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  • June 30, 2015

    Will Bennett Face Bibi, Flex Muscles over Civil Administration?  

    2.5 months into government’s term, Defense Minister still won’t hand over authority despite coalition agreement.

    By Shlomo Pitrikovsky, INN

    The Jewish Home faction is to convene a special session Monday, to discuss Likud’s refusal, thus far, to stand by the coalition agreement and hand over authority over the IDF’s Civil Administration to Deputy Defense Minister, Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan (Jewish Home).

    The coalition agreement was signed at the last minute after significant arm-twisting by party chairman Naftali Bennett, and included several accomplishments for the Jewish Home. One of the most meaningful of these was the transfer of authority over the IDF Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria to Rabbi Ben Dahan.
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    Israel blames France for anti-Israeli approach  

    T. Belman. Eldar is wrong in how he describes the Roadmap. First of all Powell said it was only a “process”. What France is proposing is a diktat. not only does it set a timetable with consequences but it also straight jackets negotiations by mandating ’67 lines plus swaps and a divided Jerusalem. The Roadmap never did this. The ’67 lines are inherently Auschwitz borders and must be rejected out of hand. Israel rejected them in the Roadmap also. Finally, the Roadmap went nowhere and is now defunct as a process. It is not binding in any way and never was binding.

    By Akiva Eldar, Al Monitor

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not wait for his afternoon meeting June 21 with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to hear what his European guest had to say and to express his reservations regarding the French peace initiative. At the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting that morning, Netanyahu attacked the French “dictate.” He claimed that the initiative does not take Israel’s security needs into account and seeks to “push us into accepting indefensible borders while completely ignoring what will be on the other side of the border.” He was referring to a proposed resolution that France wishes to submit to the UN Security Council (UNSC), based on recognition of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders and 18 months of negotiations between the sides over land swaps.
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    June 29, 2015

    Israel plans to build 30 km fortified fence on Jordanian border  

    The new fence will run from the border east of Eilat to the Timna airport, and will be built entirely on Israeli land. Flotilla is a bust.

    By Lahav Harkov, JPOST

    Israel will build a fence along part of the border with Jordan, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, before a meeting with the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

    The new fence will span the 30 km of the border with Jordan northeast of Eilat, to the Timna airport, and will be built entirely on Israeli land, thus not harming Jordan or its national interests, Netanyahu explained.
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    Shurat Hadin teaches foreign lawyers how to fight BDS  

    70 attorneys learn how to counter anti-Israel boycott, lawfare efforts worldwide • Participants volunteer to represent Israeli interests for free.


    Edna Adato and Israel Hayom Staff

    Some 70 attorneys from around the world arrived in Israel over the weekend to attend a special seminar hosted by Shurat Hadin, the Israel Law Center organization, on how best to fight the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement and lawfare efforts against Israel worldwide.

    The seminar, scheduled to take place between June 29 and July 5, will feature lectures on combating BDS and other anti-Semitic movements, fighting terrorism sponsoring, litigation on behalf of terror victims, and defending Israeli soldiers against allegations of war crimes.
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    Habayit Hayehudi MK determined to redefine role of judiciary  

    Chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee Nissan Slomiansky says judicial restraint is key to court’s legitimacy, and that past rulings alienated large segments of the population • Israel’s constitution is the Bible, he notes.

    By Gideon Allon,  ISRAEL HAYOM

    MK Nissan Slomiansky (Habayit Hayehudi) became the chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee only a few weeks ago, but that has not stopped him from issuing an orderly agenda with specific goals.


    Slomiansky does not hold his punches when it comes to the Supreme Court, and is particularly troubled by the judicial activism that defined Chief Justice Aharon Barak’s court between 1995 and 2006. Although Barak retired some eight years ago, Slomiansky says the repercussions are still felt.

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    Turkey Plans to Invade Syria, But to Stop the Kurds, Not ISIS  

    T. Belman. If Erdogan goes ahead with this invasion, the 10 million Turkish Kurds living in south east Turkey along the Syrian border will rebel and push for cessation. So Turkey risks huge domestic problems in doing so. Also Isis has its eye on Turkey just as it has on Saudi Arabia and Jordan. The bell will soon toll for Turkey.

    The Turkish military is not enthusiastic and Washington may have its doubts, but President Erdogan appears determined to set up a buffer zone.


    ISTANBUL—Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning a military intervention into northern Syria to prevent Syrian Kurds from forming their own state there, despite concerns among his own generals and possible criticism from Washington and other NATO allies, according to reports in both pro- and anti-government media.
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    Sabeel – The anti-Israel Christian activists you never heard of  

    Working in North America to undermine Christian support for Israel

    By Miriam Elman, Legal Insurrection

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    Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, a Palestinian Christian organization headquartered in Jerusalem, is a group you probably never heard of. But Sabeel plays a critical role in seeking to reverse Christian support for Israel around the world.
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    Israel assembling coalition against UNHRC report on Gaza op  

    U.N. Human Rights Council to vote on whether to adopt the report’s conclusions • NGOs assembling panel of military, legal experts to refute biased conclusions • Shurat Hadin-Israel Law Center seeks disqualification of ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

    By Shlomo Cesana, ISRAEL HAYOM

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    Destroying International Law by Tying the West’s Hands  

    By Evelyn Gordon, COMMENTARY

    In the four days since the UN Human Rights Council published its report on last summer’s war in Gaza, commentators have pointed out numerous ways in which it is bad for Israel, the Palestinians and the prospects of a two-state solution. But focusing solely on the local consequences obscures the fact that this report is part of a broader campaign with much more ambitious goals: depriving the entire West of any conceivable weapon – military or nonmilitary – against terrorist organizations and thereby leaving it no choice but capitulation. And though the UN report captured all the attention, the assault on nonmilitary means was also active this week.
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    Rabbi Joffie complains about Oren’s “contempt for U.S. Jews”  

    Far from the genuine respect you would expect from a former Israeli ambassador, Oren seems to view America’s Jews as unreliable and quick to criticize the Jewish state.

    By Rabbi Eric H Yoffie, HAARETZ

    Michael Oren ca me to see American Jews as unreliable in their support of Israel, quick to criticize the Jewish state, and unable to appreciate Israel’s vulnerabilities. In his eyes, they were unsure of their own position in America. This made them incurable do-gooders, forever babbling about Tikkun Olam, and more inclined to help others than their own. To Oren’s dismay, the harder he worked, the more critical of Israel the community became.

    I have finally finished reading “Ally” by Michael Oren. I was not surprised, or even deeply distressed, by the things that infuriated so many others. What bothered me was something else altogether: Michael Oren, it turns out, does not much like American Jews. In fact, he appears to view them with considerable disdain.
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    June 28, 2015

    Jerusalem think tank to Netanyahu: We must go on the offensive against BDS  

    By Sam Sokol, JPOST

    Israel’s counter-boycott strategy needs a comprehensive overhaul, providing efforts to combat the delegitimization of the Jewish state with high level support and funding in order to move beyond mere rhetoric, a prominent Jerusalem think tank told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday.

    The Jewish People Policy Institute briefed the premier during Sunday morning’s cabinet meeting, presenting the government with its annual assessment of the state of the Jewish people and calling for Israel to switch over to the offensive in waging public relations battles.

    The report recommended that “the government promptly adopt an appropriately budgeted comprehensive strategy [to combat boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns], and task a senior government official, who reports directly to the prime minister, with coordinating its operational implementation.”
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    Turkey will ‘never allow’ Kurdish state in Syria warns Erdogan  

    Erdogan1Ankara (AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will never allow the establishment of a Kurdish state in Syria after major gains by Kurdish fighters.

    In a strong-worded warning late on Friday, Erdogan accused the Kurds of ethnically cleaning other communities from land they have taken after pushing back Islamic State forces from the Turkish border.

    “I say to the international community that whatever price must be paid, we will never allow the establishment of a new state on our southern frontier in the north of Syria,” Erdogan was quoted by Turkish media as telling guests at a dinner to break the Ramadan fast.
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    Independent Kurdistan taking shape  

    By Manish Rai, TOI

    Nearly a century after failing to achieve nationhood in the post-Versailles period, the Kurds are now on the move. A greater Kurdistan nation-state taken from the four countries where Kurds are minorities is improbable, although greater autonomy is growing within Turkey and Syria if not Iran, and an independent Iraqi Kurdistan is becoming more likely by the day. Kurds who are scoring significant victories over Islamic State are by far the most effective force fighting IS in both Iraq and Syria.

    But they appear to intend on keeping all the ground they’ve taken from the notorious terrorist group for their own national project, endangering the larger cause of keeping these two battered nation-states in one piece, and raising the prospect of another war patiently waiting at the conclusion of the current one.
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 11:04 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 1 Comment » | 455 views

    Very Good News Israel 

    The Jewish State in its true light.-

    In the 28th Jun 2015 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

    • Israel’s “cancer breath-test” professor has now invented a Tuberculosis skin test.
    • The Arab director of an Israeli nature reserve won a global environment award.
    • Jerusalem’s new hi-tech recycling plant serves one million residents.
    • A joint Israel-Norway air navigation project receives EU funding.
    • Tel Aviv has the best boutique hotel in the world.
    • Israel won 2 gold medals at the European Games.
    • Israel is the 5th happiest country, according to the OECD.

    Page Down for details on these and more good news stories from Israel.  Thank You Michelle and other readers for sending me links to many of these positive news articles.  Please use IsraelActive to search the archives.
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    June 27, 2015

    Obama Refuses to Follow Law Cutting Off Aid to PLO  

    By Daniel Greenfield, FPM

    These days Obama following the law would be news. Obama not following the law is just business as usual. So this is another case of Obama doing what he can to help terrorists while ignoring the limits on his powers.

    No wonder he likes the PLO. It too is run by an unelected dictator.

    Here’s what the issue is

    Two lawmakers are warning the Palestinian Authority (PA) that its economic assistance from the United States could be suspended because of its decision to initiate charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
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    Barack Obama’s Unholy Alliance: A Romance With Islamism  

    By Daniel Greenfield, FPM

    We know that Barack Obama has said that one of the sweetest sounds is the Muslim call to evening prayer.  We know that he has repeatedly said that Islam is a religion of peace and — side-swiping Danish cartoonists who must now fear for their lives — told the UN that the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. 

    We know that Obama has been a proponent of the idea that “Islamophobia” is a heinous offense, comparable to racial and gender hatred.  We know that the President has allowed several individuals with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood to get jobs in his administration and that he, virtually alone among the leaders of the Western world, did not go to Paris to protest the slaughter at the offices of Charlie Hebdo and at a Jewish kosher restaurant.
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    America’s Extreme Make Over is Socialism in Action  

    By Jeff Crouere, CFP

    The pace of change impacting the United States of America is accelerating at an alarming rate. This week the Supreme Court bolstered ObamaCare by rewriting the law and sanctioning the subsidies that are the centerpiece of the program. On Friday, by a 5-4 margin, the justices legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. This sweeping decision rendered meaningless the vote of Americans in states across the nation.

    In essence, these Supreme Court justices, a majority appointed by Republicans, have become a leading force in advancing the liberal agenda. According to research from the New York Times, 54% of the rulings in this term have been liberal, making it the most left wing Supreme Court in 46 years.
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    Judicial Dictatorship  

    T. Belman.  I urge you to read the dissent. In essence the court is taking upon itself the right to do things contrary to the Constitution.  Apparently America is suffering from the same problem as Israel suffers from, a Court run amok.  In both countries the Courts are assuming powers not granted to them and thus are acting undemocratically.
    Ted Cruz on Court Rulings: ‘Darkest 24 Hours in Our Nation’s History’

    By Cliff Kincaid, CFP

    Commentators have missed the real significance of Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in the gay marriage case. He calls the decision a judicial “Putsch,” an attempt to overthrow a form of government—ours. His dissent, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas, was written “to call attention to this Court’s threat to American democracy.”

    His comment about the Court using the kind of reasoning we find in a fortune cookie is a funny line. But there is much of the Scalia dissent that is not funny and which serves as a warning to the American people about what the Court has done to us.
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 4:34 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 1 Comment » | 373 views

    Michael Oren is a Zionist, a patriotic American and a courageous fighter  

    By Ted Belman

    I fell in love with Michael Oren while reading the first paragraph of his much talked about book, Ally.

    He tells the story of the influences in his life to which preceded being appointed Israel Ambassador to the USA. Born in 1955 on the east coast he experience antisemitic attacks which resulted in fist fights. Because his father fought in WWII in Europe, Michael was very early on indoctrinated by his father to fight for and defend the Jewish people. He was keenly aware of the Holocaust. He vividly recalls the fear just prior to the Six Day War and the elation just after the miraculous victory.
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    Chit Chat  

    By Ted Belman

    From now on comments on every post must relate to the content of the post.

    Comments that don’t relate to the post must go here.

    Any person who contravenes this demand will be put on moderation. Also their offending comment will be trashed.

    The reason for this demand is so that people who want to read comments which pertain to the post, don’t have to wade through the chatter.

    Everyone will be happier.

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