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Rivlin: Hamas Terror Won’t Stop Israel From Building Across Jerusalem

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

President Reuven Rivlin expressed “heartfelt pain” and “utter disgust” at blood spilled by a Hamas terrorist in Jerusalem but said Israel will continue to build across the capital city.

Speaking to participants at a memorial ceremony for former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and his late wife Leah Rabin at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, the president expressed “heartfelt pain” and “utter disgust” about the attack that took place earlier in the day. But he said that those who will be harmed more than any “will be the terrorists and those who incite and support them.”

Rivlin vowed that Israel would not cease to build across Jerusalem, nor “to impose law and order, by virtue of our sovereignty.”

Days before Rabin was murdered in October 1995, Rivlin noted the former prime minister had addressed celebrations in Washington D.C. to mark 3,000 years of Jerusalem.

“He spoke to the people of Israel and the world, and said proudly and confidently, ‘My Jerusalem is the focus of the longing, and destination of the dreams of the Jewish people. That is the dream, to reach (Jerusalem).

‘We have differences of opinion, from the Right to the Left. We disagree over the direction and over the aim. But in Israel, we have no disagreement on one issue – the unification of Jerusalem, and its continued place as the capital of the State of Israel,’” Rivlin quoted Rabin.

“These were his words.”

Israel Sort-Of Honors Mandela

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Some funerals are diplomatic events.

Mrs Thatcher, Yitzhak Rabin, Ronald Reagan….

These are events which feature on the international diplomatic calendar, even though the dates are not known in advance (unless you believe the conspiracy theorists).

Literally dozens of world leaders attend, and there are opportunities for favorable international PR, as well as behind the scene deals and covert discussions.

Much like a G20 summit meeting, the World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos, or a UN General Session in New York.

Nelson Mandela’s funeral today was such an occasion.

90 heads of state were in attendance from every country imaginable. All these people, by definition, have packed schedules of important commitments, and yet they were able to clear their diaries, arrange logistics, and turn up in Jo’berg for the funeral spectacular.

Not Israel.

President Peres reportedly had a bout of the flu – which at 90 is nothing to be sneezed at; and Prime Minister Netanyahu had run out of his international funeral budget. There were apparently additional concerns about security – although other world leaders, who probably value their own lives, seemed to deal with that one.

We all know that Mandela was pro-Palestinian – although that really was not the reason the whole world admired his statesmanship and revolutionary achievements in South Africa.

In a moment of fumbling – a motley crew of MK’s was assembled and dispatched from Jerusalem to South Africa, consisting of Yuli Edelstein (Speaker), Pnina Tamnu-Shata (Yesh Atid),  Dov Lipman (Yesh Atid), Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz), Gila Gamliel (Likud Beytenu) and Hilik Bar (Labor).

Its hard to work out what diplomatic assets could come out of what looked like, to the untrained eye, a national snub.

I guess if the concern really was security, then the clutch of cheerful looking MK’s on a rare international jaunt, must have met the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s criteria of being, in a worst case scenario, dispensable.

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Peres Stains the Memory of Rabin with the ‘Status Quo Fallacy’

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Wednesday was “let’s fight over the meaning of Yitzchak Rabin’s death” day in Israel, with President Shimon Peres and leading center-leftists still defaming the memory of the slain Prime Minister and exploiting it for its agenda that was signed long ago by the U.S. State Dept.

President Peres headed the hit parade at the Mount Herzl Cemetery in Jerusalem and began by rightfully noting that Rabin was a veteran warrior who fought for Israel’s independence and survived the enemy, only to die at the hands of a Jew whose “crime never will be forgiven.”

He then went on the usual peace tangent, equating Rabin with the quest for peace as if he knows better than God what Rabin would have said had he lived long enough to see dozens of suicide bombings, missiles on Jerusalem neighborhoods and trading 1,000 terrorists, many of whom returned to their favorite pastime of killing Jews, for some bodies of soldiers or the return of one live soldier.

But this is nothing new. We go through this every year, for 18 years now, since Rabin was gunned down. The inherent assumption is that there is no peace because the government does not do enough for peace. The government, if it’s not headed by Labor, is to blame and never mind the Arabs’ rejection of Labor government leader Ehud Barak’s offer to give it almost everything it supposed wanted plus the silver platter.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but when Peres “remembered” Rabin on Wednesday by declaring, “Those who delude themselves that the status quo between us and the Palestinians will continue may become a victim of their delusions,” the only one who suffers delusions are Shimon Peres and his  flock of cluckers.

It was 25 years ago, in mid-1988, when the Intifada was six-months old. Any armchair Zionist from the United States or Europe who drove through the winding hills of Judea and Samaria saw the isolated Jewish communities under the shadow of hundreds of Arab villages tucked away in every valley and exposed in every turn of the back road.

“This cannot continue” was the refrain I remember hearing.

On the surface, nothing much has changed. There are dozens more Jewish communities, but there also are hundreds more Arab communities.

Politically, the same gap remains.

But the status quo has changed because what really matters is not Bush’s Roadmap nor John Kerry’s peace plans. United Nations resolutions in favor of the Palestinian Authority don’t matter. Not even Israel’s “goodwill” gestures matter.

What matters is that the Arab population at large couldn’t care less about a Palestinian Authority state.

If there is a status quo that exists and cannot continue it is the corrupt and impotent Palestinian Authority. The only meaningful riots among the Arabs are those against their own so-called leaders.

There is not one dominant urban center in the Palestinian Authority. There is Ramallah north of Jerusalem, Jenin further north, and there is Jenin even further north, closer to Lower Galilee than to the Ramallah.

There is Kalkilya bordering Kfar Saba on the northern edge of metropolitan Tel Aviv; there is Jericho, in the middle of nowhere in the Jordan Valley; and there is Tulkarm overlooking Netanya. In between all of these cities, there are miles and miles of rural villages.

Each city has its only culture and identity. Hevron Arabs never would feel at home in Jericho, and those in Shechem would not feel at home in Hevron. They all have different mentalities, as different as Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews.

But those two Jewish tribes are bound together by Jewish blood and the need for a State of Israel.

The Arabs are not.

Nothing binds them. Even a common hate of Israel does not bind them because facts on the ground show that while they would love to see Israel annihilated, they would choose three square meals a day if given the choice between the two. They can’t have both because the Palestinian Authority never has had a will to become a ruling entity.

Israel has relinquished rule over most of the Palestinian Authority, but it cannot function. The security it provides for its own people is far less than Israel provided before the Intifadas.

Abbas Stuns Israel, Implies Surrender of ‘Right of Return’

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas played his ace Thursday and told Israeli leftist Knesset Members he will make the grand concession of giving up a “demand in the future to return to Jaffa, Acre or Haifa.”

The United States will jump on his statement, which in effect concedes the so-called “right of return,” as the greatest goodwill gesture since the deadly Oslo Accords, leaving Israel in a weak and almost defenseless corner in discussions with the Palestinian Authority.

Abbas previously has talked out of both sides of his mouth on the issue of flooding Israel with 5 million foreign Arabs who claim Israel as their home, based on the United Nations designation of “Arab refugees” even though they are three and four generations away from those who fled or were chased out of Israel in previous wars.

He has hinted several times that the demand is not realistic while telling Palestinian Authority Arabs it is a condition for an agreement with Israel.

With the resumed peace talks less than a month old, Abbas has taken the initiative and leaves Israel holding the bag of goodies that it now will be pressured to give up to match Abbas’ ostensible generosity.

Abbas has outfoxed Israel, which is not hard to do considering the deck of cards stacked in favor of the Palestinian Authority.

First, The United States, the European Union, Russia and the entire Muslim world considers Israel an “occupier.” It took Israel 45 years to come up with a much-too-late report of legal experts that Jews have every right to live anywhere they want in Judea and Samaria and all of Jerusalem, including areas occupied by Jordan between the War of Independence in 1948 and the Six-Day War in 1967.

Second, the United Nations has condemned millions of Arabs to be “refugees” by making them the only people in the world whose refugee status carries on from generation to generation.

Third, the United States has allowed the Palestinian Authority to ignore, time and time again, parts of the Oslo Agreements to the point that they are not even worth the paper on which they were signed. The only value of the document was for Yitzchak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, both of whom were crowned Nobel Peace Prize laureates, but that was before Arafat turned his Israeli-supplied rifles on Jews.

“The Palestinian people is ready for and wants peace,” Abbas told Knesset Members from the left-wing Meretz party in Ramallah Thursday. “We will not demand in the future to return to Jaffa, Acre or Haifa. Peace with Israel will be final and binding.”

By giving up the so-called “right of return,” a term that in itself is a perverted play on the Israeli term that for Jews all over the world to become citizens in Israel, Abbas has delivered a knockout punch to Israel.

All of Israel’s demands – security, United Jerusalem, and building for Jews in areas claimed by the Palestinian Authority – now will be seen as obstacles to peace.

Abbas has proven himself to be very clever, which is not very difficult to do considering the universal anti-Israel sentiment.

Ever since he was elected to take over from Arafat in the first and only election, Abbas shunned Arafat’s kefiyeh and pistol on the hip and globetrotted with a suit and tie.

He painstakingly drummed up international support, and last year he cashed in his chips by thumbing his nose at the United States, circumventing direct talks that had not existed since 2010, and going to the United Nations General Assembly for a non-binding recognition as a country based on all of its political and territorial demands.

His meeting on Thursday with Meretz MKs takes the direct discussions with Israel out of the realm of secret talks. He has been making noise the past several days that the discussions are not going anywhere.

The Arab world’s demand to flood Israeli with foreign Arabs, as formulated in the Saudi Peace Initiative of 2002, has been considered as a ploy to end Israel as a Jewish state.

It also has been assumed that the Arab world would not agree to give up the condition, but it is not coincidental that Abbas flew to Saudi Arabia last week.

Abbas’ statements that were reported Thursday night will make him out to be a partner for peace. Israel has made hundreds of concessions over the years, but they now are forgotten and are useless in the diplomatic war that Abbas is winning.

Right-Wing Prisoner Sends Death Threat to Netanyahu

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

An Israeli right-wing activist in prison for illegal political activity has been arrested for sending a threatening letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

The prisoner, who was not identified in Israeli media reports, is in a central Israel prison and is 22 years old. He has been accused of involvement in “price tag” attacks and issuing threats to left-wing leaders.

In the letter, the prisoner expressed his opposition to Netanyahu’s decision to release Palestinian Authority terrorists in order to jump-start peace talks.

“How are you releasing murderous terrorists? We’ll hurt you and the government like Rabin was hurt,” the letter to Netanyahu said, referring to assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He was arrested in prison and found to have at least one knife in his possession.

NYT Gets US Position on Israel Wrong, Reveals Additional Animus

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

The New York Times recognized that its correspondent in Jerusalem, Jodi Rudoren, had gone too far this time in blithely vilifying Jews who live and breathe beyond the so-called Green Line.

Rudoren ascribed a position to the United States government about Israeli policy which was flat out wrong. That was the only part of the otherwise slanted and deceptive article which merited a slap on the wrist.  Rudoren wrote that the position of the U.S. is that Israeli towns and cities beyond the Green Line are illegal, when in fact this government has taken no position on the legality of Israeli Jewish towns in that region.  The actual correction appears at the end of this article.

Before we get to the begrudging but still humiliating factual correction, take a stroll through the rest of her article.

In this article headlined, “Israeli Decree on West Bank Settlements Will Harm Peace Talks, Palestinians Say,” Rudoren not only originally falsely stated that the United States believes the “settlements” are illegal.  Her language throughout the piece makes clear her hostility to Jews daring to live beyond what the esteemed Israeli statesman Abba Eban had termed the “Auschwitz borders,” the lines drawn in 1949 at the end of the war against the newly-reborn Israel, when surrounding Arab states attacked it rather than permit a Jewish State in their midst.

For one thing, she described the early stage approval of subsidies to homeowners in various places including in “Jewish settlements in the West Bank territory that Israel seized in the 1967 war.”  You’d never know that in 1967 Israel (again) fought a defensive war and gained the land in a battle for its existence.  The verb Rudoren chose, “seized,” suggests an aggressive action by the belligerent in military hostilities.

Given that the New York Times is treated like Torah from Sinai by most American Jews, no wonder they and the organizations those Jews tend to support believe that Israel should give away that territory to people who never possessed it,  and never – until Israel legally acquired the land – expressed any interest in owning or governing it themselves.

And it was not until the sixth paragraph of a 10 paragraph story that Israel is even permitted a voice to counter what Rudoren already set up as a move by the Israeli government to expand “settlements” which upset the Arab Palestinians and may now torpedo the “fragile peace talks.”

In the sixth paragraph the reader – if he is still reading – learns that all that happened is the Israeli government has made a completely routine and preliminary decision to provide assistance to homeowners in authorized towns and villages for things like “education, housing, infrastructure projects, cultural programs and sports, along with better mortgage rates and loans for new homeowners.”  Isn’t that what governments are supposed to do?  Take care of their citizens?

Rudoren distances her readers from identifying with Israelis who might otherwise be considered normal homeowners. She points out that, “Among the newcomers to the list are three formerly illegal outposts — Bruchin, Rachelim and Sansana — that obtained government recognition last year.”  Rudoren chose not to more concisely and correctly refer to those three towns as “legal and legitimate villages.”

But before Israel was permitted to offer a different point of view, Rudoren first ran condemnations of the move by the infamous Hanan Ashrawi, whose latest evidence of Jew and Israel hatred was the promotion on the website of an NGO she founded which claimed that Jews drink Christian blood on Passover.

In the space of three sentences, Rudoren paints a clear picture with Ashrawi’s words.  Ashrawi describes Israel’s move as a “confidence-destruction measure,” “attempts to grab more Palestinian land,” “provide settlers with preferential treatment” and the announcement that “the decision would have ‘a destructive impact’” on the current Israeli-Arab Palestinian talks.

Of course, Mark Regev was given a cameo appearance in the sixth paragraph.  But not to worry, because in the concluding three paragraphs of the article there is plenty to ensure that the lasting impression is one of an intransigent Israeli government filled with “many right-wing settlement supporters” which “refused to formally freeze settlement construction” in order to induce the oh-so-compliant, peace-supporting Arab Palestinians to even sit at the table with the Israelis.

Is Netanyahu a New Ariel Sharon in Disguise?

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

A new poll has surprised observers and shows that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party has soared past its current strength while Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party has taken a nosedive in popularity. Labor also is suddenly more popular.

The Smith surveying company including carried out the poll for the Globes business newspaper, which reported, “The resumption of the peace talks with the Palestinians is benefiting the Likud, restoring its political fortunes after a long slide.”

Polls themselves can be inaccurate, cause and effect are not necessarily obvious, and the public, especially the Israeli public, can be very fickle.

But the bottom line is that Netanyahu is solidly up front, perhaps reflecting the public’s feeling of less uncertainty in the short term, regardless of the incredible gamble Netanyahu has taken for the long term.

No one knew what was going on inside Ariel Sharon’s mind when he flabbergasted the public and turned traitor to the Likud’s own policy platform by carrying out the removal of all Israeli civilians and soldiers from Gaza, even at the expense of bolting the Likud and forming the Kadima party.

Critics assume that he did so to make a bundle for him and a friend by establishing a casino in northern Gaza, which never got off the drawing boards.

However, when people get older, especially when they are in a position of power, their egos do strange things to the brain. Perhaps they want their place in history, or perhaps they think they have one last chance in life to save the world.

The same may not be true for Prime Minister Netanyahu, who will be 64 in October, but the fact is that in the past three years, he has turned from Mr. Hawk to almost Mr. Dove, constantly caving in to pressure from President Obama.

Whether the White House is offering him something in return concerning Iran is conjecture, but Netanyahu’s capitulation – freeing terrorists and chasing surrender –  is reminiscent of Yitzchak Rabin’s. He once promised he would never shake the hand of Yasser Arafat, but Rabin ended up signing a peace agreement with him.

Globes noted that Netanyahu sat twice this week in the Knesset cafeteria, where journalists and Cabinet ministers mingle, after appearing there only once in the previous four years. Apparently, the man feels more comfortable with journalists now that he has indicated he is willing to toy with the left-wing media’s agenda.

It would take an earthquake or two to make a Netanyahu a Nobel Peace Prize  Laureate, but for the time being, he would be happy to settle for a more comfortable position in the coalition government.

The latest poll proves that Netanyahu has made mincemeat out of Lapid and left Bennett with just about the same support he had. The national religious crowd, like Shas, always goes to bat for its own leader, but the team never is able to fill the empty bleacher seats with more enthusiasts.

On the surface, the resumption of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority was the major event this week that might have changed the Likud’s and Yesh Atid’s fortunes in the poll.

Lapid is increasingly being seen by his supporters as having reneged on his promises to help the middle class and is being throwing into the same ”capitalist” class as Netanyahu.

That would explain why respondents in the poll dumped Lapid and gave Labor, headed by Shelly Yachimovich, a whopping 18 seats, five more than it holds in the current Knesset.

Rounding out the list, Meretz continues to gain strength adding one more projected seat to come up 10 Knesset members, four more than now, Shas is making a comeback to its present strength of 11 seats, Naftalli Bennett’s Jewish Home party picks up one more for 13 mandates, and Tzipi Livni is languishing with three seats, half her party’s current strength. She is not getting any Brownie points for being Netanyahu’s errand girl.

Last is the polls is Shaul Mofaz’s Kadima, which would go into its well-deserved political graveyard and be shut out of the next Knesset.

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