by Sima Kadmon
Trump pulled the rug of excuses from under Netanyahu’s feet. After his meeting with the US president, the prime minister will have to deal with his greatest fear - the need to decide. Will he stick to the two-state vision he presented eight years ago, or will he adopt Bennett’s plan for the annexation of Judea and Samaria?
There is no argument over the fact that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu got from US President Donald Trump exactly what he wanted. One state, two states, what difference does it make - that is the exact attitude Netanyahu would like to hear in an American president. Someone who hasn’t got a clue what it’s all about.
...Netanyahu is now in a situation of “damned if I do and damned if I don’t.” He may suffer from any choice he makes. The American reception was a dream that even he didn’t dream of. The way Trump waited for him at the entrance to the White House. The way he spoke to him and about him at the press conference. The way he treated Sara, telling her to stand up so that everyone would applaud her.
...Netanyahu will discover that it’s all in his hands. Trump won’t lift a finger. He won’t push for a solution and won’t force Israel to reach an agreement. He has enough urgent matters on the agenda. What Netanyahu will have to do is the exact thing he doesn’t know how to do!
MK Moti Yogev (Jewish Home) will submit a bill this week to remove the Israeli Supreme Court's unlimited control of Israel's laws and justice system.
The bill was suggested by the "Derech Chaim Movement," which aims to infuse Jewish values into Israel's government and legal system.
The new proposal would end the Supreme Court's ability to cancel laws of which they do not approve.
The booklet suggests adopting a model similar to England's, in which the Supreme Court can point out contradictions between basic laws and new laws, but the only ones with the authority to cancel or create laws are members of the government itself.
Israel does not have a basic law authorizing the Supreme Court to cancel new laws nor does it have a "checks and balances" system as does the United States. However, the Supreme Court has decided it has this authority because of how its justices interpret the basic law on "human dignity and liberty," although when this same basic law was passed, the lawmakers stated explicitly that it was "not intended to authorize the Supreme Court to cancel laws."
Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak
Just a year before the Fourth Geneva Convention was adopted close to 14 million Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims were transferred during the partition b/w India and Pakistan in 1947. The Fourth Geneva Convention was adopted to stop Israel from removing enemy population. It has never been taken seriously by any other country, as well as the UN! Only Israel has been forced to follow it all the time.
Time for the PA to Pay Its Bills
Director of the Israel Electric Corporation, Yiftah Ron Tal, said that if the PA don’t pay what it owes to the Corporation, electricity will be cut off in homes in PA-controlled areas. Recently, the PA paid 600 million shekels in electricity debts. However, their debt stands at over a billion shekels.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that he "deeply" regretted the opposition to the appointment of former Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Salam Fayyad (non-state representative) as the UN’s peace envoy to Libya. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu hailed the U.S. veto of Fayyad as counter to the "free gifts constantly given to the Palestinian side".
Yahya Sinwar, 55, head of the most extremist faction of Hamas, who received four life sentences from an Israeli court for attacking and kidnapping Israeli citizens, only to be released in the Gilad Shalit deal, was elected leader of the terrorist group, replacing Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. This is the first appointment to the top job of a man from the military arm of Hamas. This is a signal that the two and a half years of calm along the Gaza border will soon be over. Sinwar believes in an ongoing conflict with Israel.
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely referred to the press briefing in Washington between President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu said "I welcome the fact that for the first time in 25 years there is an American desire to think afresh and to respect Israel's interests as determined by the people of Israel… the two-state era has ended. The prime minister is talking now about new ways of achieving peace."
The UN envoy for the Middle East peace process, Nickolay Mladenov, told the Security Council that the “two-state solution” remains "the only way" to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs. "The two-state solution remains the only way to achieve the legitimate national aspirations of both peoples.” The envoy urged Israeli and Palestinian Authority (PA) leaders to "carefully contemplate the future," which he warned could be one "built on perpetual conflict, rising extremism and occupation." (Hasn’t that been what Israel been subjected to so far? The occupation of Jewish land and Islamic terror, it can’t be worse!)
Mahmoud al-Zahar, a spokesperson for the Hamas terrorist group, rejected Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s offer of massive assistance to the Gaza Strip in return for them giving up their rockets and attack. He also rejected call for Hamas to return the bodies of the fallen IDF soldiers and the three Israeli civilians it is holding in exchange for economic prosperity.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US President Donald Trump that the United States should recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The United States and the international community have never recognized Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day (defensive) war and then annexed in 1981.
Quote of the Week:
“The settlement regulation bill is not a radical bill. It is a liberal reform of a legal regime that harms the civil rights of both Palestinians and Israelis... the Palestinian Authority made selling land to Jews and Christians a capital offense. Dozens of Palestinians have been murdered over the past two decades in extrajudicial executions by both Palestinian security forces and by terrorist militias working hand in glove with Palestinian security forces for the ‘crime’ of selling their land to Jews.” – Caroline Glick
1) Not provocative: In various public addresses the Rebbe recommended not proclaiming fearlessness by announcing intentions to settle the entire territory. Display of arrogance arouses a reciprocal desire among the nations to show us their arrogance in return: “If we show them kochi v’otzem yodi (“my power, and the might of my own hand”), it will prompt them to show us their kochi v’otzem yodi in return...”
2) Quietly: The Rebbe distinguished between bombastic and subdued modes of settlement: The former involves noise, publicity, and press announcements flouting the construction. The latter entails doing things quietly... "The main thing is that they not announce this loudly, so that settlement in the territories should be without commotion and tumult. The only thing which is truly important is the actual settlement itself!"
3) Simultaneously: The Rebbe spoke of “the absolute necessity of settling all the territories simultaneously - at least those places which are disputed by the nations.”
4) “The deeds of the fathers are a lesson for the children”: The Rebbe explained that settlement should follow the example of Abraham in the Land of Israel: Just as when Abraham travelled the “length and breadth of the land,” he would “build there an altar to G‑d,” so must it be today. When we settle the Land of Israel, we should establish in each new place:
a) A venue for Torah learning: For this is the dwelling place of G‑d, since “from the time of the destruction of the Temple... G‑d does not have any place in His world except in the four cubits of halachah.”
b) A place for prayer: This follows the previous point, since prayers take the place of the sacrifices (altar), and synagogues are “small Temples” (Megillah, 29a).
c) Mikvah: ...there must be purity... Even though nowadays immersion in a ritual bath is not an absolute prerequisite for prayer, immersion is still widely practiced.
d) There is a special need to establish Yeshivas where Torah is learned.
No calls for killing enemies? So much for radical Zionism!
But what had Arafat promised to his fake people and the world:
“I want to tell Carter and Begin that when the Arabs set off their volcano there will be only Arabs in this part of the world… Our people will continue to fuel the torch of the revolution with rivers of blood until the whole of the occupied homeland is liberated, the whole of the homeland is liberated, not just a part of it.” - Yasser Arafat (Associated Press, March 12, 1979)
“Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all-out war, a war which will last for generations… We shall not rest until the day when we return to our home, and until we destroy Israel.” - Yasser Arafat (El Mundo, Venezuela, February 11, 1980; The Times, UK, August 5, 1980)
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I have been publishing my editorial letters about the Arab-Israel conflict since August 2001.
Most people, including many Jews, are driven by emotions and by pre-conceived ideas. Often opinions are formed under the influence of the world media manipulation. Facts and logic are ignored and distorted. Neither Israeli governments nor Jewish leadership have been doing anything about the PR side of the Arab-Israel conflict.
I try to disseminate several points in my letters:
Elie Wiesel said:
"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference."
As members of the Western democratic society, we all have an obligation to fight indifference and to protect our way of life – Democracy, Social justice and Freedom of Speech. The blind bashing of Israel is not a part of a true democracy. It is ugly leftover of the "Old World ".