Saturday, February 21

The Israeli Elections 2015 with Foregone Predictions?

All kinds of video clips - especially from the right wing have gone viral. These clips are bordering on the humorous as well as attacking those on the left wing of the political spectrum. The problem is that the right wing, especially the settler leadership in the occupied territories, are using Nazi tactics to dehumanize the left wing, who do not hold right wing, religious, Zionist views that oppose the occupation.

The upcoming general election is the most aggressive, filthiest election campaign in Israel’s history. While all election campaigns in Israel are lively and aggressive electioneering is dominant, new lows have been reached in this campaign. The use of character assassination tactics does not add to fair publicity and the important issues that need to be addressed.

The hedonistic lifestyle of PM Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu and his wife have been well described in the State Comptroller’s Report,  which was published a month before the election date. This has created grist to the mill of those opposing Netanyahu as being re-elected as Prime Minister. Whether it will influence the outcome, remains to be seen. Bibi is surrounded by a group of very loyal Likud Party hacks that seek every opportunity to “whitewash” Bibi on TV, internet and in the press. They are in denial and claim that this Report is part of an organized “smear campaign” against Bibi and the Likud. Naturally they accuse the left of carrying out this smear campaign, whether it is their extravagant living, Sarah Netanyahu pocketing bottle-deposit money as well as exploiting the staff in the Prime Minister’s residence and private homes. Likud will not win an absolute majority but they will win a mandate or two more than the left of center Zionist Camp. The Israeli Electorate are moving towards the right and they will support center to right of center political parties that will be the natural coalition partners with the Likud.

While the Comptroller’s Report is on the way to be the basis of a criminal investigation into the misuse of state funds by the Netanyahu family and is an embarrassment to Netanyahu, it will not affect the right wing outcome of the elections. Islamophobia and racism against Arabs (which unfortunately is on the increase in Israel) is a strong factor in influencing the final election results.

The Bayit Yehudi Party (Jewish Home Party) under Naftali Bennett’s leadership have come out with shocking statements in their election campaign, accusing the left of not having learn’t the lessons of Late PM Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination on November 5th 1995. What Lessons? This is the same as saying that the Zionists are responsible for ISIS! The assassin, Yigal Amir, who shot Yitzhak Rabin on that fateful night (I was present at that Peace Assembly when it occurred) came from the extreme right wing camp. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. According to reports, Yigal Amir and his family are supporters of Bennett and his Bayit Hayehudi Party. So which pot is calling the kettle black? Naftali Bennett has also been accusing the left of being traitors to Israel and inciting his supporters against them. Such hypocrisy!!! The criticism that I can make is the portrayal of Naftali Bennett as a Nazi. This is shocking and to be condemned in the strongest terms no less. It is an example of another low to which this election campaign has reached.

The Zionist Camp, even it wins a mandate or two more than the Likud will have a more difficult time than the Likud in forming a coalition government for the reasons already mentioned. The balance of power remains in the hands of the Joint Arab List that according to the latest polls will be the third largest party. The raising of the electoral threshold of the political parties has forced the Arab parties to unite creating a considerable political force that cannot be ignored when it comes to coalition building, especially by the left of center if the President approaches them to form the next government.

If the Joint Arab List is considered a potential partner in a left of center government coalition, they will have to agree to a common denominator that is acceptable to the Zionist Camp, if not, they will have to share the responsibility of the Likud being entrusted with forming the next coalition that will leave them in the opposition. If the Joint Arab List and Meretz were to form a common list, the chances of a change of government would have been increased. This list would definitely be a very strong political force which would influence a new original coalition deal that would be very interesting as well as challenging old outdated ideologies and be more representative of all Israel's citizens. This could also leave an option open for religious parties to join if they so desire. Unfortunately the chance of this happening is very remote if not impossible with the present mindset in the Israeli Electorate.

Saturday, February 7

Futility of Israel's General Elections

As the various parties gear up to attack each other on populist matters, the polls will show various minor trends. The Netanyahu Likud coalition was unwieldy with an incapability to govern. Yair Lapid, the ex-Finance Minister in this coalition, claims that the reforms that he wished to institute did not even begin as his hands were tied by PM Netanyahu, with whom he had great differences. It is doubtful, with his inexperience in economic and financial matters he would have succeeded anyway.

The election propaganda has reached a new low with the Likud and Zionist Camp accusing each other of getting funds illegally from various US tycoons to finance their electoral campaigns.

The electoral system in Israel is flawed and the results of the elections after 17th March, 2015 will be inconclusive. No political party will get an absolute majority after the elections. The coalition negotiations after the elections will be the usual déjà vu. According to the latest opinionpolls, the right wing Likud has one or two seats more than the center left -The Zionist Camp (Labor – Tnua). We must bear in mind that the majority of the Israeli Electorate is right wing. This means that as Election Day draws closer, many Israelis will vote for many shades of right wing parties This includes the Haredi Ultra-Orthodox) Parties such as Shas and Torah Judaism Party, Naftali Bennet’s Bayit Hayehudi Party, which is even more right wing than the Likud.

The Zionist Camp under Isaac Herzog and Tzippi Livni does not stand a chance of winning the elections. The Israeli Electorate wants a change but when it comes to the push, they will not allow anything that is associated with the mild left of center to replace a Likud Coalition. Better the devil you do know than the devil you do not know! Electoral results have been a disappointment for many years and government coalitions of compromise will become more complex, leaving Israel's citizens very disappointed and frustrated the day after.

If, by some miracle, the two major parties, Likud and Zionist Camp, receive an equal number of mandates, there is a chance that both parties will form a coalition, pulling in other right wing parties such as Bayit Hayehudi, Haredi Parties, Yisrael Beteinu (despite many of its members under police investigation for bribery and corruption), Moshe Kahlon's Kolanu and possibly Yair Lapid’sYesh Atid. After elections, parties that were non-supportive of Netanyahu or even against him will become potential coalition partners. Labor and Likud have formed coalition governments in the past and the possibility of this happening again cannot be ruled out.  

After close-call elections, there is a tendency for the two large opposing parties to reiterate that "the nation has voted for the Zionist Camp and Likud, giving them a total draw, therefore supporting a coalition of both parties". A coalition of these two parties may please many voters. This coalition, if it is formed, will be a lame-duck government! No reforms will occur and the coalition will be hampered by bickering and an inability to make bold decisions in the economic spheres and, no less important, negotiating peace with the Palestinians.

The parties that will not join this coalition will be the Joint Arab List (Balad, Hadash, Ram-Tal) and Meretz. Both parties have stated this clearly. Other small parties leaning towards the right may or may not join this coalition, depending on the coalition agreements that the two major parties – Likud and Zionist Camp will work out. This will also take a few months and will involve a caretaker government ruling until the formation of a new (or pseudo-old) coalition.

Unfortunately, the Palestinian leadership is hampered by all kinds of fantasies that prevent them from even embarking on a move towards negotiations with Israel. The Palestinian Authority, under Mahmoud` Abbas, is frustrated because of Hamas breathing down their necks and gaining more support in Palestinian Street. Hamas and the PA are still in a shaky unity government, peppered with unrealistic fantasies that are so much part of their psyche. The dreams of  an IS-Hamas Caliphate, which could take over the Israeli occupied West Bank, presents a very serious problem to the establishment of a future Palestinian state, despite Palestinian denials of this not happening. In the volatile Middle East, including the Palestinian fight for an independent state, any scenario is possible including the worst. The Hamas fantasies of Israel’s total destruction are “grist to the mill” of the right wing. The Israeli left is viewed by the right as being treacherous and anti-Zionist despite their strong defensive denials. The inherent racism of the Israeli right and religious right wing is also a strong catalyst that delegitimizes left wing parties such as Meretz as well as the Joint Arab List.

Despite these uncertain scenarios, Israel must be more amenable to new, imaginative ideas towards negotiating a peace settlement with the Palestinians. At present, the Netanyahu Government has not even presented any form of plan for a future negotiated settlement.

The Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israelis, as well as Operation Protective Edge, have made the Israeli Electorate more right wing in their voting patterns. PM Netanyahu is viewed by many as being strong on security while the left are seen as weak and soft on terror. The Israeli left wing parties such as Meretz will be forced into the margins of influence in Israeli politics. The Joint Arab List will probably be a political force to be reckoned. The Zionist Camp will not take them into the coalition if they win for fear of upsetting the “Zionist apple cart”. Both the center right and center left will do their utmost to disregard the Joint Arab List, who will probably be the fourth biggest political party in the Knesset after the elections.

The Joint Arab List is composed of differing ideological opinions ranging from Religious Islam to secular. It remains to be seen whether this party will be remain united after the elections or will disintegrate into the various political parties of which it is composed. 

Saturday, January 17

Two States for Two Peoples and Islamist Terror

Countries in which Islamist terrorist attacks ...
Countries in which Islamist terrorist attacks have occurred on or after September 11, 2001. Based on Image:BlankMap-World6, compact.svg with information from Image:WOT map4a.PNG. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This is shocking! The Jihadi terrorist attacks occurring in the world today is on the increase because of the tolerant attitude of many Western European countries towards Islamist extremists, who appear to be observant Muslims and take them at face value. The sensitivities of the EU towards Muslims are now reaping the rewards of their folly as they continue in Israel bashing and ignoring the real danger on their doorstep, which is NOT Israel.

The terror attacks by Jihadis in Paris are another tragic, unjustifiable terrorist act of many against innocent people in many parts of the world! Where is the Muslim clergy? Why are they not condemning these terrorist acts and the claims made by Islamists that they are acting according to the teachings of the Quran? Their deafening silence conveys a message of complicity with Islamist terror. The venomous racist, anti-Semitic sermons coming from Imams in mosques in the major cities of Europe without any protest from mainstream Islam, as well as tolerance of most governments in Europe by its complacency and indifference to this Islamist venom, is fuel to Jihadi extremists in their desire for murder in cold blood with accompanying screams of "Allahu Aqba!" Anjem Chaudary is a radical Muslim with British citizenship. He is an example of Islamist thought that inspires Islamist terrorism.

Most Muslims are law-abiding citizens in their adopted countries and we did see many Muslims joining the march against the tragic murders of 12 cartoonists of the Charles Hebdo magazine in Paris. We must also remember the hero,Lassana Bathily, an immigrant from Mali - a Muslim, who saved Jews in the Kosher Supermarket in Paris, by hiding them in the refrigerator.

Unfortunately various European Governments have been bending over backwards to be "politically correct" in their treatment of the millions of Muslim immigrants in their countries. They were oblivious to the Islamist terror cells that were created by European Islamist citizens returning from training in ISIS camps in Syria and Iraq. Many mosques became places where racist and hateful imams gave sermons against Jews and Christians as well as rabble rousing their flock into joining ISIS for Jihad to establish a caliphate or Islamic State in Europe. The European Governments discreetly closed their eyes to these developments in the hope of "not offending the religious sensitivities" of Muslim immigrants. The religious sensitivities of other faiths were overlooked. Today they are reaping the fruits of their own mistakes. The police have now discovered a number of dormant Islamist terrorist cells in Belgium, Berlin, Paris and it remains to be seen where the next discovery of Islamist terrorist cells will occur. Hopefully, the security police will be able to track down these Muslim extremists and bring them to justice before they become killing machines.

There is only one way to deal with this tirade of Islamist hate and terror that threatens our civilization and that is to arrest them, close down the mosques and madrassas, where the racist imams preach, and deport them from their adopted country to the countries of their origin. Anti-Semitic hate-speech or racist speeches against any religious group, including Muslims, must be given zero tolerance by those bodies responsible for maintaining law and order. Perhaps it would be prudent to expel close family of terrorists (parents, brothers and sisters) to the countries of their origin. The amount of young people going for training via Turkey to Syria and Iraq where they get training for committing terrorist acts has reached a stage where Europe cannot afford to turn a blind eye for the purpose of expediency and tolerance.

On the Israeli-Palestinian track these events must also be borne in mind. While Hamas may not be ISIS and their fight against Israel is localized to Israel, the hateful sermons of the Gaza and West Bank imams are just as venomous and rabble rousing. The terrorist acts they carry out against Israelis is unjustifiable! The ramming of vehicles into innocent Israelis, stabbings at every opportunity as well as butchering innocent people does show signs of similarity to the Islamist terrorists in Paris.

While there are many Israelis and of course the world community, who support a two-state solution to the conflict and an end to the occupation, we must come to terms with the hostile environment in which we Israelis live. The occupation is immoral and a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians must be negotiated in order to end the occupation, which is eroding the morality of Israel's society. Of course this is our desire but is it realistic, especially today?

While many argue that Israel has no leaders that can lead the negotiations to end the occupation. The problem is that the Palestinians also do not have the leadership to negotiate a peace treaty that will end the occupation. President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority do not have the support of the Palestinian People. There have been no Palestinian elections since 2005. Mahmoud Abbas has no power base. According to Palestinian polls, if elections were held today, Hamas will gain power in the West Bank. We, in Israel will be faced with Hamas on our doorstep and they have no desire to come to terms with Israel's existence let alone negotiate a peace treaty. This is no mantra; this is a fact by the utterances of Hamas and backed up by the Hamas Charter itself. If a choice is to be made between a Palestinian State controlled by Hamas on the West Bank, with all the "human rights and democracy" as well as "freedom" that it gives to the Palestinian people as is illustrated in Gaza, and the current occupation of Israel, the conclusion is obvious. Hamas wants to destroy Israel and until it becomes pragmatic, accepting Israel's right to exist within secure borders and ceases to be a terrorist organization, there will never be negotiations for peace let alone a Two-State solution.      

The PA request to join the ICC when it is part of the National Unity Government with Hamas is insipid! This in itself makes them equally responsible for the high death toll of Palestinians during Operation Naked Edge. The use of Palestinians as human shields as well as the use of UNRWA compounds for launching missiles into Israel disqualifies the Hamas-Abbas Unity Government to charge Israel with war crimes - not to mention the Hamas tunnels dug for infiltrating and creating killing fields against Israelis on the Gaza borders. Hamas terror is responsible for Palestinian suffering as Israel has every right to defend itself against Hamas-Islamic Jihad, whose similarities in ideology to IS are very obvious. Hamas has committed war crimes against Palestinians and Israelis. Hamas must be held accountable for the tragic consequences in Gaza. After the war their cowardly, wealthy leadership under the polecats, Khaled Mashaal, Ismail Hanniyeh and Moussa Mohammad abu Marzook, suddenly come out of their rat holes after the cease-fire was declared, claiming a victory against Israel with their usual fantasies accompanied by their hateful rhetoric! The hypocrisy of the PA leadership to take Israel to the ICC in The Hague is just as logical as ISIS and Jabat al Nusra taking France to the ICC for war crimes against terrorists who killed 17 people in France.

Saturday, December 27

The Kurds Deserve a State of their Own

English: The state flag of the Islamic Caliphate.
English: The state flag of the Islamic Caliphate. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Flag of Islamic State of Iraq .
Flag of Islamic State of Iraq . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The scenario of IS (Islamic State - note that this savage and cruel organization was called ISIS - Islamic State of Iraq and Syria,  whose aims were to establish an Islamist Caliphate in these two countries. Their ambitions have gone beyond that to include the whole Middle East, including Israel) plundering and killing non-Muslims as well as Muslims (who do not share their world view) in Northern Iraq and Syria is horrendous! Be-headings, raping of women and ruthless murder, in the name of their despicable and cruel Islamist world view, leaves the civilized world with a sense of horror, but nothing more than that.

These IS savages seem to be above International Law. The stuttering and hesitant EU (European Union), including the US and their allies, are not doing very much to halt the spread of this cancer, not only in the Middle East, but also in their own countries. These savages have mosques in the main capitals of Europe, with hate-filled charismatic Imams preaching their propaganda against Jews and non-Muslims. They attract many non-Muslim youth to their hateful, cruel causes, recruiting these wayward youth to undergo Islamist brainwashing in their mosques and eventually sending them to Turkey, where they continue their journey to join the ranks of IS savagery in Syria and Iraq after further brainwashing and military training. The hateful racist rhetoric coming from mosques in Gaza has a great similarity to the IS-affiliated rhetoric against Jews and Christians in European countries. Imams, who indulge in Nazi-like diatribes, ought to be expelled to the countries of their origin instead of the appeasing Neville Chamberlain-like Scandinavian policies towards militant Islam.

After receiving training, these European Islamist converts return to their countries of origin for carrying out terrorist attacks against innocent people in their quest to create a Caliphate-ruled Europe. The cry of "Allahu Aqbar!" is their credo as they go on a killing spree, usually as rabid savages with sick minds.

The borders of Syria and Iraq have almost ceased to exist. IS plunders and leaves a bloody trail of human headless bodies in their ruthless quest of establishing an Islamic State Caliphate. The EU, US, Canada and as far afield as Australia, are not immune to this savagery and barbaric cruelty. The statements of condemnation coming from the leaders of these respective countries are so impotent and naive. There does not seem to be much effort on their part to get rid of this cruel terrorist organization as it affects the security of their own citizens as well.

The US has made some impotent attempt at bombing these savages, but without much success. The attempts at some unity to rid the world of this cancer is half-hearted, ineffective and pathetic! Is it apathy or maybe a policy of appeasement of terror in the hope that their countries will be immune from IS savagery and terror? Or - are they all so preoccupied with condemning Israel in the UN for so-called human rights abuses against Hamas and allies to be bothered with IS savagery? We have witnessed terror attacks by IS associated psychopath individuals in Sydney, Australia as well as in France, Belgium and of course Hamas terror in Israel. This is just the beginning of Islamist terror committed by individual psychopathic murderers.

The only nation that is motivated in fighting these IS savages are the Kurds. They are more effective than the US and its allies with a fraction of the resources to do so. The Kurds are the largest, stateless nation on earth! The Kurdish women fighters are brave and resilient, deserve much credit in their fight against the IS savages. They need all our support in their amazing motivation against incredible odds to rid this blight against their people, the Middle East and the world that has occupied large sections of Iraq and Syria. Hopefully the territory under IS control will be re-conquered by the Kurdish guerrilla fighters and become the basis of the establishment of a Kurdish State, even if it includes  IS conquered Iraq, Syria, Turkey (who is also playing a dubious role by acting as a transit point for the transferring of IS trainees to Iraq and Syria), and Iran.

If there is a nation that deserves a state, it is the Kurds. Kurdistan can once more be the nation that it once was. The world must wake up and help the Kurds to achieve this. We all have a historic opportunity to facilitate Kurdish independence - more than anytime in history with IS on our doorstep in areas that overlap historic Kurdistan.

There will be those who maintain that Palestinians are also stateless and deserve a state. Most Israelis agree that they do, including myself. However a Hamas-controlled Palestinian State alongside Israel threatening Israel's security, oppressing their own people and becoming no less barbaric than IS is no option, not for Israel or the Palestinian People. The Kurds are different and are not into terror for achieving a state.

The world owes the anarchy in Iraq and Syria nothing! They are responsible for the IS gaining strength in these countries by the US failure in Iraq. Saddam Hussein was defeated and a vacuum for IS domination began its roots there and in Syria. Oh, I almost forgot there is also Jabhat al-Nusra - offshoots of Al Qaeda.

Even Hamas Palestinian terrorists are adopting IS tactics against innocent people. Individual terrorist acts are part of the same tactic used by "Allahu Aqbar!" screaming, murderers both in IS and Hamas. Their ruthless and cruel behavior makes Al Qaeda almost angelic in comparison!

Saturday, December 20

The Upcoming Israeli General Elections of 2015

It is not surprising that 20 months after the last elections, the coalition has collapsed. Many issues are facing Israel including economy, social, educational issues, as well as improving infra-structure and affordable housing for young couples. Much money was funneled into the illegal settlement enterprise - the baby of the ruling right wing at the expense of solving many of these problems.

The most important problem facing us is the solution of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Israel's relations with the US, EU and many other countries in the world are influenced by the way Israel deals with this issue. We have not had any word yet on what the contesting parties intend to do in order to jump start peace talks with the Palestinians. The solution can only be achieved by negotiations with strong motivation on both sides to end the conflict. Israel’s international image has never been as poor as it is since the Likud coalition had been in power within the last couple of years.

We all know what has occurred on all these various issues over the last 20 months especially. The Likud coalition has achieved very little in the economic sphere, prices have soared, salaries have remained static and there is hidden unemployment.

In July 2014, there was Operation Protective Edge and despite Hamas being heavily bruised, they were not defeated and the war ended inconclusively with Hamas coming out of their holes under the debris and massive destruction in Gaza. Time will tell how soon the next round of fighting between Israel and Hamas will recommence. Hamas has been holding massive demonstrations of strength in rhetoric with their militants parading in army uniforms. The usual, hate-filled stereotype slogans of fantasy and glory are becoming common place in Gaza Street including the firing of an occasional missile into Israel despite the cease-fire.  Nothing has been done to alleviate the stressful situation of the citizens of Gaza including rehabilitation of homes destroyed in Operation Defensive Shield.

Voting at the Polling Station in Israel
There were the tragic terrorist attacks in Jerusalem with terrorists using vehicles as killing machines against innocent people waiting for public transport. Stabbings and violence undertaken by Palestinian terrorists against anybody that happens to be doing their routine business in Supermarkets, even those who were at prayer in a neighborhood synagogue in Jerusalem were not immune to the shocking violence and Palestinian terrorist killing sprees.

In the background of all these security threats, Netanyahu's coalition partners have not been playing Netanyahu's game and were demanding various reforms that Netanyahu was not prepared to concede. He decided to hold elections in the hope that he will strengthen his hand after the elections assuming that his Likud Bloc is re-elected.

The Labor Party under Yitschak Herzog and Hatnuah Party under Tzippi Livni have decided to run on one ticket against the right to extreme right Netanyahu-led Likud bloc. These two party leaders have formed a center-left bloc and it remains to be seen who else will tag onto their list. Avigdor Lieberman, a right wing leader of Israel Beitenu, whose views on transference of Palestinians with Israeli citizenship to the autonomous areas of the Palestinian Authority are well known, has indicated that he has no problem joining the left of center bloc or the right wing bloc, thus ensuring a seat  for himself and a cabinet post in the new government.

The Shas Party of ultra-Orthodox Sephardim is splitting with the resignation of Eli Yishai, one of the leaders of the party, to form his own party. What is interesting is the new party formations such as Moshe Kahlon's right of center, Kolanu Party. If one seeks a party that has an ideology which has stood the test of time and with which one can identify, it will not be easy. Even the traditional difference between left wing and right wing is becoming more blurred than ever before.

The situation in Israel  is very fluid electorally with new alliances forming between most unlikely bedfellows which changes on a daily basis. The polls by the various polling organizations show that the left of center block and right of center to extreme right are garnering equal support of 50 - 50 with the center block, Yesh Atid, holding the balance. The ultra-Orthodox Parties could support either side. The split in Shas will cause Shas to lose a lot of support forcing it to become marginal.

The main blocs are bending over backwards to get support from doubtful voters. Party loyalty to any party other than being left or right wing is not as strong as it was in the past. The race seems to be for egotistical reasons by getting a seat in the Knesset at all costs even if it means changing loyalties.

The situation is very unpredictable at this stage and the various polls are showing trends rather than predicting who will win.

When one goes to vote, the voter will land up with a coalition that would be ungovernable and many people refuse to go out an vote for this reason.
When one is faced with such a strange mix of parties, many of whom do not reflect the desires of many voters makes the choice difficult. Partisan parties that are one-issue parties and only represent a section of the population rather than all Israel's citizens is not good for the country. The newly elected government must represent all Israel's citizens irrespective of race, color or creed and solve the various communities' problems as they arise.

It is preferable to vote for a party that will not sacrifice its ideology for coalition wheeling and dealing for the sake of a Knesset seat. There are very few parties in that category. The Arab parties are partisan and do not represent the interests of the Arab communities, who are citizens of Israel. They could have done this as well as being a bridge for facilitating peace talks between Israel and its Palestinian neighbors, rather than rabble-rousing pro-Palestinian sentiments in the Knesset that were unproductive as well as being divisive. The religious parties join any coalition in order to get money for their yeshivot and religious coercion that is so-called "status quo". They have no problem being part of any government coalition with the exception of Eli Yishai's ultra-Orthodox breakaway party that has stated it will support Bibi Netanyahu as prime minister.

This leaves us with only two parties that over the years have retained their ideologies and will not join any coalition that is anathema to their ideology as well as being relatively non-partisan. These two parties are Meretz and Hadash, the latter is a joint Jewish-Arab party and is non-Zionist, while the former is left wing and Zionist with a social democratic basis that is social issues and peace-oriented. For those voters who still believe in  integrity and no automatic tagging onto a coalition that is opportunistic and does not lead us to the reforms that are necessary for all Israel's citizens, are really faced with these two choices, including advancing the peace process as well as an end to the occupation.

There will also be no compromise on terror and no government, whether left or right, will tolerate a Palestinian State alongside Israel that is ruled by Hamas that will dig tunnels to facilitate terrorist group infiltration into Israel for establishing an Islamic state and massacring hundreds of innocent civilians. Hamas record of accomplishment for peace with Israel is non-existent by their admission and charter.

Saturday, November 29

Israel - The Nation State of the Jewish People (Jewish Nation State Bill)

Many stupid bills are discussed in the Knesset, becoming hot potatoes in order to keep the right wing Netanyahu Coalition intact. There is none so stupid and idiotic as the bill to declare Israel, the Nation State of the Jewish People

Israel Declaration of Independence
Hello?As if after nearly 67 years of Independence, nobody is aware that Israel is a Jewish State and has to be declared as such by the right wing coalition today. Really? What was Israel in 1948 after the Declaration of Independence? Did all the previous governments of Israel prior to the present one not view Israel as a Jewish State and a state of all its citizens? Did the rest of the world, the majority of whom voted for partition in 1948 not view Israel as a Jewish state either? 

This is a tactic in order to seek legitimization of Israel as the "Nation State of the Jewish People" by President Mahmoud Abbas. Does Israel really need Mahmoud Abbas to recognize Israel as the "Nation State of the Jewish People"? After all, on all the official letter heads of Israel describes Israel as the "State of Israel" with the appropriate emblem, which even the Palestinian Authority recognizes as they have stated many times. This is not good enough for the Netanyahu Government. It is good enough for the rest of the world, even for the Saudi Initiative of 2002 which accepts Israel.

It is obvious that this is a delaying tactic used by the Netanyahu Government to maintain the status quo. This will prevent negotiations for a two–state solution. The Netanyahu Government wants peace with increased settlement building in the occupied territories that will achieve non-viability of a future Palestinian State alongside Israel. This is as plain as the noses on all our faces and like our noses being part of our anatomy, increased settlement building is an integral part of Netanyahu Coalition ideology.

 The idea of passing this law can only be the product of extreme nationalist ideology. It regards non-Jewish citizens in Israel as inferior, not entitled to equal rights. It is a disgrace that in Israel, this abominable ideology is alive and kicking in the Knesset.

Israel, as defined in its Declaration of Independence is appropriate, and so it shall remain. It defines Israel as a democratic Jewish State that ensures that all Israeli citizens have equal rights irrespective of race, creed and color. Why does the Bayit HaYehudi Party see fit to change it in order to gain more support from Jewish extremists as a populist action? The problem with these Bayit Hayehudi whacko racists is that the Declaration of Independence does not ensure that non-Jewish Arab citizens of Israel will become second class citizens, who are here on borrowed time. Avigdor Lieberman, the expat Russian, Ze'ev Elkin, another expat Russian have not lived here for generations like the Arab Israelis whom they wish to transfer to other lands.Of course, the Netanyahu Government denies this. These two Russian expats are enthusiastically joined by MK's Ayelet ShakedNaftali Bennett, the multimillionaire "Start-Up wiz" or rather the "Upstart wiz", Yariv Levin and the whole bunch of like-minded right wing MKs and cabinet minister settler, Temple Mount troublemakers. 

The claim by the Likud and its coalition that it does not degrade the Arab and Druze citizens of Israel is ludicrous. Would they claim otherwise? Of course they would not! If the President of IsraelReuven Rivlin, Attorney-General Weinstein and even some judges in the law courts have come out against this bill. Are they also viewed as being traitors by the coalition, some of whom are against this bill as well? Shimon Peires, the past President of Israel, also expressed opposition to this bill. 

It is a vengeful, unnecessary bill that creates second class citizenship for non-Jewish Israeli citizens. Apart from that, it goes against the Declaration of the State of Independence which has stood the test of time and has not changed the status of Israel by endangering its identity as a Jewish State. The only problem is that over the years the Declaration of Independence has been eroded when it comes to ensuring the equality of the minorities in Israel before the law. Now with the future "Nation State of the Jewish People" Law about to be enacted, democracy will be compromised and the victims will be everybody. 

A possible victim of this bill, because of the timing of the act of vandalism, on a dual medium school catering for Jewish Israelis and Arab Israelis carried out by the despicable, racist Price Tag organization.

This disgusting bill will also not serve Israel's interests in the international community.