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May 25, 2016




Liberman, Netanyahu Finalize Coalition Agreement



Yisrael Beytenu Knesset member Avigdor Liberman is one step closer towards being appointed Israel’s Defense Minister, after an agreement was reached overnight Tuesday on his demands to join the coalition. The agreement was reached during a meeting between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Liberman, which took place at Netanyahu’s office in Jerusalem.


Sources in the Likud said after the meeting that Liberman and Netanyahu will officially sign the coalition agreement, which will see Liberman appointed Defense Minister, during the day on Wednesday.


The issue of contention between the parties was Liberman's demand for additional pensions for new immigrants, which the Finance Ministry refused due to its sectarian nature. However, reports in Israeli media overnight Tuesday said that the sides agreed that the outline will apply to all seniors, not just those who immigrated from the former Soviet Union, and the funding will be 1.3-1.4 billion shekels annually.


Due to the delay in signing the coalition agreement, Liberman's swearing in as Defense Minister will be delayed and will not take place this week. According to protocol, once the coalition agreement is signed it must be made available to Knesset members for a period of at least 24 hours. Knesset discussions are scheduled to conclude earlier than usual on Wednesday due to the holiday of Lag Ba'Omer, hence the postponement until next week.


Meanwhile, despite signing with Liberman, Netanyahu may be headed towards another crisis in the coalition, this time with Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett. Earlier on Tuesday, Bennett demanded that Netanyahu appoint a military secretary to update the Cabinet on IDF affairs at all times.


The demand was due to a report on Operation Protective Edge and the Second Lebanon War, which found that critical intelligence was not shared with Cabinet members and that they were not properly trained for their position, which resulted in a lack of competence on the part of some ministers.


Netanyahu did not respond to Bennett's statement, and the latter said later on Tuesday that he intends to oppose the appointment of Liberman as Defense Minister if the Prime Minister continues to deflect the proposal.


Lone Soldier Honored for Single-Handedly Killing Four Terrorists



Staff Sgt. Sahar Elbaz was a long way from home in 2014 when he was thrust into Gaza. Elbaz made aliyah from the US in 2012. Two years later, as part of the IDF's Givati Brigade, he was faced with a nightmare situation as his unit was attacked by terrorists in Rafah.


The lone soldier ignored his commander's orders to take cover and returned fire - overcoming a jam in his weapon to eliminate four out of five terrorists. Elbaz was one of only five soldiers to receive the Chief of Staff’s citation in Operation Protective Edge, which was bestowed upon him for his bravery, resourcefulness and fortitude - and he now is being awarded Nefesh B'Nefesh's Bonei Zion award 2016. The brave young man recounted his experiences in a Channel 10 interview Tuesday night.


"I was in a position where I was the only one who was exposed to the shooting, when suddenly five terrorists attacked me with Kalashnikovs and threw grenades," Elbaz stated. "As I was shooting in response I encountered the jam, which I overcame thanks to exercises and training. I killed four out of five terrorists; the fifth ran into a nearby mosque, where he was killed by another soldier."


Elbaz said that at the height of the encounter terrorists came within six or seven feet of him - and he cannot explain how he survived when he was so close to death, but adding that, just like he was told during training, "until you're in it in real time, you don't know if you're built to handle such an incident. But I proved it to myself - I came to Israel, and I did this for the benefit of the country."


Elbaz's parents remain in the US, but he has two sisters who live in Israel. He hopes that the award will help encourage his parents to make aliyah. "I miss my parents, and I knew that I would miss them, but we hope they will return to Israel soon," he said.


Bob Dylan’s Forgotten Pro-Israel Song



"I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now,” Bob Dylan sang in 1964’s “My Back Pages.” Reverse-aging or no, the legendary Jewish folk singer turned 75 on Tuesday.


While Dylan’s Jewishness has been examined and reexamined over the years, relatively little attention has been paid to his 1983 song “Neighborhood Bully” — a rare declaration of full-throated Israel support by a mainstream American rocker. See


The lyrics equate Israel with an “exiled man,” who is unjustly labeled a bully for fending off constant attacks by his neighbors. Dylan released the song on his second studio album, “Infidels,” in the wake of his brief born-again Christian phase during the late 1970s and early 1980s.Some of the lyrics sound like they could have been taken from a speech by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who often portrays Israel as besieged. “Neighborhood Bully” came after Israel’s controversial 1982 Lebanon War, at a time when even Israelis were questioning their government.


Well, the neighborhood bully, he’s just one man

His enemies say he’s on their land

They got him outnumbered about a million to one

He got no place to escape to, no place to run

He’s the neighborhood bully


Other lyrics are reminiscent of the 2015 campaign ads for religious Zionist political party Jewish Home, in which party leader (and Education Minister) Naftali Bennett urges Israelis to “stop apologizing.”


Well, he knocked out a lynch mob, he was criticized

Old women condemned him, said he should apologize.

Then he destroyed a bomb factory, nobody was glad

The bombs were meant for him. He was supposed to feel bad

He’s the neighborhood bully


Born Robert Allen Zimmerman and raised Jewish in Minnesota, Dylan has maintained Israel ties throughout his life. He visited the country several times in the late 1960s and 1970s and even took steps toward joining a kibbutz. He played three shows in Israel in 1987, 1993 and 2011. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement pressed him to cancel his most recent performance — to no avail.





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 Paradise Regained, Paradise Lost

By Don Canaan (Commentary)

This year marked the 34th anniversary of the return of the Sinai by Israel to Egypt--a day of mourning by many of the 2,000 settlers who settled and later were forcibly evacuated by Israeli authorities under the command of Ariel Sharon, from the seaside city of Yamit on the Mediterranean.

Yamit was former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan's dream--a projected seaport and city of 250,000 founded on the Sinai sand dunes overlooking date palm trees and the blue Mediterranean--a populated buffer between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on the other side of the Suez Canal.

Some alternate historians say Moses and the children of Israel passed near the site of Yamit 3,500 years ago as they wandered for 40 years through the Sinai Desert on their way to the proverbial land of milk and honey.

Since April 25, 1982 only the whine of the desert wind weaves its currents through the crevices of destroyed homes, businesses and monument--a memorial to the young men who died during the 1967 Six Day war.

Christians, Jews and Muslims died during three Arab-Israeli wars and battles that took place in the Sinai in 1956, 1967 and 1973--Egyptian and Israeli--young people who fought and died in that desolate, forsaken desert wasteland.

The modern-day chariot carrying Egyptian President Mohammed Anwar al-Sadat hugged the intermittently green coastline of Sinai on its historic mission to Jerusalem. Israelis glancing upward into the clear night sky saw merely a jet banking gently to the northwest.

Official Israeli government policy was that the settlers had to be removed and the army came and forcibly removed the remaining diehard residents. The Jerusalem Post described the scene: Apocalypse had arrived in Yamit and in the dust and noise and destruction one could wander freely. Dozens of bulldozers and giant mobile air hammers were loose in the city like a pack of predatory beasts."

April 25, 20011 marked the 29th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Yamit and Sinai and a cold peace between long-term enemies.

That gift of peace silently glided overhead as the Sabbath disappeared and the stars appeared. At 8:01 p.m. Sadat's jetliner landed at Ben-Gurion Airport and the first minutes of a then potential peace came to the Middle East.

Old enemies became new friends. The crowds roared its approval when Sadat shook hands with Moshe Dayan. A person standing nearby, according to the Jerusalem Post, said Sadat told Dayan, "Don't worry Moshe, it will be all right."

The peace treaty between the two nations was signed on March 26, 1979 and on April 25, 1982; the events that had started on a November day at Camp David came to fruition. Sinai was returned to Egypt. Yamit was bulldozed to the ground. But Anwar Sadat did not live to see that day. He had been assassinated seven months before.



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