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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ehud Barak-No Mandate! Why Is He Ruling?

It's no secret that if Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak was to run for Knesset on his own party list, he'd lose, be unemployed. Israeli citizens don't want him, don't trust him.  Unfortunately, there is one Israeli who does, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.  Netanyahu has given Barak unprecedented power, even to the point of contradicting his own stated policies.

Just this week, after promising the Hebron Jewish community that he'd give them time to prove their ownership of a house they had bought, Barak's storm-troopers invaded and threw them out.  Who's running Israel? 

Bibi Netanyahu or Ehud Barak?

Netanyahu campaigned very effectively against a different "Ehud," Ehud Olmert for how he destroyed Jewish homes in Amona.  Bibi's government is no better.

Sorry, but I couldn't find this translated, but the pictures make it clear. 

Bibi's hands aren't clean.  He's the Prime Minister and can't blame anyone else, not even Ehud Barak.

In the MK Tzippi Hotobelli interview she professes her faith in democracy and is so certain that since the majority of the Likud support Jewish life in Hebron and the right for Jews to stay in Beit Hamachpela, at least until all legal aspects are checked out.  But what happened was that Ehud Barak in his dictatorial way went against the decision of the government.

A message to MK Hotobelli and all of those who sincerely believe in Jewish Rights to the Land of Israel that the Likud governments follow a diametrically opposed policy. 

Don't vote Likud! 

Again I request that the Moshe Feiglin, Manhigut Yehudit supporters join NU Ichud Leumi, which is the political party you claim that Likud is.  With your votes it will be a large, strong party and will influence the future of the State of Israel. 

This recent government action expelling Jews from a Jewish-bought home in Hebron, contrary to a government decision, just shows again the impotence of the government ministers. Being part of Bibi's coalition does not bring any power.  The coalition members are effectively gagged.

Ehud Barak is running policy against the wishes and beliefs of the vast majority of Likud voters!

And here's the official "excuse" by Ehud Barak.  It makes no sense, because although he claims to need to investigate the sale, he brands it as illegal, "unlawful."  Read:
Statement by DM Barak (Communicated by Josh Hantman, MOD International Media Adviser) This afternoon (Wednesday), 4.4.12, the Israel Police evacuated the settlers who had inhabited the "Patriarch House" in Hebron. The evacuation was carried out on the orders of Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Defense Minister Barak said afterwards: "I will continue to act in order to maintain the rule of law and democracy while guaranteeing the authority of the State over its citizens." Defense Minster Barak added that "Any request to acquire the relevant buying permit or any other transactions will be dealt with professionally and impartially, as is the practice. However, we can not allow a situation where unlawful actions are taken to determine or dictate ad-hoc facts to the authorities."


Yonatan said...

It's illegal because Barak has to sign off on any JEWISH purchase in Hebron or J & S, apparently. The purchase is legal, but he didn't approve it. This is a ridiculous situation.

Also Barak said "I will continue to act in order to maintain the rule of law and democracy while guaranteeing the authority of the State over its citizens." The only thing guaranteeing the authority of the state over its citizens is our allowing this to be so. We permit the government to rule, but we can also revoke that permission if the government is not ruling in our favor. We do this peacefully by electing members that will rule faithfully. Electing NU sounds like a promising way to go, as I have taken note of their actions over the last number of years. The stand up for what is right and fight against what is wrong. I will vote NU in the next election.

Batya said...

Yonatan, great. The point is to stand up for principles not to "get a Volvo" the perks of being a minister. The larger NU the more it can do, and its job is to reign in the govt, not be gagged by coalition agreements.

Anonymous said...

I don't agree Israel needs a sectoral party that will never attain power. The Likud can and must be changed. It may be a long time before that happens and this work is too important to relinquish. Hence Manhigut Yehudit.

As for Barak'a Azmaut party, no one elected it and he is basically a Defense Minister with no real constituency. He should not be allowed to implement his own set of policies in the Israeli government.

When all is said and done though, Bibi bears the responsibility for the expulsion of Jews from Machepela. The act was not to secure the rule of law or justice. It was simply cynical police power used against peaceful citizens whose purchase of the property infringed on no one's rights and never endangered security.

And Israel needs to hang its head in shame at the affront done to its ancestors. Let this Pesach be an opportunity to reconnect with the roots of the Jewish people to avert incident like the one that occurred yesterday from happening in the future.

Happy Holidays!

Batya said...

a, enough time and votes and energy have been wasted trying to implement Feiglin's thesis that he can change the Likud from the inside. It's a bust, a failure. He'll use your votes to cushion Ehud Barak.
Cut your losses and support a real Zionist pro-Land of Israel for Jews party.

NormanF said...

The NU is a fine party but it has no chance of winning more than a few seats in the future. A lot of the people on the Likud list owe their being there to the work Feiglin has done. Having a third of the membership is nothing to ridicule. Determined minorities can exert far more influence than passive majorities do. Having a strong Land Of Israel contingent inside the Likud helps to push the party in the right direction.

As for Barak, I'm reminded that no one in Judea and Samaria voted for him to run the lives of the Jews there. The IDF has no business managing civil affairs and property-related transactions. This should be moved to the relevant civilian Israeli ministries. The IDF's only mission should be to defend Israel, not to run the lives of the Jewish population in Judea and Samaria.

Batya said...

Norman, that's a myth spouted by Feiglin people. There's no reason why a party that has such an accepted ideology should be sidelined. Think of all the leftist seats and the amount of Right voters who voted Lieberman.

NU has great potential.

Batya said...

Norman, that's a myth spouted by Feiglin people. There's no reason why a party that has such an accepted ideology should be sidelined. Think of all the leftist seats and the amount of Right voters who voted Lieberman.

NU has great potential.

Amihai said...

Today, a united true real right-wing party in Israel, based on the NU, would be able to get easily as many as 25 seats in the Knesset.
Which would make it one of the 3 bigger parties.

NormanF said...

Batya and Amihai - good points. Still if Israel were to move in the direction of a two or three party system, I'd like to see NU become one of the other parties. Its not enough to change the Likud from within, people must also help to change it from the outside. There are a lot of good people who love the Land Of Israel. Its necessary to strengthen them wherever they are. I'm convinced in the end, all the hard work will bear fruit just as the struggle to throw off Pharaoh's oppression bore fruit. I think both of the things I mentioned will have to be done for the future.

goyisherebbe said...

I voted for NU. I also voted in the Likud (aka Licouldn't) primary for Feiglin. I will continue to do so because I feel there is no alternative. The major parties can conspire to keep a small or even not so small party out of the coalition. How do you propose to get people who were not in Bnai Akiva or the shieblach or whatever to vote for NU. The Israeli voter considers a party as his clubhouse, and he will not vote for a party that does not contain at least some of the fans of his favorite football team. It shouldn't be that way, but it is. Do you know how to change that? I don't. Maybe the way to go is to infiltrate the Labor Party and get people in the Knesset there. Feiglin points out that Mofaz got the leadership of Kadima away from Tsippy Livni using recruited Arab votes which will never vote for Kadima in the general election. It's a crazy system and I don't know how to play it. Deri tried to buy in and and so did some others, but that didn't work either. Your opinion is fine, but it doesn't work.

Batya said...

Norman, forget the 2 party system. It won't work here and isn't representative of the voters' views.

goyish, I was never in Bnai Akiva. Davka, they have the hardest time going NU instead of NRP.

Amichai, G-d willing, but NU will need to open up and change mind-set.