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No-Confidence Votes, the New House of Saud, and the Future of Israeli Military Strategy

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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Yishai is joined by political correspondent Raoul Wootliff for a news round-up. Raoul reviews the new seats in Knesset, the old Druze IDF unit being disbanded and PM Netanyahu’s latest attempt to restart negotiations, right after declaring that Jerusalem will never be divided.

Then, Why is Saudi Arabia getting along with Israel? Could it be because of a four-letter word called Iran? And why is it dissing the US? Yishai is joined by VOI Arab affairs analyst Bassem Eid, who sheds light on Saudi Arabian intentions.

Finally, Yishai is joined in-studio by Dr. Haim Asa, one of Israel’s leading military strategists, who served as adviser to the Foreign Ministry and as the late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s national security adviser. The c-author of “Diffused Warfare,” he talks about the future of the IDF and Israel’s struggle to survive in the Middle East.

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Peres & Associates Turning Political Cache into Millions in Cash

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

On Sunday, Globes disclosed that former president Shimon Peres, who will turn 92 this August, was hired as consultant for the multi-billion dollar Israeli-based generic drug maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TEVA; TASE: TEVA). Working through the recently incorporated Peres & Associates, Shimon Peres will be providing consulting services at the rate of $10,000 per month, with options for additional, as hoc earnings.

The revelation was nothing new to followers of the career of Shimon Peres, nicknamed a “tireless schemer” by the late Yitzhak Rabin.

On the eve of his retirement from office last year, the Peres presidential palace had run an annual budget of more than $15 million—the highest since the establishment of the state—and included $1.25 million a year for an unprecedented barrage of international flights, millions more on hosting extravagant events (funded by a murky combination of state funds and private donations), and hundreds of thousands for employee expenses.

The idea behind Peres & Associates came to life two years or so before the end of President Shimon Peres’ term in office, when his team began planning the next phase in his career.

Initially, the Peres team was going to move its operations to the Peres Center for Peace, founded in 1996 to serve as the home base for Israel’s longest serving politician (or, as the official website puts it, to promote peace-building between Israel and its neighbors).

But the center has been plagued by dwindling donations and burgeoning budgets, to the point where it was deemed unfit to serve Shimon Peres’ ambitions.

That’s when the idea was born for Peres & Associates, which was incorporated last July.

According to Calcalist, the new firm developed a polished business model, using the retired president’s contacts around the world to benefit Israeli companies that are active in global markets. Peres would promote these companies’ business abroad—for a fixed retainer—based on a detailed price list.

The sole shareholder and CEO is Chemi Peres, Shimon’s son, whose day jobs include being managing general partner of the Pitango hedge fund, which he co-founded, managing more than $1.6 billion. Chemi Peres is also chairman of the board of the Peres Center for Peace.

An senior Israeli high-tech manager told Calcalist: “Peres & Associates approach high-tech companies and offer them assistance in selling to foreign governments and government agencies, places where the name Peres opens doors. In exchange for opening doors and helping in closing deals, they want retainers in the tens of thousands of dollars, as well as 8 percent of the future transaction.”

After salaries and taxes, most of Peres & Associates’ profits are eventually supposed to be funneled to the Peres Center for Peace. On its face, the plan sounds a lot like a more modest version of former president Bill Clinton’s global charity work, only the Peres venture has been hitting some unfortunate walls.

A week ago, Bank Hapoalim, Israel’s largest bank, hired Peres for $30,000 a month to promote its activities in the U.S. and other international markets. According to YNet, Peres was expected to make speaking appearances at bank events, including, this April, at a ceremony marking Bank Hapoalim’s 40 years in America. But the plan crashed under a backlash of hostile comments in the press, to the point where Peres had to go on Israel’s Channel 2 News to announce he killed the deal.

Peres denied that the money was going to him, personally—it all went to public projects, he insisted. He also denied that his role was that of a lobbyist for the bank.

Israelis, whose average hourly income stands at between $10 and $12 hated the idea of Peres turning his influence and connections into $360,000 a year plus options. So Peres finally gave up the deal.

The ‘Most Illegitimate’ Regime; the Jihadist Middle East; and Remembering Yehuda Avner

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

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The P5 +1 are convinced that Iran is a legitimate negotiating partner. But Dan Diker, host of VOI’s National Security, has the opposite idea. Dan joins Yishai in-studio to discuss the folly of the nuclear talks. He also raises historical precedents for US-Israel tensions, such as the diplomatic assault launched on the Jewish state by the administration of President Gerald Ford. He then draws parallels between the holidays of Purim and Passover, using them as parables for today’s times.

Then, Ali Jabber is a pseudonym for an Arab who sees Israel as the harbinger of peace, democracy and human rights. He joins Yishai to discuss why so many other Arabs are still mired in the jihadist mindset.

Finally, Yishai talks about Israeli diplomat Yehuda Avner, who died recently. Avner worked as an adviser to prime ministers Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, and wrote speeches for prime ministers Golda Meir and Levi Eshkol. He also served as ambassador to Australia, Ireland and the UK. Yishai reads passages from Avner’s highly acclaimed book, “The Prime Ministers,” describing Esther Cailingold, a young Jewish female fighter writing her final letter as she took part in a battle of Israel’s War of Independence.

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Netanyahu Blames Jerusalem Terror on Abbas Incitement, Islamic Radicalism

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu today blamed Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for the terror attack in Jerusalem that left one dead and more than a dozen injured.

Netanyahu placed responsibility for incitement that led to the attack by a Hamas operative who lived in Jerusalem’s northern neighborhood of Shuafat squarely with Abbas.

It was Abbas, he said, who was responsible for “the growing incitement” seen in recent days.

Abbas, “who sent a condolence letter to the family of [Yehudah] Glick’s [shooter] and who has tried to prevent Jews from going up to the Temple Mount.

“The vehicular terror attack today in Jerusalem is the direct result of incitement by Abu Mazen [Abbas] and his partner Hamas,” the prime minister stated flatly.

Netanyahu noted that the “rising tide of Islamic extremism and radicalism that is sweeping all across the Middle East and beyond” was affecting Israel’s Arab population as well – and would cost the Jewish State. But although he acknowledged that Israeli is in “a prolonged battle for Jerusalem,” as he politely phrased it, he added, “I have no doubt that we will win it. We are employing all the necessary powers to restore quiet and security to the city.

“True peace will come when the squares in Ramallah and Gaza will be filled with demonstrators calling for a halt to terrorism. Peace will come when Iran will stop calling ‘death to Israel’ and when Abu Mazen no longer says that Jews are defiled and stops embracing their killers,” Netanyahu said.

But until then, “There has been no change in Palestinian society toward acceptance of the Jewish people’s right to its own state.”

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.

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