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News & Call-In with Tamar Yonah
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and currently, am Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center.
My bank is still Bank Leumi.
Banks are for financial transactions, loans, savings and investments.
A river has a "bank" but that surelyy does not extend for dozens of miles, up and down hills.
Judea and Samaria are the historical and geographical names of the area I live in, posrtions of the Land of Israel not yet under full Israel sovereignty. They are where Jews have lived for over 3000 years, very rarely not residing there and most recently, banned from living there due to a Jordanian occupation - illegal, I might add, between 1948-1967.
Jews lived in Gaza, in Hebron in Judea and Shchem of Samaria up until 1929 for many centuries.
They are not the "West Bank", a foreign term, one applied in April 1950 by a former Saudi Arabian who invaded Transjordan in November 1920 and,, incidentally, stymied the political aspirations of the Arabs of the Mandate of Palestine.
If you want to use the term "west" in describing the territory of the Land of Israel west of the Jordan River, it is not the "West Bank" but:
20 And the west side shall be the Great Sea, from the border as far as over against the entrance of Hamath. This is the west side.
That's from Ezekiel/Yechizkel 47:20.
Noting that the agreement seemingly represents an attempt to negatively affect Israel's sovereignty in Jerusalem and its holy shrines, his two queries are:
1. What is Israel's official stand regarding the agreement?
2. Why does Israel not declare publicly and firmly that it rejects this injurious attempt?
The answer came a month later from then Deputy Foreign Minister Zev Elkin:
Re: Israel's Ignoring of the Agreement between King Abdallah and the PA President as regards the Temple Mount
1. The setting of Jordan's position complies with Israel's outlook and contributes to the distancing of undesired elements, including Qatar and other Arab Muslim countries.
2. The Jordanian recognition of Palestinian sovereignty in East Jerusalem is not new but has been reestablished by this agreement.
3. The agreement does comply with the terms of the special status awarded to Jordan concerning the holy sites to Islam according to the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty, 9 (2), and therefore restricts the Palestinian aspirations (symbolically and administratively) on the Temple Mount.
This is outrageous.
I complained about the ignoring at the time.
I have asked Yariv to pursue the matter.
We don't want Abdallah singing "Two Banks Has The Jordan".
P.S. For those who comprehend Hebrew, here's a recording of Internal Security Minister informing his questioners that PM Netanyahu reconfirmed to him the government position not to permit Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.
"Consistent with our commitment to consult closely with our Israeli friends...he wants the United States and Israel to begin consultations immediately regarding our efforts to negotiate a comprehensive solution,"...
What should be the campaign focus now?
What Benjamin Netanyahu is thinking I do not know. And I doubt he'll tell me.
But what I would suggest is to focus on Obama and to highlight the following points:
a) is he reliable? can he be trusted based on his performance these past few years? how to we track his future moves on Iran?
b) is a proper supervisory mechanism in place? will it work? will it report publicly?
c) based on those reports, does the US and its allies have a military alternative response is infractions and violations happen?
We must emphasize that a strike is the only alternative to this deal's failing. No more deals. No more negotiations.
Instead of having Israel being pressured all the time, the object is to pressure the United States and its President (as for its Secretary of State, if Obama prefers someone else to negotiate, we can leave him out).
But we can name a new term: to be kerryed which means to be circumvented but employed to mislead as a useful idiot.
Amazing but it seems that the United States wouldn't mind Israel retaining control over Judea and Samaria, as long as the autonomy plan is resurrected.
It does so for Morocco. Here:
The United States said Friday that a plan drawn up by Morocco regarding the autonomy of Western Sahara was "serious, realistic and credible" ahead of a meeting between President Barack Obama and King Mohammed VI.
"Morocco's autonomy plan is serious, realistic and credible," White House spokesman Jay Carney said. "It represents a potential approach that can satisfy the aspirations of the people in the Western Sahara to run their own affairs in peace and dignity."
Wait, didn't Menachem Begin suggest that?
Isn't that progress?
Here is the full official release on the slapdown of Minister Uri Ariel by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu:-
PM Netanyahu Directs Minister Ariel to Reconsider Steps for Evaluating Planning Potential
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening (Tuesday, 12 November 2013), directed Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel to reconsider all of the steps for evaluating planning potential that he distributed without any advance coordination. The Prime Minister told Minister Ariel: "This step does not contribute to settlement. On the contrary, there is damage here for settlement. This is a meaningless step – legally and in practice – and an action that creates an unnecessary confrontation with the international community at a time when we are making an effort to persuade elements in the international community to reach a better deal with Iran. At this time, the attention of the international community must not be diverted from the main effort – preventing Iran from receiving an agreement that will allow it to continue its military nuclear program. As a member of the Government, action must be coordinated and have the benefit of forethought."
Minister Ariel told Prime Minister Netanyahu that he accedes to his request to reconsider all publications that were issued today regarding the evaluation of planning potential and said that in any case the issue was the potential for planning and not any sort of official stage.
Actually, I am amazed Ariel thought he could get away with this.
First of all, the anti-Yesha forces have access to all new plans, in all their stages. See how they deal with Jerusalem now.
Second, he probably hasn't installed his own people or shunted aside previous hacks.
Third, as it was Chaim Levinson who blew the cover, if you can't keep it out of the opposing press, expect the worst.
Fourth, we all know that for Netanyahu, Iran is the paramount existential issue. He went to a moratorium on construction a few years ago to protect what he viewed as the prime goal: keeping America focused on Iran.
Fifth, if you are going to something like this, announce it with full explanation before, not contritely afterwards.
Of course, that Obama and Kerry are proving our worse enemies on both fronts - that of security and defense as well as the ethos of Zionism - and that Netanyahu has placed a dodgy bet, still does not relieve those in power from acting with wisdom and even cleverness.
We expect - and need - better.