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Friday, December 19, 2014

Against The "Spirit of Chanukah," Davka in Israel

The story of Chanuka, the fight of the Maccabees against the Greeks and their stooges the Hellenists, is a tale of freedom fighters, Jews fighting for minimal religious rights, religious freedom. Today we are a vibrant people with influence well beyond our small numbers.

There's a disproportionate amount of Jews who receive all sorts of prizes for excellence, whether in the sciences or the arts or philosophy etc. And where are the Ancient Greeks who so terrorized us and dictated the end of Jewish observance? They are gone. Their society is history. Their metropolises are archaeological sites, while the Ancient Biblical Jewish cities are filling with Jews, building and thriving.

The only thing that really casts a pall on our great Jewish success and revival is the fact that the anti-Jewish, anti-History Left is ruling here in Israel. They wouldn't dare do this to Arabs or Leftists.

'Radical Left Crackdown': Lehava Head Released to House Arrestand
Ben-Ari: I Get Raided, Zoabi Gets Away Scot-Free
The mentality and ideology of the Israeli Left is very reminiscent of the Ancient Hellenists, Jews who identified with Greek society and culture more than they identified as Jews and Laws of Judaism.

To make it clear. None of these problems put me off from living here in Israel. There is only once way to stop it, and that is for us to be here in larger and larger numbers. That is how we influence change. Making Israel more Jewish takes time. There is no instant cure. We must not get frustrated and give up. That is the lesson of the oil on Chanukah. We will survive and get stronger, no matter how small and weak we seem.

Chag Urim Sameach!
Have an Enlightened Chanukah Holiday!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Chanukah update from JewishIsrael

posted by JewishIsrael.com

JewishIsrael’s Counter-Missionary of the Month Award Goes to Missionary Cody Archer

Cody Archer, a missionary working for Revive Ministries, inadvertently outed his boss, Asher Intrator, as a missionary targeting religious Jews.
Archer sent JewishIsrael an email requesting that we remove the word "missionary" from one of our videos which features Intrater being interviewed by the International Director of ICEJ. JewishIsrael staff responded by asking Archer, " why the panic about the word “missionary”? We received an incredible and revealing response ...more

Voice of Israel Radio:Throwing Light on Christian Support for Israel

Avraham Leibler and Ellen Horowitz of JewishIsrael recently appeared on Voice of Israel Radio's "Jerusalem Diaries" show, with award-winning journalist and gracious radio hostess Judy Lash Balint. The full interview can be heard here.

Chanukah Sameach from JewishIsrael.com

Alan Gross Released by Cuba While Jonathan Pollard Still Jailed

The American practice of justice and fairness is pretty fokokt. I don't think there was anything wrong with Obama's government coming to some sort of agreement with Cuba about releasing Alan Gross after five long difficult years of imprisonment there and rebuilding diplomatic ties after a half a century.

What's out of balance, or disproportionate (a favorite word of the Americans when discussing their demands and expectations of Israel) is the continued and unprecedented imprisonment of Jonathan Pollard for a crime that didn't endanger the United States of America. Pollard illegally transferred data, intelligence (security) information to an ally, Israel. That was thirty years ago, and since then he has been held in the most secure and punishing conditions the American Prison System provides. He has also served longer than enemy communist spies arrested during the same time period. A generation earlier the Rosenbergs were executed for spying for the USSR. All they and Pollard have in common is religion, Judaism. But Pollard did not spy for an enemy country!

As part of the Alan Gross package, the United States has released three Cuban spies.
Cuba also released an intelligence agent who spied for the United States and was held for nearly 20 years, and the United States in return freed three Cuban intelligence agents held in the United States......The three Cuban intelligence agents, jailed since 1998, are Gerardo Hernandez, 49, Antonio Guerrero, 56, and Ramon Labañino, 51. Two others had been released before on completing their sentences - Rene Gonzalez, 58, and Fernando Gonzalez, 51. 
Yes, those Cubans were spies for an enemy. Did Cuba apologize for their spies the way Israel apologized for Pollard? And please don't forget that Israel actually handed Pollard over to the Americans by locking him out of the Embassy!

Will the American Jewish community temper their celebrations of Gross's release by demanding that the United States release Jonathan Jay Pollard?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Chanukah! It Happened Right Here!

Take a good look at this map.

The map isn't on a proper north-south axis. 

Most people, ok, Jews, are aware that there are two versions of the classic and still popular dreidle, sivivon, Chanukah spinning top. One has the Hebrew letters, נ, ג, ה, פ  and the other has  נ, ג, ה, ש. They stand for:
 !נס גדול היה פה Nes gadol haya poh 
!נס גדול היה שם Nes gadol haya sham!
and mean
"A great miracle happened here!"
"A great miracle happened there!"
Many of the battles were right here in the Shiloh area. Maale Levona is just west of us, and Baal Hazor is to the south. As I noted in the map's caption, the map isn't on a proper north-south axis.

In the early years of our local elementary school, Ohel Shiloh (which has been divided into two separate schools, one for boys and the other for girls, for over fifteen years,) there used to be a school trip for the Second Grade before Chanukah. The children would be bused to one of those nearby historic mountains for a special Chanukah activity.

The last year I taught there as the girls PE Gym Teacher, I had been asked to accompany the classes, then there was one of girls and one of boys, on the trip. The children were equipped with fake swords and the boys were let off on the bottom of the mountain, while the girls were let off on top. They were instructed to meet and battle it out on the perilous (at least to me who has a fear of heights) cliffs. None of the children, that year at least, showed any fear, though I was terrified and needed the help of the accompanying soldiers to help me down.

Year after year this was done until the fear of Arab terror attack during the intifada made the school security official decide to stop the trips. That was when I learned that the Chanukah story, our history of battles against the Greek enemy didn't just happen in Jerusalem around the Temple Mount.

 !נס גדול היה פה Nes gadol haya poh
 "A great miracle happened here!"

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Why Can't The State of Israel Respond With Facts that Attack Back?

I'm so sick and tired of our Israeli governments, no matter who's the ruling Prime Minister, acting so wimpy whenever we're attacked. That's why I really got a kick out of this not so recent video of Caroline Glick telling the Europeans off.

I think she was pretty mild considering what she could have said.

For years I've been saying that Israel's response to the countries that won't recognize Jerusalem as our Capital City by choosing a different one than theirs for our embassy. I have no doubt that not only will we be responding properly, but we'd save money. For sure property is more expensive in the official capitals.

  • What city would make a good substitute for the United States's Washington DC? Should it be a city in Delaware, Maryland or further afield?
  • No doubt there are suitable and convenient replacements for London and Paris.

Please list your recommendations in the comments.

As far as I'm concerned we should leave the United Nations, where we are treated worse than the world's most undemocratic and terrorizing of all nations. Nothing we say or do will make the world look at us fairly; so why bother?

All of the representatives of anti-Israeli NGOs should declared persona non grata  and banished from the country under armed guard. Any foreigners found at pro-Arab terrorist demonstrations should be taken to Ben-Gurion Airport and sent to their home country. Don't even give them time to pack. Let their friends send their luggage to them. That should include journalists.

Israeli Arabs who are elected to the Knesset must declare their loyalty to the State of Israel. If they don't, they lose their seat. And if their elected party ends up without any MKs, their problem, not ours.

I'm sick and tired of our bending over backwards into dangerous contortions trying to prove how liberal and free-thinking we are. There are red lines and we must protect ourselves.

Tonight begins the holiday of Chanukah, the Jewish Holiday that celebrates our survival after the Greeks declared our Jewish Religion illegal and we had to fight a war against them.  Today we thrive and those Ancient Greeks are Ancient History.

We have nothing to fear if we follow my suggestions!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Israeli Knesset Elections 2015, 5775, Trying to Keep Up With Party Switching

No doubt that there will be more news and more party switching, like "wife-swapping" among Israeli politicians and wannabes.

Loyalty seems to be a lost skill in Israeli politics, whether it's to ideals, principles or parties. Just like the athletes who switch teams according to whatever contract/salary their agents can get them, our politicians go after the party that can get them the best chance of a Knesset seat and/or cabinet post. Some people may say that I sound cynical and sarcastic, but I think that I'm a total realist, very pragmatic. Read on...

Today's party jumping champ is certainly Tsipi Livni, who although raised in a strong Revisionist home, like Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, has gone off the deep end politically by not only aligning herself with the extreme Left Labor and Issac Herzog, but her foul-mouthed innuendoed appearance on an Israeli satire show turned even more people off.  (sorry no translation)

For those who don't remember, Tsipi deserted Likud for Kadima, Kadima for her "The Movement" (a name which got a lot of uncomplimentary laughs,) and now since that ship is sinking she has joined Herzog's Labor Party.

Political zigzagging goes to Avigdor Lieberman, who hopefully by trying to please everyone will attract much fewer votes than before.

Floating votes magnet is now doubt Moshe Kahlon, who is trying for the equivalent of the Herbert Hoover prize, since he's trying to recruit a chulent, Shabbat stew of discounters.
A report in Globes Sunday said that among the candidates to run with Kahlon will be Itzik Alrov, a hareidi Israeli from Bnei Brak who was the catalyst for the “cottage cheese protests” several years ago. It was Alrov's Facebook page on the high cost of dairy products that set off a chain reaction that led to mass protests about costs.
Another prospective member of Kulanu is Avi Katz, a member of the Religious Zionist community who is Israel's “father of five shekel coffee.” Katz is the owner of the Coffix chain of coffee shops, which sells everything – coffee, juice, cakes, and sandwiches – for five shekels. In the wake of Coffix's popularity, other five shekel chains have sprung up around the country, and even “traditional” coffee shops have cut costs in order to meet Katz's prices.
According to some reports, the party may even include the penultimate Israeli bargain maker – Rami Levy, head of the eponymous supermarket chain – on the list. Levy's chain is known for discounting, and for running specials on basic items like chicken, which he sells for 5 or 10 shekels a kilo, especially around holiday time, when other chains raise their prices.
For the "recycling prize," there's the new party being whipped together by Shas's Eli Yishai, veteran party-jumper Uri Ariel and possibly joined by NRP aka Jewish Home MK Yoni Chetboun.

Miriam Alster/Flash90
And lastly, our "surprise jumper" is Dani Dayan who is leaving Likud for the NRP aka Jewish Home.
Dayan's decision is seen as a decisive move to the right, as he has previously expressed support for Likud and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Bennett welcomed the move at a press conference Sunday.
"I am glad [Dayan] has joined Jewish Home," Bennett stated, noting he first turned to Dayan at the Saban Forum in Washington last week. "He is a real fighter for the Land of Israel."
That took me by surprise.

Remember that there are still three months until the Knesset Elections, and the date for primaries and closing of party applications still haven't passed, so there will be more surprises and shake-ups to come. Hold onto your hats, unless you, too, will be tossing them into the ring.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Protesting Bus Travellers from Shiloh and Binyamin-Shomron Being Thrown out of Central Bus Station

It's rather ironic that the residents of Beit El have gotten the most sophisticated protests about our being banished from the safety and comfort of Jerusalem's Central Bus Station. Their buses are near the bus station, but we, Shiloh, Maale Levona, Ofra (almost all of the lines,) Eli and Samaria communities like Elon Moreh have been sent many miles away to Pisgat Zeev, the Jerusalem neighborhood furthest from the CBS and center of town.

Inside the Central Bus Station, where our buses used to be. 

We are also no longer officially part of Egged.

Our buses are now from Egged Tavura, a subsidiary. Not only have our travel conditions worsened, but the drivers no longer have a place to rest, eat nor use a bathroom in-between runs.

We, yes, including those traveling to Beit El--see their video, now must wait outdoors, rain, shine, day or night.

Pisgat Zeev bus stop

waiting inside the Pisgat Zeev Mall

  • Security is non-existent at the bus/train stop.
  • There is no real shelter from the rain, wind and sun.
  • There is no one who can say if the bus will come or not.
  • Very few buses to a very limited amount of neighborhoods stop here, meaning that we need at least two, sometimes even more buses or a bus and train ride to get to our destination.
The result has been that even people who never took tremps, rides from possible strangers, are finding themselves waiting one more stop up by the Pisgat Zeev traffic lights and tremping aka hitchhiking. 

The bus stop pictured here isn't on the Shiloh routes, 461 and 463. This stop is on Rechov Yirmiyahu, Jeremiya Street, just up from Center 1. The Beit El, Psagot and Tel Zion buses start nearby in the Binyanei Ha'uma Egged parking lot. Their second stop is by the String Bridge across from Kiryat Moshe. This stop is the closest to the bus station.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Big Deal, Bennett Told Indyk to $#!!#$%! The "Two State Solution;" He Should Tell Bibi!!

For the past few days, the news has been full of the very public argument between Israel's Minister of the Economy NRP's (yes, I know it's now called the Jewish Home) Naftali Bennett and United States envoy Martin Indyk.
“We have to undo the years of nonsense that the peace industry has fermented, which led us to the position where the world thinks we are occupiers in our own land,” Bennett said.
Sitting next to Bennett on the stage at the Willard Hotel conference room was Martin Indyk, until recently the Obama administration’s special peace envoy, who was tasked with interviewing Bennett. But as the Israeli minister laid out his worldview, including dismissal of the two-state solution, Indyk, who initially sought only to point out what he saw as “inconsistencies” in Bennett’s plan, grew visibly impatient.
“I just think you live in another reality,” he told the Israeli speaker.
“I live in another reality?” Bennet shot back, “I’ve been in the first intifada, the second intifada, I’ve been on ground there. I know more than Oslo and more than all those conferences …. You live in a different reality.”
Then, escalating the already contentious discussion Bennett turned to Indyk and asked: “How many people need to die before you wake up?”

Read more: http://forward.com/articles/210527/right-wing-star-naftali-bennett-trashes-two-state/#ixzz3LnvhgUVQ
I agree with Bennett with all I heard him say to Indyk, but he was chopping down the wrong cherry tree or shooting the wrong target.... Israel's problem isn't Indyk, nor Obama, nor Mr. and Mrs. Clinton, nor the U.N., innumerable NGOs or even the media. Our problem is much closer to home.

Bennett's boss and new buddy Bibi Netanyahu, our Prime Minister, is a firm and enthusiastic supporter of a Palestinian state, yes, the "two state solution." I just heard him expound on it again, recently on Israeli television. And that is why I will not vote Likud in the upcoming elections, nor will I vote for Bennett's party, because a vote for either is a vote for the "two state solution," meaning another Arab terror state!

Not new, but still accurate.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Israeli Elections, 2015, 5775, In With New and Out With Old

MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer AP/Channel 2 News
MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer of Labor has joined the list of veteran politicians who have decided to call it quits. He joins Limor Livnat and Gidon Sa'ar, both of Likud, who are off to make new careers for themselves. Considering Ben-Eliezer aka Fuad's bad health, he may just try to enjoy retirement.

These resignations open up opportunities for new faces, especially if the polls are correct. Both Labor and Likud are expected to get more seats in the upcoming elections.

The unabashedly Leftist Israeli media is hyping the "political marriage" of the lackluster Labor Party with Tsipi Livni's diminishing "Movement," trying to get the voting public to accept them as the ruling party. The media hopes that newcomer Moshe Kahlon's "Kulanu" will be sufficiently anti-Likud to join them in a coalition along with la-la Left Lapid and what remains of his "Yesh Atid."

Photo by Tomer Appelbaum
Kahlon, like Livni, was originally in the Likud. To be honest, I don't know much about him, but one thing for sure. His party will get a lot of votes, and afterwards most voters will be disappointed. That has happened to all the other well-hyped, newly invented Center parties that pop up like weeds for every Israeli Election. Do you remember the Pensioners, the Free Center, Raful's party, Kadima, Yesh Atid, etc?

We have a good few months until elections. There will be many more posts about it. In the meantime, it's almost Shabbat. Have a peaceful and restful one, G-d willing.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Abbas's P.A. Any Excuse to Riot and Terrorize

For some people, the saying is:
"Any excuse to party"
But when you're dealing with the Arabs, their definition of "partying" is drastically different. They terrorize, attack and murder Jews. And, yes, that includes to so-called "moderate" sic  Mahmoud Abbas and his cronies.


The Fatah Palestinian Authority (PA) President Abbas has aligned himself with the unabashedly terrorist Hamas, but most, if not all, international leaders, NGOs etc ignore that fact.

Palestinians blocked an Israeli medic from assisting PA official Ziad Abu Ein after he furiously confronted Israeli officers. Photo: Twitter (Algemeiner)

Yesterday, when the Arab terrorists were rioting near Shiloh, PA Official and convicted terrorist Ziad Abu Ein had a heart attack. Even though the Israeli soldiers tried to give top notch medical assistance, this was rejected by the terrorist rioters, and he subsequently died.
A British television news reporter has revealed that Palestinian demonstrators near the West Bank village of Turmusaya prevented an Israeli medic from providing aid to a Palestinian Authority official who collapsed after he shoved and verbally abused Israeli officers on the scene.
In a live report for the UK’s Sky News broadcaster, Middle East correspondent Tom Rayner reported that Ziad Abu Ein, a convicted terrorist who was appointed by the PA to organize campaigns against Jewish settlements in the West Bank, was lying on the ground “unconscious” after the clash – although separate footage shot by Kremlin broadcaster RT displayed Abu Ein conscious and sitting up after his altercation with the IDF officers.
“When he’s on the floor, an Israeli medic does come up to him, she tries to clear an area around him, but Palestinians pick him up and take him straight to a vehicle,” Rayner said, in footage viewed by The Algemeiner. The medic was “not able to deliver any first aid,” Rayner continued, and Abu Ein was “declared dead when he got to a hospital in Ramallah.” (Algemeiner)
No surprise! Israel is now being blamed for Ziad Abu Ein's death.

People die from heart attacks all the time. Sometimes good medical care can facilitate recovery, and sometimes it can't. But to blame Israel for a heart attack, and the fact that Abu Ein had been sent without proper medical care to an inferior hospital is just another example of the anti-Israel, pro-Arab terrorist incitement we see and hear all the time from Mahmoud Abbas and his terrorist cronies.

Jewish Business News Slams Evangelical Publication Israel Today for Deceiving Israelis

Posted by JewishIsrael.com

Kudos to Tibi Singer, columnist for Jewish Business News, for outing the messianic missionary publication Israel Today and their toxic agenda.

Singer's article, "ComeTo Israel For The Most Virulent, Anti-Rabbinic Videos, In Hebrew", denounces Israel Today (of no affiliation to Israeli newspaper Yisrael Hayom) for promoting "what amounts to an aggressive messianic endeavor, complete with angry attacks on the rabbinic tradition, lies about the content and purpose of Talmudic passages, and open invitations for Jews to convert to Christianity—all of it in fluent, eloquent Hebrew, delivered by two clean cut, bona fide Israeli salesmen."…more

Related Video:

Deemed “the official Christian Ambassador to the Holy Land”, Pat Boone gives generously to Yad Vashem and serves as a spokesperson for Yechiel Eckstein’s IFCJ and Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. Yet he also brags about baptizing Jews, supports the messianic missionary community and sells land in the Galilee to evangelicals.

In this recent show televised on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), Boone exploits the late Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri by promoting a book and movie claiming that shortly before his death, Rabbi Kaduri revealed jesus as the messiah. Boone and author Pastor Carl Gallups cast Rabbi Kaduri as the Billy Graham/Pope-like figure of Judaism and speak of the number of rabbis coming to a belief of Jesus...more

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Look What Our Enemies Say About Us!

Sometimes it seems we don't take ourselves nearly as seriously as our enemies do. Take as an example this current piece from Pakistan, picked up by Arutz-7. The Muslims are expecting us to rebuild the Temple. Back when the Hurva synagogue in the Old City was rebuilt after many years in ruin, the local Arabs were saying it was a prelude to building the Temple. Christians and Muslims take this seriously. How about us?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

JewishIsrael Responds to Pastor Robert Stearns' Article in the Jerusalem Post

Posted by JewishIsrael.com

Evangelical Pastor Robert Stearns’ has a lengthy opinion piece in today’s Jerusalem Post which attributes Jewish skepticism toward Evangelicals to Jewish fears of proselytizing and historic anti-Semitism. The reality is far more complex and Stearns’ missionary agenda was evident at recent events in Jerusalem.  JewishIsrael has responded with a letter to the editor.... more


In his article, “What really Motivates Evangelicals” (Dec. 8, 2014), Pastor Robert Stearns attributes Jewish skepticism toward Evangelicals to Jewish fears of proselytizing and historic anti-Semitism. This is simply not the case.

Evangelical Christianity remains a classic missionary movement by definition, even without overt proselytizing. It remains a faith-based, Christ-centered movement, directed at building theological bridges and breaking down theological walls. Evangelicals draw people close to Jesus through humanitarian service, charitable contributions and political lobbying.

At the recent “Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem”, an interfaith event sponsored and hosted by Stearns and his Eagles’ Wings Ministry, Stearns openly asked Jews to witness and observe Christian worship. Not only that but Israeli messianic missionary leaders were keynote speakers. One of them, Rick Ridings, has called for a Jesus revolution among Israeli youth.

So, too, Stearns’ Christ-centered missionary agenda was evident at the recent ICEJ Feast of The Tabernacles, when Stearns preached directly to 300 IDF soldiers about the Jewishness of Jesus.

Pastor Stearns concludes by claiming that “sometimes people just want to be your friend”. This is a simplistic and misleading view of a complex faith-based relationship involving religion, politics and money. Friendly overtures by evangelicals towards Israel require accountability, red lines, guidelines and a respect for differences between Jews and gentiles, especially within the Jewish homeland

Shulamit Leibler
Public Relations Director

How Eddie and Uncle Siggy Changed Everything

Everyone knows that Freud changed, for better or for worse, how we think about the inside of our heads and everybody else's, how we look at relationships and much more. That is mostly due to the popularizing of Freud rather than Freud himself. We know that a lot of advertising and motivational research gets into those crevices in our psyche in funny ways because of psychology. So it is surprising to discover that one man is responsible for all of the above, and he is none other than Freud's own American nephew, Edward Bernays, who passed away only a few years ago at the ripe, maybe overripe, old age of 103. Check out this series of documentaries. P.S. He also gets into psychology of politics and electioneering, a timely topic around here these days.

Likud in Opposition?

Polls are showing that there's a chance that the united Left Labor-Livni list could out-poll Likud in the upcoming 2015, 5775, Israeli Elections.
Poll: Joint Herzog-Livni list could outscore Likud
Combined Labor-Hatnua could win 23 seats, compared to 21 for Likud 21, but separately would dip below Netanyahu’s party

Read more: Poll: Joint Herzog-Livni list could outscore Likud | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/poll-joint-livni-herzog-list-could-beat-out-likud/#ixzz3LNPBlbjf Follow us: @timesofisrael on Twitter | timesofisrael on Facebook

I have no doubt that the Likud will use that "threat" as campaign scare tactics against any other Center-Right or Right party running. The Likud has done that before, and considering that the largest/most popular public opinion is more Right than Left in Israel, it usually works.  And please don't forget that two elections ago, Livni's Kadima, yes, she seems to frequently flit from party to party as a true loyal and consistent political opportunist, got more MKs than Bibi Netanyahu's Likud, but she didn't succeed in putting together a coalition.
Does this scenario of a Leftist government frighten me?
Do I think that it would be bad to have the Likud in the Opposition?
As much as I oppose the loony Left Isaac (rather a disgrace to his late grandfather's name) Herzog's ideology, I can't imagine him doing any worse than Bibi's Center Left anti-hareidi government has done of late.

Actually, I think it would be a good lesson to Likud to spend some time in the Opposition. It should remind them and teach them that trying to straddle the Center of the political spectrum is not an honorable position.

Bibi hasn't done much for Jewish Rights and building in the Land of Israel, not even in Jerusalem. Like the person who faints at the sight of a needle and never gets vaccinated, he hasn't built homes for Jews, and he hasn't really approved many if any new large building projects. The minute American Government officials start complaining he clams up and freezes them, again. Yes, I say again, because many of these touted projects are the same ones he has been promising for years.

If it happens that Loony Left Labor-Livni-Herzog try to put together a coalition, I hope that NRP-Bennett stays away and joins Likud-Netanya on the vocal backbench. If they do that, there's a chance that the Left won't succeed in getting the required 61 MKs on-board. And that brings us to Lieberman and the possible Kahlon. Are they Right, Left, Center or Opportunist, willing to go with anyone who offers a seat and Volvo?

Feeling Sorry for Geula Even-Sa'ar

I can't say which of the potential power couple Gidon Sa'ar or Geula Even the IBA Televison heads is hated or feared more.

Channel 1 suspends Sa'ar's wife pending his run

Israel Broadcasting Authority suspended Channel 1 anchorwoman Geula Even Monday pending a decision by her husband, former interior minister Gideon Sa’ar, to challenge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for prime minister and Likud leader...
“This is yet another attempt to harm me in my workplace,” Even said. (Jerusalem Post)
Even and Sa'ar with
baby David, credit

They aren't even letting Gidon Sa'ar make up his mind and throw his hat into the ring before taking his wife Geula Even off the air.  I'd consider that a threat. Why are they so afraid of Gidon Sa'ar?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Will Jonathan Pollard Make it out of the USA Alive?

Pollard" Poster in 
And can Jews get a fair shake in the United States?

The entire Jonathan Pollard saga is an allegory of Jewish and Israel relations/status with the United States of America.

 noun \ˈa-lə-ˌgr-ē\: a story in which the characters and events are symbols that stand for ideas about human life or for a political or historical situation

George Orwell. Photograph:
Courtesy of Vernon Richards Estate
I could see George Orwell, author of Animal Farm and 1984, Nineteen Eighty-Four, writing the Jonathan Pollard story as if it was fiction.

So many people, even thirty years after Pollard's arrest, still consider the USA as Israel's greatest friend and ally. If a more modern George Orwell-type had written the story as "fiction" thirty-five or forty years ago, people would have considered it unthinkable that:

  • America would refuse to reveal security information to Israel, although they have a treaty guaranteeing Israel such intelligence information.
  • Israel would have to rely on an American Jew for intelligence information.
  • When that Jewish employed is arrested by the Americans he's treated worse than any communist spy.
  • The Americans renege on pretrial agreement.
  • That Jew is given a harsher sentence than any enemy spy.
  • The convicted Jew is refused parole, even though he has served a longer sentence than those convicted of more serious security offenses. 
  • The convicted Jew is refused parole, even though he is seriously ill.
Pollard, who has been jailed on charges of passing classified information to Israel on regional threats to the country, has suffered multiple health problems over the years, for which he was finally hospitalized in March and underwent a surgery then...Late last month, as Pollard started his 30th year in a US jail, the Parole Board of the US Justice Department rejected Pollard's parole, with senior US officials involved in the case writing to US President Barack Obama to complain that the decision was "deeply flawed."They noted that the length of his sentence was unprecedented compared to others who were held on similar charges of spying for an ally nation, and that the legal justifications for the decision were based on clear mistakes.
Last Friday with Pollard's hospitalization the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Chairman Robert G. Sugarman, and Executive Vice Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein, wrote of "the need for immediate action for his release."
"It is regrettable and inexplicable that the Parole Board denied his application after serving 30 years, much of it in solitary confinement, far beyond anyone accused of a comparable crime," wrote the two, backing the letter sent by senior officials to Obama.... (Arutz 7)

Too many aspects of the Jonathan Pollard case seem like unthinkable fiction, certainly for someone of my generation raised on the myth of American "equal justice for all." Yes, myth, because Pollard's punishment is certainly disproportionate to not only what he did but to all legal precedent. American Jews employed in US security/intelligence have gotten the message that they will be held to a standard that no other religious or ethnic group is demanded/required.

American Jewry, remember that you aren't equal under American Law.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Right Israeli Dream Team

Formal and informal polls here in Israel show that a growing percentage of the population want a strong Right government.

Yes, I'm among them. The problem is that too many people perceive the Likud and the NRP aka Jewish Home as Right, but they are Center. So many Right votes are wasted on political parties which do not provide Right policies.

  • Remember that the Likud promotes the dangerous "Two State Solution," and 
  • the NRP always sells its soul aka Knesset seats/votes to whomever is in power.
Therefore, I'm looking for politicians, public figures who have had been totally uncompromising in their support for the following:
  • No Palestinian State aka "two state solution."
  • Death penalty for Arab terrorists.
  • Jewish prayer and full Jewish access on Temple Mount
  • Restricted access to Arabs on Temple Mount
  • Full Jewish Sovereignty for Judea, Samaria, Jordan Valley and Golan Heights
  • Jewish building rights in All of the Land of Israel
  • Destruction of illegal Arab buildings in All of the Land of Israel
  • Diplomatic sanctions against all countries that refuse to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital City.
  • Diplomatic sanctions against all countries that recognize the faux state of "Palestine."
Now, who would you put on the list?  Please list your candidates in the comments, thanks.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Searching for The RIGHT Political Party in Israel

Many, many Israeli citizens want a Right wing Prime Minister from a reliably Right wing pro-Jews in the Land of Israel political party.  We just have one problem. There isn't such a thing.

Present Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's polices are more Center-Left than Right. He's from the Likud, which has many Rightist supporters, members and even some politicians, but when they are in power they swing Left. Remember that Bibi is a supporter of a "Palestinian sic State." That takes him firmly out of the Right. And he runs a tight ship in Likud. The party platform and campaign speeches sound rather Right-Center, but his policies have been more to the Left than Right.

Netanyahu brought in rabid Leftists to his most recent coalition, allowing Livni and Lapid too much power. Considering that Lapid got in on NRP Bennett's coattails is most disturbing, because many people consider Naftali Bennett and his NRP aka Jewish Home Party to be strongly Right. It does have a high percentage of Right support, and it does have quite a few Right MKs at present. But then the big question that still troubles many is:
Why did Bennett make that pact with Lapid and then pressure Bibi to take them both into the cabinet?
It's important to remember that the NRP is traditionally a Centrist party and was always proud that whether the Israeli Government was Right, Left or Center, it (NRP) was happy to join the coalition and blend in like a pet chameleon.

Amir Levy/Flash 90
Apparently this upcoming election's "great white hope," Moshe Kahlon isn't all as Right as he's cracked up to be. Kahlon, like Bibi, will give away our Land.
"Former Likud minister Moshe Kahlon, who is forming his own party and will run for the next Knesset, said on Friday he would not rule out giving up territory for peace." (Arutz 7)
Stay tuned. We will have a hot winter here in Israel!

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Moshe Feiglin Problem

Too often my blog posts about Israeli politics get comments claiming that Moshe Feiglin is the solution to our problems, and then the commenters are upset when I don't agree with them. Since, again, we are preparing for Knesset Elections here in Israel, this seems to be a good time to explain my position.

First of all, yes, I agree with many of Feiglin's stated positions/ideology/platform. But as a long-time political pundit, blogger, writer and having been on the fringes, and even closer, to the Israeli political scene and system, most specifically the Right, the Likud and its forerunners, Herut and Gahal and Techiya, I do have a perspective much broader, deeper and larger than most people. And yes, I'm old and made aliyah in 1970. Over the decades, close to half a century, I've met and known a large number of Likud and other Israeli Right politicians.

I'm also rather pragmatic in my way of thinking and have a tendency to remember what others would prefer I'd forget.

From experience I'm rather cynical when it comes to politics, and I take for granted that not only are campaign promises made to be broken but one of the biggest dangers is projected our values and thought processes on politicians, especially those in the Likud.

  • No Israeli political party has done more to destroy Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel than the Likud.
  • No Israeli political party has destroyed more Jewish businesses than the Likud.
  • No Israeli political party has disappointed and shocked its voters/supporters than the Likud.
  • No Israeli political party has a party bureaucracy stronger and impervious to change and influence than the Likud.
When Moshe Feiglin first announced his entry to the Likud leadership race, he did it in the most obnoxious, rude and guaranteed to fail way possible. He insulted the veteran party members telling them that he and only he was the real Likud, and he would take over. Considering the ingrained long-time party establishment well-embedded in the Likud Central Committee, its judicial etc., Feiglin's boasts could never be taken seriously. There isn't a way for him to take over the party. Not even Arik Sharon and Ehud Olmert, who is a brilliant and experienced political manipulator raised in a Revisionist home, managed to take over the Likud. Two elections ago, Bibi had no problem getting the Likud "court" to approve overriding the primary results to guarantee his candidates over those Feiglin supported. Notice that I wrote "Feiglin supported." I didn't write "Feiglin supporters," because very few of those whom Feiglin told his people to vote for actually identified with and supported Feiglin.   

Feiglin will not take over the Likud. He will never be elected party leader. 

Now, if Moshe Feiglin had really wanted to change the State of Israel, to have a greater influence over domestic and foreign policy bringing it more to the Right, he would have joined with people like Arieh Eldad and Michael Ben-Ari. Feiglin is just the person to take them from the Right wing fringes into a power base. Their basic policies are the same. What Eldad and Ben-Ari have been missing all this time is the excellent organizational and fundraising skills of Feiglin. 

Yes, I do see Feiglin as having intelligence and talents, but I totally disagree with "plan." And to be perfectly honest. I really wonder if he, himself, takes his plan all that seriously. Maybe he just aims to fund-raise to campaign...

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Knesset Run Scramble- Musical Chairs

I remember some wild "Musical Chairs" games growing up when kids were pushed off their chairs, not much fun. That's good preparation for the Israeli Knesset Elections. There are one hundred and twenty 120 seats for which a few hundred ambitious political wannabes compete.

The fight for the seats isn't always fun.

It can get pretty nasty.

Now the news is starting to fill with "change your partners, do se do" moves among sitting Knesset Members and those who have been impatiently waiting in the wings.

Report: Lapid, Liberman and Kahlon May Cooperate
Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid, Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman and former Minister Moshe Kahlon are considering cooperating with one another in the next elections, Channel 10 News revealed on Wednesday.
According to the report, the three have been discussing ways to cooperate over the past several weeks. This cooperation could come into play after the election with the three parties agreeing to recommend one candidate to serve as Prime Minister, but the three could also work together during the election itself and present a joint front on some issues. (Arutz 7)
That would confirm the long-time rumors about Lieberman's ideological direction and Kahlon's true ideology. They're both more opportunist-ambitious than Right. And Lapid, although firmly to the Left understands Israeli politics well enough to know that he needs the help of the Right, since that's what the Israeli public prefers.

Arutz Sheva
 learned on Wednesday that Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) and MK Eli Yishai (Shas) met this week and discussed the possibility of establishing a joint party.Political sources said that the plan is that Ariel and Yishai will split off from their parties with the members of their camp, that is Yishai with six Shas MKs who support him, and Ariel with three MKs from the Tekuma faction in the Jewish Home, and possibly MKs Motti Yogev and Yoni Chetboun as well. (Artuz 7)
Anything is possible when it comes to Uri Ariel, who has a rather fickle political history. And it's no secret that Eli Yishai has been firmly sidelined since the official return to political life of Aryeh Deri.

Miriam Alster/Flash 90
Last night on the bus home, a friend longingly spoke of a return to Knesset of Michael Ben-Ari, of Otzma L'Yisrael. On its own Otzma L'Yisrael doesn't have a chance to get in the Knesset, but if Yishai and Ariel put together a firmly reliably idealistically Right party, I personally would want to see Ben-Ari and his political partner Arieh Eldad in realistic places on it.

I think they'd have a chance to be elected. The Israeli public is sick and tired of Center mush. We want the Right leadership!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Women's Holiday, Rosh Chodesh

I remember the first time I heard the custom of Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of the Jewish Month, being the "women's holiday," and that according to Jewish Law, we shouldn't be working on that day. How in the world could that be arranged?

And then for many years I worked in a yeshiva high school, and it always seemed that the staff meetings were on Rosh Chodesh. Most of the staff was male, so even if there was a community event for women, it didn't affect too many of us, just the women.

But then I came up with the idea of women coming to Shiloh to pray on Rosh Chodesh. When you think about it, it's a pretty sensible idea. The Jewish Laws of Prayer are based on how the Biblical Chana prayed, and she prayed in Shiloh.

I may do "work" things on Rosh Chodesh, but at least I now spend time at the site of the Biblical Tabernacle praying with other women, at Tel Shiloh, Shiloh Hakeduma.

G-d willing, next Rosh Chodesh, Tevet, will be during Chanukah. Please plan your Chanukah around it, and join us.

Women's Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh Rosh Chodesh Tevet
Monday December 22, 2014
30th of Kislev, 5775, 8:30am
Tour of Tel Shiloh
Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors
תפילת נשים ראש חודש טבת בשילה הקדומה, תל שילה
יום ב' 22-12 ל' כסלו תשע"ה 8:30
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

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Mark your calendar, and join us. For more information, please contact me at shilohmuse@gmail.com with "Rosh Chodesh at Tel Shiloh" as subject, thanks.

You can visit the holy site anytime. Guided tours can be arranged through the Shiloh HaKeduma, Ancient Shiloh office. Email visit@telshilo.org.il or phone 02-994-4019. 

Have a wonderful and blessed month. May the rain be a blessing for all, G-d willing.