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Israel vs. Binyamin Netanyahu: The Circus has Just Stared but the Trial is
By DEBKAfile & World Israel News
The trial of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his three co-defendants will
continue on July 19, the three-judge panel of the Jerusalem District Court announced at
the opening session on Sunday, May 24.
The charges of bribery, fraud and breach of faith were read out to the defendant, the
prime minister, and he confirmed, "I have read and I understand the charges." Netanyahu's
co-defendants are Yediot Aharonot chief editor, Arnon Mozes, the controlling shareholder
of Bezeq telecom, Shaul Elovitch and his wife, Iris. All four lawyers asked for enough
time before the next session to study the mountainous volume of investigative material on
their cases. The judges agreed to schedule the next session on July 19. The added that the
defendants were not required to attend, only their attorneys.
The Elovitch's lawyer, Jack Chen asked the court to caution the witnesses against
conducting a parallel trial through the media. "We want the trial to go forward before
this court. If prosecution witnesses give press interviews, it will be a circus," he said.
At the end of the session, Prosecutor Liat Ben Ari promised to caution the witnesses
against granting press interviews.
Netanyahu delivered his j'accuse outside the Jerusalem District Court minutes before the
opening of his trial. Repeating the demand for the live broadcast of the proceedings
(which the court had already denied) "to prevent editorial distortions and censorship," he
also called for the publication verbatim of the investigation conducted against him.
This would expose what he called the illegal practices of "intimidation and threats
against witnesses' families," which were used to extract evidence against him. Failing to
bring the "right down in election after election, Netanyahu, said, they resorted to foul
methods to remove the national camp from power for years to come. "I go into court with a
straight back and a head held high," said Netanyahu, "because I know that the people are
with me and I'm not alone."
Netanyahu blasted the trial as a political attempt to bring down a strong, right-wing
prime minister through the court system. "What is happening today is an attempt to thwart
the will of the people, an attempt to overthrow me and the right-wing camp," he said.
Netanyahu said the trial is taking place because he refused to knuckle under to left-wing
demands. "I'm not a poodle, so I have to be taken down by any means. Members of the
Attorney General's office invented a case for me. The investigations are corrupt and
invented from the first moment," he said.
Outside the court, several hundred flag-waving, shouting demonstrators showed their
support for the prime minister, who arrived in court from the first cabinet meeting of the
new unity government over which he presided. A large group of Likud ministers and
lawmakers in face masks took seats in the public gallery.
Real-life Twist to HBO's 'Plot Against America'
By Rafael Medoff (Commentary, Israel Hayom)
In HBO's recent adaptation of the Philip Roth novel The Plot Against America, American
Jews are coerced by President Charles Lindbergh to move to rural parts of the country so
they will become "Americanized" and shed their Jewish ways. In real life, however, it was
President Franklin D. Roosevelt who wanted to do just that. In the novel and television
series, Lindbergh is elected president in 1940 on a platform of keeping America out of
Europe's war. But his agenda soon expands beyond isolationism.
The fictional Lindbergh administration regards cultural and religious differences
especially Jewish ones as undesirable, even dangerous. Jewish teenagers are enticed
by the "Office of American Absorption" to spend their summers on farms in the Midwest.
Sandy, the elder brother of the narrator, 9-year-old Philip Roth, returns from his months
in Kentucky shorn of his Newark (read: Jewish) mannerisms and attitudes.
Then the "Absorption" office comes up with another scheme: large East Coast companies are
compelled to transfer their Jewish employees to cities in the south and west that have few
Jewish residents. Phillip's father quits his job in order to keep their family from being
Franklin D. Roosevelt was, in real life, a vocal advocate of similar social engineering.
During his campaign as the Democrats' vice-presidential candidate in 1920, FDR told The
Brooklyn Eagle that "the foreign elements" had "crowded into one district and they have
brought congestion and racial prejudices to our large cities." The result, Roosevelt
asserted, "is that they do not easily conform to the manners and the customs and the
requirements of their new home."
Population resettlement was the answer, according to FDR. "If we had the greater part of
the foreign population of the City of New York distributed to different localities upstate
we should have a far better condition," he told the interviewer.
Roosevelt returned to the problem of immigrant assimilation in a column he wrote for a
Georgia newspaper, the Macon Daily Telegraph, on April 21, 1925. "[F]or a good many years
to come European immigration should remain greatly restricted," the future president
wrote. "We have, unfortunately, a great many thousand foreigners who got in here and who
must be digested. For 50 years the United States ate a meal altogether too large
much of the food was digestible, but some of it was almost poisonous," adding "The United
States must, for a short time at least, stop eating, and when it resumes should confine
itself to the most readily assimilable foodstuffs."
Long after becoming president, FDR continued to view immigrants, and especially Jewish
immigrants, as problematic and in need of dispersal. At a private White House luncheon on
May 22, 1943, President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill discussed their plans for
the postwar world. The status of the Jews came up in the conversation. FDR sympathetically
cited a plan that his senior adviser on population issues, Isaiah Bowman, had concocted
for dealing with the Jews.
Vice President Henry Wallace, who was present, wrote in his diary that Roosevelt told
Churchill "the best way to settle the Jewish question" was "to spread the Jews thin all
over the world." Wallace continued: "The president said he had tried this out in
[Meriwether] County, Georgia and at Hyde Park on the basis of adding four or five Jewish
families at each place. He claimed that the local population would have no objection if
there were no more than that."
The Jews were not the only immigrants whom President Roosevelt thought should be
"spread thin." He was also deeply concerned about what he saw as the inability of Asians
to become fully American. "Japanese immigrants are not capable of assimilation into the
American population," he wrote in that Georgia newspaper in 1925." Anyone who has traveled
in the Far East knows that the mingling of Asiatic blood with European or American blood
produces, in nine cases out of ten, the most unfortunate results."
At a press conference on November 21, 1944, FDR was asked by a reporter whether the
130,000 Japanese-Americans whom he had put in detention camps would be permitted to return
their homes when the war ended.
"A good deal of progress has been made in scattering [Japanese-origin citizens] through
the country, and that is going on almost every day," Roosevelt replied. In language almost
identical to that which he used when discussing the Jews, he said: "[I]n the Hudson River
Valley or in western Georgia which we all know, in one of those countries, probably half a
dozen or a dozen families could be scattered around on the farms and worked into the
community. . . . And they wouldn't what's my favorite word? discombobulate
the existing population of those particular countries very much."
In The Plot Against America, it is Franklin Roosevelt, as leader of the opposition, who
eventually saves America from Lindbergh's creeping fascism. It makes for entertaining
television, but it's fiction.
Mark Twain famously remarked that "truth is stranger than fiction." In this case, the
truth of what the liberal FDR had in mind for Jews as strange, if not stranger, than what
the reactionary Lindbergh carried out in Phillip Roth's fiction.
Israel Space Agency Plans for First Ever Trip to Neptune
By United with Israel
When NASA's proposed Trident mission to Neptune is launched in 2026, there is a good
chance that Israeli technology will help uncover the secrets of Neptune's unique and
highly active icy moon, Triton. The Weizmann Institute's Prof. Yohai Kaspi is part of the
proposed space mission team that hopes to investigate the existence and properties of
Triton's subterranean ocean as well as Triton's youthful looking surface and unique
Triton is not just super cold, with a surface temperature of ?235 degrees Celsius. It also
has active geysers, meaning the icy moon has a heat source.
Kaspi and Dr. Eli Galant, the two Israelis on the Trident team, possess expertise in
analyzing radio signals from distant spacecraft. The Trident spacecraft will be equipped
with a special scientific clock they designed that is so accurate it will lose less than a
second in 10 million years. The clock will be built by the Jerusalem company Accubeat to
withstand the rigors of space travel for at least 15 years. Kaspi and Galant will use the
clock to calculate the properties of Triton's atmosphere based on the Doppler displacement
of radio waves beamed back to Earth from the spacecraft. The Israeli-made clock will
assist them in measuring tiny oscillations in these waves.
Accubeat is already building a similar clock to be launched aboard the European Space
Agency's JUICE mission to the moons of Jupiter, set for 2022. This unique clock, developed
for an ESA flagship mission, has raised interest with other mission teams. It is proof
that Israeli industry and research have much to contribute to international space
exploration," said Israel Space Agency Director General Avi Blasberger, whose organization
is providing research funding.
NASA is considering the mission to understand future pathways to habitable worlds that are
at tremendous distances from the Sun. NASA's Voyager 2 mission showed that Triton might
have an underground ocean. Triton is being designed for a single flyby to map it, explore
the active processes on the moon and determine whether the predicted subsurface ocean
exists. If life does exist outside of Earth, it could be hiding in subterranean oceans
flowing under the surface of icy moons, and Triton is one of the most promising
Triton is Neptune's largest of 14 known moons and also an oddity because it orbits in the
opposite direction of all the other moons of Neptune, leading some to think that it
originated from outside our Solar System and may be an intruder trapped long ago by
Neptune's gravitational field.
Alligator Rumored to have been Hitler's, Survived WWII Bombing in Berlin, Dies in
Moscow Zoo at 84
By Fox News
An alligator once rumored to have belonged to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler has died at the
Moscow Zoo. Saturn, a Mississippi alligator, was about 84 years old when he died of old
age on Friday, the zoo said in a statement. "Moscow Zoo has the honor of keeping Saturn
74 years," the zoo said. "For us Saturn was an entire era, and that's without the
He saw many of us as children. We hope that we did not
The species typically lives for 30 to 50 years in the wild, according to the zoo. Saturn
was hatched in the U.S. around 1936, the zoo said, and shortly after was given to the
Berlin Zoo as a gift. He survived World War II in Berlin after escaping the local zoo when
it was bombed in 1943. After his escape, Saturn's whereabouts remained unknown until 1946,
when British soldiers found him and gave him to the Soviet Union, the zoo said.
After his discovery, rumors swirled that he belonged to Hitler's personal collection,
which the zoo says is untrue. "Almost immediately, the myth was born that he was allegedly
in the collection of Hitler and not in the Berlin Zoo," the zoo said. Even if Saturn was
owned by someone, the zoo noted that "animals are not involved in war and politics and it
is absurd to blame them for human sins." Saturn will be given to Moscow's Darwin Museum,
where his taxidermed remains will be put on exhibit, the BBC reports.
Scientists say Israel may Become a Desert by the End of the Century
Experts believe that the extreme heatwave besetting Israel, which might give 2020 the
dubious title of "warmest year in history," is a direct result of climate change. The
current warm spell is expected to last until the weekend, with temperatures averaging at
40°C (105°F) throughout the country.
"The past decade has been warmer than usual and it's getting warmer each year, for longer
periods and with more extreme weather as a result," said Prof. Uri Shanas from The
University of Haifa Faculty of Sciences at Oranim College. "Scientists' predictions are
coming true right before our eyes. Global warming is here, it's no longer the future."
Shanas pointed out that the average temperature is twice as warm as the global average.
"If we look at future predictions, all of Israel will become a desert by the end of the
century," he said. "Temperatures in the more temperate Galilee will be the same as in the
Prof. Colin Price at The Tel Aviv University Department of Geophysics points to greenhouse
gases, which are attributed to global warming, as the reason for the extreme weather. "We
are witnessing a dramatic increase in greenhouse gases from industry, electric production,
power stations, transportation, and so forth," said Price.
Explaining why greenhouse gases also affect the climate, Price said that "these gases act
like a blanket. The more there are, the more heat gets trapped, and Earth gets warmer as a
result, without being able to release that heat."
"One of the side effects is the oceans becoming warmer and causing more evaporation from
water and plants into the atmosphere," he said. "This condensation is the source of
violent storms. The more humidity, the more violent, large, and frequent the storms
become." He did point out that in regions where there is not enough evaporation to create
rain, the eventual result is the ground and plants becoming drier and drier, finally
leading to mass droughts.
"It's already agreed by most scientists around the world that global warming is caused by
greenhouse gases," said Shanas. "Every year shows a steep climb in these gases in the
atmosphere, all coming from us humans. There is no reason to believe this uptick is caused
by naturally." Despite the grim predictions, there may be hope for change. One example is
"This is My Earth", a green-minded organization founded in 2015 by Shanas. The goal of the
group is to acquire land across the world, through the help of volunteers and donors, and
turn them into protected nature reserves.
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