Tzippy Livni is suddenly calling herself the guardian of Jerusalem
"Israeli sovereignty here [...] is the expression of the historic
link between a people and its land" Livni said during the ceremony,
evoking iconic memories of the IDF soldiers who entered the Western Wall
compound during the 1967 war."This holy
place, this historical place, this place to which our deepest recesses
are tied, will remain under Israeli sovereignty forever."
"Every time I'm at the Kotel," said Livni, "I see before my eyes the
paratroopers who cried then, during the liberation of Jerusalem, their
tears of excitement, of returning home. [...] Joy and excitement covered
us all, like a tallit of happiness that enfolded every Jew in Israel
and throughout the world."
Do you trust her not to give it up? Do you trust her to keep all of 'east' Jerusalem? Well, I don't.
Labels: Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, Knesset elections 2015, Tzipi Livni
For the sixth consecutive year, President Hussein Obama has proven that he doesn't understand - or chooses to ignore - what Chanukah is all about
. This is Jeff Dunetz.
Wednesday, for the sixth time since taking office, President Obama
released a Hanukkah message that distorted the story of the holiday and
served his anti-Israel policy. In his message, Obama left out the most
essential part of the Maccabees victory: the recapture of Jerusalem and
the re-dedication of the Holy Temple atop what is now known as the
Temple Mount, a fact he's omitted every year of his presidency, and
something his predecessor George Bush mentioned in each of his Hanukkah
The liberation of Jerusalem and the cleansing of the Temple from the
Hellenistic idols and rituals is a most important part of the Hanukkah
story. In fact, the meaning of the name of the holiday in
Hebrew translates to the word "dedication" in English. A fact that,
unlike his predecessor, President Obama ignores in his
presidential Hanukkah statements.
Read the whole thing
. When Obama doesn't like the narrative, he makes up a new one.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Chanuka, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel
Should this 'man' be Prime Minister of Israel?
Should this 'man' be Prime Minister of Israel?
Image from here
(Hat Tip: Shy Guy
Original story here
UPDATE 10:50 AM
Forgot to mention this: How bad a politician is Herzog? This
is the very same man who, only a few days ago, agreed to give up half
of his potential term as Prime Minister to a woman (Tzipi Livni) whose party,
according to the polls, would NOT EVEN PASS THE MINIMUM THRESHOLD to get
into the Knesset.
He also gave guaranteed spots on his party's list to SIX of these
unelectable people, without having to run in the primaries.
This is a leader?
Labels: Knesset elections 2015, Yitzchak Herzog
John Kerry is a bigger fool than you thought
Shavua tov, a good week to everyone.
A European diplomat told Foreign Policy on Friday that US Secretary of State John Kerry has begged the Europeans not to push a negotiations deadline between Israel and the 'Palestinians' at the United Nations before Israel's March 17 elections
Speaking at an annual luncheon with the 28 European Union ambassadors, Kerry
cautioned that any action by the U.N. Security Council would strengthen the hands of
Israeli hardliners who oppose the peace process. Kerry left open the possibility that
the United States might ultimately support some sort of U.N. Security Council
resolution that didn’t prejudge the outcome of stalled political negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians. He didn’t offer any details of what that kind of resolution would have to look like.
“Kerry has been very, very clear that for the United States it was not an option to discuss whatever text before the end of the Israeli election,” according to a European diplomat.
Well, duh. I could have figured that out on my own. But Kerry apparently couldn't.
The diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the
luncheon was confidential, said that Kerry explained that Israel’s
liberal political leaders, Shimon Peres and Tipzi Livni, had expressed
concern that a Security Council move to pressure Israel on the eve of
election would only strengthen the hands of Israeli hardliners,
including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Naftali Bennett, an
implacable foe of a Palestinian state and leader of the right-wing
Jewish Home party. Netanyahu is also fiercely opposed to the
Palestinians effort to secure Security Council backing for its statehood
Kerry said Livni had “told him that such a text imposed by the
international community would reinforce Benjamin Netanyahu and the
hardliners in Israel,” as well as the hardliners in Palestine, according
to the European diplomat.
The message, said another European diplomat, was that U.N. action
would “give more impetus to more right-wing parties, that there was a
risk this could further embolden the more right-wing forces along the
Israeli political spectrum.”
And when word of this story reached Israel after the Sabbath ended, our politicians reacted with fury
... at Livni (There's nothing we can do about Peres anymore. He's supposed to have been put out to pasture).
"Tzipi Livni has hit rock-bottom in political subversion," Bennett
stated, "by going behind the back of the sitting government to help
schedule operations that will harm Israel and doing everything to hurt
Bibi / Bennett."
"With all due respect, Livni's interests do not come before the
state's interests, and demanding that an attack on Israel fit her
schedule crosses a red line," he continued. "According to Livni, Israel is a country full of apologies, which is governed by political interests."
"I look forward to opposition leader [and Labor head - ed.] MK
Yitzhak Herzog - whose intentions I sincerely appreciate - disciplining
Tzipi Livni, who over the past few days has abandoned the state entirely
and contributed to an atmosphere of incitement, and who is anarchic and dangerous to his campaign."
"This shows that the sole interest of Livni and Herzog is to replace
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who as a bulwark against the
[international] dictates and Palestinian pressure," the Likud party stated
in an official statement Saturday night. It added that they are willing
to make "dangerous withdrawals" and "fold to international pressure."
"This election campaign has crossed all red lines," Likud MK Ofir Akunis stated
Saturday night. "Ms. Livni failed negotiations with the Palestinians,
[which] has been going on for years, and now gives advice to [the]
American foreign minister, only to promote her personal political
"This is further proof that Livni and Herzog prefer to advance their
political interests over Israel's national interests, and they are
dangerous to Israel," he added.
MK Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) wrote on Facebook that the move is "Leftist subversion."
"They asked to postpone cases ambush on Israel not because it is not
good for the country, but that it is not good for the Left in the
elections," Shaked fired. "This is unprecedented."
Meanwhile, Livni says she's just doing Netanyahu's job
"I turned to Kerry to safeguard the interests of the State of Israel,
to prevent the world's coercion of Palestinian demands on Israel,"
Livni insisted. "I'm glad I did it and I'm glad that things I do have an
impact on the world, what can not be said about Prime Minister
Livni then took her criticism one step further, taking the multiple
statements by diplomats that she turned to Kerry to prevent Netanyahu
and Economics Minister and Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett from
getting votes and claiming instead that they should "thank" her for doing their job for them.
"Netanyahu and Bennett instead of criticizing me, should call me and
thank me for helping them in doing what they cannot," she declared.
knows no bounds.
Labels: Binyamin Netanyahu, John Kerry, Knesset elections 2015, Naftali Bennett, Palestinian state RIGHT NOW syndrome, Tzipi Livni, United Nations Security Council
Not a terrorist group?
For those who missed it, the European 'human rights commission' decided earlier this week that Hamas is not a terrorist group.
Labels: Eurabia, Hamas, human rights, Palestinian terrorism
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