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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Obama, Like FDR, Antisemite

There are many similarities between sitting United States President Barack Hussein Obama and the late U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

  1. Both have fanatically loyal Jewish fans/worshipers
  2. Both are (was for FDR) actually antisemitic.
Dr. Rafael Medoff brings up a lot of this in his excellent article which appears on Arutz 7.

U.S. President Obama didn't attend the anti-terror rally in Paris and is also going to be a no-show for the 70th Anniversary event for the liberation of Auschwitz. That's besides his consistently foul and insulting behavior to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his amiable negotiations with Iran. Other presidents and prime ministers immediately cleared their calendars in order to march in Paris and planned their schedules around the 70th anniversary celebrations.

Heads of states and officials march during the Unity rally "Marche Republicaine" on January 11, 2015 in Paris (AFP Photo/Eric Feferberg)

For decades, generations even, American Jews have worshiped FDR, but recently it has become more acceptable to reveal his true antisemitic nature. The American war effort was never to stop the Holocaust against German and European Jewry. That's another reason the American military was totally shocked and unprepared for the serious state of the survivors they found in the concentration camps. Many survivors were literally killed by misplaced kindness. The soldiers weren't given instructions about feeding those who had been starving for so long. Many survivors died because they ate too much and too quickly.

And don't forget that thousands and thousands, even hundreds of thousands or more, of European Jewry could have been given entry visas to the United States, but FDR's government locked them out and sent them back to Europe. Even after the war the American Government was stingy with visas.

You never see such a glowing smile on Obama when he's with Bibi.
I have no doubt that with time, we'll see more and more revelations about Barack Hussein Obama's true feelings about Jews and Israel that will make the Jews who voted for him and support him very sorry they did so.

Monday, January 26, 2015

I May End Up Voting for Jewish Home, Because It's Nothing Like The Old NRP

For many years decades I've said that I wouldn't vote for the NRP for two basic reasons:

  1. I don't think a political party should revolve around the issue of religion.
  2. Traditionally there was something very "apolitical" about the NRP. It found ways to join almost all the coalitions whether Left or Right to protect its institutions. 
There was also something so terribly homogeneous about it. 

Today I watched and listened to one of the top Bayit Yehudi, Jewish Home leaders, Ayelet Shaked, and she said something rather revolutionary for that party. She said that it wouldn't be the end of the world if they were to find themselves in the opposition. I was overjoyed. If you check my posts from two years ago before the previous elections, you'd see that one of my complaints about Naftali Bennett was that he had announced, before even beginning negotiations with Netanyahu that they'd be in the government. 

I use my vote to support an ideology, not for anything else. I want the MKs I've voted for to be able to tell the truth and speak out on every issue. As you probably know, I don't see MKs as having too much power, and coalition MKs have even less. 

One thing I really like about Bennett's Jewish Home is that it is getting further and further from the old NRP. And I think that Bibi's Likud is getting further and further from Menachem Begin's Herut, Gahal and Likud. One of the latest surprises is that Betar Jerusalem's former soccer star Eli Ohana may be joining up with Bennett and Shaked.

See, I've been saying for quite some time, usually as facebook comments, that the Jewish Home is becoming what the Likud should or could have been!!

How Can Israel be Occupying a "Country" that has Never Ever Existed?


  • There never ever was an independent country called Palestine!
  • There never ever has been a Palestinian people!
Check your history books! Check/google online for a list of kings, presidents, emperors, prime ministers of such a country. You won't even find a tribal leader, not in the twentieth century nor a thousand years ago. 

It would be even harder to find references for "Arab Palestinian culture." I dare you to find a source more than a century old. The term is very new, and that's because it was invented as a tool to supplant, replace Jewish nationalism aka Zionism in the very well documented Jewish Homeland, the Land of Israel.  

This whole Arab Palestinian myth was concocted to prevent a viable Jewish state.

“There is no such country as Palestine. ‘Palestine’ is a term the Zionists invented. There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria. ‘Palestine’ is alien to us. It is the Zionists who introduced it.” – Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, Syrian Arab leader
There is no such thing as a Palestinian people, there is no Palestinian entity, there is only Syria. You are an integral part of the Syrian people, Palestine is an integral part of Syria. Therefore it is we, the Syrian authorities, who are the true representatives of the Palestinian people.” – Syrian dictator Hafez Assad to the PLO leader Yassir Arafat
There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not.” – Professor Philip Hitti, Arab historian
“It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but Southern Syria.” – Representative of Saudi Arabia at the United Nations (Cherson and Molschky)

Before the advent of political Zionism, the Land of Israel was extremely deserted. There have always been Jews and Jewish communities here in Jerusalem, Tsfat, Hebron, Gaza and other historic Jewish cities. But there hasn't been an independent vibrant country since the Jewish Kingdom was conquered by Rome over two thousand years ago.  Ever since then, this Holy Land has been ruled/occupied by foreigners until May, 1948 with the Jewish Declaration of Independence. The State of Israel is the resumption of Jewish rule here. 


Islam was invented after Christianity which was very long after Judaism emerged as a religion/people/culture. 

The Jewish Calendar is a brilliant synthesis of the solar and lunar cycles to guarantee that our Jewish Holidays will always fall in the correct season according to the seasons in the Land of Israel. This gives a very tangible proof of our inalienable rights and connections to this precious Land. 

In contrast, the Muslims have a strictly lunar calendar in which their holidays wander around the seasons in their very nomadic way. They are opportunists without roots, just like their calendar.

May G-d give us, the Jewish People leaders with the wisdom and strength necessary to accept the gifts and miracles G-d has bestowed upon us, so that we will have true peace. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Caroline Glick as Likud MK, Muzzled Window-Dressing

As a long-time political observer and pundit based here in the Heartland of the Jewish Nation, there are a few unpleasant things I've learned about Israeli Government/politics:

  • Knesset Members have very little actual power.
  • Government Coalition members have even less power.
  • Coalition and Party Discipline can be very effective muzzles.
  • Actual Government policy is made by the Prime Minister and his/her "Kitchen Cabinet."
  • The Israeli Supreme Court considers itself well above the Government and makes decisions that effectively cancel legal laws.
Caroline Glick is certainly one of the most brilliant and bold political pundits/journalists in Israel. It's very rare that I have disagreed with her articles. If Caroline Glick was to be appointed to an actual policy making position in government, I'd be overjoyed, but that isn't the story. It has been "leaked" by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's staff that he is seriously thinking of offering her one of his choice spots on the Likud list.

Netanyahu’s associates said Glick was among multiple candidates being considered for the 11th and 23rd slots on the Likud list that Netanyahu has at his disposal. (Jerusalem Post)
Many, many Israelis and pro-Israelis are overjoyed at the thought of Caroline Glick being in the Knesset. They envision her hard-hitting opinions being broadcast far and wide from the Knesset. They envision the initiator of Latma to be in a policy making position. They dream that Glick's policies will be the Israeli ones, rather than the weak Centrist-Left that have been endangering us.

But that's not how it works.

Israelis will vote for Caroline Glick, but we'll still get the same Center-Left Bibi we've had now for years. Bibi runs a tight ship. He's not going to give her any freedom of expression. Caroline Glick won't be in a policy-making position. She'll just be Right window dressing.

It's because I agree with and respect Caroline Glick that I want her to stay on the outside where she won't be muzzled and disciplined. We need an "untied" Caroline Glick!!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Obama's Misdirected Anger

One of the things I've said about Barack Hussein Obama as early as his campaign for the United States Presidency is the fact that he had no real political experience. I consider politics to be a skill and a talent. Some people have an easy knack for getting along with people and manipulating them to do things in a way that the people even believe they're doing what they want to do.

Ever since Obama has been in the public eye he has shown none of these necessary talents and skills. He'll chastise, browbeat and get just plain nasty. He doesn't have an easy and natural way with people. He can put on short acts but can't sustain them. As United States President, Obama has been a disappointment even to many who supported him, and he hasn't seemed to grow in stature, public respect at all.

Obama's nemesis seems to be Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel's Prime Minister. I certainly have my complaints about Bibi Netanyahu, but the truth is that he is everything Obama wishes he could be. Netanyahu's a true intellectual, amazingly knowledgeable, a well-respected former soldier in a world renowned special unit,an expert in international terrorism, and he's a master political manipulator.

The Israeli political system requires a Prime Minister who can not only negotiate with other parties for form a working coalition but to keep them in line. Obama, as a "lame duck" president has even less control over congress than ever before. The American system stresses a separation of powers, and Obama is rather isolated in the White House. That's one of the reasons that House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to come to Washington and address Congress about Iranian nuclear development. Many Americans consider Bibi a lot more knowledgeable about the issue than their own government. This has Obama and staff livid.
“He spat in our face publicly and that's no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price."
The anonymous quote was a throwback to when, last year, Atlantic magazine quoted another unnamed senior administration official calling Netanyahu a “chickenshit.” (Fox News)
It's a sign that Obama is not in control of the American Government.


Congress is not playing ball with the White House. That is Obama's problem; it's not Bibi's fault. Being President of the Unites States of America is a lot more complicated than Obama's supporters bargained for. It seems that being an effective president is harder than getting elected, at least for Barack Hussein Obama.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Amona Back in The News

A few years ago the government's decision to destroy a few houses in the community of Amona turned into one of the most disgraceful displays of anti-civilian brutal violence by the Israeli government. Many demonstrators were injured by the armed forces including Knesset members and young children.


I was a high school English Teacher then, and my students were there and came back totally traumatized. They saw their teachers, rabbis being thrown out of windows as if they were garbage. That was in 2006, nine years ago. We thought that as awful as it was, at least it was over and Amona could resume as a community next to Ofra, just south of Shiloh.

But unfortunately we were wrong. The extreme Leftist anti-Jewish Rights to the Land of Israel faction has again gotten the approval of the far Left Supreme Court, and now they want all of Amona to be history.
Israeli Supreme Court President Asher Grunis ordered the government Thursday to evacuate Amona, the largest outpost in the West Bank and the center of drawn-out legal battles, within two years.
Read more: Supreme Court orders removal of Amona outpost | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/supreme-court-orders-removal-of-amona-outpost/#ixzz3Pcal8iMd Follow us: @timesofisrael on Twitter | timesofisrael on Facebook
When I was in Jerusalem last night I was surprised to see a large demonstration of young children, the children of Amona.


Amona, The Land of Israel is for The People of Israel 

Amona, Do Not Evacuate (Destroy) Jewish Communities!

Pro-Amona Demonstration in Jerusalem

They were demonstrating for the continued existance of their community.

May G-d turn this all around and give true wisdom to our earthly judges!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tel Aviv, יש"ע זה כאן YESHA Zeh Kan! YESHA is Tel Aviv!!

Of all the slogans ever put out by Israel's pro-Jewish Rights in All of The Land of Israel aka "the Right," my favorite has always been:

 יש"ע זה כאן YESHA Zeh Kan! YESHA is Here!!


Absolutely nothing summarizes the situation better than that simple statement. There is no real difference between Tel Aviv and Tel Zion, Gush Etzion or Gush Dan, Ma'ale Gilboa or Ma'ale Levona, Eli or Eilat. If anything we Jews have a richer, more extensive and easier to prove ties to YESHA than to Tel Aviv or Eilat or any of the other places the Israeli Left (and today's Center) take for granted the Arab enemy will allow to remain in the State of Israel after negotiations for the establishment of a State of Palestine sic.

At least ten Israeli settlers were stabbed Wednesday
morning on a Dan Line 40 bus on Begin Road in Tel Aviv near the Maariv
Bridge. (emphasis mine)

A wounded Israeli woman is treated at the scene of Wednesday's terrorist attack in Tel Aviv | Photo credit: Yehoshua Yosef

Leftist Israelis (and others) who live in pre-June, 1967 Israel try to distinguish between themselves and those of us who live in Land liberated in the 1967 Six Days War. They totally ignore the frequently proven fact that our Arab enemies make no distinctions, none at all. For them we are all the same. They aim to destroy the entire State of Israel. We can have no peace with them.

 יש"ע זה כאן YESHA Zeh Kan!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Arab Terror Attack in Tel Aviv by Illegal Arab Resident Punish the Facilitators!!!

Arab terror attacks can happen any place, Paris, Tel Aviv...

Tel Aviv stabbing
Assi Divlinsky, Magen David Adom

And this morning's terror attack took place in Tel Aviv by an Arab who has been living in Israel illegally.
The assailant is a 23-year-old man from the West Bank city of Tulkarm, illegally residing in Israel, police said. 
The suspected terrorist stabbed at least nine people on the 40 bus line in Tel Aviv  near the Maariv junction around 7:30 A.M. on Wednesday. (Jerusalem Post)
This isn't the first time an Arab terrorist who was living and/or working illegally in Israel used the opportunity to try to murder innocent Israelis. And there are many, many other Arabs living and working illegally in Israel. Their employers and landlords must be fully and strictly prosecuted by the law. If the punishment is light, then the law must be changed to charge them as accessories to the crimes. Whoever has been employing this terrorist must be charged as if he/she is also a terrorist, attempted murder. The same goes for the landlord who owns the apartment where the terrorist ahs been living and the same for all the flatmates.

Zero tolerance for terrorism and facilitating terrorism!!

Israeli Elections, 2015, 5775, Chrareidi Women's Party Boycotted to Death

When I first heard that one of the "New Parties on the Block" to run in Israeli Knesset Elections is of Chareidi women, בזכותן Bizchutan, all I could think was "oxymoron." There's an inherent impossibility in the term.


Chareidi women who want to run for political office don't suit the full definition of "chareidi." It just can't happen. Chareidi is more than just a way of observing Judaism's mitzvot, commandments. It's accepting a certain life-style and customs. It's being part of a strict social inflexible structure, which may be a bit more liberal (with a small "L") at home within the confines of family, but in the public realm there's very little leeway.

I remember watching the press conference a few weeks ago with Arye Deri and Rav Ovadia's very accomplished daughter,  Adina Bar-Shalom, when she announced that although she had been offered all sorts of offers to be in safe spots on Knesset lists, she was sticking with Shas and making do with joining Yaffa Deri on a new "Women's Council."

Therefore, I'm not at all surprised that the public leadership of the women's chareidi party are beginning to feel the pressure of their society against them in offers they can't refuse.
"Be careful - the ones who become muktzeh here aren't hareidi women, it's you who will be muktzeh because the hareidi society will excommunicate you, because the hareidi society will not receive your sons, it won't accept shiduchim (arranged marriages - ed.)," he warned.
Halbertal continued "you will be muktzeh there in the hareidi society. On the personal level I say to you, think twice about what you're doing to your family and also the other hareidi women there, you will be excommunicated for generations. They will denunciate you all, and rightly so, from the hareidi community."
The threats echo similar threats of excommunication from the hareidi school systems made last month by United Torah Judaism party activists against hareidi women who campaigned to have female representation in the hareidi parties. (Arutz 7)
Their families must decide whether they really want the pressure and rejection, because if they do, then they aren't really chareidi, are they?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"Palestine" Semantics

In a rare move, the Israeli Government has refused a visa to a United Nations investigator. But davka UNHRC special rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoohad, planned on investigating the status of women in the P.A, though knowing the United Nations and the Arabs, there's little doubt they'd find some way to blame Israel.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Paul Hirschson said on Monday that the issue was the language of the request and the travel itinerary, which did not include a visit to Israel.
“The special investigator asked to visit ‘Palestine.’ We explained to her that there is no such country. Should she wish to visit the Palestinian Authority as part of a visit to Israel, that would be no problem.
Israel has an excellent record of working with UN special investigators,” he said.
For most of the world, there is a country called Palestine, and it's just an immoral minor detail that it is "occupied" by Israel which restricts access. Most of the world fully believes that there had been an Arab country called Palestine here before the establishment of the State of Israel. Of course they ignore the simple fact that they can't find any record of such a country, its leaders, history etc. Why should they need such historical facts when it comes to delegitimatizing the Jewish state? The "blood libel" is alive and thriving even in the twenty-first century.

This reminds me of a Morty Dolinsky story from the time he was head of the Government Press Office:
When the late Morty Dolinsky was in charge of the Government Press Office in the 1980s, he once famously replied to a reporter, who asked for information about the West Bank, that he knew no West Bank as he banked at Leumi.
I sincerely hope that the Government of Israel doesn't apologize to the U. N. for refusing Rashida Manjoohad a visa. And we should stop giving visas to all the NGO activists, investigators etc who just incite the Arabs against Israel! They should be declared persona non grata and expelled!

Likud, Bayit Yehudi/NRP/Jewish Home Primaries Miscounts?

One year we had to start outside since
we didn't have a key to  the building
where the voting was to take place.
Vote counting isn't easy. I've been running our local Shiloh Mazkirut "Town Council" elections almost every year for the past thirty years or so. We certainly have fewer votes to count than in the various Knesset polling stations (which I've also been part of here in Shiloh) or the party primaries. But I can certainly sympathize with those entrusted with the actual counting. First of all, it all happens late at night, when few of us are sufficiently alert to do a good job. And few people actually know what to do. I have my systems, which generally work in our small town.

inside the Likud Primaries polling booth

In Shiloh the elections are for voluntary posts which demand a lot of time, efforts and nothing much but public complaints in exchange. The party primaries are to give people the chance to be Knesset Members, a position with an above average salary, granted for some people it's a reduction, but for others it's more money than they had previously earned, and another aspect of the job is the chance to give other people jobs on the MK staff. And that's besides the actual status and chance to try to legislate change from the inside, rather than ranting from outside the government.

I may be wrong, but I think that the numbers of possible voters in the Likud and NRP aka Bayit Yehudi, Jewish Home are probably the most of any Israeli political party. That means that it is complicated and mistakes my be unintentional. Each polling station does its own count, and then the totals (and ballots) are brought to a main center where it's all calculated for grand totals. When recounts are needed. all the papers are there for a staff to do the job.

A lot has been in the news about both the Likud and Bayit Yehudi having impossible to be accurate results:
Bayit Yehudi to re-count primary votesand
Likud judge decides in favor of Hotovely

I wouldn't dare to guess whether something crooked really happened in either party's primaries. Since it's all done by "hand," the human factor means that it's easy to cheat and also easy to make an honest mistake.

If there was cheating, let it be proven and have the guilty, tried and punished.

And I also wish that political and elected government leaders be punished for saddling us with policies they campaigned not to rule by!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Blacking Out of Heschel's Presence in the Selma March Typical of Black Antisemitism

American Jewry was always so supportive of the Black Rights, civil rights movement. It went hand and hand with their worship of FDR. Many of the leaders and lawyers for Civil Rights were Jewish, and Abraham Heschel's prominent place in the Selma March was always stressed. So now his daughter is upset to see that his presence is not mentioned in the new movie about it.

Rabbi Heschel with MLK, Jr. on the march from Selma in 1965. Heschel is second from right. (Image" Duke University, Abraham Heschel papers archive)
Read more at http://libertyunyielding.com/2015/01/18/selma-strikes-deleting-rabbi-heschel-religious-inspiration-selma-history-video/#DKP6QAJF5oMCt5yg.99

This "love affair" between American Jews and the blacks was always very one-sided. A neighbor of mine was one of the lawyers who went down south to investigate the disappearance and death of Civil Rights workers, like in the story depicted in Mississippi Burning. In general white Americans stayed away from the movement and American Jews embraced it.


Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (2nd from right) in the Selma Civil Rights March with Martin Luther King, Jr. (4th from right). Photo: Wikipedia.
The recently released film ‘Selma’ is facing a fresh controversy after the daughter of a famed rabbi who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement told The Algemeiner she was “shocked and upset” by the exclusion of her father from the movie.
Susannah Heschel, a Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, whose father Abraham Joshua Heschel marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King at the third protest march from Selma depicted in the film, said that the iconic photo of her father marching with Dr. King “has meant so much to so many people,” even President Obama.
“President Obama said to me ‘your father is our hero’, everybody knows that picture,” Heschel said. “I felt sad and I had moments when I felt angry,” she said of the omission, describing it as “tragic.”
Since its release, the film, which portrays a key turning point in the fight for civil rights in the United States, has been surrounded by controversy. Its unsympathetic portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson has been roundly condemned as inaccurate, and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd described it as “artful falsehood.” (Algemeiner)
But antisemitism has played a large role in Black American society. It's just too easy for them the blame Jews, because everyone hates the Jews.


It's a shame that American Jewry has wasted so much talents, energy and money on helping others instead of supporting Israel.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Arabs Burned the French Flag, Threw Eggs at The Canadian Foreign Minister! Has The Teflon Worn Off Yet?

For whatever incomprehensible reasons, the Israeli government is still allowing Muslims free access to the Temple Mount. The Arabs don't really go there to pray. They use it to riot. One of their latest riots included the burning of the French Flag!

Masses bear Hamas flags and Muslim doctrine at the holiest site in Judaism Sliman Khader/Flash 90
Gazan Hamas-Supporters Burn French Flag on Temple Mount
Israel lets nearly 200 Gazans protest Charlie Hebdo's cartoon after Paris massacre, fly Hamas banners on Temple Mount.
Palestinian Hamas supporters burn a US flag during a protest in Gaza City, Friday. (photo credit: AP)

Read more: From Jerusalem to Jakarta, Muslims take to the streets to protest anti-Islamic film | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/from-jerusalem-to-jakarta-muslims-take-to-the-streets-to-protest-anti-islamic-film/#ixzz3PCaxLS4F
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Today there were reports that the Arabs threw eggs at the Canadian  Foreign Minister John Baird, while the P.A. Police stood by and watched.

nbcnews.com

Palestinian protesters have thrown eggs at Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird as he was visiting the West Bank city of Ramallah. (BBC)
Nu, when will the world admit that not only can't we (Israel) negotiate peace with them, but the rest of the world is also in danger?

Likud, Bad Polls Can be Good News

Reuters


I'd say that the "bad news polls" of late are playing in the hands of the Likud campaign strategists. The latest polls are giving Labor-Livni more seats than Likud.
The combined Labor-Hatnua list would win three more Knesset seats than the Likud, 25 to 22, if the election were held now, according to a Panels Research poll taken for The Jerusalem Post and its Hebrew sister publication,Maariv Sof Hashavua. (Jerusalem Post)
One of the key planks in the Likud platform always is a warning that if you want Netanyahu as Prime Minister, which according to the same polls a pretty steady half the population does want, voting for any other party will endanger that.
Panels has been asking whether respondents want Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to remain in his post after the election. In Thursday’s poll, 58% said “no,” up from 51% two weeks ago but below the peak of 66% on December 11.
Fifty-four percent said Netanyahu represented Israel well in France last this week, 32% said he did not, and 14% had no opinion. A majority said it was right of Netanyahu to call for French Jews to make aliya, even if the French government does not approve of such statements.
So I have no doubt that the scare tactics of the Herzog-Livni two headed monster will dominate their campaign. Note that the Jerusalem Post purposely didn't give the percentage of support the polls showed for Herzog or Livni. This is no doubt because they were so low that it would show the obvious fact that the vast majority of Israelis do not want to see either of those two in power.  Bibi's campaign staff isn't stupid, and I trust that they will stress that in their Knesset Elections campaign.

Herzog & Livni
PM Binyamin Netanyahu
Versus



And for the umpteenth time, I'll just remind you that the Israeli political election system is rather complex.

  • The system is strictly proportional representation.
  • We vote for parties and accept the list of candidates in the order set beforehand.
  • The President of Israel (who is not a policy maker) consults with the various party leaders after elections to see whom (or which party) they prefer to lead the country. 
  • Then the President offers that party's leader the chance to form (negotiate) a ruling coalition. 
  • If he/she succeeds, then the new government is formed. 
  • If not, then another party's leader is given the chance.
Don't forget that elections will be on March 17 which is almost two months from now. And a lot can happen before then.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Havel Havelim, וָאֵרָא Va'era, And I Appeared....


This week's Parshat Shavua, Torah portion of the week is  וָאֵרָא Va'era, And I Appeared....

It was a very difficult week for the Jewish People. Four Jewish families based in France began their week preparing for funerals. Their loved ones were brutally murdered by Muslim Arab terrorists in a Paris kosher supermarket. Posts about this tragedy and the ramifications for world Jewry will be included in this edition of Havel Havelim.

Havel Havelim, the long running, weekly international Jewish blog carnival that has been appearing well over a decade. It was begun by Soccer Dad who no longer blogs. He coordinated it for quite a while. Now we use our facebook page to coordinate and publicize it. That's where we sign up to host an edition (Hint! Hint!) and see the latest Jewish blog news. Join the page and become part of the community.

Next week's Havel Havelim will be hosted by Elana of the Israel Forever Foundation. You can send in your links to blog@israelforever.org. with HH as "subject." Our weekly deadline is before Shabbat "your time."

Please check out the posts, comment and share, too. And remember:
You don't have to be a blogger to participate, read, comment and share Havel Havelim!!
Here's the January 2015 Jewish Book Carnival, a collection of book reviews, Jewish books, of course.
Gail Winston's "war diary"
Ben Zion Spitz's Faith is the Cure
The Real Jerusalem Streets was at the the Jerusalem funeral of the four French Jews murdered by Arab Muslim terrorists in Paris.
Yocheved tells how she felt going into Shabbat worrying about the Jewish hostages in Paris. The Meaning of Life is More than You Imagined
New immigrants deal with the unexpected in this moving post: Dear Kids, ...
Israel Forever L'Chaim to Our Lone Soldiers
For me, this is the most difficult Israeli election in the 44 years we're here. Terrible Israeli Election Dilemma!
I was just thinking that since we're almost at TU b'Shvat, it's time to do pre-Passover inventory, and here's an important post by Tzivia for those who don't quite fathom what Passover and the seder are.  10 Savvy Survival Tips to survive – and enjoy! – your first seder experience.
HaDassah's Jerusalem f2f!
Tzivia Ready to work: finding your first job in Israel.
Esser Agaroth asks: Dear Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Rejects Extremism? Seriously?
As a terror attack survivor, Can One Protect Oneself Against Terrorism?
Israel Matzav Silencing dissent: Pro-Israel event canceled due to threats in...
Walk Through the Parsha Va'era-5775
The Rebbetzin's Husband Moshe the Superhero (Vaera 5775)
Chaviva and The Na Nach Bumper Sticker: A Missed Connection
Birder's Journey More Torah connections~
A Soldier's Mother When a Smile Speaks
Tzivia Have you told your kids about shemittah?
Post Snow, Just Winter
Jacob Richman 157th Anniversary of Eliezer Ben Yehuda (Tevet 21)

If you're disappointed in not finding your post included, sorry. I just included what was sent to me and what I found. The best way to guarantee being included is to send your link to the host of the upcoming week's Havel Havelim. That means that for the following week please send to blog@israelforever.org. with HH as "subject." Hosts always appreciate a short blurb to help us describe your post.


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Embarrassed to be An American!

What do you think?


WATCH: JOHN KERRY BRINGS HUGS, JAMES TAYLOR TO REPAIR RELATIONS WITH FRANCE
In an effort to repair relations with France, Secretary of State John Kerry brought musician James Taylor to sing an acoustic version of “You’ve Got A Friend” for the people of that country.
During the performance, Kerry rocked back and forth with his hands folded and his head held high... (Breitbart News)
Obama-style diplomacy. Today's America...

Friday, January 16, 2015

Can France Be Trusted to Prevent Arab Muslim Terrorism?

Here's the statement of the French Ambassador (Breitbart News):
FRENCH AMBASSADOR: FRANCE IS AT WAR WITH RADICAL ISLAM

Maybe I'm just a bit too jaded, but the fact that the head of Fatah, Hamas's great ally Mahmoud Abbas was invited by France to the "anti-terror rally" makes me very doubtful that France takes Arab Muslim terrorism seriously enough.

The Guardian

The countries represented at the rally, besides the P.A. have very few, if any, that have a zero tolerance policy towards terrorism. Not only did Abbas attend, but so did the Turkish Prime Minister. And please don't forget that Turkey is one of the greatest supporters of Hamas and Gaza terrorism against Israel.

As usual, nothing new, we can't trust any of the promises from world leaders when it comes to Arab Muslim terror.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Israeli Elections, A Choice Hopefully

Jerusalem Post

First of all, I need to remind you that the Israeli Electoral and Government systems are very different from most anyplace else.

  • Israeli voters vote for political parties, and according to their lists of candidates and the mathematical proportion of votes, the Knesset Members are decided.
  • A ruling government must have at least 61 of the 120 Knesset Members.
  • The strongest, which doesn't mean the largest, party makes up/negotiates the coalition with other parties. 
  • The leader of that strongest party becomes the Prime Minister.
The illustration up here is from the Jerusalem Post, and in the center is Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. He has crafted/negotiated ruling coalitions three times already. One of those times his Likud party had won fewer seats than Tsipi Livni's Kadima. 

Livni is that lady on the left of the picture, and although she began her political career in the Likud, she has been going Left and left the Likud for Kadima, deserted Kadima for her "Movement," which she left high and dry for Leftist Isaac Herzog's Labor. There aren't too many parties left who would take her; I guess you can call her the political nymphomaniac. Political loyalty isn't her strong point.

I'd say IMHO that any Leftist with half a brain would reject Labor because of Livni's presence. Maybe that's why their primaries resulted in such a far Left list.

Between Herzog and Bibi, they placed Yair Lapid, who was the "golden boy" of the previous elections, barely two years ago. He benefited from two things then. One was the Israeli phenomenon, which I also see in our local Shiloh elections. The least known candidate gets a disproportionately high amount of votes. Israeli political history is full of these parties that frequently went from lots of seats to the footnotes of history books. Now that his voters have seen how little he accomplished, other than complaining, he'll get fewer seats than before. And don't forget that two years ago Naftali Bennett, also new to Knesset, inexplicably chained his coalition negotiations to that of Lapid, which pushed Lapid into a higher position than he deserved or was competent to do. I'm not quite sure what distinguishes Lapid's platform from Labor.

Next is Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu of Likud. He consistently gives the impression he's on the Right but then saddles us with Leftist policy decisions. He is the canniest and most experienced politician in Israel right now, and all the polls show that regardless of which party people plan on voting for, he's the one they want as Prime Minister.

Next to him is Moshe Kahlon, who will benefit from the "new guy" fewer enemies phenomena. He'll get votes just because he hasn't had time or opportunity to make mistakes and enemies.

To the right and Right of Kahlon and most everyone else in the photo montage is Naftali Bennett who has been remaking the staid old National Religious Party, NRP, into his image, Bayit Yehudi, Jewish Home. Even though it's called the "Jewish" Home, there are members who aren't Jewish, besides sitting MKs who aren't religious. Bennett is showing us that Moshe Feiglin was wrong to work with the Likud. By opening up the NRP, Bennett has turned it into what the Likud could have become, but won't. The results of their (NRP) primaries have not yet been published/fully calculated. I'm curious to see what happened.

Rounding out the illustrative photo is Avigdor Lieberman,who I consider rather irrelevant or passe, between his ideological zigzagging and legal problems. 

Yes, there will be other parties to vote for, and I still don't know which party I will support. It may even be a party I didn't write about. Elections will be in two months. Considering that this is Israel, and our enemies never sleep, much can and undoubtedly will happen between then and now. 

May G-d give us all wisdom to choose well on Election Day. And even more important, may G-d gift our leaders with the wisdom needed to lead this precious country, the State of Israel!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

"Truth, Justice and The American Way," Not Obama For Sure

Those of my generation grew up hearing the phrase:
"Truth, Justice and The American Way"
It was a pledge to lead the world in morality and justice for all.

No doubt; if Obama had been there, the P.A.'s Abbas wouldn't have had been the only one with a big grin plastered on his face.

Even the expats, like myself, rather disenchanted in today's America certainly expected to see the American President among the world leaders at the anti-terrorism rally in France. With Obama's above average physical height, he would have certainly ended up in the center, so the photos would look well-balanced. But not only didn't Obama bother showing up, he didn't even send any important figure from his administration, not his Vice President, nor his Secretary of State or even his wife.

Superman

The 21st Century United States of America isn't the country I once knew. It seems like all the old value systems have gone kaput.  There was a time, not all that long ago, when the American President would drop all plans and rush to show his horror at such brutal terrorism. Even if the only real reason he'd be going would to show that America condemns terrorism and cares about freedom and justice more than any other country.

It's clear that the United States is no longer a world leader fighting for truth and justice. The American way is back to the pre-World War Two isolationism.

The Israeli Political System, So Difficult to Understand

I just visited Caroline Glick's facebook page and joined the well-wishers hoping that she'll be one of those chosen for the "discretionary" places/numbers, that Likud party leader Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu can add to the list without the expense and gamble of going through primaries.
Likud voters gave Netanyahu the right to choose the candidates who will be in the 11th and 23rd spots on the Likud candidates list.
He decided to ask the public for recommendations on his official Facebook page.
Among the names suggested were Glick, former Bank of Israel governor Stanley Fisher, Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky, economist Shlomo Ma’oz, journalists Roni Daniel and Ben-Dror Yemini, television personality Avri Gilad, former Maccabi Tel Aviv star Tal Brody, former Shas MK Haim Amsalem and Shurat Hadin – Israel Law Center Executive Director Nitzana Darshan-Leitner.
“I’m very humbled that members of the public have put my name forward as their desired representative in the Knesset,” Glick said. “I don’t know if now is the right time for me and my family for a move into politics, but I do know that the people of Israel are the strongest, bravest people in the world and deserve equally valiant leaders.”



Duh? You may say. What sort of systematic democracy is that? I'm going to come clean and admit that I did vote against giving Bibi the right to add names.

I commented to Caroline, that although I would really like to see her in the Knesset, I still won't vote for Likud. I want Bibi to have to bring in a large more Right wing nationalist pro-Jews in all of the Land of Israel party into his coalition. I don't want him to feel that he has the "Right label" and Right vote, while pushing the Left's policies which he has been doing for years.

Of course there's then the obvious question, which I also asked yesterday:
Is there a reliably Right party in the Israeli political spectrum?
Sadly, I can't find it. Otzma Yehudit is not promoting itself professionally nor competently. It's more like an "underground group."

As I wrote yesterday, I may vote for the newly revamped NRP-Bayit Yehudi which seems to be evolving into what Likud should have been or should/could be if it hadn't gone so far Left.

I'm not afraid of Bibi's Likud getting fewer seats than Labor, because forming a government coalition is not a simple game of Arithmetic. It's advanced Mathematics and requires political skills that Bibi has way above Herzog and the political nymphomaniac Tsipi Livni, who has switched political beds too many times for anyone to take seriously.

And if the Mutt and Jeff team really pull it off, I'd love to see Bibi in opposition to teach him a valuable lesson. I can't imagine Labor's government lasting very long.

Just two more months until elections. Let's see what happens.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

CNN: "West Jerusalem." Where's That?

We ended up watching the quadruple funeral of the four Jewish victims of the Arab terror attack in the Parisian Kosher Supermarket on CNN. The broadcast was seriously marred by the fact that the announcer kept saying that they were in "West Jerusalem." I didn't hear or find it on the site, but I can't get it out of my ears.

There is no such place. What a disgrace to the memories of the victims, innocent French Jews who were shopping in a kosher store before the holy Sabbath.

It's a credit to the families of the dead victims of Arab Muslim terror that they came to Jerusalem to bury their loved ones in our Holy Land. They wouldn't defile them in French soil.

Photo Credit: Hillel Meir / Tazpit News Agency
Mobs of Israelis came to accompany the dead to their final resting place in Jerusalem and to try to give some comfort to the mourners. The rest of us watched on television if possible.

Hyper-Casher Funeral

We are all one people, and an attack, an Arab Muslim terrorist attack on a kosher store is also an attack on Israel. The fact that it has been widely reported that the French Government tried to keep Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu away from the anti-terror march just shows how complicit the French Government is.

Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO
There is only one Jerusalem, and it is the Eternal Capital of the Jewish Nation-People

Terrible Israeli Election Dilemma!

For the very, very first time in over forty-four, yes 44 years in Israel, I haven't a clue which party to vote for.

We joined Herut, the Menachem Begin/Revisionist original core of Likud just weeks after making aliyah September, 1970. Then we followed to Gahal and Likud. Then we supported Techiya, and since then, though I've kept up official Likud membership for primaries voting, I've voted for various Right parties on the Israeli political spectrum.

I'd live a strong Right party in the opposition, but I don't see one. Unfortunately, former MK's Dr. Aryeh Eldad, MD, and Michael Ben-Ari are not promoting themselves in an attractive and serious way. And it's not all the fault of the pollsters which ignore them.

Politics is a profession and demands multiple skills and techniques. These otherwise brilliant men, whose ideologies I feel comfortable with, just don't know how to mount a serious campaign for the Knesset. I really don't know what they are doing.

For year, actually for decades, I have said that I refuse to support the NRP-National Religious Party aka Bayit Yehudi, Jewish Home, because I don't think that religion should be the main issue in politics. Considering that Naftali Bennett is making very serious changes in the party, bringing in not only the non-observant, but even the non-Jew, I may do the unthinkable and vote for them.

I definitely won't vote Likud. I prefer that Bibi will be in a position to beg Naftali Bennett to join his coalition. I hope that this time Bennett will hold his cards closer to his chest and not take along with him Leftist drek like the stupid Lapid trick he pulled two years ago.

And just in case you want to know which candidate, I'd vote for in NRP primaries if I had been a member, it would be Chani Luz, who for whatever reason wasn't featured in the Jerusalem Post article.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Proof's in The Picture, France Will Only Get More Dangerous

Netanyahu and Abbas at rally.
Reuters
The simple fact that France encouraged the pro-Arab Muslim terrorist Mahmoud Abbas to attend the so-called anti-terrorism rally is proof that things will only get worse in France.  Seeing him placed in the front, along with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is so outrageous and hypocritical, that even I cannot find decent words to use in response.

All I can say is that the invitation and place of honor that France bestowed on the pro-terrorist Abbas is even more outrageous than its sending unarmed police to guard the Charlie Hebdo offices from terrorists.

This is all further proof that Jews and the State of Israel can rely on no human ally. Only G-d and pure faith and adherence to G-d can save us.