Housing Minister: Construction Freeze is in Barak’s Hands
Barak heads the Labor Party, which is currently the Knesset’s fourth-largest party. It has lost more than two-thirds of its strength over the last 18 years, dropping in the last six Knesset elections, from 44 seats in 1992 to only 13 today.
Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov (Israel Our Home) said on Sunday, “We are a nationalist government; Labor joined [only] because it is used to sitting in the coalition, and will remain because it has nowhere else to go. We must respect the US which agree to the ten-month freeze, but at the end of the ten months, we must end the freeze.”
Despite this, it appears that Barak might have the final word. This follows from the fact that Judea and Samaria is officially under military rule. Housing Minister Attias told Voice of Israel Radio on Sunday, “Even if the freeze ends, we will not be able to release tenders for construction in Judea and Samaria if Barak does not sign the requests for construction that have been lying on his desk. Regardless of whether the freeze is extended or not, without Barak’s signature there will be no construction.”
At a conference in the Knesset last week on the construction freeze, Yesha Council head Danny Dayan said that Barak must be pressured to be more lenient on Jewish housing requests in Judea and Samaria. When MK Michael Ben-Ari said that Dayan should be assigning the responsibility to Netanyahu, Dayan agreed that it was not perfectly clear whether it was Netanyahu leading Barak or the opposite.
BARAK HAS TO GO
BARAK HAS TO GO
So, who is going to help get him ousted?
Please, do your part too.
Police: More Yesha Expulsions On the Way
The 11 buildings are structures built in existing communities and outposts including Yitzhar, Havat Gilad, Har Bracha, Havot Yair, Itamar, and Mevo Dotan. In some cases, the buildings are nothing more than a ritual bath or a man-made pool, but in others they are residences.
“Ever since this government was established, the situation on the ground in Judea and Samaria has only gotten worse,” said Yossi Dagan, spokesman for the Samaria Council. “The Defense Ministry led by Ehud Barak is acting like an extension of the U.S. State Department and has not ceased to chase after the communities in Judea and Samaria and their residents.”
Activists on the ground report that the police have formed a new unit to deal exclusively with evacuations in Judea and Samaria. The force, which is composed of Border Guard police officers, regular police officers, elite police forces, and mounted units, recently trained for evacuation scenarios in the IDF Adam facility near Modi’in.
MK Yaakov Katz (Ketzaleh) condemned the police’s decision to destroy structures in Judea and Samaria. “The police should focus first on the thousands of illegal Arab structures in the Negev and the Galilee,” he said on Army Radio. “I call on every family in Judea and Samaria to have another child this year,” he said, “and in 50 years there will be 1,000,000 people in Yesha.”
Is Ketzaleh blind, or ignorant? Doesn't he KNOW WHO BARAK WORKS FOR? Is this unforgivable weakness on Ketzaleh's part, or is it just one more betrayal, by the very party that should defend our rights, the party of the LAND OF ISRAEL?
Is this the only response he can find: to have babies - how long does it take to make a baby? We are talking IMMEDIATE DANGER HERE: why is he not addressing the REAL ISSUE?
Barak Gaining Influence, Meeting With Fayyad
Barak Supports Unilateral Withdrawals
Though generally talks with foreign entities are led by the Foreign Minister, Defense Minister Barak is scheduled to meet with Fayyad at 1:30 this afternoon. No details have been provided on location or on the agenda to be discussed.
Famous for his unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon a decade ago, his offer of 98% of Judea and Samaria to Yasser Arafat seven years ago, and his recent praise for the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza of five years ago, Barak has apparently been recently assigned a position of strong influence in the Netanyahu government in the framework of talks with the Palestinian Authority. Barak told reporters last week that a meeting was to be held, and said, “This is not the first time we are meeting... I assume we will talk about the situation on the ground and security coordination.”
Netanyahu to WashingtonPrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, on his way today (Monday) to Washington to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama, called yesterday for direct talks with the PA. He said that the time has come for PA chairman Abbas to meet with him directly. “One who wants peace is not afraid of direct talks,” he said.
More Pressure FearedIsrael agreed to a ten-month freeze on Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria simply in order to get the PA to agree to indirect talks. It is now feared that Israel will be pressured to agree to the continuation of the freeze in order to enable direct talks.
Barak Under Fire Within PartyBarak, for his part, has long been under fire within his own Labor Party, and tensions between him and others have intensified in recent days. Former party leader Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, currently the Industry and Trade Minister, yelled at Barak and threatened him in front of reporters and party members yesterday.
The issue concerned Ben-Eliezer’s secret meeting with Turkey’s Foreign Minister last week. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was not informed in advance of the meeting, and publicly criticized Prime Minister Netanyahu for this. Barak, for his part, capitalized on the tensions by telling Lieberman and reporters that he had opposed the meeting – which angered Ben-Eliezer, who said that Barak had told him privately that he supported the meeting.
Barak does not enjoy great support within his abbreviated, 13-MK, left-wing faction. Many of the MKs do not support the party’s membership in the Netanyahu coalition.
On the nationalist side of the spectrum, Netanyahu has been criticized for giving Barak too much say in political matters, particularly the construction freeze. Barak has unilaterally expanded the freeze to include more than the original Cabinet decision stipulated.
And, just on time for the Fourth of July, here is a very important comment sent by Anonymous:
One would imagine that in a self proclaimed "democracy" such as Israel, the US Constitution would serve as trail blazer for us as well.
My estimate is that many of the gruesome acts against civilians here would be rather reduced if the equivalent of the Second Amendment would be in place.
News Alert: Supreme Court extends gun rights nationwide, casts doubt on Chicago-area handgun bans
10:11 AM EDT Monday, June 28, 2010
The U.S. Supreme Court extended the reach of the constitutional right to bear arms by saying it binds state and local governments as well as the federal government.
For more information, visit washingtonpost.com:
Petition is being prepared for the Knesset's review incorporating within the Basic Law here an identical copy of the US Constitution Second Amendment.
HAIL THE U.S. CONSTITUTION! HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!