No Accountability - Who to Blame?
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said that the Israeli Cabinet's decision to approve plans for the construction of 715 housing units in Palestinian Arab villages in Judea and Samaria's Area C was a purely Israeli decision, and that the US administration was not involved in it. (It is not the first time the Trump government has announced that the inept policy of the Israel's government is not the result of political pressure from the US!)
Rightwing Union MK Bezalel Smotrich issued an excited statement backing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to build the housing units for Arabs, who reside in Area C. The PA (to stake a claim on Jewish land) with massive assistance from the European Union has been erecting illegal Arab homes, schools and other civic structures. (How many homes for Jews are built by the PA for Jews in Gaza or Judea and Samaria? NONE, but expulsion of Jews was welcomed by stupid and fake Jewish/Israel political leadership!)
Israel has a right to annex at least some, but “unlikely all” (maybe not at the moment), of the West Bank, the United States ambassador, David M. Friedman, said in an interview, opening the door to American acceptance of what would be an enormously provocative act.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to begin annexing Jewish settlements in the West Bank, a move that would violate international law (that only applies to Israel) and could be a fatal blow to a (fictional) two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Empty promises have become the paten of Netanyahu political rhetoric!)
“Under certain circumstances,” Mr. Friedman said, “I think Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank.” (It has always been the historic and even the modern legal right of Israel to annex Jewish land, which was allocated for the Jewish state even by the anti-Semitic international community in the 1920s, and was regained in a defensive war! The real problem is the gutless and self-serving political leaders of Israel that have been unwilling to make tough decisions for too long!)
Top 40 Likud candidates signed pledge not to oust Netanyahu after elections. The initiative came a day after MK Avigdor Liberman, one of Netanyahu’s chief political rivals, said he would turn to a different Likud lawmaker if the premier rejected his efforts to form a unity government. Likud said the pledge was signed by Nos. 2-40 on its electoral slate. Netanyahu is number one. Likud has dismissed the idea of a unity government, declaring it will seek a coalition with right-wing and religious parties, while Blue and White has voiced support if it does not include Netanyahu.
Minister for Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud) admitted that after the last elections, the Likud tried to form a unity government. "We approached Blue and White in the last elections about a unity government and the answer was no," Hanegbi said. (To stay in power – anything goes!)
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
With all due respect to many defenders of Israel, just conducting pro-Israel education is a 'tool', not the objective! Many people have been enjoying it so much, so they do not even think of why they have been doing it or what is the real Zionist’s objective. Often views on resolution of the conflict are so diverse, and even irreconcilable. We need to unite under the common understanding that the aim of true Zionism is to re-unite and re-create the Jewish homeland on ALL Jewish ancestral land! Only then will we see real progress and positive results!
The Palestinian Authority (PA) is confused and at loss over the lack of Israel’s response to its most recent threat to annul all agreements with Israel. The committee established to implement Abbas’ threat is insignificant, as such a committee was established three years ago, but has done nothing. (Israel is tired to respond to the empty threats of the 'barking mad dog'!)
IAF F-35 jets are said to be behind 2 strikes on Iran-linked targets near Baghdad. Israel commonly conducts strikes in Syrian territory, targeting Iranian missile shipments meant for Lebanese terror group Hezbollah to use against the Jewish state. Strikes in Iraq by Israel have not been reported since the 1981 bombing of a nuclear reactor.
UNRWA in Ethical and Corruption Trouble
1. US envoy responds to UN ethics report which found abuses of authority at the highest levels of UN agency for “Palestinian refugees”. "UNRWA's model is broken, unsustainable and based on an endless expanding number of beneficiaries," tweeted Greenblatt. The ethics report, exposed earlier by the AFP news agency, describes "credible and corroborated" allegations of serious ethical abuses, including involving UNRWA's top official,
2. Switzerland says it is suspending further contributions pending findings of UN investigators examining claims of corruption within UNRWA. The internal report by UNRWA's own ethics department includes allegations of sexual misconduct, nepotism and discrimination. (Hopefully, it is the beginning of the end for UNRWA! Until now, the Europeans had no problem with UNRWA spending their money on terrorists who kill Jews!)
Belgium joins Netherlands & Switzerland, stops payments to UNRWA.
Iranian diplomat says Iran is working to establish a military front against Israel along with Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. Al-Moussawi said the talks with Hamas in were successful, and that Hamas conveyed a message to Iran's leader from Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh about his organization's preparedness for any confrontation with Israel in a scenario of war between Iran and Israel and the US.
Quote of the Week:
"Some suggest that America 'should have gotten something from Israel' in exchange for its recognition of the Golan. But the strength of the American decision was precisely in the fact that it was principled and grounded in law and morals, thereby untarnished by the daily negotiations common to international relations." - David Friedman, US Ambassador to Israel
Too Many Little ‘Kings’ – No Real Leader!
Last week, 32 parties had registered for the September 17 general election with the Central Elections Committee, down from 47 in the April ballot as a result of mergers in the right and left camps.
The two dominant parties retain former leaders – PM Binyamin Netanyahu tops the Likud list with the foursome headed by Benny Gantz leading Blue-White. Ayelet Shaked holds top place on the United Right list, which Otzma Yehudit declined to join, and Nitzan Horowitz leads the far-left Meretz joined by former PM Ehud Barak and a group of Laborites.
Amir Peretz leads the remnant of the Labor party after refusing to hook up with Meretz for a united leftwing bloc. There are no changes in the ultra-religious camp.
The reunited Arab list is still headed by Ayman Odeh. The next government like its predecessors is bound to be a coalition since no party is expected to gain a majority on its own. Just 8-9 parties out of 32 that registered for next election in Israel have real chance to win sits in the Knesset!