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Saturday, December 20, 2014

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 drive.
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 interests." 
"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 [Binyamin] Netanyahu."
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. 
Her arrogance knows no bounds. 

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Friday, December 19, 2014

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.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Personal update

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.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014


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?


And yet....
You don't think they're threatening Israel do you?

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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).

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'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.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

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?

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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.