by Adam Rasgon
Senior Arab MK, Mansour Abbas, said alliance of Arab-majority parties wants full civil and national rights for Arab Israelis and the establishment of a Palestinian state.
“Of course, we are against the Zionist movement. However, from a pragmatic perspective, we are ready for a compromise between the Zionist movement and Palestinians,” said Abbas, who heads the Ra’am party.
“We believe that compromise should entail full citizenship for Palestinians in Israel including civil and national rights and the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.” (“Compromise” what a dirty word! Its real meaning is that both sides are not happy with a deal, as far as Jews are concerned, it is always in favor of our enemies!)
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
Arab Members of Knesset have no loyalty to Israel! They advocate creation of another Islamic terror state on Jewish land, the sole goal of which is destruction of Israel. Jews will not have any rights there and even won’t be allowed to live in it. It is not much of a compromise! Palestinians and their Jew-hating supporters chant “Palestine from the river (Jordan) to the sea”. No room for Israel! There are many Arab/Muslim states where Jews have no rights and have been expelled from. Let the fake Palestinians leave Israel and claim their right over there, among their Arab brothers!
Shas chairman and Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said that his party will agree to sit in a coalition with Yair Lapid, provided he agrees to maintain the status quo and does not demand changes on matters related to religion and state. (Keeping the status quo means that more Jews will be killed by terrorists and more rockets fired from Gaza terrorising Jewish kids in Israel's south!)
Jordan considered downgrading its diplomatic ties with Israel in the wake of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s public promise during the run-up to last month’s Knesset election to annex the Jordan Valley, backing down only after King Abdullah II concluded the declaration was most likely a pre-election stunt. (Too many empty promises, for too long - nothing is done! Bibi must go and let a true Zionist lead Israel!)
The US deploys stealth F-22 Raptors at Saudi Prince Sultan air base. The Trump administration is also committed to send another 3,000 US troops to Saudi Arabia. Some of them are part of the contingents being withdrawn with sensitive equipment from the Al-Udeid base since the US CENTCOM judged this base in Qatar to be within easy range of Iranian cruise missiles.
A senior Israeli official, Dana Benvenisti-Gabay, took part in a security conference in Bahrain. Presence of Foreign Ministry official at meeting in Manama on maritime, civil aviation security marks latest sign of warming ties between Israel and some Arab states. The meeting, co-hosted by Bahrain, the US and Poland, is part of the so-called Warsaw Process, which started with the Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East that took place. (Arab states have shown temporary warming to the Jewish state as they need help from Israel in dealing with Iran's threat!)
Israeli authorities have demolished at least 140 Palestinian homes in east Jerusalem this year, the highest annual number since it began keeping records in 2004. Of the 140 units demolished this year, 31 were dismantled by their owners - owners choose to demolish their own homes to avoid the high fees charged by Israeli authorities. Peace Now estimates that half of the 40,000 housing units built in Palestinian neighborhoods since 1967 lack permits, placing them at constant risk of demolition. (Even enemies of Israel, Peace Now and Israel unfriendly publications, have admitted the systematic illegal occupation of the Jewish land by fake Palestinians!)
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday ordered the rebuilding with PA funding of the Abu Hmeid family home in the Amari 'refugee camp' in Ramallah. The house was demolished Thursday morning by the IDF corps of engineers. The Palestinian Authority financed the reconstruction of the house once before. This is the fourth time Israel demolishes the Abu Hmeid residence. Four members of this beleaguered family are serving several life terms and a fifth is being held in administrative detention. A sixth member was killed by the Israeli army. (Only by removing enemies from the Jewish land terror will stop in Eretz-Israel!)
Blue and White wanted the second chance to form a government, betting that the PM would fail. So now Gantz has the opportunity he sought, but no evident path to a majority. So far, Gantz ended up with 54 recommendations: 33 from his own Blue and White party, 10 from the rest of the Joint List, six from Labor and five from the Democratic Camp. Gantz now has 28 days to try to do what Netanyahu could not. If he fails, any MK will have 21 days to obtain the support of a Knesset majority to form a government. If no one succeeds, elections will be automatically initiated.
The Ukrainian government announced that it will open a special office to promote innovation and investment in Jerusalem. The existing Ukrainian Embassy in Israel is still operating in Tel Aviv.
A recent decision by the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Attorney General to block 59 Media pages and websites has generated outrage in the PA, prompting fierce criticism from the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate and others. Many of the social media pages and news sites that the official said were blocked are highly critical of PA President Mahmoud Abbas. (After many years in power and promises made by Abbas, an election is still an illusion. Last time Hamas won the PA's election! It says a lot about 'peace-loving’ 'Palestinians'!)
Half of Yisrael Beytenu's voters would not vote for him again! According to a poll, 100% of the voters who backed United Torah Judaism answered in the affirmative, as did 90% of the Joint Arab List's voters, 88.5% of Likud's voters, 85% of the Democratic Camp's voters, and 84% of Blue and White's voters. A full 76% of Yamina's voters would vote for the party again, compared to 71% of Otzma Yehudit's voters, 70% of Shas voters, 64% of Labor-Gesher voters, and just 51.5% of Yisrael Beytenu's voters. (PM Netanyahu admitted that he cannot form a government at the moment!)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said that she was open to making aid to Israel conditional on whether the government ceases settlement building in the West Bank. "Right now, Netanyahu says he is going to take Israel in a direction of increasing settlements that does not move us in the direction of a two-state solution." (Is aid to the fake Palestinians will be also conditional - to ending terror attacks and corruption? Jew-haters always have one-sided vision!)
Quote of the Week:
“The time has come to say Israel is ours. To go from strategic defense to a process of initiating the implementation of Israeli sovereignty over the territories under Israeli control in Judea and Samaria.” – said Naftali Bennett several years ago – It is long overdue - but only as the first step toward reunification of all land of Eretz-Israel, as it was defined by the original resolution of the League of Nations! But did he mean it, or just was looking for voters’ support? Nothing has changed since!
by Mordechai Kedar
Palestinian territorial contiguity is dangerous for Israeli national security:
Over the years, many Israelis and others have adopted the Arab-Palestinian narrative that views territorial contiguity as a condition for the establishment of a viable Palestinian state. As a result of this narrative and its pervasiveness worldwide, efforts are made to ensure that the West Bank Palestinians will have an integral territory from Mount Gilboa in the north to the outskirts of Beersheba in the south...
The central strategic goal of the state of Israel should be to permanently remain in Judea and Samaria and to prevent Palestinian territorial contiguity... Territorial contiguity will compromise Israel’s security for the following reasons:
Non-viability of PA governments. Experience has shown that PA governments do not resolutely and consistently act against terrorists. Political and media messages since 1994 have proven that neither the PLO nor Hamas have prevented terrorism and the proliferation of weapons. There also is no evidence that any Palestinian government will prevent terrorism, even if Israel withdraws all the way to the Green Line. A further danger is the possibility of a Hamas takeover in Judea and Samaria and the creation of a terror state like the one in the Gaza Strip.
Rockets. Territorial contiguity will enable weapons smuggled from Gaza to easily reach all parts of the West Bank and to be used against the surrounding major Israeli landmarks and cities. For example, Israel’s only international airport, nuclear reactor, and towns such as Petah Tikva, Kfar Saba, and Afula in addition to Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv will fall within rocket range.
Tunnels. After the completion of the security fence in the West Bank, the Palestinians are likely to dig tunnels along the perimeter, as they have done along the Gaza-Egyptian border. These tunnels can be used to smuggle explosives and terrorists in and out of Israel...
Territory. Transferring land to the Palestinians will remove the IDF presence from Palestinian towns. Two problems arise with this scenario. First, every strategic location Israel evacuates is at risk of becoming an arms depot and a haven for launching missiles into Israel. Second, any IDF operation against terror in these towns will require movement through hostile territory. This eliminates the element of surprise, essential for an operation’s success and forces the IDF to cope with explosives, mines and ambushes on the way to the target...
Water. Most of Israel’s water comes from an aquifer located under the Judea and Samaria. Palestinian sovereignty over the aquifer will create a grave water problem, compounded by the presence of hundreds of thousands of Israelis who will need to be evacuated from the settlements of Judea and Samaria.
Arab neighbors to the East. Palestinian territorial contiguity will cut off the strategically vital Jordan Valley from Israel, exposing it to dangers from the east - Jordan, Iraq and Iran. The threat posed by Iraq and Iran is thus greatly magnified by the loss of this territory.
Settlements. Retaining the rural areas in Judea and Samaria will significantly reduce the number of settlements to be dismantled, increase the chances that evacuation of settlements will be accomplished by agreement, decrease the expenditures for compensation and rebuilding, and limit the destructive repercussions on Israeli society. At present, there are serious social disruptions resulting from the events of Gush Katif, Northern Samaria and Amona. There is also a growing distrust and the resultant alienation from the political establishment and the democratic system by religious Zionists and settlers. Efforts should be made so that further withdrawals will be conducted in cooperation with the settlers and not in opposition to them. (After all these perfectly reasonable objections the author still believes and advocates possibility of creation of another Arab terrorist state on Jewish land! What has to happen that would convince those ‘liberal’, if not self-hating, Jews that they need to regain self-pride and self-respect, and pay more attention to interests and the future of their own people? May be they will understand this: “It is our land!” Simple, isn’t it? The bottom line is – Palestine is Eretz-Israel, and by making the ‘West Bank’ and Gaza contiguous it will split Israel and robe Jewish people of their land and future. Why should Israel be split to satisfy terrorists?)