Without waiting for the president’s decision, Yamina’s Naftali Bennett went on the air to call on all parties to join a broad national unity government for “pulling the country out of its current mess” and avert a fifth election. They shared enough common ground to work together, he said...
President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday, May 5th,, assigned the opposition leader, Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid, the task of forming a government after Binyamin Netanyahu gave up the task at midnight. Lapid may legally entrust another Knesset member with leading the next government as alternative prime minister, the president said. He was referring to Lapid’s government sharing deal with Yamina’s Naftali Bennett.
The president noted that Lapid had won 56 Knesset members’ recommendations, while Bennett was left with seven backers. Bennett was denied the support of his fellow right-wing and Orthodox parties. This boycott was ordered by Netanyahu to punish the Yamina for refusing to pledge not to join a left-of-center government in partnership with Lapid. (What a hypocrite! Wasn't Netanyahu in coalition with Lapid recently?)
Netanyahu struck back at the Lapid-Bennett pact in a broadcast on Wednesday night, asking rhetorically: “Can they deal with the Hague court’s war crimes persecution of Israel? Or with Iran’s drive for a nuclear bomb? This is a dangerous left-wing, inept government incapable of handling such issues.” (Is he indispensable? In his own mind, apparently!)
It is possible that Lapid and Bennett plan to set up a government that is headed first by the Yamina leader, Bennet, and is then followed by Lapid of Yesh Atid. They are determined to move fast before the political fraternity recovers from shock over the ouster of Israel’s longest running prime minister and starts heaping obstacles in the path of coalition building. In particular, they plan to act swiftly to strip the Likud leader, Netanyahu, who is in the midst of a trial for corruption, of his legal immunity.
The Bennett-Lapid pact is already facing its first obstacles to a prospective coalition. The 10 parties in line for a “national unity government,” are resentful of Bennett’s senior status and claims for key portfolios. In Bennett’s own Yamina party, MK Amihai Shikli threatens to withhold his vote from a government that relies for its majority on Arab and far-left factions, indicating the onset of a revolt that may denude Bennett of his full party mandates.
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
Most of contemporary Zionist organisations are functioning as a social club. Zionist ideology is set aside and is replaced by fake social pluralism, political correctness and appeasement of anti-Semites! Even anti-Zionist Jewish groups are allowed to be members. The task of unifying Jewish land and creating of Eretz-Israel has not yet completed, but they have already given up. They have allowed self-haters of Jewish political left and egocentric ‘leaders’ to take over, and to destroy the spirit of the movement!
More than 200 Palestinians and over a dozen Israeli police officers were injured as clashes erupted in and around Jerusalem's Old City. Canada and the Middle East Quartet (the United Nations, United States, European Union and Russia), as well as Saudis and UAE condemned the violence that took place on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and called on Israel to halt eviction plans for Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood as violence rises in the country's capital. "There is no connection between Sheikh Jarrah and the Temple Mount; in Sheikh Jarrah this is a property dispute. This is an unprecedented incitement by the Palestinian Authority that is trying to lead to violence and unnecessary acts," Moshe Leon, the mayor of Jerusalem, said. (This is 'Ramadan violence’ in Jerusalem and Temple Mt. The international anti-Semites blame Israel for violence that has been planned and perpetrated by enemies of Israel. They never protest when Jewish families are evicted - when 8,500 Jews were forcefully removed from Gaza! The Israeli supreme court has ordered Arab families to leave the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, as the property was owned by Jews before 1948.)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Israel a cruel “terrorist” state, as Turkish media called to “free al-Aqsa” in Jerusalem, just like he reconsecrated the historic Church of Hagia Sophia as a mosque last year. Attacking Israel is part of Ankara’s desire to use the tensions in Jerusalem to boost Turkey’s image. (Just recently, the political prostitute Erdogan pretended that he wants to be a 'friend' of Israel again!)
Incendiary balloons launched from Gaza caused five fires in eight locations in southern Israel on Friday. This is the second consecutive day of fires breaking out in multiple areas in southern Israel due to incendiary balloons. On Thursday, seven fires broke out in open fields within the Eshkol Region causing substantial damage to a wheat field. (When will the government of Israel remove the enemy population from Gaza, and reunite it with Israel? Enough with self-serving political idiocy!)
Iran's Supreme Leader called on Muslim nations to keep fighting against Israel. Khamenei was speaking on Iran's annual Quds Day, which uses the Arabic name for Jerusalem. Opposition to Israel is a touchstone of belief for Shi’ite-led Iran, which backs Palestinian and Lebanese Islamic militant groups opposed to peace with the Jewish state.
More than 180 Israelis, including 10 Israel Prize laureates, 35 professors, senior reserve officers, writers, intellectuals, left-wing activists, and researchers, sent a letter to Fatou Bensouda, the Gambian Chief Prosecutor of the Hague Tribunal, warning her not to believe the Israeli authorities regarding the investigation of war crimes.
Joint List head Ahmad Tibi refuses to condemn deadly terror attack at Tapuah junction. “The occupation is the source of all evil,” Tibi said, when asked to comment on the attack. (Yes, occupation of Jewish land by enemies is the problem, as well as the enemies within!)
Banks operating in the Palestinian Authority (PA) have closed 35,000 bank accounts of imprisoned terrorists, released terrorists, and families of dead terrorists. Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) had notified the banks that if they continued to operate these accounts and process payments from the PA to terrorists, it would be a violation of Israeli law, exposing them to civil and criminal liability. With no banks willing to provide services to the terrorists, the PA is making direct payments at PA post offices.
Quote of the Week:
“I could find it in my heart to wish that you had been at the head of a hundred thousand Israelite's army & marching with them into Judea & making a conquest of that country & RESTORING YOUR NATION to the domination of it, for I REALLY WISH the JEWS AGAIN in JUDEA an INDEPENDENT NATION.” - John Adams (March 1819), the second US president and one of the United States' Founding Fathers – After him Anti-Semites took over the White House!
France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain urged Israel to halt the expansion of Jewish building in East Jerusalem. "We urge the government of Israel to reverse its decision to advance the construction of 540 settlement units in the Har Homa E area of the West Bank, and to cease its policy of settlement expansion across the Palestinian Territories."
"Settlements are illegal under international law, and threaten prospects for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." (Jerusalem is the capital of Israel! There is no "Palestinian Territory" - it is Jewish land occupied by the enemies of Israel. Hypocritical Anti-Semites have no problem with financing Arab illegal constructions in Judea and Samaria! They have never said which international law Israel violates.)
The Shin Bet, in cooperation with the Israel Police and IDF, uncovered that the humanitarian assistance funding is provided by the European Union to finance the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP} terrorist organization. The PFLP used various methods to deceive the European nations, including reporting fictitious projects, submitting false documents, forging and inflating invoices, bidding tenders, forging documents and bank notes, reporting inflated salaries and more. The funds were used to pay the families of terrorists, pay the salaries of PFLP members, and finance terrorist activities and incitement. (EU has been providing funding to anti-Israel terrorists with full knowledge of the 'deception'!)
There is a concern over a proposed Israeli bill aimed at legalizing 70 outposts in Judea and Samaria. “We are deeply concerned about the potential ‘legalization’ of outposts that have long been deemed illegal under Israeli law,” a State Department spokesperson said. “We’ll continue to underscore that it’s critical for Israel to refrain from any unilateral steps that certainly would exacerbate tensions or take us further away from peace.” (The US State Department is back to its Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel tricks! How has the appeasement of enemies worked to progress peace so far?)
US “Extremely Concerned” over Confrontations in Jerusalem!
“We call on Israel and Palestinian officials to act decisively to deescalate tensions and bring a halt to the violence, said US Secretary of State Ned Price on Saturday after Palestinian outbreaks in Jerusalem. “It is absolutely critical that all sides exercise restraint, refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric, and preserve the historic status quo on the Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount – in word and in practice.” (Stop financing anti-Israel terrorists – fake Palestinians! "Status quo" is no longer viable option - it is only bringing more death and terror - removal of the enemies from Jewish land is the viable option!)