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  • March 5, 2013

    Netanyahu Gesture to Obama: Territory Giveaway to Palestinians  


    Obama has demanded a timetable for an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria.
    By: Yori Yanover, JEWISH PRESS

    In anticipation of U.S. President Barack Obama visit to Israel at the end of this month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering a significant package of gestures to the Palestinians, Maariv reports. The security system has submitted to Netanyahu its recommendations for goodwill gestures, with the stated proviso that these would not endanger the PM’s own political future.

    Sources in Netanyahu’s circle explained that the gestures are of a political nature, intended to ease the hardships the Palestinian Authority is facing, generating a positive public image for Israel at a relatively low political cost.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 7:44 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 33 Comments » |

    R. Dov Lipman, YA, makes inspiring speech in Knesset  

    Tamar Yonah took a second look at Yesh Atid and likes what she sees though she suggests caution. But she recommends this maiden speech by Rabbi Dov Lipman who is 17th on their list.

      Rabbi Lipman gave a speech at the knesset, and let me say, I was extremely moved and touched by his words, spirit, and idealism. Though I may not agree with everything his party stands for, I could very much relate to his idealism, desire for Jewish unity, and the concept of Torah V’Avodah (Torah study and working). I urge you all to watch this video below and pass it on, because whether you voted for his party or not, you will be inspired and impressed by his speech, as the other knesset members who came up afterwards (even from other political parties) to shake his hand and congratulate him.

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 7:03 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 3 Comments » |

    Jordan’s king, Assad and Iran  

    By Mudar ZAHRAN, JPOST

    When the revolution was still raging in Egypt, I wrote an article calling on the world to support Egypt’s secularists.

    It was they and the leftists that ignited and sustained the revolution which toppled Hosni Mubarak; the Islamists waited until Mubarak was about to fall, and then joined.

    When the Egyptian presidential elections took place, the Islamists had the money, the media and the global connections and therefore got one of their own in the presidential palace.

    Today, Egypt is in turmoil as the secularists and non-Islamists refuse to accept the fact that the Islamists have hijacked their revolution, all while those concerned about Middle East peace and security stood watching. Now, those who have failed Egypt’s secularists are repeating the same mistake in Syria and Jordan.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 12:37 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 4 Comments » |

    An Orthodox Star Is Born  


    When Ofir Ben Sheetrit sang on Israel’s The Voice, her high school suspended her, but the country went wild

    By Liel Leibovitz

    Last month, when the new season of the Israeli reality show The Voice—the local version of NBC’s hit singing competition—debuted, no one expected extraordinary drama. Marching up to the studio’s stage, the eager contestants looked like the usual grab-bag of talent show aspirants: the frustrated actor, the high-school ingénue, the bartender who crooned to overcome her personal hardships, and so on.

    Then it was Ofir Ben Sheetrit’s turn. (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 9:41 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 9 Comments » |

    Canada condemns Israel Apartheid Week  


    Statement — Minister Kenney issues statement regarding ‘Israel Apartheid Week’ 

    “Everyone in this country has the right to freely and publicly express their views. That being said, I share the concerns of other Canadians about the reckless and overheated rhetoric associated with anti-Israel activities on many Canadian university campuses, and the toxic manner in which these activities are often carried out.

    “There is no better example than the so-called ‘Israel Apartheid Week’ (IAW). Its organizers and participants have a regrettable history of promoting and holding events in ways that disregard the security and rights of Jewish faculty and students, censor other points of view, and limit academic discourse. (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 6:32 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 12 Comments » |

    Time for a palace revolt  

    By Ted Belman

    Today I wrote the following letter to a dozen Likud/Beiteinu MK’s:

      It is clear that PM Netanyahu intends to unilaterally abandon parts of J & S. and to uproot settlers living therein.
      It is one thing to do so as part of an end of conflict agreement, it is another thing to do so with or without an interim agreement.

      Even without Ehud Barak saying so at the AIPAC Conference, the evidence is overwhelming.

      Four years ago he excluded Eldad’s party from the government and this time around he wanted to exclude Bennett’s party because they were against such a deal.
      (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 5:57 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 43 Comments » |

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