by Dr. Moshe Dann
For more than three years PM Netanyahu has been able to slip back and forth between the Right and Left. He recognised the legitimacy of a Palestinian state (albeit “demilitarised”), agreed to a 10-month building freeze, allowed DM Ehud Barak to withhold building permits and destroy Jewish homes, and refused to accept an official report on the legal status of Judea and Samaria which he commissioned… With political rivals gaining on him, primarily over the issue of ‘settlements’, PM Netanyahu will be forced to clarify where he stands…
His advantage is that the Right does not want to topple him; they want him to implement policies that support the settlement movement. To his disadvantage, he does not want to be seen as leading a Right-wing government. The Left would like to defeat him, but have neither the votes nor a credible candidate.
Naftali Bennett, head of the Bayit Yehudi party, has challenged conventional Israeli politics by offering a clear agenda that has wide appeal and confronts the issues which PM Netanyahu has until now successfully avoided. Bennett’s challenge is not only to PM Netanyahu, but to every other candidate as well, because of his shifting the campaign from personalities to issues.
Bennett’s threat to the political system is that he says what he believes, he has a plan and he can be trusted. For Israeli voters disappointed by candidates they elected, frustrated by broken promises and cynical politicians, Bennett has changed the rules of the game.
For Bennett, it’s not about power, it’s about integrity. This has stirred a revolution in Israeli politics that voters understand and politicians would do well to heed.
PS: Likud’s chief asset, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, may also be its chief liability. His silence and ambiguity, his failure to preempt a nuclear-armed Iran and his alignment with Barak Obama on Middle East affairs affecting Israel’s vital security are hurting his party.
Netanyahu Can’t be Trusted
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has stopped progress on plans to build in the E1 area of Maaleh Adumim. Facing international criticism after the government approved new construction in the area, Netanyahu is reportedly delaying sending it onward to a planning committee. The move proves he was never serious about the plan. MK Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi - Tekuma) accused: “Stopping the publication of the building plans for E-1 proves that his talk about settlement is an illusion (political deception).”
Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak
are disillusioned with 20 years of a useless and self- destructive peace process, imposed on
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has released a public
letter urging the
Missiles Destined for
security forces in the
Lieberman, former Foreign Minister, declared on Sunday that he believes in the
“two state solution”.
Obama’s Direction is Obvious
has nominated Chuck Hagelto to succeed retiring
Defence Secretary, Leon Panetta. Hagel’s confirmation faces a fight for
endorsement in Congress over his views on
before he was elected as
Three Israeli centre-left parties have failed in an initial attempt to form a united bloc that might have cut into Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's lead in polls before the January 22 election.
The Vatican tried to reaffirm its (pretend) commitment to dialogue with the Jewish people after Bishop Bernard Fellay, head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), said "the enemies of the Church: the Jews, the Masons, the modernists” in a video in late December, which is currently circulating on YouTube. (Being a ‘nice’ and politically correct person, he did not mention the rise of Islam!)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has asked his West Bank-based
government to prepare for replacing the words "Palestinian Authority"
with "State of Palestine". Mark Regev, an
Israeli government spokesman, dismissed the name change as insignificant. (When will deliberately ‘ignorant’ Israeli politicians
understand that where Jews are concerned, everything is significant?
Quote(s) of the Week:
“Most (intelligent) American legislators and policy makers understand that the strategic cooperation between Israel and the US does not hinge on the Palestinian issue or on the settlement issue, not even on the overall conflict between Israel and the Arab nations. Rather, it is based on mutual and common interests in the Middle East and the world over, such as Iran’s nuclear threat, counter- terrorism, missile defence, intelligence-sharing, battle tactics, defense and commercial industrial research, where Israel has a competitive edge over any other country in the world.” - Yair Shamir, Deputy Head, Yisrael Beytenu.
Current Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, whose government received support from the United States and most of the international ‘prostitutes’, asserted in September 2010:
Note: Just imagine
what amount of noise and international condemnation would be generated if
similar ideas about Arabs and Muslims were expressed by Netanyahu! Anti-Israel bigots can say
and do anything against