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January 4, 2015

Lessons of the Likud Primary Elections

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The initial lesson almost everybody will claim is that nothing notable resulted from the Likud primary elections. Binyamin Netanyahu easily won the top spot and Danny Danon retained a seat in the Knesset. Yuli Edelstein, followed by Gilad Arden – then Israel Katz, Miri Regev, Silvan Shalom, Moshe Ya’alon, Ze’ev Elkin and Tzachi Hanegbi rounded out the top positions. The presumably big story is that none of the Likud leadership mentioned ceding land for making a Palestinian state, nor making conciliatory moves to placate the Demands of the European Union, nor surrendering lands demanded by the United Nations nor folding before pressures from United States President Obama nor buckling to demands made by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) threats nor bending under to the compulsion emanating from any of the European governments nor mollifying to any pressures to relent claim to any land claims by any Arab or Muslim entity. This would have been laudable and reassuring except for the lack of claiming anything concerning the surrender of lands beyond the Green Line. Probably the one comment heard in the reporting was an assurance that the Western Wall would remain under Israeli control made by Tzipi Livni and Yitzhak Herzog which would have made the perfect invitation to address that the Likud would not only retain control over the Kotel but would keep all of Jerusalem, the settlements, the Jordan Valley, the Judean Hills and all of ancient Israel, but no such retort was presented. The question of what they are in favor of committing themselves to about the ancient homelands of the Jewish State, of the lands of Judea and Samaria is a question of paramount importance and the answer must not contain any ambiguities or vagueness and must be replied to without even the slightest hesitation of falter so as to be given spontaneously proving it is their default and singular position. Such must be the position and response to the state of mind of any candidate on any list before a true Zionist can feel comfort in granting any party their vote.


There was some disconcerting news pertaining to the subterfuge around efforts to keep Moshe Feiglin from attaining a safe position or even any position on the Likud list and with that news one might also question if these efforts also had an effect on Tzipi Hotovely just missing making the list of favorably situated spots when she missed being in the twentieth spot and that pushed her back to the twenty-sixth spot behind some seats reserved for party regional leadership and people chosen by the Prime Minister personally. Another step towards proving that Likud stands firmly in the nationalist camp and also the Zionist camp would be Benyamin Netanyahu placing Tzipi Hotovely in one of his discretionary spots assuring her a better chance at continuing to serve and have an additional Zionist voice in the Knesset. The next step which the Zionist camp must take careful notes to will be the filing by the parties of their official lists. If any Zionist belongs to a party which places within its list any appreciable numbers of candidates who have ever stated their approval to surrendering Judea and Samaria and permitting a new Arab state which will most assuredly become another Hamastan either through elections or by force of arms, just as did Gaza, then one should seriously consider giving their vote to another party. There should be little if any room for Ministers to the Knesset who would allow another debacle such as the events which formed Kadima and led to the unilateral disengagement from Gaza producing a similar result with Judea and Samaria. This was one fear that occupied my mind and led to great consternation when after the last elections when Prime Minister Netanyahu immediately chose to bring into his potential coalition Tzipi Livni’s Hatnuah Party (הַתְּנוּעָה) which had not only surrender lands for peace members on her party list but also was headed with the ultimate land for peace person outside Labor, Meretz and the Arab Parties. When Tzipi Livni was then given the position to be the lead Israeli for negotiating and dealing with the Palestinians and all that would eventually entail, which came way too close to my worst fears, I said prayers that like Pharaoh, Abbas and companies’ hearts would harden and refuse every offer. That is apparently exactly what came to be as Abbas once again proved the wisdom of Abba Eban who stated referring to the forming of another Arab nation west of the Jordan River that, “The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”


It is always nerve racking when offers are made where almost the entirety of Judea and Samaria and especially if Eastern Jerusalem is included which initially guarantees that Jews will lose all access to the Temple Mount and the Kotel and additionally the Synagogues which were so painstakingly refurbished and restored will once again be torn asunder and be once again defiled. There is still one last thing which granting the Arabs and Abbas their state and Hamas taking control within one year or two is that within six months of Hamas rising to power Israel will once again be facing a war of extinction against who knows how many armies. The war that would follow Hamas taking over Judea, Samaria and Eastern Jerusalem would be frightful and potentially the most dangerous situation since the War of Independence as it is surreal yet potentially possible, if not probable should such a war come four or five years down the road, that the Arabs would have a number of European nations aiding their efforts and arming them with top of the line NATO equipment. It might even become a worst case scenario should Turkey also become a party to the conflict and demand that the rest of NATO come to the aid against the nation warring with Turkey, a fellow NATO member who is permitted such a request. Where it is unlikely, though not completely out of the realm of possibilities, that the United States would aid Turkey against Israel, but it is nowhere near as certain when one considers that the numerous European NATO members might comply with the request resulting in a much broader war and increases the potential for Israel to be defeated without, as assisted Israel in all her previous conflicts, the good L0rd assists once again.


The one thing that Israel needs to make sure does not happen is for the leftists make up the lead in any coalition, especially if the Prime Minister position will be occupied by Tzipi Livni as she most assuredly would surrender the store simply to assure herself a legacy. Tzipi Livni is driven to become the Prime Minister who achieved peace with the Arabs and received a Nobel Peace Prize for her heroic and valued leadership. The question with her deciding what is acceptable could potentially lead to her insisting that Israel retain Tel Aviv but hopefully she not surrender both the Negev Desert and the Galilee central plains and hills and certainly not surrender Netanya and Nahariya. Of course she might not get the opportunity as Yitzhak Herzog would be allowed first shot at surrendering almost all of Israel. Yitzhak Herzog recently vowed to shut down the World Zionist Organization’s Settlement Division, which functions as an operational arm of the government to build and establish communities and infrastructures in Judea and Samaria. Herzog stated on ‘Meet the Press’ Saturday night, “As Prime Minister I will close the Settlement Division and open it later to serve the Negev and the Galilee. We see again and again the same group takes over the interests of the state and Netanyahu gave in to it.” This is a blanket inference that the lands beyond the Green Line are of little concern and that Yitzhak Herzog is willing to surrender all of Judea and Samaria forcing almost one-million Jews from their homes, something which the Israeli voters must take the efforts to avoid giving this man any power. Not only is that necessary but the Israeli voters must make certain that whichever party gets to form the next government is a party headed by a devout and solid Zionist who knows that not only without Jerusalem does Israel fail, but also without Hevron, Shechem, Jericho, and possibly also Bethlehem. These are the minimalist demands and retaining all the lands promised by treaties are reserved solely for a Jewish State where the peoples living within have individual rights, commercial rights, property rights and religious rights but political rights are reserved for the Jews when voting and ruling the nation come into question. This was decided immediately after World War I and was ratified by the European nations, Japan and the United States and ratified by the United Nations. Without going into detail, here is the thumbnail sketch one more time, The San Remo Conference implemented the Balfour Declaration word for word as their conclusion; following that decision the British had the mandate and proposed splitting the mandate with three-quarters approximately was to be utilized for an Arab state and would be defined as the lands west of the Jordan River while the lands east of the Jordan River, that less than one-quarter of the Mandate lands, would be reserved into perpetuity for the Jewish State where all people living within were to keep their properties, businesses, religious rights, civil rights and all rights with the exception of political rights which could be granted them if and only if the Jewish government deemed them to have such powers. All of these treaties were adopted subsequently by the United Nations under Article 80. Get it, got it, good!


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January 31, 2014

Israelis Rally at Kotel with Answer for Kerry

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Secretary of State Kerry floated the idea of proposing his framework agreement to the Israeli people in a speech in the hopes that they could be swayed into accepting the plan and pressuring the government to accept the entire plan. Israelis decided to provide an answer without the need for any speech with a protest against the proposed framework that is being pushed by Secretary of State Kerry. The theme for the assembly was presented more as a call for the rights of the Jewish People in their ancestral homeland to be permitted to remain whole throughout the lands promised by numerous treaties and historic accords from well before the start of World War II and included in numerous treaties which were ratified by the allied powers at the end of World War I. These treaties and mandates were also accepted to be enforced by the United Nations under Article 80 of the United Nations Charter which recognized the guarantees of the Churchill White Paper, the San Remo Conference, the Peel Commission and the Mandates established to manage the breakup of the Ottoman Empire. The main provision of all these treaties, mandates, committees, and commissions set borders which gave the Palestinian Arabs the British Mandate Lands east of the Jordan River and guaranteed the Zionists the lands west of the Jordan River and by permitting the division of the lands and surrendering 78% of the Mandate lands they were guaranteed that these lands west of the Jordan River were to be inviolate never to be divided or molested in any way into the future. It was due to these guarantees and promises that the world refused to accept the annexation attempt by Jordan of Judea and Samaria after they occupied them as a result of the 1948-9 Arab War against the newly founded Israel (with the exception of Britain and Pakistan who did recognize Jordanian annexation).


The gathering at the Kotel was held under the title “prayer for the redemption of the people of Israel and their portion.” Rabbi Chaim Druckman, head of the Bnei Akiva yeshivas, Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Arba Rabbi Dov Lior and Chief Rabbi of Tzfat Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu led the prayers and were joined by the thousands of attendees who filled the entirety of the plaza and beyond at the Western Wall. The prayers beseeched G0d to “give strength, courage, truth and faith to our leaders. Give them fear and great awe of You, that they will fear greatly to harm our holy land.” Rabbi Ben-Dahan was quoted commenting, “We came here to strengthen the Prime Minister in guarding the land of Israel.” He further pointed to the fact that should the proposal’s plans match the rumors heard surrounding them, they will not be accepted by his Jewish Home Party. He concluded stating that, “Most residents of the country aren’t ready to divide Jerusalem, as is said to be proposed in the plan.” Polls taken in recent days have backed up Rabbi Ben-Dahan’s statements with significant majorities rejecting any proposals which divide Jerusalem or demand that Israel retreat to the 1949 Armistice Lines surrendering settlements and removing Jewish families from their homes and businesses.


There should also be a cautionary note that once Secretary Kerry makes his plans for a framework agreement known to the public, there will be a concerted all-out push made by leftist NGOs both foreign and domestic, both of which depend heavily on funding from outside Israel with much of the funding coming from the European Union, numerous European national governments and international foundations which back far leftist ideologies and are critical of Israel referring to her as an apartheid state with a horrific human rights record quoting the UNHRC (United Nations Human Rights Commission) regular denunciations as all the proof they require. They will mobilize not only leftists from within Israel, where they make up less than one quarter of the population, but also will import possibly tens of thousands of protesters from Europe and around the world to march in solidarity with whatever demands Secretary Kerry’s framework places on Israel. These very same demonstrations will not make any demands that the Palestinians sign or even state they accept the framework but will demand that Israel make good on every demand made on her without any reciprocal concessions from the Palestinians. These demonstrations wherever they may be held, as it is possible that arranging to bring such numbers of demonstrators into Israel may prove logistically difficult, will receive great emphasis and lengthy coverage from the mainstream media, especially throughout Europe and the United States. Great pains will be taken to single out Israel as rejecting taking the necessary steps and make the needed sacrifices demanded by Secretary Kerry and his framework agreement. There will be little if any mention of whether or not the Palestinians have accepted the framework as they have already denounced any deal Secretary Kerry may bring. Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the Palestinian Leadership have remained insistent that any agreement must include a return to the pre-1967 Armistice Lines as a border, the removal of every last Jews from the Palestinian lands, East Jerusalem as their capital city, complete surrender of all of the Old City of Jerusalem including the Temple Mount and the Western Wall, complete and total removal of all IDF forces within three months or immediately (depending on which Palestinian you are quoting), the release of every last terrorist imprisoned by Israel for terrorist charges including multiple murders by many of those imprisoned, total refusal to recognize Israel as the home for the Jewish people or as a Jewish State, refusal to agree to an end of their resistance claiming that they will continue to resist by all and any means until all of Palestine has been liberated from the (Jordan) River to the (Mediterranean) Sea and lastly, the resettlement of the five-million plus Palestinian refugees within Israel being given their original homes or equivalent replacement and compensation for their hardships and losses. There have been comments made by Palestinian spokespersons that they received a letter from Secretary of State Kerry guaranteeing that every last Palestinian demand will be realized and included in any framework or final agreement. Fortunately, nobody has produced such a letter presenting it to the press and thus remains a skeptical claim at best.


The idea that Secretary Kerry will present his framework and have it accepted by both sides is a ridiculous idea as no matter what is included it will contain nonnegotiable demands for both sides. What is truly frightening is that there are those within the Israeli government and some leaders of political parties who have taken the side that no matter what is included in Secretary of State Kerry’s framework, the Israeli government must accept it lock, stock and barrel without any complaints or modifications. This includes many in the media as well but the most frightening has been the appearance of cracks forming within the governing coalition with some entertaining the idea that Israel should accept the framework agreement as it will simply be a guiding set of conditions and not be an actual settled policy and any demands not to Israel’s liking could be debated and eventually rejected going forward. It is necessary to ask these people whether or not they have been paying even the slightest attention to the history of the negotiations from even before the Oslo Accords and most definitely since. Have they failed to note that every single plan which has been presented since the initial significant compromises which were made and included in the Oslo Accords that Israel’s position has been walked back a number of steps by each round of negotiations. Have they missed that wherever the current negotiations end off when the Palestinians finally just walk away refusing to talk further that at that point the next round of negotiations will use that as the starting point and add to it as many as a dozen more preconditions and concessions from Israel just in order to bring the Palestinians to the table again. Have they completely missed or are they simply ignoring the fact that the Palestinians have never made a single concession and have still yet to amend the PLO Charter removing the call for the complete annihilation of Israel which was one of the initial requirements of the Oslo Accords and the refusal of the Palestinians to do so actually nullifies the Oslo Accords. Israel should simply refuse to have any further negotiations or contact with the Palestinians until they, at a minimum, meet their requirements stemming from the Oslo Accords. Furthermore, if the Palestinians refuse to accept and meet those obligations within a reasonable time of six weeks, then Israel will simply consider the Oslo Accords null and void and take appropriate steps to return to the pre-Oslo conditions and no longer recognize the Palestinian Authority or other Palestinian presumptive governance. Israel must stand firm at some point or the negotiations will eventually reach the point where the debate will be which nation will accept the entirety of the Israeli population who will have become refugees without a country. That is something that must never be, period.


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January 30, 2014

Fears About Kerry Intimidation of Netanyahu Appear Valid

There are some among us who have expressed fears that Prime Minister Netanyahu might choose to follow the exact same route blazed by the late Ariel Sharon when he formed a new party in order to facilitate the Gaza disengagement. Now we are witnessing a purely manufactured controversy revolving into a confrontation between the Prime Minister and the nationalist hardliners in the coalition. The entire flare-up was started by a planned leak from the Prime Minister’s Office that Netanyahu was about to announce a new plan which would permit any of the Israelis living in the settlements which were going to be turned over to form the Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria could simply remain in their homes and be placed under Palestinian rule. This, unsurprisingly, evoked some rash outbursts and responses from many nationalist Knesset Ministers, all of them from within the ruling coalition and some from the Likud which is the Prime Minister’s own party. The Prime Minister’s Office chose to take umbrage with only one of the dissenting Ministers, Naftali Bennett, the leader of the Jewish Home Party and the Economy and Trade Minister. What makes the choice by Prime Minister Netanyahu of Naftali Bennett curious, as Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely, Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon, Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin, and Deputy Minister Ofir Akuni, all members of Prime Minister’s Likud Party, all made similar statements of outrage and disbelief about the leaked statement from the Prime Minister’s Office and none were called out for their opposition statements.


When one adds the leaked information that Secretary of State Kerry has a draft of a plan which will include demands for Israel to surrender half of Jerusalem in order for the Palestinians to use as their capital city and force the Palestinians to at least state that they recognize Israel as the State for the Jewish People, this entire confrontation takes on an ominous note. It is interesting that the Israelis are going to be required to surrender all of Judea and Samaria with only those land swaps agreed to by the Palestinians while all the Palestinians are going to be required to do is state they recognize Israel as the home for the Jews, a statement they can recant ten seconds later and return to their resistance and terrorist ways, something which should be expected by any thinking person familiar with the history of the entire Arab Israeli conflict which started back in the mid to late 1800s. Perhaps the claims that the leaked plan to allow Israelis living in the settlements to remain in their homes and live under the Palestinian state was exactly as the Prime Minister’s Office claimed, to rope the Palestinians into rejecting the idea outright and demand one more time, as if nobody had heard them the first half million times, that no Jews would be permitted to reside, visit or set foot in the Palestinian controlled lands. This was supposed to make the point to whom? John Kerry? President Obama? Who? Anybody who cared about the Palestinian refusal has heard it sufficient number of times to have memorized the many different ways it has been stated by Abbas, Erekat and numerous other Palestinian spokespersons. But even if we give the Prime Minister the benefit of the doubt and agree that this was a brilliant ploy to reveal the otherwise hidden Palestinian rejectionist attitude to a Jewish presence in their state, why would they target only the leader of one of the member parties of the coalition and basically ignore the others? This leads to only one reason, to make a case for removing the Jewish Home Party from the coalition to make room for another party. It is of some interest that the Labor Party did entertain the idea of joining the coalition should the Jewish Home Party leave the coalition in order to support the continuation of the peace process. The only remaining question is would there be sufficient sized revolt by nationalist Ministers from within Likud that the coalition would still fail.


That is where the formation of a new party that would be populated with those Likud Ministers who support accepting whatever the Prime Minister plans to do when Kerry attempts to force a solution sometime between now and middle April and other politicians and members from other parties just as Ariel Sharon had done in order to facilitate the Gaza disengagement. If the Gaza disengagement was nothing short of a disaster, what would a disengagement from Judea and Samaria pose? As Mark Langfan has displayed with cogent maps; Israel would be vulnerable to rockets raining down on Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Netanya, and the heart of Israeli population centers and vast majority of its economic resources as well as easy range to bring down any air traffic in or out of Ben Gurion International Airport. This situation would be inevitable and come to fruition as soon as the IDF was no longer allowed a presence in Judea and Samaria and losses their intelligence network which they currently possess and have in place. Additionally, the probability that Hamas along with Islamic Jihad, al-Qaeda in Gaza, Salafists and whatever other terror groups currently inhabit Gaza would replace Abbas and the Palestinian Authority. What makes this even more important is that any agreement made with the Palestinian Authority will not be honored by any Palestinian once the Palestinian Authority has been removed from power and trust that they will be removed from power within months if not weeks or days or hours after the IDF and Israelis have departed. What follows after the first rocket strikes a building in central Tel Aviv or a plane is downed while on approach to Ben Gurion Airport will be touted throughout the General Assembly as the horrific assault by the Israelis on innocent Palestinians? Whether or not the Europeans will join the rabble that is the majority of those in the General Assembly is a good question. What the reaction by United States President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry and Secretary of Defense Hagel have, or should we inquire how long before they demand Israel stand down and show restraint and understand that it will take time before the Palestinians accept the wonderful peace plan and stop launching rockets and attacking Israel. How many nations will claim that obviously the Israelis, or the Jews, started the violence without any real provocation’ after all, what’s a few small rockets every now and then. We have heard these exact screams from these exactly same places whenever Israel responds to the rockets fired out of Gaza at southern Israeli communities. Why should any Israeli expect any difference when the rockets hit Tel Aviv instead of Sderot? Pray that this situation is never ever allowed to come to pass as the end results are something that should be unthinkable to any sane person.


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