by Yehudit Katsover & Nadia Matar
As is typical in days following elections, these days, too, are rife with spins, rumours, accusations and arm wrestling. That is why we must take every report, every tweet, and every news item with a grain of salt and with the utmost caution.
A large majority of the people of Israel voted for a different policy – A return to the valuesof Judaism, Zionism, sovereignty and governance.
All the parties of the next coalition are obligated to take action to implement the will of the people. This is the clearest most basic democratic principle of all.
Prime Minister-designate Netanyahu has repeatedly proclaimed his desire to promote Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, to lead the resolute struggle against Arab takeover of State lands in Judea and Samaria, and to block in any way possible the advancement of the idea of establishing an enemy state in our country’s heartland, which, until now, he has succeeded in blocking.
Likewise, he declared his intent to establish a government powerful enough to stand up to the United States, our great friend, and say “no” to the administration’s demands when they compromise Israel’s sovereignty, independence and security. It was those declarations that excited the multitudes of voters and brought them to the polls in the hope of replacing the outgoing government as soon as possible.
His promises to apply sovereignty in the Jordan Valley and thereby determine Israel’s eastern border based on a broad national consensus are also remembered. His statements about the indivisible unity of Jerusalem, in contrast to the dangerous positions of the Left, are similarly remembered.
This is precisely what the people of Israel voted for. For all these reasons, the negotiation teams must remember the essence of the people’s choice: the full-fledged Right is the fulfillment of the vision of sovereignty and the urgency of governance.
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
In the past, Netanyahu promised to annex parts of the West Bank. It was nothing but a cynical pre-election ploy, which he has no intention to keep! After so many years of his spineless leadership, the regularity of rocket attacks from Gaza and terror attacks in Judea and Samaria has become ‘normal’ facts of life in Israel. No other self-respecting country would tolerate this! The political cowardness of Netanyahu and his unwillingness to make tough decisions in order to reunite Jewish land – by relocating enemy population from Judea, Samaria and Gaza prior to their annexation – has become intolerable. He must step down and let the Likud party to return to its Zionist values!
Shas leader Aryeh Deri reportedly raised his voice in a shouting match with Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu and threatened to only support the government from the outside. “We responded to your requests and gave up the Treasury …if you don’t fulfill your obligations, we will give up on the portfolios and support the government from the outside”.
Two soldiers were suspended by the IDF on Friday after they were filmed hitting and taunting two left-wing activists in Hebron. The visit of a delegation of Israeli left-wing activists was organized by Issa Amro, a 42-year-old Palestinian from Hebron who is a prominent personality in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. Amro said that the incident and video are “part of a media protest campaign, which is being planned by Palestinian, Israeli and international protest organizations against the Israeli government.”
This week, both the United States and Israel will hold one of their largest air drills in years to simulate striking Iran’s nuclear program. Drills will take place over the Mediterranean Sea and Israel, exercises consisting of fighter jets from both forces and refuelling aircraft for long-range flights. (Over the year, too many exercises have already been done – the strike is long overdue!)
The Samaria Regional Council is launching a campaign calling on the new Netanyahu government to repeal the 2005 Disengagement Law which makes it illegal for Jews to live in northern Samaria.
Israel Haters do not Report This
Some 3,000 children from the PA controlled territories to undergo such surgery in Israel as part of an Israeli NGO’s program. Save a Child’s Heart, since its foundation in 1995, has helped more than 6,000 children travel from abroad with their families for the critical operations.
Forced to flee their homes for fear of being killed over their “sinfulness,” dozens of gay Palestinians have sought the relative safety of Israel. Gay Palestinians speak of savage beatings, forced isolation, murder attempts at the hands of family.
Some 200 Haredi women software engineers from the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak will take part in developing unmanned aerial vehicles used by the Israeli military. The Hermes 900 unmanned aerial vehicle, made by Israeli defense firm Elbit Systems, is used to gather intelligence and conduct strikes on enemy targets.
Quote of the Week:
“We of the right-wing (Zionists), we had enough of promises from Bibi Netanyahu. He’s promising everything but he’s doing nothing. With Bibi he gave Hebron, he gave Jericho [to the PA]. He supported the transfer of Jews from the north of Samaria. He didn’t allow for building in East Jerusalem in the last 10 years. He froze the building for Jews in East Jerusalem. He didn’t build E1 between Ma’ale Adumim and Jerusalem. He didn’t touch the illegal buildings of Arabs in Judea and Samaria. He allowed the Bedouins in the Negev to do whatever they wanted.” – Aryeh King, Jerusalem Deputy Mayor.
by David Israel
“We generally believe that it is right to conduct negotiations in the room and not in the media. But the Likud, unfortunately, decided to schedule negotiation meetings with us barely once every three days, and in between to brief and spin to discredit and diminish us, and send legions of tweeters and “commentators” to lie and curse us in the most vulgar manner,” said Bezalel Smotrich’s spokesman.
Netanyahu has been trying to rip away whole sections of Smotrich’s and ben Gvir’s offices while reneging on every single promise he had made to them. And so, Smotrich et al have taken the warpath. This is what they sent out:
We asked for the security, education, and religious services portfolios.
Netanyahu asked us to leave security alone and take finance including responsibility for the settlements and the civil administration – we agreed.
He asked us to do a rotation with Deri, finance in exchange for interior and transportation – we agreed.
He asked us to give up education and settle for responsibility for religious education – we agreed.
We asked for religious services, they asked us to give it up and reach an agreement with Deri – we agreed.
And then he (Netanyahu) reneged on all the agreements.
No full responsibility for the civil administration.
No rotation with the transportation portfolio.
No responsibility for religious education.
No division of religious services based on the agreements.
So, who here wants to form a government and gives up and is being pragmatic, and who aims to trample, humiliate and diminish Religious Zionism?!
The folks at Religious Zionism are not wrong. Netanyahu’s lackeys are everywhere nowadays, on radio talk shows, mainstream news channels, and even right-leaning television and YouTube channels.
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