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Netanyahu Slams ‘Peace Now’ Sabotage Over Jerusalem

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has slammed what he called a “deliberate” attempt by the leftist Peace Now movement to sabotage his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

The group publicly recycled stale news about a Jerusalem housing project in the southern part of the capital that had already won its initial approval in 2011, with its final processing and approval signed last week. Such projects are frowned upon by the international community, including the United States. The news “leak” was timed to coincide with Netanyahu’s meeting at the White House.

“This is irresponsibility on the international level – for some element to publish a statutory plan in order to sabotage a very important meeting that dealt with the Iranian nuclear program, our basic security questions and Islamic State (ISIS),” Netanyahu said in an interview with Amit Segal on Israel’s Channel 2 News, to be aired after the Yom Kippur holiday.

The announcement of 2,610 new building tenders in Jerusalem’s Givat Hamatos neighborhood was greeted with a harsh condemnation by the State Department, which labeled the project “poison.” Spokesperson Jen Psaki claimed the new homes in southern Jerusalem would “poison the atmosphere not only with the Palestinians but also with the very Arab governments with which Prime Minister Netanyahu said he wanted to build relations, and call into question Israel’s ultimate commitment to a peaceful negotiated settlement with the Palestinians.”

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, meanwhile, also slammed ‘Peace Now’ for its attempt to sabotage the prime minister’s meeting at the White House over the issue, and underscored the group’s foreign ties. Peace Now, a worthless organization whose budget mostly comes from foreign sources, leaked the news the same day as the prime minister’s meeting with the president of the United States in order to poison the atmosphere,” Katz charged.

Likewise, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat rejected the condemnations and instead said the construction in the holy city was “essential, important and will continue with full force.” He added that he will “not freeze construction for anyone” in Israel’s capital. “Discrimination based on religion, race or gender is illegal in the United States and in any other civilized country,” Barkat said.

“[The] 2,600 apartments in Givat HaMatos that we approved two years ago will enable more young people from all sectors and religions to live in Jerusalem and build their future here, thereby strengthening the capital of Israel. We will not apologize for that.”

US and European Flights to Israel Cancelled Due to Rockets

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Delta Airlines and US Airways temporarily suspended flights to and from Israel on Tuesday, July 22 after a rocket fired by Gazan terrorists landed in the Israeli city of Yahud, which is 6 miles from Ben Gurion Airport. One Israeli was injured by that rocket attack.

Delta Flight #468 which was on its way to Tel Aviv from New York with 273 passengers turned around over the Mediterranean and flew instead to Paris. Delta announced the suspension of service to Tel Aviv with a statement on its website.

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Following those cancellations, other airlines, both in the United States and abroad also suspended flights to Ben Gurion Airport. Among the other airlines grounding Israel-destination flights are Air France, SwissAir, Germany’s Lufthansa and the Netherlands KLM.

In response to the cancellations, Israel’s Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz called on the airlines to reverse their decision, insisting the Ben-Gurion Airport is safe and completely guarded and saying there is no reason to “hand terror a prize,” by halting the flights.

Instead, the U.S.’s Federal Aviation Agency banned all flights to Ben Gurion Airport for the next 24 hours.

UPDATE: Of course the ban does not apply to Israel’s airline, El Al. That airline has no intention of cancelling flights. “There is no chance we will stop operations,” an El Al spokesman told the Jerusalem Post.

Israel Needs New Paradigm for Peace

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Prior to Galileo Galilei, the 17th century Italian astronomer, the scientific world had a problem: Astronomers would make calculations for a variety of data based on the Christian notion that the sun orbited the earth. Alas, every few years, the data would become obviously skewed, which pushed scientists of the day to re-formulate their calculations, but never their basic assumption. It took Galileo to suggest that the basic assumption was flawed, but indeed – once Galileo’s revolution took hold, scientific data in a realm of disciplines began to take more solid form.

I was reminded of this story when reading Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz’s proposal to increase public transportation to Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria in response to the abduction of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel (or, it should rightly be said, in response to the left-wing attempts to blame Judea and Samaria Jews for the abduction because “irresponsible” parents allow their children to hitchhike). Katz’s proposal is surely welcome. The dearth of bus service, even to “settlement blocs” like Gush Etzion (to say nothing of outlying Jewish communities such as Itamar or Har Bracha) is a serious impediment.

But the assumption that hitchhiking is the problem here is analogous to Christian insistence that the sun orbits the earth. Like the medieval scientific community, Israeli and Western politicians remain mired in a faulty assumption; namely, that Israel’s “occupation” of “Palestinian” land is the root of Arab terror. Necessarily, then, that faulty assumption leads to faulty data, so periodically, the “land-for-peace” brigades in Israel and abroad are forced to re-calculate.

Teenage boys kidnapped? Better fix public transportation. Young man lured to Ramallah and killed by Palestinian killers? Parents better watch over their teens on the internet a bit more. Palestinian sniper kills a baby in Hebron? Well, you know… Hebron is “occupied,” after all. Jewish prayer on Temple Mount sparks Arab riots? Better warn those pesky Jews.

Hamas holds and IDF soldier hostage for five years? It’s because Israel holds Palestinian security prisoners. “Friendly” Arab countries and political entities feature anti-Semitic cartoons in state-run media? It’s domestic politics, you know. And the list goes on, and on.

Eventually, however, political king makers will be forced to grapple with a paradigm shift; namely, that the Jewish presence in the Land of Israel – and not Israel’s “illegal occupation” of Judea and Samaria – is the root cause of Palestinian terror. As in years gone by, the Tzippi Livnis and Zahava Galons of the world will be forced to reconcile with the unhappy (for them) truth that Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria is not at issue today, but rather Israel’s presence.

Unless and until Israeli decision makers change the context of the domestic political discussion vis-à-vis the Arab world, they will consistently be forced to re-calculate when the data comes up skewed.

(Incidentally, here, too, is another comparison to Galileo, who was considered an enemy of the Church and was punished severely for challenging accepted Church orthodoxy. One need only look at the fever with which the cadre of Oslo messianists denounce individuals who questioned, and continue to question, the wisdom of that folly, to prove this point).

Only when Israel discovers the humility to recognise that the Oslo Process has led to nothing but heartache on both sides of the Israel-Palestinian divide will the country be able to begin the process of healing. This is primarily, but not exclusively, incumbent on people who originally supported Oslo. Even for whom the “peace” process seemed like a good idea in 1993, no further proof than the abduction of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel should be needed to understand that Israel is in deep need of a new paradigm vis-à-vis our neighbors.

New Jerusalem Entrance Highway to Be Named for Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

Monday, October 14th, 2013

A new highway planned for the entrance to Jerusalem and to bring motorists through the Har Nof neighborhood will be named after Rabbi Ovadia Yosef whose home was located there.

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said Highway 16, to be named in memory of the rabbi, will connect with the entrance to Begin Highway near Sha’arei Tzedek Hospital.

“Road 16 will symbolically link two great men: Menachem Begin and Rabbi Ovadia Yosef through the two main entrances to the city,” he said.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/new-jerusalem-entrance-highway-to-be-named-for-rabbi-ovadia-yosef/2013/10/14/

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