Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked praised the speech delivered by the US Vice President Mike Pence at the Knesset plenum afternoon, hailing it as a "moral speech of the first order".
"Pence made a one-of-a-kind historic speech," Shaked exclaimed on Twitter and added, "Vice President, I thank you for a consummately Zionist speech, a moral speech of the first order."
"You expressed the simple truth: The Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people and Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years and will remain so forever," Shaked noted.
The Justice Minister also addressed Pence's embassy promise that the US mission to Israel be transferred to Jerusalem by the end of next year: "I'm waiting together with all Israeli citizens for the transfer of the American embassy to the capital of Israel by the end of 2019."
Science Minister Ofir Akunis (Likud) said after the speech, "This is the greatest and most important Zionist speech ever delivered by a foreign leader at the Knesset plenum.
"This represents not only courageous friendship between the two countries; it is the zenith of US-Israeli relations since 1948, most of all, of course, the announcement of the Jerusalem embassy transfer. On the issue of 'two states', there remain differences," Akunis added...
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
Some Jews oppose true Zionism by saying “you can’t change the legal reality on the ground”. They refuse to understand that we are creators of our current reality! By surrendering to enemy, we allow them to create their own inspired reality! Just look how Arabs/Muslims and the leftist anti-Semitic supporters have been successful in changing international perception of Jews/Israel legal rights since the War of independence! Jews must remember: "Our future does not depend on what the Goyim (non-Jews) will say. It depends on what the Jews will do!" - David Ben Gurion.
The New Israel Fund (NIF) has admitted it is acting against the Israeli government's decision to return illegal infiltrators to their countries of origin or to transfer them to other countries... “The NIF family has issued a series of emergency grants to Israeli NGOs that are lobbying against this move..." (NIF) has admitted it is acting against the Israeli government's decision to return illegal infiltrators to their countries of origin or to transfer them to other countries..." (‘Ghetto-mentality’ Jews are unable and unwilling to understand the reason for removal of illegal migrants from Israel!)
Support for armed struggle has almost doubled among Palestinians in the last six months, while Israeli Jews backing for a decisive military offensive to end the conflict increased during the same period by almost 60 percent. (As long as they occupy any part of Jewish land hope for the destruction of the Jewish state will remain! Please, read “The Sinai Option” below.)
American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley blasted Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, saying that the PA appeared to be unprepared to pursue peace, adding that the US was not interested in ‘chasing after’ PA leaders in a bid to reboot talks between the PA and Israel.
Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit let it be known that the police had no case for bringing the prime minister to trial for bribery. For more than two years, police investigators had been assembling this case against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu around his custom of accepting lavish gifts from tycoons. Not a day went by without police leaks to a flock of “investigative reporters!” Mandelblit also warned that if the prosecution tried to bring the case to court, it would be dismissed for lack of evidence. (There is still heavy infestation, by leftist bureaucrats, of the Israeli government - especially in police and legal departments! In the past, for many years they conducted politically motivated blackmail style 'investigations’ of Sharon and his son. As result, Sharon gave up his Zionist principles and facilitated forceful transfer of 8,500 Jews from Gaza! Will Bibi be able resist the pressure and, as the international situation is changing in favour of Israel, remove enemy population from the Jewish land?)
Polish anti-Semites in Denial!
Israeli leaders angrily criticized pending legislation in Poland that would outlaw blaming Poles for the crimes of the Holocaust, with some accusing the Polish government of outright denial. “One cannot change history, and the Holocaust cannot be denied,” he said. (As well as, the role the Polish people played in facilitating the Holocaust!)
Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz attacked the Joint List Knesset members who interrupted US Vice President Mike Pence's speech at the Knesset, saying: "They and Hamas share the same goals. They behaved in a way that Hamas thought praiseworthy." "Hamas, that extremist organization that denies the existence of the State of Israel, praises those who sit in the Israeli parliament and enjoy… but they must go to Gaza and represent the Palestinian parliament of Hamas, as they believe in the same goals; they do not recognize Israel as a Jewish and democratic state."
For the first time, new recruits at the Foreign Ministry are to learn about Judaism before representing the Jewish State to the world. Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) met with the newest cadets of the Foreign Ministry's recruitment program. This year's cadets' course will include classes about the streams of Judaism, rituals and customs. (It should be made as a compulsory study and knowledge for all Israeli diplomats a blong time ago!)
More than 100 international film directors, producers, actors and industry workers have signed an open letter to a French film festival to protest against its decision to highlight Israeli films. They expressed "deep concern" at the festival's decision "to associate with the Israeli government as it is intensifying occupation, settlement policy and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people." (It is quite surprising, as those events mainly focus on anti-Israel, bordering anti-Semitic, movies made by Arabs or self-hating leftist Jews!)
Members of the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee are set to discuss next week two controversial bills proposing a limit on the use of loudspeakers for religious purposes. The initiative, which is seen as an attempt to muffle the Muslim call to prayer, sparked condemnation in the Arab world when it cleared its first hurdle last March. (Israel is too tolerant toward its enemies, who have complete disrespect for the country they live in! Some Islamic states, like Jordan when it occupied East Jerusalem, do not allow Churches to ring their bells! Some, like Saudi Arabia, do not even have any other religions' places of worship.)
The Knesset delegation to the European Union's Council of Europe, a key human rights assembly, managed to get the body to pass a resolution condemning the Palestinian Authority (PA) for paying salaries to terrorists jailed in Israeli prisons. Although, it was added to a PA drafted resolution condemning President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The terrorist salaries paid out by the Palestinian Authority during 2017 make up more than 7% of the PA's budget, more than NIS 550 million. (European anti-Semites will never stop funding anti-Israel terrorists!)
The fossil of a part of a mouth and accompanying teeth are estimated to be up to 194,000 years old. They were discovered during an excavation at Mount Carmel, Israel. Stone tools were also recovered at the site. Earlier findings suggested that modern humans migrated from Africa roughly 120,000 years ago. (In an interview, I saw last week on the subject, Lebanon, Jordan and Sinai were mentioned but not Israel. Middle Eastern archaeology and paleo-anthropology are the most anti-Semitic branches of science!)
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has purchased a new high-end private plane at a cost of $50 million. For the record, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - and for that matter, in the history of the State of Israel, no prime minister - has ever purchased a private plane with government funds.
QUOTE of the WEEK:
“That money is not going to them (the PA) unless they sit down and negotiate peace, because I can tell you that Israel does want to make peace, and they’re going to have to want to make peace too, or we’re going to have nothing to do with it any longer.” - US President Donald Trump said the press at the World Economic Forum in Davos – Even then it will be waste of time and taxpayers money!
by Daniel Krygier
In the Middle East, where respect is everything, Israel’s submissive diplomacy puts it at a disadvantage, while mediocre PR efforts seriously erode its international standing
Israel’s relationship with Jordan and Jerusalem’s recent apology for the embassy crisis in Amman, exemplifies the reborn Jewish state’s contradictory nature: a successful powerhouse with a dhimmi style diplomacy. Reborn Israel might have left exile 70 years ago, but the exile mentality has still not left Israeli diplomacy.
On May 10, 1948, four days before Israel’s rebirth, Israel’s future Prime Minister Golda Meir secretly met king Abdullah of Transjordan in Amman. The purpose of Mrs. Meir’s travel was to plead with the king to refrain from joining the impending Arab attack on the embryonic Jewish state. This kind of diplomacy made sense when Israel was weak and fragile. It makes no sense today when the Jewish state is a technological and economic powerhouse with one of the strongest defense forces in the world...
Jordan is not doing Israel any favors by having official ties with Jerusalem. Israel provides Jordan with water and numerous technologies...
The strained relations between Turkey and Israel are mainly a result of the Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s aggressive neo-Ottoman and anti-Semitic policies. However, Israel’s meek diplomacy has only made the situation worse.
Israeli officials admit that it was a mistake to apologize to Turkey for the Mavi Marmara flotilla crises in 2010. Nine Turkish extremists were killed after attacking Israeli naval forces with knives and iron bars. Turkey should have apologized to Israel. Jerusalem’s apology and financial compensation to Turkey rewarded Erdogan’s extremism.
When Turkey downed a Russian fighter jet near the Syrian-Turkish border, Moscow immediately put the Turkish leader Erdogan in place who was forced to apologize to Russia... (That is how a self-respectful country behaves!)
The main goal of the Jewish national liberation Zionist movement was the return of the Jewish people to its ancestral homeland Israel. However, another important goal was the transformation of the Jewish people from an insecure Diaspora nation to a confident and independent nation...
Instead of proactively changing the international conversation and the misconceptions regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict, Israeli officials have tried to gain international sympathies by stressing Israel’s thriving culture, tolerance for gays and minorities, cutting-edge technology and many international relief efforts. While all this is true, failure to properly debunk the myth of Israel as the “villain” in the Middle East, has seriously eroded Israel’s position in the public debate in global media and on Western university campuses. Israel is strong and does not need to beg for sympathy. Instead, Israel needs to gain respect by starting to respect itself in the diplomatic world!