I was involved in a car accident this morning. Thank God, I walked away unscathed, but my car was totaled. I have way too much work and lost way too many hours today to be posting. Will be back online as soon as possible.
Other driver an 'east' Jerusalem Arab who was going way too fast, but definitely not a terror attack.
Labels: personal stuff
What am I missing here? - UPDATED: US TO BACK PALESTINIAN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION?
The tweet is from the inimitable Matt Lee quoting the State Department spokesperson.
What am I missing here? Isn't assuming that the outcome of the negotiations will be a 'Palestinian state' - whether on the 1949 armistice lines or on the 1949 armistice lines with 'mutually agreed adjustments' - prejudging them?
Can anyone help me out here?
UPDATE 10:16 PM
You don't think they're threatening Israel do you?
Labels: negotiations without preconditions, Palestinian state RIGHT NOW syndrome, State Department obsession with Israel, United Nations Security Council
Abu Bluff is on Twitter
And I'm sure you all want to follow him
. (Not me - have to figure out whom I'm going to dump first).
Labels: Abu Mazen, Twitter
'Unacceptable and ugly'
The title of this post doesn't just describe Tzipi Livni. It describes some comments she made
on a satirical television show on Saturday night.
Writing on Facebook, [former Shin Bet chief and Netanyahu critic Yuval] Diskin said that Livni’s remarks were “unacceptable and ugly”.
“I normally have a great appreciation for Livni’s attitudes and
values, but in this case I'm coming out against her in the most
aggressive manner,” he said.
“It is permissible and even desirable to criticize,” stressed Diskin.
“This is in part the essence of democracy. Personally, I too have
criticism over the conduct of the Prime Minister and his leadership
style and his lack of personal example. But there is a fine line in my
opinion, that once people cross it, they become what Netanyahu and his
friends were when they ignored the incitement of their supporters
against Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.”
“I call on Tzipi Livni, as well as on many of my friends, to immediately apologize for her remarks,” said Diskin.
Livni, who appeared on the “Matzav HaUma” (State of the Union) satirical program on Channel 2 on Saturday night, took satire to a different level and was perceived to have gone beyond the realms of political correctness.
"Two potential Prime Ministers are better than an impotent Prime Minister,” Livni said of her unity pact with Labor leader MK Yitzhak Herzog.
"Yitzhak and I decided to take out the garbage together," Livni said,
hinting at Netanyahu. She later said, “The truth is that Bibi said that
we’re going to elections because of the 0% VAT. I thought there is a
zero in this story, but it’s not the VAT.”
The comments were criticized by Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz
(Likud), who said, "Since we cut off ties with [Palestinian Authority
Chairman Mahmoud] Abbas she has simply become unbalanced. She's addicted
to talks with the Palestinians and can't quit."
Coalition chairman MK Ze’ev Elkin denounced the derogatory comments as well, telling Arutz Sheva that Livni had “completely lost it” in her appearance on the show.
“What we saw last night is beyond who we saw during the previous
Knesset term. Even in terms of style and expression level it seems that
she completely lost it,” said Elkin, who added, “I want to see all the
reporters who attacked me for calling [Livni and Herzog] ‘the beauty and
the geek who will not pass the threshold’ speaking out against Livni
now. I used parliamentary expressions but she stooped to a new low. But I
guess the left is allowed to lash out using such crude expressions.
This is probably part of the rules of the game.”
I wonder which one Elkin was calling the beauty
and which the geek.
Labels: Binyamin Netanyahu, incitement, Labor party, Likud party, Tzipi Livni, Yisrael Katz, Yitzchak Herzog, Zeev Elkin
Was this why Lindt was targeted?
I am sure that most of you have already heard about the terror attack
on a Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, Australia on Monday.
Could this be why Lindt was targeted?
Labels: Australia, Islamic terrorism
Reuven Yerachmiel ben Avraham Yaakov
It's been a very emotional day, and this is the first time I have been online at all.
Some of you might have kept track and realized that today is the 8th day since my grandson was born, and therefore surmised that his Brith Mila (circumcision) took place today. Jewish baby boys are named at their circumcision.
The picture at the top is my Dad z"l with me when I was about 10 months old (kind of funny because it was Mom a"h who played the piano and not Dad).
The picture at the bottom is my newest grandson, who is now named Reuven Yerachmiel after my Dad.
While I was prepared for that, the thing for which I was unprepared was that my son called me to give the name at the Brith....
And my son is named after my father's father, which means that my grandson will God willing be called to the Torah in 13 years less one week in the exact same way that my father was.
May all of you have the nachath (good feeling and overwhelmingly so) that I got from my children today.
Labels: personal stuff
Hamas working hard, investing tremendous resources to rebuild Gaza
Why bother to rebuild when you can buy rockets instead?
Labels: European foreign aid, Fajr-5 rockets, Grad rocket, Hamas, Hamas rockets, Izzadin Kassam Brigades, J-80 rockets, Kassam rockets, M-302 rockets, M-75 rockets, US foreign aid
And you thought the 'Palestinian Authority' was corrupt....
So is Hamas
Labels: corruption, Hamas, Khaled Meshaal
Netanyahu, Arabs to present their cases to Kerry
Prime Minister Netanyahu heads for Rome on Monday to meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry to warn him that Israel will ignore any call from the United Nations Security Council
to withdraw to the 1949 armistice lines by 2016. On Tuesday, Kerry will meet in London with delegations from the 'Palestinians' and from the Arab League who will urge Kerry (and the United States) not to veto a Security Council resolution
that would call on Israel to do just that. This is from the first link.
Netanyahu, who is in the middle of campaigning
for a March election, will also meet Italian Prime Minister Matteo
Renzi along with Kerry.
tell both of them that Israel stands, to a great extent, as a solitary
island against the waves of Islamic extremism washing over the entire
Middle East," Netanyahu said on Sunday in public remarks to his cabinet.
He said Israel now faced a possible diplomatic offensive "to force upon us" such a withdrawal within two years.
will bring the radical Islamic elements to the suburbs of Tel Aviv and
to the heart of Jerusalem. We will not allow this. We will rebuff this
forcefully and responsibly. Let there be no doubt, this will be
Minister Avigdor Lieberman, speaking on Army Radio, said it appeared the
United States "is not eager to use its veto" on the Palestinian
statehood issue but was seeking "maximum coordination" with Netanyahu.
Haaretz's Barak Ravid adds:
Kerry initiated the meeting with the Palestinians in London - as
well as the meeting with Netanyahu in Rome - as part of his attempts to
try to understand how flexible the two sides are, and whether there is a
possibility of reaching a compromise. Kerry spoke by telephone with
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday and asked him to send
Faraj and Erekat to meet with him in London; his invitation to Netanyahu
was extended earlier in the week.
The meetings Kerry will be holding over the next few days with
Netanyahu, the Palestinians, the Arab foreign ministers and his European
counterparts are part of the American attempt to prevent a diplomatic
confrontation in the Security Council over the Palestinian issue, or to
at least postpone the confrontation for as long as possible.
"There are a lot of different folks pushing in different directions out
there, and the question is can we all pull in the same direction,"
Kerry told reporters during a visit to Colombia. "That’s what we’re
"We're trying to figure out a way to help defuse the tensions and
reduce the potential for more conflict and we’re exploring various
possibilities to that end," Kerry told reporters in Bogota when asked
whether there is a resolution the U.S. could support.
It is still unclear whether Kerry plans to present Israel and the
Palestinians with a new proposal or a compromise. In any case, it will
be very hard for him to achieve such a compromise. The Palestinians are
determined to push their resolution forward in the Security Council,
while Israel, which is now in the midst of an election campaign, has
rejected any such move in the Security Council out of hand.
Will Mr. Moral Equivalence
strike again? What could go wrong?
Labels: Binyamin Netanyahu, John Kerry, moral equivalence, Palestinian state RIGHT NOW syndrome, United Nations Security Council
FBI: Iran targeting US energy and defense firms
The FBI is warning that Iranian hackers may attack US energy and defense firms
in the near future.
The FBI's confidential "Flash" report, seen by
Reuters on Friday, provides technical details about malicious software
and techniques used in the attacks, along with advice on thwarting the
hackers. It asked businesses to contact the FBI if they believed they
Executive Stuart McClure said the FBI warning suggested that the Iranian
hacking campaign may have been larger than its own research revealed.
"It underscores Iran's determination and fixation on large-scale
compromise of critical infrastructure," he said.
FBI's technical document said the hackers typically launch their
attacks from two IP addresses that are in Iran, but did not attribute
the attacks to the Tehran government. Cylance has said it believes
Iran's government is behind the campaign, a claim Iran has vehemently
An FBI official did not
provide further details, but said the agency routinely provides private
industry with advisories to help it fend off cyber threats.
The Pentagon and National Security Agency had no immediate comment.
Over the weekend Rush
Limbaugh said on the radio said that he just interviewed Thomas Sowell (age
80+) for his Limbaugh Letter, and that Mr. Sowell's biggest fear is that
Iran is getting their nuke, that they will attack the U.S. first (not
Israel), and that Obama/Clinton/et al will SURRENDER. Yikes (Hat Tip:: Sunlight).
And there's a basis for that fear
Labels: cyberwar, Iran, Iranian nuclear threat
Pass the popcorn: Al-Qaeda terrorists discuss their fear of the TSA
Here's a group of al-Qaeda terrorists discussing their fear of the TSA catching them at every turn.
Let's go to the videotape (Hat Tip: Mrs. Carl
Labels: al-Qaeda, humor, TSA
The ever-'proper' New York Times makes a whopper of a correction
Kosher food expert Gil Marks z"l passed away this week as a result of lung cancer (no, he was not a smoker). The New York Times had an obituary here
. Read the whole thing to find the 'correction' the Times made to its article (HatTip: Mrs. Carl
Labels: New York Times
Must-see video: Caroline Glick destroys Europe's anti-Semitic double standards
Danish Ambassador to Israel Jesper Vahr tries to justify Europe's discriminatory treatment of Israel, and Caroline Glick rips him some new cavities.
Let's go to the videotape (Hat Tip: Sunlight
I'd love to see Caroline in the Knesset, but I understand that she's not going to put up with the corruption it usually takes (fighting or joining) to get there in the current party system.
Labels: Caroline Glick, Denmark, double standards, European hypocrisy
Obama vetted Lapid as future Prime Minister of Israel
Is the Obama administration trying to unseat Prime Minister Netanyahu? Almost definitely, yes. Is it trying to replace him with Yair Lapid
? Well, maybe. Here's Aaron Klein.
Read the whole thing
Let’s look at the clues. Netanyahu’s decision last week to disband
his coalition came when he dismissed his finance minister, Yair Lapid,
and his justice minister, Tzipi Livni, both of whom have not disguised
their ambitions for the country’s highest office. Tellingly, both took
advantage of the steady stream of US criticism toward Netanyahu by
leading an escalating public campaign in which they repeatedly accused
Netanyahu of causing this dangerous rift in relations with Israel’s most
Case in point. In October, Israel’s Ynet news website reported
that a request by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon to meet with US Vice
President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security
Adviser Susan Rice during his visit to Washington had been denied by
the White House. This reported move is highly unusual, and was a nearly
unprecedented snub of Netanyahu’s government. It helped to set off a
firestorm against Netanyahu in Israel, particularly among the center and
the left, with Livni and Lapid leading the charge.
Also in October, in what can only be viewed as an orchestrated
campaign, the US espoused uncharacteristically harsh language to oppose a
plan for Israel to build 2,610 new homes on empty lots in Givat
Hamatos, a Jerusalem neighborhood in the eastern section of the city
where Palestinians want to build a future state.
Immediately following a meeting between Netanyahu and President
Obama in October, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki and White House
spokesman Josh Earnest took the Israeli leader’s delegation by surprise
when they released nearly identical statements slamming the Jerusalem
construction. They warned the housing plans could distance Israel from
its “closest allies,” a clear euphemism for the US, and questioned
whether Netanyahu was interested in peace. Netanyahu for his part said
at the time that he was “baffled” by the US criticism, stating the
American position “doesn’t really reflect American values.”
As if on queue, Lapid and Livni raced to endorse the US
condemnation and accuse Netanyahu once again of damaging US-Israeli
relations. That month, Lapid took further issue with Netanyahu’s plan
to build roughly 400 homes in Har Homa and about 600 in Ramat Shlomo.
“This plan will lead to a serious crisis in Israel-US relations and will
harm Israel’s standing in the world,” Lapid said.
In another seemingly orchestrated development, The Atlantic’s
Jeffrey Goldberg in October described relations between the US and
Israel as a “full-blown crisis” and reported that senior Obama
administration officials had called Netanyahu “chickenshit” on matters
related to the so-called peace process. Goldberg gratuitously added
that Bibi is a “coward” on the issue of Iran’s nuclear threat.
Adding more fuel to the anti-Bibi firestorm, Ha'aretz
reported last week the Obama administration had held a classified
discussion a few weeks earlier about possibly taking more proactive
measures against the “settlements,” including mulling sanctions or
punishing Israel at the United Nations. While the State Department
dismissed the claims as "unfounded and completely without merit," the Ha'aretz article is already providing more fodder to target Bibi.
Here’s the kicker. In March, an informed diplomatic source in
Jerusalem told me that representatives of the Obama administration held
meetings with Lapid to check him out politically and to discuss the kind
of prime minister he would make if he won elections in the future. The
diplomatic source said the Obama administration identified Lapid as a
moderate who would support Israeli-Palestinian talks. While the alleged
meeting might have been as innocent as getting to know the powerful
finance minister, the claim does fuel the perception of Obama
administration tentacles working surreptitiously to change the political
order in the Jewish state.
. Shabbat Shalom.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, Israeli elections, Knesset elections 2015, Yair Lapid
How we could end up with a Leftist government
The polls show that the public wants a Right wing government, albeit not necessarily one led by Binyamin Netanyahu.
The polls also show that the public may not get what it wants from the upcoming elections. Here is why
The latest poll, carried out by Midgam for Channel 2, indicates that a Labor ticket, after the merger with Hatnua, would receive 24 Knesset seats.
Likud would receive 23 seats; Jewish Home 15; Yisrael Beytenu 8; Shas
9 and United Torah Judaism (UTJ) 8. This means that the traditional
right wing-religious bloc would have a slim majority of 63 seats, or two
more than it currently enjoys.
Moshe Kahlon's Kulanu party would receive 9 seats, and Meretz would have 5. The Arab parties would split 11 seats between them.
But that majority may be illusory because the Haredi parties have already said that they will go in with Labor rather than sit in a coalition with Jewish Home
Asked whom they would like to see as the next prime minister, 36% said
Binyamin Netanyahu, while 33% said they preferred a rotation between
Tzipi Livni and Yitzchak Herzog.
Midgam is considered to be leftward leaning.
The last politician I can recall falling as far and as fast as Netanyahu was George HW Bush after the first Gulf War.
Here's another poll which is quite different
Likud would win 25 mandates if elections were held today, according
to the survey published by the Geocartography Institute. By contrast,
the Labor-Hatnua pact would win just 18 seats - a far cry from the major
wins predicted in other polls, and four seats less than a previous poll
held by the institute on December 9.
Interesting, Moshe Kahlon's Kulanu party would become the third
strongest party in the Knesset, with 12 seats, up from ten in the
December 9 survey.
Jewish Home would gain fourth place with 11 seats, signifying a drop
from its current 12; United Torah Judiasm would also gain 11 seats, up
from ten; Shas, despite internal conflict between MKs Aryeh Deri and Eli
Yishai, would win ten seats, up from six.
Below that, Avigdor Liberman's Yisrael Beytenu is projected to gain
nine seats in thee 20th Knesset, up from eight - whereas Yair Lapid's
Yesh Atid fell to eight seats in the Knesset from its current 19.
The poll, as reported by Walla!, did not list results for
several of Israel's smaller political parties, including Meretz, the
Arab parties (United Arab List and Balad), Hadash, Kadima, and Otzma
The Geocartography Institute poll stands in stark contrast to other surveys in the Israeli press recently, including a Panels Politics poll for Maariv which gives Labor the win at 24 mandates against Likud's 20.
That poll indicated, however, that the majority of Israelis
would nonetheless prefer a right-wing government with a coalition
including the hareidi parties.
Huh? I saw polls that said that a huge number of Israelis did not want the Haredi parties in the government (not that it really matters, in case you hadn't figured that out).
By the way, keep in mind that the pollsters here tend to be very biased.
Labels: Israeli election polls, Israeli polls, Knesset elections 2015
What the media is not telling you about the Har Nof massacre
The media has hidden from us many gruesome facts about the Har Nof massacre and about many other terror attacks. Why? Because if Israeli knew the truth about 'Palestinian' terror there would be no 'peace process.' Because if the West knew the truth about 'Palestinian' terror, much of the pressure on Israel to conduct a peace process would eviscerate.
Please watch the video below. If you don't have time for the entire video, please start around the 10:30 mark. I will have more after the video.
Let's go to the videotape (Hat Tip: Shy Guy
There is no making peace with this type of barbarism. It's time to tell the truth.
Labels: Palestinian terrorism