Full Text Israel Political Brief June 8, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting on Palestinian Unity Deal Allows Hamas into West Bank & Australia’s Recognition of East Jerusalem as Part of Israel

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

Source: PMO, 6-8-14
יום ראשון י’ סיון תשע”ד

“Over the weekend, the leaders of Hamas reiterated their intention to destroy the State of Israel. Whoever hoped that the Palestinian unity between Fatah and Hamas would moderate Hamas is mistaken. Instead of the Palestinian authority taking over Gaza, the signs are being more and more seen that the complete opposite is taking place, i.e. that Hamas is increasing its control in the Palestinian Authority areas in Judea and Samaria. Therefore, international pressure must be applied on Abu Mazen to dissolve the partnership with Hamas. This touches on the roots of the conflict and the roots of a solution in which peace is achieved between us and the Palestinians. In any case, Abu Mazen promised to uphold all of his previous commitments, and the first of these is honoring the commitment to demilitarize the areas under the control of the Palestinian government, including – of course – the Gaza Strip.

Over the weekend we also heard an interesting declaration from the Australian government of a kind that we do not always hear. It simply said that eastern Jerusalem is not occupied territory; the minimum is that is an area in dispute. To say this sharply and with such clarity and, I would say, courage, is refreshing given the chorus of hypocrisy and ignorance, ignorance not only of ancient history, but of recent and current history. What has really happened here? Who invaded who? Who occupied what? What is subject to negotiation? What is the area in dispute? These are new things. I certainly appreciate this stand by the Australian government and I am certain that all those who want to see an agreement here based on peace, justice and truth – and it is impossible to build peace based on historic lies – would agree. There is truth and it must be embraced. It requires many, many conclusions and steps, but it certainly does not require the sanctification of lies.”

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Israel Political Brief February 19, 2013: Prisoner X hanged himself with a bed sheet, Israeli report says

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Prisoner X hanged himself with a bed sheet, Israeli report says

Source: JTA, 2-19-13

Ben Zygier, the Israeli-Australian citizen known as Prisoner X, hanged himself in his Israeli cell’s bathroom using a bed sheet, an Israeli investigation into his death concluded….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 19, 2013: Israel releases report on Zygier’s death, concludes he hanged himself in shower

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Israel releases report on Zygier’s death, concludes he hanged himself in shower

Source: Haaretz, 2-19-13

Court orders a partial lifting of gag order on causes of Zygier’s death after state agrees to publication; judge finds evidence of alleged negligence by prison authorities.

Dual Israeli-Australian citizen Ben Zygier, who was later known as Prisoner X, hanged himself with a bed sheet in the shower of his solitary confinement cell, according to Israel’s first publicly released report into the circumstances of his death….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 19, 2013: Australian Jewry’s council praises opening of probes into Zygier’s death

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Australian Jewry’s council praises opening of probes into Zygier’s death

Source: JTA, 2-19-13

Australian Jewry’s highest body welcomed the announcements by the Australian and Israeli governments of further inquiries into the death of Ben Zygier, the Australian-Israeli national known as Prisoner X….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 18, 2013: Report: Prisoner X Ben Zygier told ASIO of Mossad plans

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Report: Zygier told ASIO of Mossad plans

Source: Ynetnews, 2-18-13

Sources told the Australian ABC network that Ben Zygier was arrested by the Mossad because they believed he gave a detailed account of Israel’s activities to the Australian ASIO. According to sources, Zygier met with ASIO a few times in Australia….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 17, 2013: Knesset committee to investigate Prisoner X incident

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Knesset committee to investigate Prisoner X incident

Source: JTA, 2-17-13

A Knesset committee will investigate the incarceration and death of the dual Australian-Israeli citizen known as Prisoner X….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 17, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Defends Israel in Prisoner X Scandal

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Israeli Premier Defends Israel in Prisoner Scandal

Source: ABC News, 2-17-13

Israel’s prime minister on Sunday defended the actions of his country’s security forces following a public uproar over the mysterious death of a man who apparently hanged himself while being held secretly in a maximum-security prison….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief February 17, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting on Prisoner X Issue

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דברי ראש הממשלה בפתח ישיבת הממשלה

Source: PMO, 2-17-13

יום ראשון ז’ אדר תשע”ג
סגור
צילום: ארכיון לחץ להגדלה
צילום: ארכיון

בוקר טוב,

בפתח הישיבה אני מבקש לומר שאני סומך לחלוטין על כוחות הביטחון של מדינת ישראל. הם פועלים במסירות ובמחויבות אין קץ להבטיח שנוכל לחיות בארץ הזו. אני גם סומך באופן מוחלט על רשויות החוק במדינת ישראל.
כוחות הביטחון והמודיעין של ישראל פועלים תחת פיקוחן המלא של רשויות החוק שהן עצמאיות לחלוטין.
בשילוב הזה של שמירה על הביטחון ושמירה על החוק נשמר גם חופש הביטוי, אבל חשיפת יתר של פעילות ביטחונית ופעילות מודיעינית יכולה לפגוע ולפעמים אף לפגוע קשות בביטחון המדינה, ולכן בכל דיון אין לזלזל באינטרס הביטחוני, ובמציאות שבה חיה מדינת ישראל זה חייב להיות אינטרס מרכזי. אנו לא ככל שאר המדינות.
אנחנו מדינה דמוקרטית למופת ושומרים על הזכויות של הנחקרים וזכויות הפרט לא פחות משום מדינה אחרת. אבל אנחנו גם יותר מאוימים, יותר מאותגרים ולכן אנחנו חייבים לדאוג לשמור על פעילות תקינה של זרועות הביטחון שלנו. ולכן אני מבקש מכולם, תנו לכוחות הביטחון להמשיך לעבוד בשקט כדי שנוכל להמשיך לחיות בביטחון ובשלווה במדינת ישראל.

הממשלה תשמע היום סקירה לקראת ביקורו של נשיא ארה”ב ברק אובמה בישראל, שצפוי להתקיים בחודש הבא. אנחנו בעיצומן של ההכנות לביקור הזה. הוא יתמקד בשלושה נושאים: אחד, ההתקדמות של איראן להשגת נשק גרעיני.
לצערי, ההתקדמות הזאת נמשכת, איראן מאיצה לאחרונה את פעילותה הגרעינית, היא מעשירה חומר ברמה גבוהה, והיא מתקינה צנטריפוגות חדשות כדי לקצר את זמן ההגעה וזמן החצייה של הקו האדום שהצבתי בנאומי באו”ם. הנושא השני יהיה התפרקות המשטר בסוריה. אנחנו ראינו אתמול את הקרבות שמתנהלים גם בגבולנו. אנחנו נמשיך לשמור על הגבול ונמנע מעבר וכניסה לתוך ישראל, למעט מקרים חריגים, בודדים, שכל אחד מהם יישקל לגופו. שלישית, אנחנו נדון בהתנעת התהליך המדיני עם הפלסטינים. בסוף השבוע חזר עו”ד מולכו, נציגי לשיחות, מסבב שיחות בוושינגטון.

השבוע צפוי לצאת לשם היועץ לביטחון לאומי יעקב עמידרור. אין ספק שהנושא הזה יעלה על הפרק ויהיה חלק מעבודתה של הממשלה הבאה. בביקור הזה אנחנו נדון בעצם בנושאים המשמעותיים ביותר לביטחונה של מדינת ישראל ולהבטחת עתידה.

היום הזה, ז’ באדר, הוא גם יום הולדתו ויום פטירתו של משה רבנו. זה היום שבו אנחנו מציינים את יום הזיכרון לחללי צה”ל שמקום קבורתם אינו ידוע. מדינת ישראל עושה כל הזמן מאמצים להחזיר את חללינו לקבר ישראל, ופועלת ללא הרף כדי לאתר את נעדרנו.

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Israel Political Brief February 17, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Prisoner X affair: Let Israel’s security forces do their work

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Netanyahu on Prisoner X affair: Let Israel’s security forces do their work

Source: Haaretz, 2-17-13

“We are not like all other countries. We are more threatened, more challenged, and therefore we have to ensure the proper activity of our security forces. Allow the security forces to work quietly so we can continue to live securely and safely.”

In prime minister’s first comment on the death of alleged Mossad agent Ben Zygier, Netanyahu says Israel protects the rights of the interrogated as well as freedom of expression, but adds, ‘We are not like other states.’….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 14, 2013: Lawyer: Prisoner X Australian Ben Zygier did not appear suicidal

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Lawyer: Zygier did not appear suicidal

Source: JTA, 2-14-13

Australian-Israeli prisoner Ben Zygier — Prisoner X — did not appear suicidal the day before his death, a prominent Israeli attorney said….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 14, 2013: IDF censor backs MKs who exposed ‘Prisoner X’ affair

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IDF censor backs MKs who exposed ‘Prisoner X’ affair

Source: Ynetnews, 2-14-13

Chief military censor tells Army Radio lawmakers who questioned justice minister over death of Australia-born dual Israeli citizen in prison despite gag order merely ‘exercised their right….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 14, 2013: Government admits to secret talks about ‘Prisoner X’ Ben Zygier

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Government admits to secret talks about ‘Prisoner X’ Ben Zygier

Source: Herald Sun, 2-14-13

BEN Zygier, the so-called Prisoner X who died in a Tel Aviv jail in 2010, had been detained by Israeli authorities on serious national security charges….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 13, 2013: More details emerge about Israel’s Prisoner X, aka Ben Zygier, an Australian Jew

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More details trickle out about Israel’s Prisoner X, aka Ben Zygier, an Australian Jew

Source: JTA, 2-13-13

More information has begun to emerge about the mysterious man known as Prisoner X who hanged himself in Israel’s Ayalon Prison in 2010….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 13, 2013: Australia investigating mysterious 2010 death in Israeli prison

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Australia investigating mysterious 2010 death in Israeli prison

Source: Los Angeles Times, 2-13-13

Government officials in Australia vowed Wednesday to investigate the secret detention and mysterious death of a Jewish Australian immigrant who was found hanged to death in a high-security Israeli prison cell in 2010….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 12, 2013: Israeli lawmakers press for answers on dead ‘Prisoner X’

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Israeli lawmakers press for answers on dead ‘Prisoner X’

Source: JTA, 2-12-13

Knesset members pressed Israel’s justice minister for answers on “Prisoner X,” who was identified in an Australian TV report as an Australian-born Israeli who worked for the Mossad and died in an Israeli prison…..READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 12, 2013: Israel rattled by mysterious Australian prisoner

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Israel rattled by mysterious Australian prisoner – ABC

Source: Reuters UK, 2-12-13

An Australian man committed suicide in a high-security Israeli jail in 2010 after being held for months in great secrecy, Australia’s ABC channel said on Tuesday, throwing new light on a case….READ MORE

Gilad Shalit 5 Years Later: Global Support for Shalit

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Kidnapped Israeli soldier, Cpl. Gilad Shalit.
Credit: Israeli Foreign Ministry

JEWS around the world are being urged to pause for five minutes of silence this weekend to show their solidarity with Gilad Shalit on the fifth anniversary of his kidnapping by Hamas terrorists.

To mark the occasion, community leaders and politicians around the world have stepped up their calls for the young Israeli soldier to be freed.

The Zionist Council of Victoria and Jewish Community Council of Victoria have issued a joint letter to state members of parliament and parliamentary friends of both Israel and Palestine. Signed by the two organisation’s presidents, the letter calls for recipients to “use this opportune time to demand from Gilad Shalit’s captors his immediate release from captivity”.

Meanwhile, federal Labor Member for Isaacs Mark Dreyfus has once again addressed parliament on Shalit’s plight, drawing attention to the 1826 days the soldier has been held captive.

“Before people call for Israel to sit down and negotiate with Hamas, they should think about the conduct of this organisation, an organisation that took power in an armed coup in Gaza and murdered hundreds of its opponents … and an organisation which to this day illegally holds Gilad Shalit hostage,” he said.

“I call on human rights activists and world leaders to stand up, to speak up and to demand the immediate release of Gilad Shalit.”

On the international stage, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have jointly issued a statement calling for the soldier’s release.

Both leaders have been active on the issue in the past; with Sarkozy conscious of Shalit’s dual Israeli-French nationality and Germany acting as a mediator between Israel and Hamas in previous negotiations concerning Shalit.

The joint statement, issued during a meeting on the Greece debt crisis, came amid reports that the two countries were offering Hamas added incentives – including easing restrictions on Gaza’s border crossings, as well as de facto recognition of the Hamas government in Gaza, which would allow for European investment in the territory – in exchange for Shalit’s release.

Closer to home, the Melbourne Jewish community is staging a rally for Shalit at Caulfield Park Pavilion this Sunday, which will include a musical presentation and five minutes of silence.

An online campaign has also been launched by the Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA) to highlight Shalit’s continuing captivity.

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