Full Text Israel Political Brief November 30, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet on Jerusalem School Fire, New IDF Chief-of-Staff, and Illegal Migration Law — Transcript

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

Source: PMO, 11-30-14

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting :

“We are making great efforts to restore calm and tranquility to Jerusalem. Of course, we will not tolerate attacks from any quarter and we will not tolerate setting fire to a bilingual school as we saw last night. We condemn any such attempt and we will act as vigorously – and with as much unity – as possible to restore quiet and law and order in all parts of the city.

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and I consulted over the past week and decided to submit to the Cabinet the appointment of Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot as the next IDF Chief-of-Staff. Gadi is an experienced officer. He has gone through all levels of command and he will shoulder a very great security mission as the IDF operates in various sectors, with growing challenges. He will be assisted by the next IDF Deputy Chief-of-Staff, Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan, who is also among our most experienced and talented officers. I would like to thank Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh for his great contribution to the security of Israel. I think, Defense Minister Yaalon, that a way will be found to integrate him and his experience so that he might continue to contribute to the IDF and the security of Israel.

Of course, the security of Israel is conditional on the defense budget. We added NIS 6 billion to the defense budget. This supplement is essential in order to prevent vital IDF units from having to suspend operations and to enable them to function properly. This supplement must be carried out; it cannot be emptied of content, it cannot be cancelled due to its being reduced for other goals. It must be designated for the IDF and for strengthening the IDF.

Among our national responsibilities is defending our borders. Today, we are submitting to the Cabinet an amended illegal migration law. It fits the reality. It also fits the rulings of the High Court of Justice. I remind you that Israel has achieved the extraordinary – which I’m very proud of – in blocking illegal migration across our borders – zero illegal migrants. Part of this entails repatriating illegal migrants. This year we repatriated over 6,000 illegal migrants. This legislation is designed to enable us to continue this trend.

Today, we will also submit a unique law to the Cabinet, which will provide for the integration of up to 3% handicapped individuals in the public service. I think that this is a socially just law, a humanitarian law of the first order, and it shows the disabled that their disabilities need not prevent them from participating as equal members, and contributing as equals, in the public service of the State of Israel.

All of the foregoing are among the major tasks that are before us. In order to carry them out there needs to be government stability and proper administration. This is urgent for the citizens of Israel and also necessary for the State of Israel. To my regret, this is not what is happening here. Recently, hardly a day passes without us running into diktat or threats or threats of resignation or ultimatums and such as ministers attack the government and its prime minister. I hope that we will be able to return to proper conduct. This is what the public expects of us because only thus is it possible to run the country, and if not, we will draw conclusions.”

Israel Musings November 19, 2014: Netanyahu looks for condemnation, unity after Jerusalem synagogue terror attack

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Netanyahu looks for condemnation, unity after Jerusalem synagogue terror attack

By Bonnie K. Goodman

After a terrorist attack at a Jerusalem synagogue killed five and injured six and carried out by two Palestinians that occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at an evening press conference called for world condemnation…READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief November 18, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Statement on Jerusalem Synagogue Terror Attack — Transcript

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PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Statement on Jerusalem Synagogue Terror Attack

 Source: PMO, 11-18-14

“This is the direct result of the incitement being led by Hamas and Abu Mazen, incitement which the international community is irresponsibly ignoring. We will respond with a heavy hand to the brutal murder of Jews who came to pray and were met by reprehensible murderers.”

PM Netanyahu’s Statement to the Media

Source: PMO, 11-18-14
יום שלישי כ”ה חשון תשע”ה

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening at his Jerusalem office, issued the following statement to the media:

“We are in the midst of a terrorist assault focused on Jerusalem. Today, during morning prayers, as they were wrapped in prayer shawls and tefillin, four rabbis were slaughtered, four innocent and pure Jews – Rabbi Avraham Goldberg, Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky, Rabbi Kalman Ze’ev Levine and Rabbi Moshe Twersky. May their memories be blessed.

We send our condolences to their families. We send our best wishes for a recovery to the wounded and to the heroic policemen whose action prevented a greater disaster. The human animals who perpetrated this slaughter were full of hatred and incitement, deep hatred and terrible incitement against the Jewish People and its state. Hamas, the Islamic Movement and the Palestinian Authority are disseminating countless lies and falsehoods against the State of Israel. They are saying that the Jews are contaminating the Temple Mount. They are saying that we are planning to destroy the Holy Places, that we intend to change the order of prayer there – this is all lies. These lies have already claimed a very heavy price. They took the life of a three-month-old baby, Chaya Zissel Braun, who had been taken for her first visit to the Western Wall, along with her parents, who wanted to thank G-d for giving them a baby. They also claimed the lives of Karen Jemima Mosquera, Jidan Assad, Aharon Badani, Sgt. Almog Shilony and Dalia Lemkus. All of them were pure souls. All of them were victims of this mendacious incitement. Today they are joined by additional victims of the same wild blood libel of the kind that is etched in the memory of our people.

Yesterday a bus driver from eastern Jerusalem committed suicide. He committed suicide. The findings of the pathology report have been published and they prove this unequivocally. He committed suicide. But this has not prevented those same elements from inciting and disseminating the blood libel to the effect that he was murdered by Jews. This incitement contributed its part to the shocking slaughter that was perpetrated this morning in a holy place during prayers. But what is outrageous is not only the brutality of the murder but the shouts of joy in Gaza, in Bethlehem and in other places. They are giving out candies, waving axes in the air and praising the shahidim. True, this time Abu Mazen condemned the slaughter and it is good that he did. I remember that he also condemned the murder of the three youths but it is not enough because in the same sentence in which he condemned today’s slaughter, he linked it to imaginary actions – which have no basis in reality – that Israel is purportedly planning to carry out on the Temple Mount. There is daily, even hourly, incitement on the streets of the Palestinian Authority. There, not only do the most reprehensible murderers become the heroes of Palestinian culture, but there is unending, constant incitement against the very existence of the State of Israel, against the security of Israel’s citizens, in schools, the media, mosques, everywhere, and this is the root of the conflict: The refusal to recognize – and educate for – the existence of the state of the Jews.

Last week I traveled to Jordan and held a very important meeting in Amman with King Abdullah and US Secretary of State John Kerry. Together, we called to calm the situation and for the restoration of quiet. To my regret, the answer that we received from the Palestinian Authority was to declare a day or rage in Jerusalem. And today we all saw the result. The world sees this slaughter but, to our regret, does not demand that the Palestinians stop the wild incitement against Israel that is the root of the conflict. I call on all heads of state in the civilized world – I want to see outrage. I want to see condemnation, a deep and uncompromising condemnation of these murders of Israelis, of Jews. Do not discriminate between blood and blood. When there are other acts of murder you express the same outrage and condemn them. But when I see a three-month-old baby being murdered, when I see these Jews at prayer in a synagogue, our holy place, just as a church is holy for Christians and a mosque is holy for Muslims, I expect to at least hear the same condemnation, in an uncompromising and unreserved tone. To my regret, there are those who currently insist on giving the Palestinians a prize in the form of unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state that does not recognize the state of the Jews. We will not tolerate this reality; we will fight terrorism and we will defeat it. We will restore law, order and security to the streets of Jerusalem.

This evening I ordered the demolition of the homes of the terrorists who perpetrated the massacre and the hastening of the demolition of the homes of the terrorists who perpetrated the earlier attacks. I ordered stepped-up enforcement against – and stiffer punishments for – those engaged in incitement, as well as the banning of organizations engaged in incitement, and increased security on the streets of Jerusalem. Alongside offensive actions there are also defensive actions.

Citizens of Israel, I call on you to show maximum alert and to respect the law. As a state, we will settle accounts with all of the terrorists and those who dispatched them. We have already proven that we do this, but let nobody take the law into his hands, even if tempers flare and blood boils. We are in a lengthy war against abhorrent terrorism which did not start today. Terrorism has followed us through all the years of the Zionist enterprise. We have always withstood it and we will do so this time as well.

There are those who would like to uproot us from our land and from our capital. They will not achieve their aim. We are in a battle for Jerusalem, our eternal capital. In this battle we must be united; this is the order of the day. We have always known to unite in times of trial. We must put aside all of the little differences and unite around one major issue – defending Jerusalem, defending the security of Israel’s citizens. I think that this is what the citizens of Israel expect of us at this time – to stand together as one, unified and united. What is called for at this time is national unity.”

דברי ראש הממשלה נתניהו בהצהרה לתקשורת

Source: PMO, 11-18-14
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“אנחנו בעיצומה של מתקפת טרור שממוקדת בירושלים. היום באמצע תפילת שחרית, כשהם עטופים בטליתות ותפילין, נטבחו ארבעה רבנים, ארבעה יהודים תמימים וטהורים – אברהם שמואל גולדברג, משה טברסקי, ארי קופינסקי, קלמן זאב לוין. יהי זכרם ברוך.

אנחנו שולחים תנחומים למשפחות שלהם, אנחנו שולחים איחולי החלמה לפצועים ובהם שוטרים גיבורים שבפעולתם מנעו אסון גדול יותר. חיות האדם שביצעו את הטבח הזה באו טעונים בשנאה ובהסתה, שנאה תהומית והסתה תהומית נגד העם היהודי ונגד מדינתו. החמאס, התנועה האסלאמית והרשות הפלסטינית מפיצים אין ספור של עלילות ובדותות נגד מדינת ישראל. הם אומרים שהיהודים מטמאים את הר הבית, הם אומרים שאנחנו מתכוונים להרוס את המקומות הקדושים, שאנחנו מתכוונים לשנות את סדרי התפילה בו – הכול שקר, והשקרים הללו גבר גבו מחיר יקר מאוד. הם גבו את חייה של תינוקת בת שלושה חדשים, חיה זיסל בראון, תינוקת שהגיעה מהכותל לביקור ראשון עם ההורים שלה שרצו להודות לאלוהים על זה שהוא נתן להם אותה, הם גבו את החיים של חיה זיסל בראון, של קארן ימימה מוסקרה, של רב פקד ג’דעאן אסעד, של הנער אהרון בעדני, של סמ”ר אלמוג שילוני, של דליה למקוס. כולם נשמות טהורות, כולם קורבנות של ההסתה הכוזבת הזאת, והיום הצטרפו אליהם קורבנות נוספים כתוצאה מעלילת דם פרועה, מסוג עלילות הדם שצרובות בזיכרון עמנו.

אתמול התאבד נהג אוטובוס ממזרח ירושלים. הוא התאבד. ממצאי הדוח הפתולוגי שפורסמו ברבים מוכיחים זאת חד משמעית, הוא התאבד. אבל זה לא מונע מאותם גורמים מסיתים להפיץ את עלילת הדם כאילו הוא נרצח בידי יהודים. ההסתה הזאת תרמה את חלקה לטבח המזעזע שבוצע הבוקר במקום קדוש בזמן תפילה. אבל מה שמזעזע זה לא רק האכזריות של הטבח, אלא גם צהלות השמחה בעזה, בבית לחם ובמקומות אחרים, שם מחלקים ממתקים, מניפים גרזנים באוויר, משבחים את השהידים. אמנם, הפעם אבו-מאזן גינה את מעשה הטבח, וטוב שכך. אני זוכר שהוא גם גינה את רצח שלושת הנערים, אבל זה לא מספיק, כי בהמשך של אותו משפט גינוי על הטבח היום, הוא קשר את זה למעשים דמיוניים שאין להם שום שחר, שישראל כביכול מבצעת בהר הבית. ברחבי הרשות הפלסטינית יש הסתה יום-יומית, שעה-שעה. שם לא רק הופכים את הרוצחים השפלים ביותר לגיבורי התרבות הפלסטינית – יש הסתה בלתי פוסקת נגד עצם קיומה של מדינת ישראל, נגד ביטחונם של אזרחי ישראל, כל הזמן, בבתי הספר, בתקשורת, במסגדים, בכל מקום וזה שורש הסכסוך. הסירוב להכיר ולחנך לקיומה של מדינת היהודים.

בשבוע שעבר אני נסעתי לירדן ונפגשתי שם בפגישה חשובה מאוד בעמאן, עם מלך ירדן עבדאללה ועם מזכיר המדינה ג’ון קרי. אנחנו קראנו יחד להרגעת הרוחות ולהשבת השקט. לצערי, התשובה שקיבלנו מהרשות הפלסטינית היא הכרזה על יום זעם בירושלים. והנה היום כולנו ראינו את התוצאה. העולם מביט בטבח הזה, אבל לצערנו אינו דורש מהפלסטינים להפסיק את ההסתה הפרועה נגד ישראל שהיא שורש הסכסוך. אני קורא לכל ראשי המדינות של העולם התרבותי – אני רוצה לראות זעזוע, אני רוצה לראות הוקעה, הוקעה עמוקה ובלתי מתפשרת של מעשי הרצח הללו של ישראלים, של יהודים.

אל תפלו בין דם לדם – כשיש מעשי רצח אחרים אתם מביעים את אותו זעזוע, אתם מוקיעים את זה ומגנים את זה. אבל כשאני רואה תינוקת קטנה בת שלושה חודשים נרצחת, כשאני רואה את היהודים הללו מתפללים בטליתות בבית כנסת, מקום קדוש לנו, כשם שכנסייה קדושה לנוצרים, כשם שמסגד קדוש למוסלמים, אני מצפה לשמוע לפחות את אותה הוקעה, בעוצמה בלתי מתפשרת ובלתי מסויגת. לצערי, יש כאלה שעוד מתעקשים בימים אלה להעניק לפלסטינים פרס בדמות הכרה חד צדדית במדינה פלסטינית שכלל אינה מכירה במדינת היהודים. אנחנו לא נסבול את המציאות הזאת, נילחם בטרור וננצח אותו. אנחנו נחזיר את החוק, הסדר, והביטחון לכל רחובותיה של ירושלים.

הנחיתי הערב להרוס את בתי המחבלים שביצעו את הטבח ולזרז את הריסת בתי המחבלים שביצעו את הפיגועים הקודמים. הנחיתי להגביר את האכיפה ולהחמיר את הענישה נגד המסיתים וכן להוציא אל מחוץ לחוק ארגונים מתסיסים, וכן הנחיתי להגביר את האבטחה ברחבי ירושלים. לצד הפעולות ההתקפיות, יש גם פעולות הגנתיות.

אזרחי ישראל, אני קורא לכם לגלות ערנות מרבית ולכבד את החוק. כמדינה, נבוא חשבון עם כל הטרוריסטים ועם משלחיהם. אנחנו כבר הוכחנו שאנחנו עושים זאת, אבל אסור לאף אחד לקחת את החוק לידיו, גם אם הרוחות סוערות וגם אם הדם בוער. אנחנו במערכה ממושכת במלחמה נגד הטרור השפל שלא התחיל נגדנו היום. הטרור מלווה אותנו לאורך כל שנות המפעל הציוני. תמיד יכולנו לו, וכך יהיה גם הפעם.

יש מי שמבקש לעקור אותנו מארצנו ומבירתנו. הם לא ישיגו את מבוקשם. אנחנו בקרב על ירושלים בירתנו הנצחית. בקרב הזה צריך לאחד כוחות, זהו צו השעה, ותמיד ידענו להתאחד ברגעי מבחן. צריך לשים בצד את כל המחלוקות הקטנות ולהתאחד סביב הדבר הגדול – הגנה על ירושלים, הגנה על ביטחון אזרחי ישראל. אני חושב שזה מה שאזרחי ישראל מצפים מאיתנו ברגע זה. לעמוד יחד, כאיש אחד, מלוכדים, מאוחדים. מה שנדרש בעת הזאת זה אחדות לאומית.”

Israel Brief November 18, 2014: At funerals for synagogue terror victims, mourners grieve with ’24 orphans from one street’

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At funerals for synagogue terror victims, mourners grieve with ’24 orphans from one street’

Source: Times of Israel, 11-18-14

Thousands attend funerals of Aryeh Kupinsky, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Rabbi Kalman Levine, and Rabbi Moshe Twersky, killed at prayer in Jerusalem Tuesday morning…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 18, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu demands world ‘denunciation’ of Palestinian terror attack on Jerusalem Synagogue

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Netanyahu demands world ‘denunciation’ of Palestinian terror

Source: Times of Israel, 11-18-14

Four Israelis with UK, US citizenship killed, several injured as 2 East Jerusalem terrorists storm morning prayers before being shot dead by police; Abbas, Western diplomats condemn assault; PM says Israel to ‘settle score’ with killers….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief November 18, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Holds Security Consultation after Jerusalem Synagogue Terror Attack

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PM Netanyahu Holds Security Consultation

Source: PMO, 11-18-14

יום שלישי כ”ה חשון תשע”ה
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this afternoon at his Jerusalem office, held a security consultation. Among the participants were: Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, ISA Director Yoram Cohen, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, State Attorney Shai Nitzan, Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edri and Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai.

Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered the demolition of the homes of the terrorists who perpetrated the recent attacks and directed that enforcement against those who incite toward terrorist attacks be significantly increased. The foregoing is in addition to the series of additional decisions that have been made in order to strengthen security throughout the country.

Full Text Israel Political Brief November 18, 2014: President Barack Obama’s Statement on Attack in Jerusalem

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Statement by President Barack Obama on Attack in Jerusalem

Source: WH, 11-18-14

I strongly condemn today’s terrorist attack on worshipers at a synagogue in Jerusalem, which killed four innocent people, including U.S. citizens Aryeh Kupinsky, Cary William Levine, and Mosheh Twersky, and injured several more.  There is and can be no justification for such attacks against innocent civilians.  The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the victims and families of all those who were killed and injured in this horrific attack and in other recent violence.  At this sensitive moment in Jerusalem, it is all the more important for Israeli and Palestinian leaders and ordinary citizens to work cooperatively together to lower tensions, reject violence, and seek a path forward towards peace.

Israel Brief November 18, 2014: Four killed in terror attack at Jerusalem synagogue

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Four killed in terror attack at Jerusalem synagogue

Source: Times of Israel, 11-18-14

East Jerusalem men armed with pistol and axes target worshipers at prayer in Har Nof yeshiva complex; 6 injured, including two police; assailants killed…READ MORE

 

Full Text Israel Political Brief October 29, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech at the Special Knesset Session in Memory of Rehavam Ze’evi — Responding to Obama Official’s Insults, Name Calling — Transcript

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PM Netanyahu’s Speech at the Special Knesset Session in Memory of Rehavam Ze’evi

Source: PMO, 10-29-14

29/10/2014

Photo: Haim Zach, GPO
Translation
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, for your important and moving words. I believe they reflect the feelings of a great many Israeli citizens. When Israel is pressured to make concessions regarding its security, it is easiest to give in. We receive applause and attend ceremonies on lawns, but later the rockets and tunnels come.

As Prime Minister, I stand firm with regard to Israel’s security. I care about the lives of each and every citizen and each and every soldier. I have been on battlefields many times. I risked my life for this country, and I am not prepared to make concessions that will endanger it. And it must be understood, our supreme interests, first and foremost security and the unity of Jerusalem, are not the top priority of those same anonymous sources that attack us and me personally. I am being attacked only because I am protecting the State of Israel. If I did not protect the State of Israel, if I did not stand up decisively for our national and security interests, they would not attack me. And despite the attacks I face, I will continue to protect our country; I will continue to protect the citizens of Israel.

I would also like to add that I respect and appreciate our deep connection with the United States. Since the establishment of the country, we have had disagreements with the US and we will have disagreements in the future as well. However, they are not at the expense of the close relationship between our peoples and our countries. We have seen time and again, this year as well, that support for the State of Israel is ever increasing among the American public, and this support reached an all-time high. The strategic alliance and the moral covenant between our countries continues and will continue.

Dear Ze’evi family, my colleagues, Members of Knesset,
It is the way of the world that after a person’s death, as the years pass the lines of their personality fade from our memories and their presence dims in public opinion and public consciousness. This did not happen in the case of Gandhi, Rehavam Ze’evi. In the 13 years that have passed since his horrendous murder here in the heart of Jerusalem, the special figure he represented has become sharper.
Gandhi was a fighter and a man of letters. He walked the length and breadth of the country. Nothing undermined his confidence in the justness of Zionism’s path. He was consumed with a fire to complete his mission – to share his love for the Land of Israel, to contribute to the strength of the State of Israel and to ensure the well-being and security of the people of Israel.

Gandhi dedicated the best years of his life to defending the country and protecting its borders. He knew that the fight against our enemies was not only a security-military campaign, but also a fight to prove the rightness of our path and the justness of our historic rights to the Land of Israel and in the Land of Israel. These two challenges still concern us today, just as they did in the past. Even in the sixty-seventh year of our independence, we still have to deal with significant threats to the security of Israel in a changing Middle East, a Middle East in which radical Islam has raised it head and its proxies compete to see which of them can be the most extreme. It is enough to look at an updated map of Iraq and Syria to see the chaos that is raging there, instigated by the followers of the idea of a caliphate. The black flags are flying and the crimson blood is spilling like water.

In the face of the multitude of threats that surround us, we are determined to protect ourselves as necessary, first and foremost by defending our borders, and of course within our borders. Gandhi contributed significantly to this security doctrine. The more veteran members among us remember the years after the Six Day War. We remember the attacks that came from the Jordanian border, and we came to conclusions. Just recently we built a fence along a different border, our border with the Sinai Peninsula, a fence more than 200 kilometers long, a tremendous engineering wonder that helps us stop terror attacks from Sinai and the penetration of illegal infiltrators to the State of Israel. We are working diligently to strengthen our other borders similarly.

Gandhi was a pioneer in creating a security doctrine and implementing it. When he was Head of the Central Command, he led IDF soldiers in a joint engineering and operational campaign to prevent penetration from the Jordan River. He led IDF fighters in dozens of pursuits of terrorists who sought to break through our eastern defensive line. “In Israel, the commanders led the charge in pursuits; they adhered to their mission, charged forward, sometimes at the cost of their own lives.” And indeed within a few years quiet was restored to the Jordan Valley, which was and remains the State of Israel’s eastern security border.

As to the second challenge, Israel has long faced attacks on its right to exist. Some people deny the strong affinity of the people of Israel for its land, an affinity that was formed 4,000 years ago in the Land of Israel and 3,000 years ago with Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. Some people are not willing to recognize the right of our people to a nation-state of their own, who are not willing to recognize the right of the people of Israel to a nation-state for the Jewish people. This was and remains the root of the conflict. There are also quite a few people who accuse IDF soldiers of war crimes, even when we defend ourselves – when we defend ourselves with the highest morality against rocket attacks and terror tunnels, against a blood-thirsty enemy that uses its own children as human shields and does not care that these victims pile up. Or perhaps the opposite is true – the enemy does care and wants more and more victims, and more victims from among its own people. When we defend ourselves against such an enemy, we still face unbelievable hypocrisy and disrespect and baseless accusations.

Quite a bit of this slanderous propaganda was discredited by Gandhi, using his knowledge and expertise which were matchless. He knew very well that the light of Israel had never been extinguished in the Land of Israel, and even when we were exiled from our land we yearned to return of the land of our forefathers. Zionism led to an unbelievable change: It ingathered the exiles back to our homeland; it transformed us into a strong and independent people; and it transformed Israel into a flourishing and prosperous country.
Gandhi said, “The IDF is the only army in history that conquered the Temple Mount and did not destroy or loot the houses of worship on it.” This is a proven fact – only under Israeli sovereignty was the freedom of access to the holy places of all religions upheld. Only under Israeli sovereignty.

So at this session in memory of Minister Rehavam Ze’evi, we will honor his great contribution, a dual contribution: First, his contribution to Israel’s security; and second, his contribution to deepening our national consciousness and proving our justness.

May Gandhi’s memory be blessed.

Israel Musings October 26, 2014: Women of the Wall’s historic Torah scroll smuggling reading at Kotel bat mitzvah

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Women of the Wall’s historic Torah scroll smuggling reading at Kotel bat mitzvah

By Bonnie K. Goodman

They finally did it, feminist Jewish prayer group Women of the Wall (WoW) smuggled in a tiny Torah scroll on Rosh Hodesh Chesvan Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 for a bat mitzvah torah reading to the women’s section….READ MORE

Israel Brief October 22, 2014: US condemns ‘despicable’ Jerusalem terror attack

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US condemns ‘despicable’ Jerusalem terror attack

Source: Times of Israel, 10-22-14

State Department still will not confirm that 3-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun was an American citizen…READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief October 22, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Response to Jerusalem Terrorist Attack — Transcript

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PM Netanyahu Holds Security Consultation

Source: PMO, 10-22-14 

22/10/2014
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, held a security consultation in conjunction with Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Israel Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino and ISA Director Yoram Cohen.

In the telephone consultation, the Prime Minister was updated on the details of vehicular terrorist attack in Jerusalem; he ordered that security forces in Jerusalem be reinforced. “This is how Abu Mazen’s partners in government act, the same Abu Mazen who – only a few days ago – incited toward a terrorist attack in Jerusalem,” the Prime Minister said.

Israel Brief October 22, 2014: Infant killed, 8 hurt in suspected terror attack on Jerusalem light rail

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Infant killed, 8 hurt in suspected terror attack on Jerusalem light rail

Source: JTA, 10-22-14

The driver of the car that crashed into a train station attempted to flee the scene on foot and was shot by police. READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief October 22, 2014: US Condemns Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem — Transcript

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Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem

Source: State.gov, 10-22-14

Press Statement

Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC
October 22, 2014
The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem. We express our deepest condolences to the family of the baby, reportedly an American citizen, who was killed in this despicable attack, and extend our prayers for a full recovery to those injured. We urge all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident.

Israel Brief October 22, 2014: Three reported injured in possible Jerusalem terror attack

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Three reported injured in possible Jerusalem terror attack

Source: Times of Israel, 10-22-14

Police shoot suspect who attempted to flee the scene; car collided with pedestrians at Ammunition Hill light rail station…READ MORE

 

Full Text Israel Political Brief May 28, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Jerusalem Day Cabinet Meeting at Ammunition Hill

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Jerusalem Day Cabinet Meeting at Ammunition Hill

Source: PMO, 5-28-14
יום רביעי כ”ח אייר תשע”ד

Photo by GPO

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks at the Cabinet meeting at Ammunition Hill :

“Jerusalem was unified 47 years ago and it will never be redivided. Since that day, Jerusalem has developed; it is prosperous and flourishing. We meet here every year in order to ensure that this prosperity will be even greater, that the construction will be even broader and that it will flourish even more. We are committed to a rebuilt, greater and developing Jerusalem as a historical mandate of the Jewish People. I have heard that there are those who would like to cancel today as a national holiday. I say that this is not just a national holiday; this is a historic, national miracle. The Jewish People will always see to the rebuilt and greater Jerusalem.”

Full Text Israel Political Brief May 27, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech at the Yom Yerushalayim Ceremony Marking the 47th Anniversary of the Unification of Jerusalem

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Address by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Ceremony Marking the 47th Anniversary of the Unification of Jerusalem

Source: PMO, 5-27-14 
יום שלישי כ”ז אייר תשע”ד
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Translation

47 years ago, Jerusalem – the unified city – was joined together again. This is the way it has always been, and this is the way it always will be. We mark this date – the 28th of Iyar 1967. It is a significant date, particularly in this place, because on the 28th of Iyar 1904, 63 years earlier, Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaCohen Kook, founder of this important yeshiva, the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva, immigrated to Israel.

I feel at home here because Rabbi Kook had a tremendous impact on my grandfather, Nathan Mileikowsky. He derived endless strength and inspiration from the Rabbi. Rabbi Kook delivered a beautiful eulogy for my grandfather. Another connection is your beloved father, Rabbi Avraham Shapira, who used to tell me how, as a small child in Jerusalem, he would often listen to my grandfather talk about Zionism, the Land of Israel, Jerusalem, the Return to Zion. He told me that my grandfather was a great orator. I feel at home here. This is my home.

There was something unique about the spirit of Rabbi Kook which beats inside us. Rabbi Kook was a great Zionist. He saw Herzl as a messenger of history. I see him as the personification of a modern-day biblical prophet who emerged from the pages of the Bible. But Rabbi Kook also believed that Zionism must not disengage from Judaism as he believed that nationalism alone, disconnected from the eternal sources of the people of Israel, has neither justification nor viability. There is no spirit without substance. There is no flour without the Torah. This is the essence of the connection between the “spiritual Jerusalem” and the “profane Jerusalem”.

As the Prime Minister of Israel, I am occupied with the “profane Jerusalem”. We dig tunnels and pave roads and build bridges. You see the tremendous work on the path to Zion. All you see in Mevasseret Zion today are the bulldozers paving the paths to and inside our capital city. We are responsible for the building, development and prosperity of Jerusalem, and there is still great work to be done. Jerusalem has developed remarkably. Jerusalem after the Six Day War was not a small village, but it was not exactly a big metropolis either. Today, Jerusalem is a big metropolis. It stands out in all its glory. Jerusalem is Beit Hakerem, Kiryat Yovel and Har Homa, our “southern gate”, which I was privileged to establish during my first term as Prime Minister.

Jerusalem is factories, including advanced hi-tech factories, “From Zion will the software come forth”, and it will come forth to the entire world. Jerusalem is all of these things, but it is also Yad Vashem and Herzl’s Tomb and the Mount of Olives, where my grandfather and grandmother, Menachem Begin and many of our forefathers are buried. Jerusalem is also Mount Zion and Moriah Mountain and the Western Wall and “Eternal Israel”. We preserve our heart, the heart of our nation.

We will never divide our heart – never. As we believe that our capital is the heart of our nation, it must be united, as the Rabbi just said, it must be connected to the great soul of Eternal Israel, to the Torah and to the intellectual assets created by our Sages throughout the generations.

Each Shabbat, I draw strength from reading one book, one portion, uncovering one surprise. Most of the time there is a wise student, more or less your age, to help me, and from time to time we surf the net. The amount of strength we draw from the Bible is tremendous. Never have I read it without discovering how relevant it is to our situation today, both spiritually and practically.

The Rabbi spoke of inner strengths. Let me tell you, you need strength to be Prime Minister of Israel. It is not the easiest job in the world. From where do we draw our strength? Where does this nation – which rose from the ashes and made miracles, a nation revered throughout the world – find its strength? This is my responsibility.

I was in China where Israel is admired. I was also in Japan  where Israel is also admired. I spoke with the Prime Minister of India (I’m talking about the small countries) who respects Israel and wants to have ties with us, and many others. There is also a great deal of hatred, anti-Semitism and slander directed at us, but there is also great admiration because many among the nations of the world know that there is something special here, a spiritual spark, an eternal spark, a people that survived for thousands of years against all odds, returned to their homeland, rebuilt their homeland, established their state and built an unprecedented military force.

There is a unique spirit here, and it all concentrated in one place – Jerusalem. It is concentrated in the Book of Books, in studying it and nurturing it. Every child in our country should know this book, Judaic studies. I am telling you this with a deep conviction. Simply put, I believe it is necessary to ensure our people’s eternity.

This is the reason I am here this evening. I am here to celebrate the joy of Jerusalem with you. “Be glad with Jerusalem and rejoice in her”, said the Prophet Isaiah. I am here to encourage you to keep studying the Torah. I congratulate you on this festive day, the festive day of Jerusalem. Happy holiday to all the people of Israel. Blessings.

Israel Musings January 11, 2013: Netanyahu opposes any peace deal framework dividing Jerusalem

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Netanyahu opposes any peace deal framework dividing Jerusalem

By Bonnie K. Goodman

According to a news report from Haaretz released early Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his senior cabinet ministers that he absolutely will not agree to dividing of Jerusalem in any framework for a peace agreement…READ MORE

Israel Musings December 14, 2013: Netanyahu and Kerry meet about peace talks in Jerusalem snow wonderland

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Netanyahu & Kerry meet about peace talks in Jerusalem snow wonderland

By Bonnie K. Goodman

For the second time in a week and the ninth time since March 2013 United States Secretary of State John Kerry met in Israel with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a very unusually snowy Friday morning, Dec. 13, 2013…READ MORE

Israel Brief December 13, 2013: Rare snowstorm slams Jerusalem

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Rare snowstorm slams Jerusalem

Source: NY Daily News, 12-13-13

The intense storm left the city covered in snow. About 20 inches of snow had fallen since Thursday, with more expected through the next day….READ MORE

Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, two  of the holiest sites for for Jews and Muslims, were covered in snow after a rare snowstorm blanketed Jerusalem on Friday.

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Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, covered in snow after a rare snowstorm blanketed Jerusalem on Friday.

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