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Politics in Israel
Saturday, 28 July 2007
Likud Primaries 14 Aug. 07: Netanyahu playing dirty again Feiglin
Topic: Israeli Politicians

Weekly Update Av 11, 5767 (July 26 2007) Issue: 6742

Campaign Heating Up
thermometerIt looks like Bibi is getting nervous. This week we have encountered a downpour of court petitions and complaints filed by Netanyahu's people against Moshe Feiglin. We find it unfortunate that Bibi is not willing to face Moshe Feiglin on the issues, and instead chooses to fight dirty. Our attorneys are dealing with the patently false complaints and with G-d's help, they will be no cause for concern. They do show, however, that Bibi knows that he is losing ground to Moshe Feiglin.
And for good reason. According to the answers that Manhigut's phone staff has been getting, our situation is better than we thought. Even more important, there are a lot of Likudniks who have not yet decided how to vote. Experience has shown that it is not difficult to convince the undecided to vote for Feiglin. These are the people who we need to reach.
Here's how you can help:
* Volunteer for the internet and write talkbacks in favor of Moshe Feiglin on internet sites and blogs.
* Volunteer to call undecided Likudniks. This is especially relevant to Hebrew speakers.
* Volunteer to help out on Election Day. We need drivers, people to stand outside the polling places, observers and more.
* Donate to Manhigut Yehudit.
For more information, call Dovid Shirel at 02-996-1123.

Editorial Posting at 3:38 PM
Saturday, 17 June 2006
Olmert's plan crowds Arabs, other foreigners into Jerusalem
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: Israeli Politicians
Column One: Olmert's plan for Jerusalem
Caroline Glick, THE JERUSALEM POST Jun. 15, 2006

During his tour this week of European capitals, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
announced that in addition to Judea and Samaria, he plans to transfer a
number of neighborhoods in Jerusalem to Hamas. In his words, "Not all the
Arab neighborhoods will be part of the city in the future."
Olmert claims that taking these Arab neighborhoods out of Jerusalem's
municipal boundaries will strengthen the city. From a security perspective
this makes no sense since transferring Tzur Baher, Jebl Mukaber and Isawiya
to the Hamas-Fatah-Islamic Jihad-al-Qaida-Hizbullah-led Palestinian
Authority will place all the remaining neighborhoods in the city within
enemy rocket, mortar and even rifle range.

Olmert apparently thinks that partitioning the city will secure the Jewish
majority of the city. Yet, taking these neighborhoods out of the city will
actually endanger that majority.

Over the past few months, a team of American and Israeli researchers
conducted a demographic study of Jerusalem and its environs. Last year the
same researchers - Bennett Zimmerman, Roberta Seid, Michael Weiss and Yoram
Ettinger - conducted the first independent study of the Palestinian
population data published by the PA's Central Bureau of Statistics in 1997.
Their study exposed that the PA had inflated the number of Palestinians in
Judea, Samaria and Gaza by some 1.5 million or 50 percent. Olmert and his
colleagues in Kadima and the Labor Party have justified their plan to
surrender Judea and Samaria to Hamas on the basis of these inflated numbers
which falsely project that by 2015 there will be more Arabs than Jews
between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

The team's research methods and their findings were reviewed by the leading
American demographer Nicholas Eberstadt from the American Enterprise
Institute in Washington, DC. At the Herzliya Conference in January,
Eberstadt praised the team's research methods and stated that their
conclusions were "not only plausible but quite persuasive."

Their study showed that today Jews comprise 59 percent of the overall
population of the areas that include sovereign Israel, Judea and Samaria and
Gaza and 67 percent of the population of Judea, Samaria and sovereign
Israel. Far from becoming the minority by 2015, the group's projections show
that in 2025, Jews will comprise between 56-71 percent of the overall
population of Judea, Samaria and sovereign Israel. In other words, the team
showed that there is no demographic threat to Israel's Jewish majority.

The team began examining the demographic situation in Jerusalem and its
environs after Olmert first expressed his plan to partition the city as part
of his unilateral retreat policy. The team noted at the outset that Olmert's
claim - that by placing Arab neighborhoods outside the municipal boundaries
he would be reducing the Arab population of the capital by tens of
thousands - ignores the fact that Arabs can move. As legal residents of
Jerusalem these Arabs are under no obligation to remain in the neighborhoods
slotted for transfer to Hamas.

Indeed, since the government's intention to partition the city was made
clear by the route of the security fence, thousands of Arabs with Jerusalem
ID cards who had previously lived in Judea and in neighborhoods set to be
placed outside the city's boundaries started converging on the city.
Residents of Pisgat Ze'ev and Neveh Ya'acov relate that Arabs are moving
into their neighborhoods in droves. This is also the case in the city's Arab
neighborhoods not set for transfer to Hamas such as Beit Tzafafa, Wadi Joz
and Abu Tor. Rather than reduce the number of Arabs in the city, Olmert's
plan is just crowding the city's population into shrunken boundaries. At the
same time, by giving up all the reserve open lands around the city, he is
blocking all chance of municipal growth.
As Zimmerman and his team members note, in Jerusalem's current municipal
boundaries, 487,000 Jews make up 68% of the population and 231,000 Arabs
make up 32%. Fertility rates of the two populations are nearly identical,
with a Jewish fertility rate of 3.8 and an Arab fertility rate of 4.1 per

The team checked what would happen if, rather than partitioning the city,
Israel were to expand the boundaries of the city. They found that if Israel
were to extend the borders of the capital to include the Adumim bloc, the
Etzion bloc, the Adam bloc, the Givon bloc, Mevasseret Zion and its
satellite neighborhoods, the Tekoa area, Abu Dis and Bir Naballah and
incorporate all these communities' Jewish and Arab residents into the city,
Jerusalem's demographic balance would remain the same. The enlarged city
would have 704,000 or 68% Jewish residents and 335,000 or 32% Arab

The enlarged capital would have plenty of land reserves on which to build
new housing for both its Jewish and Arab residents. Retaining Israeli
control over the areas around Jerusalem's current boundaries would also
protect Bethlehem's status as a Christian city while Olmert's plan, which
places these areas under terrorist control, guarantees that Jesus's birth
city will become a Muslim majority city with all the religious and political
consequences that such a religious transformation would involve for the
Christian world. The study shows that the number of Arabs that would be
incorporated into the city if it were to expand its borders is smaller than
the number of Arabs incorporated into the city with its unification in 1967.
And it goes without saying that an enlarged Jerusalem would be safer than a
partitioned city with its removed sections under terrorist control.
In light of the study's findings, and given the deterioration of Israel's
national security situation in the wake of its retreat from Gaza last summer
and the recent reports of al-Qaida cells operating in Jerusalem, it is
impossible to avoid the conclusion that in configuring his retreat and
partition plan for the country's capital city, Olmert did not consider its
devastating repercussions on Jerusalem itself.
SO IF Olmert's planned retreat harms Jerusalem, what purpose does it serve?
The sole goal that Olmert's partition plan advances is that of attempting to
appease racist, anti-Jewish radical Islamic forces that claim that Jews have
no rights in Jerusalem. Indeed, at its core, Olmert's plan internalizes this
jihadist view by completely ignoring the security, municipal and demographic
concerns of the city's Jews and non-jihadist Arabs.

This Israeli internalization of the jihadist view of Jews in Jerusalem also
pervades the government's treatment of Jewish land purchases in eastern
Jerusalem. Last week Ha'aretz reported that a month ago the State's
Attorney, Eran Shendar, asked Police Inspector Yohanan Danino to undertake a
covert investigation of Ateret Cohanim - a non-profit organization that
works to bypass the Palestinian Authority's policy of defining land sales to
Jews as a capital offense for which dozens of Arabs have been murdered since

Shendar's instructions came after an Arab Jerusalemite named Muhammad
Marageh, who in the past worked for Ateret Cohanim, offered to attempt to
criminally implicate the organization in exchange for receiving state's
witness protection and, perhaps, money from the state. The Ha'aretz report
makes clear that Israel's chief prosecutor is so convinced that there is
something wrong with willing Arab sellers selling land to willing Jewish
buyers that apparently, without being presented with any evidence of
wrongdoing, he ordered the police to begin a secret criminal investigation
of the Jews.

This anti-Jewish view is similarly manifested in the police's indifference
to the fates of Arab land sellers. On April 12, the eve of Passover,
Jerusalem resident Muhammad Abu Al Hawa was tortured and murdered in Jericho
for the "crime" of selling a building in Abu Tor to Jews. The week before
his murder Israel's Channel 10 led prime time news broadcasts, on two
consecutive nights, with hysterical reports about the land sale. The reports
were precipitated by a court order for the police to evict illegal squatters
from the building to enable the legal owners to take possession of their
property - an eviction which Channel 10 filmed.

As I reported at the time, sources in Abu Tor stated that after the Channel
10 expose, it was only a question of time before Hawa was murdered. Those
sources also said that far from protecting Hawa, the police were suspected
of tipping off Channel 10's reporter on the scheduled eviction. This week,
the spokesman for the police's Samaria and Judea District responsible for
investigating Hawa's murder did not respond to repeated requests for
information on the status of the investigation.

THE GOVERNMENT'S treatment of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate similarly
exposes its internalization of the anti-Semitic view that Jews have no
rights in eastern Jerusalem. Today there are two Patriarchs of the Greek
Orthodox Church: the legal Patriarch Irineos and the illegal de facto
Patriarch Theophilos. Last summer Ma'ariv reported that Irineos leased two
hotels near the Old City's Jaffa Gate to Jews. The story caused an uproar in
the Church, the PA and among Israeli Arabs. In its wake, Irineos was
illegally ejected from his position and his life has been under constant

The Church, together with Jordan's King Abdullah and PA Chairman Mahmoud
Abbas, selected Theophilos to replace him. Ahead of his appointment,
Theophilos promised Abdullah that he would operate in accordance with
Jordanian rather than Israeli law, meaning that he would uphold the
Jordanian legal prohibition of conducting land deals with Jews. Attorneys
and others involved in this issue claim that Theophilis also pledged to
Abbas that he would cancel the lease agreement for the hotels at the Jaffa

In an interview with Al Quds newspaper on May 18, Theophilos said that he
was unable today to fulfill his pledges because the Israeli government has
yet to approve his appointment.

To force Israel's hand, Theophilos filed a petition with the Supreme Court
demanding that the government approve his appointment. The Supreme Court is
scheduled to hear the petition on July 19. The Jews involved in the Jaffa
Gate lease agreement and in other land agreements with the Greek Orthodox
Church, which owns vast landholdings in Jerusalem and throughout the
country, are deeply concerned about the government's likely response to the
petition. The government did nothing when Irineos was sacked although it is
legally bound to protect him and his position. Indeed, Israel has allowed
Theophilos to act as the de facto Patriarch.

The government's acceptance of the jihadist view that denies all Jewish
rights to Jerusalem is nowhere more evident than on the Temple Mount, which
since 1995 Israel has abandoned to the control of the PA's Mufti Ikrameh
Sabri. Sabri preaches the "rights" of Arabs to eradicate the Jews whom he
refers to as "pigs and monkeys." And with the backing of the Israeli
government, he ensures that the police enforces his ban on Jewish and
Christian worship on the Temple Mount.

Moreover, under the impotent eye of the government, for the past decade
Sabri has overseen the commission of one of the most heinous archaeological
crimes in human history. While denying the Judeo-Christian sanctity of the
site, since the mid-1990s the Islamic Wakf on the Temple Mount has been
systematically destroying Jewish and Christian relics hidden inside the
mountain that date back to the time of Solomon's Temple, in an attempt to
erase the historical record. Sabri and his colleagues further exploit their
control of the Temple Mount to incite Muslims to attack Jews for imagined
crimes relating to the so-called "Judaization" of Jerusalem.

In answer to reporters' queries, this week Olmert repeatedly stated that he
would never give up the Temple Mount. But his statements are meaningless.
You cannot give up what you already surrendered. No, Olmert is not giving up
the Temple Mount. Olmert is giving up all of Jerusalem.
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)

Editorial Posting at 12:04 PM
Tuesday, 15 November 2005
How the nationalist religious camp in Israel can win
Topic: Israeli Politicians

How to establish a government in Israel that will rule according to Biblical Zionist (rightwing) values
via the Likud Party & Manhigut Yehudit

Moshe Feiglin

Here is your chance to be involved as a non-Israeli in a faction of a political party in Israel that could make a difference to the running of the country. That is, to run it according to Biblical standards without being legalistic about it, or having private agendas, like the religious parties, that have nothing to do with Zionistic ideals or the well-being of the country and Israelis in general.

In the article below, "Eidelberg's Obsession with Feiglin," Shmuel Sackett, International Director of Manhigut Yehudit, explains why it is best for the Israeli rightwing nationalist camp to fight for control via the Likud. The history of the ineffectiveness of new parties in Israel definitely supports Manhigut Yehudit's view that their only chance to establish a nationalist, Bible believing leader and government in Israel is via the Likud, the biggest political party. Arial Sharon also proved this from a failed attempt to make headway in Israeli politics by means of his newly established centrist party (1972) - the blueprint of which he stole from Shmuel Tamir - see The Sharon File. That having been a fiasco, he joined the Likud to build his career -- and then implemented his real policy when he came to power, namely that of the (mostly Freemason) left.

Many Christians tell me they are not interested in politics, they just want to be involved in spiritual things and participate in Jewish religious feasts - some even trying to be more Jewish than Jews in the process. Politics, however, reflects the thinking of the people in general and what really happens in Israel. And one even has to go deeper than Israeli politics to see who pulls the strings from behind the scenes on a global level. Evidence, for instance, shows that the American Council for Foreign Relations (CFR) and their international cohorts control Israeli prime ministers and their policies - including Bibi Netanyahu who gave Hebron to Israel's enemies. The point is therefore to get a leader who fears his God (of Israel) more than the CFR and others who are trying to force Israel into conforming to global instead of Biblical standards.

Please, therefore, check the "Join Manhigut Yehudit Today" link to see whether your joining the Likud as an international member might not add a new active dimension to your involvement with Israel and her (our) God. The membership fee is a bit stiff, but we need to be reminded that supporting Manhigut will make us part of the battle between the "sons of Zion" and the "sons of Greece" (the left) that has been raging for as long the modern state of Israel exists. The outcome will determine whether there will be more Unilateral Disengagements, Oslos, Roadmaps and caving in to Israel's enemies - under or without world pressure. If you don't join Manhigut, I would in any case like to encourage you to take an interest in Israeli politics; subscribe to some newsletters, like Manhigut's, Arutz-7, etc. - it will show you what to pray for.

Prof. Eidelberg nevertheless has most of the answers when it comes to the reform of Israel's flawed electoral system and the way judges are appointed in the courts. See Below. (Please visit Holy Land Inc. Sites to find tons of information about Israel on a broad range of subjects)
Philip Blom


Eidelberg's Obsession with Feiglin
By Shmuel Sackett, International Director, Manhigut Yehudit
Cheshvan 5766 (Nov, 05)

For the last month, Professor Paul Eidelberg has written -- and spoken -- virtually non stop about Moshe Feiglin. He has stated, over and over and over again how staying in the Likud is a waste of time and counter productive. In his recent Arutz-7 radio interview, entitled "Why Recruiting People Into The Likud Means More Oslo," Professor Eidelberg even went so far as to say; "to register for the Likud, to give one's name to such a party is more than dishonorable -- it makes a mockery of the 10,000 Jews left homeless by that party."

Professor Eidelberg states that none of his attacks on Moshe Feiglin are personal and actually testifies to Feiglin's "impeccable character." Furthermore, he extends "both hands in friendship to him and his followers." Professor Eidelberg demands he be listened to since he calls himself an expert in Israeli politics, "having lectured in universities for three decades" and "having written hundreds of articles and books on the subject of Israeli politics".

Let's now take a look at the facts.

Professor Paul Eidelberg is the President of the Yemin Yisrael Political Party in Israel. This party was founded in 1996 by Miriam Lapid, after the tragic murder of her husband and son, and by former Moledet Knesset member Shaul Gutman. Yemin Yisrael ran for the Knesset in the elections held on May 29, 1996. 44,604 votes were needed as a minimum to get elected to the Knesset and the Yemin Yisrael leaders ran around Israel promising victory. Many thousands of people voted for this party, yet Yemin Yisrael did NOT pass the minimum, and thousands of right wing votes wound up in the garbage.

On May 17, 1999 elections were held once again for the Knesset and a united right-wing bloc was formed; Herut, Moledet and Tekuma. The Yemin Yisrael party did NOT join together in this bloc and, once again, ran on its own. This time 49,672 votes were needed as a minimum and although they couldn't get 44,000 votes in '96 they assured the people of Israel that they would pass the minimum. Once again many thousands of people believed them and voted Yemin Yisrael and, once again, the precious votes were wasted.

On January 28, 2003 elections were held yet again for the Knesset. Shortly before, the Professors for a Strong Israel, issued the following press releaSE:

Statement to the Press -- December 11, 2002

RE: Stop this factionalism, stop wasting votes!

Professors for a Strong Israel calls on the small parties in the National Camp to give up their efforts at running separately. These are parties that have no hope of amassing the minimum number of votes needed for the Knesset representation, but that can still waste thousands of precious votes that the larger parties of the Right should be getting. The small parties must join the larger parties that also oppose a Palestinian state west of the Jordan and that are sure to pass the minimum.

This call is addressed in particular to Michael Kleiner's Herut, to Paul Eidelberg's Yemin Yisrael, to Yosef Ba-Gad's Moreshet Avot and to Moshe Green's Tzomet. We recall that in 1992 the splintered National Camp garnered more votes than did the Left, but the Left won nonetheless and brought the country the Oslo disaster.

Professors for a Strong Israel urges voters of the National Camp not to waste their votes on fly-by-night party lists that have no hope of sitting in the Knesset.

What did Professor Eidelberg do? He united his party together with Herut and ran together with them. On the eve of the elections I spoke to an excited supporter who was told by party leaders that this new union; Herut and Yemin Yisrael, would get 4-6 seats. The minimum required was 47,226 and they were predicting votes in excess of 100,000.

Once again, reality proved otherwise to these "political experts". Over 40,000 votes were in fact secured but the Herut-Yemin Yisrael party fell 5,000 votes short. The fears of the Professors for a Strong Israel came to fruition as over 40,000 right wing votes became totally useless.

After three miserable political failures -- and 70,000 wasted votes -- Professor Eidelberg is once again telling us he knows best. In a recent article, dated Oct 16, 2005 entitled "Pitfalls of the Jewish Leadership Movement" Professor Eidelberg states that he now favors creating a large party. (What happened to all the years he was in support of small parties???) His mathematical equation for success is the followiNG: Take Likud voters who "feel betrayed" and add that to the "obvious failure of National Union and the National Religious Party" and you can get... (ready for this one???) "750,000 votes -- enough for 30 seats"!!!! (Note: I am not making this up! This is a quote from his article, (Click here to see for yourself). In other words, Professor Paul Eidelberg, who never passed the minimum number of votes needed, has never even won ONE Knesset seat and is virtually unknown amongst the Hebrew speaking population in Israel is now predicting THIRTY seats in the next election! This is a political expert???

Dearest readers; Nobody ever said taking control over Likud would be easy. Moshe Feiglin never promised instant gratification. Not one Manhigut Yehudit leader ever claimed to be an expert in anything. All we ask is that you consider the followiNG:

In less than six months, primaries will be held within Likud to determine who will be the leader of the party and, in essence, the Prime Minister of the State of Israel. As of this writing, four men are running in that race; Ariel Sharon, Bibi Netanyahu, Uzi Landau and Moshe Feiglin. Which of those four men would you like to see as Prime Minister? Most people I ask that question to answer, "Moshe Feiglin." There's only one problem; If you are not a member of Likud you cannot vote for him!! Imagine thAT: FINALLY, you have an opportunity to throw Sharon out and make sure he is not replaced by one of his political clones and you can't do it because Professor Eidelberg convinced you not to join Likud!

But there's more! Within two months after primaries for party leadership, the Likud will hold its internal elections to determine the order of its Knesset list. 3,000 people -- all members of the Likud "Central Committee" -- will vote for that Knesset list. Each one of those 3,000 people was elected by members of the Likud party in regional elections. This means that if you are a member of Likud you have a voice in determining who sits in the Knesset for that party! Will it continue to be Meir Sheetreit, Ehud Olmert and Tzippi Livni or will it be Michoel Fuah, Motti Carpel and Nitza Kahane? If you feel that joining Likud is like eating "treif" then you had better get your signs ready because you will be protesting the government for the next 50 years! You will march with the Yesha Council to places like Kfar Maimon, you will sleep on hilltops, you will get arrested, you will say Tehillim with 250,000 other people at the Kotel and you will go on 13 hunger strikes but when you are given an opportunity to make a change and FINALLY change the direction of Israel's ruling party you will be home sleeping, following the advice of political experts who told you to vote for small parties, then big ones, then medium ones, then back to small ones...

Professor Eidelberg; Let's stop the attacks on the National Union, NRP and Manhigut Yehudit. It's counter-productive! Let's work together towards what we all want; An authentic Jewish State in the Land of Israel. Let's figure out how different personalities who share a common dream can work together; Effi Eitam, Benny Elon, Nadia Matar, David HaIvri, Moshe Feiglin, Aryeh Eldad, Mike Guzofsky, Michoel Kleiner, Ketzele, Baruch Marzel, Daniella Weiss etc... These people all want the same thing but have different ways of getting there. Let's pool our resources and work together, some from the inside and some from the outside. Let's become a team where not every body is the quarterback but every one is aiming for the goal line. This will make our political power stronger, our message clearer and our followers excited! This will insure the fact that no votes are ever wasted! By working inside Likud we pressure the leadership party to move in the direction we want. By simultaneously -- and in full coordination -- working outside Likud we apply a "full court press" and grab away many Knesset seats from parties who do not share our common vision. By working on the grass roots level we educate our youth and involve people on a regular basis.

Nothing will ever be gained by working alone and thinking of ourselves as "experts." Hashem gave His nation many talents and we must use all of them to achieve success. The path that Manhigut Yehudit has chosen is clear to everyone but we will work with all other groups in a united front for the good of the Jewish People. In short, since we share the DREAM... let's become a TEAM!


remote Editorial Posting at 6:16 PM
Updated: Friday, 10 March 2006 6:26 PM
Sunday, 20 June 2004
Sharon Forcing court to adopt his anti-democratic action
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: Israeli Politicians
Zionsake Editor: Sharon's scheming is so shrewd, it looks like the devil himself is advising him. But we see in Gen 4:6
"Why are you angry?" the Lord asked him. "Why is your face so dark with rage? 7 It can be bright with joy if you will do what
you should! But if you refuse to obey, watch out. Sin is waiting to attack you, longing to destroy you. But you can conquer it!" TLB

Sharon to Court: If dismissals illegal crime should pay 20 June 2004

Israel Radio correspondent Amos Shapira reported this morning that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's attorneys advised the Supreme Court in their written response to the petitions filed challenging the legality of the dismissals of National Union ministers Elon and Lieberman that even if the court should find that the action was illegal that the court should not intervene since the political map has changed in the meantime and there is no practical way to return the situation to its previous condition. In addition, the attorneys argue, the Prime Minister believes that reopening the disengagement plan to deliberations may grievously hurt Israel's diplomatic relations.

These arguments put the court in a particularly difficult situation since they require the court to essentially accept the anti-democratic principle that "the ends justify the means" since the "change" in the political map can be traced directly to the dismissals in questions.

To add to the challenge, Prime Minister Sharon already showed his contempt towards the court in the incident when he ignored the explicit instruction of Justice Edmond Levy of The High Court of Justice the day of the vote to postpone cabinet deliberations until a panel of three could hear the petitions for an injunction that afternoon. Sharon refused to honor Justice Levy's instruction to delay the deliberations for a few hours.

It is noteworthy that Attorney General Menachem Mazuz declined to insist that Levy's instructions be honored.

A penal of seven justices is to hear the case today.

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis) (

remote Editorial Posting at 9:07 AM
Updated: Saturday, 26 June 2004 6:54 PM

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