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Minister Naftali Bennett.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wasn’t the only Israeli leader who was deeply offended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on Wednesday, scolding Israel for nearly an hour over its settlement policies.

Education Minister and Bayit Yehudi party chairman Naftali Bennett had harsh words in response to Mr. Kerry’s speech, saying Israel should not support the establishment of what he called “another terror state” in the heart of the country. The minister said that if it were up to him, he “wouldn’t allow it to happen.”


Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud party) likewise hit back at the American diplomat, saying Mr. Kerry “lacked the proper understanding of the conflict” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Mr. Levin added that Mr. Kerry “is trying to force on us, in his last days on the job, a world view that constitutes a prize for Palestinian terror and that completely ignores our rights to the country.”

He added that a “true friend of Israel” should have shown support for the elected government.

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, joined in the censure, writing in a tweet Wednesday night that the Obama Administration acted against Israel at the UN, and that “any claim to the contrary is a distortion of reality.”

The lone Israeli politician who spoke out in support of the speech was Opposition leader Isaac Herzog of the Zionist Union (Labor party). He called Mr. Kerry a “great friend,” adding in a tweet that the Secretary’s speech expressed “true concern” about the well-being and future of Israel.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. Yeah, Israeli leaders, as for the rest of the UNSC that voted unanimously?? You are biased and the diplomatic world is recognizing it. Two states. TWO! Your histories are rooted deeply in these territories and all should recognize and welcome. Occupation is just that! Not welcome! Get with it, chosen ones!!

  2. An interesting side to our current events

    By Shmuel Sackett

    In the last few days I have read over 100 emails, Facebook posts and articles that had one common denominator; Obama betrayed Israel in the recent UN vote.
    While I am no fan of Obama, I must state – loud and clear – that Obama did NOT betray Israel. Everything that happened in the UN on December 23 rd (the day of the vote) was due to one person and one person only. It was not Samantha Power, America’s ambassador to the UN. It was not John Kerry, America’s secretary of state and it was not even the President himself, Barak Obama. All of them were simply following the lead of the one person who is responsible for this terrible UN vote. His name is Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel. Allow me to explain.

    For the last month, all we talked about in Israel was a town called “Amona” and how the Israeli government plans on destroying the 40 Jewish homes that have been built there. The families who live in Amona are all religious Zionists; the men served in the IDF, fought for Israel and risked their lives. They built homes in an area that has not seen more than a goat in over 2,000 years, yet the Israeli government calls their settlement illegal… the same words used by the UN in their recent vote!!

    Three weeks ago, Prime Minister Netanyahu gave an interview on “60 Minutes” to Leslie Stahl. When asked about his position on a Palestinian state, Bibi said the following; “Two states for two peoples. That’s where I’m focused. I’d like to have President Trump, when he gets into the White House, help me work on that. I’d like to see if the Arab states can help me achieve that. It’s a new reality. A new possibility.”

    That was an exact quote from Israel’s Prime Minister… so why is everyone screaming about a UN vote that said the same thing?

    Don’t believe me? Well, did you actually read the text of UN Resolution 2334 of December 23, 2016? I did, and will quote some relevant parts here. As you will see, every word below – every single word – is the position of the current Israeli government led by Netanyahu, Bennett, Lieberman and Deri.

    The resolution begins by calling Israel an “occupying power”. My non-politically correct comment is that the UN is right… we ARE an “occupying power”. Since Netanyahu, Bennett, Lieberman and Deri are ALL against complete annexation of the land… we are therefore occupying someone’s else’s land! Like it or not, that makes us an “occupying power”!

    Naftali Bennett and his “Jewish Home” party call for the annexation of Ma’ale Adumim and then down the road a few other areas, but he has stated over and again that “Area A” should remain in the control of the Palestinians. This means that even Bennett wants to keep Israel as an “occupying power” … which is exactly what the UN stated… so why should Obama have vetoed that???

    Resolution 2334 then states – and I quote – that it “condemns all measures aimed at altering the status of the Palestinian territory” – something that Bibi totally agrees with! The resolution “expresses grave concern that Israeli settlements imperil the viability of the two-state solution” – again, in total agreement with Bibi.

    The resolution continues that it “reiterates its vision of a region where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace with secure and recognized borders” – those words were probably WRITTEN by Netanyahu himself!! As stated above, he virtually said that exact sentence to Leslie Stahl in his 60 Minutes interview!!

    Wait, I’m not finished yet. Resolution 2334 continues that it “stresses that the cessation of all Israeli settlement activity is essential for salvaging the two-state solution” – this is the policy of today’s Netanayhu-Bennett- Lieberman-Deri government! No new settlements are allowed, many new pilot settlements have been demolished and places like Amona, which have existed for 20 years, are about to be bulldozed and destroyed. That’s actually worse than what the UN

    And finally, Resolution 2334 “calls upon all parties to continue, in the interest of the promotion of peace and security, to exert collective efforts to launch credible negotiations on all final status issues in the Middle East peace process” – another line out of the Bibi play-book. He has stated countless times that he is ready to sit any time and any place with PLO President Abbas to continue the peace process and negotiate the final status arrangement.

    Based on everything written above plus the arrest of Jews who have done nothing illegal, yet sit in prison for breaking the horrific law forbidding reciting “Shema
    Yisrael” on the Temple Mount, the current Israeli government has proven that it is THEY who betrayed the Nation of Israel and not Obama!

    To make this very simple, this entire article can be summarized with one question: What do you expect the USA president to do when the Israeli prime minister leads the way for the two-state solution? You REALLY expected Obama to veto a resolution that Bibi Netanyahu could have written himself?

    The answer, dearest friends, is simple. Israel needs new leadership. This new leadership must annex ALL of the land, place the IDF – and ONLY the IDF – in charge of security in all areas, build Jewish homes across every inch of land and once and for all, DEFEAT the Jewish enemy!

    In my humble opinion, there is only one political party that is saying these words and it is called “ZEHUT” (Identity) led by Moshe Feiglin. We must do whatever we can to strengthen that party and make it succeed.

    When that happens, expect A LOT of resolutions in the UN against Israel but at the same time, expect an Israeli government that won’t lose any sleep over them.

  3. Only Israel and only Israel can take up a two sate .If you no that then you no what the Bible says about that get in vovld in the matter. Then you will be cursed that means the united States. Will have a bad winter. Or earth quake. It happens every time you go against Israel we are a kids Christian nation. God will punish us accordingly. To his will so I hope trump will do the right thing an bless Israel so we don’t have a curse on the united States. A. M. E. N.

  4. What people are missing- Again- is that this is retaliation on a international scale by Berry against Netanyahu for speaking in Congress last year about the Iran nuclear deal. Obama and Valerie Jarrett are the most vindictive team to occupy the Whitehouse in US history…. make no mistake- this is a very sinister personal attack by Obama the egotist in a long list of retaliatory attacks by the dark Prince.

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