Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Netanyahu vs. Israeli Courts

י' לחודש השני תשע"ה

JPost.com: Netanyahu prepared to crush High Court, undermine foundations of democracy, Gal-On says

Lahav Harkov, April 27, 2015

PM Bibi Netanyahu
PM determined to pass bill that would allow the Knesset to pass laws vetoed by the High Court on grounds that they defy Basic Laws.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is determined to pass a bill that would allow the Knesset to re-legislate laws declared unconstitutional by the High Court, he told Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On Monday.

The bill in question is part of a judicial- reform package meant to fight judicial activism, which Likud and Bayit Yehudi hope to make part of the next coalition’s guidelines and Kulanu chairman Moshe Kahlon opposes.

The proposal would allow the Knesset to pass laws vetoed by the High Court on grounds that they defy Basic Laws, which are meant to eventually form a constitution. The laws would have to be voted in by a full majority of 61 MKs and would have to be renewed every four years.

This “override clause” is already part of Basic Law: Freedom of Occupation passed in 1994 following a demand by Shas to pass a law prohibiting the import of non-kosher meat. Likud and Bayit Yehudi seek to have it apply to all Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty.

The other judicial reform the parties want to implement is to increase the number of politicians on the Committee to Appoint Judges from four to six, thus decreasing the proportion of judges to elected officials on the panel.

Kahlon cosponsored a bill to the same effect in the 17th Knesset, but opposed it in coalition talks.

Gal-On said Netanyahu emphasized the judicial reforms, especially the override clause, in their meeting Monday afternoon.

“The cat is out of the bag. The prime minister is serving the extreme Right,” Gal-On said.

According to Gal-On, the override clause undermines human rights, and the prime minister “is prepared to crush the High Court and undermine the foundations of democracy for political interests.”

The Prime Minister’s Office declined to comment on the matter.

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Oh, MK Gal-On! If only if were so!

This is just a guess, but I believe that Gal-On's perception of human rights means... same-gender marriage, assimilation, removal of security restrictions on individuals with suspicious histories (aside from Jews), pork sales, and citizenship for foreign workers. In other words, the gradual elimination of anything authentically Jewish.

The Israeli judiciary is one of the major forces behind achieving these goals. There isn't anything in the least bit democratic about it, let alone anything at all related to the concept of "checks and balances." In fact, it gives "legislation from the Bench" a whole new, expanded meaning.

Unfortunately, I do not believe that Gal-On has anything to worry about. Either Netanyahu will cave in to Kahlon's demands, or he will find some other excuse to bow out of this policy.

Serving the extreme Right, indeed.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Arabs, Please Tell Us What You Really Think!

ח׳ לחודש השני תשע״ה

"Palestine" replaces Israel

Popular Palestinian song misrepresents Israeli cities as Palestinian‎ 

Winner of Arab Idol song contest 2013

Muhammad Assaf: "If you ask about folk ‎songs that have affected me, there are plenty, but the most prominent one is 'Oh flying ‎bird.‎'"

PA TV host:‎ "Your version became famous.‎"

Muhammad Assaf:‎ "It is a folk song... The young know it by heart as well as the ‎old. The song is about the Palestinian towns and villages. I sang a small part of it. It ‎includes Palestine from the northern end to the southern end... ‎
By Allah, oh traveling [bird], I burn with envy.‎
My country Palestine is beautiful.‎
Turn to Safed, and then to Tiberias,‎
and send regards to the sea of Acre and Haifa.‎
Don't forget Nazareth, the Arab fortress,‎
and tell Beit Shean about its people's return.‎"
Note: Different versions of this song misrepresent the following places in Israel as ‎‎"Palestine": Jaffa, Ramle, Safed, Tiberias, Acre, Haifa, Nazareth, Beit Shean, Be'er ‎Sheva
and mention the following places in the PA:‎
Jenin, Nablus, Tulkarem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jericho, Gaza.‎ 

Official Palestinian Authority TV     Apr. 13, 2015    (1 min)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Mahmud Abbas's "Pseudostine"
Arafat's shoulder emblem
This born in Lybia, "Gazan" singer's beliefs should come as no surprise to anyone. Yet, I am positive that most of you are gasping, in jaw dropping disbelief.

Most of you are still unwilling to believe that the Arabs want all of Israel. But, even this is just a euphemism. The Arabs have absolutely no connection to our Land. They simply want it, because it is here, and as an excuse to annihilate us.

Mahmud Abbas's Map of "Pseudostine"
This Arab rock star is simply stating the party line.

It's time to wake up.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Russian Presidents, Russian Rabbis, and Russian Jews

ז׳ לחודש השני תשע״ה

JTA: Senior Russian rabbi: Putin ouster would endanger Jews
April 25, 2015

MOSCOW — A senior Russian rabbi warned of grave danger to Jews if Russian President Vladimir Putin is swept from power.

Pres. Vladimir Putin and Rb. Alexander Boroda

Alexander Boroda, head of the Chabad-affiliated Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, made the warning Friday during a talk at Moscow’s 9th annual Jewish learning event organized by Limmud FSU.

“The Jews of Russia must realize the dangers inherent in the possible collapse of the Putin government, understand the rules of the game and be aware of the limitations,” Boroda said at a sessions, according to a translation provided by Limmud FSU.

The Moscow conference, which drew 1,400 participants, opened Friday at the state-owned Klyasma resort just outside the Russian capital.

Boroda’s Federation is among several Russian Jewish organizations that credit Putin for facilitating efforts to re-consolidate Russia’s Jewish community of 350,000 after decades of communist repression.

Under Putin, dozens of synagogues have been renovated with government support and a massive Jewish museum was opened in Moscow with state funding.

“In Russia, there is virtually unlimited freedom of religion and the Jewish community must ensure this situation continues,” Boroda said. “The support for religious institutions is wider than in the United States and defense of Jews against manifestations of anti-Semitism is greater than in other European countries. We do not have the privilege of losing what we have achieved and the support of the government for the community.”

All Russian Jews and especially those considering action against the Putin administration, Boroda said, “must understand the grave dangers that they take upon themselves and the potential consequences.”

Such endorsements of Putin by Jewish leaders have exposed them to criticism by liberal Jews and Jews in Ukraine, who oppose Putin’s crackdown on civil liberties and rivals, annexation of Ukrainian land and perceived nationalism.

Viktoria Mochilova, a Limmud FSU participant and social activist, dismissed Boroda’s message as one-sided and unrepresentative. While appreciative of government support for Jews, they, “similar to other Russian citizens, [desire] to improve the situation of the state and to strive to make it more democratic and honest,” she said.

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
All those mentioned in this report, Rabbi Boroda, his critic Viktoria Mochilova, so-called Jewish "leaders," liberal Jews, and Ukrainian Jews, are ALL wrong.

Not one mention of Israel. Not one mention of the only, true homeland of the Jewish People, and where a Jew's investment of time, energy, and money should be focused. Just more of the same old, "let's assimilate, and participate in the lands of our exile."

Do I really need to mention anything at all about Putin or the conflict in the Ukraine? No. It is all irrelevant.

Whether Jews are in physical danger or not, is irrelevant. Whether they are in spiritual danger or not, is irrelevant. Whether the Israeli Government or regime is good, bad, or ugly, is irrelevant.

The only relevant issue is where the Jewish People belong, and we belong in our own Land, fighting for, and investing our lives in our own Land, not in another people's land.

Russia, the Ukraine, and every other land, including the United States of America, belong to other peoples, not to us.

Regarding the Limmud organization, I'll just say that I'm not surprised, and we'll leave it at that.

Google it for more information. I can't be bothered right now.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hungary: Not a Good Place for Jews.

כ״ז לחודש הראשון תשע״ה

Arutz 7: Hungary: Thousands of Jews March in Memory of Holocaust
WJC president denounces anti-Semitic Jobbik party at annual "March of Life" commemorating the Holocaust.

Elad Benari, April 13, 2015

Thousands of people on Sunday joined Hungary's annual "March of Life" commemorating the Holocaust, as World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder denounced the country's surging far-right Jobbik party as "extremist", AFP reported.

Over 10,000 people took part in the march.

In a speech at the end of the procession, Lauder called Jobbik an "extremist party that promotes hate".

Condemning a Jobbik deputy who recently spat on a Holocaust memorial in Budapest, Lauder said the party damaged Hungary's image abroad.

"Jobbik may think they are true Hungarians trying to save Hungary, but Jobbik hurts Hungary," he said, adding, "The Hungarian Jewish community is not going anywhere. We march today to say: We are here. We are alive. And here we will remain.”

Condemning acts of anti-Semitism, Lauder said, “There are statues of shoes along the Danube. They are there as a memorial to the Jewish people who were murdered there. No one has the right to spit in those shoes. No one. In this great city we send one clear message to the entire world: The Hungarian Jewish community is alive and well.”

Around 600,000 Hungarian Jews perished in World War II. Only 100,000 survived the Holocaust, mostly in Budapest. (cont.)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Sure, it is important to remember. But, do we have to pour money into a foreign economy, in order to do so? I think not.

Furthermore, let us not forget the collaborating role of the Labor Zionists in the demise of Hungarian Jews.
Perfidy is a book written by Ben Hecht in 1961. The book describes the events surrounding the 1954–1955 Kastner trial in Jerusalem.

The book draws heavily on transcripts from the trial, and concludes that in 1944 Rudolf Kastner deliberately withheld from the Jews in Hungary that the trains the Nazis were putting them on were taking them to death by the gas chamber, not to a fictitious resettlement city as the Nazis claimed, and that Kastner then lied about it under oath. One of the supporting facts presented is that, in the Supreme Court appeal of the original verdict implicating Kastner, all five Supreme Court Judges upheld Judge Halevi's initial verdict on the "criminal and perjurious way" in which Kastner after the war had testified on behalf of Nazi war criminal Kurt Becher. Judge Silberg summed up the Supreme Court finding on this point: "[respondent Malchiel] Greenwald has proven beyond any reasonable doubt this grave charge."
Most still do not have a clue about such shenanigans, and those who do, still refuse to believe that their fellow Jews could ever have done such a thing.
Last summer, at the height of Israel’s counterterrorism Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, a town mayor linked to Jobbik was filmed ordering the hanging of effigies of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and former president Shimon Peres in protest against the conflict.
What on earth are Jews thinking, remaining in a country like this?

WJC President Lauder goes on to say... 
"The Hungarian Jewish community is not going anywhere. We march today to say: We are here. We are alive. And here we will remain.”
Physical danger or not, since when does a "Jewish leader" encourage Jews to remain in the land of their exile, when the gates to their only true Homeland have been thrown wide open for years now?

He doesn't.

What kind of Jewish "leader" forsakes his Divinely promised Homeland, and encourages his fellow Jews to do the same?


Lauder is no Jewish leader.
Young people, said Lauder, have been flocking to Jobbik, which specifically rejects Jewish and Israeli investment in Hungary, but the party's supporters are not necessarily all anti-Semitic themselves, he said.
In other words, the goyim are doing for us, what we are supposed to be doing ourselves,...separating from each other.

Sorry to burst your "signs and wonders" bubble, but countless sources teach us that, due to our current, chosen path, Ge'ulah (Redemption) will likely come through natural means. I will add to this, by subtle means.

It is our job to pay attention, close attention.

Our Jewish brethren have been stubbornly remaining in the lands of our exile. How exactly do you expect that The Holy One, Blessed Be He, will bring us back to Eretz Yisra'el?

On wings of eagles? Well, he has certainly been trying to do just that. Unfortunately, you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink. Likewise, you can bring a Jew a giant eagle, but you cannot make him get on board.

They are called "airplanes," people.

It seems to me that we are in desperate need of a Holocaust Prevention Day, rather than a Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Another Arab Murderer, Another Jew Murdered

כ"ז לחודש הראשון תשע"ה

YNET: Man injured by vehicle in Jerusalem dies
Two pedestrians waiting for bus struck by car; Arab driver lightly injured; police investigating possibility of deliberate attack.

Roi Yanovsky, April 16, 2015

Shalom Yohai Sharki, 25, who was struck by a vehicle in Jerusalem Wednesday night, succumbed to his wounds on Thursday morning. A woman also hurt in the incident remains in very series condition.

Sharko and the woman were seriously injured by the vehicle Wednesday night at the French Hill junction in Jerusalem as they waited for a bus. Magen David Adom rescue personnel treated the victims and the driver, an Arab man from north of Jerusalem, who was said to be in light condition.

It remains unclear whether the incident was an accident or a deliberate attack. (cont.)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Shalom Yohai Sharki hy"d
Well, yet another Jew has been murdered by an Arab. Shalom Yohai hy"d was the son Rabbi Ouri Sharki, a prominent rabbi in the Qiriyath Moshe neighborhood of Jerusalem, and teacher at the Machon Meir yeshivah.

Interestingly enough, Rabbi Sharki was born in Algeria, and raised in France, before immigrating with his family to Israel at the age of 13.

The plight of French Jews, and the encouragement of them to immigrate to Israel, has been increasingly in the news over the past several years, particularly over the last year.

When it comes to the leftist, "mainstream," Israeli media, Jewish blood is cheap.

"It remains unclear whether the incident was an accident or a deliberate attack."


If this was not a deliberate attack, then I do not know what is.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Israeli Religious State Loyalists: This is a Test!

ערב יו״ט השביעי לפסח תשע"ה

JPost.com: Rabbis issue ruling banning police, IDF from involvement in yeshiva seizure
Jeremy Sharon, April 1, 2015

Rabbi Dov Lior
A group of senior hard-line national-religious rabbis have called on police and military personnel not to involve themselves in any way in the use of the Od Yosef Hai yeshiva building in the settlement of Yitzhar, which was requisitioned by the IDF last year due to security considerations.

The yeshiva was seized by the IDF in April 2014, due to what the military said at the time was a series of violent incidents that had emanated from the institution against local Palestinian communities and IDF personnel in and around the settlement.

Rabbi Yisra'el Ariel
Since then a Border Police battalion has been stationed in the yeshiva, and the military seizure order has been extended several times, the last time in November 2014 for an additional six months.

The seizure of the yeshiva has evoked outrage in Yitzhar and among settler leaders, including some of the sector’s leading rabbis, who spoke out against the ongoing seizure on Tuesday.

In their letter, rabbis Dov Lior, Yitzchak Ginsburgh, Yisrael Ariel and Yitzhak Shapira, among others, said the seizure of the yeshiva and its use as an army base is disgraceful and “extremely upsetting.”

“According to the Torah of Israel, this deed is forbidden, because the structure was stolen from its owners; because of the desecration of what is sacred and the impingement upon the sanctity of the synagogue and study hall which never expires; and because of the Torah study that has been prevented by the closure of the yeshiva (as was said of the wicked among the kings of Judea),” the rabbis wrote.

Rabbi Yitzchak Shapira
“Therefore, according to Jewish law, it is forbidden for anyone to be involved in this deed, or to assist it, and any soldier or police personnel of any rank or position should avoid [such participation],” they decreed, citing a ruling by the 12th-century codifier of Jewish law, Maimonides, as the source for their decision.

Lior is one of the most highly respected rabbis of the hard-line, pro-settler movement rabbis, while Ginsburgh is president of the Od Yosef Hai yeshiva and Shapira is the dean of that yeshiva.

Shapira, along with another rabbi, wrote the hugely controversial 2009 book on Jewish law, Torat Hamelech, which ruled that it is permissible during a time of war to kill non-Jews even if they are not involved in hostilities.

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Well, first off, if you haven't figured it out already, the supposedly right of center, JPost only likes certain "settlers" and "settlements," the ones with undying loyalty to the State of Israel.

The same goes for rabbis, calling some "hard-line," as if you could actually have too much Torah influence.

When I say loyalty to the State of Israel, I mean even in spite of the many times when such loyalty is in conflict with the Torah.

Of course, the undying State loyalist rabbis are the ones at fault, fostering loyalty to the State, over loyalty to Torah, claiming that violating State law = violating the Torah, one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard. And, yes, I have heard this quite a bit. Silly, isn't it?

Even sadder is that the numbed out masses, with a serious case of learned helplessness blindly follow these rabbis, hanging on their every word, lapping up the politically-correct tripe they desperately want to hear.

This JPost report concludes with a demonization of Rabbi Shapira, essentially sending the message that loyalty to the Torah over the State is something bad.

Far be it from the Jerusalem Post to comment on Jewish Law. It simply throws liberal, Western standards into its readers faces. It does not even bother to bring some makeshift refutation of Rabbi Shapira's opinion, such as "Rabbi So-And-So says...."

Jews have increasingly been forced to face the conflicts between the Torah and Israeli Law. Yet, most are holdouts, and refuse to see, let alone accept, that there are many such conflicts, and that they will eventually have to choose one over the other.

Which do you choose?

What are the Israeli Government's Real Plans for Judea and Samaria?

י"ב לחודש הראשון תשע"ה

JPost.com: Shin Bet arrests IDF soldier alleged to have passed classified info to far-right settlers
April 1, 2015

According to Army Radio, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) last week took into custody Elad Sela, a resident of the Bat Ayin settlement, who is being accused of endangering national security.

Israeli military censors permitted media outlets on Tuesday to report that an IDF soldier from a West Bank settlement was arrested for allegedly passing classified information to far-right settlers.

According to Army Radio, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) last week took into custody Elad Sela, a resident of the Bat Ayin settlement, who is being accused of endangering national security.

Army Radio reported that Sela, a conscript serving in the Etzion Divisional Brigade, is alleged to have passed secret information about plans that the IDF had prepared for West Bank settlements to far-right activists.

The alleged crimes were considered so serious that military censors banned the press from reporting details of the investigation, according to Army Radio.

(Tip Credit: Ya'akov Golbert)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Endangering national security?

I'm surprised they did not charge him with treason!

But, they could not possibly do that, because the negotiating of land giveaways is still listed as a treasonous offense. At least, that is my understanding.

Of course, the real question which should be on everyone's mind is...

What are these secret plans of the Israeli Government for the "settlements" in Yehudah and Shomron (Judea and Samaria)?

Oh, and another thing, how was this soldier privy to such information?

I know that the IDF is extremely careful regarding whom they allow even near to sources of such information. They know perfectly well which soldiers are from which town or "settlement," and which of those "settlements" are made up of undying State loyalists, and which are not.

They know who their soldiers parents are, which youth groups they were involved with, and even what religious and political views they have.

I should know. When I was living in K'far Tapu'ah, and my students, graduating seniors, were interviewing with the IDF to determine their units and positions, I was told just how much scrutiny they were put under.

They were never told that any of this information could not be shared, and as far as I know, it is common knowledge that the IDF, and any other reasonable military force on this earth does security checks of each and every individual, coming under their command.

As usual, we only have enough pieces of the puzzle to hypothesize the governments potential shenanigans. Or maybe this information, fed to the press, was designed only to distract us from something else which "they" really do not want us to discover.

We can only imagine what that could possibly be.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Israeli Election Shenanigans? Surprised?

ד׳ לחודש הראשון תשע״ה

Reports of alleged shenanigans during the recent, Israeli elections have been streaming in. Calls from Eli Yishai's Yachad Party to join the protest, by adding their names to a petition of declared Yachad voters, has been circulating the Internet. 

Some photos of the shenanigans can be seen in a report on the matter on Yachad's Official Website:
Eli Yishai
Yachad Party Head
Yachad: Battling Over The Truth!
Esser Agaroth (2¢) Translation)
March 20, 2015

We have received you encouragement! Your support! We feel your outcry, and we have decided, to fight for the truth! Hundreds of declarations of counterfeiting have been brought to our attention. Were you witnesses to any of this? Join the fight! (cont.)

It is pretty easy to have a ballot disqualified. All it takes is a slight ink mark, or even a folded corner, if you can believe it. But, there were much more creative ways employed to go after Yachad voters.

For example, some ballot notes were replaced by fake ones with Baruch Marzel's name on them. Baruch Marzel, on the Yachad list, ran independently in a previous election. This was one of many attempts to confuse and mislead Yachad supporters, with the goal of having as many of their votes disqualified.

Here is another example from Official Yachad (English) Facebook Group, a comparison between real Yachad ballot notes and another fake one found at polling stations. These were later disqualified by official ballot counters.

L: Fake election note "HaRav Eliyahu Yishai"
R: Real ballot note "Eli Yishai"
My sources, who have been in contact with those present at the official recount, claimed that the were about 50,000 ballot notes which had been disqualified. Of those 50,000, 13,000 were for the Yachad Party.

One fourth of the disqualified ballot notes came from one small party? Does that make any sense to you?

Furthermore, reports indicated that the Yachad Party was between 11,000 and 12,000 short of making the minimum threshold to enter the K'nesseth with four mandates.

My educated guess would be that if Yachad had made it in, there would be one less mandate (MK) for the Likud Party, one less mandate for the far left Meretz Party, one less mandate for the Untied Arab Parties, and one less mandate for another party, which would shift the edge to the right, and probably give Prime Minister Netanyahu the option to leave out  supposedly centrist Kulanu (Kachlon) Party from the government he is attempting to form.

As far as any complaints, petitions, and protests against the election results go, I really don't see the point.

I think that today might even be the deadline for the completion of any investigations into complaints about the elections. I'm not sure. But, quite frankly, I don't think it matters. Does Yachad have a chance of winning an appeal? They have a chance at convincing the Supreme Court

As if.

We have seen, time and time again, how Torah-observant Jews have begun to gain ground, sticking to the established rules of Israeli democracy, only to have those rules changed by the government, the justice system, or by party heads themselves, as in the case of Netanyahu vs. outgoing MK Moshe Feiglin. This is one of the reasons why I refer to the system of government of the State of Israel as deMOCKracy.

An additional question remains regarding the alleged, Israeli election shenanigans. Whoever was behind the shenanigans, more likely than not, presents themselves in public as being pro-democracy, yet privately subverts the democratic process, and even justifies it using a totally distorted understanding of democracy.

Were they religiously motivated? Were they anti-religiously motivated? Either way, it all spells the same thing: H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-S-Y. None of us should be in the least bit surprised by this.

Either you believe in democracy, real democracy, or you don't.

Personally, I pray for the time, when we don't have to worry about such things as democracy, or in Israel's case, deMOCKracy.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Is this the End of the Two-State Solution?

ב' לחודש הראשון תשע"ה

In order to bring the Jewish Home Party [JHP] into the newly forming, Israeli Government, Prime Minister Re-Elect Binyamin Netanyahu has capitulated to JHP Chair Naftali Bennett's demand to renounce the so-called Two-State Solution, and thus any future "Palestinian" state.

But, now it appears that Netanyahu's stance against the establishment of yet another, Arab terrorist state is not so clear after all.

None of this matters, though. What people refuse to see is that Bennett himself would like to lead us down the road to a defacto, "Palestinian" state, whether he knows it or not.

His so-called "plan" may include annexing parts of Yehudah and Shomron (Judea and Samaria). But, it also includes granting autonomy to many of the Arabs currently residing there, and granting Israeli citizenship to others.

How can a "religious" Jew suggest such a thing?
הלכות עבודה זרה וחוקות הגויים י
ד [ג] אין מוכרין להם בתים ושדות, בארץ ישראל; ובסוריה, מוכרין להם בתים, אבל לא שדות. ומשכירין להם בתים בארץ ישראל, ובלבד שלא יעשם שכונה--ואין שכונה, פחותה משלושה. ואין משכירין להם שדות; ובסוריה, משכירין להם שדות. ומפני מה החמירו בשדה: מפני שיש בה שתיים--מפקיעה מן המעשרות, ונותן להם חניה בקרקע.
Mishneh Torah, Laws of Avodah Zarah, Ch. 104 [3] One does not sell them houses or fields in the Land of Israel; but in Suriyah, one [may] sell them houses, but not fields. And one rents them houses in the Land of Israel, provided that it would not create a neighborhood--a neighborhood being not less than three [units]. And one does not rent them fields; but in Suriyah, on rents them fields. And why were they strict about fields? Because of two [reasons]--profiting from the tithes [from which they are exempt], and it allows them to remain on the land.
From the next halakhah, we learn that these "houses" do not refer to residences, rather to storage facilities only.

And, before anyone gets up in arms about the term "avodah zarah," and how this does not include Muslims, I will say that this is a common misconception. The Ramba"m's use of the term "avodah zarah" here refers to the category of non-Jews, not having accepted upon themselves the Seven Noahide Commandments. In other words, this term does not exclude Muslims (See Ramba"m Sh"uT 248, Tur, Hoshen Mishpat 249, with Beth Yosef, and [uncensored] Ba"Ch])

Of course, the major point of this negative commandment of "Lo Techonem" (Deut. 7:2) is to prevent non-Jews from gaining any foothold on our Land, whatsoever.

Bennett's Plan vs. Arafat's Plan
Disturbingly similar...
However, many have suggested that Bennett's "plan" is simply progress in this direction, and that we can currently expect to achieve, due to the current time in which we live, and current attitudes of Jews, who cannot quite get their heads around the fact that halakhah (Torah Law) does not always usually match their preconceived, Western-exilic notions. But the ultimate goal of such "progress" never seems to get mentioned.

Peace? Peace with people who want the Land of Israel to themselves, Land which was Divinely promised to the Jewish? Peace with a people who wants to annihilate us?

Annexation of Yehudah and Shomron, without any thought given to even the theoretical possibility of the migration of Arabs currently residing in these areas, has been tried already, over and over and over again. No one would dare mention even the theoretical migration of Arabs from one area to another, because that would be racist, right?

And no one wants to be accused of being a racist, certainly not even the Prime Minister, like when he warned about Arabs being bused to polling booths.

The Jewish Home Party, its previous incarnation as the National Religious Party, and the Techiya Party, have all refused to acknowledge both parts of the misswah (Torah commandment) of inheriting the Land...
במדבר לג
נב וְהוֹרַשְׁתֶּם אֶת-כָּל-יֹשְׁבֵי הָאָרֶץ, מִפְּנֵיכֶם, וְאִבַּדְתֶּם, אֵת כָּל-מַשְׂכִּיֹּתָם; וְאֵת כָּל-צַלְמֵי מַסֵּכֹתָם תְּאַבֵּדוּ, וְאֵת כָּל-בָּמוֹתָם תַּשְׁמִידוּ. נג וְהוֹרַשְׁתֶּם אֶת-הָאָרֶץ, וִישַׁבְתֶּם-בָּהּ: כִּי לָכֶם נָתַתִּי אֶת-הָאָרֶץ, לָרֶשֶׁת אֹתָהּ. נד וְהִתְנַחַלְתֶּם אֶת-הָאָרֶץ בְּגוֹרָל לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתֵיכֶם, לָרַב תַּרְבּוּ אֶת-נַחֲלָתוֹ וְלַמְעַט תַּמְעִיט אֶת-נַחֲלָתוֹ--אֶל אֲשֶׁר-יֵצֵא לוֹ שָׁמָּה הַגּוֹרָל, לוֹ יִהְיֶה: לְמַטּוֹת אֲבֹתֵיכֶם, תִּתְנֶחָלוּ. נה וְאִם-לֹא תוֹרִישׁוּ אֶת-יֹשְׁבֵי הָאָרֶץ, מִפְּנֵיכֶם--וְהָיָה אֲשֶׁר תּוֹתִירוּ מֵהֶם, לְשִׂכִּים בְּעֵינֵיכֶם וְלִצְנִינִם בְּצִדֵּיכֶם; וְצָרְרוּ אֶתְכֶם--עַל-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם יֹשְׁבִים בָּהּ. נו וְהָיָה, כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּמִּיתִי לַעֲשׂוֹת לָהֶם--אֶעֱשֶׂה לָכֶם.
Numbers 33
52 then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their figured stones, and destroy all their molten images, and demolish all their high places. 53 And you shall drive out the inhabitants of the land, and dwell therein; for to you have I given the land to possess it. 54 And you shall inherit the land by lot according to your families--to the more you shall give the more inheritance, and to the fewer you shall give the less inheritance; wheresoever the lot falla to any man, that shall be his; according to the tribes of your fathers shall you inherit. 55 But if you will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then those that you let remain of them shall be as thorns in your eyes, and as pricks in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land wherein you dwell. 56 And it shall come to pass, that as I thought to do unto them, so will I do unto you.
Who can honestly say that the Arabs have not been "...as thorns in your eyes, and as pricks in your sides?"

One Jewish Home Party supporter even reminded me that it that it took hundreds of years, since Yehoshu'a Bin-Nun's initial conquest of Eretz Yisra'el (Land of Israel) until it was mostly free of the Canaanites (See the Books of Joshua and Judges).

My response was a simple one. Not only was he right, but that this source was the only logical one I have ever heard supporting Bennett's "plan."

However, I also had to ask him if over this 200 + year span, the Tribes of Israel settling in their Divinely Promised Homeland ever deter from their Torah principles, and thus their ultimate goal of a Canaanite-free homeland? Did they ever hide the truth of their ultimate goal of a Canaanite-free homeland?

Even if it were permissible to accept gerei toshav at this time, which the Israeli Chief Rabbinate apparently believes is the case, how many Arabs in Yehudah and the Shomron would actually qualify? For that matter, how many Arabs in Be'er Sheva, Yaffo, Nazareth, Akko, and Haifa would actually qualify?

Has Bennett ever once talked about his plan being just "progress," as a step in the direction of Jewish, Torah-observant, Homeland? What about a Jewish plus gerei toshav Homeland?

Not to my recollection.

PM Bibi Netanyahu
Let us also not forget that it was "right-wing" Prime Minister Netanyahu who gave "autonomy" to Jericho and Azza (Gaza), and not "left-wing" Rabin, Peres, nor Baraq.

The "Palestinian" Authority is up in arms over yesterday's elections, and Netanyahu's statements denouncing a future, Arab state within Israel's borders, which he already appears to have flipped-flopped on.

But, if the Arab are smart, then they are actually laughing behind the scenes, laughing because of the increase in number of Arab MK's, Netanyahu and Bennett's "plans," or their ever increasing birthrate, and voter turnout.

Prime Minister Netanyahu is simply acting the politician that he is.

But, Naftali Bennett is "religious," which I had always though meant Torah-observant, as in all of the Torah, and not just regarding what we put into our mouths and do or not do on Shabbath.

So, what's Bennett's excuse?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Who Really Won the 2015 Israeli Elections?

ערב שבת קודש/ערב ראש חודש פר' ויקרא/החודש תשע"ה
YNET: Netanyahu wakes up to shock election victory
With 99 percent of the ballots boxes counted, Likud opens six seat lead over Zionist Union with 30 mandates, Joint Arab List retains third place; Lieberman, who was polling at the electoral threshold, surprises with 6.

Yaron Druckman, March 18, 2015

PM Re-Elect Netanyahu
While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been trailing his Zionist Union opponent in the polls leading up to the elections, the real-time results on Wednesday morning show the Likud leader enjoying a major advantage over the left-wing's Isaac Herzog.

The exit polls conducted by three major Israeli television channels showed a slender Likud lead over its rival, with a one seat margin of victory, while the partial returns counted by 6 am have Netanyahu with a six seat lead on the Zionist Union, at 30 and 24. (cont.)
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
The number of Arab MK's elected to the K'nesseth have been on the study increase since being allowed to run in the first place. I have listed approximate numbers below.

3 (1973)  (1977)  (1981)  (1988)  (1992)  (1996)

10 (1999)  (2003)  10 (2006)  11 (2009)  11 (2013) 

Final Results of the 2015 Israeli Elections

So far, I have only found that Debbie Schlussel and Uri Heilman, in an Op-Ed in the Jewish Telegraph Agency [JTA], of all places, have been able to connect the dots and see the elections for what they really are.

Besides the steady increase in Arabs entering the K'nesseth, if you bother to examine the results, you will see that the block of MK's comprised of right-wing and religious MK's has actually decreased in number from the previous make-up of the K'nesseth.

Even with 13 Haredi (UTJ, Shas) MK's the Prime Minister will only be able to form a government with the supposedly centrist Kulanu. A unity government with the misnamed Zionist Union has also not yet been ruled out.

So, seriously? Who really won the 2015 Israel Elections?
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