You mean the Israeli police can't control this?Yisrael Medad.
If the police can't stop this crew, they can't stop anything....
If, eventually, the “fourth round” of terrorist prisoner releases takes place, the list of those to be released is set to include ten arch-terrorists whose families live in Judea and Samaria – and they are deemed to be too dangerous to be allowed to return to their homes by Shabak security agency chief Yoram Cohen.
A report on Channel Two said that the ten are part of the 26 terrorists set to be released in the deal. Cohen, who will be asked to present his official viewpoint in the event that the terrorist prisoner release comes up for a Cabinet vote, intends to urge ministers to condition the release of these terrorists on their being sent to Gaza, or to an Arab country, and not allow them to return to Judea and Samaria.
In recent statements, Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas has said that he will not accept a deal in which terrorists are not allowed to return to the villages they lived in before their arrest.What could go wrong?
Horowitz is a useful idiot. The only way for 'Abbas' to condemn terrorism is publicly, speaking in Arabic, by himself and not through others. So much time has elapsed at this point that even that sort of condemnation is tainted at best.Sure enough... Now that Abu Mazen's supposed 'condemnation' made it to page 1, we are told today on page 6 that Abu Mazen's spokesman denies the English-language (and Hebrew, but not Arabic) condemnation.
Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Ruaineh said the PA president opposed violence but did not speak out against the attack.
“We are against violence and a return to violence,” Abu Ruaineh quoted him as saying, adding the Abbas “is committed to a total condemnation of violence from any party.”If you read the whole thing, you will see that the Leftist MK's are still insisting on their version of the story. Wishful thinking or out-and-out lying?
Painting over graffiti that says (Cyrillic: Смерть жидам, Smert' zhidam) Dead to Kikes
I found an original graffiti picture on antisemitism.org.il
Same day some criminals vandalized a Jewish cemetery, painted swastikas, curse words and tried to make it look like Right Sector (the Ukrainian nationalists) did it, but Chief Rabbi of Odessa and Southern Ukraine Abraham Wolf said that he understands its a provocation by the pro-Russian movement (Link down the page) (To me, the vandalism looks like a typical teenage/drunk idiot job, cheap and childish)
Pics and video:
Here is a link and photo of their meeting (Chief Rabbi of Odessa and Southern Ukraine Abraham Wolf (Cyrilic: Авраам Вольф) and representative from (Cyrillic: УНСО) Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian National Self Defence (Wiki link))
Im not the best translator and i don't want to send you a wall of text, so ill sum it up: The UNA-UNSF representative said its a matter of honor now to find the responsible people and punish them and the Rabbi said that he understand its a pro-Russian provocation)
P.S. Yep lots of Jewish news but somehow i'm sure that most of it never translated or published in English Jewish media
P.P.S. here is a link to all antisemitic acts aggregated in one place, they have some pics of that murderer from USA too
"Tomorrow there will be Birkat Kohanim (the Priestly Blessing Ceremony - ed.), the Chief Rabbis will visit the Western Wall and thousands will flood the Jewish quarter," Kalmanovitz noted to Arutz Sheva, adding that many foreign tourists had visited to celebrate the Passover holiday.
"It is inconceivable that the Israeli Police prevents Jews, who want to ascend the Temple Mount, from entering, and allows Arabs - who riot - to continue to respect the mosques there and throw stones," he added. Kalmanovitz then called on police "to maintain security" at the Mount - "either by allowing Jews to ascend to the Mount or by closing it completely."
"We need to make order out of the chaos which erupts at the site every holiday," he stressed. "I already expect Arabs to throw stones tomorrow at the Western Wall. We should teach the Arabs a lesson for once and close it for them [too]."Kalmanovitz was the first victim of the 1987 'non-violent' 'Palestinian' intifada when the car in which he was traveling was ignited by a Molotov cocktail.
Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz), who was part of the delegation, told The Jerusalem Post that Abbas denounced all terror including the killing of Baruch Mizrachi in Monday evening's terror attack.
"Abu Mazen [Abbas] said this specifically, he emphasized his disgust from bloodshed and terrorism. He said he's willing to participate in the investigation of the attack and to bring those accountable to justice," Horowitz said.
Horowitz expressed optimism on Wednesday that Abbas was a genuine partner in the peace talks. He also said that only a Center-Left oriented government could bring about the end to the conflict with the Palestinians.
"Today there is a majority in the Knesset and the public to reach an agreement. (Prime Minister Binyamin) Netanyahu's manipulations harm the trust between the parties, between Israel and the US, and also endanger the stability in the region," he added.
In addition to what Horowitz said Abbas told the Israeli delegation, a Palestinian official also reported Wednesday that Abbas had condemned the violence.
At the meeting with the Israeli lawmakers, Abbas "condemned violence and the killing of Palestinians and Israelis", said Mohammed Al-Madani, a member of the Central Committee of Abbas's Fatah party.
Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Abbas, told a news conference in Ramallah: "We are against violence and against a return to violence."Horowitz is a useful idiot. The only way for 'Abbas' to condemn terrorism is publicly, speaking in Arabic, by himself and not through others. So much time has elapsed at this point that even that sort of condemnation is tainted at best.
On April 15, 3 people in black balaclavas, gave away leaflets (the one i sent you before) to passersby and glued some on billboards near the Synagogue.
And when i was researching the previous link i stumbled upon another article (on same topic) now in Israeli news web site for Russian speakers
ussr/2014/04/16/zhidov-goroda- donecka-vizivayut-na-registrac iyu/
they also added more info; They said that Nathan Shcharansky (I'm sure you at least heard about him LOL) was on Radio Kol Israel talking about this issue (apparently he was born in Donetsk)
I also found a news article about that Rabbi from Simferopol (Crimea) he was forced to run from Crimea after it was occupied by Russian Federation and his Synagogue 'Ner-Tamid' was Vandalized literary the day Russian soldiers moved in on February 28
His name is Mikhail Kapustin, he says that he was forced to flee to Kiev, in fear of anti-Semitism
I hope you speak german or know someone, because his only intervew was to German-Jewish website.....
Here is a link www.juedische-allgemeine.de/arHmmm. I used to be in touch with Rabbi Yitzchak and Leah Lipszyc (that's how it's spelled on LinkedIn and that's how I recall them spelling it) through a couple of mailing lists many years ago. When my daughter and I went to Ukraine in September, I tried to contact them via Facebook, but did not hear back from them.
Here he is a short post where he asks people for help and save Simferopol from Russian occupation (and there is also his picture)
Following him, HABAD representatives also left Crimea, Rabbi Itskhak-Meir Lifshits and his wife Lea, he says that he managed to move out Torah scrolls from Beyt Habad in Crimea to Ukraine mainland. (actually he used the word 'saving', if its that serious we can assume that he believes that Beyt Habad can be vandalized so he had to move out Torah)
Obama Marks Passover With A Picture Of Himself - @IsraelMatzav http://t.co/Tb7XHbiaZB …” what else would u expect? pic.twitter.com/bUH5Js38Q1And Mooch is even in the country....
— MFS - The Other News (@MFS001) April 16, 2014
Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon told Israel Radio on Wednesday that Netanyahu should order Israeli negotiators not to meet with their Palestinian counterparts – as they are scheduled to do later on in the evening – until the Palestinian Authority officially issues a condemnation of the killing.
“Palestinian incitement continues, so there’s no place for more talks,” Danon said. “We need to stop folding and begging [before the Palestinians].”
The deputy defense minister, who is leading the hawkish opposition to Netanyahu from within the ruling Likud faction, repeated his threat to tender his resignation in the event that Israel frees additional Palestinian prisoners convicted of terrorist acts.
Danon criticized the United States for its “double standard” in pressuring Israel to free Palestinian terrorists.
Israeli-Palestinian contacts to extend negotiations past their April 29 deadline continue, despite Monday evening’s terrorist attack that killed a police officer on his way with his family to a Seder in Kiryat Arba.
The negotiations were to continue on Wednesday, even as Netanyahu held the Palestinian Authority responsible for the murder.Meanwhile, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki urged 'restraint' and said that the United States disagrees with a New York Times call to give up on the Middle East.
"We were driving from Modi'in to Kiryat Arba,” she said. “At the Tarkumia checkpoint, we said hello to the soldiers, and kept going. After the first roundabout, a terrorist was standing at the roadside. Baruch shouted 'A terrorist! Shooting!' and pressed the gas pedal.”
"Then I took a bullet,” she continued, calmly. “Baruch's foot was still on the gas. The vehicle started to zigzag. I took the wheel and kept driving, away from the terrorists. I saw that we had gotten pretty far away and lowered the gear. Meanwhile, the bullets were still flying by us and I told the children 'duck down, duck down. Everything is OK.'
"Once I saw that we were far away from the terrorist I took a piece of cloth and covered my bullet holes, I called [police hotline] 100 and informed them that there had been a terror attack, and that they should come, and then when the soldiers came I asked them for a personal bandage to cover my wounds because I have to live for my children.”
Hadassah said that she understood immediately that Baruch had been killed. “He breathed his last breath and immediately fell on me, and I lifted him up instinctively.”
She said that she does not know where she got the presence of mind to save herself and her children from the attack as she did. The terrorist kept shooting, she said. “He didn't give up, and I didn't give up either." Otherwise, she said, “we would all have been slaughtered.”
"We have five children, she said, “and they too will grow up and serve the country. It's what Baruch would have wanted.”According to media reports, she is also pregnant with their sixth child... if she didn't 'lose it.' Wow. You have to admire her quick thinking and courage.
According to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, the violence began as officers stationed at Mughrabi Gate unlocked the passageway at approximately 7:45 a.m.At least this time, the police apparently gained control of the situation.
"Police units immediately went to the top of the mount and used stun grenades to secure the scene," he said.
"Officers stayed there for an hour to ensure order and visitation continued as scheduled."
Rosenfeld said there were no injuries reported and arrests are expected later in the day.
The violence comes three days after two police officers sustained light injuries upon opening the Temple Mount’s Mughrabi Gate entrance for visitation, when a throng of Palestinians threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at them.
The pointless arguing over who brought Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to the brink of collapse is in full swing. The United States is still working to salvage the negotiations, but there is scant sign of serious purpose. It is time for the administration to lay down the principles it believes must undergird a two-state solution, should Israelis and Palestinians ever decide to make peace. Then President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry should move on and devote their attention to other major international challenges like Ukraine.
Mr. Obama made the right decision to give it a second try last summer, with Mr. Kerry bringing energy and determination to the negotiations. But, after nine months, it is apparent that the two sides are still unwilling to move on the core issues of the borders of a Palestinian state, the future of Jerusalem, the fate of Palestinian refugees and guarantees for Israel’s security. The process broke down last month when Israel failed to release a group of Palestinian prisoners as promised and then announced 700 new housing units for Jewish settlement in a part of Jerusalem that Palestinians claim as the capital of a future state. According to Mr. Kerry that was the “poof” moment when it all fell apart, and the Palestinians responded by applying to join 15 international conventions and treaties. That move won’t get them a state, but it is legal and they did not seek to join the International Criminal Court, a big fear of Israel’s.
An Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is morally just and essential for the security of both peoples. To achieve one will require determined and courageous leaders and populations on both sides that demand an end to the occupation. Despite the commitment of the United States, there’s very little hope of that now.No, there's no point in 'talks' right now, and it is time for the Obama-Kerry junta to move on. Can they do it? Can they abandon their obsession with Israel and the fierce moral urgency of creating a 'Palestinian state'? Don't hold your breath.
Раздавали около синагоги в Донецке pic.twitter.com/sQZGt6GyY3The tweet above was sent to me with the explanatory email below (I cleaned up some of the English spelling).
— Новости Донбасса (@novostidnua) April 15, 2014
I want to spread this to as many people as posible, this picture was uploaded by Novosti Donbassa (Donbass News) news agency on twitter
They say that this papers were given to people near Synagouge in Donetsk (Which is right now self proclaimed "republic")
Basically its a call to Jews to come and register their religion and property at the citie's offices, (for a 50USD cash payment).
It says because the Ukrainian Jewish leadership supports the "Bandera's Junta" and hostile towards Pravoslav Republic of Donetsk and its people (The key word here is 'Pravoslav', its Russian Christian orthodoxy), everyone who lives on territory of Donetsk and older then 16 years old, should register before May 3 (there is address in there its city hall or town hall, i have no idea what some short abbreviation words mean, it says 'Donetsk ODA building'' i think its like regional government building or something).
you must bring papers for property that you own, business, cars, houses and the such.
If you fail to register before may 3, you will be deported and your property confiscated
P.S. I believe that its real, the situation in Ukraine is complicated and the way its reported in Israel is one sided and fake, Russia has lots of influence here and Ukraine not (also we Jews are easily manipulated, if you remind the Holocaust then we turn blind and belie everything we hears if someone is named a Nazi and Jew hater), so Ukraine is painted like some Nazi gitler gestapo banana republic with Nazi zombies killing people and Russia like some savior, which in reality is the other way around.
As a matter of fact the Jewish leadership support the revolution and the people, they said what happened in the past (some light racist remarks by some leaders of the right wing parties) stay in the past.
Also here is some example that I'm sure you never heard of, 2 days after Russian "green men" entered and spread over Crimea a Synagogue was painted with graffiti (no issues before that), when Crimea "voted" to join Russia the chief rabbi of Crimea and his family moved to Kiev and said that if the situation stays as it is he will never go back.
The leadership of the Right sector tries to stop anti semitic remarks by the lower ranks (if they happen) and people are thrown out of the party if they did something like saying 'HH' or antisemitic remarks.
They organized some cleaning duty to help remove graffiti from Synagogue and so on.
The new Russian leader of the Crimea is ACTUAL Nazi, and i mean as in real unlike the right sector which is no different then our rightist parties.
So he was in Slyvyanski Sojuz (Slavic Union) which after collapse of the USSR was a BIG Nazi (they changed the symbol to some Slavic symbol and the ideology was on Slavic superiority, otherwise no different from Nazi and same hand gesture and same mentality that we own everything and steal everything and poor Slavic people work for the "Jid" (Jid means kike a curse name for Jews in Russian, sadly its how you say Jew in Polish and i think Ukrainian too as in real word not curse) party in Russia, they had uniforms, they marched with weapons, organized camps summer for teenagers. (If you interested in researching it further and writing and article how Crimea is ruled by "ex-Slavic Union" Nazi i can provide photographic evidence of him in uniform and other people. )I will update as I can. As many of you will recall, I was in Kiev a few months ago. Wish I had taken the phone number of the guy who lives here who travels back and forth.
The hacker behind the counterattack, an Israeli known as "Buddhax", said that he did it to make anti-Israel hackers "think twice" before attacking Israeli sites, and to expose them as amateurs.
Israeli hackers had already responded to attempts last week to infiltrate Israeli and Jewish sites by taking down or defacing anti-Zionist and Muslim sites.
But Buddhax has gone a step further.
After infiltrating the target computers via a Trojan horse, he managed to lure the hapless hackers to their computers and take pictures of them using their own webcams - which he promptly posted online together with a list of personal information and a direct message to his targets: "Next time don't take part in OpIsrael. Long live Israel."
"I’m not a great hacker, but I’m at least good enough to expose you," he wrote, and signed off with a message for anti-Israel hackers:
"Israel will stay ISRAEL so forget about "Palestine". Long Live Israel."
The full list and details of the hackers is here. The one with the user name Niggakillah (yes, really) is a guy from Finland. He's not the guy in the picture.The exposed anti-Israel hackers hailed from a variety of countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, most prominently from Indonesia and Malaysia.
Labels: computer hackers
"This reprehensible murder of a man who was traveling with his family to a meal for the Festival of Freedom is the result of the incitement for which the Palestinian Authority is responsible," the prime minister said.
"The incitement of the Palestinian Authority continues in that it has yet to see fit to condemn this abominable and reprehensible act," he added.
Netanyahu said the Palestinian Authority continues to constantly broadcast – in it's official media – programs that incite against the existence of the State of Israel.
Mizrahi was killed and two others wounded after a Palestinian fired shots at a family vehicle on Route 35 near the Tarkumia checkpoint west of Hebron, police said.
The man was pronounced dead after attempts at resuscitation, while his 28-year-old wife was in moderate condition after suffering injuries to her upper body, according to Magen David Adom. She was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for further treatment.
A nine-year-old boy suffered light wounds from shrapnel in his chest. He was taken to Hadassah University Medical Center at Ein Kerem.If the terrorists believed that they were going to be put to death rather than released from jail in a 'prisoner exchange,' perhaps they'd think a bit harder before doing things like this. Perhaps our Prime Minister needs to think about it too.
Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi Hy''d, a husband and father of five, is the man who was murdered near Hevron on Monday by terrorists right before Passover began.
Mizrahi was driving to Kiryat Arba for a seder meal with his pregnant wife and three of his children when a terrorist opened fire on the family car, killing him and leaving his wife moderately to severely wounded.
The superintendent was born in 1967 in Tel Aviv, was raised in Bat Yam on the coast, and has lived for the past 15 years in Modi'in with his family.
In his last role, which he has held for the last three years, Mizrahi served as head of the Technology Division in the Sigint Unit, part of the Intelligence Brigade in the Investigations and Intelligence Branch.
Mizrahi served in the IDF for 25 years, including many years as a professional soldier, in which he filled many operational and technology oriented roles. The last position he held was as Lieutenant Colonel in Intelligence Unit 8200.8200 is the high tech unit that has spawned much of Israel's high tech industry. May God Avenge his blood.
[S]ome in Jerusalem have begun to question their affiliation with the parade, with a government source telling the Post that “due to the ongoing controversy that has now erupted, the Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Ministry will review its funding of the parade for future years, [although] not this year.”Hmmm.
The source, who asked not to be identified, said that while future funding was being reconsidered, reports that the Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Ministry cut funding to the parade due to the controversy were incorrect and that the cuts had been planned for almost a year. The funds, he explained, had been reallocated to Minister of Religious Serices Naftali Bennett’s new strategic initiative for the Diaspora and the shortfall had been made up by a grant by the Prime Minister’s Office.
Bennett, he added, never intended to attend, and reports that he canceled a trip in response to the NIF’s participation were incorrect.
“Hundreds of Jews who came to the Temple Mount for Pesach were astonished to find a police representative standing at the entrance gate and announcing that the Mount had been closed off to Jews after Hamas had taken over the Mount and threatened violence against any Jews who enter,” the Temple organizations reported in a news communique.
The Temple organizations called for the police commissioner to resign, following his failures on the Temple Mount.
“Time after time, the police abandon the Mount to hostile hands – especially on Jewish holidays," they charged. "Then the same commanders come to the Knesset and the Interior Committee, and lie that the Mount was open.”
Despite being the holiest site in Judaism, the Temple Mount is administered by the Islamic Waqf foundation, and Jewish visits are subject to strict restrictions including a blanket ban on prayers or other forms of worship, under pain of arrest.
Jewish groups have long condemned the discrimination as a surrender to Muslim extremism; a new bill proposed by the Jewish Home party is currently being debated to grant equal prayer rights to Jews and Muslims on the Mount.Hamas flags are allowed on the Temple Mount but Israeli flags and any form of Jewish prayer are banned. What could go wrong?
“I don't want to prophesy about the future,” Feiglin told Arutz Sheva in an interview. But he expected that a compromise wording would be found, which would satisfy the Palestinian Authority (PA) and allow the release of terrorists, including Israeli Arabs, while enabling Jewish Home, led by Bennett, to remain in the government.
Last week, Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett announced that his party will leave the coalition if Israel agrees to release Israeli-Arab terrorists as part of a framework agreement to extend peace talks with the PA. But Feiglin said he doubted this would be the case. Feiglin said that he had raised the issue with Jewish Home already in the first round of prisoner releases, impressing upon Bennett and his fellow party MKs how unjust releasing terrorists was.
At least now, Feiglin said, the party had woken up to his message, and was at least publicly agreeing with him that the prisoner release was immoral and should not take place.
Priorities man, priorities!“The release of terrorists is a moral injustice that must opposed in any way possible,” said Feiglin. “I don't see any difference in their being Israeli or not. Just the opposite, with the Palestinian Authority demanding that they be released, we see who these Israeli Arabs really affiliate with.”
Bennett chided the premier in an interview with Channel 2 asking, "Who is the prime minister of Israel - Netanyahu or [Paletinian Authority President] Mahmoud Abbas?"
Netanyahu canceled a meeting on Sunday with the rebellious Bayit Yehudi leader to protest behavior that Netanyahu's associates called "childish."
Sources close to Netanyahu responded by daring Bennett to quit. They accused him of harming the country by unnecessarily flexing his muscles in an effort to obtain positive headlines.
"After Bennett insisted on Israel freeing murderers rather than freezing construction, we are waiting to see what his daily threat will be," a source close to Netanyahu said. "He needs to be reminded that he is not being kept in the government by force.A Likud source went further in attacking Bennett, saying that had he not threatened Netanyahu, first privately then publicly, a deal would have been reached and Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard would have been on his way to Jerusalem in time for the Passover Seder. But a source close to Netanyahu said that charge was inaccurate, because there were other problems with the sides involved in making the deal with Israel.Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman told Yediot Aharonot Sunday that Bennett should not be burning bridges or initiating elections. Liberman coordinated his attack with Netanyahu."Whoever wants to quit should quit, not threaten," he said. "I doubt Bennett will carry out his threat. I see a big gap between his declarations and his actions. His threats don't move us."
The fiercest attack on Bennett Sunday came from Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who said Bennett represented the extremist youths who attacked IDF soldiers in the West Bank community of Yitzhar.
“There are those in the government who aren’t interested in peace and would prevent us from having a diplomatic process,” she told Ynet. “Surrendering to Bennett is a victory for Yitzhar over Zionism.”
Bennett responded that Livni had “brought shame to the State of Israel” by how she handled the negotiations with the Palestinians. His associates said Livni was “obsessively stuck to her seat in the government.”
The economy and trade minister said he had tried to work out a compromise with Netanyahu by which the Israeli Arab citizens released would renounce their citizenship and be exiled to the West Bank. But the prime minister said such steps were not feasible.My opinion of Bennett continues to decline. Does he want to stop the releases or find a way to stay in the government. Don't you wish he had principles?
Overland Park Police confirm multiple shots were fired at the center, which is located at 5801 W 115th St., and Village Shalom, an assisted living center located at 5500 W. 123rd. Both areas are currently on lockdown.
Police took one man into custody at the Valley Park Elementary at 123rd and Nall. The man was heard yelling "heil Hitler" as he was taken into custody.
A 14-year-old boy is in critical condition at an area hospital.
A 41 Action News photographer on the scene spoke with Mark Brodky, a member at the JCC, who says another man pointed a gun at him and shot the windows out of his car, "I thought he was shooting an air rifle and all the sudden he shot at me."
Brodky also says he's seen the alleged shooter before. "He's a member of the club. But I don't know his name."You can follow updates at the center's Facebook page here. More here (Hat Tip: Jack W).
The March 30 event at Martyr Khalil Al-Wazir Forest was attended by dozens of officials, including Minister of Agriculture Walid Assaf, District Governor of Hebron Kamel Hamid and representatives of the PA Security Forces, as well as several mayors from the Hebron district and relatives of Abu Jihad, Palestinian Media Watch said in a bulletin Sunday.
Abu Jihad, also known as Khalid al-Wazir, was a founding member of Fatah and a deputy to Yasser Arafat. He led the PLO’s military wing, and was responsible for numerous terror attacks that according to PA daily Al-Ayyam killed at least 125 Israelis. His facilitation of the 1978 Coastal Road massacre — the hijacking of a bus that resulted in 37 Israeli deaths, including 12 children — made him one of the most wanted Palestinian terrorists in the world.
Abu Jihad’s son, Jihad Al-Wazir, told the crowd, “All of you are martyr Abu Jihad’s children, and he is freedom in the memories and hearts of every one of you.”
According to Palestinian Media Watch, PA President Mahmoud Abbas also recently decorated Abu Jihad postumously with “the highest order of the Star of Honor.”
The Obama administration, when it took office in 2009, repeatedly refused to answer whether it was bound by the Bush letter. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denied there were any “enforceable” understandings with Israel. The day before Palestinian President Abbas met with President Obama, Clinton told the press Obama had been “very clear” with Prime Minister Netanyahu that he “wants to see a stop to settlements – not some settlements, not outposts, not natural growth exceptions”–and that this had been “communicated very clearly, not only to the Israelis but to the Palestinians and others.” The same day, Abbas told the Washington Post he would do nothing but watch the Obama administration pressure Netanyahu. The administration eventually got a ten-month construction freeze, which both Clinton and Obama envoy George Mitchell called “unprecedented.” It produced nothing from the Palestinians other than a demand in the tenth month that it be continued.
Now flash forward five years, to Secretary of State Kerry’s April 8, 2014 Senate Foreign Relations Committee testimony, in which he said “both sides … wound up in positions where things happened that were unhelpful,” but that “when they were about to maybe [resume negotiations], 700 settlement units were announced in Jerusalem, and poof, that was sort of the moment.” Kerry knew the 700 “settlement units” [sic] were in a longstanding Jewish area in the capital of the Jewish state; that the area will be retained by Israel in any conceivable peace agreement; that Israel had made no commitment to Kerry to stop any construction there; and that Israel was working on an expanded prisoner release when the Palestinians went to the UN.
The peace process went “poof” not because of 700 units in Jerusalem, but because–for the third time in three years–the Palestinians violated the foundational agreement of the process, which obligates them not to take “any step” outside bilateral negotiations to change the status of the disputed territories. For the third time, the Palestinians went to the UN; for the third time, there was no American response; for the third time, there was no penalty for the violation; and on April 8, there was not even an honest assessment of the situation by the secretary of state.Read the whole thing. Sad but true: An American commitment to Israel is not worth the paper on which it is written.
A senior Israeli government official told Channel 2 Saturday that, despite the ultimatum of Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi) Chairman Naftali Bennett to leave the government over the issue, "there will be no deal [for peace talks to resume or free Jonathan Pollard] if Israeli-Arab terrorists are not released."
Official progress on peace talks from Israel remains somewhat murky, with no unilateral declaration that a deal has or has not been made.
But several top officials from left-wing or center-left parties - including HaTnua, Labor, and Yesh Atid - have threatened to leave the government entirely and go to elections in the event that a deal is not struck between Israel, the US, and the Palestinian Authority (PA) to continue the peace process.If there was any prospect of the 'talks' leading anywhere, there might at least be something to discuss. But given that nearly everyone admits that the 'peace process' is going nowhere, why bother?
The move expands Jewish property-holding in the section of the city under Israeli military and civil control. It is located in a Palestinian neighborhood just outside the Kiryat Arba settlement, on the major road that leads to the Cave of the Patriarchs.Morris Abraham, a Jew from Brooklyn, had purchased the building from its Palestinian owners over a decade ago.Claiming ownership, settlers initially moved into Beit Hashalom in March 2007 even though the Defense Ministry had not authorized the purchase or given them the permits to live there.The Palestinian owners argued that the sale, in any event was fraudulent and turned to the courts.In December 2008, when Ehud Barak was defense minister, he forcibly evacuated the building pending the completion of legal appeals. Some 600 Border Police officers and IDF soldiers participated in the evacuation, in which four officers and 23 Jewish activists were lightly to moderately injured. Additionally, at least 20 Palestinians were injured in clashes with settlers in the area of the building.In the weeks leading to the evacuation, extremist Jewish activists vandalized the cemetery and the Palestinian homes next to Beit Hashalom.In 2012, after initial court victories by settlers, Barak took the first steps toward authorization of their purchase of the structure. He halted those efforts, however, after Palestinian appeals returned the matter to the court.In March, the High Court of Justice ruled that the purchase of the four story apartment building was legal, but only on Sunday, did Ya'alon grant Jewish families from Hebron permission to move in.Already on Sunday afternoon hours after receiving permission, did the families begin to move their things in....
This is long past due.Meretz faction chairman Ilan Gilon said Ya'alon may be responsible for bloodshed as a result of his decision.Gilon criticized the defense minister's decision on Beit Hashalom, saying its "more spit in the public's face from the extreme right-wing government, which decides during a crisis in talks with the Palestinians to strengthen settlers in Hebron."
"We have the same enemies and similar interests," [Dr. Kamal] Al-Labwani stated Friday evening, in a special interview with Walla! News. "Now is the time [to work together] it seems that any later will be too late."
"The Syrian nation wants to topple President Bashar Assad's [forces], they also want to prevent extremists from replacing him," he continued. "This is what Israel wants: to distance itself from Assad, from the pact between Iran and Hezbollah, but also to prevent Al Qaeda from taking control."
Al-Labwani stressed that the solution is for the international community to support "moderate" opposition groups in Syria's ongoing civil war. While he insisted "the world has failed Syria," he also claimed that "Israel could be the one to reveal what can happen when you take responsibility and do what's right [. . .] joining with Syria and fighting against [Iran, Al Qaeda, and Hezbollah]."It's a pity that the 'international community' didn't do that in 2011 when it would have made a difference.
"Labwani's declarations are not surprising," she said, on a Damascus state television broadcast. "It is known that what is happening in Syria is done through the planning and coordination of [opposition] agents working with Israel."
"Labwani and his associates, who agreed to be interviewed in Israeli media, are servants of the Zionist regime," she alleged, saying they "have betrayed their country for Zionists and work against their nation and people."
State television has also quoted segments of the interview as "proof" Syrian opposition forces are "secretly working for Israel," calling Al-Labwani "friend of the Zionists." Both Syria's and Iran's official websites also condemned Al-Labwani for the interview, with the Islamic Republic deeming him "an Israeli agent."You think that the medical treatment that Israel has provided to wounded Syrian opposition civilians and fighters might be playing a role here? Hmmm.
Both Iran and Israel are now entering potentially challenging new stages in their relations with the outside world, and particularly with the United States. Over the last seven years, United Nations Security Council resolutions have imposed sanctions on Iran with the aim of halting its nuclear program. For years, Iran’s former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad railed against the “Great Satan.” But even if Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is still opposed to reforms, it appears that some officials inside Iran have finally realized that continued intransigence and bellicosity will beget only more sanctions and catastrophic economic consequences.
As the winds of change blow across Iran, secular democrats in Israel have been losing ground to religious and right-wing extremists who feel comfortable openly attacking the United States, Israel’s strongest ally. In recent months, Israel’s defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, called Secretary of State John Kerry “obsessive and messianic,” while Naftali Bennett, Israel’s economy minister, labeled Mr. Kerry a “mouthpiece” for anti-Semitic elements attempting to boycott Israel.
And you thought they were referring to the rise of Haredi power, didn't you? Well, that too....Israel’s secular democrats are growing increasingly worried that Israel’s future may bear an uncomfortable resemblance to Iran’s recent past.
In its 66 years, Israel has seen its share of ideological shifts from dovish to hawkish. These were natural fluctuations driven mainly by the country’s security situation and prospects for peace.
But no, the Times isn't worried about 'equalizing the burden.' As usual, they are worried about the 'peace process.'But the current shift is being accelerated by religion and demography, and is therefore qualitatively different. While the Orthodox Jewish parties are currently not part of the government, together with Mr. Bennett’s Jewish Home, a right-wing religious party, they hold about 25 percent of seats in the Knesset. The Orthodox parties aspire to transform Israel into a theocracy. And with an average birthrate of 6.5 children per family among Orthodox Jews (compared with 2.6 for the rest of the Jewish population), their dream might not be too far away.
Israel’s shift toward orthodoxy is not merely a religious one. Since the vast majority of Orthodox Jews are also against any agreement with the Palestinians, with each passing day, the chances of reaching a peace deal diminish. Nor is time on the side of those who want to keep seeing a democratic Israel.
If Israel continues the expansion of settlements, and peace talks serve no purpose but the extension of the status quo, the real existential threat to Israel will not be Iran’s nuclear program but rather a surging tide of economic sanctions.
What began a few years ago with individual efforts to get supermarket shoppers in Western countries to boycott Israeli oranges and hummus has turned into an orchestrated international campaign, calling for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israeli companies and institutions.
From academic boycotts to calls for divestment on American university campuses to the unwillingness of more and more European financial institutions to invest in or partner with Israeli companies and banks that operate in the West Bank, the “B.D.S.” movement is gaining momentum. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has recently called B.D.S. advocates “classical anti-Semites in modern garb.”
Funny - someone seems to have forgotten to tell the non-Jewish Americans about this. American support for Israel is as high as its ever been. Only among those who have exchanged Liberalism for Judaism in the United States is support for Israel declining.In the past, Israel could rely on Western nations and especially the United States to halt such initiatives, but as the fabric of Israel’s population changes, and Jewish populations in the West become less religious and less uncritically pro-Israel, the reflex to stand by the Jewish state, regardless of its policies, is weakening.
100 Shofars to be blown in ManhattanI will not be in New York on the 29th, but if you will be, you know what to do.
April 29, 2014UJA-Federation Building130 East 59 Street (Between Park & Lex)New York City, 5pm to 7pm : Shofars to be blown at 5:30 pm
The largest number of Shofars ever blown in Unison to take place in Manhattan by a Coalition of Jewish groups; to protest the inclusion of Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions against Israel in the Israel Day Parade.
Join Us and Bring Your Shofars!
More and more, every day we see American Jews embracing intellectual bondage. We see American Jewish leaders embracing the intolerant, who seek to constrain freedom, and shunning those who fight for freedom and the rights of Jews and other threatened peoples and groups.
To a large degree, this rejection of the lessons of the Exodus among the American Jewish community reflects the growing intolerance and tyranny of the political Left, to which most American Jews pledge their allegiance.
With increasing frequency, leftist groups and leaders in the US are openly acting to deny freedom of expression to their political and ideological foes, and to destroy the lives of people who oppose their dogma.
In Israel, the public understands that boycotts are about mainstreaming hatred and bigotry just as much as they are about economic strangulation. That is why in 2011 the Knesset passed the anti-boycott law which allows all Israeli entities to sue groups calling for boycotts against them for civil damages, and bars such groups from participating in state tenders.
But in the American Jewish community, these groups are defended and legitimized.
Disgusted at their community leadership’s double standard of tolerance and support for foes of Israel and intolerance for supporters of Israel, a consortium of organizations and synagogues organized a protest against the inclusion of anti-Israel organizations in the Israel Day Parade.
After weeks of protests in the press and on social media sites, on Tuesday some 200 people demonstrated outside the UJA-Federation building in New York and demanded that the boycott supporters and abettors be shunned.
It was an important act of defiance.
The group includes such stalwart organizations as Americans for a Safe Israel, Americans for Peace and Tolerance, the Endowment for Middle East Truth, JCC Watch, the National Conference on Jewish Affairs, and the National Council of Young Israel.
These groups have joined together in the past to protest against UJA-Federation funding of institutions such as the 92nd Street Y and the New York JCC, which have provided platforms for Jew-haters and BDS supporters.
Their protest was vital. It would be a tragedy if the thuggish behavior of the Jewish community leaders went unopposed. But it is hard to see how the protesters can change the situation.
The rot runs deep.
Consider Brandeis University’s craven and intolerant administration.
Brandeis was founded as a traditionally Jewish university in 1948, the year that Israel was established.
But whereas Israel has remained faithful to its sovereign duty to cultivate and defend Jewish freedom and engender a liberal democracy, over the years, Brandeis has largely abandoned its mission of standing up to intolerance, and protecting Jewish rights and those of other threatened groups.
Case in point is its obscene treatment of Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Hirsi Ali is a former Muslim who suffered genital mutilation as a child in Somalia and at age 21 fled to Holland to avoid a forced marriage.
After liberating herself, Hirsi Ali could have settled into a quiet European life. Instead, she dedicated her life to championing the rights of women and girls in Islamic societies.
For the past decade, Hirsi Ali has lived under an Islamic death sentence for her work. She can go nowhere without bodyguards.
In 2006, despite her membership in the Dutch parliament, Hirsi Ali was forced to flee to the US, when the Dutch government refused to continue to protect her.
In the US, as in Holland, she continues to campaign for the rights of women and girls in Islamic society.
Most recently, she was the executive producer of a new documentary film called Honor Diaries, which describes the plight of Muslim women and girls living in societies where they risk murder at the hands of their family members if they refuse to live in abject humiliation and submission to the misogyny of Islamic law.
Several months ago, Brandeis offered to confer an honorary doctorate on Hirsi Ali for her work on behalf of women and girls.
When the leftist and Muslim thought police in the Brandeis student body and faculty got wind of the university’s plan to honor her, they joined forces with the Council on American-Islamic Relations to force the administration to cancel the honorary degree.
CAIR claims to be a Muslim civil rights group. And yet, the group that purports to care about the civil rights of Muslims is waging a nationwide campaign to bar screenings of Honor Diaries, at universities around the country.
When Fox News’s intrepid host Megyn Kelly asked CAIR leaders this week how they can object to a film that seeks to help Muslims, they said they don’t have a problem with its content. They object to the fact that it was produced by Jews (also known as “Islamophobes”).
Far from being a civil rights group, CAIR is a pro- Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood organization. It was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Hamas financing trial against the Holyland Foundation.
And yet, on Wednesday, Brandeis sided with CAIR and the thought police, against Hirsi Ali. Brandeis canceled its plan to confer its honorary doctorate on her.Read the whole thing.