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Oct. 26, 2016
Defense Minister: If Hamas Attacks, We will Destroy Them
in a rare interview with Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds, Defense Minister Avigdor
Lieberman made it clear that Gaza Strip terrorist organization Hamas will not
survive another attack on
interview, Lieberman also addressed the status of Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas, criticizing him sharply: "If there are elections in the
Palestinian Authority, Abu Mazen [Abbas] will be defeated. Abbas is not capable
of making tough decisions for the Palestinian people or of signing a permanent
agreement that also includes the status of
Lieberman's remarks sparked criticism in Ramallah. Abbas' office released a statement saying, "Defense Minister Lieberman is deluding himself if he believes that he can find a Palestinian partner for peace who lines up with his stances."
Palestinian Foreign Ministry also rejected Lieberman's comments: "While the
Israeli defense minister speaks about a two-state solution and says that
Palestinian President Abbas is incapable of making tough decisions or signing a
permanent agreement with
The Palestinian Information Ministry took the criticism even further, saying in a statement, "He [Lieberman] who came here as an immigrant from Moldova, seems to have forgotten that the Palestinian refugees in Syria that he spoke about arrived there after they were forced to leave their homes and their land during the ethnic cleansing carried out by the Haganah, the Irgun and the Lehi in 1948."
Information Ministry went as far as to hint that the issue of the newspaper
featuring the Lieberman interview may be barred from distribution in the Gaza
Strip. The ministry also released a statement saying, "The Palestinian people
have the right to have a naval port and an airport without the exploitation of
the occupation regime. The tunnels, the missiles and the other means of warfare
are legitimate means of resisting the occupation and the repeated attacks from
The family of the late Lt. Hadar Goldin, whose body was taken by Hamas into a tunnel in Rafah on Aug. 1, 2014, during Operation Protective Edge, spoke out in response to Lieberman's interview. "It is disappointing to see the minister responsible for bringing Hadar and Oron Shaul [a second IDF soldier whose remains are believed to be in Hamas' hands] back home is intentionally avoiding mentioning them in an interview with a major Palestinian media outlet," the Goldin family said in a statement.
discouraging to see how much Lieberman has grown soft since beginning in this
role -- the person who gave [Hamas leader Ismail] Haniyeh 48 hours to return the
kidnapped [soldiers] and civilians from the Gaza Strip now wants to turn
of Lieberman's comments in the interview that prompted reactions was his
insistence that the Arab town of
Meretz Chairwoman Zehava Galon responded to his remarks, saying, "This is a proposal for [population] transfer to revoke citizenship. Land swaps as part of an agreement are legitimate, but when Lieberman speaks about changing the state to which a citizen belongs without their consent, he is talking about [population] transfer; even if it is not geographic, it is the transfer of state and consciousness.
"Lieberman does not treat the Arab citizens of
Joint Arab List MK and Umm al-Fahm resident Yousef Jabareen said, "Lieberman is continuing the incitement and delegitimization campaign against Umm al-Fahm residents and against the entire Arab population. I do not understand why we must be constantly threatened with the revocation of our citizenship, as if we owe it to Lieberman and not to our basic birthright. Everyone understands that Lieberman's motive is racist and his goal is to harm and weaken the Israeli Arab public."
officials from the
At the same time, a senior official in the Islamic Movement's Northern Branch told Israel Hayom, "We would be happy to be a part of the independent Palestinian state and to be freed from the burden of the occupation and the racist laws of the State of Israel. Lieberman doesn't scare us."
The Muslim Prayer at
By Giulio Meotti (Commentary)
dramatic happened last Friday in
They chose a symbol of Western culture and did so under the wise guidance of political Imams. This was not an Islam respectful of the secular and democratic nature of Italian institutions. It was the political branch of an Islam that does not separate state and mosque, the Muslim Brotherhood, whose slogan has never changed since the time of Hassan al-Banna: “Allah is our goal, the Prophet our leader, the Koran our law, the jihad our way, dying for the way of Allah is our greatest hope.”
spectacular Islamic mass was like a refusal of the illusion of a cultural
“peace” slowly being strangled and punctuated with Koranic invocations.
Something similar had already happened in front of
Islamists aim at a pedagogy that is not afraid of using words based on strength honor, faith and war. That mass prayer means that it is not possible to turn Muslims into liberal secularists. That Muslims could be assimilated to a secular environment.
well-known preacher Yussuf al Qaradawi said that the day will come when
The American philosopher Lee Harris said a most important thing: The glory of the West has been the eradication of the virus of fanaticism, but perhaps we have achieved it at the price of our defeat.
multicultural paradox, of which
Meotti, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio is the author of the book "A New
Shoah", that researched the personal stories of
Belzer Rebbe: Smartphone Owners are 'Hiding from the World'
The Belzer Rebbe issued a scathing attack on smartphones and their owners during his annual post-Simchat Torah message to the Belz community, accusing smartphone users of attempting to "hide" and of suffering brain damage, according to the Kikar news site.
The Belz dynasty and its followers were almost totally decimated in World War II, but the one Rebbe who escaped Europe, Rabbi Aharon, re-established the Belzer hassidic court in Israel, where they grew to be one of the largest and most successful hassidic communities in the world, with congregations in the US, UK and Canada as well as Israel.
The Rebbe said that smartphones are "worse than television" because "they are so small, you can fit them in a pocket and they can put all sorts of impurities in the world, in the pocket, and in the brain. People like to hide with these devices and think that no one will notice they are using them, but the devices are not invisible."
The Rebbe's stance against smartphones applies even to those who need them for work. The Belzer Rabbi has banned his followers from using smartphones for years. Only phones with special kosher filters to block immodest content are permitted. Even the popular communication tool WhatsApp has been banned.
Other haredi sectors and leaders have banned the use of smartphones. The Belzer Rebbe's ban follows closely upon the Vizhnitzer Rebbe who told his hassidic court the same in his post-holiday message. Last month one of the leading poseks (halakhic decisors) of non-hassidic haredi Jewry, Rabbi Haim Kanievsky, who lives in Bnei Brak, ruled that a bride must cancel her wedding if the groom owns a smartphone.
The Rebbe of Vizhnitz called upon his followers to speak in Yiddish whenever possible, and eschew the use of other languages. Speaking at a gathering of Vizhnitz hasidim Monday evening, the Rebbe noted that while use of Yiddish is common in hasidic households both in Israel and America, it nevertheless “needs to be strengthened,” urging followers to speak only in Yiddish while talking with family members and other hasidim.
The Rebbe, who heads the large Hungarian hasidic dynasty, also criticized the use of cellular devices, calling them a waste of time. He noted that his comments related to approved “Kosher” phones and not unfiltered, “non-Kosher” devices. “I’m not talking about non-Kosher devices. That’s something that [obviously] no one should have. I want to speak about devices that are considered very Kosher. They eat up people’s time.”
Responding to the oft-cited exemption from restrictions on digital devices and internet connections – business concerns – he added that “I know lots of people who make a living without such devices.”
Centuries-Old Ten Commandments Tablet Heads to
A stone tablet thought to be about 1,500 years old with a worn-down chiseled inscription of the Ten Commandments will be sold next month at auction, with a stipulation that the buyer must put it on public display, an auction house said on Friday.
The 2-foot square slab of white marble weighs about 200 pounds and is believed to be the oldest existing stone inscription of the commandments, Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said. Opening bid is $250,000 for the stone, which the current owner likes to point out is not the original.
The tablet is inscribed in Samaritan script with the principles that are fundamental to Judaism and Christianity. It was probably chiseled during the late Roman or Byzantine era, between 300 and 500 CE, and marked the entrance of an ancient synagogue that was likely destroyed by the Romans, Heritage said in a statement.
discovered in 1913 during an excavation for a railroad line in
The museum, which contains a large collection of artifacts of Jewish life and history dating back to antiquity, is shifting toward a more hands-on focus to attract younger visitors and decided it was time to sell the artifact. "The sale will provide us with the money to do what we need to do. It's all for the best," Deutsch said in a statement.
The tablet was acquired in 1943 by an archaeologist who owned it until his death in 2000. Deutsch was able to acquire the tablet temporarily through an agreement with the Israel Antiquities Authority and then purchased it outright after a legal settlement, Heritage officials said.
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YOU SAY YOU WANT CHANGE?
By Frances Bernay-Cohen
I can't speak for you, but my grandparents came to the United States to find a refuge from "change." They came to The United States where their basic freedoms were guaranteed by the Constitution; where they could build a future on this solid ground.
Whether our forefathers and forI'm sure you will find some truth in this song.
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Paradise Regained, Paradise Lost
By Don Canaan (Commentary)
This year marked the 34th anniversary of the return of the Sinai by Israel to Egypt--a day of mourning by many of the 2,000 settlers who settled and later were forcibly evacuated by Israeli authorities under the command of Ariel Sharon, from the seaside city of Yamit on the Mediterranean.
Yamit was former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan's dream--a projected seaport and city of 250,000 founded on the Sinai sand dunes overlooking date palm trees and the blue Mediterranean--a populated buffer between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on the other side of the Suez Canal.
Some alternate historians say Moses and the children of Israel passed near the site of Yamit 3,500 years ago as they wandered for 40 years through the Sinai Desert on their way to the proverbial land of milk and honey.
Since April 25, 1982 only the whine of the desert wind weaves its currents through the crevices of destroyed homes, businesses and monument--a memorial to the young men who died during the 1967 Six Day war.
Christians, Jews and Muslims died during three Arab-Israeli wars and battles that took place in the Sinai in 1956, 1967 and 1973--Egyptian and Israeli--young people who fought and died in that desolate, forsaken desert wasteland.
The modern-day chariot carrying Egyptian President Mohammed Anwar al-Sadat hugged the intermittently green coastline of Sinai on its historic mission to Jerusalem. Israelis glancing upward into the clear night sky saw merely a jet banking gently to the northwest.
Official Israeli government policy was that the settlers had to be removed and the army came and forcibly removed the remaining diehard residents. The Jerusalem Post described the scene: Apocalypse had arrived in Yamit and in the dust and noise and destruction one could wander freely. Dozens of bulldozers and giant mobile air hammers were loose in the city like a pack of predatory beasts."
April 25, 20011 marked the 29th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Yamit and Sinai and a cold peace between long-term enemies.
That gift of peace silently glided overhead as the Sabbath disappeared and the stars appeared. At 8:01 p.m. Sadat's jetliner landed at Ben-Gurion Airport and the first minutes of a then potential peace came to the Middle East.
Old enemies became new friends. The crowds roared its approval when Sadat shook hands with Moshe Dayan. A person standing nearby, according to the Jerusalem Post, said Sadat told Dayan, "Don't worry Moshe, it will be all right."
The peace treaty between the two nations was signed on March 26, 1979 and on April 25, 1982; the events that had started on a November day at Camp David came to fruition. Sinai was returned to Egypt. Yamit was bulldozed to the ground. But Anwar Sadat did not live to see that day. He had been assassinated seven months before.
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