UPDATES 8 pm Israel time, Sunday, November 9 2014:
—>President Obama’s friend Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran, to whom he has now written four secret letters exploring ways that the U.S. and Iran can reach an agreement on Iran’s nuclear weapons program, had this to way yesterday in the midst of a series of anti-Israel tweets:
“This barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime of #Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to be annihilated.”
No cure but to be annihilated.
Do you think President Obama is listening? Of course not. He is hell-bent on securing a detente with the Islamic theocracy in Tehran even if it means that Iran continues uranium enrichment so that it can carry out Khamenei’s threat of annihilation.
But fortunately, the U.S. Senate is listening. One senator (Lindsey Graham) said this morning that he is proposing a law that will force any Iranian agreement to be approved by the Senate.
—>The Galilee continues to roil in the aftermath of the death of the knife-brandishing rioter who attacked police in Kafr Kana two days ago. Riots have taken place in numerous Israeli-Arab locations, and vigils have even been held in Bedouin towns in the south.
The latest statement from the police indicates that there was no intention to kill the man; however, the bullet pierced an artery in the man’s stomach, and he died from internal bleeding.
—>The verbal war between former prime ministers Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak continue today. As you may not know, a recording was released at the new trial of Olmert on which Olmert is heard talking to his assistant Shula Zaken accusing Barak of accepting tens of millions of dollars in bribes every time that Israel completed a weapons deal.
People have often wondered how Barak made his fortune, and Olmert’s accusations are nothing new. This morning Barak responded by saying that no one should take the word of “a convicted felon.”
—>Amir Peretz, Israel’s Minister of the Environment, member of the Hatnua Party, and close confidant of Tzipi Livni, submitted his resignation this afternoon–in advance of being fired by PM Netanyahu tomorrow. The ostensible reason for Peretz’s departure is a disagreement over the proposed budget, a budget that he believes is not “social enough”.
The question is whether Peretz will open the floodgates of resignations from the Netanyahu coalition. Could Livni herself be next? Doubtful but possible . . . we can only hope.
There was an exciting development in the Knesset today–but one that will not come to fruition any time in the near future.
For some time now, your humble servant has been writing that the Palestinians already have two states: one in Gaza, and the other in Areas A and B of Judea and Samaria. And that is time for Israel to annex Area C of Judea and Samaria.
The Knesset Ministerial Committee for Legislation voted “The Norms Law” out of committee today by a vote of 6 to 4. Ordinarily, it would now go to the full Knesset for three readings before it could actually become law.
According to its terms, new Israeli law will be extended to the some 350,000 Jewish residents of Area C. Those laws would be extended by ratification of the IDF Central Command within 45 days after their passage by the Knesset. As stated, the bill would only apply to new laws passed by the Knesset–and cannot be applied retroactively. Specifically, the first laws that would likely be involved concern environmental, labor, and educational issues.
It would be a first step toward the annexation that your humble servant favors.
For that reason, the bill was immediately attacked by the Israeli left led by Tzipi Livni and Yair Lapid–both of whom “appealed” the proposed bill. Their appeal means that the proposed bill must be brought to the Netanyahu cabinet and approved before it can be taken to the floor of the Knesset.
It would take a small miracle to get that approval. But the good news is that the process has begun. It may take five, ten, or fifteen years, but the discussion on annexation has reached a new stage.