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Government changes the torture scheme for Yigal Amir

Yigal AmirYigal Amir will soon be moved into a cell with four other prisoners. He has spent an astonishing 17 years in solitary confinement, an unheard-of ordeal, even in the USSR. It is a miracle that after so many years of psychological torture Yigal remains sane and defiant.

His solitary confinement came at a time when Arab murderers in Israeli jails were being given access to satellite TV and cellular phones.

Far from lightening Yigal’s burden, the prison service promised to carefully select his cellmates. They will be criminals barred from the common ward rather than political dissenters like him. Being locked up with those criminals will probably endanger his life.

Haggai Amir is out of prison

Haggai, the brother of Yigal Amir, has been released from prison after sixteen years of confinement. He received a fifteen-year sentence for his non-existent role in the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, and another year was added when he ‘threatened’ Ariel Sharon from jail.

By now, even mainstream politicians like Lieberman say that the Oslo Accords were misguided and must be repealed. Does not it look, therefore, like Amir acted in the public interest?

Haggai Amir

04 May 2012 Posted in right

Knesset exhibits schizophrenia on Jerusalem issue

The Knesset speaker refused to put to the vote a bill by Arab MK Tibi, which calls Jerusalem the capital of Palestine. The speaker has such power with regard to drafts which clearly undermine the Jewish state. Such power was allocated in the days of Rabbi Kahane: in order to prevent even discussion of Kahane’s commonsense but politically incorrect bills, the speaker was awarded veto power over ‘racist’ bills, and to balance that, also over those that undermine the Jewish state.

But if Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital undermines the Jewish state, why has every Israeli prime minister since Rabin not been charged with high treason for negotiating that exact solution, dividing the city?

Jewish hero treated worse than Arabs

Igal AmirPetah Tikva court rejected a petition by Yigal Amir to let him pray in minyan.

Yigal, convicted of assassinating Yitzhak Rabin, is the longest-serving solitary confinement prisoner in Israeli history, and perhaps in the history of any civilized country. He is allowed to meet one prisoner, a different one each time, three times a week for one hour.

The prohibition of minyan severely curtails his religious rights while Arab terrorists nearby pray as they wish and generally enjoy life with cell phones and satellite TV. Shabak alleges that Yigal would indoctrinate other prisoners during his minyan sessions. If such is his ability, he must be made our Foreign Minister. And Arab terrorists haggling together—they, of course, do not indoctrinate each other, according to Shabak’s logic.

Rabin’s sanctuary rightly vandalized

Yitzhak RabinA young man threw paint at Rabin’s memorial in Tel Aviv, an iconic place for leftists. The man’s parents had died in the Sbarro terrorist attack, and the suicide bomber’s accomplice is about to be released in the current deal. One might regret that he threw paint on dead Rabin rather than acid on the sadly living Netanyahu.

Other high-profile terrorists to be released were participants in the deadly attacks on Dolphinarium, Park Hotel, and Matza restaurant.

A mind-boggling 280 terrorists who were serving life sentences for direct involvement in the murder of Jews will be released. We can only hope that the families of Netanyahu, Barak, and other scum who voted for the deal will be among the next victims of these released terrorists.

What is he ashamed of?

Netanyahu criticized MK Danny Danon for interfering in US politics by endorsing US presidential candidate Rick Perry. Why not, however? The White House blatantly interferes in Israeli politics, openly supporting Peres and Livni. Rabin, during his ambassadorial career in Washington, famously interfered in US presidential elections with excellent results. It is only fearful Jews who refuse to take sides by saying, “yes, we have a problem with Obama and we do not want him there.”

Fake arguments over real problem

Netanyahu and Livni sparred in the Knesset about the framework for peace with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu insisted on terms he knows full well will never be implemented: a unified Jerusalem and an IDF presence in the Jordan Valley (Rabin had insisted on annexation). Livni did not dare to publicly sacrifice those sacred cows, and so had nothing on which to challenge Netanyahu. Instead, she claimed that the Israeli government somehow missed ‘a historic chance’ presented by Peres to hold an international peace conference under Jordanian auspices. As if yet another conference would have solved anything.

Netanyahu: to the left of Rabin

As we expected, the Palestinians rejected Netanyahu’s peace overtures, which offered them a state in provisional boundaries. Among other perks, Netanayahu offered them the Jordan Valley, in which Israel would only maintain a military presence.

The government’s position is a major step down from that of Rabin, who proclaimed a few days before his assassination that the Jordan Valley will be included in the boundaries of Israel.

Palestinians see correctly that they need not negotiate with Israel, but need only to wait for diplomatic recognition from more countries. Jews are losing negotiations because they are unwilling to squeeze their Arab enemies to make them sue for peace on our terms.

Israeli PMs: they all lie

The Palestinian papers, which have been published by Al Jazeera, confirm that Netanyahu promised the Obama administration that he would prevent construction in Maaleh Adumim’s E1 neighborhood. He did that in secret just months after promising in his election campaign to launch the construction immediately.

The E1 neighborhood is so important strategically that it was zoned for development by Rabin’s government. Since him, every prime minister has vowed to start the construction—and lied.

Settlement freeze: the details

Just as his cabinet is expected to vote to approve an extension of the construction freeze, Netanyahu has revealed that the exact details of the American incentives package are still being discussed. Huh? Then why are we voting for the freeze in return for we know not what?

Netanyahu implies that the American incentives are connected to halting Iran’s nuclear program. Oh sure, we’ll have yet another round of useless sanctions. Meanwhile, Bushehr goes hot in a few days, despite Mossad’s sabotage.

So far, the White House has promised us a veto on the unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood—but only for one year. And should we not expect the United States to veto such a declaration as a matter of friendship and alliance, regardless of the freeze? Obama also promised not to pressure Israel for a settlement freeze. But are we to believe the same Hussein who has already broken his electoral promises to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and help Israel to defend herself?

Barak claimed that the American gift of 20 F-35’s justifies the freeze. But why do we need those advanced jets if we cannot even bomb Bushehr?

Shas’ ministers can defeat the freeze vote, but needless to say, Shas will vote with the prime minister who bought them with stipends to religious students. Or, as a face-saving measure, they will abstain from voting. Nominally, Shas demands that construction in Jerusalem be encouraged, which would never happen on a meaningful scale even if it were approved. And what is the point of building there if R. Ovadia Yosef has already approved giving the place to Arabs, ostensibly to save Jewish lives?

Peaceniks laud the American pressure as a way to avoid a binational state. As if a state where Arabs constitute 34% of the youth is not already binational.

During the three-month freeze, Netanyahu is expected to abandon the Jordan Valley to the Arabs, leaving only a minimal IDF presence. This is the issue over which Rabin was killed: in his last Knesset speech, he refused to cede the valley. Is it not bizarre that instead of attacking Iran, as he promised to do during the elections, Netanyahu negotiates away the Jordan Valley, Israel’s major security barrier?

Worse, the freeze is entirely futile. It will cover East Jerusalem only nominally, but Abbas demands a formal freeze there. The upcoming talks assume IDF’s presence in the Jordan Valley after the Palestinian declaration of statehood, something that Abbas categorically opposes. And Netanyahu cannot sell to his government any agreement with the Palestinians which includes a division of Jerusalem.

Both Netanyahu and Abbas know the price of a peace treaty, but neither is strong enough to gain public approval for it.

Netanyahu misreads Kissinger

Kissinger and Rabin in 1975Bibi asked Dr.Kissinger for advice on achieving a breakthrough in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

But what exactly is Kissinger’s experience? About the only thing that he actually did was to force Rabin to disengage from Sinai. Despite IDF’s vehement opposition, Kissinger convinced Rabin to withdraw Israeli forces to the Mitla and Gidi passes. That extremely dangerous move exposed Sinai to a quick invasion by the Egyptians. On the other hand, it also allowed a period of ceasefire with a huge buffer zone and no confrontations. That border quiet eventually built sufficient trust between Begin and Sadat for them to sign the peace treaty.

Kissinger’s situation was completely different: Rabin was extremely eager to achieve peace with Egypt, a real and strong enemy. No similar desire exists for peace with weak the Palestinians. Rabin gave away a buffer zone hundreds of miles from Israeli population centers; Netanyahu will be ceding  historical Jewish land a few miles from our major cities.

If there is one lesson Netanyahu should take from Kissinger, it is this: asked what final borders he envisages for Israel in return for non-belligerence with the Arabs, Kissinger replied that he only hopes he won’t be around by that time.

15 years without Rabin

Yitzhak RabinAs Israeli officialdom prepares to commemorate Rabin’s death (which many Jews would prefer to celebrate), let us recap some of the highlights of his career.

Since the early 1970s, Rabin was adamant that we hold the West Bank as a bargaining chip for a peace treaty with the Arabs. He only agreed to exchange this land for full normalization of relations with all Arab states, not just Palestine. In this sense, he was to the right of Netanyahu.

Rabin objected to prisoner exchanges in situations wherein might exist the slightest chance of extracting our hostages by force; that was his reasoning behind the Entebbe operation. There can be little doubt that at some point in Shalit’s three years of captivity there was a chance, however slight, to free him by force.

Rabin refused to give the Jordan Valley to the PA. Netanyahu only pleads with Washington to allow Israel to station our troops there for some time.

Rabin advocated a step-by-step approach in which the Palestinians would gain attributes of statehood only on the condition that they improve their security cooperation with Israel. Netanyahu does not ask for that much in his talks with Abbas.

Rabin insisted on sealing Gaza off so that the Arabs would “kill each other like spiders in a can.” Netanyahu has all but agreed to lift the Gaza blockade.

During Rabin’s last years, right-wingers denounced him as a traitor and were mostly gleeful when he was killed. Puzzlingly, their attitude toward Netanyahu is much more permissive.

Are American Jews Jewish?

An AJC poll showed that 49% of American Jews support Obama’s Israel policy, which is the most hostile since the Rabin-Carter quarrel.

Fatah’s fake moderation

After USAID and the Geneva Initiative launched an advertising campaign in Israel depicting Palestinian terrorists as proponents of peace, the terrorists were quick to deny their moderation. Their negotiator Erekat denies even his own appearance in the video used in the ads, saying it was used out of context.

Meanwhile, Peres said to Abbas that no one is better suited than he is to bring peace. Which is somewhat true, because since Oslo Abbas has been about the only person in Fatah genuinely interested in reaching a settlement with Israel. For that very reason, he remained the odd man out, bitterly opposed by much of Fatah’s leadership, thus unable to implement any concessions.

Israeli leaders can lie during the elections and then propose defeatist ‘peace’ moves. Begin, Rabin, and Netanyahu were able to sign shameful withdrawals only because they felt safe in their treason. Abbas, on the other hand, knows that there are Hamas and other groups like it out there, who will nip his treason in the bud.

The Biography of Benjamin Netanyahu

by Barry Chamish

In 1976, the loss of his brother Yoni during the Entebbe raid derailed Binyamin’s plans to become an architect. Instead he settled for an MA in business administration and took a post at the Boston Consulting Group. His boss was Ira Magaziner, the man who later became the intellectual force behind the Clinton administration’s failed health-care reform package.

Already earning $100,000, and with a splendid career ahead of him, Netanyahu decided to give it all up and return to Israel to act as the marketing manager of a furniture concern, RIM Furniture, for a fraction of his Boston salary.
In 1979, Netanyahu organized an anti-terrorism conference in Jerusalem, dedicating it to his fallen brother. Somehow the unknown twenty-seven-year-old managed to attract the likes of CIA Director George Bush, Council On Foreign Relations (CFR) executive George Shultz, and Richard Perle (President’s Reagan’s chief arms negotiator) to the meeting, thrusting him briefly onto the world stage. But when the conference ended, it was back to
work at the furniture factory.

That all changed in 1982, when Israel’s Washington ambassador, Moshe Arens, appointed Netanyahu to be his deputy. This unprecedented career rise was the subject of much speculation. Arens was forced to explain, “People got a good laugh when they heard I phoned a furniture factory to find a deputy. What sold me on Bibi was his organization of the anti-terror conference, and the strong impression he made on the American leaders who participated.”

In the 2001 CFR annual report, Moshe Arens was listed as a member of the CFR’s Foreign Advisory Committee, followed in alphabetical order by the PLO’s Hanan Ashrawi. Arens admitted that Bush, Shultz, and Perle had pressed him to advance Netanyahu’s career and he fell in line.

In 1984, after two visibly successful years as Arens’ deputy, Bibi was named Israel’s ambassador to the UN. In another of those ironies that seem to follow him, he was appointed to the post by Shimon Peres over the objections of Yitzhak Shamir. It was the leader of the Labour Party who promoted Bibi’s early career.

And what a wise investment that turned out to be. Since Netanyahu has become Prime Minister, no matter how badly Labour has been mauled in the polls, the leader of the Likud—or its offspring Kadima—has always given the leader of Labour a vital cabinet Post. Ehud Barak is now Defence Minister even though Labour only won 8% of the vote. Sharon made Shimon Peres his Foreign Minister, while Ehud Olmert appointed the incompetent Amir Peretz as his
Defence Minister.

In 1985, Shultz chaired another anti-terror convention in Washington, which was supposedly organized by Netanyahu. Further,whenever George Bush visited New York—which was often—he would call on UN Ambassador Netanyahu.

Having groomed and financed Netanyahu into office, the CFR made certain his tenure as head of the opposition did not endanger the Oslo process. Though Netanyahu had the goods on enough scandals to fell Labor (e.g., Peres’ organization of the Rabin assassination), he was a remarkably restrained opposition leader. In September 1995, PM Rabin told what he thought was a funny story on Israel Television One. It seems his CFR handler, Henry Kissinger, phoned him to relate that Netanyahu had called to ask him to declare that American troops not be stationed on the Golan Heights as part of a peace deal with Syria. Whom Kissinger was supposed to relay this request to was not revealed. Kissinger, according to Rabin, laughed at Bibi and told him to quit bothering him. The next day Netanyahu confirmed this phone call but denied Rabin’s mocking version of it.

The moral of the story is that the leaders of both the government and the opposition got their orders from the same CFR officer. When most Israelis vote, they actually believe it is a personal lesson in democracy. They don’t even consider that the timing of the election and the primary candidates for office, Left and Right, are run out of the New York office of the CFR.

Early in 2001, Binyamin Netanyahu was in the midst of a lucrative speaking tour when he shared a private meeting with George Shultz and Henry Kissinger. In Netanyahu’s own words, Shultz and Kissinger told him it was time for elections in Israel. In fact, it wasn’t. Elections weren’t scheduled for another two years. Nonetheless, Netanyahu interrupted his tour, caught the first plane back to Israel, had a few words with Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and caught the next plane back to New York. Two days later Barak resigned as Prime Minister and called for new elections in which he would remain a candidate. It made no sense to Israelis, who were unaware that they had no power over their electoral system; that was controlled from New York.

Elections are timed so as to changes  to Israeli policy quickly, while the new Prime Minister is immune to public revolt. In 1992, Rabin entered the Oslo process immediately after his election. In 1996, Netanyahu unilaterally pulled out of Hebron within days of forming a government. In 1999, new PM Ehud Barak quickly ordered IDF troops out of Southern Lebanon, leaving our mostly Christian ally, the South Lebanese Army, defenseless against retaliation. In 2001, a Right Winger would have to replace Barak to get Israel out of Gaza and Northern Samaria. Ariel Sharon was the man for the job.

But wait, you may say! Wasn’t Sharon ruined when he ordered Falangist troops into their famed massacre at Sabra and Shatilla in 1982? Not at all. Once you have the CFR on your side, nothing will ever ruin your political career. Even Rabin’s murderer Shimon Peres survived all indignities to become Netanyahu’s President. But all is fair since, after all, Netanyahu got his job by blackmailing Peres over the Rabin murder in 1996. (Scroll to the end for proof).

Will Israelis ever wake up and understand that they don’t live in a democracy? Will they finally realize that the current PM Binyamin Netanyahu is not working in their interests, but that electing someone else will change nothing? Or that no common citizen can ever become Prime Minister. For that honor, you are chosen, financed, and aided from the Manhattan headquarters of the CFR, or you go on selling fish in the market.

Just how illegal was Oslo?

Maariv has published yet another compelling argument against the Oslo Accords.

According to the newspaper’s investigation, Rabin’s government purchased the vote of Bedouin MK as-Sana from the RAAM Arab party. The Bedouin was given 27 acres of state land, and the government undertook to build 70 homes for his family, which it gave to them practically free.

No guts to kill Raed

It seems that a major peace concession is brewing in the Israeli establishment.

Shabak, which framed a former Kach activist named Pearlman, is in hot water: Pearlman, who is accused of murdering several Arabs a decade ago, recorded conversations with his Shabak handlers. On the tape, agents urge him to kill Raed Saleh, the leader of the Northern Islamic Movement.

There is no doubt that Salah’s murder would have provoked a major wave of Arab riots. If indeed the government had wanted to eliminate Salah, he could have been jailed or assassinated cleanly, perhaps in a staged car accident. So Shabak’s plan was not so much to get rid of the maverick Muslim preacher as to frame the right-wingers.

That, of course, recalls the case of Yigal Amir, who was led to shoot at Rabin—also by Shabak agent.

Neither the army nor the police would welcome another round of major Arab attacks on settlers. Instigating riots only makes sense if the government wants to present the settlers to the public as a major security burden in the wake of their evacuation.

Unless the Shabak agent who tried to get Pearlman to assassinate Salah is just plain stupid.

PM: Israeli limits are sky-high

As thousands of Israelis gathered for a pro-Shalit rally, Netanyahu reiterated his readiness to release a thousand terrorists in exchange for him. Despite this mind-boggling disregard for the soldiers who risked their lives to arrest these terrorists (and the civilians who will die from their future attacks), Netanyahu insists that there is a limit to the concessions he is willing to make. And we know the name of that limit: Marwan Barghouti.

His rhetoric to the contrary notwithstanding, Abbas is pressing Israel not to release Barghouti, who would challenge him successfully in the next elections if he were free. Abbas is also pressing Israel not to make the prisoner exchange, which would boost Hamas’ popularity just before the Palestinian elections.

Netanyahu is media-savvy. He knows that the day after he gives in to the media’s demands to exchange Shalit at any cost, that same media will  lambaste him for making such a disproportional exchange, just as they pounded Rabin after the far less disproportional Jibril exchange.

Netanyahu wouldn’t be alone in conducting a disproportional exchange. Besides Rabin’s Jibril deal, there was another one conducted by Sharon, who exchanged a similar number of terrorists for a friend of his and Jewish drug dealer named Tannenbaum. (In fairness, it should be noted that Tannenbaum was privy to a major military secret). Menachem Begin exchanged 82 murderers (not just security prisoners) for a single soldier, and Levi Eshkol exchanged extremely high-value terrorists for the El Al passengers.

What did they agree to?

Upon his return from Washington, Ehud Barak announced the the Israeli-US crisis is over. Since Obama did not give in on appeasing the mullahs, we can deduce that Israel has given up on attacking Iran.

In two days, Mitchell will begin shuttling between Jerusalem and Ramallah to conduct silly indirect talks. In Israel as in Northern Ireland…

Abbas demanded the Jordan Valley as a precondition for entering the ‘peace’ talks. Netanyahu certainly remembers that his predecessor Yitzhak Rabin was killed after he refused to abandon the Jordan Valley to the Arabs. Bibi will be more prudent.

Netanyahu starts the end of Israel

The Israeli government has agreed to indirect talks with the PLO, which will include the final-status issues: Jerusalem and refugees (Arab refugees from Israel, not Jewish refugees from Arab countries, mind you).

Even the Rabin-Peres government refused to discuss Jerusalem, and even Olmert refused to discuss the refugees beyond a token number.

There is really nothing to discuss with the Arabs about Jerusalem: they want it all, including the Temple Mount. At most, Jews will continue wailing at the Western Wall as we did in the Middle Ages. The Temple Mount is negotiable for atheistic Jews, but not for good Muslims.

Netanyahu’s decision to discuss the refugees’ right-of-return will be fateful. No Palestinian leader can give up on his people’s right of return. As the return will remain the last stumbling block in the peace talks, the Israeli government will come under tremendous pressure to admit the refugees. Many voices will claim that a few hundred thousand Arabs won’t change Israel’s demographics— ignoring the fact that those are the worst Arab criminals and terrorists, fourth-generation welfare recipients, brainwashed with Jew-hatred. If Israel agrees to discuss the refugees, she would likely admit them.