Netanyahu is a Gutless Politician!

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met President Shimon Peres and asked him for a two-week extension in which to put together a coalition of parties and form a new government, and received the extension.

If Netanyahu fails to cobble together a coalition within a fortnight, however, he will be in serious trouble. Peres could decide to task someone else with creating a coalition, or new elections could be called.

We are, therefore, entering the "money time" of coalition crafting.

There is anger and a feeling of vindication in the Bayit Yehudi party, following reports in at least two major news sources that Likud/Yisrael Beytenu has promised Yesh Atid to tear down Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria if it joins a coalition without Bayit Yehudi.

Together with reports that Likud made contradictory overtures to Bayit Yehudi, they portray Netanyahu in an unflattering light and are no cause for pride, for supporters of Likud / Yisrael Beytenu.

MK Orit Strook said: "It is very sad that Likud continues to make every effort to establish the Livni-Abu Mazen government instead of establishing the social government for the people of Israel, in line with the way the public voted." (Netanyahu systematically betrays the Zionist charter of the Likud party and brings political enemies into his government. But the saddest part of the story is that the party apparatus and membership allow him to conduct this shameful treachery of Jewish national aspiration!)

It's not Their Business Where Israel Builds

Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, spoke about his trip to Israel and how much he enjoyed being there.  He told the crowd how he sang Hebrew songs together with a group of rabbis at the Western Wall, even though he had no idea what the words meant. However, the statement that received thunderous applause was, “It is not our job to tell Israelis where they can or cannot build." (It is nobody’s business - Israel has historic and legal rights to all Jewish ancestral land, Eretz-Israel, known as the Palestinian Mandate!)

No-man’s Land is up for Grabs

The four Syrian mortar shells exploding on the Israeli side of the Golan on Saturday, March 2, flashed a signal to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that the moment is at hand to step in and decide how to dispose of the expanse of southern Syrian bordering on northern Israel. The collapse of Bashar Assad’s defense lines on the Israeli and Jordanian borders has left a large Syrian expanse of no-man’s land and generated a new strategic situation of major importance for both Israel and Jordan. There is still time to pre-empt developments that would be detrimental to Israel’s security. (The fact is that thousand of dunams of Jewish land, purchased by the Jewish Agency since the Leage of Nations allocated as Jewish land, Eretz-Israel, are still occupied by Syria. It is time to reclaim our land!)

Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak

In the age of a current fake political correctness and international anti-Israel smear campaign confusion and many unresolved problems have been created about the question - Who is a Jew? Not long ago, most of those Jews who married out denounced their Judaism. They and their children were hiding their ‘shameful’ Jewish origin - their Jewishness. At the same time there were not many courageous gentiles who would be interested to become a “righteous convert”! Under the Jewish law marriage is not a legitimate reason for conversion to Judaism. Conversion must have a spiritual component - a need to “return”!

It is Clear - Turkey is the Enemy of Israel

In attempt to restore its relationship with Turkey, Israel sent messages to Ankara over the last few weeks that it is interested in creating a more “positive dynamic” in its badly strained relationship with Turkey so the two countries can work together to further common interests. The messages were sent prior to John Kerry’s maiden trip abroad as US secretary of state, a trip that will take him to nine countries in 10 days, including Turkey. Response from Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was prompt and clear - at the Vienna forum of the Alliance of Civilizations, a UN forum for West-Islam dialogue. He called Zionism a "crime against humanity" likening it with anti-Semitism, fascism, and Islamophobia. (The saddest part of this story is that he was not kicked out from this so-called “Alliance of Civilizations”. It would be more appropriate to call it “Alliance of International anti-Semites” - it has no moral integrity!)

The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking

Thirteen years ago, researchers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum began the grim task of documenting all the ghettos, slave labor sites, concentration camps and killing factories that the Nazis set up throughout Europe. The researchers have cataloged some 42,500 Nazi ghettos and camps throughout Europe, spanning German-controlled areas from France to Russia and Germany itself, during Hitler’s reign of brutality from 1933 to 1945.

PA Students do not Want to Hear about Peace

Scores of violent Arab students forced the British Consul General, Sir Vincent Fean, to make a hasty departure from a university in Ramallah, where he came to deliver a lecture on Britain's policy in the Middle East and the prospects for peace. A consulate official confirmed that Fean was unable to deliver his prepared address due to the riots. In February 2000, Arab protesters at Bir Zeit threw stones at then visiting French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, demanding he leave the university over a speech he delivered at Tel Aviv University in which he called Hizbullah a terrorist organization.

Washington: Hezbollah has got Chemical Weapons

For the first time in many years, voices in the US administration were criticizing the Israeli defense forces for under-reacting and, in this case, also underestimating the chemical weapons threat emanating from Syria and neglecting to pursue counter-measures. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak heard when he met US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon that intelligence estimates confirmed for the first time by an American official that Hezbollah has been able to procure a quantity of chemical weapons from Syria. (Israel is criticized when it acts and when it does nothing!)

Must the West Help Islamic Terrorists in Syria?

The Islamist Martyrs of Yarmouk command kidnapped 21 UN observers close to the Golan village of Jamla near Israel. So-called rebels demand the withdrawal of Assad regime units from the village: “If no withdrawal is made within 24 hours, we will treat the 20 hostages as prisoners.” (The UN observers offered no resistence to terrorists - greate security for Israel! Islamists tried to use UN observers as a human shields, violating international laws. Help - not condemnation - is still flowing to the terrorists even from democratic countries. The same democracies have been supporting the PA terrorists in their objective to destroy Israel!)

US Finances Islamization of Egypt

During his visit to Cairo the US Secretary of State John Kerry talked at length to Egyptian President Morsi about Egypt’s calamitous economic straits, relations with Israel, democratization and essential reforms. Morsi nodded politely but was completely wrapped up in the ongoing plan he and the Muslim Brotherhood had hatched for Islamizing Egypt and seizing 100 percent of parliament in the next election - April or June. (Hundred million of the US taxpayer dollars are given to support this endeavor!)

PA Unity is a Joke

As unity talks failed, the Palestinian Authority security forces arrested 66 Hamas supporters in the West Bank during the month of February. Hamas said that among those arrested were 32 former prisoners (held by Israel), three university students, a journalist and a teacher. (Ideological foes, Hamas and Fatah, will never come to any political agreement. Only common hate for Israel keeps them from mutual annihilation!)

Quote(s) of the Week:

"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If not now, when?” (Ethics of the Fathers 1:14).

Jewish Town Aleppo is Lost Forever

by Joseph Dana

The northern Syrian city of Aleppo, once a pillar of Jewish existence worldwide, is slowly being destroyed by the fighting that has engulfed Syria. A Free Syrian Army rebel warned that soon “there will be nothing left to destroy in Aleppo.”

What made Jewish existence in Aleppo so unique and vibrant? For thousands of years, Aleppo was an unofficial capital of the Sephardic Jewish world. Fueled by wealth from international trade and waves of Jewish immigration, the city’s Jews sustained a pious community revered for educational excellence and as a guardian of traditions with roots in ancient Israel. Aleppine folklore - some even say that one of Kind David’s generals personally laid the foundation for its great synagogue - hints at the prestige of the city in Jewish history.

Starting in the late 10th century, Aleppo grew to serve as a passageway between the Jewish communities of the Babylonian center and Israel. Its geographic position and impressive sphere of influence bridged the divide from Persia to the lucrative markets of southern Europe.

Aleppo was the center of Jewish life for many centuries. Distinguished rabbis studied there and it was a center of significant Torah learning. Among the reasons for Aleppo’s importance in Jewish learning is a document known as the Aleppo Codex. It is believed that a member of the famous Ben-Asher family wrote the Aleppo Codex over 1000 years ago. The text shows the final vocalization and punctuation of the Biblical text. Some believe it is the Biblical text which Rambam refers to in his Hilchot Sefer Torah.