#AceNewsServices – Featured Post: Dec.07 – Report: Jewish Home Strife on the Brink of Resolution

by Hezki Ezra

Internal strife within the Jewish Home party may finally be coming to an amiable close, sources within the party told Arutz Sheva exclusively on Sunday.

A weeks-long spat between Jewish Home’s two factions, Jewish Home proper and National Union/Tekuma, will be resolved in a final agreement which involves representatives from both factions being represented on the Jewish Home primaries list, sources said. 

However, the agreement between the parties has not yet been formally signed, and the exact model for its execution has yet to be finalized until the deal is signed. 

National Union-Tekuma representatives denied the existence of a deal to Arutz Sheva, however. 

“We will not address rumours and speculation,” sources stated. “No negotiations are being conducted in the media’s presence and they will not continue until [Economics Minister and Jewish Home chairman] Naftali Bennett returns from the US.” 

“Unfortunately there are still gaps on negotiations regarding the party’s values, and the issues clearly involve further clarification,” they added. 

Sources from within Jewish Home responded by noting that Bennett is busy addressing Washington’s pivotal Saban Forum conference on Middle Eastern affairs, and that he would answer all questions upon his return to Israel. 

Jewish Home: party at risk? 

Talk of a possible split between Jewish Home and National Union/Tekuma began surfacing several weeks ago, after rumours of a new deal with Tekuma consisting of a full combination between the parties caused considerable controversy within Jewish Home.  

The parties united prior to the previous elections, in a move hailed by most of the religious-Zionist public as an end to factionalism and which saw their joint Knesset showing rise from 7 to 12 seats. However, they did not formally merge, and talks to achieve such a merger have been a source of contention between the two camps.

The deal proposed by Bennett would consist of a full combination of the two parties in their legal, financial and political aspects, as well as a number two spot on the party’s Knesset list reserved for the Tekuma chairman.

It would essentially make Housing and Construction Minister and Tekuma Chairman Uri Ariel the only MK other than party chairpersons not required to take part in campaigning; it would also ensure Tekuma 120 members on the party central committee, which will be expanded to a total of 1,300 members, as well as spots in Jewish Home institutions in the next term.

Ariel, however, is insisting on a larger number of spots reserved for National Union MKs.

Then, last week, a tense exchange reportedly erupted between Bennett and Ariel in a party faction meeting.

The public spat led to rumors of not only a split, but to discord within the party as a whole, with several MKs trading barbs in full view of the media.

Rumors also surfaced of a new party entirely to be formed for the upcoming 2015 elections, which could consist of Ariel and former Shas Chairman, MK Eli Yishai.



#internal-strife, #knesset, #religious, #zionist


#AceNewsServices – Dec.01 – The status of Gill Rosenberg, a dual Canadian-Israeli citizen who volunteered to join the Kurdish militia, and was reportedly stationed in Kobani, Syria, remains unknown. 


‘ Gill Rosenberg ‘

Reports surfaced on jihadist websites Sunday, that ISIS had captured Rosenberg, 31, a former IDF soldier who immigrated to Israel in 2006. She had traveled to Iraq to fight with the Kurds in early November. 

But sources in the Kurdish underground in Syria denied Sunday night that Rosenberg had been in the Kobani region, as claimed by the websites. 

An American who is fighting in the ranks of the Kurds also told Voice of Israel that Rosenberg was not in the Kobani region. “She was never in Kobani, that’s not reasonable that she was captured,” he said.

And no official confirmation from either Israel or Canada has been issued to verify reports that Rosenberg was captured by Islamic State terrorists. 

Yet speculation continues about the whereabouts of Rosenberg, and in an internet forum affiliated with Islamic State, many commenters are already gruesomely debating what ISIS should do with its Israeli prisoner. 

The first report – written by well-known forum member, who styles himself as an ISIS reporter and has previously posted many battlefield updates – stated that ISIS abducted Rosenberg, a “female Zionist soldier”, after carrying out three suicide attacks on rebel-held positions. 

Forum opinions are now divided as to what Islamic State’s next step should be.

Some call for the terrorist organization to execute Rosenberg, in their traditional beheading manner, because she is both a female fighter and Jewish.

Moreover, they accuse her of degrading Islam by stamping her feet on an Islamic State banner.  

Others call for ISIS to consider a prisoner exchange with Israel.

In exchange for the return of Rosenberg, the Israelis will be expected to release Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails. 

One forum participant argued back that an exchange deal with Israel would be problematic for ISIS’s image, and therefore it would be better for ISIS to just kill her. 

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#isis, #jihadist, #zionist


#AceNewsServices – TEHRAN – November 01 – The Zionist lobby in the US has begun a new wave of attacks on the Pulitzer Prize-winning black author and essayist Alice Walker for supporting the Palestinians in her new book titled ‘The Cushion in the Road’ and also writing a letter to the American singer Alicia Keys asking her not to travel to Israel.

The wave of Zionists’ attacks on Walker came after she asked Alicia Keys to stay away from a music concert in Israel and instead hold it in the Gaza Strip for the Palestinians and also compared Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinians to the behaviour of the Nazis during the World War II, Eelaf news website reported.

' The Cushion in the Road '

‘ The Cushion in the Road ‘

Walker’s book titled The Cushion in the Road is a series of essays on varying topics containing 80 pages on the Israeli brutalities against the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.

“I want the Israeli government to be made accountable for its behavior toward the Palestinians, and I want the people of the United States to cease acting like they don’t know what’s going on,” Walker wrote in The Cushion in the Road.

“All colonization, all occupation, all repression basically looks the same, whoever is doing it. Our heads cannot remain stuck in the sand,” the American author said in her book.

Last month walker wrote an open letter to American R&B singer Alicia Keys, urging her to boycott Israeli “apartheid”.

“It would grieve me to know you are putting yourself in danger (soul danger) by performing in an apartheid country that is being boycotted by many global conscious artists,” she wrote in her letter to Keys.

Walker, who participated in the Civil Rights Movement, has long criticized Israel’s mistreatment of the Palestinian people, which she has compared to Black oppression in the United States, and has traveled to West Bank and Gaza to protest.

Last year, she refused to allow her award-winning classic, The Color Purple to be translated into Hebrew by an Israel publisher, in protest of Zionism and what she called Israel’s “apartheid” policies.



#tehran, #zionist