In spite of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to pay a short visit to Israel on May 13.
He will meet both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, an old friend, and Benny Gantz, the new “alternative prime minister,” on the day that the pair take office as joint heads of a unity national government. The visit is clearly a gesture of US support (or control of the political narrative). The first high-ranking foreign official to visit Israel since the outbreak of coronavirus will, like his hosts, will first be tested for the virus, wear masked and curb friendly gestures.
Pompeo is widely expected to talk about reactivating US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan, Iran’s “malign actions” in the region and cooperation in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
The trip is expected to focus on Netanyahu’s plans to annex portions of Judea and Samaria! The Trump administration has said it will support the annexation of West Bank territory claimed by the Palestinians for an eventual state as long as Israel agrees to enter peace talks with the Palestinians. “When the mapping process ends, when the Israeli government agrees to freeze construction in Area-C that is not designated for sovereignty, and when the prime minister agrees to negotiate with the Palestinians (who have no interest to negotiate with Israel) on the basis of the Trump plan (and have already rejected the plan)
The US has already agreed to that from day one – we will recognize Israeli sovereignty in areas that according to the plan will become part of it (Israel),” stated US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. (It is always 'strings attached' - Judea and Samaria is our land - full stop!)
The coalition deal stipulates that Israel must take into account regional stability and existing peace agreements when going forward with annexation. (Israel’s neighbours - including Egypt and Jordan, who have signed peace accords with Israel - are not interested in ‘stability’-peace with the Jewish state!)
It is up to Netanyahu to decide whether to go for what many of his supporters see as a one-time opportunity for establishing Israeli sovereignty in the heartland of Jewish history, or decide that the international fallout is too high a price to pay and wait for another chance. (Does he have the courage to do it? We’ll see soon!)
With only hours before the midnight deadline, 72 Knesset members endorse the prime minister and avoid going to elections. After battling each other in three inconclusive elections, Netanyahu and Gantz announced their emergency government last month, saying they would put aside their rivalry to steer the country through the coronavirus crisis. The unity government will include Netanyahu’s Likud party and Gantz’s Blue and White, and is expected to include the Shas and United Torah Judaism religious parties as well as two of the three members of the once dominant Labor Party.
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
Anti-Semitism is the easiest and the fastest way to gain cheap popularity and support among lesser-minded people!
Israel’s Supreme Court rejected all petitions against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forming a new government while under indictment, and against the emergency unity government deal signed by Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz. However, the court did leave open the possibility of intervening in future legislation concerning the unity deal that is currently being debated in the Knesset. (For years, the Israeli legal system and police have been threatening/blackmailing Netanyahu, like Sharon before him, and his wife with persecution for various ‘crimes, never has followed it through! It is not the court place to interfere in a democratic political process!)
The Israeli government is threatening to take off air a Christian television channel that launched in the country to preach to Jews, warning that it will be barred if it breaks strict rules around proselytising. GOD TV said it intended to produce shows “geared specifically towards the younger generation of viewers”. Myriad evangelical charities and organisations are active in Israel! (Proselytising in the Jewish state must not be allowed! Why don’t they come to Iran, Pakistan or Saudi Arabia? Have self-respect - Muslim states do not tolerate it, why must Jews!)
Under the leadership of President Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority is fabricating a false narrative about Israel that has taken on anti-Semitic undertones. The authority falsely accuses Israel of deliberately obstructing Palestinian efforts to combat the virus – but the exact opposite is true. As the Palestinian Authority injects poisonous lies into the global discussion, it is willing to accept not just aid from Israel but from the US, despite its repeated denunciations of President Trump. (Lies, lies and more lies - It is time for Israel remove this cancer from the Jewish land!)
Former US Vice President Joe Biden said that if he is elected president, he would reopen the Palestine Liberation Organization Diplomatic Mission in Washington, DC, and restore U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority. “A priority now for the cause of Israeli-Palestinian peace should be resuming our dialogue with the Palestinians and pressing Israel not to take actions that make a two-state solution impossible,” Biden said. (With all the problems the US and the wold is facing – COVID-19, Chinese expansion, North Korean’s and Iran's nukes and rockets, war in Syria etc. Undermining Israel is the most important issue for Biden!)
Arik Ascherman, CEO of the controversial left-wing NGO Torat Tzedek, is violating the law by taking a disproportionally large portion of the organization's budget as his salary - 438,273 NIS ($125,000) in 2018, nearly 50 percent of the organization's 933,794 NIS ($265,000) annual budget. (Many leaders of so-called Palestinians are multi-billionaires. Jewish anti-Zionists follow the example of Fatah and Hamas leaders!)
Israeli tanks shell three “military posts” in the northern Gaza Strip following the first rocket attack from the Hamas-controlled enclave in more than 40 days.
The government has not set national strategic goals for Israel in the international arena, the State Comptroller's Office warned. The report warned of redundancies and confusion, with 35 different government bodies dealing in foreign relations and no one coordinating them, and of a Foreign Ministry budget so low that it cannot cover the ministry’s basic needs. Israel had diplomatic ties with 161 countries and 103 diplomatic missions abroad in 2019. (No coherent plan to reunite the Jewish land, as well!)
Iranian forces are pulling out of Syria and closing military bases there, Israeli defense officials said, amid increasing reports of Israeli airstrikes on Iran-linked militias in the country in recent months, including two such incidents in which 14 Iran-linked fighters were reported killed. The number of transport flights from Iran to Syria, bringing advanced munitions into the country, has also dropped dramatically in the past half-year.
A new bill is submitted by MK Ofir Katz (Likud) calls for amendments to the Knesset's disqualification process, so that any discovery of an MK's support for terrorism would be considered grounds for disqualification: "The Supreme Court should not encourage terror supporters to sit in the Knesset. This should come to a stop." (This law will remove most Arabs and many MKs on the Left from Knesset. Why was such action was not taken sooner?)
The German military counter-intelligence service on Wednesday deleted Israel from a map that included the Middle East, prompting a swift correction and apology from Germany’s Defense Ministry. The ministry added that “according to the current status, the software was operated incorrectly. That should have been noticed in quality assurance. Germany's foreign ministry declined to comment!
Iranian hackers used American computer servers to launch their attack. The attack on several water-pumping stations and sewage plants around the country apparently took place over April 24-25. (It would not happen without Iranian government consent/order!)
An opinion poll released Monday on public trust in Israeli institutions revealed that 40 percent of Israelis do not trust the Supreme Court. Even more Israelis (47%) say they do not trust the attorney general and State Attorney’s office. (Knesset must start dealing with the anti-Zionist Supreme Court!)
Quote of the Week:
“The far right and the far left meet twice a day at Jew-hate junction” - BabbaZee, a blogger.
by Ezequiel Doiny
International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda decided on April 30, 2020, to move forward with a case filed against Israel by the Palestinian Authority, falsely claiming that the PA is a state and therefore has standing to file a war crimes complaint.
There are 57 Muslim Countries in the UN that gang up against the only small Jewish State, use the ICC for a judicial form of Jihad...
The ICC was established after a long process of negotiations inspired by a post-World War II vision of the need to ensure that the perpetrators of the most egregious crimes known to humanity would not enjoy impunity and immunity. They would be brought to trial before an independent, apolitical, international juridical body...
Part of the financing of the ICC is dependent on the UN General Assembly. The reason the UN is biased is that there are 57 Muslim countries that belong to the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, that do not vote based on what is right or wrong, but vote based on what is best for Islam. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be renamed the Islamic-Jewish conflict where dozens of Islamic States gang up against the only Jewish State... (This political exploit is only became a success because it has been supported by traditional Jew-haters of the Western countries, long before the state of Israel was created!)
The UN Watch reported that in 2013 the UN passed 25 resolutions; 21 were against Israel (Almost no condemnation of real violators of human rights and sovereignty of other states, like China and Syria.)
Islam is a colonizing power. While there is only one Jewish State smaller than New Jersey with a population of about 7 million Jews, Islam has expanded from Saudi Arabia to the 57 countries member states of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation with an estimated population of 1.6 billion Muslims. (Arab/Muslim countries can't allow a thriving, advanced Jewish democracy next door, when most of them are still living in 'the stone age'!)