Tuesday, May 26, 2020 

Court prevents authorities from tearing down house of terrorist

The entity that should be described as the Low Court of anti-Justice has struck again with a very harmful decision:
The High Court of Justice ordered the military to stop the planned demolition of the family home of a Palestinian man suspected of involvement in the murder of yeshiva student Dvir Sorek, 18, last year.

A panel of three judges ruled 2-1 on Monday against the demolition, saying that the family of Mahmoud Atouna did not support his actions and razing their home would have no deterrent effect.

Atouna is accused of being part of a five-man cell that grabbed Sorek as he got off a bus in the West Bank and killed him, leaving his body on the side of the road.
It appears they buy into taqqiya, unshockingly, and this is precisely what's disturbing about them. Mainly because they ignore that the family could've stopped him and raised him under a better belief and education system if they'd wanted to. Now, the court's done another serious disfavor for victims of terrorism. Something is going to have to be done to mend this in the legal system.

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More Corona problems in the Haredi community

Though the number of infected people has gone down considerably, there's still some notable cases in the Haredi community itself, such as this case at a kindergarten:
Nearly 100 haredi kindergarteners were ordered into isolation this week in two separate cases, after a teacher’s aide and a kindergarten teacher who came into contact with the students tested positive for the coronavirus.

Thirty children from the Talmud Torah Hachmat Shlomo in Jerusalem have been placed in isolation after a teacher’s assistant at the school was diagnosed with the coronavirus, Kikar Hashabbat reported Monday morning.

The teacher’s assistant showed signs of illness just days after the school reopened.

According to a statement by the Jerusalem municipality, the teacher’s assistant came into contact with two groups of students, all of whom have been placed in isolation until next week.
I'm assuming the instructors didn't get a proper health check before heading back to school. Typical irresponsibility on the part of some of these insularists. They'd better start making improvements if they don't want to continue with all these lockdowns and emergency situations.

Since we're on the subject, some Israeli institutions found a form of medicine that can treat the Corona illness effectively:
Derivatives of two drugs designed to treat Gaucher’s disease have been shown to be effective against Coronavirus (COVID-19) and may be useful in future outbreaks, the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) in Ness Ziona revealed Tuesday (Antiviral activity of Glucosylceramide synthase inhibitors against SARS-CoV-2 and other RNA virus infections).

As part of efforts at the IIBR to detect large-scale effective antiviral drugs, the Institute’s scientists have tested two drug derivatives, originally developed for patients with Gaucher’s disease.
It's good if more medical drugs are being developed for dealing with Covid. That way, things can hopefully return to normal soon.

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Roger Waters gets shunned by his own band

It looks like the anti-Israel activist in the music world has led to a situation where his own rock band is now distancing themselves from him:
British musician Roger Waters (76) has made the headlines once again, this time complaining that he had been “banned” from Pink Floyd’s official site and social media by his former band mate David Gilmour. In a 5-minute video released on May 19th, Waters shared his deep frustration with his former partners’ refusal to let him use the band’s official platforms, supporting his claims with some very specific facts.

In psychoanalysis this kind of behavior is commonly known as “projection,” which is a basic psychological defense mechanism that allows humans to deny the existence of certain feelings and tendencies in themselves while attributing them to others. In this case, Gilmour is the subject of the projection. This gifted, pleasant and well-mannered musician, who had never been associated with any controversy, is now being accused of using “banishment” as a legitimate tool in conflict resolution, and the very accusation is coming from the abuser himself. Projection 101.
So Waters is ranting against a guy with more common sense than he's ever had. What a shame people like Waters have to throw away respect from wider audiences for the sake of Orwellian politics, and always take the wrong side of an issue. Now, Waters is reaping what he's sown, and lost the support of his own rock band along with many other sources.

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Monday, May 25, 2020 

Netanyahu's now in a position where he can speak out against the court corruption

Amnon Lord's made the point regarding how the leftists have gone about all this:
The same thing is happening with Prime Minister Netanyahu. For 25 years, a campaign of character assassination has been waged against him, the like of which has never been seen in any democracy, and that campaign has turned especially brutal in the last four years. It isn't one particular speech or another, but rather daily and weekly leaks designed to shape public opinion and awaken hatred until it boils over.

This isn't about the public's right to know, but rather the technique that is being exposed in the US right now after the (not final) exoneration of Gen. Michael Flynn. In the US there are checks and balances, and in the end, there is oversight and transparency and it is possible to follow how the leaders of the Obama administration, along with the FBI and the famous columnists, stitched up a respected general and ruined his life, to the point where he admitted to acts he didn't commit.
It most certainly does bear similarities to the Flynn kangaroo court case, but Netanyahu's certainly not taking this lying down. He already spoke out:
Again denying all allegations, he condemned the "ludicrous" charges against him.

"I'm here with a straight back and my head held high," he said.

Netanyahu, the longest-serving prime minister in Israeli history, has long claimed to be the victim of a witchhunt and again suggested the charges were trumped up to stop him continuing in office.

"When you need to take me down, a strong prime minister from the Right, everything is possible," he said.

Netanyahu added a request for the rest of his trial to be broadcast live, unlike the opening session at which the court banned TV cameras.

"I ask for everything to be broadcast live and uncensored so that the public will know," he said.

"The police department and prosecutor's office have joined forces with left-wing newspapers racking up imaginary charges against me. Their goal is the overthrow of a strong prime minister," he said. "Investigations were mishandled from the outset."

"They'd like to see an obedient poodle from the right and I'm not one. I'm not willing to be coddled by the media or uproot settlements, so they're doing everything in their power to get me. I want to reiterate what's going on here: this is a trial against the Right by a bunch of 'Anyone but Bibi' folks. They're trying to frame me."
They most definitely are. But if there's one segment of the right-leaning politicians who may not be backing him, it's the Yamina party:
MK Matan Kahana (Yamina) on Sunday commented on the start of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's trial, saying that the judicial system must undergo significant reform in order to restore public confidence in it.

“A day on which the Israeli Prime Minister sits on the defendant’s bench is a sad day for the State of Israel. The Prime Minister has the presumption of innocence,” Kahana said.

“Our judicial system must undergo significant reform in order to restore public confidence in it. The main culprit in the sickness of the judiciary is Netanyahu, who stopped with his body any reform that was proposed," he added.
So he admits it looks bad, yet he puts the blame on Netanyahu and won't admit his own party may have screwed the pooch? Yeah, I get it. He's saying Netanyahu has only himself to blame. I'm sorry, but that just doesn't solve anything, and makes it sound more like they're vindictive for being left outside the coalition after all the trouble they caused in the end. That's not being altruistic. If they can't join the fight while leaving their disagreements at the door, they've only explained why they were left out of the coalition.

Netanyahu's doing the right thing to speak out against this corruption. And we must hope it'll help in the end.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020 

Joe Biden made offensive comments about blacks

Former vice president and now presidential candidate Joe Biden just made repellent statements about the black community:
Black conservative pundits unleashed disgust on Joe Biden (D) Friday after he stated that black Americans “ain’t black” if they are still considering supporting President Trump, describing his remarks as “racist and dehumanizing.”

“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden, the Democrat Party’s presumptive nominee, said during an interview with Breakfast Club cohost Charlamagne tha God.
This is absolutely horrific, and additionally demonstrates how, at his advanced age, Biden is clearly unfit for the job. It's one of the worst of any and all flubs he's ever made in past years, and only makes things worse following the sexual assault allegations that were made against him by Tara Reade. A most truly despicable man indeed.

Update: Robert Spencer at PJ Media recommends Biden remember that Republicans were the ones who really defended blacks throughout US history.

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Saturday, May 23, 2020 

Russiagate began with Obama's Iran deal and spying mess

Tablet has an article about how Russiagate really began with Obama's awful Iran deal and unwarranted spying on Trump's campaign:
The answer is that Obama saw Flynn as a signal threat to his legacy, which was rooted in his July 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Flynn had said long before he signed on with the Trump campaign that it was a catastrophe to realign American interests with those of a terror state. And now that the candidate he’d advised was the new president-elect, Flynn was in a position to help undo the deal. To stop Flynn, the outgoing White House ran the same offense it used to sell the Iran deal—they smeared Flynn through the press as an agent of a foreign power, spied on him, and leaked classified intercepts of his conversations to reliable echo chamber allies.

In March 2017, after seeing evidence of the Obama administration’s surveillance of Trump associates, Congressman Devin Nunes said it had nothing to do with Russia or the FBI’s ongoing Russia investigation, or similar Russia probes conducted by congressional committees. Nunes’ contention was difficult to make sense of at the time. Wasn’t everything about Russia and whether or not there was, as Congressman Adam Schiff said, more than circumstantial evidence of collusion?

In fact, as Trump prepared to take office after his 2016 upset victory, the Obama White House was focused on the Middle East. “Russia collusion” was the narrative that Hillary Clinton operatives seeded in the media and fed to the FBI to obtain a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign. After the election, the Obama team took it over and used it to hobble the incoming administration.

That Obama has publicly criticized the Justice Department’s decision to withdraw its case against the retired general shows how personal the anti-Flynn campaign still is for the former president. In leaking his supposedly off-hand comments to Michael Isikoff, a journalist whose work was central in pushing the Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theory, Obama was effectively taking credit for pushing the larger anti-Trump operation that grew out of the anti-Flynn campaign. While the Russia collusion story was a handy instrument for many to advance all manner of personal and political interests, for Obama the purpose of Russiagate was simple and direct: to protect the Iran deal, and secure his legacy.
Read more, and see just how truly disgraceful Obama for one was, and still is.

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How Mandelblit's wrongful actions of the past were put in the court of public opinion

The Times of Israel has a whole article about how Benjamin Netanyahu's been able to expose wrongdoings of attorney general Avichai Mandelblit committed in the past decade, even as the latter tries to damage the former's career:
That success was accomplished in part by a relentless campaign targeting the prime minister’s chief accuser, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, and resuscitating a 2010 scandal, the so-called “Harpaz affair,” that rocked the military’s high command and saw Mandelblit investigated for obstruction.
According to a news reporter, this is how Mandelblit was involved in the affair:
So it was that on May 8, Channel 13 anchor Ayala Hasson dropped a political bombshell by revealing the alleged contents of one transcript from a September 26, 2010 phone call between Mandelblit — then the army’s top lawyer — and chief of staff Ashkenazi, in which they discuss the investigation into the affair.

“I want Mandelblit’s conversation to be publicized,” Hasson said during the broadcast of the transcript, which remains under a gag order.

She claimed Mandelblit was trying to quash the publication of the transcript, which prosecutors in 2014 classified as inadmissible eavesdropping because neither party to the call knew they were being recorded. (Phone calls and conversations are routinely and automatically recorded in the chief of staff’s office, but Ashkenazi had specifically asked his aide not to record this one. For an unknown reason, the recording was not stopped.)

“I’ve already received messages sent by Mandelblit, and he sent people to write all sorts of things,” Hasson claimed. “This is drama, a bombshell, and I expect all my colleagues [in the press] to deal with this issue, this conversation in which the Military Advocate General Mandelblit tells Ashkenazi, ‘I’ll close this for you.’ I may be breaking the law by saying this. ‘I’ll close this for you.’ In his own voice. ‘I’ll make sure my deputy closes this, I’ll instruct her. I’ll make sure that Shuki Lamberger [a state prosecutor] will be there [by Weinstein’s side] and will tilt the scales in our favor.’”

Hasson went on: “And Ashkenazi tells him, ‘The commissioner [of police] is with us and he’s looking out for us and he promised he’s looking out for us.'” [...]

Mandelblit is a tangential figure in the original Harpaz affair but lies at the heart of the story 10 years on. The reason is obvious: the affair was resurfaced by those calling into question Mandelblit’s fitness to prosecute the prime minister.

Yet the fact that the case is being revived by political interests doesn’t mean that accusations against the nation’s highest law enforcement official can be tossed aside unexamined.

So what, exactly, does Mandelblit stand accused of?

Weinstein had two main suspicions about the military advocate general over the course of the investigation.

First, he suspected that Mandelblit tried to delay the initial investigation in August 2010 by incorrectly informing Weinstein’s assistant Raz Nizri that Ashkenazi didn’t have a copy of the Harpaz document.

Mandelblit told Nizri on August 9, three days after the initial Channel 2 broadcast, that he did not know where he could obtain a copy of the document for the investigators’ use, and urged that the state prosecution reach out to Channel 2 to obtain one. The following morning, at Mandelblit’s urging, Ashkenazi called Weinstein to admit that he had a copy — and had had it for many weeks. Mandelblit claimed he did not know that fact when he spoke with Nizri the previous day.

The second suspicion, raised in part by the transcript of the September 26, 2010 phone call cited on May 8 by Ayala Hasson, is that Mandelblit allegedly interfered with the investigation by briefing a nervous Ashkenazi about its progress using information he gleaned from colleagues inside the state prosecution.

As prosecutor Toni Goldberg would write in 2014, recommending an investigation of Mandelblit, the recordings suggest the possibility that Mandelblit told Nizri “a pure lie” about Ashkenazi’s possession of the document, and also showed “the chief of staff worried at the possibility that [the investigation] will reach him, and trying to extract information [on the investigation] from Mandelblit.”

In September 2014, police recommended charging Mandelblit, along with Harpaz, former IDF spokesman Avi Benayahu and former Ashkenazi aide Erez Viner, with obstruction and breach of trust for allegedly failing to report everything they knew to investigators in a timely fashion.

In May 2015, Weinstein decided to close the case against Mandelblit, and a later ruling by the High Court of Justice concluded he had “done no wrong.” Weinstein closed the remaining cases (except Harpaz’s) in January 2016.

However, Weinstein did urge Netanyahu to reconsider Mandelblit’s position as cabinet secretary due to the questions surrounding his conduct in the affair. Netanyahu ignored this, and went on to nominate his then-ally to succeed Weinstein as attorney general.
Appointing Mandelblit as a cabinet secretary was certainly a mistake, though even if he hadn't been, chances are he'd still willingly indict Netanyahu over petty issues.

Anyway, now the way Mandelblit's case was originally closed is being looked into:
A judge overseeing complaints against the state prosecution is examining whether information pertaining to the closed case against Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit was hidden from justice officials who decided on it, according to a TV report.

Channel 13 said that in response to a complaint claiming Mandelblit’s case had been mishandled, Justice David Rozen, who holds the position of Ombudsman of the State Representatives in the Courts, wrote that his office was “looking into the claim questioning whether all relevant material was presented to the prosecution when it decided to close the case into Dr. Mandelblit.”

In recent days, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trial set to open on Sunday, supporters of the premier have stepped up their attacks against Mandelblit, who ordered the indictment of Netanyahu on corruption charges.

On Thursday Likud minister David Amsalem ripped into Mandelblit, saying there was “no dispute among the Israeli people” that Mandelblit is “allegedly a criminal.”
If anything, Mandelblit's one more form of politician who's acted very irresponsibly, appears to have committed serious violations of lawyer's conduct, and deserves to be removed from his post, without even guarantee of a pension. He doesn't belong in the legal system, let alone politics.

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Friday, May 22, 2020 

This year's Jerusalem Day had limited attendance, but is taking place

The Jewish Press has some photos of people who took part in the Jerusalem Day celebrations, though this year's were unfortunately limited because of the Coronavirus situation. But, they did take place, and that's something to admire and be happy about. It's an important event celebrating the time we liberated the city from the grasp of the Islamofascist entity embodied by Jordan, and reinstated cohesion in 1967.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020 

Britain's Johnson-led government continues to allow illegal immigrants onto their shores

Boris Johnson may have some positive qualities, but proper immigration control certainly isn't one of them, as the following news reveals (via Jihad Watch):
Boris Johnson’s government had reached a special deal with Athens to fly in over 50 migrants from Greece, despite the coronavirus pandemic and the country’s flight ban.

Travel between the United Kingdom and Greece suspended in March — by the Greeks — amid the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, leaving some migrants in the Mediterranean country unable to join family members who had already reached British shores one way or another.

But the British government has now, for whatever reason, made a special deal with the Greek government to fly in 52 migrants from overcrowded camps for the purpose of “family reunion” — also known as chain migration.

Britain is almost unique in the world for having failed to impose bans on travel from any territory at any point — including Wuhan itself — and for not even requiring new arrivals to undergo a period of self-quarantine.
Under Johnson, the UK was slow to impose lockdowns during the Corona pandemic, which led to possibly the highest death rate in Europe, and now, there's this disturbing issue still prevailing. How can Johnson's government truly be considered an improvement on any level after Theresa May's disastrous conduct? At this point, it's clear that, even if Britain does leave the EU, they'll still maintain horrible policy regarding safety and health. Islamic migrants will still arrive via chain migration, and in the end, they'll have a pure nightmare on the isle.

Update: and if you want to know just how bad Britain's handling of the Corona crisis was, Melanie Phillips posted excerpts of a transcript from a Sky News conference she participated in, where it turns out the government and the NHS basically abandoned many patients to the mercy of the illness. Truly awful.

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Israel should reduce ties with China

The USA administration wants Israel to cut security ties with China, if anything (via Breitbart):
The US is asking its allies, including Israel, to sever ties with China in areas with security risks, a US official with knowledge of talks on the matter said on Tuesday.

The demand marks an escalation, since in previous public statements, US Ambassador David Friedman and State Department officials had focused on the establishment of a more robust review process for foreign investments that could pose risks, and a reduction of reliance on China for emergency equipment in light of the coronavirus pandemic. [...]

The Trump administration official said that Israel must be prepared to take concrete action to reduce its ties with China.

“I don’t think polite deflection will cut it anymore,” he stated. “This is a high priority for the US.”
It should be a priority for Israel too. China's commies have done deeds hurtful to Israel in the past, and they certainly have run relations with Iran, which has long proven dangerous with their nuclear weapons. There's only so much about China that can't be overlooked, and it's time for other countries besides the US to reevaluate connections with them for a change.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020 

Smells fishy: Bennett and Liberman may be joining forces

According to some new reports, it seems two parties of most questionable background are joining forces together:
According to a report in Kan Reshet Bet, the Yisrael Beytenu and Yamina parties have decided to combine their forces as a counterpoint to the influence of the predominantly Arab Joint List in the opposition.

Yamina and Yisrael Beytenu together comprise 12 seats as opposed to the 15 seats of the Joint List. With this move, the two right-wing parties will attempt to prevent the Joint List from taking any initiatives that are not to their liking, and will also do their best to be appointed to committees on which opposition MKs are permitted to sit.

They will likely also bring forward various right-wing proposals to embarrass Likud from the opposite direction, such as those related to the application of sovereignty and settlement in Judea and Samaria.

Another reason motivating their decision is that it will force the Yesh Atid party to reckon with their combined political strength. Yesh Atid's leader, Yair Lapid, is head of the opposition.
They say one thing, but judging from the refusal of both parties to join the coalition, that's why this is only more suspect than one might think. So they're both in the opposition, took actions to undermine Netanyahu, and now we're supposed to believe they intend to be responsible? Please. I'd like to feel impressed, but I'm not. Bennett and Liberman are just a whole bunch of disgraces.

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