Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Netanyahu's televised speech to AIPAC

Although the prime minister was unable to attend AIPAC in person, he was able to broadcast a televised speech to them:
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the AIPAC policy conference from Israel Tuesday.

Netanyahu had been scheduled to speak at Israel live in Washington DC. However, he flew back to Israel following the rocket attack on the town of Mishmeret which destroyed a home and injured seven people Monday morning.

The prime minister began by addressing Israel's ongoing military response to the rocket fire from Gaza. "We are prepared to do a lot more. We will do what is necessary to defend our people and to defend our state."

He praised the bipartisan support for Israel by both Republicans and Democrats, saying that that bipartisanship is "the way it should always be."

Netanyahu thanked US President Donald Trump for signing an official order recognizing Israel's sovereignty on the Golan Heights.

"Yesterday, at the White House, President Trump again made history. He formally recognized Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Now that decision deserves enormous applause," he said.

"The Golan Heights is indispensable for our defense. It's part of our history. When you put a shovel in the ground there, what you discover is the ruins of ancient synagogues. Jews lived there for thousands of years and the people of Israel have come back to the Golan. Israel holds the high ground, and we shall never, ever give it up. It's part of Israel," the prime minister said.

Netanyahu also thanked President Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, and withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
He also spoke out against Ilhan Omar:
In a jab at Rep. Ilan Omar, Netanyahu said: "Take it from this Benjamin, it’s not about the Benjamins."

"The reason the people of America support Israel is not because they want our money, it’s because they share our values. They just don’t' get it. It’s because America and Israel share a love of freedom and democracy. It's because we cherish individual rights and the rule of law. It's because we don’t judge people by the color of their skin, their religion or their sexual orientation.

"I am proud of Israel’s vibrant democracy, where no one – no one – is a second-class citizen. All of Israel’s citizens are first-class citizens. All of Israel's citizens whether Jew or Arab, Muslim, Christian, or Druze, have exactly the same individual rights. We vote in the same elections. We’re subject to the same laws. We study in the same universities. And we are also treated in the same hospitals.

"But Israel is also the one and only country on earth in which the Jewish people exercise our collective right of self-determination. And that right is expressed in the Star of David that is on our flag, in the Hatikvah that is our national anthem, in Hebrew our official language and most powerfully, in the right of every Jew across the world to automatically immigrate to Israel and become a citizen if they choose to do so.

"It is these features of our collective existence that the Nation State bill enshrined into an historic constitutional law. And contrary to the false attacks and allegations, it did not denigrate any individual rights, which remain sacred and equal for all our citizens. And it will always be that way.

"Israel will always be a democracy, just as Israel will always be the Jewish State, a place where all Jews anywhere can always call home, no matter how they pray or how they wish to conduct their lives. Israel is the home of all Jews.

"That is why we all celebrate today the democratic, Jewish State of Israel. We know the truth," he said.
It's a good thing he brought up the topic of Omar, because the Democrats themselves are already causing enough problems through their refusal to expel her from the party, along with Rashida Tlaib. And overall, it's good he was able to address the AIPAC conference after all, even if it was from long distance.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Trump signs order recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights

Donald Trump's done a good again as he's signed the order for recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan:
US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held a joint press conference at the White House Monday afternoon.

The two leaders met as President Trump prepared to sign an executive order officially recognizing Israel's sovereignty on the Golan Heights.

As he sat down to sign the order, Trump said that the act was "a long time in the making. It should have taken place many decades ago."

Trump said that the US-Israel alliance "has never been stronger."

"At this moment the American embassy stands proudly in Jerusalem, the capital the Jewish have established. They wanted the embassy for many, many years, for many decades, and frankly, through many presidents. And we got it done," Trump said.

"We will confront the poison of anti-Semitism through our words, and maybe even more importantly, our actions. In the last century, humanity witnessed the horrific consequences of anti-Semitism and a world without a Jewish homeland.

"In the wake of those unthinkable horrors, the Jewish people built a mighty nation in the holy land, something very powerful, something very special and important ... There can be no better example of greatness than what Israel has done starting from such a small speck of sand.

"Israel is an inspiration, a trusted ally, and a cherished friend. The United States will always stand by its side," the president concluded.
This is a most historic moment in Israel-US relations.

Gantz made another obscene remark about Netanyahu

Benny Gantz just can't seem to get a grip on himself. He was recorded making the following offensive statements about the prime minister:
Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz has told a group associates that he wouldn't rule out the possibility that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had directed the Russians to break into his cellphone, Channel 13 reported Sunday, based on recordings of Gantz speaking at a closed-door meeting.

"If Netanyahu had a way to hurt or kill me, he'd do it. Would Benjamin Netanyahu, the man I know, wish me harm? The answer is no. Would this Benjamin Netanyahu, on the eve of the election, be willing to see me hurt? Yes, unfortunately that's what I'm saying," Gantz is heard saying.

Gantz also said that Iran might have been behind the attack on his device, an accusation Iran has denied.

"OK, if it's not the enemies, who did it? The opponents. There are two possibilities – one is that they took private individuals who carry out cyber operations of various kinds. The second possibility, which is something Bibi would do – even if I don't think it's very likely – is that he directed the Russians to do it ahead of the election."

In the recordings, Gantz also says that Netanyahu "knows he's going to prison."
Wow...this is truly disgusting. He wants to make Netanyahu out to be a total monster, and that's no way for a politician who wants people to think of him as civilized to behave. If he's elected, he'll be an utter disaster and embarrassment for the country.
Netanyahu's Likud party said in response to the recordings: "Benny Gantz has lost it. After accusing the prime minister of betraying the country, he is saying the prime minister will send people to kill him. If Benny Gantz is showing signs of advanced paranoia after weeks of pressure in an election campaign and after the Iranians hacked his phone, how will he run the country?"

Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee MK Avi Dichter (Likud) said, "Gantz has gone off the rails and is dragging [Yair] Lapid and the others after him. A week that begins with the 'Four Musketeers' [Blue and White leaders Gantz, Lapid, Moshe Ya'alon, and Gabi Ashkenazi] accusing Prime Minister Netanyahu of betraying his country will naturally go on to accusing him of intending to physically attack Gantz.

"These are signs of the stress that is threatening to bring Gantz down. His remarks against Netanyahu illustrate how unequipped he is to handle diplomatic and political pressure. These facts lead to the conclusion that they are trying to influence the past, whereas Netanyahu in Washington is trying to influence the future," Dichter said.
Correct. Gantz is not suited to be a leader, and neither are his other candidates if they consider this acceptable.

After the latest Hamas rocket attack, IDF should bring them down once and for all

Another rocket assault was launched by Hamas in Gaza. The IDF's now gathering forces in the south of the country:
After a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip early Monday morning hit a home on Moshav Mishmeret in the Sharon region of central Israel, wounding three, the IDF issued a reserves call-up and was moving forces to the southern front.

IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said that the IDF had placed infantry and an armored brigade under the IDF's Southern Command and had put out an emergency call-up to reservists to bolster the personnel available to operate the Iron Dome rocket defense system and anti-aircraft systems and carry out intelligence work.

"We are ready for a variety of scenarios," Manelis said, stressing that the rocket had been fired from a Hamas position and that Israel was holding Hamas responsible for "everything that happens in the Gaza Strip."

At 5:24 a.m. Monday, the Hamas-manufactured rocket was fired from the area around Rafah in southern Gaza and traveled 120 km. (75 miles) northeast before hitting a home in Moshav Mishmeret. Three of the seven occupants were injured, but the house itself – home to a couple, their children and two grandparents – was wrecked.

The incoming rocket set off a warning siren and the family managed to seek shelter in one of the children's rooms, which had been fortified as a secure space, before it landed in their living room. The grandmother, 60, sustained burns and shrapnel wounds when she ran out to pull the door to the safe room shut. She was listed in moderate condition. The mother of the family and a six-month-old baby were lightly wounded by shrapnel. The rest of the family, including a 12-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy, were suffering from shock but physically unharmed.

The family's dogs were killed in the attack.
The people in the house were very lucky to survive the assault. But it's entirely possible next time will be much worse, and that's why raiding Gaza, arresting terrorists or killing them altogether and dismantling headquarters and cells, would be the best option now that these horrors are flaring up again. The prime minister's cancelled a speech at AIPAC in order to deal with the situation, while his son will be doing speeches instead.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Netanyahu should certainly sue Gantz and Yaalon for defamation

The prime minister wants to sue Gantz and Moshe Yaalon for inciting against him in the case of the submarine deal that Netanyahu's been exonerated from:
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared on Friday that he would sue Benny Gantz and Moshe Ya’alon, the leaders of the Blue and White party, for libel after Ya’alon suggested his behavior in the submarine affair “could constitute treason.”

“The call of ‘traitor’ against me by [Yair] Lapid, [Benny] Gantz and Ya'alon is a serious incitement that must not be ignored,” Netanyahu said in a video posted to his Facebook page.

“The lies of Lapid, Gantz and Ya'alon are crossing a red line on the most sensitive issues concerning Israel's security. Therefore, I instructed my lawyers to sue them for libel,” added the Prime Minister.

Netanyahu said he would also have sued Lapid, but that Lapid has parliamentary immunity as a sitting MK.

Lapid later published a video of his own in which he declared he would remove his immunity and invited the Prime Minister to sue him as well.

“You know very well that not me, not Benny Gantz, not Bogie Ya’alon and not Gabi Ashkenazi called you a traitor in the submarine affair,” said Lapid.
But it was. And Lapid's not doing any favors now by backing them up. Mainly because:
Police have also stressed that the Prime Minister is not suspected of any connection to the affair.
And that's why it's ludicrous and offensive to accuse Netanyahu of something he's not a suspect in. By all means, I do believe Netanyahu should sue. It would be a very good way to fight back against political defamation.