"'This despicable murder was the direct result of inadequate action on rock-throwing terrorism, of opening the checkpoints, and of treating daily terrorist attacks as "disturbances,"'Mesika accused. [Note: checkpoints are taken down as "good will" gestures -- and I choke even as I write this.]
"One month ago Mesika urged the IDF to begin responding to rock attacks with live fire, and warned that the lack of a harsh response was creating 'anarchy.'
"Sources in the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) Knesset faction joined Mesika in calling Tuesday for a tougher response to terrorism.
“...'When terrorists with blood on their hands are released after just a short time in prison, they understand that murdering a Jew is OK...
"'We call on the government of Israel to start taking the threat of terrorism seriously. Don’t play with terrorists. The murder of Israeli citizens is not a game.'"
""Day in, day out, and hour by hour, they have been preaching [that Israel has no right to exist]. So certainly the lie has taken root, and there is no way to fight a lie except with the truth."
He made no explicit reference to the Arab League proposal in his statement here, but the implication is clear.
Abbas refuses to recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.
What is more, the Arabs persist in their demand that so-called "refugees" -- now numbering over 4 million because of the bogus way that UNRWA tracks them -- "return" to Israel. Understand this: If (Heaven forbid) there should be a Palestinian state, these "refugees" would not be counted among its citizens. This has been made clear repeatedly on the record. The demand that they should return to Israel -- which, it is claimed, is their "rightful" place -- would be sustained. There is absolutely no reason for this other than a desire to overwhelm the Jewish population of Israel and destroy Israel from within.
In the face of these bitter realities, what the hell is an offer -- not even for Israel to retain land that is rightfully hers -- but for a square-meter-by-square-meter exchange of land?
Netanyahu's statement on public diplomacy is thus very welcome. Everyone who cares about Israel, not just Israeli diplomats, must take it to heart. Day in and day out, hour by hour, the truth must be told.
The mainstream media in the US certainly doesn't talk about these matters. But people must learn about the terrorists who murder innocents, and about Fatah (the predominant party of the PA!) that praises those terrorists. They should be told as well that "Palestinians poll highest among world's Muslims favoring suicide bombings."
See: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=8987 ,
Peace? A peace process?
I speak for many Israelis, when I say that my heart is heavy with the injustices, and that I am not in a conciliatory mood. We must pursue our rights and keep our people safe. Period. Anyone who imagines we "owe" the Arabs anything is morally skewed.
And there are good people working for the interests of Israel. Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel (HaBayit Hayehudi) has told the prime minister that his party will not support the 2013 budget if funds are not included to cover construction in Judea and Samaria, particularly construction that was agreed upon after the PA's unilateral move at the UN General Assembly last year.
This, he said, would be seen by his party as going back on promises "and we will oppose the approval of the budget until a solution to the promised funding is found."
Bravo for this!
It's easy for Netanyahu to make a dramatic statement of intentions in the midst of a political challenge, and then to let it slide by when time for actualization comes. Ariel is attempting to prevent this from happening.
Said Ariel, yesterday:
"I turned to the prime minister today and warned him that if the 2013 budget doesn’t include full funding for building projects in Judea and Samaria...Bayit Yehudi will consider its coalition agreement as having been violated, and it won’t support the budget unless a solution is found for the promised funds."
Most controversial is the issue of building in E1, which runs between Ma'aleh Adumim and Jerusalem, and which the PA claims (erroneously) is necessary for a contiguous Palestinian state.
Coalition chairman Yariv Levin (Likud) said that "Likud Beitenu is obligated to the settlement enterprise. We will insist that the new budget strengthens the settlements and ensures their development."
And then there is the legislation that is being moved along that would require approval in a national referendum and a super-majority in the Knesset before any land could be relinquished in a "peace deal."
The original legislation was promoted in 2010 by MK Ofir Akunis (Likud), and is now being shepherded by Coalition Chairman MK Yariv Levin (Likud), who has drafted a new amendment to the proposed bill. Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi) and Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) are expected to be for this proposal, which was addressed in their coalition agreements.
And...Prime Minister Netanyahu supports this legislation as well: "A peace deal is not just any move, and a peace deal cannot be decided by a simple majority when it affects everyone. We will support it." His support is a major factor in seeing this pass.
Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beitenu) was opposed in coalition discussions, but I have since read he would go along.
Not surprisingly, Tzipi Livni is adamantly opposed. This tells us, clearly, that she does not believe any deal she would be instrumental in striking with the PA would receive public and Knesset sanction. She is a bit of a hypocrite on this score. For in 2000, when she was still a Likud member of the Knesset, she supported a bill that would have required a public referendum on any agreement with the Palestinian Authority.
The urgent matters I have written about here have again trumped the analysis (such as it will be) of the situation in Syria that I had hoped to offer, as well as other matters to be mentioned.
There is, please Heaven, always the next posting.