptly hiked regressive taxes and cut child welfare benefits, felt most by lower and middle income wage earners.

The list of the top 10 also shows that he is not the only Yesh Atid MK with a fat bank account. Yaakov Perry was ranked right behind Lapid with a fortune of more than $5 million. However, he has said that he is closer to being “middle class” rather than “rich,” which he apparently defines as someone like Warren Buffet.

Not surprising, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who profited millions of dollars from his Checkpoint  high-tech company, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Minister Silvan Shalom are on the list. Shalom’s wife is from the family with substantial investments, the most well-known being the Yediot Acharonot newspaper.

However, there also are quite a few “limousine liberals” who are big on helping the working class.

In second place, behind Barkat, is Labor party MK Erel Margalit, with an estimated wealth of $60 million, most of made through his Jerusalem Venture Partners enterprise and other business transactions.. In last place” is Labor MK Yitzchak Herzog, with a paltry $3 million.

Other political fat cats are Yair Shamir, son of the late Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir and a member of the Israel Beiteinu faction of Likud, in fourth place with an estimated wealth of $20 million. Right behind him is Meir Sheetrit, a former Likud and Kadima MK and now a member of Tzipi Livni’s party.

As expected, Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett is one the list, in ninth place with a fortune of $7 million.

Bayit Yehudi: Funding for Yeshivas to be Released

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Bayit Yehudi announced that NIS 65 million of government funding earmarked for Hesder and Haredi Yeshivas will be transferred before Rosh Hashanah.

The money was supposed to have been transferred a while ago, but Yair Lapid’s Finance Ministry has been holding up the transfer after they realized that Haredi Yeshivas would also benefit from this budget.

The amount of funding that is transferred in this basket is based on the percent of students in the Yeshiva that serve in the army. With Yeshivas with no IDF soldiers getting the least per student, and Yeshivas with more than 70% enlistment getting the most per student.

Education Minister Shai Piron (Yesh Atid) assisted Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) in getting the money transferred.

The Hesder Yeshiva also received NIS 15 million two weeks ago from the Ministry of Defense.

Yair Lapid Losing Popularity

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The Yesh Atid party, chaired by Yair Lapid, continues to lose popularity in the latest poll, with Meretz picking up the pieces and Likud, Jewish Home and Labor holding on to their strength.

If elections were held today, Lapid’s party would win only 12 seats, compared with 19 Knesset Members that it won in the elections last February, according to the Smith polls commissioned by Globes business newspaper.

In the previous poll, Yesh Atid won 14 seats, and the reasons for Finance Minister Lapid having fallen into disfavor range from his cuts in welfare support and child allowances to tax hikes and his undiplomatic remarks that his critics are like “nervous schnauzers left out in the rain.”

The left-wing Meretz party picked up another two seats in the latest poll, which now gives it 11 projected seats in the Knesset, almost double its current strength.

The Likud-Beiteinu, Labor and Jewish Home parties are unchanged, and Tzipi Livni managed to pick up one seat after seeing her popularity plummet in the last poll. Her HaTnuah party now would win four seats, two less than it currently has. Shas lost one seat in the poll to the United Torah Judaism Haredi party.

Yesh Atid, Revise Your Platform

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

In a recent account of his first Knesset term, Dov Lipman writes that “Yesh Atid Education Minister Rabbi Shai Piron is hard at work making major changes to improve the education system.” I wonder what values he brings to that project since Piron and other Yesh Atid cabinet members gave key votes to free 104 terrorists .

Looking at Yesh Atid’s statement of beliefs , one finds several sections that need to be revised and clarified given its role as a liberator of murderous Jew haters. Below are some examples with proposed revisions in italics:

“We believe that every person in Israel must have their fundamental rights met…”

Not applicable to terror victims and their families’ fundamental right to justice.

“We believe it is the duty of the state to care for the health of its citizens.”

Not applicable to health damage inflicted upon bereaved families by freeing their relatives’ murderers—depression, loss of sleep , etc.

“We believe in a unified society and the principle which says ‘all Jews are responsible for one another.’ ”

Not applicable to terror victims and their families.

“We believe that it is the state’s responsibility to ensure the safety of its citizens.”

Not applicable to incentivizing terrorism by freeing murderers.

“We believe that it is the duty of the state to care for all its seniors to enable them to live with dignity and enjoy their retirement years without worry or distress. These words are particularly focused on Holocaust survivors who live among us.”

Not applicable to the dignity of murdered Holocaust survivors and their families.

 

Lapid’s Popularity Collapses in New Poll

Monday, August 5th, 2013

A new Knesset Channel shows Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid in a severe meltdown in popularity, removing any doubts of the political law of gravity that the higher and faster a newbie’s star rises, the quicker it falls.

An overwhelming 78 percent of the respondents said they do not trust Lapid as Finance Minister, Globes reported. An even larger majority – 82 percent –ruled him out as worthy to replace Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Only 43 percent of the respondents said they would cast their ballots again for Lapid, and 54 percent said he has not kept his promises. If elections were held today, Yesh Atid would drop from 19 to 13 seats, and Likud-Beiteinu would more or less remain at its current strength. Jewish Home, led by Naftali Bennet, would soar from 12 to 16, and the other parties would stage marginal gains or losses.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/lapids-popularity-collapses-in-new-poll/2013/08/05/

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