October 05, 2019

Liberman - no legacy just wreckage

Mr Liberman - for all your pronouncements, the truth is that YOU are responsible for this mess and interregnum at one of the must crucial junctures of Israel's history.

As we we enter the final year of Donald Trump's first term as US president and have the golden opportunity to clinch the annexation of our vitally important eastern border, the Jordan Valley, before Washington is recaptured by the likes of Obama, Clinton, Carter - to whom such an act would have been unthinkable.


You know that only Netanyahu is best placed to see this through with President Trump.


You also know, from bitter personal experience, how corruption charges and incessant leaks most often have nefarious political origins but end up discredited and groundless.


In reality, the only things that motivated you as saboteur of last Spring's right wing coalition government were hate and envy.


Hate of the Haredim and envy of Netanyahu.


And this from a man whose own wife and daughter are religious, who lives on a West Bank settlement and who got his first break in politics as Bibi's chief of staff.


Beyond that, he hasn't notched up a single legislative or parliamentary achievement in his career - except this car crash.


What is the opposite of patriot?

September 28, 2019

Stop (Using) Antisemitism

Every year has its fads and buzzwords.
Aside from Brexit and MeToo, the word that seems to have dominated for us is, sadly, Antisemitism.
The exposure of Labour’s rotten underbelly has put our small community of British Jews into the spotlight as never before.
At something like 225,000 we are barely 1/3rd of one percent of the UK population – and yet, listen to the clamour!
In such small numbers, we’ve always minded our own business without drawing attention to ourselves. We’ve never made demands on the state like other ethnic communities. We are, as often described by Margaret Thatcher, a model community in Britain in terms of family life and moral standards.
And we’ve been content with the rights and privileges we have enjoyed in terms of religious observance and education which are the hallmarks of the beneficent nation which welcomed Jewish kindertransports and our other refugees from Nazi tyranny, including my own parents.
We are not used to this kind of attention. We don’t like it.
And the trouble with buzzwords is that they soon go out of style or lose their impact. Look how the word Holocaust has been devalued. Darfur was a holocaust, then Syria – now America’s southern border is likened to a Nazi concentration camp.
Besides, why should Jew hate have its own special word? Antisemitism.
People who hate Blacks aren’t called AntiBlacks. Neither is there a word like AntiPaki or AntiFrench.
All these are simply called racists!
The sad truth is that for many Corbynites, antisemitism is a virtue – a badge of honour.
And for the rest, ‘antisemitism’ will inevitably be devalued and cheapened just like Holocaust and concentration camp.
So, let’s make a New Year’s resolution for 5780.
Let’s not call the likes of Corbyn, Livingstone, Galloway and Williamson anti-Semites.
Just call them RACISTS! - plain and simple.
And the same goes for any Jew-baiter you may pass in the street or on campus.
Don’t use the A-word. Use the R-word.
See how different the reaction is.
Antisemitism was OK, but being called out as racist, they just can’t stomach.


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September 10, 2019

The Taxi Driver Test



I have often discounted the value of pollsters. 
The idea that a sample of 683 people in the whole of Israel can be 'representative' and produce a 0.06% margin of error seems preposterous to me. 
A far better barometer of public opinion is the sampling of two dozen Israeli taxi drivers - always willing to spout their views on any topic.

I wonder how many taxi drivers would agree with Gantz about letting these two Congressional antisemites, Omar and Tlaib into Israel.

Gantz says the country is strong enough to allow these people to "see with their own eyes" how Israel is the best place in the Middle East for Arabs.

I think even the taxi drivers would say, these two lowlifes had no intention of 'seeing' anything positive about Israel.

Their sole intent was to make trouble and stir up the Palestinian street into even more nationalistic violence against our people and promote BDS.

If these girls would 'see' Israelis washing the feet of Arabs in the streets of Ramallah, they would still have returned to the US with the same toxic narrative.
We've seen many times where tolerance of such racists 
 gets us.
These two are indeed a 'representative sampling' and there's no margin for error.

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September 04, 2019

Imagine a Middle East without this man

Imagine a Middle East without this man.

Not good for the Jews.


Not good for anyone but Abbas, Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood.


Despite all the police leaks over the past two years, we've seen no money trail, no secret bank accounts just cigars, private takeout dinners and pistachio ice cream. And yes, maybe some influence peddling in an abysmally prejudiced and hostile media.


So what? The man's a fighter for Israel - it's natural for those instincts to spill over into self defence.


Is this molehill of charges any reason to kill the goose that's been laying Israel's golden eggs in Washington, at the US Congress, the modern Arab world, China, India, Japan, Russia, Brazil, Greece and Honduras?


Do we have to follow the rest of the world down a rabbit hole of fake news, weak leadership and a unwillingness to face the real and present danger of political Islam?


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September 03, 2019

Leaks are now Kosher

This is a disgraceful decision by Mandelblit and smacks of the same Deep State rejection of the public will that infects America in regard to Trump's election and the UK in terms of the Brexit referendum.

The incessant police leaks were quite bad enough without the AG now giving them encouragement and a green light.
Bibi Netanyahu is the longest-serving prime minister of Israel. By this lifetime service he, perhaps more than anyone, has earned the right to a fair trail and the presumption of innocence.

The left-wing establishment just cannot stomach the success of this man.

Ehud Barak is consumed with jealousy as the shortest-serving prime minister.
Boogie Yaalon is consumed with bitterness over his dismissal as Defence Minister to make way for Liberman to join the prior coalition.

And of course the Left-wing media is no different than the disgraced fake news outlets in America.
They couldn't care less who replaces Bibi. Never mind his amazing relationship with President Trump, or his fearless oratory at the UN, or his staggering record of foreign policy a movements from India to Brazil. No, let the country's vital interests take second place. As long as Bibi is taken down.
And just look at the lame horses in this race. Gantz who knows nothing about politics and can't speak English. Lapid who speaks English but has nothing to say.

Both would sign away vast swathes of Judea and Samaria for a worthless piece of paper signed by Abbas.

Israelis have a clear choice.
Likud or Oslo 3.

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August 23, 2019

Tragedies and Miracles

The Arab terrorists who planted that bomb at a popular bathing spot clearly intended to take many more Jewish lives on Friday. It is a miracle that the father and brother of tragic Rina Schnerb z’l survived this explosion.
As is always the case, the security services will very quickly find the perpetrators and it is my sincere hope that they will resist arrest and be cut down in a hail of IDF firepower to avenge the death of this sweet and innocent teenager, who had only just passed her 17th birthday.
There can be no doubt that, after a weekend of dignified silence, the Israeli airwaves will soon resound with political punditry over the government’s lack of force against Hamas and the PLO and that only Netanyahu stands in the way of the total destruction of them both.
The loss of even one Jewish life – especially one so young – is one too many. But it’s worth taking stock of just how quiet things have actually been over the past three to five years. Yes, there have been isolated terror attacks like this one and bursts of rocket fire from Gaza, but the actual death and casualty numbers among soldiers and civilians seem to be at an all-time low.
It is almost as though there is a lid being clamped down on the Middle East pressure-cooker. And while this relative quiet is maintained, two things are happening. One is the inexorable withering of the Palestinian narrative and its sources of funding. The other is booming tourism and economic investment in Israel.
When you look at Israel, surrounded by mortal enemies, with its Jewish citizens living tooth-to-jowl with tens of thousands of viscerally incited Arabs, it is an open miracle that it sees less terror attacks than there are fatal stabbings in London or shootings in Chicago.
We must all mourn for what happened.
But we must also give thanks for what did not happen.

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August 15, 2019

No to the Squaddies

This is a great decision by Israel.

No question these squaddies would have made maximum nuisance for Israel, and given Abbas a much needed lifeline as his fakery sinks beneath the horizon of media interest.

Independence is not about setting off fireworks on Yom Atzmaut. It's about making decisions like this. We should have done it without encouragement from President Trump.
Next we must purge the UN presence from our streets and highways.
Every time I see a shiny new UN cruiser it sends a message that this is an unstable country that needs babysitting.

We should end this UN colonialism in Israel.

The world now has a record number of REAL refugees for them to look after. 
The fake 4th generation of Palestinian refugees deserves nothing but abject rejection as a propaganda tool of the Muslim Brotherhood.

June 02, 2019

Yom Yerushalayim - the greatest miracle of our times

Text of my speech to Ner Yisrael in London this morning ....

This morning different shuls did lots of different things. Some said Hallel with a bracha, others without. Some said no Hallel at all and still others said Tachnun like it was any other day.
You could well ask: “If we’ve been saying Hallel with a bracha every month for thousands of years for such a natural event as moonrise, why on earth would we not say the same for the greatest miracle of our times, for which we waited two thousand years?”
I have an answer to that question. But first I need to take you on a trip.
Imagine that you had a time machine and could travel back to the date of any historic event or time and observe what was taking place. Some might take a trip to the time of the Exodus and Red Sea crossing. Others might choose the scene of the Kennedy assassination or 9-11.
You choose 1967 in Jerusalem and you set the dial to May 12th. Whoosh …! and you materialise in what is now the Mamilla area, just across from what is today the David Citadel Hotel. In the distance you see the walls of the Old City with Jordanian flags fluttering from the ramparts. In the
foreground you see Jordanian troops manning the Mandelbaum Gate, a barbed wire checkpoint that separates Jewish West Jerusalem from the Jordanian-occupied East and the Old City.
It’s a sunny Friday morning and nobody is thinking about any war. But there’s quite a lot of clamour coming from the park behind you: Independence Park. Turns our they’re doing rehearsals for Monday’s Yom Ha’atzmaut parade – it will be the 19th anniversary of independence.
The Jews were obliged to negotiate with the commander of the Jordanian Legion about how close the parade could pass to the border area, so tantalisingly close to the walls of our hallowed City of David.
On the newspaper stand you would have seen headlines about major allies boycotting the event for fear that their ambassadors’ presence might offend Jordan’s King Hussein. France, Germany and America all declined to participate. But in all other respects, it was the calm before the storm.
The first reports of Egyptian mobilisation would not surface till the following week.
Imagine if in the calm of that sunny Friday - you, from the future, tap an Israeli on the shoulder and say: “You know something? Just 3 weeks from now, there will be not a single Jordanian soldier here and Israeli flags will be fluttering from the walls of Jerusalem”. That person would have thought you were crazy.
But that is exactly what happened. One day we were begging for permission to pass within sight of our ancient capital city and 3 weeks later it was all in our hands. Our enemies had truly fled.
If you had hung around with your time machine to observe the war and how this miracle actually played out, you might have dialled yourself into the basement of the Knesset on June 5th the day it was shelled by Jordanian mortars. The war cabinet had been evacuated to this basement utility room, ministers huddled together, when opposition leader Menachem Begin popped the question to Prime Minister Levi Eshkol: ‘We told Hussein if he stayed out of the war we would leave him alone. But these are his shells falling on the Knesset. Why not use this chance to retaliate and take back Jerusalem?’ To which Eshkol replied in Yiddish: ‘Dos is ah gedank!’ (An interesting thought!).
And so it was – the most stunning victory in military history completed within 6 days, tripling our territory and delivering the most unexpected and most precious prize of all: Har Habayit Beyadeynu! (The Temple Mount is in our hands!)
But why waste a good time machine? Maybe go back further to 1945, and watch the skeletal remnants of European Jewry emerging from the Nazi death camps on liberation day – my own father among them, just 20 years old. And you, a visitor from the future, whisper in his ear: ‘In just 3 years from now a Jewish state will be created in Eretz Yisrael with an army powerful enough to make sure this never happens again'. My father might have thought you just as crazy.
And yet, after 2,000 years … just six days. After the Shoah … just 3 short years. This what is meant by the words: ישועת ה כהרף עין - the Almighty’s salvation comes in the wink of an eye. Just as Joseph woke up one morning in Pharaoh’s dungeon and was viceroy of Egypt by evening. This is the way salvation happens for our people.
Which brings me back to Rosh Chodesh and Hallel.
The moon has always been regarded as a symbol of our people and our national struggle through the ages. There are good times when we shine brightly and can light up the entire night sky. But there are bad times too, when we almost totally disappear seemingly never to return. But then, just as we seem to have totally disappeared, that small sliver reappears, the Shearit Yisrael (remnant of Israel) and we grow back to become as great as we ever were.
So, yes Yom Yerushalayim was the greatest miracle of our modern times. But our ability to survive the darkest hours and come back fighting from the lowest depths of tragedy, loss and despair is what truly merits the Hallel and bracha. And when we do that every month, it keeps us focused with faith and optimism.
Sadly we in the Diaspora are now living through another period of darkness – with a vile resurgence of antisemitism all across the world that seems to have taken hold with alarming
speed. But this too we will survive, as we now have Eretz Yisrael – a place called home where, as Frost put it, they have to let you in.
Significantly it’s not just Jews that are despairing of what’s happening in Europe and here in Britain. Douglas Murray is a well-known journalist and political commentator. He may not be Jewish but he is a staunch supporter of Israel and has spoken at many of our community events. He recently wrote a bestseller entitled: 'The Strange Death of Europe', in which he laments how the fabric of our society and the British way of life are crumbling before our eyes. He was recently interviewed by the journalist Mark Steyn and toward the end spoke painfully of how he truly feared for what was happening – “this is where live my life, this is my only home ….. I don’t have an Israel to go to."
Thank God we do!
Chag Sameyach.


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May 19, 2019

Eurovision

So it’s all over.

What was billed to be the most controversial of all Eurovision contest venues has discharged its hosting with panache and aplomb.

There were no major gaffes - so common it seems whenever Israelis have to put together audio and visual on any given stage; g
reat at high tech but Muppets at the low.

Madonna braved the BDs-ers but not without making her own political statement. And as for the alt-gendered punks from Iceland, I do hope they get to do a rooftop gig in Ramallah or Gaza one day very soon.
For me the unsung heroes of the event are the Israeli police and particularly the Shin Bet. This event had to be the most tantalising target for terrorists – a captive crowd of performers from 26 countries, a convention centre filled with 7,000 people and an audience of 70,000 packed into the new ‘Eurovision Village’ across town. How the heck do you secure an event as big and as heaving as that in a country that was being rocketed just two weeks ago and has never enjoyed a day in its 71-year history outside the shadow of terrorism?

And how do you foil the most determined terrorists in denying them a 180 million TV audience to rival the World Cup and Superbowl?
On the ground, Iron Dome units were deployed in all corners whilst, in the skies, the IDF was in action over Syria even as the final songs were being sung. And all this in a country where one fifth of citizens are Israeli Arabs who, in the view of any security camera, are pretty indistinguishable from their PLO cousins in the West Bank who regularly slip under the radar to kill and maim with the assurance of rich rewards from Chairman Abbas.
Long after the Village has been cleared up and life returns to normal, I am sure we will be hearing stories about baddies whose plans were foiled during the event but not mentioned at the time, so as not to spook the participants.
So, hats off to the security forces for a spectacular job!
I can’t imagine what the cost of all the extra military and security efforts must have amounted to. Let’s hope it gets paid back in spades by way of tourism, when people who never pictured Israel other than some kind of war zone finally pluck up the courage to visit and discover the amazing oasis of culture and humanity that is the world’s only and most precious Jewish state.

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May 12, 2019

Dumb American Jewish Voters

This man said: “God willing .... the beginning of the end of Zionism is here. May Allah help us overcome this monster ...”

Our of 4 million American Muslims, the Democrats chose this person to lead prayers in their majority's  House of Representatives.


This is just the latest twist in the Democrats' downward spiral into the racism they project onto others.


This is the party that welcomed the odious Rashida Tlaib into its freshmen ranks.


It's the p
arty whose leader, Nancy Pelosi made excuses for Ilhan Omar's antisemitic tropes rather than denounce or dissociate from them. 'She didn't understand what she was saying' was Pelosi's message, even as Omar retained her Democrat seat on the powerful Foreign Relations Committee which has so much to do with funding America's allies in the defense against Radical Islamic terror.

It's the same Democrat party which appointed Keith Ellison as its deputy chairman despite his ties to the racist Louis Farrakhan.


The same Democrat party that voted to delete reference to God from its party convention in 2012. 


Going further back, it was the party of slavery and the KKK. 


And secular American Jews still vote for them in hordes. Go figure!


Little wonder that Reform Judaism in America has been lampooned as "the Democrat Party with holidays thrown in".



May 05, 2019

Gaza & Brexit

To all the peaceniks and ‘Two-Staters’ still out there – take a GOOD LOOK at where ‘land for peace’ gets you.
Every piece of land that has been given up in peace experiments since 1967 has been turned into terror and rocket bases: Sinai, South Lebanon and Gaza. The idea of handing over the ‘West Bank’ to Iran – because that is who will quickly grab it – is utter insanity; so aptly defined by Einstein as repeating the same action over and over again and expecting a different result.
We have been out of Gaza for almost 14 years and our people in the south have hardly known a month of peace and quiet.
Netanyahu resigned from Sharon’s government on the eve of the ill-fated disengagement. I’m sure he wishes he had done that sooner in the process. But his message to the Knesset at the time was clear:
"Only we in the Knesset are able to stop this evil. Everything that the Knesset has decided, it is also capable of changing. I am calling on all those who grasp the danger: Gather strength and do the right thing. I don't know if the entire move can be stopped, but it still might be stopped in its initial stages. [Don't] give [the Palestinians] guns, don't give them rockets, don't give them a sea port, and don't give them a huge base for terror."
If you voted for Brexit and are rightfully angry about your elected parliament's defiance of the democratic will of the people, you might be interested to know that the Gaza withdrawal was actually put to a people’s referendum a year prior.
No less than 65% of Israelis voted against the disengagement.
(If you discount eligible Arab voters who may have voted largely in favour of any Jewish surrender, that makes our people’s NO vote even more powerful).
And yet, Prime Minister Sharon disregarded the will of the people. In a sop to the voters, the ‘Deep State’ made some cosmetic changes to the disengagement plan and sent it to the Knesset which then ignominiously voted to deny the people a second referendum.
The message is clear.
Democracy is not some badge for countries. It needs to be government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

April 11, 2019

Dayenu - The Moon

Tonight was a Dayenu moment for Israel - "if we had come so close to the moon but not landed, it would have been enough for us."
Enough for the world's tiniest pinprick of a state, just 70 years in existence and stretched to the limit of its resources just to live out each week surrounded by mortal enemies. What a stunning achievement to get within meters of a lunar landing.
We wouldn't be surprised if at this moment they were giving out candies in Ramallah just as they did with the death of shuttle astronaut Ilan Ramon. Alas, this is what our brothers and sisters have to live with.
But whether it's a World Cup qualifier, or Eurovision, or this moonshot - these are precious moments when the whole country huddles together in bars and town squares holding their breath in anticipation of a moment of national triumph. One big family, rooting for its own.
The sight of that white-bearded Charedi in the control room was really special. So many of them and their womenfolk serve in ways you don't hear about. When you wake up in the middle of the night in your Israeli hotel room and worry about being in the cross-hairs of Iran and our other enemies and wonder who is watching the skies, it's as likely as not that the girl watching the satellite feed is wearing a sheitel.
We are one big family with one unique history of 5,000 years. And our best years are still ahead.
Am Yisrael Chai - Lanetzach !

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