Monday, September 16, 2019 

Miri Regev on the first step for Israeli sovereignty in Judea/Samaria

Israel National News interviewed culture minister Miri Regev, who welcomes approval of Mevo'ot Yericho's status, and makes a point about what Netanyahu had to do in the past:
“This is a very important declaration as the first step in applying sovereignty over the communities in Judea and Samaria which will come later,” said Regev.

“I am very happy about all the interviews that the Prime Minister has given, about his statements, about the clear statement. For eight years, Netanyahu fought the Obama administration in order to stop the withdrawals [from Jewish communities], and now with President Trump it’s a new era. An era of sovereignty in the land of Israel.
In the past decade, Obama was a serious problem. Now, under Trump, it's changed for the better.

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Netanyahu will annex Hebron/Kiryat Arba

Another positive statement made by the prime minister:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to annex Kiryat Arba, a settlement adjacent to Hebron, along with the Jewish areas in Hebron itself, if re-elected in the upcoming election on Tuesday.

The promise was made Monday morning in his interview for the "Good Morning Israel" show on Army radio.

Monday's pledge goes further than what the prime minister has said during his visit to Hebron on September 4, when he vowed that Jews would never be driven out of the city.
That's another vital step that needs to be taken.

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Sunday, September 15, 2019 

Ayelet Shaked just demonstrated how childish her campaigning approach is

The more I hear Ayelet Shaked campaign and attack Netanyahu far too noticeably, the more disgusted I get with her. Here's her latest galling conference speech where she accuses the Likud of "hating her":
Knesset candidates from the Yamina party gathered for an emergency party meeting in Airport City Sunday afternoon.

The emergency meeting was called Sunday, amid concerns the Likud party may draw large numbers of voters from Yamina in Tuesday’s election.

At the conclusion of the meeting, party chairwoman Ayelet Shaked addressed reporters, claiming that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu planned to turn the center-left Blue and White party after the elections to form a national unity government.

"Netanyahu never wanted us in his government," said Shaked, "each time we had to make special efforts to enter the government. The voters tend to forget Netanyahu's political history and believe his fake news that [Yamina] can be small and weak."
Look who's talking. Shaked's peddling fake news here herself.
Shaked also alluded to reports that Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, had a personal grudge against Shaked and Naftali Bennett.

"You’ve never heard this from me, but it's the truth. The people around Netanyahu have something against us, and I don't know why and where this is coming from. This hurts me."
Talk about being thin-skinned! That's her alright. After the damage her boss Naftali Bennett, whom she's surely taking cues from, tried to damage Israel Hayom's business a number of years ago (and she admitted she too had followed suit), that's pretty rich, I'd say. Despite any suggestions to the contrary, she and Bennett never did enough to be satisfying, and these attacks on the Likud and Netanyahu only signal a lack of confidence and desperation on her part, because she must realize they're not doing well, mainly because this is almost all she seems capable of doing.

Bennett himself didn't make things any better after he presented an alleged map that supposedly represents the US peace plan, and led to criticism even from American officials:
A map released by the Yamina party showing most of Judea and Samaria included in a future Palestinian state as part of the soon-to-be-released Middle East peace plan drawn up by the Trump administration is “inaccurate” and “not part” of the plan, a senior US official said Sunday. [...]

A senior US official pushed back, Sunday, telling The Jerusalem Post that the map presented by Bennett was “inaccurate”, and does not reflect the actual peace plan.

"The map posted by Naftali Bennett today on twitter and his claim that this represents the vision for peace of the Trump administration is highly inaccurate," the official said.

Earlier on Sunday, Likud officials blasted Yamina over the map, saying it “hurt the sensitive relationship with the Trump administration.”

"The map that Bennett, Smotrich and Shaked are advertising - is incorrect and not part of Trump's Deal of the Century. Absolute Fake News.”
And a terrible disfavor to the right. Granted, Bennett has slammed Benny Gantz and said he's unfit to be a premier, but his reliance on a form of moral equivalence ruins everything. At a time when it can be considered an emergency, you shouldn't be attacking your own side in such an alarmingly negative manner. Because of this, that's why, if you're voting for a smaller party, I figure at this point Otzma Yehudit would have to be the better choice, if they hopefully got enough supporters to clear the threshold.

Bennett and Shaked are bound to go down in history as prime examples of how not to conduct a campaign in politics.

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Town in Jordan Valley approved for valid status

The Israeli government's done something positive just prior to the election, giving approval for authorizing Mevo'ot Yericho as a permanent district for Israeli citizenry:
The cabinet on Sunday approved the prime minister’s proposal to authorize the community of Mevo’ot Yericho in the Jordan Valley, during its meeting today in the area.

The decision will enable the community, which began as a farm at the end of the 1990’s, to become a permanent and independent town.

The vote took place after the attorney general removed his opposition to holding a vote on the issue.

Earlier Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Ministers Amir Ohana, Yariv Levin and Bezalel Smutrich spoke with Attorney General Dr. Avihai Mandelblit in an attempt to persuade him to change his opinion against authorizing the community of Mevo’ot Yericho.

Mandelblit had asked the prime minister whether it was crucial that a decision on the issue be made today, to which Netanyahu responded that the urgent nature of the matter stems from the expected release date of the Trump administration peace plan and the desire to ensure the status of the community before the release of the plan.

Following the conversation, Mandelblit removed his opposition, and the vote was held.

Speaking earlier at the cabinet meeting, Netanyahu had reiterated his pledge to soon apply Israeli sovereignty in the Jordan Valley and Dead Sea area.
He's done the right thing here, and this is good for Israel's future.

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Saturday, September 14, 2019 

The importance of a mutual defense pact

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu both spoke about the development of the Mutual Defense Pact (via Breitbart):
US President Donald Trump on Saturday said he had spoken with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the phone of a potential Mutual Defense Pact, or MDP, between the two countries, and that he hoped to continue such talks after Tuesday’s election.

“I had a call today with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the possibility of moving forward with a Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and Israel, that would further anchor the tremendous alliance between our two countries,” he tweeted.

“I look forward to continuing those discussions after the Israeli Elections when we meet at the United Nations later this month,” he added, in a comment that was interpreted in Israel as indicting his hope that Netanyahu will win the elections on Tuesday.
Let's hope of course that the Likud's bid for reelection will be successful. It'll only be a true success if voters actually come out to cast their ballots.

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Friday, September 13, 2019 

Mark Levin's right about Israel's mainstream press: it sucks and is leftist

In this Fox video interview with attorney/commentator Mark Levin, he shows his amazing knowledge of what Israel's leftist media is like, and he's correct - it really does suck. Levin's interview is a must-see.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019 

Relative of 9-11 victim has a stern reply to Ilhan Omar's contempt

A relative of a 9-11 victim had a very important response to Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar over her minimization a few months ago of the tragedy in 2001:
During Wednesday's 9/11 Memorial and Museum ceremony in New York to honor the lives lost 18 years ago, one victim's family member had a message for freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

Nicholas Haros Jr., whose mother Frances Haros was killed in the World Trade Center at age 76, wore a black T-shirt with the words "Some people did something" as he read a list of victims' names, including his mother's.

"Today I am here to respond to you exactly who did what to whom. Madam, objectively speaking, we know who and what was done," Haros Jr. said on Wednesday. "There is no uncertainty about that. Why your confusion?"

Haros Jr.'s comments are a reference to a controversial statement made by the Minnesota representative, who said while speaking about the Muslim community's resilience in the face of discrimination that "[Council of American-Islamic Relations] was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties."
Omar's claim CAIR was founded post-911 is a repellent lie. It was founded as early as 1994.
Omar's comments sparked instant outrage by conservatives who accused her of belittling the historic tragedy. Others argued her comments were being taken out of context to unfairly attack her.
All she did was resort to the predictable victimology so typical of Islamophiles like herself. To which Haros had the following response:
"On that day, 19 Islamic terrorist members of al Qaeda killed over 3,000 people and caused billions of dollars in economic damage. Is that clear?" Haros Jr. said.

He continued, "But as to whom, I was attacked. Your relatives and friends were attacked. Our constitutional freedoms were attacked. And our nation’s founding on Judeo-Christian principles were attacked. That’s what some people did. Got that now?"

"We are here today, congresswoman, to tell you and the squad just who did what to whom. Show respect in honoring them, please. American patriotism and your position demand it. For God and country, amen," Haros Jr. said.
The guy's absolutely correct. He did the right thing in sending a message to a most repellent woman who so far hasn't offered a convincing apology for her abominable conduct. I'm glad Haros is standing up and doing the right thing to speak out against America's enemies in the political field.

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Almost a quarter of Arab Israelis feel Netanyahu is best suited to lead a government

The Times of Israel reported on a most recent polling of what Arab Israelis think of the coming election. It appears that again, many won't be voting as they don't see any point, but, here's where the results become most interesting:
The Labor party and the Democratic Camp – a political alliance comprising former prime minister Ehud Barak’s Israel Democratic Party, Meretz, and breakaway Labor MK Stav Shaffir – are together projected to secure under 1% of Arabs’ votes.

[...] But perhaps the biggest surprise in the Rudnitzky-Barak poll was the fact that 23.6% of respondents said they believed Netanyahu was best suited for the role of premier – a surprising show of support given Netanyahu’s video plea during the 2015 elections urging his supporters to vote so as to offset the “droves of Arabs” ostensibly rushing to the polling stations.

Only 9.9% of Arab Israelis said they believed Joint List leader Ayman Odeh should be the prime minister; and 9.6% named Blue and White leader Benny Gantz as the best candidate for the job; followed by Barak (7.7%), Liberman (7.5%), and Yamina leader Ayelet Shaked (7%).
Now isn't that also flattering that a certain number also think Shaked's ideal for a premier candidate. What this shows is that, whatever their opinions on Israel as a country, they do realize Netanyahu is far better for their future than the hopeless candidates on the left, and as noted earlier, the Meretz alliance with Ehud Barak has cost them a Druze candidate who was running on their list, because he was offended by their partnering with a man who alienated many Arabic residents around the turn of the century.

Netanyahu has provided positive economic policies, for example, and that's a good reason to recommend him. So it's certainly amazing the Arabic community in Israel sees him as a worthy politician.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019 

Some history on the 9-11 attacks

The Ammo website has a whole history article about the horrifying jihad attacks by al Qaeda that destroyed the World Trade Center, and what happened in the years after as the war on terrorism came about.

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Nafatli Bennett is actually still chairman of his faction, despite Ayelet Shaked's placement on top

The Times of Israel revealed that, despite putting Ayelet Shaked up as the ostensible chairwoman of Yamina, Naftali Bennett still remains in charge of his own faction of the party:
Naftali Bennett is the chairman of the New Right party, not Yamina leader Ayelet Shaked, as the two have led the public to believe, Zman Yisrael, the Hebrew sister site of The Times of Israel, revealed on Tuesday.

Formerly the leader of the Jewish Home party, Bennett, along with then-justice minister Shaked, split from the national-religious party in December 2018 to form the New Right, saying their new party seeks to forge a full, equal partnership between the secular and religious sectors.

The two had hoped to pull votes away from both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud and the Union of Right-Wing Parties – a faction comprising of the Jewish Home, the National Union, and the far-right Otzma Yehudit Party – but the maneuver failed and New Right did not pass the 3.25% electoral threshold in the April 9 elections.

Ahead of the second vote this year, set for September 17 after Netanyahu failed to form a coalition, New Right joined forces with Jewish Home and the National Union to form the Yamina alliance and, in an attempt to broaden voter appeal, named Shaked – a controversial but very popular politician – as its leader.

However, a review of the New Right’s party bylaws reveals that Bennett has remained New Right chairman, despite Shaked being publicly presented as its leader throughout the campaign and being placed at No. 1 on Yamina’s Knesset slate. Bennett is New Right’s No. 2, making him No. 4 on Yamina’s merged slate.

As New Right’s chairman, Bennett maintains the authority to split the party from Yamina after the elections, potentially leaving Shaked with no Knesset faction to head.

New Right declined to comment on the party’s official legal status and Zman Yisrael’s attempt to get a clear answer on whether Bennett was indeed the sole chairman or if Shaked was listed in other official documents as co-chairwoman was met with a refusal by the party to comment.

The reason for this ambiguity seems to be the party’s desire to maintain Shaked’s status as head of Yamina during the election campaign and defer any discussion on the faction’s political future until after the results come in.
This explains why, when they allegedly sought a merger with Itamar ben-Gvir's Otzma Yehidit faction, Shaked told him she'd have to get Bennett's approval on anything, and Bennett apparently sabotaged any chance of merging them as well. Not that I think much of ben-Gvir, but this just compounds why I've never been very impressed with Shaked any more than Bennett. It's not an authentic leadership they're presenting, and with the way Shaked's been using scare tactics in some of her campaign speeches that Netanyahu is going to form a government with the left/Gantz/Lapid/Amir Peretz is quite honestly disgusting. It just shows what a lack of confidence she really has in her own abilities to lead. Her English-language accent isn't very impressive either.

I guess this is just one more reason why I'd rather vote for the Likud than Yamina. Bennett's the main problem, of course, and his shadow only makes Yamina less appealing to me.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019 

9-11 Senate hearing makes no mention of Islam

It appears political correctness has invaded this year's 9-11 Memorial hearings on Capitol Hill:
No mention of radical Islam was made by any senators during Monday’s Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing — uniquely held at the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, NY — days before the 18th anniversary of the Islamic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Post-9/11 domestic instances of Islamic terrorism were also ignored, including but not limited to the attacks in Chattanooga, Fort Hood, Orlando, and San Bernardino. The only references to ideological dimensions of Islamic terrorism were made by former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, who referred to “jihadi terrorists” in three instances.
And what was brought up instead?
“Climate change poses an existential threat” to America and Earth, declared Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI), ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He linked “climate change” to 9/11 in his opening remarks [...]
This same Democratic senator also used another diversionary tactic to water down the serious issue of Islamofascism:
Peters also singled out “white supremacist violence” as a national security threat, with Chertoff similarly warning of “white supremacists.” “A rise in violence driven by racism, religious discrimination, and other hateful ideologies has altered our perception of domestic terrorism,” said Peters.
I'm sure he's not talking about radical leftists either. Even gun control was turned into an absurd issue by Democrats. But what's really disturbing is if no Republican senators showed the guts to bring up the challenging issues of Islamic jihadism. Coming as this news is just before 9-11, it's very disturbing indeed, and does nothing to help combat the continuing crisis around the world.

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"Deal of the Century" could be a very positive project

In this video from one of Benjamin Netanyahu's press conferences, he spoke of applying official sovereignty to Judea/Samaria, and indicates this is what Donald Trump's Deal of the Century could be about:
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held a press conference Tuesday evening to make a "dramatic statement about the Trump Administration's "Deal of the Century."

"We are on the eve of the elections. President Trump said he will present his Deal of the Century few days after the election and it is just around the corner. This presents us with a great challenge and a great opportunity to apply Israeli sovereignty to Judea and Samaria and other areas," Netanyahu said.

The prime minister announced that after the elections he would apply Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea area.

"There is one place that Israeli sovereignty can be applied immediately after the elections if Israeli citizens let me in. Today I announce my intention to apply Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea," he declared.

"This will be our defensive belt to the east. It ensures that we will never be a country a few miles wide," Netanyahu said.
I think this is a very positive statement he's made, one that could greatly benefit Israel in the future. So I hope it'll help the Likud in the election next week.

In another form of good news, US ambassador David Friedman attended the opening of a yeshiva in Sderot:
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Rabbi Rafi Peretz attended today's inauguration ceremony and laid a cornerstone for expanding the study hall at the Sderot Yeshiva.

The interior structure was donated by David E. Feldman to memorialize Rabbanit Goldie Fendel, the mother of Rabbi David Fendel of the yeshiva.

The event opened with singing and dancing in the new building's plaza and affixing a mezuzah by the U.S. Ambassador. A cornerstone was then dedicated to expand the Beit Midrash.

Education Minister Rafi Peretz said: "We're all with the Gaza area communities, the entire way; we're in the same boat, what the Yeshiva students have been doing here for many years is great. It's great to see the living Torah, the breathing Torah. Exactly what we read in the Haftarah prophet's reading last Shabbat: 'Comfort, comfort my people; Speak to the heart of Jerusalem'; this is the consolation, surely Isaiah the Prophet sees such a yeshiva, the robustness of the Torah, the robustness of such a city - and he is proud."

Peretz referred to attacks on religious Zionism by Leftist politicians: "You hear the attacks; religious Zionism works, it does its work faithfully, it goes out to give to the people of Israel everywhere, with great love for this people."

Ambassador Friedman said at the event: "I want to congratulate the Mayor, all the students, and the yeshiva, who continue the great way you are traversing. Rabbi Meir Fendel, the father of the yeshiva (Rabbi David) was my manager in America. I remember he set up a yeshiva in Long Island, in a place with no Torah at all, 'in an uncultivated land', and there he established a venue of Torah where my brothers and I learned and from there I received the love of the State of Israel and my Zionism.

"I remember like yesterday when I was in third grade when the Six Day War started; we stopped classwork and followed what was going on in the country, and when we won we were really happy for the State of Israel. A large percentage of what I am today I received from my studies at Rabbi Fendel's school.

"In my job, I'm always asked what I like here in the State of Israel in my role, what makes an impression, and my answer is everything. It's a great country, and when they say to me, 'Give us one good place anyway,' so I can say Jerusalem, the Holy City, Tel Aviv for business, the Dead Sea, which is the lowest place in the world, Masada, Tiberias, Tzfat, etc. All places are the correct answer, but you cannot complete the answer without mentioning the city of Sderot, without saying this place. A place that proves that Jews will be in Eretz Yisrael forever and ever.

"There's no other place in the world where people will be and succeed and believe and learn Torah when there are rockets and all the dangers that exist here. Most Jewish cities express the connection with the past, here in Sderot they stress the future. The city of Sderot proves to everyone in the world, also in the U.S., that anyone who wants to raise anti-Semitism in the world, hatred of Jews in the world, will see here and understand that he won't succeed. The days we passed in the last century that the haters of Jews would endanger us will no longer be. It is my honor to be here and congratulate you, I'm proud of you, celebrating with you, and the United States of America is here with you praying for you, and we'll always be with the city of Sderot," Friedman said.
For this, we should thank Friedman too.

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