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Herzog-Livni ‘Zionist Camp’ Talked with Arab MK Tibi about Coalition

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

The merged party that brought together Labor and Tzipi Livni under the banner of the “Zionist Camp” has talked with Arab Knesset Member Ahmed Tibi about a possible coalition government.

The fact that Labor party chairman Yitzchak Herzog would even agree to talk with an anti-Zionist Arab MKs such as Tibi is only another page in Herzog-Livni’s new book to prove once again that “you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”

It is not clear whether Herzog approached Arab political leaders or vice-versa, but both sides agree there were talks on the possibility of Arab parties breaking the taboo against joining a Jewish-dominated coalition in the Knesset.

Channel 10 reported that it was Herzog who took the initiative, and he confirmed there were contacts but insisted that it was MK Tibi who approached him.

Remember, Herzog and Livni merged their two parties under the clever slogan of the “Zionist Camp,” just in case anything thinks that expelling hundreds of thousands of Jews from Judea and Samira is not Zionistic.

The theory is that it is better for Jews to be a majority in “Auschwitz Borders,” as termed by former Labor party official and Ambassador to the United Nations Abba Eban, than to be “surrounded by Arabs.” By the way, this is exactly the situation of the Jews in Netanya and Hadera, except that they are not surrounded by Arabs on all sides because they have the Mediterranean Sea to protect them on the west.

And who is Ahmed Tibi, with whom Herzog talked about a future coalition with the “Zionist Camp”?

He was elected to the Knesset in 1999 after serving as an adviser to Yasser Arafat. As a Knesset Member, he supported terror under the euphemism of the “intifada.”

Tibi opposes Israel being a Jewish state, which he calls “racist.”

He backs abolishing the Law of Return that allows Jews all over the world to move to Israel as citizens, but he backs the so-called Arab “right of return” for third, fourth fifth and six-generation Arabs living in foreign countries but classified as “refugees” by the United Nations because their great-great-great–great grandparents lived in Israel once upon a time.

Tibi wants to ban the HaTikvah national anthem and the blue and white Jewish flag bearing the Star of David.

In a radio interview last July where he refused to use the word ‘terrorists’ regarding the murderers of three yeshiva youth,  Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Sha’ar and Eyal Yifrah. Tibi blamed “the government of Israel, Naftali Bennett and the rabbis who incited to murder Palestinians” for the revenge killing of Mohammed Abu Khder.

Herzog can breathe a sigh of relief that Tibi rejected the idea of joining a Siamese twin coalition headed by Herzog and Livni.

However, if the “Zionist Camp” forms the next coalition, Tibi said it might get the support of Arab MKs in critical votes in exchange for more funds for the Arab sector.

Terror Victim Protected ‘Mohammed the Zionist’ from Terrorists

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

A Israeli Olah, who played dead in 2011 and escaped the same deadly fate her American-Christian travelling companion met at the hands of Palestinian Authority terrorists, wrote on her Facebook page Saturday that she recently protected  “Muslim Zionist” teenager Mohammed Zoabi from Arabs who wanted to murder him.

Zoabi is a relative of anti-Zionist Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi. Kay Wilson said she hid him for nearly a month after death threats following his posting a YouTube video showing him holding an Israel flag and saying how proud he is to be an Israeli citizen.

Freedom of speech is not very popular among anti-Zionists unless it is to express hatred of Jews and Israel. Wilson posted a photo of herself and Mohammed on her Facebook page and wrote, “I want to use this extraordinary photo and the story behind it in the hope that people will see what a remarkable yet fragmented nation Israel is…..

“It was me, me, a terror victim, stabbed 13 times by Palestinians, who hid this Arab teenager in my house for nearly a month while Arabs were threatening his life. In addition to hiding him, I was also able to find Mohammed a wonderful community of Jews and Christians in the USA; a community that financed his schooling, took him into their homes, helped him with his visa and treated him like a son,” she wrote.

If it weren’t for Wilson’s having been a victim of terror, this would not have turned out to be one of those bizarre but not rare “only in Israel” stories.

She probably would never have thought of Mohammed, whose YouTube really shouldn’t be considered bizarre, despite an increasing number of  Arabs with Israeli citizenship who are turning against the country. They probably are a minority, but so are ISIS, Peace Now and Neturei Karta. There is no intention to compare these groups, but all of them have one thing in common – they make trouble far beyond what their numbers justify.

Wilson said she has suffered “lifelong” trauma from the attack that killed Kristine Luken, with whom she was hiking in the Jerusalem Forest when Arab terrorists stabbed them.

Wilson was born in England but moved to Israel several years after her first visit and eventually became a tour guide.

During their hike, the terrorists stabbed both women. Wilson fought her attacker but was overpowered. She was seriously wounded but conscious.

One of the attackers “came back a few minutes later to verify the kill. He stabbed me in the chest,” Wilson said. “A few minutes later I woke up, but not in the same place where I had been stabbed.” She played dead so the attackers wouldn’t finish her off. Lukens cried from her wounds until a final stab killed her.

Wilson wrote that she her trauma brought her to help Mohammed “because I admired his courage and because like me, he is a human being. I helped him because I know from the machete scars on my own back, that death threats should always be taken seriously.

“It was not one way. Mohammed helped me too. There are many things I am unable to do due to being in constant pain as a result of being beaten and smashed to a pulp by Palestinian terrorists. Mohammed was not a guest; he was a friend and a great asset,” she wrote on Saturday.

Wilson continued:

I also helped Mohammed Zoabi because our democracy – the only one in the Middle East – is flawed to absurdity.

In the name of our democracy, Mohammed’s relative, MK Hanin Zoabi irresponsibly abused her free speech by stating that kidnapping and murdering three Israeli teenagers does not amount to terrorism. Upholding the value of free-speech is the essence of a democracy, yet abuse of any kind, including the abuse of free-speech, always has ethical and social consequences.

Israeli Envoy: Jordan King Blasting Israel to Appease his Arab Allies

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

(JTA) — Israel’s ambassador to Jordan suggested that King Abdullah’s recent allegation that Israel kills Arab children en masse stems from pressure by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt.

Ambassador Daniel Nevo offered the commentary in an interview that aired Friday on Army Radio. Abdullah leveled the accusation at Israel earlier this week during his meeting with Jordanian lawmakers.

“If, as we are fighting radical Islamist groups as a coalition, they are slaughtering children in Gaza and Jerusalem every five minutes, then it’s impossible,” said Abdullah II of Jordan, who usually employs less inflammatory language when speaking about Israel.

[JP: Last Monday, Abdullah spoke about "Zionist Extremism" and compared it to ISIS.]

Nevo would not comment directly on the king’s statement but spoke generally about the monarch’s predicament as one of Israel’s closest allies in the region.

“The king is being attacked by countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and even Egypt on how the Israelis allegedly are disrespecting him,” Nevo told Army Radio when asked to comment on Abdullah’s use of harsh language. “They don’t see the whole picture.” He added: “The violence at the Temple Mount puts Abdullah II in an embarrassing situation each time anew.”

The 20-year anniversary of peace with Israel, which will occur next week, will not be noted or celebrated in Jordan, according to Army Radio. “People on the Jordanian street, they don’t watch Israeli television. They watch Al Jazeera. So how do you expect him to celebrate the anniversary?” Nevo asked.

Nevo noted that on the economic front the two countries are strengthening relations. He pointed to the signing last month of a deal to make Israel Jordan’s primary supplier of gas, as well as a deal signed several months before that for the joint operation of a desalinization plant in Aqaba.

Dutch Justice Ministry Employee: ISIS a Zionist Conspiracy

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Israel has been accused of everything from the 9/11 attacks on the United States, to forcing Hamas to execute civilians because the Zionists pay them to provide intelligence and to creating mental pressure on men to the point where they beat and even kill their wives.

’If you don’t believe the last item, check out last week’s London Guardian, which quoted a Palestinian Authority woman as saying, “Before the blockade, my husband used to make good money working in Israel. With the blockade, that all stopped. When he can’t find any work and we have nothing to eat, he blames me. He is a like a crazy animal. I stay quiet when he hits me. Afterwards, he cries and says, if he had a job, he wouldn’t beat me.”

For good measure, the Guardian added, “Many men became jobless overnight and it is women who have ended up bearing the brunt of their husbands’ frustration.”

Now comes a new one foe the Guinness Book of Records. The ISIS jihad terrorist organization in truth is an Israeli startup bred to give Islam a bad reputation.

Whether you are laughing or crying, it gets worse because the accusation comes from a Dutch government employee.

Yasmina Haifi, a project leader at the Dutch Justice Ministry’s National Cyber Security Center, made the assertion Wednesday on Twitter, the De Telegraaf daily reported.

“ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. It’s part of a plan by Zionists who are deliberately trying to blacken Islam’s name,” wrote Haifi, who described herself on the social network LinkedIn as an activist for the Dutch Labor party.

She later removed her original message, explaining, “I realize the political sensitivity in connection with my work. That was not my intention.”

Two right-wing lawmakers have asked the ministry how a person with such views reached a prominent position within the ministry. The lawmakers, Joram van Klaveren and Louis Bontes of the VNL faction, asked whether the minister thought Haifi’s employment constituted a security risk.

Several pro-ISIS demonstrations in The Hague in July and earlier this month called for violence, and at least two demonstrators urged the killing of Jews.

When anti-ISIS demonstrators tried to march through the heavily-Muslim neighborhood of Schilderswijk on August 10 to express their disapproval, a crowd of approximately 200 men barricaded the neighborhood’s main street and staged an illegal counter-demonstration in support of ISIS.

When riot police tried to remove the obstacles, some of the local protesters hurled stones at them. Six people were arrested.

JTA contributed to this report.

Response To The Murders Of Our Sons

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

When the kidnapping of our sons – Gilad, Naftali, and Eyal – became public, Israelis held their breaths with prayer, anticipation and great unity. With sorrowful hearts and tearful eyes, we were informed 18 days later that the worst had happened.

Once again the bitter enemy has sunk its claws into our children, and the three boys stormily ascended to heaven.

In this difficult time, our hearts are with the dear families left behind, the yeshivas where they learned and the communities where they grew up.

This is a moment of truth, a fateful moment, a time when we must examine ourselves, explore our next steps and determine what we must do now.

For the past 20 years, we have been deceiving ourselves. We have aggrandized the most despicable of our children’s murderers, transforming them from what they really are – loathsome terror organizations – into a legitimate and accepted nation. Worst of all, we have clearly declared that the Land of Israel and Jerusalem, our Holy Land, is theirs.

With the despicable handshake with the lead murderer, we transformed ourselves into occupiers in our own land, to foreigners in our birthplace. And we deposited the most important weapon – justice – into the hands of the most reprehensible of our enemies.

We had mercy on the cruel. Until today, we provide them with free electricity and truckloads of cash. They have cost us a trillion shekels since the infamous handshake. And they continue to cost us.

What could Israel do with those resources?

One trillion shekels could be spent on an apartment for every family in Israel.

One trillion shekels translate into development and a respectable income for all.

One trillion shekels could be spent on improving society’s health and education needs and provide true internal security.

Instead we invested all the abundance given to us by our Father in Heaven on separation fences and on sophisticated missiles to eliminate flies – missiles that, in the moment of truth, will never suffice.

We have directly bribed our enemies with money and valuables so they would allow us to continue to deceive ourselves.

We had mercy on the cruelest of our enemies. We convinced ourselves – and the world – that justice is on their side and that bribing them is the key to our wellbeing. We had mercy on the cruel, but we were cruel to the merciful.

Meanwhile – without mercy – we expelled our brothers, the pioneering lovers of the land, from their homes. The good and noble faces that searched for our kidnapped sons.

We lost our sense of justice and our self-confidence. The cabinet ends its sessions without making decisions.

We bomb empty fields. We lick our wounds, which become more and more infected. And eventually, we return to our daily routines.

The moment of truth has arrived.

We must return to ourselves. We must return to our identity and to our God. We must return to the meaning of our lives in this land, restoring our sense of justice.

The first thing that must be done – immediately – is to end the occupation and declare Israeli sovereignty over our entire land.

The IDF must immediately expel any Arab resident who was involved in the slightest way with terror, or who supported terror. Residents uninvolved with terror must sign a declaration of loyalty to the state of Israel, the state of the Jewish nation. They must continue to live their lives in quiet and serenity.

Since the state’s birth (and even before then), we have witnessed waves of aliyah approximately every 20 years. These waves of immigration always surprise us anew, and propel Zionism to new horizons.

To Win This War, Israelis Must Believe in Justice of Zionism

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Eitan Haber, who once served as right-hand man to Yitzhak Rabin, is right. Writing in this morning’s Yedioth Aharonoth, Haber notes that the rules of war have changed, and that nation states no longer have the ability to deliver a strong knockout punch to an enemy in the traditional sense.

What Haber, omits, of course, is that the reality he describes is not new, and is not limited to the Israel-Arab issue. As Haber himself notes, Israel’s most convincing military victory – the mythical Six Day War – was followed just two weeks later by a massive Egyptian attack at the Suez Canal, causing heavy casualties on our side.

More importantly, Haber is also shows once again that he is one of the prime examples of the Middle East’s cardinal rule: Never, ever learn from a mistake. “There is no military solution to the conflict [with Hamas, and with the Palestinians]. The solution must be political.” As proof of political success, he cites Israel’s relationships with Jordan and Egypt.

(So what if Dany Nevo, Israel’s ambassador to Jordan, says he has never walked around the neighborhood of the Israeli embassy in Amman, nor could he do so safely? Remember that attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo back in 2011? Here’s a good experiment for Haber to test the “success” that he claims for those peace deals: Walk around either country with a kippa, or even a simple t-shirt with an Israeli flag on it. Then lets talk about how “successful” those treaties have been. But I digress.)

In truth, wars have never ended with a simple military clop. Look at the American Civil War, in which the North which vastly outnumbered the south in terms of manpower, per capita income, industrial power and international diplomacy. But nonetheless, it took the North four-and-a-half years to emerge victorious, and decades longer of Reconstruction to restore the broken ties between civilians in the Union and former Confederate States of America.

Same for World War II – the fighting ended only when Germany and Japan surrendered to Allied forces unconditionally. After that, the Marshall Plan took a long-term approach to rebuilding Europe, and particularly Germany, in a manner to ensure that the country that had dragged the country into two world wars would not do so again. Same again for World War I, and other notable conflicts.

The common denominator that links these examples is that idea that a military victory, no matter how convincing, must be a first stage of a larger plan by the victors to remake the situation that led to the war in the first place.

That is where Israel has failed, time after time after time. In 1948, the War of Independence marked a clear victory over Arab attackers. But little thought was given to “what now” and to ways to remake Arab education in ways that would ensure equal minority rights and responsibilities in the new country in order to avoid a re-do of that war. We saw the results of that failure over the past week, in Kfar Manda, Tamra, Nazareth and other Arab-majority towns and neighborhoods around Israel.

This point is even more clearly illustrate ion the context of 1967. After the destruction of the Egyptian and Syrian air forces, Israel accepted a ceasefire instead of absolute surrender from Egypt and Syria.  In Judea and Samaria, following 19 years of Jordanian occupation, Israel transformed what had been a third-world country into a first-world one under Israel. Roads and schools were built, universities established, electricity and water grids built and more.

I fear the common denominator between all these examples is a lack of belief in the moral and historical justice of Zionism. Could it be that we, as a society, ultimately do not believe in the justice of Zionism, in the right of Jews to live and prosper in the Land of Israel?

Chloe Valdary at Memphis Friends of Israel (video)

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

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