Monday, December 29, 2014
Posted by Jason Gold-Editor at 12/29/2014 01:51:00 PM
MK Moshe Feiglin met on Friday with Nivah Ben Tzion. Nivah is the widow of the iconic farmer, Avi Ben Tzion, the “Jordan Valley Man” from Netiv Hagdud.
Posted by Jason Gold-Editor at 12/29/2014 01:49:00 PM
The Ha’aretz newspaper reported on Sunday that the IDF is preparing for a transition to a volunteer army. “The IDF seems to have caught on to something I have been saying for years and for which I established the Professional Army Caucus in the Knesset: Israel needs a professional volunteer army,” said MK Moshe Feiglin. According to Feiglin the professional volunteer army would work as follows:
Posted by Jason Gold-Editor at 12/29/2014 01:47:00 PM
MK Moshe Feiglin on Israel's Pressing Issues
Translated from Israel's Channel 2
Can you give us some details on your political/state platform?
"My political/state platform is well known, and I have presented it clearly: One state in the territorial expanse of the Land of Israel, affording full human rights to those Arabs who choose to remain under Israeli sovereignty, while encouraging emigration for all those Arabs who choose to live in a different state. I do not define myself as a rightist. My political home is in the Likud and perhaps that is what makes me unique. I do not belong to any particular category. I advocate liberty in its most basic form. Sometimes, I even vote with the Left; for example on repealing Israel's antiquated State of Emergency law."
The Likud primaries will be taking place on Wednesday. Last time, you won the 14th slot on the Likud roster and were pushed down the list to make room for the reserved spots for the Yisrael Beiteinu party. What slot do you think you will win this time?
"I expect to progress a number of slots."
The polls are predicting that the Likud will lose some Knesset seats. What will happen if you win an unrealistic slot on the roster?
"I wasn't born with a chair attached to the place where one sits and it will not break me. I adhere to the values of Jewish identity and national identity. These values have been virtually abandoned by the National Camp. My identity strengthens my deep faith in liberty, empowering me to propose new ideas such as transforming the IDF into a professional volunteer army, lifting the restrictions on medical marijuana and protesting organ harvesting in China. Identity and liberty are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they complement each other."
The Likud is putting more emphasis on security issues.
"It is hard to know what issues are being emphasized, because one of the problems is that the issues have been blurred. I strive to restore the Likud to its original ideology; both in matters of state and certainly on social issues, as well."
If so, why did you withdraw your candidacy for chairmanship of the Likud?
"I will always continue to strive to head the Likud. But both the current Chairman of the Likud (Netanyahu) and the Chairman of the Likud Central Committee (Danon) together created a situation that rendered the simultaneous race for chairmanship of the Likud and the Likud Knesset primaries - impossible. I will wait until this wave passes and when the next wave comes, I will once again run for chairmanship of the Likud."
Your Facebook page says that you are a candidate for the premiership.
"I certainly see myself as a candidate for the premiership - after I become Chairman of the Likud."
Have you ever thought of joining a different party? Aren't the Jewish Home or Yisrael Beiteinu parties more in line with your values and platform?
"Never. I strive to lead the National Camp. This leadership was and will remain in the hands of the Likud. What has to be done now is to liberate ourselves from the mentality that we have adopted in the last twenty years. You see t hat I am not afraid to speak out without fear of the political correctness that has brought Israel nothing but wars and violence and has cost us one trillion Shekels to date.
Who do you endorse for chairmanship of the Likud?
"There is a reason why we stand behind a screen when we vote, but I will say this: There is no real difference today between Netanyahu and Danon. Both candidates say exactly the same thing. Danon is not presenting a real alternative; not in speech and not in his political actions. Choosing between the two is insignificant."
When you will be PM, will you work to institute a Jewish-law state?
"No, I oppose religious parties. I think it is a bad idea. I want to return the family to the citizens. Unfortunately, the status of family has been taken away and dissolved. I also strive to restore local communities, to allow the citizen to stand up to the State as an individual and as part of the collective community - and to be truly free. For example, those communities that choose to run public transportation on Shabbat should be allowed to do so.
What about civil marriage?
"I am in favor of civil union as long as it does not uproot the status of the traditional family. It is of utmost importance to safeguard the value of the traditional family: a man and a woman. The question of all the other types of unions, such as same-gender unions, can be resolved by civil union - as long as it is clear that they have a different moral status than the traditional family. If you claim that everything is considered a family, then you are actually saying that nothing is considered a family."
Why is a homosexual couple morally different than a heterosexual couple?
"The traditional family paradigm has a unique status of its own. It is an individual's right to live with a same-gender partner. I respect that and support his right to access the medical records of his partner and the like. But we cannot claim that morally, the same-gender 'family' is identical to the traditional family."
Do you support their right to adopt children?
"No, I oppose adoption by same-gender coup les. Talking about their right to raise children without talking about a child's right to both a mother and a father is not reasonable. This bill would allow an adult to enjoy a privilege at the expense of a child. A child needs a mother and a father. Whoever listens to the heart of the child and not just to political correctness knows that well."
Good luck in the primaries. Did you make any deals?
"Yes, that is the way the system works. However, I made deals only with those candidates with whom I see eye-to-eye ideologically and sociologically. So most of the votes that I get will not be the product of deals. I did not make any deals with MKs or groups that do not fit me ideologically."
Posted by Jason Gold-Editor at 12/29/2014 01:45:00 PM
Sunday, December 28, 2014
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
White House and Department of State officials contend that – irrespective of Congress - President Obama can apply effective diplomatic, commercial and national security pressure, coercing Israel to repartition Jerusalem, and retreat from the mountain ridges of Judea and Samaria to the 9-15 mile wide pre-1967 sliver, surrounded by the violently turbulent and unpredictable Arab Street.
That inaccurate underestimate of the power of Congress – which has traditionally opposed pressure on Israel, echoing the sentiments of most constituents - was recently expressed by US Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro: "what is unmistakable about our foreign policy system is that the Constitution provides the president with the largest share of power…."
The assertion that US foreign policy and national security are shaped by presidential omnipotence is refuted by recent precedents and the US Constitution. The latter was created by the Founding Fathers, who were determined to limit the power of government and preclude the possibility of executive dictatorship. They were apprehensive of potential presidential excesses and encroachment, and therefore assigned the formulation of foreign policy and national security to bothCongress and the president. Obviously, the coalescing of congressional policy among 535 legislators constitutes a severe disadvantage for the legislature.
According to the Congressional Quarterly, the US Constitution rectified the mistakes of its predecessor, the Articles of Confederation, upgrading the role of Congress to the primary branch of the US government. "Hence, the first article of the Constitution is dedicated to Congress. The powers, structure, and procedures of the national legislature are outlined in considerable detail in the Constitution, unlike those of the presidency and the judiciary…."
Unlike all other Western democracies – where the executive branch of government dominates the legislature, especially in the area of international relations and defense - the US Constitution laid the foundation for the world's most powerful legislature, and for an inherent power struggle over the making of foreign policy between the legislature and the executive, two independent, co-equal and co-determining branches of government. Moreover, while the president is the commander-in-chief, presidential clout depends largely on congressional authorization and appropriation in a system of separation of powers and checks and balances, especially in the areas of sanctions, foreign aid, military assistance, trade agreements, treaty ratification, appointment confirmation and all spending.
Congressional power has been dramatically bolstered since the Vietnam War, Watergate, Iran Gate and globalization, which have enhanced the involvement of most legislators in international issues, upgraded the oversight capabilities of Congress, dramatically elevated the quality and quantity of some 15,000(!) Capitol Hill staffers and have restrained the presidency.
However, Congress has often abdicated its constitutional power in the area of foreign policy, failing to fully leverage the power of the purse: funding, defunding and "fencing." Thus, legislators prefer to be preoccupied with domestic issues,which are the primary concerns of their constituents and, therefore, decide their re-electability. Therefore, they usually allow the president to take the lead in the initiation and implementation of foreign and national security policies, unless the president abuses their trust, outrageously usurping power, violating the law, assuming an overly imperial posture, pursuing strikingly failed policies, or dramatically departing from national consensus (e.g., the deeply rooted, bi-partisan commitment to the Jewish State). Then, Congress reveals impressive muscle as befits a legislature, which is the most authentic reflection of the American people, unrestrained by design, deriving its power from the constituent and not from party leadership or the president, true to the notion that "the president proposes, but Congress disposes."
*On August 1, 2014, Democratic senators forced President Obama to de-link the $225mn funding of Iron Dome batteries from the highly controversial $2.7bn immigration and border security bill.
*Since 1982 and 1999, the Senate has repeatedly refused to ratify the Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
*The January 2013 defense authorization bill tightened restrictions on the transfer of terrorists from Guantanamo to the US. In May 2009, Majority Leader Harry Reid foiled President Obama's attempt to close down the detention camp.
*On February 17, 2011, President Obama reluctantly vetoed a UN Security Council condemnation of Israel's settlement policy, due to bi-partisan Congressional pressure.
*In September 2012, a $450 million cash transfer to the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt was blocked by Congress.
*The 2012 budget cut into Obama's foreign aid spending request by more than $8bn.
*In 2009, bi-partisan congressional opposition prevented the appointment of Chas Freeman to chair the National Intelligence Council.
*In 1990-92, Congress approved a series of amendments, unprecedentedly expanding US-Israel strategic cooperation, despite presidential opposition.
*In 1990, President Bush failed in his attempt to cut Israel's foreign aid by 5% due to Congressional opposition.
*In January, 1975, the Jackson-Vanik Amendment was signed into law, in defiance of the president.
*Congress ended US military involvement in Vietnam (the 1973 Eagleton, Cooper and Church amendments), Angola (the 1976 Clark Amendment) and Nicaragua (the 1982-1984 Boland Amendments).
In 1991, Senator Daniel Inouye fended off Administration pressure to withdraw an amendment to upgrade the port of Haifa facilities for the Sixth Fleet: "According to the US Constitution, the legislature supervises the executive, not vice versa….” Will the 114th Congress follow in his footsteps, or will it abdicate its constitutional responsibilities?
Posted by Jason Gold-Editor at 12/28/2014 10:45:00 AM
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Posted by Jason Gold-Editor at 12/25/2014 03:51:00 PM
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Posted by Jason Gold-Editor at 12/24/2014 12:55:00 PM
“Chanukah is drawing to an end and my heart is heavy,” said MK Moshe Feiglin on the seventh day of Chanukah. “Every evening at candle-lighting, we sing the traditional song, Maoz Tzur, repeating the words, ‘Then I will dedicate the altar (in the Holy Temple) with a song of praise.’ We sing the words and move right on to the ubiquitous piles of jelly doughnuts, which we dutifully devour,” Feiglin said.
“ Unlike us, the Macabees knew exactly what to do when they re-entered the Temple Mount. They quickly took metal rods, fashioned them into a makeshift menorah, and lit the candles in the Holy Temple,” Feiglin continued.
“What about us?” the MK asked. ”It is almost fifty years since we ‘liberated’ the Temple Mount, and we cannot even pray there.”
Posted by Jason Gold-Editor at 12/24/2014 10:04:00 AM
By Moshe Feiglin
Posted by Jason Gold-Editor at 12/24/2014 10:00:00 AM
:::: Education and Empowering the Family Unit ::::
:::: Health ::::
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:::: Personal Security: The Right to Bear Arms ::::
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:::: Practical Opposition to Terrorist Release ::::
:::: Drawing the Line on Arab Verbal Violence in the Knesset ::::
:::: Sovereignty ::::
Posted by Jason Gold-Editor at 12/24/2014 09:59:00 AM