Attorney Yoram Sheftel slammed Opposition leader and Labor Party Chair Yitzhak Herzog on Friday, accusing him of betraying the state of Israel.
"Again the frightening truth has been revealed, that the Labor party is acting as a fifth column in every sense of the word," said Sheftel to Arutz Sheva.
"A day before the meeting of (Prime Minister Binyamin) Netanyahu and (US President Barack) Obama, Herzog of his own initiative met the bitter enemy (US Secretary of State John) Kerry, expressing his support for the US's position against the state of Israel," noted Sheftel, in what he termed "treason."
The US position under Kerry includes creating an Arab capital in Jerusalem, as well as massive Israeli withdrawals from Judea and Samaria. Herzog last December expressed his support of that exact position. During his meeting with Kerry last weekend, he urged Kerry to ignore the right and push through the plans.
Sheftel argued that by siding with Kerry, Herzog was guilty of treachery towards Israel.
"Treason against your homeland is when a certain party identifies with a foreign power that exerts pressure and acts against the interests of your country," charged the attorney.
Tying the idea to current events, Sheftel noted "we saw it now in Ukraine with the ousted president (Viktor) Yanukovych and his identification with the Russians who act against his country, that's exactly what Herzog did with the US."
In Herzog's call for the capital of the country to be handed to a foreign entity, and for the heartland of the nation to be handed over as well, Sheftel's comparison has some merit; Ukraine is currently seeing its Crimean peninsula being occupied by Russia, which Yanukovych aligned with. The stand off there threatens to spark a possible war through dramatic confrontations.
Herzog's positions 'ten times closer to Abbas than to Netanyahu'
Sheftel dug into the historical causes behind Herzog's acts. He claimed Israeli leftists have never gotten over the 1977 Knesset elections, in which the Israeli right led by the Likud party won a majority for the first time in Israeli political history, taking control from the leftist predecessors of the Labor party.
"Since the revolution of 1977, the Israeli left identifies with foreign powers exerting pressure on Israel, and aids them," assessed Sheftel. "Herzog's positions are ten times closer to (Palestinian Authority Chairman) Mahmoud Abbas than to Netanyahu."
The attorney predicted that Herzog "will accuse Netanyahu of freezing the peace talks and won't have a single critical word for Abbas. Why? Because the Israeli left always prefers the Arab enemy."
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Jordan on Friday for talks with King Abdullah II on the ongoing talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), a US spokeswoman travelling with him announced.
AFP notes that the trip to Aqaba, where he was to meet with King Abdullah II, had not been previously announced.
"We are arriving in Aqaba, Jordan, with (Jordanian) Foreign Minister (Nasser) Judeh today to see King Abdullah to talk about the peace process," State Department spokesman Marie Harf said. Kerry is returning from a trip to Rome with his Jordanian counterpart.
Jordan has demanded to participate in the negotiation process more than once, noting that talks to give the Jordan Valley region to the PA would affect security conditions along the Jordanian border.
King Abdullah and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recently met in Amman, where they discussed the ongoing negotiations. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas also recently met with the Jordanian King, and the two “exchanged views” about unifying their positions on Kerry's initiative.
Foreign Minister Judeh recently reiterated that Jordan will not be an "alternative home for anybody," indicating the Palestinian Arabs who already make up a majority of the country.
Tensions have also risen recently between Israel and Jordan, after a debate on religious freedom on the Temple Mount prompted several Islamist MPs last week to vote to eject the Israeli Ambassador to Amman from Jordan.
Later that week, Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur threatened to revoke the 1994 peace treaty with Israel over the possibility that Jews would gain the freedom to pray at Judaism's holiest site.
"Imminent planned visits by foreign leaders, including (British Prime Minister) David Cameron next week or the pope in May, will be complicated, and perhaps impossible," Palmor told AFP on Friday. The strike stepped up a notch on Tuesday, potentially shutting off the state to diplomatic visits.
Palmor, speaking as an employee and not representing the ministry as spokesman, noted "the leaders could come as tourists, but diplomats will not take care of logistics, protocol or the political dimension of these visits."
The pope announced his visit in January. In response to the strike the Vatican has clarified it has no plans to cancel the trip. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi noted the strike "is likely to cause complications in preparing for the trip. There's nothing more to it."
In February, Rabbi Sergio Bergman, a member of the Argentinian parliament and close friend of Pope Francis, reported that the pope intends to define himself as the "Che Guevera of the Palestinians" and support their "struggle and rights" during his visit, turning it into a propaganda tour.
As for Cameron, a delay next week would add insult to injury given that the British prime minister already delayed his planned Israel visit in mid-February to deal with massive flooding in England.
Cameron was scheduled to speak at the Knesset next Wednesday, in what would have been his first visit to the Jewish state since taking office in 2010.
A new video clip, posted to YouTube on Thursday, fires back at a video which claimed to be the "official" clip of the massive hareidi protest, held this Sunday in Jerusalem to oppose new IDF enlistment laws.
Like the first clip, the response features the song "We Get up Early" by Shlomo Cohen.
However, this time the lyrics of "We get up early and they get up early; we get up early to study Torah, they get up early for worthless pursuits," are timed to show hareidi soldiers to the words "to study Torah," juxtaposed with images of hareidi protesters to the words "worthless pursuits."
In addition to supporting hareidi soldiers in the service of the Jewish state, the clip takes jabs at Shas Chairman Aryeh Deri, showing him in prison. Deri was sentenced to three years in jail in 1999 for taking bribes; he was released in 2002.
The clip also showed hareidi MK Meir Porush (United Torah Judaism) handcuffing himself to the Knesset podium last July as a "worthless pursuit." The incident occurred during the debate in which the "Perry Law" passed its first reading, the bill being an attempt to draft hareidi men into the IDF.
The initial protest clip raised an outcry in its negative portrayal of IDF soldiers' actions, as well as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's warning about the Iranian nuclear threat, as "worthless pursuits."
Rabbi Ya'akov Medan, one of the leading Rabbis at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Alon Shvut, urged the hareidi sector on Friday to stop the waves of recent incitement against the Religious Zionist Jewish Home party and other government ministers.
"Unfortunately, there are people who use discord for their [own] benefit," Rabbi Medan stated, in an interview with Arutz Sheva. "We saw the vilification in an animated film, which is terrifying ... an attempt to make a comparison between the evil Haman and [Jewish Home Chairman] Naftali Bennett - the hareidi community should repent."
Rabbi Medan stressed that while he personally does not support the hareidi draft - which precipitated the incitement - the draft itself is unlikely to hurt the hareidi community.
"The enacting of the [enlistment] law itself lends to a bad atmosphere, but in actuality the law will not make the situation worse," he noted.
If anything, Rabbi Medan said, the hareidi community needs to thank Jewish Home, which fought furiously to make sure the enlistment draft would incur as little harm to the hareidi community as possible, under the circumstances.
Despite the ongoing tension between the two communities, the rabbi also emphasized that what the Jewish people needs is unity - not discord.
"We have deep disagreements with the hareidi world on several issues, but we must give them the respect they are due," Rabbi Medan declared.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ended his three-day trip to California on Thursday, with a message for Iran and its proxy terrorist groups: “We will expose, and we shall fight them. And I’ll tell you the other thing: We shall beat them.”
Jared Sichel of the Jewish Journal reported that Netanyahu gave an eight-minute speech at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance in West Los Angeles, during which he said that the world had ignored Adolf Hitler’s threats in the years leading up to 1939, and the entire world, particularly Jews, paid a horrible price. “The leading powers of the world did not heed that warning, nor did they act on it.”
Today, Netanyahu said, as Iranian leaders call for the destruction of the Jewish State, the West’s governments are making a similar mistake.
“I think it’s outrageous that 70 years after the Holocaust, this could be accepted with virtual silence,” Netanyahu declared. “People say, ‘Well, you know, they say it, they mean it for internal consumption.’ Does this sound familiar?”
In a reference to the weapons ship seized by naval commandos Wednesday, Netanyahu noted that besides developing nuclear weapons, Iran is funneling “weapons of immediate death” to terrorist groups like Hamas.
“Now the government of Iran is saying it’s all lies,” Netanyahu said. “That ship will get to Eilat in a few days, and we shall see who is lying, and we shall expose what Iran is really doing.”
On Wednesday, AFP quoted an unnamed Iranian military official as having told state-run Iranian television, "We completely deny this report which is totally without foundation.”
The prime minister’s speech at the Museum of Tolerance came after he viewed a 1919 letter written by Hitler, in which the future German dictator called for the "removal of the Jews altogether. " The letter is part of the museum’s collection.
New footage (above) has been published of the elite Shayetet-13 IDF naval commando's daring operation Wednesday against a ship carrying Iranian rockets to Hamas.
Two photographs released Thursday show the small vessels carrying the commandos approaching the Klos C, and Navy Commander Major General Ram Rothberg aboard the ship, with a commando soldier beside him:
Photos: IDF Spokesman's Unit
On Wednesday, another video was released, showing the Klos C, labeled as Panamanian but carrying Syrian missiles and warheads on a Tehran-built ship, being surrounded by Israeli forces as it floated along the Red Sea.
Earlier Wednesday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon revealed that the ship had embarked from Bandar Abbas, Iran and was en route to Port Sudan.
The IDF stated shortly after the raid that the missiles were going to be offloaded in Sudan, then smuggled to Gaza through the Sinai.
Regarding the timing and location of the operation, a senior naval officer said that various factors were taken into account, including the height of the waves. “We were concerned that the ship's crew would think that we were pirates," he explained, "and that is why we identified ourselves from the outset as the IDF, and when the captain looked right and left, he saw two Navy missile ships, including additional vessels – and it was a show of force he could not resist, and therefore the boarding of the ship was quiet.”
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) was deployed Friday afternoon after Syrian warplanes approached the Israel-Syrian border, according to Channel 2.
The Syrian warplanes were within just a few hundred kilometers to Israel Friday, according to the daily, as it struck rebel outposts near Al Quneitra.
The two air forces did not come into contact with one another, but the IDF does not take threats to Israeli airspace lightly - especially in light of recent spillover from the ongoing Syrian Civil War.
Just three days ago, IDF forces stopped Hezbollah terrorists from placing bombs on the Syrian side of the border fence. Damascus accused the "Zionist enemy" of siding with rebel factions after the incident, despite the fact that Israel intervened for Syria's own benefit.