Results of 19th Knesset Elections

The results as released by the Central Elections Committee hardly changed the known party map:

Likud-Israel Beitenu - 31

Yesh Atid (Yair Lapid)          - 19

Labor                                      - 15

Jewish Home (Bennet)         - 12

Shas                                       - 11

Raam-Taal                             -   4

Hatnua (Tzipi Livni)               -   6

Meretz                                    -   6

Kadima                                  -   2

Voter turnout reached 67.79%. Forty-one thousand ballots were disqualified. The 217,000 ballots cast by soldiers, diplomats, hospital and prison inmates were counted last.

The easiest option for Netanyahu will be to form a coalition with Jewish Home, a natural partner, and the surprise winner in this election, the centrist Yesh Atid party of former news anchor Yair Lapid, which became the second largest Knesset faction with 19 seats. A Likud-Jewish Home-Yesh Atid coalition would have at least 61 seats.

Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak

In 1988, Jordan ceded its claim to the Judea and Samaria, which Jordan and other six Muslim countries seized in 1948 in an aggressive offensive against the newly reborn Jewish state in an attempt to destroy Israel. The Palestine Mandate was adopted by the League of Nations in July 1922. The League of Nations Mandate system in the Middle East had allocated land, including the land East of the Jordan River, in order to create the Jewish. Therefore Gaza, Judea and Samaria are integral parts of Eretz-Israel - any other claims are just international anti-Semitic fakery and a deliberate distortion of legal and historic truth!

Arab League Endorsed Democracy for Israeli-Arabs Only

The Arab League issued a call for Israeli Arabs to vote on last Tuesday's elections. The League, the umbrella group of Arab states in Africa and the Middle East, most of which do not have elections for national leaders, said that the Arab vote was needed in order to prevent the Jewish Zionist inclined parties from winning.

Israel a Region’s Only Free State

US-based Freedom House ranked Israel as the Middle East’s only “free” state. Israel’s ranking is completely dissimilar to that given the West Bank and Gaza - one under PA control and the other under Hamas rule - which are both classified as “not free.” (There is only one Jewish state. Israel should not allow messianic Christians to proselytise Jews - Most Muslim countries, even some Christian ones, don’t!)

There is no Two-state Solution - Just PA’s Demagogue

Manuel Hassassian, the head of the Palestinian delegation to London has buried the idea of a two-state solution. He told the audience of around 100 members of the anti-Israel fringe group Palestine Solidarity Campaign “There is no two-state solution.” “Democracies don’t fight each other. If Israel is a democracy, I would claim that the Palestinians are also a democracy. If democracies cannot fight each other then why not have one state, one man, one vote?”

Kadima Almost ‘Dead’ - Here Comes Yesh Atid

Kadima, the largest party in the 18th Knesset, is not out just yet. A tally of the votes has found that the party has passed the electoral threshold and will have two seats in the 19th Knesset. (It is amazing how easily the Israeli left is able to manipulate and fool Israeli voters by re-inventing 'new' parties almost every election. First it was Shinui - so-called "Change", then Kadima - "Advancing" to nowhere. Both went to oblivion! This year's election produced: Hatnua - formed by Labor party's reject Tzipi Livni. Yesh Atid might have the same "Future" as others, if it keeps the self-destructive political platform of a 'Two-state solution'!)

US Snubs Al Quaida, but Israel Must Talk to Terrorists?

Immediately after the election in Israel the White House renewed its call for a resumption of long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations in the wake of Israeli elections in which Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu emerged the winner. (For the record: it is the PA that has been rejecting peace talks with Netanyahu, waiting for a more traitorous Israel government!)

Tehran is looking for a Distraction War

Tehran is looking seriously at a limited Syrian-Lebanese clash of arms with Israel.  Israel reacted to this news by announcing on Sunday, Jan. 27, the deployment of Iron Dome anti-missile batteries in northern Israel and Haifa port.  A clash would serve Tehran by sidetracking Israel from striking Iran’s nuclear facilities and help spin out its nuclear talks with the Six Powers. Israel has got plans ready for current military challenges.

Sabotage at Key Iranian Nuclear Facility

An explosion deep within Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility has destroyed much of the installation and trapped about 240 personnel deep underground, a week ago. The explosion on Monday at 11:30am, Tehran time rocked the site, which is buried deep under a mountain and immune not only to air strikes but to most bunker-buster bombs. The regime’s uranium enrichment process takes place at two known sites: the Natanz facility with more than 10,000 centrifuges and Fordow with more than 2,700. The regime currently has enough low-grade (3.5 percent) uranium stockpiled for six nuclear bombs if further enriched.

Mali Threatens France? Gaza's in Our Living Room

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations brought the issue home, comparing the situation in northern Africa to Israel’s fight against terrorism in Gaza. “France’s foreign minister said this month that his country was fighting to prevent the creation of an Islamist terrorist enclave ‘at the doorstep of France and Europe.’ If Mali is on France’s doorstep, Gaza is in Israel’s living room” He added, “Make no mistakes: France’s principled stand should be commended. We only ask that France and all the countries that are supporting its principled stand today, support Israel tomorrow when we fight Islamic terrorism on our borders.” (International duplicity towards Israel must end!)

No to “State of Palestine” Terminology

UN Ambassador Susan Rice said: "Any reference to the 'State of Palestine' in the United Nations, including the use of the term 'State of Palestine' on the placard in the Security Council or the use of the term 'State of Palestine' in the invitation to this meeting or other arrangements for participation in this meeting, do not reflect acquiescence that Palestine is a state." (Nice words, but the US did not protest to the UN for violating international law by elevating the PA status to a non-member state in the General Assembly and using fake terminology!)

Quote(s) of the Week:

"I will insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilise man than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilising the nations. If I were an atheist of another sect, who believe, or pretend to believe that all is ordered by chance, I should believe that chance had ordered the Jews to preserve and propagate to all mankind the doctrine of a supreme, intelligent, wise, almighty sovereign of the universe, which I believe to be the great essential principle of all morality, and consequently of all civilisation.” - John Adams, the 2nd president of the US

Leasing Sinai is Another Peace Option

A study was recently published in the daily PA Al-Quds newspaper recommending solving the “population explosion” in Gaza by transferring residents to the West Bank, setting birth control rules or by allowing the enclave to expand into the Sinai Peninsula.

The study talked about the possibility of leasing lands from the Egyptians for 99 years. It noted that while the talk about leasing lands from Egypt sounded “strange” to some, it was nevertheless possible as precedents have already been created in other parts of the world.

Hong Kong was mentioned as an example, as it had been leased to Britain for a similar period of time. Another example was Guantanamo Bay, which the US leased from Cuba.

Unconfirmed reports published in a number of Egyptian newspapers recently claimed that Hamas has been planning to settle Palestinians in Sinai and declare a Palestinian state there. Many Egyptians have strongly come out against the alleged plan, calling on their government to prevent Palestinians from moving to Sinai. (Why? Most residents of Gaza are descendants of Egyptians, who migrated over there during the Ottoman Empire and British mandate rule. The Sinai Option is the best two-state solution - the way to free all Jewish land from Arab/Muslim occupation and establish some kind of enforceable peace!)