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July 18, 2018

Problems the Leftists Refuses to Accept

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Leftists have another name which they have finally proclaimed loudly and proudly, socialists. The far left in the Democrat Party have finally flat out stated that they desire to install as much socialist programs as possible once they return to power. Bernie Sanders was just the introduction to socialism with his free medical care, free college, and a guaranteed wage for everybody and raising the minimum wage to fifteen dollars per hour. Had he won the Democrat Party primaries, we very likely would not have President Trump and instead had President Bernie. But why is it that these leftist policies have been such a disaster wherever they have been attempted such as Venezuela has become currently after a decade of socialism. How can governance which guarantees so much to every individual end up with shortages in food, medicine, toilet paper and virtually everything else including jobs?

 

The problem with the views of these leftists is they have a basic misconception about human beings. If you ask the average leftist the simple question, “Do you think people are intrinsically good?” Their answer will be in the affirmative comfortably over the 90% level. In one sample we read about, a mere 4% answered that people were either neutral or not intrinsically good. If you ask a conservative the same question, they have great difficulty answering and will often claim that people are good if they are trusted with responsibility for their actions and have basic guidance, but otherwise; people are basically greedy and will act to get away with that which they are able. This is the basic difference and why conservatives believe that capitalism is a better system. They do not claim that capitalism is perfect, but they claim that as it depends on people’s greed to power their work ethic as being the central reason that it will work better. They point to the fact that if you desire more toys, then you need to get a better job or simply work harder. Advancement is on merit, not simply time put in as in unions, thus people have to perform in order to gain a higher salary and promotions. They point to the central problem for socialism is that you are given what you desire without any linking the goods to your productivity. They postulate that if you will receive raises or bonuses simply by belonging to the right group whether you produce or not, then one will join the union, belong to the prevailing party that grants the goodies or whatever while not bothering to work and produce.

 

The socialists and leftists will often claim that people will be assigned jobs because if you are being paid the guaranteed wage, then the government has to guarantee that you have a job to justify that wage. But such a job would more than likely be busy work and not anything which would add to the productivity of the society. China under Mao Zedong had a guaranteed wage and guaranteed job. One of these busy work jobs had some hundreds of people given small scissors and a ruler and had to measure each blade of grass and cut them at exactly five millimeters in height. These teams would be given a stretch of grass that they were responsible to perform this job and once they reached the far end of their assigned field, it was time to start again at the other end because it took almost half a month to cut all the blades starting at one end and working to the other end. The problem they soon found was after these teams had cut their length of field four or five times, they were slowing down and now taking three weeks and after a year, they were taking over a month to finish the field. The workers did not care because they were to receive the same pay no matter how slowly they worked. The way that this lowering of the worker efficiency was addressed was frightening. Mid-ranking Party officials were assigned to oversee the workers with instructions to simply shoot those who appeared not to be working fast enough. The result to this new system was simple, many workers fled into the countryside and never returned to their government provided job. This led to other problems for the Chinese and eventually they decided to permit some degree of capitalism to operate within their formerly socialist utopia.

 

Bernie Sanders Defines the Perfect Socialist Society

Bernie Sanders Defines the Perfect Socialist Society

 

Candidate Bernie Sanders promised a perfect socialist society. He even defined how he would pay for all his free programs, simply tax the top wage earners. This is the one item we have always often discussed and found the main problem with this concept. When a politician claims they will tax the top 1% or there abouts, who are the people you think they refer to? We are willing to bet that most of you are getting their target totally wrong. They are not going to be taxing the billionaires and those who hold over three-quarters, if not more, of the wealth. To tax these billionaires one would be required to pass a wealth tax, not an income tax. All they are doing by taxing the top earners is making sure that people who work unbelievably hard will never enter the billionaires club because they will be taxed sufficiently to prevent them accruing such wealth. The billionaires do not make salaries, they invest and as long as they continue to reinvest their billions, then they will never pay any tax. When they do finally take some of their profits from their investments, they can often write paying capital gains tax off by taking a sum equal to a loss they took in an investment, thus these people rarely pay any tax. They are all but immune from income tax as if they have a paid position, they make sure to be paid in stock options and other perks which are not taxable.

 

To pay for socialism one would be required to have a new form of tax, a wealth tax which would basically be put in place to take the cash the truly wealthy have which is beyond income taxes. There have been leaders of nations who actually used a warped version of a wealth tax, they simply took control of the country, stole the wealth from the most wealthy people and simply shot them as being evil capitalists who were criminals for hoarding their disproportional wealth. This was done by the Castro brothers in Cuba which was the position which Che Guevara claimed he enjoyed beyond description, lining people against the wall and shooting them. One quote from Che reads as follows, “To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary. These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution! And a revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate. We must create the pedagogy of the paredón [execution wall].” This man had a medical degree and was actually a physician but rather than save lives, he chose to take lives. Why were the murders necessary for the revolution in Cuba, because they required the wealth that the land owners held and also desired to take their land. This was similar in many of the communist and socialist revolutions where they promised the masses they would give them the farms, as that was often the wealth of the nation. One can guess what happens when you shoot the farmers and give your revolutionary soldiers the farms as a reward. Very soon, you find that soldiers do not make the greatest farmers and without the farmers, hunger is soon to follow and that was part of the collapse of the economy as well in many of the socialist revolutions.

 

Finally, we would like to disabuse people of a misconception we have heard a few too many times. This is that Robin Hood was a socialist. This is not true as the concept that he stole from the rich and gave to the poor, the rallying cry of far too many socialists, not in these exact words, it is usually stated as universal healthcare, guaranteed minimum wage, guaranteed employment, free college education and free computers, cell phones and anything else which is considered required to be part of the modern age. Robin Hood stole from the Sheriff of Nottingham and returned the funds from the governing body, the Sheriff of Nottingham, to the over taxed people. Robin Hood was giving the peasants and workers, mostly farmers and herdsmen, a tax refund, a sorely needed tax refund. When people came and took refuge with Robin Hood they were assigned tasks they were required to perform, a job to earn their keep. Robin Hood was attempting financial stimulus through a tax refund so the farmers and herdsmen could return to actually working with proper funds to sustain their farms and herds such that they could make a living and earn their way. Finally, believe it or not, Robin Hood was and still remains a fictional character. If only socialism had become a social construct which has been proven repeatedly to result in failure and misery and this relegated to the ash-bin of history, but there are those who still believe that this time it will work because they are the people who can perform a socialist society the right way. The Chinese figured out the right way to run a socialist society, by introducing a sizable capitalist segment within the society which is freed up enough to thrive and thus pay for the socialist projects of the governance. But as soon as you start a little capitalism, you will eventually end with a whole lot of capitalism as you will soon realize that greed is a great motivator and when you allow people to better their position in life, you can have an amount of socialism on the side paid for by your burgeoning capitalist economic engine.

 

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July 17, 2018

Abbas Proved Correct in that Oslo is Dead, Now What?

 

Palestinian leading terror master has declared the Oslo Accords to be dead and that he is no longer obliged to be responsible for any of the Oslo promises or parameters from said agreement. That leaves no structural framing for any future for the Palestinian Arabs once the Israelis realize that all hopes for peace between Israelis and the Palestinian Authority, PLO, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah. But the dead of the Oslo Accords could be the first step to realizing an actual and achievable solution. If Oslo is dead, then the Palestinian Authority dies and should be buried right along side the Accords. It also has relegated Netanyahu’s 2009 Bar Ilan speech dead and also ready for burial. That means that the entities which Israel is left to deal with come down to three terrorist groups, Islamic Jihad, Hamas and the PLO. Unfortunately, Mahmoud Abbas is the leader of the PLO, thus the wily scoundrel remains to be dealt with. There is one other entity which died when the Oslo Accords were pronounced dead, the concept of a Palestinian State or any such entity and it did exactly what Abbas has threatened to do numerous times, it made Israel now responsible for ruling its Palestinian Arab residents. There is an option which all sides have mutually decided to never look towards, but will prove the only viable solution in the end, just in a modified arrangement.

 

The initial step to any solution is as basic as one can envisage, the removal of every vestige of the former Palestinian Authority leaving only the terrorist PLO to rule the Arab areas of the Shomron matching the situation in Gaza led by Hamas. Israeli politicians and all supporters from the right now need to expunge any and all references to the Palestinian Authority and Arab statehood from their vocabulary. Mahmoud Abbas is only to be referenced as the master terrorist atop the PLO terror organization with whom Israel has an uneasy ceasefire in place. The reference to the forming of a Palestinian Arab state should now be altered to refer to how to best deal with foreign invaders who appear sworn to the end of Israel. Framing all discussions over what can be done to extract those willing to live beside Israelis in peace accepting a multicultural and multiethnic society from the terrorists set on our destruction. Once separated, dealing with the terrorists becomes easy, you give them a set amount of time, say two weeks, in which to be removed from all of Israel after which they will be hunted down and shot on sight. Now would comes the problem as to what to do with the remainder of the Arab population.

 

Mahmoud Abbas to President Trump, “May your house be destroyed”

Mahmoud Abbas to President Trump, “May your house be destroyed”

 

One solution comes from dissertations of Torah and may actually stem directly from Torah. This solution provides that Israel differentiate between those willing to reside within our nation accepting the Noahic Code and willing to follow all of our laws. Those willing to remain under those constraints will be permitted to vote in their local elections but not in the general elections where Knesset Ministers are chosen and a ruling coalition established. The remaining Arabs will have to choose between leaving Israel peaceably or be ejected from Israel forcibly. To refresh everyone’s memory and to make sure that this is clear as it can be, the Arabs will be given three choices after the leadership of the PLO and other factions of terrorist groups have been removed from the scene. The Arab Palestinians can choose to remain and live peaceably under Israeli laws, they can choose to accept a buyout from their property and leave under their own volition and lastly they can decide they will fight to their death to destroy Israel, at which point they will be at war with Israel and treated accordingly. Their life expectancy will have become very brief. This set of options need be given to the Arabs residing in the Shomron including the refugees and eventually extended to the Arabs residing in Gaza should wiping Gaza clean of Hamas and Islamic Jihad ever presents itself. The Arabs who choose to remain under Israeli rule need have one thing impressed upon them, namely that any connection ever be found between any family member and terrorism will result in the family being deported. This is to be a final decision which will not be overturned except if family members turn in the terrorist amongst them.

 

The advantage of this method is that the Arabs get to choose whether or not they remain in the land and their choice will be honored by Israel. They will not likely find a path to citizenship in their lifetimes, but the far future is difficult to predict. Those remaining Arabs will have better economic opportunity and will be granted work permits as required in their finding employment within Israel, especially if such employment places them inside the separation anti-terror barrier. The problem comes in dealing with those Arabs who choose to lie and are actually remaining in Israel to perpetuate the fight aiming for the destruction of Israel. These Arabs along with those who return infiltrating into Israel to carry out attacks will be sought out by Israeli security teams and will be prosecuted in the most severe manner. Any resistance in their apprehension could very easily result in their being eliminated, as deadly force will usually be approved in these cases. The lives of the Arabs remaining will improve sharply, returning to their pre-Oslo levels of economic growth, as their governance will not be taking funds off the top for a war with Israel and self-financial-enhancement. This initial program could be titled “The Three Paths” as the Arabs will be given three distinct options from which to choose. Those identifiable terrorists will have been deported along with the entirety of the leadership permitting a peace based governance with an emphasis on improving the lives of its citizens replacing the sacrificing of the lives and using death as the driving force of the society. Additionally, Israel will also gain as the terror planners will have been removed and will no longer be working to destroy Israeli lives. Further, the Jordan River will return to being the eastern border for Israel, a formidable obstacle which makes any ground assault far more difficult and easily repulsed.

 

This solution should be offered the Arab population in the Shomron and even to permit those Israeli Arabs who prefer to leave Israel to do so. The one important fact which must be solidly impressed upon the Arabs who are leaving is that they will face great difficulty in returning to Israel legally. They are to also understand that their entry into Israel illegally would be treated as having the intent to commit acts of terrorism and a third attempt would be punishable by death or life in prison. The serious nature of such infiltrations must be made crystal clear and the resultant punishment being excessively heavy must also be impressed upon the Arabs choosing to leave. The leadership of the PLO and Palestinian Authority needs to understand that their deportation has earned them a persona-non-grata classification and any attempt to reenter Israel would result in the death penalty. The departure of the terror leadership must be made permanent thus any attempt of their return must face the most severe punishment available. When the world, specifically the European Union and United Nations all implode over the Israeli solution, Israel need have a ready response giving the nagging nabobs of negativity an offer to send these terror masters into exile under their roofs. Such an offer would reveal their duplicity immediately and very hopefully end their whining. All of this will only work on the eastern front. The deprogramming of the youth educated in UNRWA terror manufactories replacing the seething surges of hate with a proper education such that their future will depend upon a solid knowledge base and not be wasted on acts of terror and hatred. It must also be made clear that marriage to an Israeli citizen will not automatically place one on a path to citizenship but might actually result in the Israeli citizen losing their citizenship.

 

Gaza, on the other hand, is a different case. Two or more generations have been raised on ever increasing hatred and terrorism. Their education was almost completely lacking any of the basics of mathematics, language, science and the other subjects a normative education provide. Instead, they have received indoctrination into the Hamas and Islamic Jihad philosophy of hatred for Israel and the Jewish People. Their education raised them on a steady diet of vilification of the Jewish People and Israel. This leaves Gaza beyond redemption with only one option, the complete wiping of the area clean. The unfortunate consequence of such an operation would be a heightened level of hatred and violent intents. Israel would be required to fortify the entirety of the Egyptian border and work a relationship out with Egyptian President Sisi that would permit Israel permission to strike the terror centers operating near the Israeli border within the Sinai Peninsula. Such an agreement is probably already in place, but if not Israel could also provide the Egyptians with a second front against the free-ranging terrorist groups operating within the Gaza. This could work strongly in the Egyptian’s favor by eradicating some of the terror centers and the leadership caught within the raid region. But Gaza will require a general cleansing with only civilians completely removed from terror as potentially being permitted return after the Gaza expulsion. There would also be a second bonus for Israel resulting from such a cleansing, it would make the plan for the Shomron appear to be benevolent by comparison and thus possibly mitigate some of the complaining coming from the European Union.

 

Once Gaza has been cleared and the Shomron parsed and separated with hopefully peaceable Arab citizens remaining, then Israel can begin to work on some of the infrastructure to bring it on par with the rest of Israel. Repairs and installations of new facilities can be started and this would provide a jobs stimulus to the area. The ending of the terror attacks from the Arab regions would also work towards the acceptance of Israel as a fact and a place where Arabs have rights, in many cases more rights than those in the Arab nations. The only remaining threat would be from Iran along the Syrian and Lebanese borders with Hezballah, the IRGC and Quds Forces. Eventually, Iran will launch a blistering assault firing some thousands of rockets into Israel which will need be treated as a declaration of war. The next time Israel is required to enter Lebanon, Israel will require that this be the final time that entry will be required and will end all attacks from Lebanon as a result. The first primary target should be Nasrallah being plucked out of his bunker and taken to Israel to stand trial. Then all of the ranking members of Hezballah need to be taken prisoner or killed in the field. Finally, all Hezballah structures must be utterly destroyed and their ranks so desolate that they simply become vanquished. There must be no trace left that Hezballah once held sway in Lebanon. Lebanon need be returned to its Christian intended roots. Should Israel be required to enter Lebanon, then whomever is left in charge of the Lebanese government after Israel completes their efforts will need to accept that the new border with Israel will be defined largely by the Litani River. The Arab nations which allow terrorism to be launched from their shores must be made to pay a steep price in land and destroyed infrastructure. They can also expect that they will be responsible for resettling those who lose their land and homes to Israel resulting from such a war. It is well past time that every Arab nations permitting terrorism to roil from their shores, especially against Israel, must be held to pay a price and to be responsible for the consequences. This will prove to be the only means of ending this plague of terror from engulfing the globe. This idea can start with Israel and the rest of the world can play catch-up, as is usually the case.

 

The final end to the Arab resistance and refusal to accept Israel will become far more tenable an idea once Israel has brought an end to the terror weapons currently in use. Without the terror weapon, the sole other alternative to accepting Israel is to engage in a war with Israel. If we have read the Arab world correctly, they really do not desire to go to war with Israel, as the potential losses are far more regrettable then any possible gain. The wars launched against Israel always resulted in Arab disasters with high casualty rates. Any general war today might actually result in the Arab people being able to realize their leaders’ inability to defeat Israel as the majority of the Arab world has access to CNN, Fox News and the rest of the mainstream news media. This time losing the Sinai Peninsula would result in the Egyptian People watching the defeat in a slightly delayed broadcast, and this would be true even if they were required to get the news from a European channel. The only means of presumably winning a war with Israel would be the method which Iran has threatened, nuclear weapons. The problem with using nuclear weapons on Israel is probably the quickest means of having the same unleased on their nation with devastating results. There is no winner in an all out war and if the rumored Sampson Option really does exist, then whomever attacks Israel will have brought about the destruction of Mecca and Medina as well as numerous other holy cities on top of virtually every Arab capital city being eliminated. These were the presumed cost of attacking Israel with weapons of mass destruction. This was made evident when Saddam Hussein threatened to use nuclear weapons against Israel during the Gulf Wars. It has also been brought out during the Yom Kippur War though many doubted the existence of an Israeli second strike capability. Perhaps the time has arrived for Israel to clarify its nuclear weapons capabilities just to make a positive impression that attacking Israel will bring your total collapse after Israel retaliates.

 

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July 16, 2018

The Man with the Iron Grip

 

There is a politician who controls his party to such an extent that anybody whose popularity rises to a point where they might pose as a rival, their continued ability for recognition becomes subsumed by inner party politics. They soon find themselves placed so far down on the party list for the Knesset that their hopes are dashed. Once not in the Knesset their ability to receive media coverage shrinks and before one realizes, they are no longer in the public eye. Through this maneuvering, along with his group of close supporters who aid in these maneuvers, this man remains the leader of his party and in line to become Prime Minister should his party prove to be chosen to form a coalition after elections. Add to this that his party has a near monopoly on right-wing and nationalist politics; he has remained Prime Minister for closing in on a decade. Additionally, he has made arrangements; some might call them deals, with those who might challenge from other parties such that his party and he remain the sole apparent leaders for his nation. This remains the appearance of politics for the upcoming future.

 

Despite opposition groups who have powerful positions investigating he and his wife continuously even managing to wrench out an indictment every so often, these attempts to mire him with criminal acts always have fallen short as they often consist of wisps of hope and despair. These leftists will never rest, as their belief that they alone are the ones with the only correct and legitimate solutions despite their previous attempts when enacting such solutions have all resulted in disaster after disaster. Still, they scream and shout about how everything being done is wrong-headed and will result in the end of the nation’s legitimacy. They stomp around demanding that their righteous solutions must be enacted immediately if the nation is to survive. Fortunately, the people have come to realize that the opposite of this is true, which has cemented this man referenced above as Prime Minister.

 

What about the leadership of the other parties, one might query. Once, in an election cycle, there was the drive which placed one such person as a potential rival for Prime Minister. This election also had a strong alliance of a group of leftist parties in an attempt to garner enough support from their collaboration that they would receive the nod to form the coalition. The long-serving Prime Minister struck a gentlemen’s agreement with this challenger who then made a statement which removed any consideration of granting him the leadership of the nation. His party suffered a great loss of votes as many who would have supported him immediately reconsidering and casting their vote for the only other choice and the man was returned to power. This other party has now been struck sufficiently hard by this deal that they will need years to claw and climb back into contention.

 

The sole other party which might challenge for the Prime Ministership has as their leader a man who many perceive him as just not quite what they desire in a leader. He has great name recognition and support, largely from leftward leaning supporters with a smattering of those on the middle-right. He has made those right-leaning supporters before the public to enhance his claim that he is just as right-wing and just as nationalist as the current Prime Minister. Many find that a shaky proposition and remember his claims to support the Two State solution and other leftist ideas. He is finding his support and loud claims of this being the central idea for his solution to the greatest problems facing the nation as a legacy he just cannot escape. This will very likely prevent his ever becoming the Prime Minister.

 

Right Wing or Left Wing

Right Wing or Left Wing

 

The other right-wing, nationalist and religious parties are too small to make a challenge unless one was to find somebody who would shine bright enough to mount a formidable challenge. Perhaps one of the former rising stars from the Prime Minister’s party might form a party and present an alternative. The problem with such is as a former member of the Prime Minister’s party, he would face the charge of seeking to aggrandize himself potentially at the nation’s risk. This could be sufficient to sink such a campaign. But the real problem lies elsewhere.

 

Currently, another right-leaning, nationalist, religious and Zionist party has proposed a piece of legislation in conjunction with a member of the Prime Minister’s party which would remove the 2005 disengagement plan which gave Gaza and Northern Samaria to the Palestinian Authority (PA) so they could prove their ability and capacity to build a functioning society which had proper governance and economic development such as is the aim of most nations’ governments. The PA lost the Gaza to Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations which have provoked war after war with conflict a constant ever since their coup in 2007. One need not look far to see the disaster Gaza has become. Many claim their problem is their disastrous economic condition and claim that is what drives their terrorist acts and violence. The actual problem is their total fixation by their leadership to destroy Israel and their subverting revenues and resources which could be used to feed the economy and provide the necessities which governments presumably are to provide and the insistence to pay for building rockets, infiltration tunnels and paying people to commit acts of violence and terror that causes the economic problems.

 

That still leaves the areas in Northern Samaria where the PA could have built a functional society. Instead of investing in the future of the society, Mahmoud Abbas has lined his, his families and his cohort of collaborators pockets and diverted ever increasing portion of the remaining funds to pay terrorists and their families funds in proportion to the numbers of Israelis they managed to murder. This has ended the opportunities for those under the rule of the PA. This is despite their receiving disproportionate amounts of international aid. Such is the proof that granting the PA the opportunity to provide a functional society has disastrously failed. Thus, legislation to end the ban on Israelis entering these territories is in order. When this disengagement was enacted, Jews were evicted from the communities of Homesh, Sa-Nur, Ganim and Kadim. This law would allow these families, many of whom still have not found new homes and live in temporary mobile units, to return to their homes and rebuild their lives. This would not in any way alter the lives of any of the PA Arabs and could result in these Israelis providing additional employment opportunities for PA Arabs residing in the region. PA Arabs have found that finding work in Israeli owned businesses provide their best opportunities with higher salaries than they can receive within the PA region. This was covered in this New York Times article which admits the advantage of Arabs finding employ with Israeli businesses though they amplify the idea that these businesses should not be permitted to operate in lands on which the New York Times does not believe that Israel has any claim, but they also do not believe Israel has any right to exist, so why should these be any different.

 

This bill would likely improve the lives of both Israelis and those who will be their PA Arab neighbors. Further, since these Israelis were removed, the IDF presence had to be maintained as threat and actual terror attacks increased when they removed their patrols and bases. These had to be reestablished. If the IDF had to be returned to the disengaged areas, why not allow the former resident Israelis to return. But despite the Prime Minister originally signaling that he would give this legislation the green light, he has since blocked its coming up for discussion a dozen times and appears to be about to do so once again. In the explanatory notes to the bill, it is written, “The purpose of the [Disengagement] plan was to lead to a better political, economic, demographic and security situation. Yet today it is clear to all that the Disengagement not only failed to achieve this goal, but in fact caused tremendous damage to the State of Israel in these areas. Despite the expulsion of the residents from northern Samaria, there was no change in the area in terms of the status of the land and the military presence there.” Justice Minister Shaked has brought the bill to the agenda of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, and 12 times Netanyahu has removed the bill from the agenda with the aid of Minister Yariv Levin, who is the deputy chairman of the committee.

 

What are the reasons for this reversal of direction? The Prime Minister has given reasons of various types including, “We have to wait for coordination with the Americans,” “This is a politically sensitive time period,” “We cannot disrupt the struggle against the Iranian nuclear program,” and “We should wait until the relocation of the embassy.” None of these are the real reason. The real reason is far simpler; he likes being Prime Minister and will not alter the situation which makes him the sole legitimate savior. This is why there will be no change of the situation in Gaza or in the PA territories. As long as the threats remain and the people realize that steady leadership is the game, then he will remain Prime Minister. The good news is that in the future there is one who many people would rally around, were they to be placed as the party choice for Prime Minister. This would take an unusual move by that party, as they would need to place somebody who is not the leader of the party as their candidate. This is because the current party leader is not about to step aside while they continue to have strong support allowing them to remain as the party leader. So, all we can say is that with time things might arrive with the stars aligning in just the right way and the planets all lining up signaling a great and momentous event is coming. Until then, we wait and we apparently will continue to elect the man as Prime Minister. Until then, the status-quo is the way it will go.

 

But wait, there’s more. A group of Likud members are pressing for the upcoming “Nationality Law” to exclude the mention that Israeli code of law gives special consideration to traditional Jewish law. The rest of the “Nationality Law” includes the establishment of the status of the State of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish People and the right of the Jewish People to self-determination in its homeland as a unique right for the Jewish People. It would also anchor the symbols of the state with Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Jewish calendar as the country’s official calendar, and Hebrew as the official language. The original writing of the “Nationality Law” also included provisions giving special consideration to traditional Jewish law but Likud Ministers of the Knesset have signaled their willingness to abandon the clause. “It is unthinkable that there would be no mention of “Mishpat Haivri” (traditional Jewish law) in the Nationality Law,” said Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee Chairman Nissan Slomiansky from the Jewish Home Party. Chairman Slomiansky added, “Likud leaders promised to include this in the Nationality Law. Has the Likud really decided to abandon Mishpat Haivri?” One can only wonder what the Prime Minister will demand of his party members as he has demanded this law be passed by the end of the summer session in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, the leadership of the Jewish Home Party, a member party of the ruling coalition, has refused to vote to allow passage of the “Nationality Law” without the “Mishpat Haivri” clause. This could lead to a direct confrontation between these two nationalist parties with Jewish Home, as also a religious party, is standing on solid ground supported by their members to stand up and confront the ruling Likud Party over this issue and the result will be telling.

 

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