In a refreshing change, Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon flatly on Wednesday that there will be no new freeze on Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria.
In a press conference after his meeting Tuesday in Jordan with King Abdullah II and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, Ban had forcefully urged Netanyahu to reinstate an Israeli unilateral construction freeze in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria as a “goodwill gesture” to the Hamas-allied 'Palestinian' Authority, saying that such construction was “not helpful”. Ban did not specify for whom building hom,es was unhelpful, and needless to say, Ban had nothing to say about 'Palestinian' construction in the area.
FP: Against all those who relied on the West and the UN to terminate their support of the unity government just because Hamas is defined a terror organization by same, I predicted that, on the contrary, not only will the funding of the Palestinians not stop, but that there will be increased pressure on Israel for further concessions to a government including Hamas. The UN has now initiated such pressure and a collapsing EU will follow suit. And if Obama is reelected, watch out. He has already revealed his intentions by asking Congress to refrain from a funding ban on UNESCO that’s required by law and I predict that in the absence of military or other developments, Obama will probably go for trading Israel’s nukes for Iran’s.
Don’t rely on the support of Israel in Congress and by the American people to prevent that, nor on Netanyahu to hold fast to the pressure.
After Israel gives initial approval for nearly 600 housing units in Shiloh, Washington repeats policy on settlement activity • U.N. Middle East envoy Robert Serry calls new housing plan “deplorable."
See what I mean?
John Bolton on Israel's criticism of Obama handling Iran (via Israel Matzav)
FP: Had Israel wanted to strike Iran, it would have done it, instead of whining to the Obama administration, which (a) is useless and (b) provides ammunition to the anti-Semitic left that accuses Israel of driving the US to war against its own interests.
Council for Higher Education rules Bar Ilan University must immediately cease accepting students without bachelor’s degrees to master’s, Ph.D. programs • Ruling comes after Yair Lapid's entry into doctoral program despite never completing B.A. degree.
FP: In Israel education is being corrupted and destroyed as much as it is everywhere else in the West.
Yaakov Ahimeir: Journalistic courage
The death of Marie Colvin should remind us that reporters are risking their lives to get the word out.
FP: About the main thing that we’re reminded of when journalists get hurt is how rare such events are relative to the safe ignorance, laziness and lack of objectivity of most of the mainstream media.
Uri Heitner: A Tal tale
A country fighting for its very existence cannot afford the luxury of the Tal Law.
FP: Indeed, but …
Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz praises annulment of Tal Law, which exempted ultra-Orthodox men from mandatory military service • Political system examining alternatives to defunct law • Eli Yishai: Not one single young man will have to stop studying Torah.
… Aw, c’mon, let’s be serious. I don’t expect anything significant to be done about it and even if something is done, ultra-Orthodox men will prove hugely more damaging than useful to the army, or for anything else for that matter.
Yehuda Shlezinger: The big bluff
Frameworks to integrate haredim are fiction as ultra-Orthodox ideology leaves no room for compromise.
FP: Exactly. Yshay is telling us that’s exactly what Ultra-Orthodoxy means.