ח' בסיון תש"פ / Sunday, May. 31 '20

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Headlines

  1. Synagogue vandalized during riots
  2. Netanyahu: Reopening was 'experimental'
  3. Austria calls for action against Hezbollah
  4. 'There is no half sovereignty'
  5. Gas prices to rise sharply tonight at midnight
  6. Accelerated efforts to pass 'Norwegian Law'
  7. Government: Schools to remain open, despite rise in cases
  8. Whose land is it anyway?


1. Synagogue vandalized during riots

by Gary Willig

A synagogue in Los Angeles, California was vandalized with anti-Israel graffiti Saturday.

The graffiti was found on the wall of Congregation Beth Israel, one of the oldest synagogues in Los Angeles, in the Fairfax District and read "F-Israel, Free Palestine."

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The vandalism occurred as Los Angeles and other parts of the country were rocked by protests over the wrongful death of an African American man in police custody in Minneapolis.

The Anti-Defamation League's Los Angeles branch tweeted in response to the vandalism: "Vandalism is never ok. Antisemitism is never ok. The answer to hate and bigotry is not more hate. We are better than this in Los Angeles."

Derek Chauvin, the policeman videotaped pressing down on the neck of detainee George Floyd, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder, Minneapolis authorities reported over the weekend.



2. Netanyahu: Reopening was 'experimental'

by Arutz Sheva Staff

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke live Saturday night about the dramatic and rapid increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Israel.

Netanyahu said that Israel did not reach the number of deaths seen in other countries, thanks to the timely and precautionary measures instituted by the government.

He also emphasized that climate is "not a factor" where coronavirus is concerned, noting that in a number of countries with climates similar to Israel, such as Iran, Turkey, and Egypt, the death toll from coronavirus has been exceptionally high, as was the number of deaths in chilly Belgium.

Netanyahu also said that the government had reopened the economy and educational system "on an experimental basis." If Israel saw another wave of coronavirus cases, he said, the protective measures would be reinstated.

In the meantime, Netanyahu said he has asked the Public Security Minister and Justice Minister to allow for increased police inspections and the administration of coronavirus safety measures. Until now, he said, inspections have been carried out on a very low scale, but this will change in the near future.

The virus is not "skipping over" Israel, he emphasized. "Everyone is responsible for one another, and must take care that they do not get infected, and do not infect others."

"If people keep the rules, G-d willing, they will keep us safe," he added, noting that the decision whether or not Israel will need another lockdown rests with each and every Israeli.



3. Austria calls for action against Hezbollah

by Arutz Sheva Staff

Israel welcomed the decision by the Austrian parliament calling for measures against the Hezbollah terrorist organization.

The resolution, unanimously passed in Parliament, calls on the Austrian government to take action against terror activists and supporters, and also seeks to change the policy that artificially separates the military and political arm of the organization.

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi responded to the move, saying, "This is a significant decision against Hezbollah, and I hope that the Austrian government adopts the parliamentary decision and joins the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands who recognized Hezbollah in its entirety as a terror organization."

"Preceding this decision, like similar decisions made in Europe in recent months, was significant diplomatic work by foreign ministers leading an inter-agency effort to combat Hezbollah in the international political arena."



4. 'There is no half sovereignty'

by Arutz Sheva Staff

The Samaria Regional Council launched a campaign this week titled: "there is no half sovereignty" demanding that the Israeli government not recognize a Palestinian Arab state, leave isolated communities embedded within a terrorist state, or freeze construction as part of the application of sovereignty over any parts of Judea and Samaria.

The campaign also expressed concern over the four communities in northern Samaria which were destroyed as part of the 2005 Disengagement.

The communities of Homesh, Sa-Nur, Gadim and Kadim have remained under full Israeli control, unlike the communities of Gush Katif, which were handed over to the Palestinian Authority. The four Samaria communities were declared a closed military zone, with Jewish civilians banned from visiting the sites of their former homes.

For years, the Samarian Regional Council, together with the deportees, fought to repeal the Disengagement Law from northern Samaria and bring back settlement of the area.

Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria Regional Council, addressed a letter to the Prime Minister in which he writes, among other things: "Even [former Prime Minister] Arik Sharon, who in his arrogance uprooted the settlements, understood that the four northern Samaria communities should not be given up, leaving them all under full Israeli control (Area C). It is inconceivable that it would be precisely this government that will determine de facto facts on the ground that will abolish Israeli sovereignty in displaced communities, worse than what Arik Sharon did with the deportation or with the Oslo Accords, and will be the one to actually complete the displacement."

"You must also announce the application of sovereignty in the four northern Samaria communities, where Israeli control over is critical to the survival of the State of Israel.

Dagan pointed out, among other things, that these communities sit on high mountains that overlook almost half of the State of Israel, from Tel Aviv to Hadera, from Ashdod to the Hermon. That is why the State of Israel chose to leave them in full Israeli control, he stressed.

Dagan, who was one of the expellees from Sa-nur, also noted the historical injustice done to the displacement of the communities: "These are communities that were displaced for no reason. Whole families have been displaced from their homes, but the communities remain under Israeli control. Do not be the one who, with his own hands, will be the cause of the final displacement of northern Samaria."



5. Gas prices to rise sharply tonight at midnight

by Arutz Sheva Staff

Gasoline prices will rise sharply tonight (between Sunday and Monday), after two consecutive months of large price declines.

The maximum price per liter of 95 octane unleaded gasoline at a self service station (including VAT) will not exceed NIS 5.21 per liter, up 42 agorot from the price in the previous month.

The price increase for full service will be 21 agorot per liter (including VAT), unchanged from the price in the previous month.

The maximum price per liter of 95 octane unleaded gasoline at a self service station in Eilat (excluding VAT) should not exceed NIS 4.46 per liter, up 36 agorot from the previous month. The full service charge will be 18 agorot per liter (excluding VAT), unchanged from the previous month.

Following the rise in prices, the tax component (excise and VAT) out of the total price of gasoline at gas stations will be 74 percent.



6. Accelerated efforts to pass 'Norwegian Law'

by Arutz Sheva Staff

The Knesset Constitutional Committee will hold hearings today and accelerated discussions ahead of a first reading vote to approve the 'Norwegian law' that will allow ministers to resign from the Knesset so new MKs can be appointed from the party lists.

According to the law in question, the new MKs will enter the Knesset as long as the ministers they replace as Knesset members serve as ministers. In the event of their resignation or removal from the government, the new MKs will also resign, thereby returning the ministers to the Knesset.

The Blue and White faction is expected to be the primary beneficiary of the legislation, as the party's plurality of ministers and deputy ministers left them with few MKs who could work full-time in the Knesset.

In the preliminary reading that took place last week, the bill passed by a majority of 66 to 42.

If the law passes, five Blue and White ministers and seven ministers from the Likud, Shas, and UTJ, would step down as MKs.

If Blue and White members utilize the Norwegian Law, additional members of the opposition's Yesh Atid-Telem party, which split from Blue and White after the elections, would become MKs.



7. Government: Schools to remain open, despite rise in cases

by Arutz Sheva Staff

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein (Likud) on Saturday met with professionals in the Health Ministry to discuss the rapid rise in the number of new coronavirus cases in Israel.

During the meeting, it was decided that school will continue other than in institutions where coronavirus has been confirmed.

In addition, efforts to educate the public on the importance of adhering to the guidelines will be increased.

In a statement, the Health Ministry expressed concern over the number of coronavirus patients and the rate of infection, as well as the trend towards indifference and complacence, which lead to disregard for and lack of adherence to the Health Ministry guidelines.

"The Health Ministry emphasizes the three golden rules: 1) Masks must be worn in public spaces and in workplaces, 2) proper hygiene must be kept, 3) a distance of two meters must be kept between people," the statement read. "The public's cooperation is critical if we are to prevent another lockdown."

On Friday, 101 new coronavirus cases were diagnosed, and on Saturday, the number rose by another 25.

IsraelI Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will give a press conference on Saturday evening at 9:00p.m., to discuss the new developments.



8. Whose land is it anyway?

by Ted Belman

Alan Solow is a member of the Executive Committee of Israel Policy Forum and former Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. He recently penned a blog post entitled “A unilateral West Bank land grab would imperil Israel” with which I must take issue.

Here are the main points where we differ:

Solow called applying sovereignty as promoted by the Trump Pan a “unilateral land grab.” However, he is mistaken. The land belongs to Israel because the Jews are the indigenous people and because San Remo Resolution awarded it to us as did the League of Nations in the Palestine Mandate and the United Nations in its Charter. The land was supposed to be part of Israel, but was occupied by Jordan and then lost to Israel in a defensive war. Israel is simply starting to apply its law to land which it has every right to claim.

The article started by saying “No solution should be imposed on anyone or by anyone in the Israeli-Palestinian arena.” And supported this by saying that for decades, the American Jewish consensus was that “it must be reached through bilateral negotiations between the parties”. Yes, this was the prevailing wisdom but where did it get us? It may have afforded Israel some protection from the machinations of American leaders who wanted to impose a solution on Israel, but at the same time it gave the PA a veto on everything Israel offered.

Albert Einstein is credited with saying that insanity is continuing to do the same thing and expecting a different result. Solow doesn't see it that way and justifies this approach as “one universally accepted principle undergirding the quest for a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”. He doesn’t question why.

But that policy has stood for decades, because for decades, the Saudis were calling the shots. And Europe and America were quite willing to appease them. That doesn’t make it right. Accordingly, they put a lot of pressure on Israel to give up land and even endanger the lives of citizens.

While previous Israeli governments have allowed that the lands were disputed, as he states, this has many interpretations. Israel has the only right to the land and the Palestinian Arabs dispute such rights and assert false claims. That is the real reason the lands are “disputed”.

He argues that “standing by while Israel uses its military and political power to declare ownership over whatever it wants is a dangerous precedent."

The only precedent it would set is “It’s our land, always was and always will be.”

The Palestinian Arabs have no right to the land or to a state other than Jordan

As I have underscored for 15 years, “There is no diplomatic solution.” The only solution is a solution that gets imposed by Israel. For those of us who want a different result, it’s time for a different approach.

He claims ” American Jews have an obligation to speak out against imposing a solution on the Palestinians … because to do so protects Israel’s long-term interests as well as the critical US-Israel relationship.

No. Only imposing a solution would secure our long term interests. The PA refuses to negotiate time after time.

It is for Israel to decide what is in its long term interests, not American Jews, although they are welcome to express their opinons. However, American Jews failed European Jews during the Holocaust and in the ’67 War, both before and after. (For a complete list of American failures to help Israel, read. The 100 year betrayal of Israel by the West)

That’s what Carter, Bush Sr and Jr, and Obama tried to do. All the more reason that we should secure our rights now in order to defend ourselves.

The Democratic Party which is supported by American Jews despite its anti-Israel behavior, is the defender of the Palestinian Arabs, not so much the Jews. It supports the false narrative of the Palestinian Arabs at the expense of Jewish rights.

The lives of Israeli Jews are on the line. American Jews will, of course, support whatever they decide, but I hope the facts in this article will give them reason to ponder..

Carpe diem.

Ted Belman is a retired attorney and the editor of Israpundit. In 2009 he made aliya and is
now living in Jerusalem.



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