Sivan 17, 5777
June 11, 2017
The News on the Israel street
As always, the news on the street about PM Netanyahu is good and bad.
First the good:
It was reported that PM Netanyahu told visiting U.S. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley that the time has come to disband UNRWA–the appalling UN agency that does nothing except perpetuate Palestinian victimhood and its own existence–and merge whatever is left of it in the slightly less appalling UN High Commissioner for Refugees office.
As you might imagine, UNRWA was quick to come out fighting today, declaring that nothing short of a General Assembly vote can change its mandate.
No more foreign country donations to NGOs!
PM Netanyahu declared today that he will introduce a new law in the Knesset that will completely prohibit donations from foreign countries to NGOs in Israel.
With Netanyahu’s support this law will pass–and it is long overdue.
Now that bad.
Netanyahu’s View of the Jewish Communities of Judea and Samaria
Another document has emerged that clearly states that PM Netanyahu is willing to abandon some communities which are located far from the green line.
A 2014 negotiating paper authorized by Netanyahu reveals that Israel was to have included a provision that those Israelis who wish to remain where they are now under Palestinian jurisdiction be allowed to do so with full rights.
The provision was later removed but jives completely with Netanyahu’s 2011 speech to the U.S. Congress in which he said:
“The status of the settlements will be decided only in negotiations. In any peace agreement that ends the conflict, some settlements will end up beyond Israel’s borders.”
More Mixed Messages of PM Netanyahu
After a week in which he stated that the Golan Heights and Temple Mount would forever remain under Israeli sovereignty, Netanyahu’s position was again blurred by a report from Haaretz that Netanyahu is willing for Israel to return to the 1967 lines.
Of course, the Haaretz report is another example of fake news, but as the preceding story indicates, it is only partially fake.
Judge Rules In Favor of Netanyahus
After years of fake news directed against PM Netanyahu and his family, a judge has finally ordered an Israeli “journalist” to pay up.
The sequence of events started last year when Igal Sarna wrote on his Facebook page that Sarah Netanyahu had ordered the car that she and her husband were riding in to be stopped on Highway 1 because Sarah wanted to get out of the car.
For their part, the Netanyahus testified in court that it never happened–and sued Sarna for 279,000 shekels ($79,000).
Today Judge Azaria Alcalay ordered an unrepentant Sarna to pay the Netanyahus 100,000 shekels in damages.
After years of accusations about cigars, recycled bottles, pink champagne, garden furniture, take out pizzas, and pretty much anything that else that journalists could think of, the Netanyahus must feel some level of vindication.
As was noted by the Prime Minister on his Facebook page after the ruling:
“Truth and justice won today after the endless witchhunt campaign against me, my wife, and my family for more than 20 years.
If we were to sue everyone who slanders us, we would come to the court every day. But I have a state to run and my wife is engaged in public activity and works as an educational psychologist in the municipal service in Jerusalem.
In one of the few cases in which we found the time to defend our good name and file a lawsuit against another lie against us – the court exposed the falsehood and decided for the truth.
In my name and in the name of my wife, I would like to thank you for your support. We draw great strength and encouragement from you. Thanks to you we are able to withstand the campaign of lies and slander. Truth won today – and it will continue forever!”