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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…)
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.
Ted Belman.Jan 31, 2012. Even if Obama endorses Bibi’s principles, such an endorsement is has no more value than Bush’s endorsement. Obama would never endorse Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital unless it was different than endorsing an “undivided Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.” I have no doubt that Bibi is quite prepared to cede sovereignty over the Jordan valley and Area A and B in J&S. This is clear from his actions and words during his term in office. He knows nothing will come of such negotiations yet is still prepared to pay a price for them. Why? Perhaps the Kadima “convergence plan” is still operable. Thus removing smaller and illegal settlements is not to restart negotiations but to facilitate the convergence plan.
Ted Belman, Mar 5, 2013. Recent events support the idea that Bibi is committed to some kind of withdrawal and wants to get Obama’s endorsement just as Sharon sought Bush’s endorsement at the time of the Disengagement.
Arutz Sheva has received an unconfirmed report that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu plans to announce a plan to uproot communities and carry out mass evictions in Judea and Samaria.
Due to the political impasse between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Netanyahu is expected to propose a final status solution that would leave Israel with only the major settlement blocs and eastern Jerusalem. (Read more…)
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…)
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.
“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…)
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…)