Colonel (Res.) Zeev Raz wrote that if the Prime Minister acts undemocratically, he should be killed, citing a traditional Jewish law

Former senior Air Force officer hints at murdering Prime Minister
February 4, 2023

Colonel (Res.) Zeev Raz, one of the leaders of the anti-Netanyahu protest movement and a former fighter pilot, is seemingly calling to murder the Prime Minister on the charges of “rodef”, a traditional Jewish law that allows bystanders to preemptively kill a potential murderer..,Raz writes, “If a Prime Minister gets up and takes the authority of a dictator, that Prime Minister is a man of death, it’s that simple, together with his ministers and those who work with him. We also have to have the law of ‘rodef.’ “My rodef law states: If a man, Israeli or foreign, takes over my county and rules it undemocratically, there is an obligation to kill him. READ MORE

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We need a way out of the judicial clash, not more angry rhetoric — a rejoinder to Gordis, Friedman and Klein-Halevi

We need a way out of the judicial clash, not more angry rhetoric
Gerald M Steinberg
February 3, 2023

I have a great deal of respect for Daniel Gordis, Matti Friedman and Yossi Klein-Halevi. Their contributions as articulate and passionate Zionist voices, standing against the chorus of ignorance and hate, are invaluable. But I strongly disagree with their “letter to Israel’s friends in North America.” Like most of the debate over the new government’s proposals to restructure Israel’s legal system, their rhetoric is dangerously over the top. Instead of contributing positively by suggesting possible paths out of this self-destructive cycle, they became part of it. And in contrast to adding their influential voices to the attempts by both sides to portray the other as entirely lacking in legitimacy, those who take this crisis seriously should begin by acknowledging and addressing real concerns. READ MORE

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Congressional resolution: “Representative Omar, by her own words, has disqualified herself from serving on the Committee on Foreign Affairs”

Republicans oust Ilhan Omar from high-profile U.S. House committee
Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan
February 2, 2023

U.S. House of Representatives Republicans on Thursday ousted Democrat Ilhan Omar from a high-profile committee over remarks widely condemned as antisemitic, two years after Democrats removed two Republicans from committee assignments. The deeply divided House voted 218-211 along party lines to remove Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee with Republicans citing the 2019 remarks for which she later apologized. One Republican voted “present.” Omar, who arrived in the United States as a refugee from Somalia, is the only African-born member of Congress and one of the only Muslim women in the House. She was in line to be the top Democrat on the foreign affairs panel’s Africa subcommittee. READ MORE

NBC NEWS Rep. Ilhan Omar backs resolution recognizing Israel as a ‘legitimate’ ally as GOP moves to oust her from committee More than 30 House Democrats have signed on to a new resolution “recognizing Israel as America’s legitimate and democratic ally and condemning antisemitism.” The most notable among them: Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, a Muslim American who has been a fierce critic of Israel and the Jewish lobby. Republicans ousted her from the Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday for what members of both parties said were antisemitic remarks.

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Netanyahu: ‘I call on citizens not to take the law into their own hands – for that we have an army and police’

Seven killed, three injured in Jerusalem synagogue massacre
Gadi Zaig, Yonah Jeremy Bob
January 27, 2023

In the worst murderous rampage Israel has known in years, seven people were killed in a shooting attack outside a synagogue in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Neve Yaakov on Friday evening. The 21-year-old terrorist – a resident of east Jerusalem – arrived outside the Ateret Avraham synagogue at around 8 p.m. and opened fire at people walking nearby. He then attempted to flee the scene by car and fired in the direction of Israel Police officers who fired back and killed him. After a second terrorist attack in the City of David on Saturday morning, the IDF bolstered its forces in the West Bank with three additional battalions. In addition, since Friday night, the police had arrested over 40 suspects who were taken in for questioning to determine if the attacker had assistance. READ MORE

ELDER OF ZIYON The most progressive, liberal, Westernized Palestinians support murdering Jews Up until Friday night’s terror attack in Jerusalem, Mahmoud Abbas usually condemned terror attacks like that – usually at the urging of the US. This time, he didn’t. And the Palestinian intelligentsia who are the face of Palestinians to the Western world got the memo.

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“Attempts to run the anti-Trump playbook against Bibi ignore the deep differences between Israel’s resilient democratic culture and America’s polarized partisan mess”

Israeli Democracy Is Fine, Thank You for Asking
Gil Troy
February 1, 2023

As the brutal videos from Memphis of Black police officers beating a Black man to death trigger yet another racial paroxysm, many Americans are claiming that Israeli democracy is doomed. While this juxtaposition may seem odd, disruptions in both countries can teach us that democratic life is often a roller-coaster ride. No democracy is problem-free—and it is self-defeating to hear every governmental initiative you dislike as liberty’s death knell. While there is much to debate about Israel’s judicial system, reports of the death of Israeli democracy are highly exaggerated. READ MORE

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Orit Strook rebukes Blinken over his veiled criticism of Israel’s judicial reform

Israeli minister to Blinken: We don’t need to be lectured on democracy
January 31, 2023

An Israeli minister publicly rebuked U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken Tuesday, chiding him for expressing the Biden administration’s concerns over the Netanyahu government’s plans to reform the judicial system. In a tweet Tuesday morning, National Missions Minister Orit Strook (Religious Zionist Party) accused Blinken of lecturing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on democracy during their meeting in Jerusalem Monday evening. While the Israeli premier tried to steer the conversation towards his concerns regarding Iran and the Islamic regime’s nuclear aspirations, Blinken hinted at White House opposition to the Netanyahu government’s handling of the judicial reform plan. READ MORE

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Today, Iranian money gushes into the coffers of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and many analysts now believe Iran is beginning to influence the Palestinian Authority as well

The Russia-Iran axis may prompt the West to see Israel with new eyes
Fiamma Nirenstein
January 31, 2023

Media claims that last weekend’s terror attacks in Jerusalem were an act of revenge for the deaths of nine members of Islamic Jihad during an IDF raid in Jenin are false. The attacks were a product of hateful ideology and antisemitic incitement. One can see this in the way Palestinian society celebrated the attack. In Ramallah, Nablus, Jenin and eastern Jerusalem, candies were joyously handed out, while Hamas, Islamic Jihad and even the ostensibly “moderate” Fatah spoke in praise of the murderers. Far from a specific act of revenge, the attacks were part of a long legacy of Palestinian opposition to the very presence of Jews in the Land of Israel, which in the last year alone has resulted in 2,200 attacks and 29 deaths. READ MORE

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American Jews write letter critical of Israel’s plans to reform judiciary

169 liberal US Jewish leaders sign letter expressing concern over Israeli government
Jacob Magid
February 1, 2023

A letter signed by 169 US liberal Jewish leaders and published Wednesday expressed concern over many of the policies proposed by the new hardline Israeli government. The statement calls for a “critical and necessary debate” about the government’s policies and cautioned against false accusations of antisemitism aimed at Israel’s critics. “Those who employ accusations of antisemitism as a political weapon poison the debate. They weaken our ability to fight real antisemitism and effectively advocate for a strong US-Israel relationship,” it read. The list of signatories includes the former executives of rabbinical seminaries, Jewish Federations, AIPAC and the Conference of Presidents. READ MORE

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Senator Risch re-introducing UNRWA Accountability and Transparency Act which would halt agency funding until all its antisemitic issues are thoroughly addressed

Biden Admin Announces $50 Million in New UNRWA Funding
Andrew Bernard
February 1, 2023

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday announced $50 million in new funding for a UN agency that is dedicated solely to the descendants of Palestinian refugees and which has been widely denounced for propagating antisemitism, eliciting rebuke from a top Senate Republican…Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, slammed the move Wednesday. “The Biden Administration is far too eager to give out US taxpayer dollars to UNRWA,” Risch told The Algemeiner. “I do not support a single US taxpayer dollar going to UNRWA without serious reform, in part because their textbooks continue time and again to include antisemitic content…” READ MORE

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The idea of applying financial pressure on the PA to end pay-to-slay was inspired by the horrific murder of a young American Army veteran in Tel Aviv and legislated by the U.S. Congress long before the law passed Israel’s Knesset

Time For Palestinian Leaders to End “Pay-to-Slay” Terror Bounties
Enia Krivine
January 28, 2023

Earlier this month, Israel’s new finance minister Bezalel Smotrich withheld just under $40 million of tax revenue that Israel collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Smotrich told reporters at a press conference that he is pursuing “justice” by transferring the $40 million to Israeli victims of terrorism. PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh called it “another nail in the Palestinian Authority’s coffin.” Smotrich, when asked whether withholding revenue from the cash-strapped authority could result in its collapse, responded: If the PA “encourages terror and is an enemy, I have no interest for it to continue to exist.” READ MORE

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