PSYCHO GAL TO RUN FOR PSYCHO KNESSET

First an article from this Friday’s Jerusalem Post …..

American Jews move to Israel because they are too incompetent to get decent jobs otherwise, Yediot Aharonot columnist and Blazer magazine editor Ra’anan Shaked implied, after former The Jerusalem Postcolumnist Caroline Glick announced her entry to politics on the New Right Party (Hayamin Hehadash) list. He later clarified that he was only referring to “messianic extremists” like Glick.

Nice to know that I’m not the only one who thinks so ‘highly’ of her …

Glick’s ‘Final Solution’

In her own words, read her entry in Fridays’ Post

Or, How she became known as Psycho Gal

The Zionist journey I began in 1982 has taken me places I could never have dreamed of. It is my deepest hope and my intention that on my next stop, I will have the privilege of advancing the Zionist enterprise I fell in love with so many years ago.

CAROLINE GLICK SPEAKS OUT ABOUT HER DECISION TO JOIN SHAKED, BENNETT

It has been my conviction to use my pen, keyboard and voice to shape and expand Israel’s maneuver room.

BY CAROLINE B. GLICK

When I was 12 years old, my family took our first trip outside the United States.

We came to Israel on a two-week family tour. It was July 1982. The Lebanon War had just begun. In retrospect, it was the first step on what has become my lifelong Zionist journey.

I was moved by everything I saw. The IDF soldiers hitchhiking home for leave from the battlefields in Lebanon looked like movie stars. Ma’aleh Adumim, now a major city, was a clutch of mobile homes in the desert but the gleam in the eyes of the settlers showed the promise of what was to come.

The markets of Jerusalem, the beaches in Tel Aviv, the shells of Syrian tanks on the Golan Heights and the fish in the Sea of Galilee captivated my imagination.

The Western Wall awoke me to the immutable fact that the Nation of Israel, the Land of Israel and the Law of Israel are indivisible.

Hearing Hebrew, the language of prayer shouted out from every corner filled me with awe. And seeing the multiethnic society of Jews from every corner of the world shook me to my core. After two thousand years, in an act of will with no parallel in human history, Jews of all races, backgrounds, and cultures; Jews with unique, fervently kept traditions came home and began patching together a people forcibly separated for 50 generations.

During that first trip to Israel, I understood that the future of the Jewish people was being forged in Israel, not in the Diaspora, not even in my warm community on the south side of Chicago.

I loved America. But I wanted to move to Israel.

Nine years later, in 1991, two weeks after I finished college, I fulfilled my wish. I boarded an El Al flight to Tel Aviv with a one-way ticket in my hand. A week later, I took my first step towards the second stop on my Zionist journey: the Israel Defense Force. Two months after dropping down, I started basic training.

I served in the IDF for five and a half years, leaving as a captain. Most of my service was spent in negotiations sessions with the PLO. As the coordinator of negotiations on civil affairs with the Palestinians in the Defense Ministry, I was a core – if junior – member of the Israeli negotiating team during the Oslo peace process years.

In the IDF, as in all the stations I passed in my professional life, I viewed my work as a calling. I always believed that I had the ability to impact the country and the people for the better, and that it was my duty to try to do so.

For the past 18 years, as a writer in Israeli and international media, it has been my conviction that my job is to use my pen, my keyboard and my voice to shape and expand Israel’s maneuver room whether in relation to the international arena, to military questions, to legal affairs or to political issues.

The job of a commentator is to interpret reality. The media’s habit of simplifying issues by treating everything as an either-or proposition is disastrous for formulating policy. Israel’s options are rarely binary. On almost all issues, Israel has a full spectrum of options. Yet, due to media pressure, our leaders often miss them.

To advance its interests in the international arena, for instance, Israel doesn’t need to bow before foreign powers. It needs to show foreign powers that they want what Israel has to offer and that it is in their interest to work with Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the only prime minister Israel has had that fully understands and implements this basic truth.

The same is the case with the Palestinians. Israel has nothing to fear in its dealing with the Palestinians. The choice we were presented with for more than a generation – either peace with a Palestinian state or war without one – was a false and destructive conceit. It was based on a wide array of lies and delusions. I devoted hundreds of columns and my book, The Israeli Solution, to expose them.

So too, if we want to understand historic processes unfolding, we need to understand history. I saw it as my job as a columnist to explain the relevance of history to our current challenges and to expose the ignorance of much of what passes for historical wisdom in the popular discourse, whether in relation to German history, to Jewish history, to American history, or to Islamic history.

Over the past several years, I found myself returning over and over again to the study of basic issues of governance. This was no esoteric exploit.

Over the past several years, the term “rule of law” in Israel has been turned on its head. Rather than denote the dispassionate enforcement of duly promulgated laws, it has come to mean what President Reuven Rivlin once referred to as the tyranny of the “rule of law mafia,” that is, the rule of unchecked lawyers.

I was moved by everything I saw. The IDF soldiers hitchhiking home for leave from the battlefields in Lebanon looked like movie stars. Ma’aleh Adumim, now a major city, was a clutch of mobile homes in the desert but the gleam in the eyes of the settlers showed the promise of what was to come.

The markets of Jerusalem, the beaches in Tel Aviv, the shells of Syrian tanks on the Golan Heights and the fish in the Sea of Galilee captivated my imagination.

The Western Wall awoke me to the immutable fact that the Nation of Israel, the Land of Israel and the Law of Israel are indivisible.

Hearing Hebrew, the language of prayer shouted out from every corner filled me with awe. And seeing the multiethnic society of Jews from every corner of the world shook me to my core. After two thousand years, in an act of will with no parallel in human history, Jews of all races, backgrounds, and cultures; Jews with unique, fervently kept traditions came home and began patching together a people forcibly separated for 50 generations.

During that first trip to Israel, I understood that the future of the Jewish people was being forged in Israel, not in the Diaspora, not even in my warm community on the south side of Chicago.

I loved America. But I wanted to move to Israel.

Nine years later, in 1991, two weeks after I finished college, I fulfilled my wish. I boarded an El Al flight to Tel Aviv with a one-way ticket in my hand. A week later, I took my first step towards the second stop on my Zionist journey: the Israel Defense Force. Two months after dropping down, I started basic training.

I served in the IDF for five and a half years, leaving as a captain. Most of my service was spent in negotiations sessions with the PLO. As the coordinator of negotiations on civil affairs with the Palestinians in the Defense Ministry, I was a core – if junior – member of the Israeli negotiating team during the Oslo peace process years.

In the IDF, as in all the stations I passed in my professional life, I viewed my work as a calling. I always believed that I had the ability to impact the country and the people for the better, and that it was my duty to try to do so.

For the past 18 years, as a writer in Israeli and international media, it has been my conviction that my job is to use my pen, my keyboard and my voice to shape and expand Israel’s maneuver room whether in relation to the international arena, to military questions, to legal affairs or to political issues.

The job of a commentator is to interpret reality. The media’s habit of simplifying issues by treating everything as an either-or proposition is disastrous for formulating policy. Israel’s options are rarely binary. On almost all issues, Israel has a full spectrum of options. Yet, due to media pressure, our leaders often miss them.

To advance its interests in the international arena, for instance, Israel doesn’t need to bow before foreign powers. It needs to show foreign powers that they want what Israel has to offer and that it is in their interest to work with Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the only prime minister Israel has had that fully understands and implements this basic truth.

The same is the case with the Palestinians. Israel has nothing to fear in its dealing with the Palestinians. The choice we were presented with for more than a generation – either peace with a Palestinian state or war without one – was a false and destructive conceit. It was based on a wide array of lies and delusions. I devoted hundreds of columns and my book, The Israeli Solution, to expose them.

So too, if we want to understand historic processes unfolding, we need to understand history. I saw it as my job as a columnist to explain the relevance of history to our current challenges and to expose the ignorance of much of what passes for historical wisdom in the popular discourse, whether in relation to German history, to Jewish history, to American history, or to Islamic history.

Over the past several years, I found myself returning over and over again to the study of basic issues of governance. This was no esoteric exploit.

Over the past several years, the term “rule of law” in Israel has been turned on its head. Rather than denote the dispassionate enforcement of duly promulgated laws, it has come to mean what President Reuven Rivlin once referred to as the tyranny of the “rule of law mafia,” that is, the rule of unchecked lawyers.

Israel’s Basic Law: Knesset defines the Knesset as the sovereign. That is because the public elects its members in national elections. Members of Knesset in turn, elect the government as the executive arm of the people’s will. That is how it works in democracies. The parliament legislates laws. The executive implements policies in accordance with the law and the mandate it receives from the public at the ballot box. The job of the judicial branch is to interpret laws.

Over the past several years, and with growing intensity in the past four years, the authority of the Knesset to promulgate laws has diminished. The combined forces of the attorney-general and the justices of the Supreme Court have seized not only the power to abrogate laws and interfere with the legislative process, but to dictate laws through legal opinions and judgments. The same goes for executive power. Not only have the justices and attorneys arrogated to themselves the power to cancel government decisions and policies, they have also asserted the power to dictate policies to the government.

Through these acts of the legal fraternity, the powers of Israel’s elected officials have been whittled down. This week we learned that Supreme Court president Esther Hayut has quietly empaneled a forum of 11 justices to determine the legality of Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People.

In Israel, Basic Laws are essentially the constitutional foundations of the state.

If Hayut goes through with adjudicating petitions against the law, even if the justices rule that the Basic Law is legal, by claiming the power to adjudicate a Basic Law, the justices will seize the power to undermine the foundations of the state.

The Law of Return, which is the anchor of Jewish peoplehood and the ingathering of exiles, has long been a red flag for post-Zionist radicals who reject Israel’s right to exist as a specifically Jewish state. There is every reason to believe that if the justices seize the power to undermine Basic Laws, they will not hesitate to go after the Law of Return.

Watching this dangerous trend of events, I have used my position as a columnist to warn the public about what is happening and to empower Israel’s politicians to fight for their powers. If Israel is to maintain its democracy, our elected officials must be empowered to challenge the legal fraternity and restore to the Knesset the sole power to legislate laws.

Given the gravity of the situation, the disputes over Israel’s borders, its energy policies, its immigration policies, its economic policies and its military policies become secondary concerns. The key question that hangs in the balance today is whether the Knesset will restore its power as the repository of the people’s will in accordance with law or will it become a mere debating society with the actual power to determine Israel’s future devolved entirely to bureaucrats ruled by a handful of unelected lawyers and judges? Because if the latter happens, the people will lose all ability to determine the outcome of every other aspect of national life.

Every once in a while, over the past year or two, I found myself wondering whether I should throw my hat into the ring and enter politics. Could I be effective in advancing the goal of restoring the powers of the Knesset from inside the Knesset or am I better off staying where I am? Since this was a purely hypothetical question, I left it open.

This brings me to my decision this week to move to a new stop on my Zionist journey.

This week I decided to respond positively to an offer from Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Education Minister Naftali Bennett to join their new party, the New Right (Hayamin Hehadash), and run on their Knesset slate.

True, there is more than one party that reflects my views in the Knesset, at least officially. But in recent years, the political leaders who have done the most to translate my positions into action have been Shaked and Bennett.

They share my concern for Israel’s future as a democracy. They dare to insist that to restore and strengthen Israeli democracy, the current power balance between bureaucrats on the one hand and elected officials on the other must be turned on its head. Whether they are discussing the vast expansion of the power of military lawyers over field commanders in the IDF, the necessity of enforcing the laws of Israel over its Arab citizens with the same alacrity as it is enforced over its Jewish citizens, or rejecting the notion that the Supreme Court has the power to overturn Basic Laws, Bennett and Shaked have consistently communicated and advanced positions I view as critical for the future of the country.

No less importantly for me as a proud Jew who never understood what I see as a largely artificial distinction between religious and secular Jews, their new party doesn’t seek to serve just one type of Israeli. It seeks to represent the full spectrum of the Israeli society that I saw and fell in love with, in all its rich diversity, in that pivotal first visit in the summer of 1982.

I am convinced that restoring Israel’s democratic institutions is the most urgent task we face today. And while I would have been happy to continue advocating for legal reform from my position in the media, when Bennett and Shaked asked me to join them in their efforts to advance this goal from the Knesset, I said yes with little hesitation.

The Zionist journey I began in 1982 has taken me places I could never have dreamed of. It is my deepest hope and my intention that on my next stop, I will have the privilege of advancing the Zionist enterprise I fell in love with so many years ago.

#PanamaPapers ~~ SAUDI KING FINANCED NETANYAHU’S ELECTION CAMPAIGN

Isaac Herzog, member of the Knesset and Chairman of the Israeli Labor party, revealed that Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz financed the election campaign of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Let’s see if Bibi can wiggle his way out of this one ….

New Panama Papers Data Leak has revealed that the king of Saudi Arabia Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz gave  eighty million dollars to support Netanyahu’s campaign

New Panama Papers Data Leak has revealed that the king of Saudi Arabia Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz gave eighty million dollars to support Netanyahu’s campaign

Panama Papers: Saudi Arabia King Sponsored Netanyahu’s Campaign

“In March 2015, King Salman has deposited eighty million dollars to support Netanyahu’s campaign via a Syrian-Spanish person named Mohamed Eyad Kayali. The money was deposited to a company’s account in British Virgin Islands owned by Teddy Sagi, an Israeli billionaire and businessman, who has allocated the money to fund the campaign Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu”, Herzog cited a leaked Panama Paper.

Around eleven million documents were leaked from one of the world’s most secretive companies, Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca as it worked for 40 years without suspicion. The leaked documents showed how Mossack Fonseca firm has helped clients launder money, dodge sanctions and evade tax.

The documents held by the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca have been delivered to the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, which then shared them with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Later, around 107 media organisations in 78 countries have been analysing the documents. Among the media agencies are the BBC, Panorama and UK newspaper the Guardian. The BBC said that it does not know the identity of the source.

However, the director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), Gérard Ryle said the documents covered the day-to-day business at Mossack Fonseca over the past 40 years. He said it will be one of the biggest blows offshore,”I think the leak will prove to be probably the biggest blow the offshore world has ever taken because of the extent of the documents.” The blow will extend offshore the world,even middle east leaders were linked to this company.

The documents show 12 current or former heads of state with at least 60 people linked to current or former world leaders in the data. It also contains secret offshore companies linked to the families and associates of Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak, Libya’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and Saudi Arabia’s king Salman.

Moreover, the documents include the Icelandic Prime Minister, Sigmundur Gunnlaugson, who had a hidden interest related to his wife’s wealth and is now facing calls for his resignation. The files also unveiled suspected money laundering ring with billion dollars involving close associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The documents also show how the company offered financial assistances and services how it helped business clients hide their wealth or to do illegal many transactions.

 

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AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA FROM ‘THE ISRAELI GENERAL’S SON’

Miko Peled is an Israeli writer and activist living in the US. He was born and raised in Jerusalem. His father was the late Israeli General Matti Peled. Driven by a personal family tragedy to explore Palestine, its people and their narrative. He has written a book about his journey from the sphere of the privileged Israeli to that of the oppressed Palestinians. His book is titled “The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.” Peled speaks nationally and internationally on the issue of Palestine. Peled supports the creation of a single democratic state in all of Palestine, he is also a firm supporter of BDS.

An open letter to president Obama

By Miko Peled

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When America voted for you the first time, many people were very optimistic. A man with an African Muslim father, an African Muslim name and what seemed like a caring heart and a brilliant mind. That was both refreshing and promising. You came into office with big promises, your first inaugural address was heard around the world with ears anticipating change, but as it turns out it was merely a crescendo of rhetoric. You promised hope to the poor and disenfranchised in this country, reconciliation with the Arab and Muslim world and even peace and justice in Palestine.

But, unfortunately you have been a failure and a disappointment. As a black man, you had an unprecedented opportunity to address the issues of Blacks, but you didn’t. You showed no care for Black lives or for the lives of Blacks in America. You said little and did even less to stop the killing of Black men and the mass incarceration of Blacks. You said nothing and did nothing regarding the over due payment of reparations to the descendants of slaves, men and women upon whose backs the US economy was built. And, if any proof was needed, the outcry of the Black Lives Matter movement shows that your priorities were elsewhere.

As things stand today, even with a President whose middle name is Hussein, there has never been a worse time to be an Arab and a Muslim in America. As Commander in Chief you brought death and destruction on Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, and now Syria. You did little to promote peace or justice in Palestine.

In your inaugural address you said: “To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” Yet you warmly held hands with Saudi dictators who silence dissent by death. Then in Egypt you allowed a military coup to depose the democratically elected President Mohammad Morsi, who now awaits execution while reinforcing the clenched fist of the dictator Abdel Fatah El-Sisi by allowing the flow of billions of dollars of foreign aid money into his pockets.

In your inaugural address you promised us: “America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity.” But even as you were preparing this address, going through these very words, Israel was bombing Gaza senselessly, causing the death of over one thousand innocent civilians and the injury of countless more, and you said nothing. In Palestine, the prime example of a place where people seek a future of peace and dignity, you allowed Israel to continue to bomb and kill with the full financial, military and political backing of the United States.

As President, for the last seven years you have given Israel your full support to kill, maim, arrest and torture men, women and children. The number of Palestinians made homeless, the number of Palestinian children arrested and abused and the number of Palestinian refugees waiting to return to their homes is getting higher by the minute, yet you supported Israel.

Mr. President, in the summer of 2014, when Israel murdered thousands of Palestinian civilians, and young Palestinians in Gaza fought bravely to defend their homes and their families, futile though it may have been, instead of supporting those who seek peace and dignity, you chose to provide Israel with more arms and more money.

Though you claimed, “for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken.” Then you allowed Netanyahu to disgrace you, to walk, like Cesar marching into Rome, his hands stained with Palestinian blood into Congress. He was a victor, while you cowered away in some corner and let him spew his hateful lies. Where, Mr. President was your spirit then?

But though you were a disappointment, though you have failed us, there is one window of opportunity available to you, if you wish to redeem yourself. For the past seven years, five innocent men sit in federal prison falsely charged and wrongly convicted on charges of material support for a terrorist organization. These five men are referred to as the HLF-5, or the Holy Land Foundation Five. If you take the time to review this case, you will see what I and many others have seen and said, that in this case, the entire judicial system had been taken hostage, the constitution, the laws that govern the land, the regulations by which government agencies are supposed to function have all been placed on hold in order to convict five innocent men.

In reviewing this case you, Mr. President will see what many have us have seen and continue to see, that pressure by Israel, post 9/11 hysteria, prosecutorial over reach and a cowardice of the members of the judiciary have led five good innocent men into a living hell. Five family men, men who came to this country and contributed to their community, men who wanted nothing but to help others, must now live caged like criminals.

President George W Bush using executive order 13224 shut down the Holy land Foundation, once the largest Muslim charity in this country, in December of 2001 and now you must reverse this order, reinstate the Foundation, exonerate the five men in federal prison and order that an apology be given to them, their families and the entire Arab and Muslim community in America. Then you must order that they be compensated and the money taken from them be returned with the appropriate interest.

The closure of HLF brought misery not only to the five men and their family. It brought fear and anxiety to America’s finest communities, the Muslim and Arab communities. Furthermore, this closure ended crucial help to the poor, the fatherless, the homeless and the needy in Palestine. In the words of Mohammad Abumoharam, a local social worker in Gaza, “I cannot possibly find words to convey the level of poverty and suffering that exists in Palestine in general and in Gaza in particular. HLF has been able to significantly alleviate the suffering of thousands in Palestine, giving them some hope for a better life.” The closure of the HLF and the freezing of their assets by the government stopped all that.

Until the seizure of its assets on December 4, 2001, the Holy Land Foundation provided charitable and humanitarian aid to refugees, orphans, victims of human and natural disasters, and other poor and needy persons and entities throughout the world, without regard to faith or political affiliation. Among its other charitable and humanitarian work, Holy Land has organized aid to victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks; it has provided assistance to victims and relief workers at the Oklahoma City bombing site; to victims of flooding in Oklahoma and Iowa; to victims of riots in Los Angeles; to tornado victims in Fort Worth; to the needy in Paterson, New Jersey; to earthquake victims in Turkey and India; to victims of the Bosnian and Kosovo conflicts; to victims of the conflict in Chechnya; to victims of flooding in Mozambique; and to refugees, orphans, and other persons and entities in need in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, and Jordan.

Mr. President, this case is an embarrassment to the United States government, the US Department of Justice, and the entire US judicial system. In one year you will be out of office. At fifty-five you will have been a two term president, the first half African half American President, and you are undoubtedly going to be one of the richest men on earth. What will be your legacy? You sir, have the opportunity, indeed the responsibility to release without delay, Ghassan Elashi, Shukri Abu-Baker, Mufid Abdulqader, Abdulrahman Odeh and Mohammad El-Mezzaine, also known as the HLF-5. Please do not disappoint us again.

Sincerely,
Miko Peled

 

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ISRAEL’S NEW COALYNCHIA*

*UNITED TO LYNCH PALESTINE

The government will include explicitly murderous elements, including Ayelet Shaked, who openly called for murdering innocent civilians, including children.

The Emperor's New Clothes by Latuff

The Emperor’s New Clothes by Latuff … Preparing to feed Palestine to the lions

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Israel’s new government: Fascist par excellence

By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine

The new Israeli coalition government is likely to be the most extremist since Israel’s creation in Palestine 67 years ago. The composition of the government leaves no doubt as to the direction it will take and policies it will adopt at the domestic front, toward the Palestinians and internationally.

The Israeli opposition leader, Isaac Herzog, has labeled the new government “the weakest, the most extortionist, and narrowest government in Israel’s history.” Writing on his Facebook page, Herzog described the new coalition as one “of no responsibility, no governance and no stability.” These epithets and descriptions can be viewed as controversial, coming from the leadership of a political party that lost the recent elections.

However, from a third-party perspective, e.g. a Palestinian view point, and in light of the composition of the new coalition, we can assume that the next Israeli government will be the most fascist, most extremist, most pugnacious and most anti-peace government in the Jewish state’s history.

The government will include explicitly murderous elements, including Ayelet Shaked, who openly called for murdering innocent civilians, including children.

The new government will be a government of settlers, for the settlers and by the settlers. Indeed, with a fanatical settler leader the aforementioned Shaked becoming “Justice Minister,” it is expected that the entire justice system in Israel will be manipulated in the service of the fascist-minded settlers and their crazy ambitions, namely the seizure of more Palestinian land and property as well as the possible expulsion of many Palestinians from their ancestral homeland.

Needless to say, the settlers’ strategy is to establish a racist Jewish state, “unspoiled and uncontaminated by goyem.”

The new government is also expected to complete the process of killing and burying the already moribund peace process.

Given the clear-cut fascist mindset of the bulk of its coalition partners, the new government will strongly resist any potential international pressure coming from the West, including Israel’s guardian-ally the United States.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and right-wing allies already view U.S. President Barak Obama with utter contempt. Netanyahu’s obvious disrespect of the man in the White House was brazenly illustrated shortly before the Israeli elections, when the Israeli premier flew in the face of the White House by delivering a speech in Congress, against the wishes of Obama.

One Israeli commentator intimated that Netanyahu’s unspoken words then sounded like this:  ‘I, not Obama, call the shots, in Washington.”

Now, with the Republican Party sheepishly groveling at Netanyahu’s feet, the self-absorbed Israeli premier is likely to display more arrogance and recalcitrance, not only vis-à-vis the helpless Palestinians but also in his approach to the rest of the world.

Open war on the Palestinians

The new Israeli government is likely to seek to further narrow Palestinian horizons as never before. This might include a number of draconian repressive measures against Palestinians including a marked escalation in land seizure, a marked escalation in house-demolition and a marked escalation in the especially cruel policy of detaining Palestinian activists for prolonged periods without charge or trial.

In the Gaza Strip, Israel under the new government would probably perfect the already hermetic blockade of the coastal enclave. Moreover, Israel may be allured to carry out another war of aggression on Gaza, if only to appease the sadistic urges of various coalition partners.

This week, Israeli “defense” minister Moshe Yaalon, who will retain the post in the new government, on Tuesday said Israel would attack entire civilian neighborhoods during any future assault on Gaza or Lebanon.

“We are going to hurt Lebanese civilians to include kids of the family. We went through a very long deep discussion … we did it then, we did it in [the] Gaza Strip, we are going to do it in any round of hostilities in the future,” Yaalon was quoted as saying at a conference in Jerusalem this week.

The next government is also likely to give the manifestly fascist settlers a free rein to harass, torment, dispossess and even murder innocent Palestinians. The unbridled settler violence could eventually lead to a bloody showdown between Israel and the Palestinian people as the weak Palestinian Authority (PA) would find itself in an unviable situation, being utterly unable to protect its own citizens from the unrestrained ghoul, while having to rely on Israel for its very survival.

More provocations at al-Masjidul Aqsa

In addition to settler violence, it is widely expected that the new Israeli government will give Messianic Jewish extremists a carte blanch to carry out more provocations against Muslims at the Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest shrine in Islam.

This could trigger a huge conflagration in the region as no other issue has the potential of galvanizing Arabs and Muslims against Israel. This in turn would create real problems for neighboring states, such as Jordan and Egypt, which have peace treaties with Israel.

All in all, a brazen Israeli insolence, met with official Arab impotence, would probably make extremist groups, such as al-Qaeda and IS, ever more appealing to the disillusioned masses. Even relatively moderate political groups like Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic liberation movement, could lose some of its luster in favor of the more radical groups. Moreover, in countries such as Jordan, popular indignation and rage would reach unprecedented levels.

This situation might induce certain regional powers to “fish in troubled water” by creating, financing and even arming “Houthis-like cells” for the purpose of destabilizing certain Arab countries. This would be more than just “creative anarchy and chaos.” It would be a nightmare coming true.

Coupled with the inevitable collapse of the  peace process, or whatever has remained of it, a heightened tension over al-Masjidul Aqsa, accompanied with various levels of violence and bloodshed, would make this summer distinctively “hot,” as the region might witness  paradoxical forces moving in opposition directions, including millions of people boiling with anger, regimes struggling  rather desperately to survive in the face of simmering discontent in the Main Street, and, of course, a recalcitrant Israel hell-bent on fulfilling its Messianic aspirations

From my vantage point here in the West Bank, will continue to hope and pray for peace. However, the looming portents don’t seem auspicious at all. They look rather very very gloomy.

ASS KISSERS’ FINAL ~~ NETANYAHU TO FORM NEW GOVERNMENT

After attaining the support of 61 future Knesset members, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has officially won the right to form Israel’s 34th government on Monday.

More powerful than the election itself

More powerful than the election itself

Netanyahu to form next Israeli government

After garnering 61 voices in his favor, sitting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be tasked by President Rivlin with gathering factions to form Israel’s 34th government; Yesh Atid to sit in opposition.

After attaining the support of 61 future Knesset members, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has officially won the right to form Israel’s 34th government on Monday.

The incumbent prime minister received the support of 10 seats from Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu, pushing him above the threshold needed to form a coalition.

Earlier on the second day of the nomination process, Yesh Atid informed President Reuven Rivlin that it would not recommend any candidate as prime minister. “We have decided to sit in the opposition,” MK Yael German told Rivlin.

“We will serve the people from the opposition,” stressed the second Yesh Atid representative, MK Meir Cohen. So far, incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has received support of 51 MKs, Zionist Union chief Isaac Herzog was nominated by 24, while another 24 abstained.

The second round of consultations with the factions began early on Monday in Jerusalem; Kulanu, Yisrael Beytenu, and Meretz are expected at the President’s Residence over the course of the day. Rivlin will likely officially nominate Prime Minister Netanyahu on Wednesday.

The Likud leader will then have until May 7 to form a coalition.

Several of the factions had appeared before the president on Sunday, with no unexpected surprises in their nominations. The Likud, Bayit Yehudi, Shas, and United Torah Judaism recommended Netanyahu – giving him 51 voices.

The Zionist Union expectedly threw its support behind its leader, Herzog, who thus won 24 voices, which will be joined by Meretz’ five seats. The Joint Arab List has decided to not nominate any candidate for prime minister.

Political sources also stressed on Sunday that a national unity government was out of the question. Both Likud and Zionist Union representatives signaled their intent to continue their rivalry in the Knesset, despite President Rivlin’s attempt to reconcile between the parties.

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My take on the election results can be seen in THIS post

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And Bibi’s comment ….

Read between the lines (fingers)!

Read between the lines (fingers)!

’13’ IS A LUCKY NUMBER FOR PALESTINE

THE VICTORS OF HOPE IN THE ISRAELI ELECTION

At first glance the Joint Arab List is a band of four parties that were coerced to run on a single ticket after the Israeli election threshold was increased, an obstacle propelled by right-wing groups. The perception was hardliners wanted Arab parties out of Knesset. The way they could achieve this was to force an ultimatum: Arab political groups, and one mixed party, would have to unite in a country where political divisions can be lethal to a faction’s survival.

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Meet the Knesset members from the Joint List

Allison Deger

 

Something has changed inside Israel for its Palestinian citizens. The hard data is revealing: voter turnout jumped by ten-percent from the last election and in the Joint Arab List’s party leader’s home district it was nearly an unheard of 80-percent. Civic engagement is happening, but that is not the only turn. The joint list is full of fresh faces with seven first time Knesset members, and two women, five communists, two national democrats, two Islamists, one Christian and one Israeli-Jew.

Party leader Ayman Odeh, 40, embodies most the directional shift inside of the bloc. He uses a civil rights framework, noted for quoting Martin Luther King Jr. while campaigning, telling voters he sees the party as a vehicle to mobilize mass non-violent civil disobedience. In Haifa days before the election Odeh said he wanted to organize an equal rights march of thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel and Jewish-Israelis in one year’s time.

For supporters, this isn’t fluff. Odeh’s emphasis on partnership—not just coexistence with Jewish-Israelis—is widely endorsed. He has a long history in politics. He held his first position in public office in Haifa’s city council at the age of 23 as a member of Israel’s Jewish-Arab communist party, Hadash. There he fought for student tax breaks and quickly rose up the political ranks to become Hadash’s chairman while still in his 30s.

At first glance the Joint Arab List is a band of four parties that were coerced to run on a single ticket after the Israeli election threshold was increased, an obstacle propelled by right-wing groups. The perception was hardliners wanted Arab parties out of Knesset. The way they could achieve this was to force an ultimatum: Arab political groups, and one mixed party, would have to unite in a country where political divisions can be lethal to a faction’s survival.

The candidates could have kept their old political divides alive, running on two lists instead of one, and still made it into Knesset. The primary discords are between the Islamist and communist, the two largest factions inside of the bloc. They differ in areas of labor and women’s rights. Do you support the separation of religion and state, the secular parties asked the Islamic group during a six-week period where they hashed out their disagreements? It was a genuine coming to terms. “Yes,” they said, “Because we don’t want to live in a Jewish state,” relayed Knesset-elect and first time politician Aida Touma-Suleiman while still on the campaign trail at an event in Tel Aviv in early March. Touma-Suleiman is a celebrated feminist. Though she has been a member of the communist party for over two decades, this will be her first time in public office.

By sitting together, over and over, to build a united front, Arab parties made pivotal decisions in the lead up to announcing their candidates. Foremost they realized as Palestinian citizens of Israel they all agree on one most basic principle: there should be equality under law and in practice between them and Israeli-Jews. Everything else, the peace process, the two state solution, polygamy could fall to the side. Their constituents see the internal resolutions and divisions as a new way forward, where diversity remains intact while pursuing equal rights with the power of Israel’s newly-minted third largest political party.

Meet the next Knesset members from the Joint Arab List:

Ayman Odeh (1) – Hadash
Many supporters have said Odeh represents “a new way forward” for Arab parties in Israel. He is deeply influenced by Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights struggle in the U.S., along with his upbringing in a mixed Jewish-Arab community. Odeh believes in securing the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel by working with Jewish-Israeli partners. In this election season he became well known amongst Israelis after a televised debate with Avigdor Liberman who said Odeh should not be allowed to speak in Israel, and should go to the West Bank.

Masud Ghnaim (2) – United Arab List
Ghnaim is a current Knesset member from an Islamic party and a teacher by profession. He has a degree in middle eastern history from the University of Haifa. He previously served on the city council of his home town Sakhnin, in northern Israel.

Dr. Jamal Zahalka (3) – Balad
Zahalka is has been a member of Knesset since 2003. He is the leader of the national democratic party, Balad. He assumed the chariman position after former head Azmi Bishara went into exile.

Dr. Ahmed Tibi (4) – Ta’al
Out of all of the joint list’s Knesset members, Tibi has the longest history inside of Israel’s parliament. He has served since 1999 and is the co-founder of Ta’al and Islamic party. He is a vocal advocate for the Palestinian right of return for refugees. Before entering politics Tibi was a gynecologist.

Aida Touma- Suleiman (5) – Hadash
Touma-Suleiman has been a member of Hadash for decades and this will be her first time in public office. She is the founder of the feminist organization Women Against Violence and is the editor-in-chief of al-Ittihad, an Arabic daily newspaper published in Israel.

Abd al-Hakim Hajj Yahya (6) – United Arab List
Hajj Yahya is an engineer by training and this will be his first time as a member of Knesset.

Hanin Zoabi (7) – Balad
Zoabi is perhaps the most well-known Palestinian citizen of Israel serving in Knesset. She has held this position since 2009 and during her term in public service she has been attacked while speaking on the Knesset floor, and holds the title of the Knesset member with the longest suspension from office in Israel’s history. During election season, she was physically assaulted while speaking at a debate, along with a Jewish-Israeli spokesperson for the Joint List. Prior to entering politics Zoabi was a journalist.

Dov Khenin (8) – Hadash
Khenin is the Joint Arab List’s only Jewish-Israeli member to be elected into Knesset. He is a veteran member of Knesset, serving since 2006. Khenin is a political scientist with a PhD from Hebrew University.

Taleb Abu Arar (9) – United Arab List
Abu Arar is a prominent Bedouin politician and attorney. He first entered Knesset in 2013. Before, Abu Arar was the head of a local council in the Negev.

Dr. Yousef Jabarin (10) – Hadash
Jabarin is from Umm el-Fahm, a village in northern Israel that is regarded as a political stronghold for Palestinian citizens of Israel. He hold a PhD in law with a specialty in human rights. This will be his first term in Knesset.

Dr. Basel Ghattas (11) – Balad
Ghattas is a seasoned political figure. He co-founded the Balad party with his cousin Azmi Bishara in 1995, although he did not enter Knesset until 2013. He holds a PhD in engineering from Technion, and is of a Christian background.

Osama Saadi (12) – Ta’al
Saadi is a human rights lawyer known for working on issues relating to Palestinian prisoners. This will be his first term in Knesset.

Abdullah Abu Marouf (13) – Hadash
Abu Marouf is the only Druze member of Joint Arab List to enter Knesset. He is the founder of the Druze Initiative Committee and works with Physicians for Human Rights, as he is also a urologist.

 

Written for Mondoweiss

NETANYAHU’S VICTORY IS GOOD FOR PALESTINE

Yousef Munayyer who is the executive director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation wrote this brilliant Op-Ed which I found in the International Edition of The New York Times. It certainly puts a new and different perspective on the outcome of the Israeli election results.

Replacing Mr. Netanyahu with his challenger, Isaac Herzog, would have slowed down the B.D.S. movement and halted pressure on Israel by creating the perception of change. A new prime minister would have kick-started a new “peace process” based on previous failed models that would inevitably fail again because of a lack of real pressure on Israel to change its deplorable behavior.

The re-election of Mr. Netanyahu provides clarity.

A victory for Palestine

A victory for Palestine

Netanyahu’s Win Is Good for Palestine

BACKLASH AGAINST ISRAEL IS BEGINNING

Israel’s new ‘House of Cards’

By Amos Biderman in todays HaAretz

By Amos Biderman in today’s HaAretz

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The backlash is slow to start …. but it IS starting (Click on links)

US may withdraw support for Israel at Security Council 

The Jewish backlash itself …

How Can We Support Israel’s Ideals — but Not Bibi’s Ugly Rhetoric? 

HUNGARY REMEMBERS THE GAZA MASSACRE IN EUROVISION ENTRY

This alone is wonderful news …

Israel Election Result Complicates Life for Clinton

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Turning to how Netanyahu managed to defy the polls and come out on top, Stewart noted that the prime minister had gone “full settler” in the final stretch of the campaign. The host showed clips explaining how Netanyahu made campaign stops in the settlements for the first time, pledged to never support a Palestinian state and in the end turned to race-baiting to drive up his numbers. 

The ‘race-baiting’

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To see who the real victors were in the election, click on link (from yesterday’s post)

THE VICTORS OF HOPE IN THE ISRAELI ELECTION

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Arrogance does not make one a winner

 

THE VICTORS OF HOPE IN THE ISRAELI ELECTION

Hope for a Free Palestine and Peace

Hope for a Free Palestine and Peace

What was almost a tradition in Israeli elections came to an end this year. Traditionally, the Palestinian electorate in Israel called for a boycott of the voting process. This time was different with leaders of both Hamas and Fatah urging them to vote for the ‘Joint Arab List’. Their call was endorsed by local Palestinian leaders in Israel itself.

At least two prominent Jews in Israel also endorsed the Party, Avraham Burg  and Gideon Levy, both urging Jews to vote for it. Uri Avnery was tempted to join the endorsers, but if you read THIS you will see how his zionist sentiments stopped him.

On Election Day itself, Netanyahu posted the following on his FaceBook page …

”Right wing gov’t in danger Arabs voting in droves”

This alone was an endorsement

Well, they did ‘vote in droves’ and here is the result …

The Victors of Hope!

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The following analysis from Ynet

While the Joint Arab List hoped to gain 15 Knesset seats in the recent elections, it still garnered a big achievement with the 14 seats it received in Israel’s 20th Knesset. 

The Joint Arab List: Seven new MKs, two women and a lot of hope

Newly formed Joint Arab List becomes third largest party in the Knesset after elections; party members promise to take care of important issues in Arab sector and strengthen Palestinian identity.

While the Joint Arab List hoped to gain 15 Knesset seats in the recent elections, it still garnered a big achievement with the 14 seats it received in Israel’s 20th Knesset.

After a high voter turnout in the Arab sector, some polling stations registered a voter turnout of more than 70 percent, the true test of the Joint Arab List will be to stay united and prevent itself from scattering into smaller factions. Many Arab Israeli citizens called upon the members of the party to continue working together on a joint political platform.

The party has seven new MKs, among them the head of the Joint Arab List Aiman Uda, a resident of Haifa. The other new members include Aida Touma-Sliman (Akko), engineer Abd al-Hakim Hajj Yahya (Tayibe), Dr. Yosef Jabareen (Umm al-Fahem), lawyer Osama Sa’adi (Arraba), and Dr. Abdullah Abu Maaruf (Yarka).

The Joint Arab List includes two women and 12 men.

New MKs plan out Knesset term

“I hope these results will be a lever for continued cooperation with the (Arab) sector, in order to serve it in all sorts of areas, even outside of the Knesset,” said MK Abd al-Hakim Hajj Yahya.

“There are a lot of social causes that the Joint Arab List can contribute to. The results of the elections are not a surprise to us, but it is good news. The comments made by Netanyahu against the Arab sector in the last days of the campaign did not make a big impact, but the warning Netanyahu made is very dangerous for the continuation of co-existence,” said Hajj Yahya.

The Arab Israeli politician has already begun to plan his term in the next Knesset. “I am going to serve the Arab sector on central issues such as planning and construction law, in light of the problems we have in planning, industrial areas and building without a permit,” he said. “I will also take care of the advancement of local authorities because in my opinion authorities which plan to rehabilitate have not failed, but rather it shows that there is something in the government’s policy that needs to change.”

New MK Aida Touma-Sliman hopes to represent women. “I would like to deal with social issues in the next Knesset and the civil rights of the Arab population along with women’s rights which I have been occupied with for more than 20 years and will continue to be occupied with in the future.”

“Likewise, I will focus on the employment of Arab women and legislation to protect women from violence. Of course the diplomatic issue cannot be ignored and the aspects of political activity,” she added.

Regarding the election results, Touma-Sliman said: “Our results provide happiness and strengthen us. The public gave us its wide confidence and clearly said that it supports the approach of unity and the attempt to gain power and protect ourselves from the waves of racism that are washing over Israel.”

New MK Osama Sa’adi was disappointed with the change that did not end up coming: “The national right-wing camp and Netanyahu came out with a surprise and kept their reign. We are the third largest faction and this is the first time something like this has happened in history. We achieved another goal – the Yachad faction along with Eli Yishai and the racist Baruch Marzel are outside of the Knesset. Now the work begins to impact and bring about achievement for the sector that sent us.”

Sa’adi continued and said: “I want to work in my field, which is the Law and Justice Committee, to prevent racist legislation and to work for fair legislation for the Arab sector.”

Sa’adi also said he would like to work on the issue of Palestinian detainees which he says is “a subject that has been close to my heart for over 25 years.” Sa’adi also plans to work on subjects such as land confiscation and housing demolitions.

Regarding fears the list will separate once the new government forms, Sa’adi said, “We promised we would create a joint list and we created it, therefore the trust that the Arab sector gave us commits us to continue to work as one faction, there is no reason to break it down. We will not let the Arab public down.”

Dr. Yosef Jabraan, another new addition to the Joint Arab List, said that the party will focus on issues that were the basis of their election to the Knesset. “Education, housing and violence are the main issues that I want to deal with. These are the issues that our voters clearly brought up during the campaign,” he explained.

“The advancement of Arab education, including higher education, will be my priority, including the allocation of resources, including changing the curriculum to include the Arab-Palestinian identity as well as the restructuring of the system so that it will be managed by Arab educators. Without substantial reform of the education system, we cannot promote and advance the stance of the Arab citizens in Israel.”

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The Final results as of today … Joint Arab List down one, Meretz up one

Likud

1. Benjamin Netanyahu
2. Gilad Erdan
3. Yuli Edelstein
4. Yisrael Katz
5. Miri Regev
6. Silvan Shalom
7. Moshe Ya’alon
8. Ze’ev Elkin
9. Danny Danon
10. Yariv Levin
11. Benny Begin
12. Tzachi Hanegbi
13. Yuval Steinitz
14. Gila Gamliel
15. Ofir Akunis
16. David Bitan
17. Haim Katz
18. Jackie Levy
19. Yoav Kish
20. Tzipi Hotovely
21. Dudu Amsalem
22. Miki Zohar
23. Anat Berko
24. Ayoub Kara
25. Nava Boker
26. Avi Dichter
27. Avraham Nagosa
28. Nurit Koren
29. Yaron Mazuz
30. Oren Hazan

Zionist Union

1. Isaac Herzog
2. Tzipi Livni
3. Shelly Yachimovich
4. Stav Shaffir
5. Itzik Shmuli
6. Omer Bar-Lev
7. Hilik Bar
8. Amir Peretz
9. Merav Michaeli
10. Eitan Cabel
11. Manuel Trajtenberg
12. Erel Margalit
13. Mickey Rosenthal
14. Revital Swid
15. Danny Atar
16. Yoel Hasson
17. Zuhair Bahloul
18. Eitan Broshi
19. Michal Biran
20. Nachman Shai
21. Ksenia Svetlova
22. Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin
23. Yossi Yona
24. Eyal Ben-Reuven

Join (Arab) List

1. Ayman Odeh
2. Masud Ganaim
3. Jamal Zahalka
4. Ahmad Tibi
5. Aida Touma-Sliman
6. Abd al-Hakim Hajj Yahiya
7. Hanin Zoabi
8. Dov Khenin
9. Taleb Abu Arar
10 Yosef Jabareen
11. Basel Ghattas
12. Osama Sa’adi
13. Abdullah Abu Ma’aruf

Yesh Atid

1. Yair Lapid
2. Shai Piron
3. Yael German
4. Meir Cohen
5. Ya’akov Peri
6. Ofer Shelah
7. Haim Jelin
8. Karin Elharar
9. Yoel Razvozov
10. Aliza Lavie
11. Mickey Levy

Kulanu

1. Moshe Kahlon
2. Yoav Galant
3. Eli Elalouf
4. Michael Oren
5. Rachel Azaria
6. Tali Floskob
7. Yifat Sasha-Biton
8. Eli Cohen
9. Roy Folkman
10. Merav Ben Ari

Jewish Home

1. Naftali Bennett
2. Uri Ariel
3. Ayelet Shaked
4. Eli Ben-Dahan
5. Nissan Slomiansky
6. Yinon Magal
7. Moti Yogev
8. Bezalel Smotrich

Shas

1. Aryeh Deri
2. Yitzhak Cohen
3. Meshulam Nahari
4. Yakov Margi
5. David Azoulay
6. Yoav Ben-Tzur
7. Yitzhak Vaknin

Yisrael Beytenu

1. Avigdor Lieberman
2. Orly Levy-Abekasis
3. Sofa Landver
4. Ilan Shohat
5. Sharon Gal
6. Hamad Amar

United Torah Judaism

1. Yaakov Litzman
2. Moshe Gafni
3. Meir Porush
4. Uri Maklev
5. Eliezer Moses
6. Israel Eichler

Meretz

1. Zehava Gal-On
2. Ilan Gilon
3. Issawi Freij
4. Michal Rozin
5. Tamar Zandberg

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And the Hope of Return!

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Jon Stewart’s take on the Election results …

Jon Stewart Mocks Netanyahu: ‘Ginning Up Racist Fears of Minority Turnout’? That’s Our Thing!

ISRAEL NOT QUITE READY TO JOIN THE HUMAN RACE

The votes have been tallied from yesterday’s election … once again the people of Israel have lost their chances of becoming a part of the human race and taking its place in the community of nations.

The ugly face of zionization will still be the face the world sees when it looks at Israel …

Zionization

There were at least two positive aspects of the election …

First, the combined Palestinian Parties in in the race maintained their power and came in third.

Secondly, the Party of Eli Yishai which put American born fascist Baruch Marzel in their 4th spot failed to get even one seat in the upcoming Knesset. Marzel swore to take the smile of MK Zoabi’s face, you will see in the photos below that this did not happen.

Baruch Marzel, Eli Yishai Tomer Neuberg/Flash 90

Baruch Marzel, Eli Yishai Tomer Neuberg/Flash 90

It is still unclear who will be in the new government, but it will undoubtedly be headed by Netanyahu. The President of Israel seems to be leaning to declare a ‘Unity Government’ of the two major parties. This would only lead to continued stalemates on all issues and would surely mean another election in the very near future. It might be a ploy of Rivlin to get back at Netanyahu for not backing him in his bid for the Presidency a few months ago.

But, as things stand, Israelis voted to maintain the anti Israeli feelings that are manifesting themselves throughout the world, especially in Europe, in many instances at the cost of many innocent Jewish and Muslim lives. They have voted to continue the policies of Apartheid, Occupation and Ethnic Cleansing within Israel itself. They have voted to continue building new and expanding illegal settlements in the Occupied West Bank. They have voted to continue the siege of Gaza. Jerusalem will remain as an undivided city under zionist control with home demolitions and mass evictions in the Palestinian sector continuing. The ugly face of zion will remain for now.

Here are the faces of the next Knesset …. another post will soon follow as to who will be in the government itself.

Likud (Right)

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Zionist Union (Slightly left of Right, but still wrong)

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(Genuine Left)

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Yesh Atid (Right of Centre)

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Kulanu (Right of Centre)

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Bayit Yehudi (Very Right of Centre)

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Shas  (Religious Right)

Yesterday, many voters received SMS text messages from the grave of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef,  late spiritual head of this Right Party, saying that if you don’t vote for Shas that he won’t forgive you in this world or in the world to come. 

Halloween came early this year 😉

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United Torah Judaism (Religious Right)

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Yisrael Beytenu list (Extreme Right)

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Meretz (Left)

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The above results are not 100% conclusive, there might be slight changes.

Hopefully soon a more positive report will follow …

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IN COMICS ~~ THE ISRAELI ELECTION CAMPAIGN

It’s like a Larry David production

Larry David

Larry David

  ..........A SHOW ABOUT NOTHING
The major stars

The major stars

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Debating the 'issues'

Debating the ‘issues’

 
HaAretz's latest poll

HaAretz’s latest poll

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The campaign trail on the other side of the pond

The campaign trail on the other side of the pond

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Campaign in full swing in the Israeli District of Washington, DC

Campaign in full swing in the Israeli District of Washington, DC

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Congress loved Bibi's speech

Congress loved Bibi’s speech

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As did AIPAC the day before

As did AIPAC the day before

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The rafters almost came down from the excitement

The rafters almost came down from the excitement

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Mayhem in the streets of Washington and Tel Aviv after the speech

Mayhem in the streets of Washington and Tel Aviv after the speech

The worst part is that Bibi is making a joke out of it … instead of putting forth a program, his game is to attack the opposition … Sound familiar? 

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Hillary played the same game in 2008 …

But that hasn’t stopped Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and two of his challengers from copying it.

No matter who wins, the American taxpayer loses :(

No matter who wins, the American taxpayer loses 😦

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ATTACKS RATHER THAN ISSUES DOMINATE ISRAELI ELECTION CAMPAIGN

When most of the major players refuse to raise issues, what else could be expected?

As things stand now, the only losers in the upcoming election will be the electorate themselves.

Anyone thinking that Pretty Boy Lapid or War Criminal Livni would make a difference is barking up the wrong tree.

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Considering the fact that he's paying for the election, he has a right to interfere ;) From

Considering the fact that he’s paying for the election, he has a right to interfere 😉
From 

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...........From Reuters via Ynet

Netanyahu says sees ‘worldwide’ effort to topple him

‘Nothing is guaranteed because there is a huge, worldwide effort to topple the Likud government,’ says prime minister.



				

WHY NETANYAHU REALLY ADDRESSED CONGRESS

And here is what he didn’t say to Congress

The real reason for the trip …

Shocker! Benjamin Netanyahu Uses Speech to Congress in Campaign Ad

‘Non-Partisan’ Claim Out Window as Election Crunchtime Arrives

By JTA

Despite denials that his speech to Congress was a bid to boost his party in national elections in Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu’s party released a campaign ad showing him being applauded by congressmen.

The 80-second ad released Thursday comes as polls show Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party trailing the opposition Zionist Union by between three and five seats in Israel’s Knesset following the elections.

The ad shows Netanyahu speaking in the House Chamber and shows at least one of his standing ovations from members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. It juxtaposes scenes of Netanyahu speaking to Knesset, panning the empty seats of his opposition, to scenes of what appear to be a full House chamber and wild applause.

At least 60 congressmen boycotted the speech, citing, among other reasons, its taking place March 3, exactly two weeks before the Israeli elections. Netanyahu and his defenders said the preeminent reason for the speech was the urgency opposing Iran nuclear talks backed by President Barack Obama. The deadline for an outline of an agreement in the talks is March 24.

Netanyahu spoke at the invitation of the House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who in a breach of protocol did not consult the White House, congressional Democrats or the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. No Obama administration officials attended the speech, and Vice President Joe Biden, who conventionally co-chairs such events with the House speaker, was out of the country.

Obama declined to meet with Netanyahu while he was in Washington, also citing the proximity of Israel’s national elections.

How AlJazeera views Bibi’s ads …

Netanyahu under fire over election campaign ads

ADL BLASTS LIEBERMAN’S ISIS STANCE

“Minister Lieberman’s comments are divisive and unacceptable. Even suggesting that violence is an appropriate course of action against political rivals is beyond the pale.”

Doctored image circulated on Palestinian social media of Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman depicting him as Islamic State executioner, Jihadi John. (photo credit: nrg news website / screenshot)

Doctored image circulated on Palestinian social media of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman depicting him as Islamic State executioner, Jihadi John. (photo credit: nrg news website / screenshot)

ADL blasts Lieberman for remark urging beheadings

The Anti-Defamation League denounced on Tuesday remarks made by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in which he implied that Arabs disloyal to Israel should be decapitated — calling the comments “divisive and unacceptable.”

The prominent anti-Semitism watchdog’s censure came amid threats by Palestinian lawmakers to have Lieberman tried before the International Criminal Court for his comments.

Speaking at an elections event at the IDC, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, the Yisrael Beytenu party head had said Sunday that Israeli Arabs who support the state “should receive everything [in terms of rights]; those against us, it cannot be helped, we must lift up an ax and behead them — otherwise we will not survive here.”

ADL National Director Abraham Foxman upbraided Lieberman for his remarks and urged all candidates in Israel’s upcoming general election to avoid extremist rhetoric.

“Minister Lieberman’s comments are divisive and unacceptable. Even suggesting that violence is an appropriate course of action against political rivals is beyond the pale,” Foxman said

“While the last week of any election campaign features frenzied political positioning, we urge all candidates to exercise restraint in their language and avoid extremist rhetoric,” he said.

Israel’s general elections are scheduled for March 17.

Lieberman shrugged off the Palestinian ICC threat and traded barbs with Israeli-Arab Knesset members, threatening to revoke their citizenship if appointed defense minister. The ICC is based in The Hague in the Netherlands.

Arab Joint List MK Ahmad Tibi vowed to prosecute the foreign minister and labeled him the “Jewish Islamic State,” comparing Lieberman to the ruthless terror group that has carved out swaths of Syria and Iraq.

Israeli Arab rights group Adalah beat Tibi to the punch Monday and asked Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to open an investigation into Lieberman’s remarks for inciting violence.

Palestinian social media was also abuzz over Lieberman comments, with one circulated image comparing the Yisrael Beytenu chief to Islamic State executioner Jihadi John.

Lieberman hit back at the building opprobrium by reiterating that forceful actions must be taken against those who endanger the Jewish state.

“[The Palestinian Authority] will get an answer to that from me as defense minister,” he said, reflecting his aspirations for the powerful post after next week’s vote.

The latest polls predict Lieberman Yisrael Beytenu will win five or six seats in the 120-member parliament, which would make it difficult for him to receive a significant ministerial position, were he to join a coalition.

 

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ZION OUTRAGED BY THE TRUTH ABOUT ISIS

As if yesterday’s post wasn’t convincing enough, zion continues its attacks against Palestinians for speaking the truth in comparing zionism to ISIS …

The head of communications for the Joint Arab List party, Raja Za’atra, caused an outrage on Tuesday when he compared the Islamic State to the Zionist movement and claimed Hamas was not a terror organization. 

The true face of zion

The true face of zion

Arab list spokesman raises ire over comparison of Zionism to ISIS

‘Where do you think Islamic State learned these things? Look for what the Zionist movement did in 1948. The rape, the looting, the murder… the exact same things,’ Joint Arab List spokesman says at political panel.

 

The head of communications for the Joint Arab List party, Raja Za’atra, caused an outrage on Tuesday when he compared the Islamic State to the Zionist movement and claimed Hamas was not a terror organization.

During a political panel organized by the Bar Ilan University’s student union, Za’atra said: “Where do you think Daesh (Islamic State) learned these things?”

After someone in the audience responded with “From you!”, Za’atra continued: “Look for what the Zionist movement did in 1948. The rape, the looting, the murder… the exact same things.”

Za'atra at the panel (Photo: Bar Ilan students union)

Za’atra at the panel (Photo: Bar Ilan students union)

Ignoring the loud booing from the audience, Za’atra went on: “Daesh is the strategic partner to the State of Israel’s anti-peace policy.”

Za’atra, however, does not regret his comments. “I believe in every word,” he said after the panel.

The Zionist Union issued a harsh denunciation of Za’atra’s comments. “We expect the heads of the (Arab) list to immediately renounce these outrageous comment comparing Israel and the Islamic State, as well as his remark that Hamas is not a terror organization,” the party said in a statement. “The comparison between beheaders who have no humanity, to a nation that was reborn and made many contributions to the world, is intolerable and points to ignorance and hatred.”

The party went on to say that “we believe Israeli Arab citizens expect the Joint List to promote their rights and their needs and to solve their economic and social problems, rather than fan the flames of incitement and lies that will achieve the opposite. It’s regretful that the spokespeople of the Joint List are damaging the desire of the Arab and Jewish publics to live in coexistence. The Zionist Union will fight any attempt – both from within and from without – to hurt the morality of the establishment of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic country with full equality to all. So will we also fight Hamas – an Islamist terror organization seeking Israel’s annihilation, and we will ensure it remains on the list of terror organizations.”

Coalition chairman MK Ze’ev Elkin (Likud), who was present at the panel, also issured a condemnation. “Those who allow Hanin Zoabi run for Knesset should not be surprised when her friends praise Hamas or compared the horror of the Islamic State to the Zionist movement. I’m just wondering why (Amos) Yadlin and the Labor party chose to boycott (Baruch) Marzel but didn’t mind sitting next to a Hamas supporter.”

The Joint Arab List said that “the things were said in response to provocation from one of the panel’s participants, who claimed Daesh (Islamic State) learned their acts from the representative of the Joint List. The Joint List has issued a decisive statement against Daesh’s crimes, and it condemns them regardless of any other historic event.”

Sweidan Rifat, the academic adviser for Arab students at Bar Ilan University, said that “the atmosphere during the debate was positive, and in this positive atmosphere there was also a mutual democratic dialogue between the representative of the Arab party and Jewish students.”

 

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AN ISSUE FINALLY COMES TO LIGHT IN ISRAELI ELECTION CAMPAIGN

RACISM

Surprised? You shouldn’t be as it was raised and defended by fascist candidate Baruch Marzel.

“We came here to say we’re devoted and committed to continue the battle till the last illegal resident from Africa will (go) back to his home in Africa,” said Marzel.

When asked about allegations of “racism” being leveled by leftist sources against the struggle with illegal immigration, he remarked “if saving the state of Israel from millions of Africans coming in and destroying the state of Israel is racism, that is the problem of (those) saying it. I’m fighting for the existence of my country.”

If anyone is an illegal immigrant it’s Marzel himself, a founding member of an outlawed terrorist organisation on both sides of the pond.

Sad that the fascists are the only ones honest enough to raise issues

Sad that the fascists are the only ones honest enough to raise issues

A WHO AND WHY TO VOTE FOR IN ISRAEL

VOTE!
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Not voting is complicity. It is a stamp of approval of the present situation.
DON’T REMAIN SILENT!
VOTE for THE JOINT ARAB LIST
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 Gideon Levy agrees!

Those who hesitate because it’s an “Arab party” should remember the role that Jews played in the African National Congress during the apartheid era. They did not recoil because it was a black movement. They did not hesitate because it was not their battle, supposedly.

The ANC was the movement of the oppressed natives of South Africa, and the Joint List is the movement of the oppressed natives of Israel.

Why Israel’s Jews must vote for the Arab list

Those who hesitate because Joint List is an ‘Arab party’ should remember the role that Jews played in the African National Congress during the apartheid era.

A still from the Joint List's campaign video showing a girl holding up a sign reading 'March 17.'

A still from the Joint List’s campaign video showing a girl holding up a sign reading ‘March 17.’

The Joint List is the clear ray of light in this election season. It’s important for many Arabs to vote for it, and no less important for many Jews to do likewise. There is no more appropriate way for anyone who is guided by moral and ethical standards to demonstrate empathy and register protest.

Those who hesitate because it’s an “Arab party” should remember the role that Jews played in the African National Congress during the apartheid era. They did not recoil because it was a black movement. They did not hesitate because it was not their battle, supposedly.

The ANC was the movement of the oppressed natives of South Africa, and the Joint List is the movement of the oppressed natives of Israel.

There were a few South African Jews with a conscience who not only supported the ANC but also fought, were injured and were banned alongside their black comrades.

Denounced as traitors then, today they are a great source of pride – to Jews as well. Joe Slovo, the commander of the ANC military wing who went on to become a cabinet minister in the post-apartheid government; Ronnie Kasrils; Albie Sachs, who became a justice in South Africa’s Constitutional Court; and Ben Turok, who became a member of parliament – these were among many who fought shoulder-to-shoulder with the oppressed blacks, despite or perhaps because they were white Jews who enjoyed all the privileges of the apartheid regime.

Less is being asked of Jews in Israel, for now. They are called upon to identify with a new party that offers a promise of something new. There is no need to ignore its failure to put more Jews on its slate, and it is okay to be upset that it did not sign a surplus votes agreement with Meretz. One can be skeptical of the future relations of its various components, but anyone who dreams of genuine change, not about replacing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Isaac Herzog, must vote for the Joint List.

What better option is there for the Israeli voter who can no longer bear the occupation in the territories and the ultranationalism within Israel, of the ruse that Israel is both Jewish and democratic, of the injustices of present-day Zionism, and who perhaps has reached the conclusion that the two-state solution is dead? Who will they vote for?

Are there many other party heads as impressive, eloquent and refreshing as Ayman Odeh? Are there many other MKs as outstanding as Ahmad Tibi, Jamal Zahalka, Dov Khenin and even, yes, even Haneen Zoabi? Is there another party that does not demand “support for Israel Defense Forces soldiers” at the start of every pointless war?

If the overwhelming majority of Arabs vote for them, they will, for the first time, enter the heart of the political dialogue in Israel – to the annoyance of nearly all the other parties.

If many Jews also vote for it, we can begin to speak of a “game changer,” and perhaps even of a good omen.

Just imagine: The Joint List is the third largest party in the Knesset. The coalition belongs to Netanyahu, Herzog and Yair Lapid. Odeh is selected leader of the opposition – the heir of Menachem Begin, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Shamir, Ehud Barak, Netanyahu, all prime ministers who held the position at one point.

The prime minister is obligated to brief him on security and diplomatic matters, “no less than once a month,” by law. The law requires him to address the Knesset after every speech by the premier. Foreign heads of state meet with him and listen to his views. As a symbol of government, he is protected by the Shin Bet security service. Perhaps for the first time in its history, Israel has a true leader of opposition.

A few stereotypes will be shattered in a single, not-imaginary act that might also usher in a deep change in consciousness.

Odeh could surprise us yet, as he already surprised many Israelis who were not even aware of the existence of the combinations “Arab and impressive,” “Palestinian and charming.” His party must get a lot of votes for this process to begin. His friends must support him and many Jews must choose the Israeli ANC, which could yet prove it has what it takes to prevent the establishment of a second apartheid state, the apartheid state of the Land of Israel.

BIBI’S OPPOSITION DANCES TO HIS SWAN SONG

He might have believed his speech was the best campaigning ever …. but his opposition is cashing in on it …

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The Emporer's Nuke Clothes Image by Katie Miranda

The Emporer’s Nuke Clothes
Image by Katie Miranda

VIOLENCE, NOT ISSUES, DOMINATE ISRAELI ELECTION CAMPAIGN

Before the event, Marzel wrote on his Facebook page “Zoabi, I’m coming for you”. In the post, the rightwing politician slammed the college for agreeing to host Zoabi. He urged supporters to meet him outside the event and help him “wipe that smile off her face.” 

Firebrand Arab MK Hanin Zoabi attacked during election panel

Young Israeli student allegedly throws bottle at MK Zoabi during election panel at the Ramat Gan College of Law and Business.

An election panel has ended in violence after a firebrand Arab lawmaker was allegedly attacked by an Israeli student in central Israel Tuesday.

The incident took place at Ramat Gan College of Law and Business and according to suspicions and a video obtained by Ynet an Israeli student poured a soft drink on MK Hanin Zoabi, known for her polarizing views on Israel and the Palestinians.

Zoabi was recently barred from running in the March 17th elections, but the High Court later overturned the ban, allowing her to vie for reelection as part of the United Arab party list. Zoabi is originally a member of the Balad party – a party with a strong nationalistic Palestinian strain.

According to the police, during the event, a 28-year-old man from Ramat Gan was arrested for allegedly throwing a bottle at the lawmaker. A Palestinian flag was also waved and might have triggered the violent protest by radical rightwing activists.

The event was also attended by a number of far right activists from the anti-Arab Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party, including Baruch Marzel, who was also banned from running – a ban that was overturned as well.

Before the event, Marzel wrote on his Facebook page “Zoabi, I’m coming for you”. In the post, the rightwing politician slammed the college for agreeing to host Zoabi. He urged supporters to meet him outside the event and help him “wipe that smile off her face.”

After the incident, the party posted an image on their Facebook of Zoabi wiping herself from the liqud thrown at her, with the text “We kept our promise. We wiped her smile away”.

In a statement, the far right party wrote that “We regret that the police are creating drama from this event. Zoabi was being provocative and we will demand that they release (the activist).”

“The current election campaign continues the wave of racism, exclusion, and violence that characterized the latest government’s tenure,” said Aiman Uda, chairman of the United Arab List. “It’s sad to see that even in academic institutions, it is no longer possible to have an open dialogue and present an array of opinions.

“The violence against MK Hanin Zoabi and her team derives from serious and dangerous statements by public representatives who, rather than behaving responsibly, incite hatred and anger in an attempt to gain votes at the ballot box. The united list will continue to act against violence and to encourage a far and democratic debate.”

Labor MK Michal Biran said that during the chaos, she was elbowed in the stomach and almost knocked off a flight of stairs. “It was violent and shocking,” she said. “Both sides arrived already riled up and did not allow us to restore calm.”

The college condemned the incident, saying it was a provocation on part of both Marzel and Zoabi.

History of violence

This is not the first time an Arab lawmaker has been attacked: In 2012, a young girl spat at MK Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List-Ta’al) was following a political debate at Bar-Ilan University. The incident also took place at an event involving the far right party – then called Otzma LeYisrael (Strength to Israel).

Arab students claimed that at least three people had spat at Tibi, while Jewish students said just one girl had done it.

In the same year, then-MK Anastassia Michaeli (Yisrael Beiteinu) threw water at MK Ghaleb Majadele (Labor) after he called her a “fascist.”

“Majadele will learn not to insult women. He hurt the honor of the Knesset and of this place,” Michaeli said afterwards. She was later sanctioned for he actions by the Knesset and was also removed from the party’s ticket during the following election.

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Meanwhile, the PM ‘campaigns’ on the other side of the pond …

UNITED PALESTINIAN PARTIES ARE THE ONLY ONES RAISING ISSUES

With the Israeli election just a bit less than a month away, there still has not been any issues raised by the major players. The United Arab List has been the only Party that has …

The joint list’s platform — which was distributed at the Nazareth event — contains eight points. Foremost is a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the two states, with East Jerusalem as a Palestinian capital and a “just solution” to the Palestinian refugee issue based on the right of return as enshrined by the United Nations. The platform calls for the dismantling of all West Bank settlements and the “racist separation wall.” “I think this is the one thing we didn’t have to argue about,” said Touma-Suleiman.

All Together Now: Members of the Knesset from Israeli Arab parties gather to announce a unified joint list in Israel’s national election.

All Together Now: Members of the Knesset from Israeli Arab parties gather to announce a unified joint list in Israel’s national election.

Can Israel’s New Arab List Make History?

Coalition Hopes for More Clout — and Slice of Jewish Vote

By Naomi Zeveloff

At 6 p.m. on a Saturday in mid February — while Jewish Israel was just powering back on after the Sabbath — about 2,000 Arab Israelis gathered in a ballroom in Nazareth’s industrial zone. The occasion was the campaign kickoff of a unified bloc of Arab political factions running together on one list for the first time in history, ahead of the Israeli election.

Men in keffiyehs and suits, women and young families streamed into the room as reporters set up tripods near the stage. A group of college-age students wearing red shirts in support of Hadash, the joint Jewish-Arab communist party, stood in the back of the ballroom. Soon, the Knesset’s Arab luminaries, including Haneen Zoabi and Ahmad Tibi, took their seats at the front of the room. Dov Khenin, a Jewish parliamentarian in Hadash, sat at the end of the row. Later in the evening, the Beatles’ “Imagine” would play on the loudspeaker ahead of his Hebrew-language speech.

“It’s historic,” said Mariam Farah, a 28-year-old activist from Haifa and former parliamentary assistant to Balad’s Basel Ghattas. Farah came to the event with a friend who had never voted before. “For years, you would hear the same argument: ‘If you get together, we will vote.’ Now, it came true.”

The joint list represents four different Arab parties inside Israel: Hadash, the Jewish-Arab communist party; Ra’am, an Islamist group whose base is in southern Israel; and Ta’al and Balad, two nationalist groups. All four parties are currently represented in the Knesset: Hadash has four seats; Balad and Ra’am both have three. Ta’al’s only lawmaker is Tibi.

The impetus behind their unification, announced in January, was a new law engineered by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to raise the threshold for entering the Knesset from 2% to 3.25% of votes cast. That’s the equivalent of four seats, which would disqualify small parties.

“We admit that it is a challenge for us because of the threshold law,” said Aida Touma-Suleiman, a member of Hadash, who is fifth on the list. “That made us very keen about coming together in order to avoid the situation, or the danger, of not being able to be represented in the next Knesset.”

Widely seen as an effort by Lieberman to oust Arab parties from the government, the new regulations will likely do just the opposite. With the election less than a month away, polls show that the joint list could yield as many as 15 seats in the 120-member Knesset, making it the third largest bloc in the Israeli government, behind Likud and the Zionist Camp. (Other polls show the list neck and neck with Jewish Home with 12 seats.)

“Even a right-wing government has to understand that this is a new game now,” said Touma-Suleiman.

Though the candidates have been united historically on most issues regarding Israel’s Arab minority, the joint effort bridged ideological fault lines, particularly on women’s rights. In the past, Balad — currently represented by Zoabi, an outspoken feminist — partnered with Hadash to increase Christian and Muslim women’s access to civil courts, a move opposed in the Knesset by Ra’am, the Islamic party, according to Jafar Farah, the director of Mossawa, an advocacy group for Arab Israelis.

More recently, Khenin caused a small political quake among the list when he said he supported the sale of French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Israel and was criticized by Arab Israelis who were insulted by the publication’s depiction of the Prophet Muhammad.

The joint list’s platform — which was distributed at the Nazareth event — contains eight points. Foremost is a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the two states, with East Jerusalem as a Palestinian capital and a “just solution” to the Palestinian refugee issue based on the right of return as enshrined by the United Nations. The platform calls for the dismantling of all West Bank settlements and the “racist separation wall.” “I think this is the one thing we didn’t have to argue about,” said Touma-Suleiman.

Other mandates include implementing full equality for the Arab-Palestinian public inside Israel, abandoning the Prawer plan to resettle Bedouins, overturning the draft requirement for Druze citizens, fighting against poverty and for workers rights, preserving the status of the Arabic language and, lastly, eradicating nuclear weapons — including Israel’s — from the Middle East. (Israel has never publicly acknowledged its nuclear weapons cache.)

The list has the possibility not only to change Arab representation in the Knesset, but to fundamentally remake grassroots Arab politics inside of Israel for the first time in four decades. In 1976 — 10 years after Israel ended its military rule of Arabs inside the state — Israel announced that it would confiscate thousands of dunums of land in the Galilee for settlement and security reasons, sparking a series of Arab strikes and protests. In the ensuing clashes with the Israeli army and police, six Arabs were killed and hundreds arrested. Land Day, as the event is remembered by Palestinians all over the world, was a turning point in Arab citizens’ relationship to the state, marking the end of Arabs voting for the Labor Party and the rise of Hadash.

Since then, several other Arab political parties have made it to the Knesset, but their influence within the Israeli government has been limited. Though Arabs make up 20% of the Israeli public, no Arab party has ever been part of a governing coalition, nor has an Arab politician ever held a ministry portfolio.

Arab voting in Israel has been on a downward decline over the past few decades: In the 2013 election, about 57% of Arabs voted, compared with the overall voting rate of 67%. Analysts estimate that 10% to 15% of the Arab public boycotts the Knesset elections as an ideological rejection of Israeli rule in historic Palestine. The Northern Islamic movement, a faction in Arab politics in favor of an Islamic state in Israel, opted not to be included in the joint list for this reason.

Roughly 2,000 Arab Israelis gather in a ballroom in Nazareth’s industrial zone to celebrate the Arab List’s campaign kickoff.

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Roughly 2,000 Arab Israelis gather in a ballroom in Nazareth’s industrial zone to celebrate the Arab List’s campaign kickoff.

But many other Arabs simply don’t see the point in voting, particularly given Israel’s rightward shift in recent years, which has brought a host of proposals aimed against them, such as Jewish Nation State Bill, an effort to cement Israel’s status as a Jewish state. Arabs also point to the Central Election Committee’s disqualification of Zoabi — later overruled by the Israeli High Court — as further evidence of how Arab Knesset members are marginalized in the Israeli government. Over the summer, several Arab Knesset members were roughed up by the Israeli police in protests against the Gaza war.

“I think a lot of Palestinians, and it is a growing number over the past 20 years, have lost their faith in both the Israeli establishment and in a sense of being part of the parliament,” said Hana Amouri, co-director of Sedaka-Reut, a joint Jewish-Arab youth program in Jaffa. “People don’t see any sense in this. There’s a political analysis that says that Israel uses the Arab representatives to say it is a democracy, and in order to fight Israel we need not to vote and we need to boycott the parliament and then we can say we are not a represented minority.”

The unification of the Arab parties into a single Knesset list could begin to reverse the trend of low voter turnout among Arabs in Israel. According to a study published by the Abraham Fund, a not-for-profit focused on Jewish-Arab coexistence, voter turnout could rise by around 10%, up to almost 67% of voters.

Yet ironing out the unification details took time, and the list has just begun its get-out-the vote efforts. “They started very late and they have a long history of not cooperating,” said Amouri, who is also a Hadash activist and will be reaching out to new voters herself. “Now they need to sit and vote together. It takes time.”

Touma-Suleiman said that she is also aiming to sell the list to Jews in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. “I’m traveling a lot and visiting a lot of the Jewish communities and I see the interest in the list,” she said. “Many of the Jewish citizens are really disappointed in the other parties that exist who fail to protect democracy, who did not deliver any solutions. They are willing to take that step [to vote for the Arab list] in order to guarantee that there will be a very clear voice protecting all.”

Some observers say the election could bring about a new political reality among Arab Israelis, not only in the Knesset, but also on the ground, by strengthening the democratic process inside Arab communities. Arab-Israelis could, among other things, elect representatives for an Arab national body, which would no doubt influence the makeup of a future Knesset list.

“In the next election, people will ask themselves, ‘Who said this is the only political power that exists in the Arab community?’” said Jafar Farah of Mossawa. “This will push everyone to a situation where they will tell themselves, ‘We need to go to a direct election internally.’”

Israel’s political right, meanwhile, has reacted strongly to Arab unification. Lieberman slammed the Arab factions as a joint project to obliterate Israel, a claim that Tibi refuted at a recent Haaretz conference on Israeli democracy, saying, “I would like to declare here on behalf of the list that we are not here to destroy the state of Israel. Lieberman and Bennett [a representative of far-right Jewish Home] do it so much better.”

The center-left Zionist Camp also distanced itself from the list when it voted to disqualify Zoabi from the Knesset.

Jafar Farah said that the unification of the disparate parties should be an example to Arab states around Israel. “[Jewish] Israelis don’t understand that there is a regional process taking place, and the Arab community is looking for its way to create a democratic platform in the Palestinian community to reach a consensus of how to work together,” he said. “This is the challenge that the community is facing today — how the secular or national groups will find a way to work with Muslim movements.”

Mariam Farah, the activist at the joint list kickoff, said that she had already started her own get-out-the-vote effort with her parents, who previously did not see the point of voting. “I see the Knesset as a utility,” she said. “It’s the way people can hear your voice.”

IT’S NOT THE PRIME MINISTER’S HOUSE THAT IS IN QUESTION ~~~ IT’S THE PRIME MINISTER HIMSELF

There has been much talk in Israel since THIS was posted two days ago … adding to the non issues of the present election campaign. 

Video can be seen again towards the bottom of THIS  report after it was removed from YouTube yesterday.

Sara Netanyahu in the video produced by designer Moshik Galamin. 'Many were not fooled by her attempt to refute the rumors about hedonism and squandering'

Sara Netanyahu in the video produced by designer Moshik Galamin. ‘Many were not fooled by her attempt to refute the rumors about hedonism and squandering’

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In this particular case, one must look at the residents of the house rather than the structure itself as was reported in a Ynet Op-Ed today …

So think about it. It’s not the house, it’s the landlords.

It’s not the house,
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Even those who were fooled by the misrepresentation of the poor condition of the prime minister’s residence cannot ignore Sara and Benjamin Netanyahu’s sickening behavior, as revealed in the state comptroller’s report.

The really sickening thing about the state comptroller’s report is not the criminal issue. As always, it’s the small things, which teach us more than anything about Sara and Benjamin Netanyahu’s character.

For example, the claim that employees from the Prime Minister’s Office were sent on all kinds of errands by Netanyahu and were forced to pay from their own pockets for his private purchases, and did not receive a refund for these expenses.

Think for a minute about such an employee, who earns a few thousand shekels a month, and who is sent by the prime minister, who is worth tens of millions of shekels according to Forbes Magazine, to buy him eye drops, or newspapers, or a cup of coffee and a pastry. That worker, who can barely provide for his family, is already familiar with this ritual. He knows that he will never see the money again, but he can’t refuse the errand.

Imagine him on his way to the local drugstore, as he calculates the money he is about to spend. And no, we don’t expect the prime minister to stand in line at the drugstore, as some of Netanyahu’s poodles who were sent to defend him claimed on Tuesday. Like Deputy Minister Tzipi Hotovely, who wasn’t ashamed to mock the criticism – because what is 42 shekels for a cold medication when it’s the prime minister we’re talking about?

Well Hotovely, a few dozen shekels can mean a lot for some people, and there is no reason in the world why they should finance the prime minister’s private needs. We would expect the prime minister would make a gesture he is probably unfamiliar with and has never done in his life – put his hand in his pocket and pay his employee back for the expense. He should be the one settling the account with whoever he has to, not the employee.

And it was so disgusting listening to Minister Gilad Erdan, an intelligent and eloquent guy, quoting the messages Mrs. Netanyahu had dictated to him several hours earlier, and willing to serve as the family’s rag and clean up all the dirt after them. And this is the man who wants to be responsible of the public coffers in the next term. How can a person who aspires to reach the highest positions defend Netanyahu’s attempt to avoid paying drought tax, a tax that he himself imposed and which all the citizens of the State of Israel are required to pay, except for the prime minister – for the water in his private swimming pool.

So there’s no need to ask whether it’s criminal or not. There are those who believe that the report includes criminal aspects which the attorney general should look into. How long do you think it will take the attorney general to come back with answers? So let go of the criminal aspects.

Each person should ask himself whether the things he was exposed to this week meet his standards. Because even those who were fooled by the misrepresentation of the poor condition of the prime minister’s residence, as it was reflected in the video produced by celebrity designer Moshik Galamin, could have been convinced on Tuesday that it’s not the house, it’s the landlords.

Because there isn’t a reasonable person who would fall for the claim that with an expense budget of NIS 3.144 million (about $810,000) in 2011, they couldn’t have changed the curtain, fixed the doors, painted the walls and made sure that the shaky chairs the prime minister sits on when he goes down to the first-floor kitchen won’t creak. Or that with a cleaning budget which reached NIS 1.230 million that year, Mrs. Netanyahu should find dust on the lamp. More than NIS 75,000 a month for cleaning both houses – the Jerusalem residence and the private home in Caesarea – while they hardly even live in one of these houses.

Yaakov Borovsky, a former major-general in the Israel Police, who is singlehandedly staining his magnificent career, was sent by the family on Tuesday to provide explanations and wasn’t ashamed to say that the house in Caesarea isn’t empty. Why there are security guards there all week long, and someone has to clean after them. I believe that even Sara Netanyahu’s heart missed a beat upon hearing that. security guards inside the Caesarea home? Heaven forbid. Why even the prime minister’s guests have no access to the house.

And if we thought that the inflated budget for the candles consumed by the Netanyahu family would reduce the electricity bill, it turns out that the family consumes a private electrician. And not just an electrician, but one who arrives at the Caesarea home every week, including on Yom Kippur, and earned more than NIS 10,000 in three months. That electrician also happens to be a friend of the Netanyahu family, and he was employed against the recommendation of a special committee.

And we have yet to talk about the clothing, makeup and hair design expenses, which reached NIS 144,000 during one of the examined years. And the money spent on meals ordered for the family members from gourmet restaurants. I wonder how many tons of schnitzel and mashed potatoes one can buy for more than NIS 70,000.

So no, it’s not the house, it’s the landlords. And even if it’s not criminal, it’s sickening.

In Galamin’s video, Sara Netanyahu tried to refute the rumors about hedonism, squandering, even about her obsession with order and cleanliness. She was willing to opened up a messy cupboard in front of the camera and present a finger covered with dust in order to prove that she is not what people think.

Many were not fooled by this performance. Netanyahu’s supporters stood behind him as always. But what about the hundreds of thousands of undecided voters? What are they thinking now, the day after the report that proves it’s all true: The hedonism, the squandering. The disgusting stinginess. The prime minister’s unstoppable engagement in marginal issues. The fact that the Netanyahu family discounts people. That they treat their employees like subjects. That the emperor and empress think they are entitled to everything, that they won’t even take a penny out of their own pocket, even if it’s at the expense of hardworking employees.

So does it really matter if it’s criminal or not, with this person as our leader? And what has he done in the past six years which justifies turning a blind eye, ignoring the corruption, the pretentiousness, the rule of a couple who thinks it deserves everything.

So think about it. It’s not the house, it’s the landlords.

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