Sivan 20, 5777
June 14, 2017
The News on the Israel street
Why is Israel renewing diplomatic relations with New Zealand?
It is astonishing to israelstreet how Israel is now moving to renew diplomatic relations with New Zealand. It was a mere six months ago that the New Zealand government stabbed Israel in the back in the United Nations Security Council.
It was New Zealand that co-sponsored the infamous resolution 2334 that condemned Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, a resolution that the Obama Administration supported through its refusal to use the American veto.
In what has to be one of the more disingenuous statements of all time, New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English declared yesterday that New Zealand regretted that its actions had damaged relations with Israel, but that New Zealand still strongly stands behind its decision to condemn Israel.
English added: “The decision reflected a long-standing international policy and we stand behind these positions.”
Thank you New Zealand for nothing.
Has Benjamin Netanyahu no dignity?
Speaking of Netanyahu’s lack of dignity . . .
As we have pointed out on numerous occasions, Netanyahu’s modus operandi is to appear after Palestinian terror incidents or the razing of Jewish communities, and proclaim that new construction of Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria will shortly follow.
And so it was five years ago that Netanyahu declared in a press conference in his office that 300 new homes would be built in Beit El to compensate the community for homes destroyed by order of the Israel Supreme Court.
To date, how many of those 300 homes have been constructed?
Not planned, not constructed, not anything.
And why not? Netanyahu blamed the Trump Administration today–just like he blamed the Obama Administration before that.
Has Benjamin Netanyahu no dignity?
The Israeli “left” continues its undermining of Israel . . .
In recent days, there has been an increasing call among Israeli leftists for the release of Palestinian arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti. Barghouti is currently serving five life terms in prison for his role in the murders of five Israelis.
But those murders have not stopped Meretz from distributing flyers this morning calling for Barghouti’s release. This call follows similar calls made by members of the Labor Party in the last few months.
Can someone please explain to your humble servant how the release of an unrepentant convicted murderer can ever be justified?
But wait . . . the leader of the hideous Breaking the Silence was also hard at work today. Chairman of the Board Miki Kratzman ranted that Sabah Nidal Obeid, the terrorist who was recently killed at Nabi Saleh while engaging in an attack on IDF soldiers, is a “martyr.”
Meretz, the Labor party, Breaking the Silence: all of these are groups constantly working to delegitimize and undermine Israel.
The Swedes return to Eilat . . .
Beginning in the winter Swedish airline SAS will return flying to Eilat after years of absence. Back in the 1980s when your humble servant first began going to Eilat, the Swedes were regular fixture on the Eilat scene.
Then politics intervened, and SAS ceased flights in the 1990s.
So now, SAS returns–but not without a price.
SAS will receive 45 Euros per passenger from the Ministry of Tourism and another 15 Euros per passenger by the Eilat Hotel Association.
Thank goodness for Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked . . .
Shaked announced this week that henceforth “the residents of Judea and Samaria, who are citizens of the State of Israel, will be included in all governmental bills.”
As usual, in making this announcement, Shaked was understated: “The desire is to compare, to normalize. Normalization, that’s the right word. If we had started with primary legislation—in other words, added a clause to every law that was enacted by the Knesset this year, stating these laws apply to Judea and Samaria as well—that would have been called applying sovereignty.”
In fact, of course, normalization means sovereignty.
Dangerous American Naivete on Display:
Palestinian Payments to Terrorists Continue
Your humble servant watched in dumbfounded amazement yesterday as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testified before Congress that the PLO has changed its policy of paying families of dead terrorists and salaries of live ones in prison.
Tillerson blathered that following Mahmoud Abbas’ meeting with President Trump at the White House “[the Palestinians] have changed that policy and their intent is to cease the payments to the families of those who have committed murder or violence against others.” In the same breath Tillerson revealed that the Trump Administration is proposing an increase in the amount of money that the U.S. “donates” to the PLO.
What utter naivete.
In case you are unfamiliar with the system of payments, the money comes from international donations made to the Palestinian National Fund in Amman, Jordan.
This morning, senior Palestinian and Jordanian officials on all sides chimed in to proclaim in no uncertain terms that Tillerson was full of nonsense.
Chief among them was Aisa Kraka, head of the PLO Department of Prisoner Affairs, who defiantly declared:
“We will never stop paying the families of the prisoners. The American demand is delusional, illogical, even aggressive.”
Delusional, illogical, aggressive.
The really scary aspect about Tillerson’s testimony is that it shows how easily he and Trump have been duped by the ever duplicitous Mahmoud Abbas. If this is any sign of things to come, we are in for a rocky four years.