by Yifat Erlich
The majority of the Israeli public voted against a Palestinian state. So what? A few whines in the media, a bit of admonition from US President Barack Obama - and Netanyahu gives in.
The pressure always works through two channels, an internal one and an external one. The more moderate left, which is still ashamed to openly disregard democratic decisions, tries to promote its agenda through internal pressure in the media. The more radical left, unfortunately, has never honoured the Israeli voter's decision.
The combined pressure
from the inside and outside could lead
Now that the election chaos is behind us, it's time for the media, legal and political opposition to show more national responsibility
So what am I asking for? Some space, some respect for the Israeli voter's decision, a bit less patronization... The right still has a lot to fix and improve, but it mostly needs to finally learn how to govern. (and be true to the Jewish national aspiration - creation of the Jewish homeland, Eretz-Israel, on our ancestral land!)
Obama's Double Standard (by Aaron Goldstein)
Why is the Obama Administration less upset with
Dozens of Likud branch chairmen and members of Likud's Central Committee published a petition this week demanding that party chairman, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, add the Jewish Home to his coalition and avoid a “unity” government with Labor at any cost. (So-called Zionist Union party isn’t better - just another anti-Zionist political chameleon!)
Leading defense expert, Professor Efraim Inbar who heads the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, said framework deal over Iran's nuclear program leaves Israel with little choice, should have struck “two years ago.” Israel should "seriously consider" a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities in the aftermath of the "framework deal" announced between Tehran and western powers.
The Islamic Republic's nuclear program has been granted "legitimacy" by the agreement, which still allowed it to continue enriching uranium and to maintain a reactor capable of producing enriched plutonium, he said. "And that's what worries Israel, that they (Iran) will be able within a short time frame to reach a nuclear bomb."
"As long as there was no deal it was easier for Israel to strike. They should have carried out a strike two years ago," he said. "This is not an easy decision but it's what needed to be done."
Despite that fact, many countries - most notably Israel's immediate neighbors - would be supportive of such a strike, and were waiting for Israel to neutralize the threat posed to them by a nuclear-capable Iranian regime. "In practice no one wants to see a nuclear Iran; all of them are playing the game so that Israel can pulls the chestnuts out of the fire.”
The deal will allow the Islamic regime to continue enriching uranium. Israel has noted that there are 17 states which have peaceful nuclear programs, and none of them enrich uranium as Iran will be allowed to continue doing.
Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak
I have communicated with many Catholics, Baptists, Anglicans, Noahites, Russian and Greek Orthodox people on my mail list. Some of them wrote that only "fake Christians” there too many of them, are anti-Semites and do not support the Jewish state. Although, it is hard to find good Christians who are supporting Israel without a hidden agenda - conversion of Jews is one of them! There is definitely no decent Christian leadership in the Vatican, London etc... There is no love or even respect for the sovereign Jewish state among the Western, ‘Christian’, governments and by member states of the UN - ‘Ugly Nazi’! (I meant no offence to good Christians, but I do not care what bad ones think!)
The PLO issued a statement that it would not be drawn into military action in in Syria, contradicting comments made earlier by the PA envoy to Damascus, Ahmad Majdalani, that Palestinian groups are ready to join forces with the Syrian government to expel ISIL fighters from the Yarmouk camp in the Syrian capital.
The Pentagon has been upgrading the biggest bunker-buster bomb in its arsenal as talks with Iran continued over Tehran's nuclear program, readying a weapon that could destroy Iran's facilities. The Pentagon has been upgrading the biggest bunker-buster bomb in its arsenal as talks with Iran continued over Tehran's nuclear program. Work to improve the design, guidance systems and anti-jamming capabilities on the so-called Massive Ordnance Penetrator began before the latest round of negotiations with Iran started. (Just give some of them to Israel for ‘testing’!)
The IDF and Home Front Command are expected to invest about $25 million into "Code Red" and civilian warning systems against incoming rockets in 2015 in the event of another war with Hezbollah.
US expediting weapon supplies to Saudis
The United States is speeding up arms supplies to the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi fighters. Warplanes from Sunni-ruled Gulf states have been striking the Shi'ite Muslim rebels, in an attempt by the regional heavyweight to check Iranian influence in its backyard. (When Israel did it in Gaza against Hamas, Obama threatened to cut off arms supply to Israel.)
Jewish Contributions to the World
The Tel Aviv-based company StoreDot says it has technology that can charge a mobile phone battery in seconds. The battery can also be used to power electric cars and laptops in minutes rather than hours. "These are new materials; they have never been developed before," said Doron Myersdorf, the founder and chief executive. The first battery will be available in 2016. The company is partly funded by Jewish Russian billionaire and Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich.
MK Ahmed Tibi
(Joint Arab List) harshly condemned the Arab world and the international community for allowing
the Islamic State takeover of the Yarmouk so-called
refugee camp in
No Outrage over Mass Graves near Tikrit
Iraqi forensic teams have begun
excavating 12 suspected mass grave sites thought to hold the corpses of as many
as 1,700 Shia soldiers from
Obama’s detente with
In the 14 months since Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea and sent proxy fighters to invade eastern Ukraine, Russian companies have won more than $212 million in United Nations contracts to ferry troops, supplies and equipment -- on peacekeeping missions.
Quotes of the Week:
“The establishment of a
buffer zone on the border is of absolute necessity to preserve Egyptian
national security, particularly with the growing plans to export the
Palestinian cause to Egyptian territory, away from its natural context. Thus,
we cannot be emotional while thinking of the (population) displacement issue.” -
Justification given by
by Charles Krauthammer
Of all the idiocies uttered in reaction to Benjamin
Netanyahu’s stunning election victory, none is more ubiquitous than the idea
that peace prospects are now dead because Netanyahu has declared that there
will be no Palestinian state while he is
I have news for the lowing herds: There would be no peace and no Palestinian state if Isaac Herzog were Prime Minister of Israel, or Ehud Barak or Ehud Olmert for that matter.
This is not ancient history. This is 2000, 2001 and
2008 - three astonishingly concessionary peace offers within the last 15 years.
Every one rejected (by the PA leadership, and
followed by violence and terror attacks unleashed on
The fundamental reality remains: This generation of Palestinian leadership - from Yasser Arafat to Mahmoud Abbas - has never and will never sign its name to a final peace settlement dividing the land with a Jewish state. And without that, no Israeli government of any kind will agree to a Palestinian state.
There is a second reason a peace agreement is
impossible: the supreme instability of the entire