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Monday, March 30, 2015

U.S. V.P. Joe Biden Admits That Jews are Safest in Israel

Just a couple of months ago, barely, people were condemning Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for telling French Jews to make aliyah,  move to Israel, instead of remaining in France which is being plagued by ever-growing Muslim antisemitism and terrorism. The French Government even tried to talk Netanyahu out of going for the big anti-terror rally which was attended by world leaders (except most notably the Americans.)

The French Government did not want Netanyahu to upstage their attempts to whitewash the dangers to their Jewish population and Jewish visitors. I'm glad that Bibi ignored the French, and I'm also happy that he reminded French Jews that they would be safer, better protected in Israel.

This sort of message is a message that Israel is supposed to broadcast. It sounds very different when given by a foreign leader. When that happens, it's clear that the foreign leader does not want the responsibilities of a Jewish community, nor the benefits. It also shows that the said leader does not consider the Jews to be intrinsically connected to his/her country.

Joe Biden and Bibi Netanyahu
Considering the blatant antipathy of the Barack Obama Government to the State of Israel, it's no real surprise that his Vice President Joe Biden faux pased big-time.
Joe Biden’s Israel stunner: American Jews should let Israel protect them
"No matter how deeply involved you are in the U.S. … there’s only one guarantee ... and that's the state of Israel" (Salon.com Biden quoting Golda Meir)
For those who keep insisting that everything is hunky-dory for Jews in the U.S.A. I suggest taking Biden's message into consideration. Remember that his speeches are written in advance and checked for snafus. This is a very clear message from the American Government that Jews are not full-fledged Americans.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

REALITY: THEY Do Want Israel Destroyed!

The State of Israel does have a lot of very dangerous enemies.

Who's the "THEY?"

Let's start with the so-called "pro-Israel" J Street.
J-Street Speaker Calls for Destruction of Israel – to Applause (VIDEO)
Click, watch and listen.

The EU-European Union is more comfortable with Hamas than with a secure Jewish State.
At a time when the European Union considers a proposal to remove Hamas from the list of “designated terrorist organizations
How could anyone consider Hamas non-terrorist?

United States President Barack Hussein Obama and his State Department.
Managing Obama’s war against Israel
A simple check in the History Books will show that in the days leading up to the historic United Nations vote, November 29, 1947, favoring the establishment of a Jewish State, the official State Department recommendation was to vote "no." Over the years, the American policy was at best "hands off," and only later, after the 1967 Six Days War did the American Government accept that Israel truly existed and wasn't going to be easily defeated by its Arab enemies.  The Nixon-Kissinger plan during the 1973 Yom Kippur War was to control Israel after their planned stalemate between Egypt (the aggressor) and Israel which had been shocked by the attack. Israel's defeat of Egypt wasn't what they had been expecting.

Obama is just a worse actor, having an awful time hiding his true feelings about the State of Israel, than his predecessors.

Unfortunately, Prime Minister Netanyahu is making an awful mistake, yet again, in trying to placate the Americans. That's why I won't vote Likud. This doesn't surprise me at all.

Don't brush this off as paranoia, please.

Remember that even paranoids have enemies.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Shabbat HaGadol, Tzav: Jewish Blog Carnival Combo, Havel Havelim and Kosher Cooking Carnival

This joint KCC-HH is cross-posted on me-ander.

This Shabbat was Shabbat HaGadol-Tzav, The Great Shabbat-Command!
Tzav(Leviticus 6-8) Everyone Needs a Push
"Command Aharon and his sons [by] saying, this is the teaching of the olah, it is the olah on its fire on the altar the whole night, and the fire of the altar will burn in it (Vayikra 6:2)."
Rashi explains that the Hebrew word "tzav," command, implies ziruz - encouragement and urging - for that time and for all generations. Particularly when it comes to situations involving loss of money (because the Kohanim do not receive anything from a burnt offering other than the hide), is there a need to encourage and urge. (aish.com)
And I've found myself hosting the pre-Passover Havel Havelim and Kosher Cooking Carnival now that it's dark and Shabbat has ended.



Havel Havelim is the long-running international weekly Jewish blog carnival. It was started by Soccer Dad who now longer blogs, and now we organize it on our facebook page. It floats from blog to blog, whoever is willing to host. Next Havel Havelim, just after Passover, will be hosted by Tzivia, Adventures in Aliyah Land  please send to tzivia@aliyahland.com with a one-line description of your post, thanks.

The monthly Kosher Cooking Carnival is my initiative, and it has also been in existance for quite a few years. It includes posts about all aspects of kosher food and kosher cooking, cookbooks, halacha (Jewish Law,) customs, restaurants and recipes. It also has a facebook page to notify people about who's hosting etc. I'll probably host next month (according to the Jewish Calendar,) too, unless there's a volunteer. If I'm just doing KCC, it'll be on me-ander and not Shiloh Musings. Send your links to me at shilohmuse@gmail.com, thanks.

I'd appreciate your visiting the blogs, comment, share and especially share the link to this HH-KCC combo, thanks.
Remember, you don't have to be a blogger to enjoy, read, comment and share Havel Havelim and the Kosher Cooking Carnival!!
Here are the posts, in no particular order, except that those sent by the bloggers are first. Then mine and those I found.

Yojeved Golani, Lessons to be Learned from the Fire
Nechama and Me, and Widespread Election Fraud Against Eli Yishai's Yachad/ HaAm Itanu Party, Time all suggested by Yojeved
From Varda Epstein:
Another Alternative Peace Plan, Death To America? Oh, That’s Nothing, The Red Rattler Theatre’s Permissible Exclusion, VIDEO: McCain Tells Obama To Get Over It,
Kosher in the L.A. and Newark Airports
Kosher in Phoenix, Actually Scottsdale, AZ
Visit Shiloh, Passover and Beyond...
How to fix your internet problems in Israel (sort of).
Doug on Israeli Beers: Podcast on four Israeli beers, An evening at the Frieds -- delicious food, excellent beer, Golan Brewery launches new Og Double Bock Wheat Beer
The White House's Freudian Slip
Store on Wheels
Obama’s Jihad Against Israel
#blogExodus: Bless
Coming to a Close - Interesting Dreams
Beef in Beer, Great Success!
Israel, the Liberal Country of the Middle East
Bli eyin haraa, Good News, Better News
Can Obama be Impeached?
State chametz almost couldn't be sold
Free attractions and Museums on Pesach 2015!
What We Talk About When We Talk About Matzo Balls
Covering My Head with a Scarf - not a wig
Two Audio Shiurim for Pesach: "Two Types of Redemption", and "Pesach and Eliyahu Hanavi"
Is this the End of the Two-State Solution?
Netanyahu's "Anti Arab" Election Speech, Was It Racism or Realism?

Please join our blogging community.
Remember, you don't have to be a blogger to enjoy, read, comment and share Havel Havelim and the Kosher Cooking Carnival!!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amnesty Admits: Palestinian Rockets Killed more Gazans in 2014 War

Palestinian rockets killed more Gazans in 2014 war: Amnesty
Now will the world, especially the USA and UN and international media apologize to Israel?
Jerusalem (AFP) - Amnesty International said Thursday Palestinian rocket fire during the 2014 summer war in Gaza had killed more civilians in the Gaza Strip than in Israel.
Such deadly attacks on civilians on both sides constituted "a war crime," it said.
The damning report urged armed Palestinian groups to end attacks on civilians in Israel and to protect those in the Gaza Strip from the effects of such attacks.
Do you remember all the condemnations of Israel for defending itself last summer when Gazan Arab terrorists were attacking our cities, towns and civilians?


The media was inundated with carefully photoshopped pictures like this one above to emphasize the look of destruction which was blamed totally on Israel.


Israel was the victim and showed how the Gazan Arab terrorists cowered behind schools and hospitals to attack Israel and then claimed that we were guilty of destroying the schools and hospitals.

The fact that the Gazan Arab terrorists had used the cement that had been permitted by Israel to build a complex system of tunnels reaching Jewish communities in order to attack our civilians was ignored by those self-declared moralists.


Now, have there been any reactions? apologies?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Kahlon, The Thorn-Kingmaker

Moshe Kahlon. photo credit:
MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST
Newly elected, or reelected after a period out of Knesset, Moshe Kahlon is setting himself up to be the "kingmaker." This does not surprise me at all.

Looking at the people who joined Kahalon for his run to the Knesset power in Israel I sensed Leftists, not Centrists and certainly not Rightists.

So, I'm not at all surprised that he's now playing very hard to get, cancelling a crucial meeting with Bibi's team, even after first telling President Ruby Rivlin that he recommends Netanyahu. His words at that time were that the thirty 30 MKs of Likud made it clear that the people want Likud. At no time did he actually say that he personally preferred to see Binyamin Netanyahu in another term as Prime Minister.

Kahlon's campaign focus and promises also had more in common with Lapid, Herzog-Livni and Meretz, not the Likud and not Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home.) Could there be a secret deal by those Leftists a la Oslo?

Simply put:
I don't trust him!
And as I've written before, I sure don't envy Binyamin Netanyahu!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Visit Shiloh, Passover and Beyond...

As every year, there will be activities in Shiloh Hakeduma, Ancient Shiloh at Tel Shiloh over Passover.


Activities for the entire family, really! There's more information on the Hebrew site.

To summarize:
April 5-8, 2015, 9am-6pm, tours, crafts etc at Tel Shiloh.
April 9 will be the Biblical Marathon and other races from 9am - 6pm, plus other activities; more information in Hebrew.
There are entrance fees. Tel. 02-9948011

Besides that, I'm planning my usual Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers, which we haven't done for a couple of months due to snow and then a Shabbat Rosh Chodesh.


Women's Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh Rosh Chodesh Iyyar
Monday April 20, 2015
1st of Iyyar, 5775, 8:30am
Tour of Tel Shiloh
Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors
תפילת נשים ראש חודש אייר בשילה הקדומה, תל שילה
יום ב' 20-4  א' אייר, תשע"ה 8:30
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

Please save the date, publicize it and join us.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The White House's Freudian Slip


 
POSTED BY YITZ OF JERUSALEM:
 
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough delivered a speech at a "J-Street" conference Monday night. Several websites have quoted him as saying that “an occupation that has lasted more than 50 years must end (emphasis mine).”

This was posted on: Politico, Before It's News, ABC News, Freedom's Lighthouse, DEBKA, Western Journalism, and several others.

Interestingly, Iran's IRNA website quotes it both as "more than" and "for almost" 50 years.

Apparently, it was also posted on The NY Times' site, for it later offered this correction:

Correction: March 23, 2015
An earlier version of this article misquoted Denis McDonough when he was talking Monday afternoon about whether the United States would back a United Nations Security Council resolution pressing a two-state solution based on Israel’s 1967 borders and mutually agreed exchanges of territory. He said such a solution should be part of any peace agreement, under which, Mr. McDonough said, “an occupation that has lasted almost 50 years must end.” He did not say, “an occupation that has lasted more than 50 years must end.”

Actually, a careful listening to the video reveals him saying, “an occupation that has lasted more, for almost 50 years, must end” (at approx. 53-57 seconds into the video).


According to Merriam-Webster, a Freudian slip is a noun meaning, "a mistake in speech that shows what the speaker is truly thinking." The full definition of FREUDIAN SLIP is given there as "a slip of the tongue that is motivated by and reveals some unconscious aspect of the mind."

At least two different websites have noticed that if the so-called "occupation" began 50 years ago or more, that would put it before the year 1967, when Israel liberated Yehuda v'Shomron (Judea & Samaria) from Jordan. Meaning, that the White House now views the borders of even pre-1967 Israel as "occupied territory."

However, now that we have seen and heard the video, what apparently has happened is that McDonough, in a Freudian slip, revealed what the White House actually thinks. The fact that he could utter the word "more" (than 50 years) in the context of the "occupation," even if he quickly corrected himself and said, "for almost," shows his (and by virtue of his position, his superior's) real stance on the matter. It is obvious to me that this is the reason so many sites quoted him as saying "more than 50 years," and why The New York Times had to issue its correction.


AS IF this weren't bad enough, he also said that "the US will never stop working for a two-state solution…" I'd like to ask him: even if Abbas quits and Hamas takes over the "palestinian authority"? Even if they continue sending bombs into Israel, running down people at bus stops, and all the rest of their wonderful behavior since the "occupation" of Gaza ended? REALLY, Mr. President? Come back to Planet Earth!!!

Can Obama be Impeached?

Time for Israel to Demand an Apology from Obama and Crew!

Who the ##!%&*##! is that Barack Hussein Obama that he can not only try to control the results of Israel's democratic elections, but then criticize the results and elected leaders?

  • No, being President of the United States of America does not give him or anyone else an automatic moral superiority!!
  • No, being President of the United States of America does not give him or anyone else superior wisdom, the ability to judge the words and actions of others.
  • No, being President of the United States of America does not give him or anyone else "Emperor of the World."
  • No, being President of the United States of America does not give him or anyone else the authority to decide which country should exist and which country is legitimate or not.
The official American interference in last week's Israeli Elections campaign is not only immoral, but it may be illegal by American criteria. Would the American legal experts please check out if Obama, along with a long list of his "executive orders" has crossed the line and can be impeached?

Unlike the sitting American President, Barack Hussein Obama, I received all of my formal education in American Public Schools. Even the completion of my university degree, although in Jerusalem, was in a branch of SUNY-State University of New York, Empire State College. I did not leave the United States until the age of twenty. I thoroughly enjoyed and got decent grades my required "Social Studies" classes, which combined, integrated History, Geography, Citizenship, American Constitution etc throughout my school career. I have no doubt that my background in American History and Government is a lot stronger than Obama's. 


Actually, my Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, also went to American high school and college around the time I did. And in our day the curriculum was strictly grounded in American History and democratic values, unlike the more modern "multicultural trends" in education. So, he, too, probably can out-perform Obama if off-the-cuff (without being prepped) about American History and Government. Actually, I have no doubts that Netanyahu can easily show his superior history-government knowledge not only in competition with Obama, but also his advisers and speechwriters. I've heard Bibi's off the cuff answers to difficult international history and Political Science questions. That is something that Obama and staff probably know, too, and may be the key to why they hate him so much. Yes, simple jealousy.

Americans, the ball is in your court. Barack Hussein Obama is your president. Don't wait for the next elections, which are too far off. Stop Obama and his immoral antidemocratic bulldozer NOW!

Monday, March 23, 2015

The New Latma #6

The sixth episode of the Israeli satire program "We'll be the Judge," from the creators of Latma's Tribal Update, Israel Channel 1, March 12, 2015.

English subtitles

Sunday, March 22, 2015

I Sure Don't Envy Bibi Netanyahu!



Even though the Israelis voters spoke pretty clearly and do prefer Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for another term of office, giving his Likud Party many more seats than they gave Herzog-Livni's, assembling a coalition won't be easy for him. Besides Naftali Bennett who has made it clear that he firmly supports Netanyahu and hasn't leaked any demands, all of the other party leaders are making it clear that they aren't in Bibi's pocket and expect a hefty payment, meaning important cabinet position for them and most of their MK's.

Just a couple of years ago, Netanyahu invited Avigdor Lieberman's party, Yisrael Beitenu to run with Likud on a joint list, which ended up to the benefit of Lieberman and detriment to Likud. This year, on its own, Yisrael Beitenu has lost strength, but it still has the power to make or break a coalition. Lieberman is playing hard to get, insisting that although he's leading one one of the smallest parties in Knesset, he still deserves a "senior position."

All during the campaign my feeling was that the Likud could not count on former Likudnik Kahlon at all in terms of joining the coalition. He'd be like the classic "woman scorned," even though he was the one who left the ship. And now the rumor is that he's going to play Bennett's old role dragging in Lapid as a "third and very unwanted wheel" as a condition for his joining a Likud government.
"According to Israeli television, Kahlon will demand that Netanyahu also invite his rival and erstwhile finance minister Yair Lapid into the government." (Jerusalem Post)
Yair Lapid's total lack of loyalty and discipline was one of the reasons Netanyahu had to declare new elections. And it was also Lapid's rabidly anti-Chareidi conditions that Bibi accepted which seriously damaged Likud's relationship with the Chareidi parties. And Netanyahu needs those MKs to form a coalition.

Nothing here is going to be easy. Voting and counting the votes are long over. The results are clear. The Israeli electorate does not want a Herzog-Livni government, not even just Herzog. It wants to give Binyamin Netanyahu another term of office, but the political leaders, MKs elected last week mostly have their own egos as priority, not the good of the country nor the will of the people.

As I've written before, I predict instability, and I wonder if Netanyahu will succeed in this seemingly impossible task. If he doesn't, then Herzog will get a chance to form a government coalition. And no matter who finally succeeds I doubt that the government will last very long. There is also a possible scenario that no coalition will be formed, and we'll be voting again this coming summer.

And don't forget that the media's rumor mill has been talking of President Ruby Rivlin pushing Netanyahu and Herzog to come up with a "National Unity Government," like the one that had Shimon Peres and Yitzchak Shamir trading places in the Prime Minister's office.

What do you think?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Insanity is on Israel's Left, Not Right!

Israeli Leftists are trying to make sense out their electoral loss. Their twin campaign themes of:

  • Anyone but Bibi
  • Obama loves us, not HIM
just didn't convince your ordinary Israeli that the Herzog-Livni combo or even Herzog alone would be better than Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.


For liberal Israelis, Netanyahu's win is a reality check
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli liberals woke up after national elections with a demoralizing feeling: Most of the country, in a deep and possibly irreversible way, does not think like they do.
There had been a sense of urgency among moderate Israelis, and even an ounce of hope, that widespread frustration with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's six straight years in office would lead voters to pull Israel away from what they perceive as its rightward march toward international isolation, economic inequality and a dead end for peace with the Palestinians.
But as the results trickled in on Wednesday, they showed Likud with a shocking lead that has all but guaranteed Netanyahu a third consecutive term. Netanyahu called it a victory "against all odds." The liberals' optimism has been replaced with despair — and an infuriating belief that the masses may never understand that logic shows the current path is suicidal.
More Israelis fear Arab terrorists aka the Palestinians sic and don't want U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama dictating Israeli policy. That's why the Likud got more votes.

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Revenge of Barack Hussein Obama

I honestly hope that this is the last post on this topic, at least for awhile. I'm sick of it, but it is important and still in the headlines.

Only someone with their head in the ground or purposely blinding themselves from the truth can say with any honesty that the United States President Barack Hussein Obama treats Israel fairly.

Obama has been trying to dictate not only policy, but Israeli election results. This unprecedented and unabashed interference goes against all diplomatic norms and even American Law.

Apparently Obama's interpretation of "close security partnership" with Israel means that he has the right to dictate Israeli policy:
The White House, unmoved by Netanyahu’s effort to backtrack, delivered a fresh rebuke against him on Thursday and signaled that Washington may reconsider its decades-old policy of shielding close ally Israel from international pressure at the United Nations.
An official statement put out later in the day said Obama called Netanyahu to congratulate him on his election win and used the opportunity to reaffirm his commitment to a two-state solution, a longtime cornerstone of U.S. policy on the Middle East conflict.
But Obama also delivered a blunt message that underscored the seriousness of the U.S.-Israel rift. "The president told the prime minister that we will need to reassess our options following the prime minister's new positions and comments regarding the two-state solution," the White House official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest warned earlier that there would be “consequences” for Israel as the Obama administration monitors the formation of Netanyahu's new ruling coalition. (Reuters)
This is outrageous!!

The Israeli electorate voted for the Likud and rejected Obama's pets Herzog and Livni. Netanyahu's late surge in popularity was, davka, after he gave the impression that he was not going to support the establishment of a new Arab state, Palestine sic, in the heart of the Land of Israel. Israeli voters who fell for his carefully worded statement and voted Likud instead of Bayit Yehudi or Yachad feel cheated, since now Bibi has, no surprise, backtracked to placate the Americans.

I think that the time has come for Israel to admit that we don't have a friend in Washington DC. It's highly recommended to read the Editorial in Commentary Magazine,  A Statement on the Crisis in the U.S.—Israel Relationship.
...The president’s displeasure and rage continued to grow, to the point that a few days before the speech, no less a personage than National Security Adviser Susan Rice said it would be “destructive of the fabric of the relationship” between the United States and Israel. On the day of the speech, the Democratic Middle East operative Martin Indyk declared on CNN that it was “the saddest and most tragic day” for the relationship in all his 35 years as a water-carrier.In this case, we fear, the wish is father to the threat. Susan Rice and Martin Indyk see the relationship between Israel and the United States on a downward spiral because they and their boss want it so. Obama does not like the special status Israel seems to enjoy in the United States—not only because its particularistic and nationalist claim offends him ideologically, but because Israel’s popularity with the American people limits his freedom of action.... (Commentary)
Think about it!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Israeli Democracy Defeats Chutzpadik Obama-American Interference

This week's Israeli Elections is a prime example of the antidemocratic hypocrisy of America's President Barack Hussein Obama and his supporters.

A, or the main, plank in the Labor aka Zionist sic Movement allegedly led by Isaac Herzog and Tsipi Livni was that they would repair the shaky relations with the American Government.

Despite the unabashed and amazingly public interference by the White House in the Israeli Elections, the Israeli public made it clear that they aren't for sale.
The Israeli election of 2015 is a crushing defeat for Barack Obama and the appeasers of the left.Despite the dozens of Obama’s Democrat operatives who flooded Israel in the past few months, despite the unprecedented vilification Benjamin Netanyahu has suffered at the hands of the mainstream American and Israeli media (save for Sheldon Adelson’s daily Israel Hayom), despite the leftist alliance with the Joint (Arab) List whose declared goal is to dismantle the Jewish state, and despite the laundered money that Obama’s State Department funneled into the coffers of leftist Israeli political operatives, Netanyahu and Likud won a historic victory. (Seraphic Secret)
I was in the states, mostly New York, during the two weeks before Israeli Elections, yes, during the time of Prime Minister Netanyahu's much heralded speech in congress, and I only heard praise for what he said and what he stands for.

To be honest, I think that Obama's distaste for Bibi and interference actually helped Netanyahu's campaign.
I thank President Obama for helping to propel the Likud to a landslide victory over its main opponent, Labor, which adopted the name Zionist Union for this election. While the notoriously unreliable Israeli polls had Zionist Union and its head, Isaac Herzog, leading Likud by a tally of 24 to 21, in the end ZU remained stable while Likud soared to 30 mandates (Knesset seats), a difference of 43% from the forecasts!
The American president did his utmost to thwart Bibi’s election chances. Most Israelis believe that towards Bibi, Obama has been discourteous and undiplomatic numerous times since his landmark election victory in 2008. But the president outdid himself when he overreacted following Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner’s announcement in February... (Steve Kramer)
Many Israelis and Americans were disgusted.

Israeli Elections 2015


Just to remind you, that the myth of American friendship and support of Israel is no more than a myth.

  • The United States actually opposed the establishment of the Jewish State.
  • Truman had to be pushed by an old friend to override the State Department's opposition in the November 29, 1947, U.N. vote.
  • There was no government aid to Israel until after the 1967 Six Days War.
  • The remarkable, earth-shattering victory in 1967 was Israel's alone, no allies at all.
  • The 1973 Yom Kippur War saw the U.S.A. trying to control both Israel and Egypt into a "draw" to make Israel dependent on America.
  • The so-called American "aid" sic packages are just ways to prop up the American economy and to the detriment of Israel.
  • Don't forget the disproportionate and unprecedented imprisonment of Jonathan Jay Pollard who has been punished more severely than enemy communist spies for giving unauthorized data to an ally, Israel.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Israeli Voters versus Polls


The Israeli electorate very effectively conned the pollsters by voting very differently than predicted. I know of people who intentionally and proudly give pollsters incorrect answers, and many of my friends have in principle refused to give answers at all. This "screw you" attitude made the professional polling companies look even less competent than weather forecasters of the mid-twentieth century.
Israeli elections take dramatic turn as official tally gives Likud sweeping victoryWith nearly 95 percent of precincts reporting before dawn on Wednesday, the Likud holds a major edge over Zionist Union in the distribution of Knesset seats. According to the official up-to-the-minute tally, Likud wins 29 seats while Zionist Union comes in second at 24 seats.
The parties that follow are Joint Arab List (14); Yesh Atid (11); Kulanu (10); Bayit Yehudi (8); Shas (7); United Torah Judaism (7); Yisrael Beytenu (6); and Meretz (4).
Eli Yishai's far-right Yahad party has thus far failed to make the cut, though it has hovered near the minimum threshold throughout. These results are not final since 10 percent of precincts still need to report their results.(Jerusalem Post)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shares a moment with his wife, Sara, at Likud headquarters. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

The unabashedly loony Left Israeli media had been excitedly salivating over a Herzog-Livni victory, like some college freshman about to go to his first drinking party, even wondering if Netanyahu would have the guts to show up to admit defeat.

Of course winning the most Knesset seats, as the Left had learned the hard way a few elections ago, does not mean that the prize, being Prime Minister, is guaranteed. Now the dirt is really going to fly. Moshe Kahlon and his Koolaid, we're "altogether" party will be wined, dined and effectively bribed from both sides.
With the keys to the next government in his hands, Kahlon looks to wield far more influence than the 10 out of 120 seats in parliament that his new party is projected to garner and focus the next government on tackling his flagship cause — Israel's high cost of living. (Yahoo News)
I know little about him and wouldn't venture a guess as to which way he'll go, besides for the best deal offered.

Photo by Linda
Unlike many who had been planning on voting for Naftali Bennett's Bayit Yehudi, Jewish Home, I didn't heed Bibi Netanyahu's plea to give him the vote and make Likud stronger.

For a couple of very important reasons I voted for Bennett. One is that I know very well that regardless of Netanyhu's veering to the Right in his campaign he would be giving us another Center-Left policy government. I just don't trust him, even though I think he's far superior than his national competitors.

I want him to really need Bennett's MKs, so a weakened Bayit Yehudi is bad.

I've done my share for Israeli democracy, and now I'll take my usual seat to observe the politicians play their games and pray that it will be good for the State of Israel and the Jewish People.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Since I'm not Holding a Knesset Seat...

My polling booth

Here's the envelop. See the perforation for easy opening?


I'm just going to take a sleeping pill, remember that I just landed from the USA barely 24 hours ago, and go go sleep.

Now that the polling stations are closed, and everyone who can vote has voted. It's just a matter of counting votes, blocks and cementing deals. That's for Bibi, Boozji and cronies, not me.

Remember that it takes all night to count most of the votes, and the numbers being bandied by the media aren't the real votes. And the soldiers votes will take another few days to count. There are good chances that Bennett's Bayit Yehudi will be richer from them.

But if you really want to spend the night playing "what if..." then here's Arutz 7 and here's the Jerusalem Post. If you have any other suggestions, then please add in the comments.

Is Bibi Really Backtracking on a "Palestinian State," or is it Last Minute Electioneering?

The polling stations are now open here in Israel. Within 24 Hours we will know the make up of the next Knesset. We will not know who will be Prime Minister for longer.

There has been last minute news about sitting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that he now pledges that he will not facilitate the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in an interview with NRG the day before the general election, said that a Palestinian state would not be created if he remained prime minister.
 Video by Reuters on Publish DateMarch 16, 2015. Photo by Baz Ratner/Reuters.

Netanyahu Says No to Statehood for Palestinians 
JERUSALEM — Under pressure on the eve of a surprisingly close election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Monday doubled down on his appeal to right-wing voters, declaring definitively that if he was returned to office he would never establish a Palestinian state. The statement reversed Mr. Netanyahu’s endorsement of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a 2009 speech at Bar Ilan University, and fulfilled many world leaders’ suspicions that he was never really serious about peace negotiations. If he manages to eke out a fourth term, the new stance would further fray Mr. Netanyahu’s ruinous relationship with the Obama administration and heighten tension with European countries already frustrated with the stalled peace process.
“I think that anyone who is going to establish a Palestinian state today and evacuate lands is giving attack grounds to the radical Islam against the state of Israel,” he said in a video interview published on NRG, an Israeli news site that leans to the right. “There is a real threat here that a left-wing government will join the international community and follow its orders.” (NY Times)
Are we supposed to believe him or not? That is the question!

Honestly, I'd still rather give my vote to Bennett's Bayit Yehudi, Jewish Home, which has been consistently against another Arab terror state.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Israeli Elections: Which Political Party is Really Best for the Future of the State of Israel?


Sometimes too many choices aren't good, and that is how I feel right now on the eve of the 5775, 2015 Israeli Elections. We're only in the middle of March, and as I write the year I wonder if we will end up with elections again really soon. Will they be 5775, 2015 or 5776, 2015 or 5776, 2016?

When I choose which party to vote for I choose by what should be best for the country, the State of Israel, its security, economy and future. I look at the economy in the "big picture," not how things may affect me personally.

I'm of the generation that heard United States President John F. Kennedy say:
"...ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."

I want to hear that from my Israeli political leaders. I have no respect for those promising cheap apartments in affluent neighborhoods, because that isn't good for the State of Israel.

I also want to hear Israeli politicians talking about the privilege of serving the country, whether as a soldier or in a special volunteer program. They shouldn't refer to these as burdens or for "suckers."

I'm an old-fashioned Israeli patriot and I'm proud of it.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Israeli Elections 2015, 5775, Prediction: Instability!

One doesn't have to be a great political pundit to predict political instability here (I will be home soon G-d willing) in Israel. The outgoing Likud government, Bibi's third, if I haven't lost track, lasted less than two years. The polls are showing that it is possible that either Likud or Labor-Livni are capable theoretically of forming a coalition.





Possible Netanyahu Phase 2: Likud (22), Bayit Yehudi (12), Kulanu (9), Shas (7), UTJ (7), Yisrael Beitenu (5), Yachad (4) =66
Possible Herzog Phase 2: Zionist Union (25), The Joint (Arab) List (12), Yesh Atid (12), Kulanu (9), Meretz (5) =63 (Jeremy)
If Netanyahu succeeds again, then the Left, media and politicians funded by the Americans again, will just repeat what they have been doing to weaken and harass him. And if the two-headed monster of Herzog and Livni succeed, their incompetence and pressure from the Right will make running the country much more difficult than their worst nightmares

All I can say is that hopefully this instability will be good for us and keep them, no matter who is Prime Minister from doing damage to the country, meaning destroying Jewish communities and homes

Israeli Elections: March 17 is Just Stage or Israeli Political System for "Dummies"




For the Israeli public and political leaders, elections to the Knesset on March 17 isn't the end of the suspense. It may take days or weeks for us to have a new government, to know who will actually be Prime Minister.

Unlike the American political system and many other countries, counting the votes doesn't tell us what we really need to know. It just lets us all know how many MKs each party will have and which parties will be in the Knesset.

The Prime Minister needs to control more than sixty 60 MKs to have a ruling coalition. None of the parties will come close. That means they have to make deals with others. I have no doubt that the party heads have been negotiating all along. The question is which party's leader, Likud or Labor can cajole and control sufficient MKs.

As much as I hate the idea of the Bobbsey twins, Herzog-Livni to succeed, I really wouldn't mind hearing Bibi Netanyahu opposing their plans, which are too similar to things he would do in power. I am one who hasn't forgotten that it has only been the Likud to give up our holy land and destroy Jewish communities. The Likud has traditionally been its best in opposition. I sincerely hope and pray that if Bibi and Likud and Bayit Yehudi's Bennett are in the opposition they will use the opportunity to get more strongly Right. Herozg-Livni will discover that making the changes they have threatened to do will be much more difficult that they wish.

Time will tell.

Remember that in a democracy the people get the government they, the majority, the idiots, yes, all of us deserve.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Big Scam-Lie: Value of American Aid to Israel



Elections ballots
Elections ballots
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The Herzog-Livni campaign is based on the premise that Israel wouldn't couldn't survive without American support and aid.  That's a lie.

The Israeli economy is strong, and American "aid" is a sham. Not only does it consist of shopping coupons, but the coupons are to boost the American economy and to the detriment of the Israeli one.

In addition the percent of the Israeli budget of these "gifts" is so minor/tiny minuscule that the lack of this aid wouldn't be noticed once new home-grown sources were activated, and this would be good for the Israeli economy. It would also enable Israel to export more, another good thing for the economy.

This fallacy that we need America is very much like the "sin of the spies" which was a great mistake at a crossroad of Jewish History. Instead of trusting that G-d would perform a miracle when necessary to enable the Jewish People to take over the HolyLand, ten out of twelve tribal elders insisted that the locals were to strong. That caused the need to wander in the wilderness for 40 years. Then they were tested again and thank G-d passed.

We are at another crossroad. The United States and Barack Hussein Obama aren't our savior. If anything they are our enemy.

Israelis must only vote RIGHT, not LEFT.

I suggest Bayit Yihudi or Likud!! Nobody else!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Has the Israeli Electorate Really Gone Loony Left?


I've been pretty shocked to see the latest polls, check Jeremy's site, which show the Left, Herzog-Livni, Lapid plus Arabs, pulling ahead of Likud and Bennett's Bayit Yehudi.
Dialog/Haaretz Poll: Zionist Union 24, Likud 21, The Joint (Arab) List 13, Yesh Atid 12, Bayit Yehudi 11, Kulanu 11, Shas 7

Panels/Maariv-103 FM Poll: Zionist Union 24, Lkud 21, Yesh Atid 13, The Joint Arab List 13, Bayit Yehudi 12, Kulanu 9
Here in New York, everyone wants Bibi and trusts Bibi and wishes he was running the White House.

I've only been in the states less than two weeks, what has been happening? Has the Israeli media really succeeded in brainwashing the public that Bibi-Likud is so awful? He's not perfect, but he's a lot better than Herzog-Livni. Watch Latma. The Herzog skit is best.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Majority May Rule, but It Doesn't Mean They are Correct

This is not a very PC (politically correct) thing to say:
  • Democracy is a pretty crummy, dangerous form of government.  
  • It's the rule of idiots.  
  • The majority isn't always right.  
  • It's frequently totally wrong.
That's making me very nervous concerning the upcoming Israeli Elections.

Jewish History is full of incorrect majority decisions. In the Bible ten out of twelve tribal leaders decided that it was too dangerous to enter the HolyLand causing the forty years (minimum) of wandering in the wilderness.

European Jewish leaders, both rabbinic and secular, in the 1930's recommended staying put as the Nazi anti-Semitic holocaust crept in eventually causing the death of at least six million Jews.

These aren't the only examples in Jewish and secular history.

The Israeli Left, Herzog, Livni, the media and the Obama government have been doing their best in a well-funded campaign to dump the Likud's Binyamin Netanyahu, and if voter turnout from the Left is high, they may succeed, G-d forbid.

Yitzhak Herzog, Tzipi Livni
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I am not a great fan of Bibi's but he is the best we have right now to lead the country.

The only way to save the country right now is to get out and vote for Likud, Bayit Yehudi or Yachad.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Americans and Israelis Severely Split Over Bibi

It seems like nobody is neutral about Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Israelis either love him or hate him, especially the media.

Netanyahu and Media in Open War, a Visit to the Market Shows

Analysis: Prime Minister snubs hostile press on visit to Mahne Yehuda market, but media hits back with a fabricated story.
Netanyahu at the market
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And although is obviously United States President Barack Hussein Obama's nemesis, there are prominent Americans who would rather see Bibi as their President instead of Obama.

Bibi for President!

Wayne Allyn Root

Wasn't that refreshing? Don't you wish we had Benjamin Netanyahu as president, instead of Obama? I took a sampling among my friends- all smart, educated business owners. Men of substance. Every one of them said if they had a choice, they'd choose Bibi over Obama for president…of the United States.
I'm probably as close to "neutral" about him as can be. I'm not a "fan," but I don't see anyone else capable at this stage in time to be Israel's Prime Minister. No doubt it is this unmistakable popularity that Netanyahu has in the USA which is a main reason why Obama and crew hate him so much.

The Israeli Left, Herzog, Livni, the media etc worship the United States and are running scared. My guess is that the election results will depend mostly on voter turnout.