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Netanyahu Says ‘Don’t Confuse Jewish Extremists with Religious Zionism’

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is trying to plug the hole Opposition politicians and leftist journalist have dug open to brand national religious Zionists as extremists who thrive on violence and rebellion.

Using the opening of the weekly Cabinet meeting to speak to the public, he said:

I would like to say a few words about the disgraceful video and everything related to it.

I asked that this video be shown to the Cabinet, this is well known. I thought it important to make it clear how much this extremist group, in my view both extremist and fringe, certainly does not represent religious Zionism.

Consider the strong, clear and sharp statements by the political leaders and rabbis who disavowed its denial of the state and its undermining of the state and its values. Therefore, to try and link religious Zionism to this group does a very great injustice to a dear public that is loyal to the state, contributes to the state and contributes to the IDF, including to its most outstanding units.

He did not sink to the level of populists and did not name any one, but for the uninformed, Opposition co-leader Tzipi Livni, Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid who also sits in the opposition, and even Likud Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have thrown poison darts at the national religious community since the arrests of suspects Jewish terrorists in connection with the arson-murder at the Palestinian Authority village of Duma nearly six months ago.

The media are having a field day. There is no need to look at Haaretz to see what its latest lovers of hate have to write, but Yediot Acharonot, although definitely left of center, also could not resist the temptation to take a hitch on the “hate wedding” and publish an op-ed with the lead stating:

A country which has sent a former president, prime minister, ministers and Knesset members to prison has never had the courage to act against religious leaders who instigate masses and are bringing all of us closer to the edge of abyss.

Livni, Lapid and Meretz party chairwoman Zahava Gal-On know as much about Jews in living in Judea and Samaria as they know about how to win an election. The Yediot op-ed writer, Eitan Haber, knows little more.\

Anyone living in a national religious community in Judea and Samaria for nearly 25 years, as I have, knows very well that the extremists are misfits and super ADHD dropouts for normal society who rebel against anyone trying to tell them what to do unless it is what they want to do.

They are not “masses.” They may be exploited, but they are not being instigated.

Credit must be given to a Haaretz journalist who said more or less the same words on the national religious Galei Yisrael radio station Sunday morning.

Prime Minister Netanyahu is a bit more informed that the knee-jerk Opposition robots who blame the government for everything from the weather to global warming.

Besides trying to tame down the hate-filled vindictive against rabbis and national religious Jews, he also pointed out the obvious differences between Arab Jewish terror, a distinction that is not politically correct in the leftist camps and certainly not in the European Union , the United Nations and the State Dept.

Netanyahu stated:

Arab terror attacks us relentlessly and we are fighting it without restrictions. This terrorism is much greater in magnitude; there is no comparison.

Second, there is something else, the government here, and our public, and all bodies and all leaders come out against phenomena of Jewish terrorism. We condemn, they praise. In the Palestinian Authority, public squares and streets are named after them. They pay them salaries.

There is a great difference between Israeli society’s and Israeli democracy’s healthy approach, which disavows, condemns and takes action against terrorism, and the Palestinian Authority which, I regret, encourages and incites terrorism. I suggest that these distinctions be maintained even as we fight terrorism and inciters of whatever kind.

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

It’s Time to Encourage Courage

Friday, October 30th, 2015

(JNi.media) Due to the recent wave of terror which is striking our beloved Israel, I have been interviewed over and over by local and foreign media. Observing that Israel has become more dangerous, they assume my neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem is all the more in danger. Ironically, security in our neighborhood has not deteriorated noticeably. This is because from the get-go our neighborhood on the Mount of Olives has had security challenges and therefore police presence and civilian awareness have always been high. Sadly, the jihad that we have faced for years is now being exported past our neighborhood and into “mainland” Jerusalem and Israel.

However, the question I have faced repeatedly is not just about security, but about fear… “Well, aren’t you afraid, isn’t it scary, do you and your kids live in fear??” I always answer that while there is danger, we are not afraid. Instead, when we are called upon, we flex the muscle of courage (a term I picked up from Rabbi Yom Tov Glazer).

More than actual security threats, this is the issue of our time — fear — and it is obvious that the goal of the terrorists is to discourage us. What I mean by discourage, is take away our courage.

Certainly, pushing back on terror entails hunting down the individual terrorists, and disrupting the terror network and the milieu which creates the individual terrorist, including the schools, the media, and even in their own mosques. But the other place where terrorism must be fought is in our hearts. The terrorists want to strike fear. They know that they cannot defeat Israel militarily or economically, so their new war now is a war of the spirit — they want to strike fear into our hearts, they want to stop us from flying to Israel, going to Jerusalem, they want to stop us from walking around with a sense of freedom, life, and liberty.

Therefore, we must gird our own hearts in order to deny the terrorists that victory. Instead of being discouraged, we have to encourage courage. While it has been forgotten, seemingly, in modern discourse, courage is a value — and it certainly is a value in Judaism. We Jews have always been bully fighters, and this latest tactic of the Jihad is nothing but fear mongering and bullying.

We have to teach courage, practice courage and thereby defy their efforts to stop the Jewish people from living fully in this amazing time. Sorry, terrorists, you will not win — we have waited far too long to come home, and your cheap bullying tactics will not beat us. God is with us and we are armed.

Yishai Fleisher
Chief Editor
JNi.media

Yishai Fleisher

World Jewish Leaders to Meet Israeli Arabs, Bedouins, Druze over Co-Existence Sunday

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

(JNi.media) Hundreds of leaders from Jewish communities and organizations around the world will gather in Jerusalem next Sunday through Tuesday, to participate in The Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors’ fall meetings. The discussions will focus on efforts to support the people of Israel in light of the security situation, as well as on the Jewish Agency’s ongoing activities aimed at strengthening the State of Israel and the Jewish world. Representatives of Israel’s Arab, Bedouin, and Druze communities who are involved in The Jewish Agency’s efforts to promote coexistence in Israel will also participate.

The Jewish Agency’s Fund for Victims of Terror continues to provide immediate financial assistance to Israelis affected by the recent wave of terror attacks. The grants are made possible by contributions from The Jewish Federations of North America, Keren Hayesod-UIA, and other donors. The initial assistance of some $1,000 per family is meant to address urgent needs in the wake of an attack. Additionally, the fund will provide supplemental assistance of up to $8,000 to each family recognized as victims of terror by Israel’s National Insurance Institute.

Among the leaders who will address the gathering are Minister of Public Security, Strategic Affairs and Information Gilad Erdan, Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog, Chairman of the Jewish Agency Board of Governors Charles A. Ratner, and Chairman of the Executive Natan Sharansky.

Sharansky said in a statement that “that Jewish leaders from around the world are gathering in Jerusalem at this time is a massive expression of solidarity with the people of Israel. The Jewish Agency will continue to extend a hand to the people of Israel in real time and offer immediate, practical assistance wherever and whenever necessary.”

The Board will also discuss the increase in Aliyah (immigration to Israel), which has resulted in the arrival of some 30,000 new immigrants in Israel this year; efforts to strengthen young Jews’ connections to Israel; programs to promote coexistence in Israel and strengthen Israel’s socioeconomic periphery; the fight against rising anti-Semitism and efforts to delegitimize Israel; and many other matters concerning Israel and world Jewry.

In light of recent events, the Jewish Agency and UJA-Federation of New York have announced that they will assist dozens of small and medium businesses in Jerusalem in receiving loans to help offset the effects of the violence, at a total investment of more than $1.25 million. An emergency fund will grant loans of up to $25,000 per business at favorable rates. The fund has helped establish and expand some 300 businesses in Jerusalem and the surrounding area with loans totaling some $12 million, creating more than 1,200 new jobs.

JNi.Media

Kerry Agrees with Israel: No Foreign Troops on Temple Mount

Monday, October 19th, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Madrid on Monday that the French proposal for foreign troops to maintain order on the Temple Mount is “not needed.”

It was a rare public statement that put Kerry and Israel on the same side and which was expressed hours before Israeli officials spoke to their French counterparts in Jerusalem that the idea is, to be polite, insane.

Kerry told reporters:

We don’t contemplate any change, but nor does Israel. Israel understands the importance of that status quo. What is important is to make sure everybody understands what that means. We are not seeking some new change. We are not seeking outsiders or others to come in….

We need to have clarity.

It is ironic that his remarks were made in Madrid, where the United States launched the “peace process” with the presence of then-Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir, Jordanian and Egypt leaders, and President George H. W. Bush.

The “clarity” that Kerry said is lacking today has been messing ever since the Madrid conference. It is speculation to ask what would have happened if there had been no “peace process,” but the facts are that since 1991, the ensuing Oslo Accords set the stage for the Oslo War, aka the Second Intifada.

Israel has erased every red line except for the Temple Mount and the “refugee” issue. Concessions have cost the lives and limbs of thousands of Israelis who have been victims of Palestinian Authority “resistance,” the Arabic code word for terror.

The Arabs in Gaza, Judea and Samaria have paid a price not only in casualties but also with a miserable political and economic life that had flourished under the “occupation” until the Egyptian-born Arafat wore his camouflage of a “Palestinian” when he blew in from Tunisia.

Here is what President Bush told Congress several months before the Madrid Conference:

Peace will only come as the result of direct negotiations, compromise, give-and-take. Peace cannot be imposed from the outside by the United States or anyone else

And now Secretary of State John Kerry, even if he had enough common sense to dismiss the absurd French proposal, announces that “clarity” is needed.”

There never has been clarity since 1991 because the Americans and the Europeans cannot understand that Israel and the Arabs world never were talking the same language. The Arab understanding of “peace” is the Jewish State of Israel becoming the Arab state of Palestine.

Ever since, the United States has done the opposite and has imposed conditions on Israel, leaving a “consensus” that a future Palestinian Authority country would include all of Judea and Samaria except for large Jewish population centers such as Maaleh Adumim and Gush Etzion. Israel would have to rely on the PA to protect Jews form terrorists.

That “consensus” no longer exists because the Palestinian Authority, contrary to Bush’s statement, understands “compromise” as “you give, I take.”

It only was a matter of time until the Temple Mount became the excuse for terror and lies that Israel is trying to change the “status quo,” at the same time that the entire Arab world is trying to change it by declaring, “No Jews allowed.”

Today, Kerry’s simple words that rejected the French proposal for foreign troops are nothing short of a shock for the Arab world. The Palestinian Authority, which called for U.N. intervention to stop alleged “excessive violence” by Israel, never intended that and never would accept non-Muslims guarding the Temple Mount.

But the fact that Kerry said out loud that Israel understands the need to preserve the status quo is a clear signal to Mahmoud Abbas that he also has to do so.

The Arab arson of Joseph’s Tomb and the attacks by Palestinian Authority police on Jews who arrived at the holy site have finally forced the Obama administration to take a stand, and it clearly is not with an ISIS-like theology against non-Islamic holy sites.

Madrid is where the “peace process

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Ministers Approve Barring BDS Activists’ Entry into Israel

Monday, October 19th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Monday approved a bill by MK Yinon Magal to prevent the entry of anti-Israel boycott activists into the Jewish state. The bill amends the 1952 Entry into Israel Law, which regulates entry into the country of persons who are not citizens of Israel or immigrants, and the arrangement for their stay in the country.

Under the new bill, persons active in or are members in NGOs promoting boycotting Israel will not be allowed to enter Israeli territory, for work or tourism.

In the coming weeks the bill will be presented to the Knesset for first out of readings on its way to becoming law.

MK Magal said in a statement, “The bill is self explanatory. It is inconceivable that a person trying to harm the State of Israel could enter it freely. Whoever calls for a boycott of Israel is using terrorism in no uncertain terms, and it is inconceivable that they be allowed to walk around the country unhindered.”

Since its approval, in 1952, the law has been amended 23 times, 17 of which amendments have been made since 2000, mainly to regulate the entry and stay of foreign workers.

In June 2015, a leaked government report stated that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign could potentially cost Israel’s economy $1.4 billion a year.

JNi.Media

Thousands Show ‘Zero Tolerance 4 Terror!’ in Times Square

Monday, October 19th, 2015

It is a pure Jewish concept that the best way to overcome evil is with positive energy — and Jews are great at “rocking out” when it comes to combining that punch with pizzazz.

Thousands of young New Yorkers gathered in Times Square late Sunday to show their solidarity with Israel as part of the ‘Zero Tolerance 4 Terrorism’ movement.

Thousands were at the 'Zero Tolerance 4 Terror' rally in Times Square.

Thousands were at the ‘Zero Tolerance 4 Terror’ rally in Times Square.

“Let’s allow our voice of outrage to be heard loud and clear; Never again! Jewish blood is not cheap,” proclaimed the group’s Facebook page prior to the rally.

In response, demonstrators from all walks of life came to stand together with Israel and celebrate the Jewish State as a panoply of speakers, Jewish entertainment groups, musicians and vocalists took the stage.

'What part of 'Death to America, Death to Jews' don't you understand?' read one sign.

‘What part of ‘Death to America, Death to Jews’ don’t you understand?’ read one sign.

The pulsating music kept the atmosphere positive and energetic long into the night.

On Seventh Avenue and 48th Street, a pro-Palestinian Authority counter-demonstration did its best to raise a little action against the Jewish energy, but it was like bailing an ocean with a teacup from a raft.

Slogans included “Free Free Palestine” “Intifada Intifada” “Long Live The Intifada” shouted by young women wearing jihabs on stage.

Pro-Palestinian Arab signs read, "No Justice, No Peace" -- a slogan stolen from recent Black rioters across the United States, taken originally from the mantra chanted by Black rioters in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn during the 3-day pogrom in Aug. 1991.

Pro-Palestinian Arab signs read, “No Justice, No Peace” — a slogan stolen from recent Black rioters across the United States, taken originally from the mantra chanted by Black rioters in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn during the 3-day pogrom in Aug. 1991.

Despite the small numbers the signs that were brandished by those who attended the counter-rally were troubling. They signaled — as in the past — the joining of two completely disparate causes. Palestinian Arab terrorists have once again managed to hijack the civil rights struggle of people of color in the United States.

Photos exclusive to JewishPress.com courtesy of DSL/USA.

Hana Levi Julian

NY Mayor de Blasio ‘Stands with Israel’ on Eve of Visit

Friday, October 16th, 2015

New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio told reporters on Thursday, the day before he is scheduled to fly to Israel for a visit through Sunday:

I’m proud to be going at a moment when Israel is in need, and where friends need to stand and be counted.

We’re looking forward to what’s obviously going to be a sober environment, and a difficult environment, but I look forward to meeting with my fellow Israeli mayors and mayors from around the world to stand in solidarity with Israel.

He is scheduled to visit the Western Wall but also had planned to meet Palestinian Authority Arabs, a departure from the itinerary of his three predecessors, Michael R. Bloomberg, Rudolph W. Giuliani and Edward I. Koch, who restricted their trips to Israel to meetings with the country’s political and business leaders.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last year refused to accept an invitation from the Palestinian Authority ambassador to the United Nations to visit Arabs in Judea and Samaria.

DeBlasio will meet with Arabs, but not as he planned.

He had wanted to talk with Arabs in Ramallah, without meeting with Palestinian Authority officials, but the wave of terror has forced him settle for meeting them in Israel.

However, he says he is not afraid, explaining:

In terms of my own safety, I believe that Israeli security forces obviously know what they’re doing, and NYPD knows what it’s doing, and I’m very comfortable with that.

DeBlasio will meet with Arab children who learn with Jews at a school that was torched last year in an arson attack by Israeli extremists.

He said:

This is a region that needs peace deeply, and peace is elusive. One of the ways we foster peace is through inclusion. And our hopes have to be with the young people at this point. The previous generation hasn’t managed to find the path of peace.

Orthodox Jewish businessman Baruch Eliezer Gross is paying for the mayor’s trip.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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