Feb 21, 2020

Lev Kogan_"SHALOM ALEICHEM"(arrangement by D.Taran) (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Feb 20, 2020

Two-Way boycott lifted

Just a couple of weeks ago Minister Baftali Bennett called for a reciprocal boycott of Palestinian produce in Israel. The Palestinians were boycotting Israeli cattle and livestock and were not relenting to pressure to give up the boycott. Bennett came along and threatened a reciprocal boycott, refusing to import Palestinian produce.

According to INN, the threat worked. The Palestinians have officially lifted the ban on Israeli cattle. In exchange, Bennett officially re-opened agricultural imports from the PA.

Way to go







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

turning Rav Chaim into Baba or Santa Chaim

For years I have been saying that the Litvishe community has been adopting chassidishe and sefardic practices and absorbing them into their own customs and behavior. The most glaring ha always the turning of the Litvishe gedolim into chassidishe rebbes, in the form of brachos and segulos and whatnot.

According to a report on Behadrei, Rav Chaim Kanievsky should soon be called Baba Chaim, or maybe Santa Chaim, instead of Rav Chaim or Rav Kanievsky. And this is not a knock on Rav Kanievsky, but on those doing this to him.

According to the report, with elections just over a week away, Degel Hatorah feels there is a sense of complacency and frustration among the people. They are worried that many people just won't bother turning up to vote. People are tired of the political stalemate, they see no point in getting involved or being passionate about it.

To that end, Degel is working on coming up with ideas that will motivate people and get them out. The latest plan is that Degel activists will go out daily to different communities around the country, especially in the periphery and will bring with them a trailer with a mobile home that will also be carrying the chair of Rav Chaim Kanievsky - the same chair he sits on every day for hours while learning Torah.

The people participating in these rallies will each get an opportunity to sit, for a minute, on the chair of Rav Chaim Kanievsky and say some tehillim, accept upon himself a good deed/As well, the participants will be able to write down a personal request from Rav Chaim.

The article says that some of the members of the Kanievsky house are opposed to the idea, but ultimately it will be brought to him for approval and he will decide.

Mixing religion and politics always does more damage than good...




------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Rabbanut under attack, perhaps deservedly so

The Rabbanut came under an unusually strong attack this week, with three news stories showing how bad they are, or at least trying to convince the public that this is the case.

The first came out earlier this week, initially on Haaretz now also on TOI, reporting that the Attorney General, Avihai Mandelblit, has given the Chief Rabbinate the authority to actually serve criminal indictments to food establishments claiming to be kosher without Rabbanut certification.

As is well known, in Israel the Rabbanut has a legal monopoly over the use of the word "kosher" in kashrut food certification. No other organization or person can claim food is kosher, unless they have Rabbanut certification attesting to that. All other, private, kashrut organizations use words other than kosher, mostly just saying the establishment is "approved" (and that is usually also on top of a Rabbanut hechsher saying kosher). In recent years, the pushback on the Rabbanut has increased with organizations sprouting up trying to use the word "kosher", and the Rabbanut fighting back. With their new authority, the Rabbanut won't just have to get the police involved or sue the establishment, but will be able to file the indictment themselves.

If you ask why they might be different than other bodies that have to go through normal channels to prosecute a crime, they are not so different. In Israel there are other bodies of authority as well that have similar powers, such as the Tax Authority and the Environmental Protection Authority, among others. So now the Rabbanut has been added to the list.

So now people have to not just fear possible legal action but the rabbinic police might come after you. Sounds like a step in the direction of turning Israel into a theocracy, but let's not go there.

The second issue came up the other day with a Ynet report claiming that the Rabbanut is behind the delay of many imported foods from getting into the market here and will soon be the cause of many food items being taken off the shelves.

A little while back the food market was opened up with reforms allowing alternative imports of food items and no longer limited to just the official importer. This created a little bit of a hassle with the Rabbanut that was set up to approve foods by the official importer. Suddenly having any Tom Dick and Harry able to import a shipping container of food for sale in Israel, the Rabbanut sort of lost control over it.

To be fair, most of the food being imported went through the official certification process, as most importers want people to buy the food and most of the market in Israel eats kosher. Since much of the food being imported has foreign kashrut supervision anyway, the process for the Rabbanut approving the imports was not necessarily difficult, though they did have to meet certain requirements.

The article in Ynet does not say why exactly, but it does say that the Rabbanut is stopping approval of many of these food items, as of 2020. Some still exist from 2019, but little by little the alternate imports are finishing up and not necessarily being replaced by new stock - because of the Rabbanut's refusal to certify. Some of the items being stopped are items that the Rabbanut says have issues of possible bug infestation, such as grape leaves, jellies, items with berries in them, seaweed, among others. Some thing shave no issues of bugs, such as chocolate Milka, some cheeses from Poland, some cereals and others, so it is not clear what is behind this.

As well, the same product made by the same manufacturer brought in by the official importer is approved but products form the same company brought in by alternate importers is being refused approval. Some say they are caving into lobbyists and activists paid by the official importers, usually big companies with deep pockets, but I dont know from that.

The third issue came out today in a Ynet article saying that the Rabbanut is making trouble for beer importers, causing delays and causing the price of imported beers to increase by significant amounts.

Similar claims are being made that the Rabbanut is approving some but not others, causing the price to rise. Again, the same beer imported byt he official importer is approved quickly but when imported by alternate importers it is held up by the Rabbanut who have to "check the kashrut".

The issue is specifically with Chadash. The official importer generally gets a letter form the company about the grains used, and the Rabbanut can approve it quickly. The alternate importers do not get such a letter and the Rabbanut holds up the imports to look into it and figure out where the grains come from, as if they are reinventing the wheel - even though the same beers and alcohols were approved from the same companies and fields for the official importer.

Kosharot also explains that the Rabbanut is not doing anything nefarious but has to look into the issue of Chadash before granting approval. They explain in boring detail the manufacturing process and why it is a problem that needs to be looked into.

When you put it all together, I see two conflicting things:

1. it looks like there is an orchestrated attack on the Rabbanut, picking on every policy they implement that might, or even actually does, cause delays in imports, and trying to use them to turn public opinion against the Rabbanut.

2. The Rabbanut seems to enjoying flexing its muscle and giving its opponents lots of juicy material - instead of working to ease processes. For example, when the same item is being imported anyway, it should be a relatively simple and quick check by the Rabbanut with the foreign agency to confirm that this actually came from the same factory with the same foreign supervision, yet they say they have to go through the entire process from scratch.

Some defend the Rabbanut having such powerful authority by comparing it to electricity or driving and road safety. You authorize the state to say who can drive and who can not drive, and would not accept a private organization giving out drivers licences saying Jack can drive - the Rabbanut is given that authority over kashrut and you don't want some private group saying what is kosher and what is not. Same with electricity and water and gas and many other things, so the Rabbanut is the same.

The difference though is public safety standards are one thing, and the government is responsible for the, Even though we see elsewhere that even [some of] those things also do not need to be mandated necessarily by the government but can be handled by private companies, for arguments sake let's say it is fair for the government to control this and crack down strongly on private groups trying to do it on their own.

The Rabbanut, though, is responsible for things of religious observance and things of halachic nature. I do not think the State should be getting involved in halacha and religion and enforcing what it believes to be proper religious behavior on the people. Also, some say that a secular state by definition, and its appointed functionaries, is not an authority over halacha.

Even though it looks like #1 might be true and there might be an orchestrated attack on the Rabbanut, it is difficult to say they don't really deserve it. 



------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Quote of the Day

To be for the Israeli people and to be for peace in the Middle East does not mean that we have to support right-wing, racist governments that currently exist in Israel. What American foreign policy has got to be about in the Middle East is bringing the Israelis, bring the Palestinians together under the banner of justice. We have the wealth to do it. It cannot just simply be that we’re just pro-Israel and we ignore the needs of the Palestinian people. We’ve got to pay attention to both

  -- US Senator, and [leading Democratic?] presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders

I can mostly accept much of what Sanders says and don't disagree. Supporting Israel does not mean supporting any specific party or supporting a specific PM specifically. Working to bring peace does not mean ignoring the Palestinians.

But when he calls the democratically elected government racist and talks about not supporting Israel because of it, that is not supporting Israel. Support for Israel as a potential US president should be regardless of who is leading the Israeli government and what the policies are. That does not mean ignoring the Palestinians, but support for Israel should be regardless of who heads the government. Disagreement of policy does not equal anti-Israel, and does not mean you cannot support Israel. Israel is a democratic state and foreign leadership needs to respect that its leaders and leadership are chosen by the people of Israel and not by who Bernie Sanders or any other candidate prefers.


------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

The Ridiculist: Borat National Anthem Played in Kazakhstan (video)

this is absolutely hilarious!






------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Jewel Osco recognizes Ken K. - North Shore District (video)

a significant part of this is his continued development of the kosher section of the store...





------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Nemouel Interview On Tzofia News (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Synagogues of Israel Part 4 Jerusalem (video)










------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

The Solomon Brothers Memories (Cover by Maroon 5) (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Feb 19, 2020

Quote of the Day

I don't know him, I didn't hear about this. Who told you that that he asked his rabbis before he did this?

  -- Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman, responding to a question (on radio) if he called Yehuda Sabiner, the Gerrer hassid who decided to become a doctor and went to medical school, to bless him and wish him well.


This is so patronizing. Whether he asked his rebbe or not before making such a decision is his business, not mine, not yours and not Rabbi Yaakov Litzman's. I do not need to know the answer to that question before wishing him success. Heck, I don't even need to think about the question, let alone ask it. Litzman could have, should have, just said no, I don't know him, and left it at that. Or, as Health Minister, he could have called an aspiring doctor he has some sort of connection to and wished him well.





------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Ironi Bet Shemesh soccer teams wants your support!

The Bet Shemesh soccer (aka football) team posted the following on their Facebook page:

This Friday, February 21 2020 at 12:30pm will be a playoff match between Maccabi Arad vs Ironi Bet Shemesh.

Maccabi Arad leads the league in first pace with no losses. Ironi Bet Shemesh has risen to fifth place in the standings and is fighting to continue to climb to third or even second place, realistically. The team that wins the league this year moves up next season to the higher league.

no, I have never successfully understood how the crazy league system here works . The post includes some more details of the games and who moves up and who plays who and playoffs, but I just don't understand it. But what I did get is that they feel they have a realistic chance of moving up if they can keep winning.

Over the past 8 years, Ironi Bet Shemesh has not had a home stadium to play in and had to play elsewhere. The Bet Shemesh stadium finally reopened about half a year ago and a number of teams have been using it from the various leagues. Now that Ironi Bet Shemesh once again has a local home field, they call on the fans to return to support the team, to come to the game on Friday and cheer for Bet Shemesh.

The post does not say what it costs for tickets. I suspect ti is free, but do not know that for sure.


------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

pashkevil against kids book of comix

Rav Moshe Mordechai Karp is a posek and dayan in Kiryat Sefer - Modiin Ilit, and has been involved in (led?) a number of social battles for the Haredi community, such as the fight against women wearing wigs to cover their hair, the use of Shabbos elevators, the Internet, and others. Now Rabbi Karp is taking on the latest enemy - children's books. Actually, a specific children's booklet.

Signs are going up signed by [Rav] Moshe Mordechai Karp against a children's book called Albumix - The Amazons 1 (this is a booklet that is also a sticker album). Karp says that from what he has seen of this book, it is very dangerous for our pure children - much more dangerous even than missionary books attempting to take our children away..

The book is bad and you need to get rid of it if you already bought it, but, Rabbi Karp says, you should not even return it to the store - as someone else will then buy it and you are assisting them in stumbling. You need to just destroy it, get rid of it. People should be careful and check all the booklets entering your home. 

He includes a couple of pages from the booklet. I assume these show some sort of offensive content, but I was unable to read any of it.

1. Forewarned is forearmed.. if this bothers you, know in advance not to buy it. If you do buy it and then regret it, he says you cannot return it but must get rid of it.

2. Avraham Ohayoun, the author, has put out 300 books, including 50 books of comix similar to this one and is referred to (based on an Internet search) as Harav Avraham Ohayoun, and on at least some of his books uses the title HaRav, though on this one it looks like he does not. This is not a book written by some troublemaker, unknown to the community, that might have nefarious motives. Not that this makes the book necessarily good and kosher, but he has a good reputation and probably deserves the benefit of the doubt.

3. Did the author not pay the necessary protection money to have his book approved by whatever askan brought this to Rab Karp's attention? I don't know.

4. The real crime of this book, and of similar books is that it makes our kids dumb. These comix make our kids not want to read real books that are not illustrated like a comic book.















------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Yehuda Glick arrested on Har Habayit, released, searched and arrested again

Something strange is going on with former MK Yehuda Glick.

Yesterday Glick was detained/arrested on Har Habayit. Glick goes regularly to the Har, and is no stranger to what happens there or to what rules the police set for ascension. Glick says he was arrested for "walking too slow". The police later said that Glick was arrested for "breaking the rules of the place" and causing a provocation, though they did not specify what rules he broke. After some hours of being detained and interrogated, Glick was eventually released.

While it might be unusual to arrest someone as high profile as Yehuda Glick, it is not unusual for people to be arrested for minor violations on Har Habayit. And it is even understandable, as the most minor of infractions can still be used as a justification by the Arabs to start a riot or intifada, as has been done in the past, so the police feel they need to come down strongly on even minor infractions. So just Glick being detained would not be much of a story (though for "walking too slow" is admittedly curious), but what happened next is strange.

In the middle of the night, around midnight, the police went to Glick's house, with a warrant and an arrest order in hand. After an hour searching, plus searching his car above that, for God knows what, the police arrested Glick and took him down to the station.

And then again this morning, after two arrests and interrogations and searches, Glick was taken in again for another interrogation.

The police later said they were looking for items (papers) from the investigation that went missing. They suspect that Glick took the papers from the interrogation room on his way out earlier in the day. It should be noted that the police found nothing in their searches of his house and car. Glick denies taking any papers.

A number of ministers have criticized the police for this behavior. Minister of Internal Security Gilad Erdan said, after praising Glick and reminding the public that he worked with Glick to increase the number of Jews ascending to Har Habayit and lessening harsh rules of the police, that he would look into the matter, but he has no involvement in arrests and the police had a warrant for a judge, but after this story is completed he will look into the matter , will look into the cause for arrest and the interrogation and house search and check to see if it was justified.

I suspect there is more to this story than we are being told. As it is, this is too strange to be just what we are seeing in the news.








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Up Close & Personal: Nissim Black Interview II (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Meet Bat-El Gatterer, First Orthodox Jewish Female Olympian (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Even now it is important to vote (video)

elections are less than two weeks away. It is important to go out and vote, even if you are sick of them





------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Bernie Would Be the First Jewish President (video)

weird but fascinating





------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Tateny'u - Yoely Brown & Dudi Linker (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Feb 18, 2020

Facebook Status of the Day







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

prayer rally for Corona Virus

The dreaded Corona Virus has countries around the world,  including Israel, wary and making preparations in the event that it should make its away across the border.

In China the death toll and the infected toll continue to rise at a rapid pace. If you don't trust the Chinese government to release true numbers, as I don't, it might have disaster potential, if it isn't already a disaster.

The Eida Hachareidis has called for a prayer rally against the globally spreading virus. They set the day for Erev Rosh Chodesh Adar and called upon people everywhere and anywhere they might live to daven on that day to remove all illness and to do teshuva.
source: Ladaat

I am impressed that the Eida has called for a prayer rally even though the virus has not yet hit Israel or other Jewish communities. Good for them.




------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

when the rabbinate becomes political

There is something weird going on in Jerusalem.

There has been a dispute as to whether or not the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, Rav Aryeh Stern's, appointment as chief rabbi should be extended or not.  I am not going to comment on that as I am not familiar enough with what he has done to deserve an extension or to be denied an extension. Even if you think Rabbi Stern's appointment should be finished and not extended, Rabbi Stern still deserves to be treated with respect.

It seems that Rabbi Stern showed up to his office the other day only to find the locks changed and  no key left for him. Since then the fight has been moved to whether or not he will be let in to his office or given a key or not. He has not yet been given a key. This morning the head of the Religious Council in Jerusalem said he will not give Rabbi Stern the key.

All I have to say about this latest fight is that it shows that politicizing the rabbinate clearly is a major cause of bizui talmidei chachomim (the treating of talmidei chachomim in a degrading and deprecating manner), and that is probably the biggest problem with the Rabbanut - what should be completely rabbinic and communal in nature has become political....

funnily enough, in the guidelines the Rabbanut just drew up for new rabbis, main points they made was not to get involved in politics, and not to abuse their positions of power and authority...


------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Quote of the Day

in Degel Hatorah they have opened headquarters for all the different types of sectors - for Russians, for Dati Leumi, for Sefardim.. I would recommend that they establish one central headquarters for the Litvishe Haredim - this they have not yet done..

  -- MK Yinon Azoulay (Shas)



------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Original Recording of the Official Declaration of Israel's Establishment (audio)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Not Your Typical Valentine's Day Date (video)

Meir Kay is an interesting person, and lives to make others happy... sadly he is almost definitely going to get attacked for this initiative...





------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

President Ruby Rivlin against bullying (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Underdos: crowdfunding for Noah's Ark (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Yonatan Razel • if you want to travel (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Feb 17, 2020

Quote of the Day

the ADL and Jewish federation were about to issue a statement “to encourage and promote the Zionist idea of Jewish self-defense, of fighting back, of fighting our enemies, which happens to be contrary to our tradition

  -- Rabbi Dovid Feldman, explaining why he instructed Joseph Gluck to reject a $20,000 award offered for his role in thwarting the anti-semitic attack in a shul in Monsey and his help in apprehending the perpetrator of the attack. Gluck threw a table tat the attacked during the attack, and he also noted the licence plate of the attacker's car, helping the police locate him relatively quickly

He wants to stand on principle as an anti-Zionist, that is his business. Good for him, being willing to forgo $20k for his ideals. But, as Yoni pointed out, the irony of him fighting back against an anti-semitic attack on a shul and its members saying he won't take an award because the organizations giving it promote the idea of Jewish self defense and fighting back and that is contrary to tradition is rich


------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Mordechai and Esther's graves in Iran under threat

Reports are coming out of Iran that say the Iranian regime is threatening to destroy the graves of Mordechai and Esther are, supposedly, or possibly, buried in Hamadan in Iran. In the place of the graves, the Iranian regime would build a consulate for the Palestinian Authority.

The grave site would be replaced with a Palestinian Consulate as retribution for Trump's Deal of the Century.
source: Israel Hayom

According to one tradition, from among the Persian Jewish community, Mordechai and Esther are buried at this site in Hamadan. Others say Mordechai and Esther are not buried there.

I don't even know if they are really buried there, so I don't know if we should be outraged or not. Either way, graves, no matter whose it might be, should not be uprooted and/or destroyed for any reason, let alone petty politics.

Maybe Israel should send in a mission to secretly exhume the remains from these graves and bring them to Israel...




------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Women of the Wall open tefillin booth in Tel Aviv train station

Well, it actually happened. After an organization meant to help improve the efficiency of the trains commented critically, and then retracted, on the installation of a booth for putting on tefillin in a train station, Minister of Transportation Betzalel Smotritch criticized them and said anybody can set up such a booth in train stations and if there is any trouble he will help get it approved.

I must say, he kept his word.

Today the Women of the Wall decided to set up a tefillin booth in the central Tel Aviv train station, as they had said they would. They had requested a permit in advance, but Smotritch never responded. They decided to go ahead with it anyway, but moments later the station manager told them to shut it down and leave. They turn to the administration of Israel Railways and to Minister Smotritch and the decision was quickly reversed and they were allowed to stay with their booth and offer passerby to lay tefillin.



I think Minister Smotritch was right to allow it. He could not really stop it, especially after what he said last week. Not allowing them to man the booth, or woman the booth is perhaps more appropriate, would have turned this into a fight that would have ended up all over the media and probably in the Supreme Court. This is not the Kotel and is not a Haredi or religious stronghold that would be considered a provocation. I think he was right to just let it be and succeed or fail on its own merits and public interest.

Though, according to Srugim, Smotritch denies he gave them the permit to stay. He says he is too busy with solving the public transportation crises of Israel and dealing with the traffic jams to get involved in this. Despite his denial, UTJ (among others) criticized Smotritch for allowing the WOW women to install the booth.


------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

choosing between Palestine and Israel

According to this report in JPost, people ordering goods from Amazon to towns in the Palestinian Territories seem to be faced with a dilemma.

The dilemma is that they can either enter the shipping address as being in the Palestinian territories, but then the free shipping promo to Israel does not apply and they have to pay the regular exorbitant Amazon shipping fees, or they can get the free shipping by entering the address as being in Israel but then they are using Israel as their home country name rather than Palestinian Territories.

Most of us Jews and Israelis would have no dilemma at all and we would put in whatever country name gives us the free shipping with no qualms at all.

The Palestinians, or some of them, are upset that when identifying the address as Palestinian they do not get the free shipping, and they do not want to have to put their location as Israel.

They consider this discrimination.

In the article Peace Now and other human rights organizations are quoted as saying this is blatant discrimination on the basis of nationality.

Amazon has the right to run a promo today in Israel and tomorrow in the Palestinian Territories and not offer the same to the other. Right now their promo is for Israel, but it is also not for Turkey or Jordan or Syria or Russia or Serbia or any of a multitude of countries. Just because they offer a free shipping promo to one country and not to another does not make it discriminatory - it just means they are trying to drum up business at this specific time in that one country but not in others. There might be a multitude of factors, such as shopping trends or shipping difficulties or other issues that might them  not want to offer the same promo elsewhere.

It is strange that the same address in, say. Ramallah, can be entered as being in the Palestinian Territories and as being in Israel, and either way it will get to the destination. That should not be possible. And it is fair to say that there should not be a difference in price if everything else is the same and only the selected country name is different, but I would chalk this up to being a glitch. It is possible that the promotion of free shipping is only meant for Israel but Amazon does not know what towns are where so if you put Israel in it will be included even if it is in the Palestinian territories. They should have an automatic system as you put the address in it identifies street names and associates the address with the city and country and everything is automatic, as many sites online already do. Perhaps it is difficult with many villages and less official street names and that makes it too unwieldy for Amazon.  I do wonder if I could do the same for my address in Bet Shemesh - can I list it as being in the Palestinian Territories, and if I do will I lose my free shipping promo?




------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Lapidcast: Episode 14: Menachem Toker - Haredi, Modern, Israeli (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Israelis: Why do you go up to the Temple Mount? (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Mayor of Bet Shemesh Dr Aliza Bloch - Bridge Over Troubled Waters (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Roundtable: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig & More | Entertainment Weekly (video)

at about 5:03 Gadot messes up the English and comments in Hebrew...





------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Ariella Zeitlin violin cover of Ishay Ribo and Natan Goshen Nechake Lecha (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Feb 16, 2020

Guidelines for Rabbis

While there are some programs that train young men to go out and become rabbis and community leaders, beyond just the semicha aspect of it, all too often rabbis have been hired to take over shuls and communities after spending many years learning Torah and achieving semicha. The job of a rabbi is so much more than just answering if the spoon needs to be kashered after being used with the wrong pot of food or if a pet dog can be walked on Shabbos and giving the local daf yomi shiur - the job of rabbi includes social work, marriage counseling, financial advice, medical advice and more. More often than not, a community rabbi is more of a therapist than a posek or maggid shiur. Yet so many rabbis are untrained in so many of the areas they have to deal with.

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel has issued, for the first time ever, an ethical code for rabbis. The objective of this ethical code is that rabbis should fulfill their duties in their roles as rabbis and community leaders while preserving the honor of the rabbinate, setting an example, being mekadesh shem shamayim.

Rabbis are instructed not to get involved in politics, avoid situations in which there would be a conflict of interest, and not to protect people who break the law.

Under the category of doing good is a list of ideas that are self-explanatory, such as honesty, working towards peaceful situations and solutions, dedication to the task, responsibility, humility, setting a personal example, and the like.

In more detail the guidelines then instruct not to use the Torah as a hatchet to dig with - not to abuse his role and power, to use his authority in a reasonable and responsible manner, not to get involved in issues he has no expertise and experience in but to involve relevant professionals when necessary. Not to have side hustles that might harm his appointed role as rabbi.. not to do things that might cause him to be suspect of inappropriate behavior, be extra cautious from conflict of interest situations such as hiring family members in kashrut organizations under their authority or certifying food establishments his relatives have standing in. Rabbis should not take financial remunerations for themselves or for their friends and relatives and their institutions that he is connected to.

Rabbis should use their resources efficiently and conservatively and only within the guidelines the resources were given. A rabbi should not misuse, abuse, information he obtained in his role as rabbi that is not public information, and the rabbi should keep confidentiality.
source: Ynet, Kipa

This is a big change in the industry. They should also have workshops, courses and other forms of guidance, especially for young rabbis just starting out.

The first line I wrote in the description of guidelines, "Rabbis are instructed not to get involved in politics, avoid situations in which there would be a conflict of interest, and not to protect people who break the law." is a list of a few things I don't see will ever be adhered to, as these are probably the most egregious of "violations" that are already most common in the field.




------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

would this get you to vote for the Arab party?

If Shas can canvas the Arab vote (as they do before every election) and UTJ and Shas can canvas the Dati Leumi vote, and Likud can canvas the Russian vote and the Dati Leumi vote, and Kachol Lavan can canvas the Dati Leumi vote...the the Arab party can canvas the Haredi vote!

I am not quite sure the ROI, the return on investment, will prove to have made this campaign worthwhile, but I guess it can't hurt to try..

The United Arab List (aka the Joint List) has started a campaign in Yiddish to attract Haredi voters. Even among Haredi voters it seems like they are only going for a small subset, as many, or even most, Haredim, don't really speak much Yiddish.

Here are the signs, expressing their opposition to the Draft Law..


They also have signs in Russian calling for social equality..



and signs (I don't have an image yet) in Amaharit to canvas among Ethiopians expressing opposition to police brutality..

Interesting strategy...


------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Quote of the Day

There has been no municipal decision prohibiting the installation of tefillin booths [outside of schools]. There is an old law that prohibits the installation of any booth near schools. Just this past week Huldai wanted to check if the public schools are teaching concepts of Judaism

  -- Tel Aviv City Councilman Naftali Lubert (Maamin Party - Agudat Yisrael)


I assume Lubert means Huldai wanted to check to make sure they are teaching some basics of Judaism and not so he can stop it. That might need to be more explicit at this point.. :-)

But seriously, based on what the Agudat Yisrael representative, Lubert, is saying that the uproar last week over the tefillin booth was manufactured and "a storm in a cup of water", as they say in Hebrew (translated), or tempest in a tea pot..



------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

could this indoor pool have been a mikva?

A realtor dealing in foreclosures in Baltimore took on a house from foreclosure that he discovered to be very strange. In the house he discovered an indoor pool, but a very strange pool.

Here is the excerpt from Realtor.com (video below):
The former owner sank hundreds of thousands of dollars into the townhouse and installed the pool. He then opened it up as what DeLorenzo described as “a bathhouse.”
“There’s no beds, no closets," he says. “The reason the baths are wide open is because no one was ever meant to live there. It was just for his private use. Wild parties used to happen in the house.”
An indoor pool, open baths, and not much else inside? You do the math.
The 952-square-foot space is completely open, with the pool as its centerpiece. A spiral staircase, a metal catwalk, and a diving platform all surround the pool from above.
[...]
DeLorenzo cautions that the pool would probably need to be filled in.
“Most homes have an indoor pool in a separate, contained section of the house," he said. "This is just open.”
Along with the obvious liability of the pool's placement, he noted that air quality and mold could be an issue for the next owners if the pool stays in place.

and here is the video:



can this possibly have been a mikva?

the diving platform is strange. I grant you that. Nobody is diving into a mikva. But maybe they have that wrong and maybe diving was not the purpose of the platform. a 12 foot deep pool is strange, for both swimming and for a mikva. The length of the pool makes it seem impractical to have actually been a pool. Maybe some sort of pool of water to cool off in rather than to swim, or maybe a mikva...

what do you think?



------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Headlines Podcast: 2/15/20 - Show 259 - Yerushah and Nepotism in our Mosdos Hatorah in Halacha, Hashkafah, and History (audio)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Palestinians: Do you support Kurdish independence? (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Vizhnitz in Sinai, the surprising tiyul (video)

interesting





------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Yehuda Shlezinger and Amnon Levi review Jewish food (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Va'Ani Sefilosi (Official Music Video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Feb 14, 2020

Lejah Dodi - Ven, querido mío - David Hababou HD hebreo-español (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Feb 13, 2020

Gafni offers to open schools with secular education

In a recent parlor meeting with the "Working Haredim", MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ) told them that he would never agree to the opening of Haredi schools under the State public school system (rather than in the Chinuch Atzmai private system), and he would do whatever possible to thwart attempts to open such schools, even if it means toppling the government.

These schools, known as "MaMaCh" (abbreviation for Mamlachti Charedi), have become a goal of the more "modern", working, haredim. Many of those in this category want their children to get a fuller education, well beyond what the classic haredi boys schools offer. Until now, attempts to open such schools have been met with strong opposition, and more often than not have gotten stopped early int he process. Only a small number were successfully opened despite the opposition to them.

It is a funny thing to say when trying to get people's votes - the one thing that is most important to you is something we will never agree to and will do everything to prevent. But at least Gafni is honest and does not [always] just make campaign promises he has no intention of keeping - you have to respect him for that.

Strangely enough, today Gafni announced a new initiative in an attempt to make the MaMaCh somewhat superfluous - or at least to be able to claim we can offer you an alternative.

According to Kikar, Gafni revealed that Chinuch Atzmai is going to, with the permission of the gedolim, open new schools for Haredi boys that will offer secular studies, in places that it is in demand. Gafni said the gedolim have already given them the green light to open such schools.

This is very interesting news. It is astounding news. Until now Gafni and his peers have always fought against secular studies claiming it as being against the mesora, the tradition, of generations of God fearing Jews who follow the gedolim, בדרך ישראל סבא , and only educated the young in torah. Suddenly it is ok to open schools, and send your children to them, that teach a full secular curriculum - but only if the same people can control it.

Whether he will actually do it or not is another question. The fact that he is saying he is willing to and the gedolim have approved it in theory is both shocking and astounding.



------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Interesting Psak: Selling on Amazon

Kikar is reporting on an interesting psak regarding someone selling his goods on the Amazon platform, and possibly causing Jews to sin on Shabbos.

Rav Binyamin Chuta, a rav and posek in Betar Ilit, was asked the question. He researched the situation and even spoke with senior executives in Amazon Israel to understand how the system works.

Sales done on Amazon sites all over the world, not including Israel, can rely on those who are lenient to operate on Shabbos because it is done without any involvement of the seller, and it is meant for the non-Jews. Amazon Israel is different, with a majority of Jews, it becomes a problem of causing them to sin.

On most websites, the buyer decides to buy something, puts in his credit card information and personal details, and completes the purchase. The seller then processes the order, and a Jewish seller can process it after Shabbos.

On Amazon, however, things run differently. On Amazon, anyone opening an Amazon store sends his merchandise to the Amazon warehouse, but the merchandise remains his, and he sets the price. When someone buys the product, Amazon collects the money, packs up the goods, and ships it out to the customer. The seller pays some fees to Amazon for shipping and handling and service fees and percentages. Two weeks later Amazon pays the seller the rest of the money via bank transfer. Rav Chuta says that Amazon does all this so the seller will never know who the buyer is, so he later will not be able to cut Amazon out of the future sales and sell directly.

As well, the sale generally only gets processed the next day, and sometimes more, so it is likely that noght is really happening on Shabbos anyway. And, much of the process is automated, and processed by robotic systems. This would make it similar to a vending machine, placed in an area of majority non-Jews, so as long as your intention is to sell to non-Jews, even if a Jew buys on Shabbos, you are not doing anything wrong. On Amazon Israel, however, this is a problem and you cannot have such a store that operates on Shabbos. The only way to do so would be to set vacation mode in the sellers account before every Shabbos, which essentially closes his store for the duration of the vacation.

I like that the rav even gives instructions for setting the account on vacation mode.



------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

WHAT ISRAEL SHOULD DO WITH THE BILLIONS FROM NATURAL GAS SALES

A Guest Post by Dr Harold Goldmeier



Billions of dollars are beginning to flow into Israel’s coffers. What is the plan for spending the transformative treasure? “Show me the money” before it is swallowed by the politicians and siphoned off by the oligarchy.

I have some suggestions.

Houston-based Noble Energy and partner, Tel Aviv’s insider-controlled Delek Group, project Leviathan gas sales and profits to be “the biggest exploration success in its history.” For example, the Israel Electric Corporation allegedly secretly passed on $1.3B in compensation from a gas sale to Egypt. The revenues and profits allegedly ended into Delek and Noble accounts in exchange for nothing. And nothing was made public. The utility-buying consumers got no money or relief.

Here’s what the powerful are slobbering over.

· The bulk of Leviathan gas is for export not domestic use. It is initially going to Egypt, Cyprus, Jordan, and Greece. A pipeline is planned to sell natural gas in Europe. The government doesn’t talk about showing us the money.

· Liquefied Natural Gas will be shipped by seagoing vessels to Asia. Show me the money.

· Gas sales to Egypt are estimated to be worth $15B over ten years. Another deal is said to reach $7.5B. Where is the money?

· Revenue over 15 years from gas contracted for sale to Jordan is worth $500M. Where’s the check?

Israel established the Israeli Citizens’ Fund in 2014. It is known in finance as a sovereign wealth fund. But it is empty. A Globes, December 4, 2019, headline says it all, “Israel’s sovereign wealth fund: No money, no management.”


Israel is beset by a stalled government. An intimidated bureaucracy with a rare whistleblower. A Knesset neither humbled nor shamed by a slew of investigations and indictments of Ministers, their quest for personal immunity from prosecution for fraud and bribery, is the bane of existence for equitable distribution of gas-sourced revenues and profits.


                          
Courtesy NrgEdge.net


Israel ought to learn from the Dutch and Alaska. They enjoyed their new found wealth from commodity natural resources. Things went horribly wrong for the Dutch but Alaskans are thriving. In 1977, Dutch new-found natural gas exports soared. Unemployment also soared five-fold. Gas extraction is not labor-intensive limiting job creation. Corporate investment tumbled. Foreign demand for Dutch currency made it too strong shaving the competitiveness for Dutch products in international markets. Israel’s economy eight decades later is not too dissimilar from “Dutch disease” as the Economist coined the condition.

Israel’s economy is now trailing that of other developed countries. Private capital investment is falling. Productivity lags. Foreign corporate investment represents, according to the Israel Advanced Technology Industries, GKH Law and IVC Research Center, the “backbone” (18%) of direct taxation in Israel. Israel’s organic growth is the slowest in four years. Israel’s budget deficit is set at 3.7%, excessively greater than the 2.9% the government targeted. The shekel is bounding ahead of the dollar and pound, so the exchange rate suffers and the cost of living is rising fast.


Yet eligible residents of Alaska get direct benefits since their government established two sovereign wealth funds to manage the largesse from the oil and gas industry since 1982. The Alaska Oil and Gas Association reports on one benefit, “In 2018, every qualified Alaskan received a dividend of $1,600.”


Here are some suggestions about what Israel might do with the money.

· Give it back in dividends to the people. Cut the oppressive taxes. The economy will soar. Lower the high cost of living in Israel driving olim back home and citizens to live and work overseas. Send eligible residents a dividend check from the gas sales

· Improve sustainability programs. Kudos to the Israel Electric Corporation that signed a $700M contract to buy natural gas over two years from the Leviathan site. IEC is switching away from polluting coal. Now, lower electricity rates. That act will translate to more cash in consumers’ pockets and never underestimate an Israeli to spend money in their pockets. Retailers, food producers and manufacturers will have more money too, and create more jobs

· Inter alia, build more hospitals so my wife and other patients need not ever again spend 11 hours on a gurney parked in the hallway of an emergency room, raise nurse salaries and educate more doctors and other medical delivery personnel

· Repair the fraying social safety net and expand programs like Bat Melech that protect the lives of women and children suffering domestic abuse

· Connect consumers to the gas distribution network, as the State Controller warned in 2017 and replace electric-powered water heaters. Goodbye to the notorious roof-top dood (Hebrew). Give tax credits and free loans for installing natural gas hot water boilers in every building.

A conservation program freshwater is critical according to the Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water. There is no time or water to waste despite the bountiful rains this year.

My plumber friend, Ashley Coleman, tells us the standard dood supplies 150 liters of hot water. That is 25 minutes of showering time per dood-full, not accounting for my teenage granddaughters. It takes about two hours of electricity to heat a dood-full of water in the sun-diminished winter. Even in the summer the solar heated dood only saves five-percent of electricity. Israelis notoriously waste hours of electricity forgetting to flip off the dood switch.

Gas-fired hot water boilers heat water fast and automatically turn-off with a thermostat. Moreover, a resident must let gallons of potable, cold, water run-off down the drain from the roof top dood until the hot water hits. This infrastructure is from pioneer days and its planned continuation seems ridiculous in an age of high tech and bountiful pools of natural gas.

The natural gas finds and mining are Israel’s Hallelujah moment. Instead of allowing those who have plenty to have more, give back to those who have little and find their money always being taken away.

The author is manager of an investment fund, university teacher, business consultant, speaker and writer. He can be reached at Harold.goldmeier@gmail.com.





------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Quote of the Day

I did not fly to the USA in order to meet with Abu Mazen - that is a lie from the scoundrel Netanyahu. I traveled to the USA for a series of speeches, and on the way I met him at his request. Benny Gantz is not my friend and I am not an adviser of his. I will just mention that Netanyahu's friend is the murderer Yasser Arafat

  -- former PM Ehud Olmert, responding to Netanyahu's attacks on him for meeting with Abu mazen, and on Benny Gantz for having him as an adviser.

good retort but Abu Mazen, Mahmoud Abbas, Olmert's buddy, is no less of a murderer than Arafat was.




------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

I Threw A Super Bowl Party in 20 CITIES For People Experiencing Homelessness (video)

wow





------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Brooke Goldstein on Kennedy Fox: Israeli-Palestinian peace plan (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Roni Koban interview with Sivan Rahav Meier (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Synagogues of Israel Part 2 Jerusalem (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

8th Day - Talk to a Friend (Official Video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Feb 12, 2020

Tweet of the Day






Itai Gadasi tweeted:
Former Mayor of Bet Shemesh MK Moshe Abutbol tried to explain to the courts a thousand times that there is no chance the signs can be removed from the city. Yesterday we once again we saw the shameful sight of Mayor Aliza Bloch and the police trying to remove the signs, and in the spirit of the plague of frogs the extremists expanded the number of signs more and more.
Who can explain to Justice Hanan Meltzer who threatened Abutbol with jail time that Abutbol was right?


It is a problem. They need to come up with a creative solution. Bloch even tried to compromise and had a sign put up that asked people to be sensitive to the neighborhood norms (without saying anything about modesty or women) but the extremists took it down and put their own back up, with many more all over and increased graffiti, even graffiti that was very nasty and inappropriate.

Provoke them and it gets worse. Gadassi, and Abutbol, has a point. But do we allow all criminals to just keep doing what they are doing because if we try to stop them they will increase their criminal activity in return? They need to find solutions. That's why they get paid the big bucks. I don't think leaving them be is a solution. Maybe if they lived in a secluded corner of town with nobody necessarily going through their neighborhood. But they live on a main artery from RBS to BS, and that makes this more problematic.






------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Park in Modiin Ilit to be open to the public

It only took about 7 years. An entire shmitta!

Back in 2012 I commented on a news report about an archaeological park being developed in the Haredi town of Modiin Ilit. It had been decided that when the park would open it would only be open to the Haredi public and would operate based on guidelines set by a Haredi committee - they would determine how the history would be presented. The Haredi community would set the narrative of the place.

My objection back then was with the Haredi community, especially that of Modiin Ilit but not only, fighting almost every summer with neighboring cities to allow Haredim entry into their parks, it is hypocritical to then design (with public monies) and operate a public park and not let in your secular neighbors. Don't do unto others what you would not want done to you. You don't want to be banned from their parks, don't ban them from your parks.

I don't know when the park officially opened, but Kikar is reporting that just today the mayor of Modiin Ilit, Yaakov Guterman, had all the fencing around the park removed and said that the park will be open to anybody and everybody. He specifically said that when they are demanding to be allowed entry into the Park Anabe in Modiin and fighting over that right, they cannot then go and ban the residents of Modiin (and other places) from their parks.

Good job. It was obvious seven years ago, and the friction was unnecessary, but better late than never.



------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

PSA: Quinoa kashrut issue - BUGS!

this is a kashrus announcement out of Lakewood about quinoa, and no, it is not regarding the kitniyos status on pesach..

It is entirely possible that the issue is regional and in other places the information above might not be relevant, so check with your local authorities.

The only question I have is regarding the line that says "However it is difficult for one without expertise to properly check quinoa". Considering the halacha only requires one to look and see, and if bugs are visible to the naked eye then clean it or dispose of it, and if no bugs are visible then eat it, I am not sure what special expertise is required.

It was explained to me, that  in recent months various brands of quinoa were found to contain booklice. ... The method of checking includes pouring the quinoa into a fine mesh sifter and agitating the quinoa for 30 seconds over a white surface. If any booklice are found on the white surface, the quinoa should be discarded.

Regarding that method of checking, ti does not sound like it requires any special expertise - it isnt that complicated to pour a bag of quinoa into a sifter and shake it up a bit. But really I am not so sure this method is even required.

Regardless of that, as many nowadays would want to check anyway, it is also entirely possible that the problem is regional and might not affect the quinoa in your area. Another possibility is that the problem is related to storage issues in the shops in Lakewood. The CRC responded to this saying they have not seen this problem in the quinoa and stores under their supervision, and it is being investigated what the source of the infestation is.


------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Netanyahu to try to get Ben Gvir into Knesset

There is an interesting deal in the works to try to help the right wing achieve 61 mandates in the coming elections.

Netanyahu and Ben Gvir are reportedly working on a deal by which Netanyahu would help Otzma Yehudit pass the threshold in the upcoming election, and in exchange, Ben Gvir would commit to not running in the fourth election, should it be necessary, if Otzma does not pass despite Netanyahu's efforts.

The deal recognizes that Netanyahu understands he won't get Ben Gvir to back down this time around, so it is more worthwhile to try to help him get in rather than fail. It is also unclear from the various reports whether this was proposed by Ben Gvir or by Netanyahu, but either way the reports have it likely happening.

According to the deal, Netanyahu will meet with the Dati Leumi rabbis and impress upon them the importance of voting Otzma to help them get in. As well, Netannyahu will try to do the same with UTJ, impressing upon them the importance and the suggestion that they instruct some of their smaller hassidic sects to vote Otzma instead of UTJ. In exchange, as mentioned, Ben Gvir will commit to not running in a possible fourth election if he does not get in now.
sources: Kikar, YnetKipa

If the deal happens, I am not sure how they will determine if Netanyahu put forth efforts in good faith and genuinely tried to make a real effort. If Otzma does not pass the threshold despite a deal, Ben Gvir might easily be able to say that Netanyahu only made a half-assed effort.

Also, I do not see UTJ agreeing to this. They have been on the cusp of the 8th mandate, and instructing small groups of UTJ voters to vote for another party would gaurantee they don't get that 8th. Also, UTJ has never agreed to give anything up for external support. They have canvassed for external support but never agreed to giving away a Knesset seat or ministerial position in exchange for that support.

On the other hand, I do see Dati Leumi rabbinic leadership agreeing, possibly. They are in a shambles and nobody there seems to be able to work with anybody else. The various groups each get upset about minor things and blow up the entire thing without really seeing the bigger picture. Without unity in the first place, I can easily see some rabbis agreeing to such a deal rather than strengthen their own list.

Netanyahu is the big enigma. Once again, he gets others to do his dirty work to save the right. Netanyahu has not offered to instruct some Likud voters to vote Otzma. he is trying to get other parties to do so. Whether they agree or not remains to be seen, but that is besides the point. How he repeatedly does this is amazing.




------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Soon By You | Season 2 Episode 2 | The Double Date (video)

the advertising isnt as spammy and in your face as it used to be, but now they are under fire for the theme of this episode...





------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Palestinian Pres Abbas & Ex-Israeli PM Olmert Hold Joint Press Conference Over Trump Peace Plan (video)

this is weird that Olmert is putting him out there like this...





------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Related Posts

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...