Monthly Archives: August 2008

Right On: Danny Ayalon Joins Israel Beitenu

Another All-Star pickup for the Knesset lists, again on the right

Last week it was Uzi Dayan joining the Likud, this week another huge name. Former long serving Ambassador to the United States and well known Israel advocate Danny Ayalon has joined Israel Beitenu (Israel our Home) the secular right ring party led by firebrand Avidgor Lieberman.

YNET [...]
Former Ambassador Ayalon was the political advisor of three prime ministers – Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak and Ariel Sharon. Since the conclusion of his tenure in Washington, he has served as chairman of the Nefesh B’Nefesh organization and has engaged in international consulting along with Attorney Dov Weisglass, Sharon’s associate.

We are facing a serious political crisis, and this is why I have decided to join politics,” Ayalon told Yedioth Ahronoth on Thursday. “My connection with Ivet (Lieberman) and Yisrael Beiteinu is very clear. I read Yisrael Beiteinu’s platform and realized that this was my natural home.”

Ayalon added that he is a great believer in the ideology of the Yisrael Beiteinu movement. “I feel a connection to their platform, mainly in terms of changing the government system, civil marriage and exchanging territories,” he said. “The issue of exchanging territories, for example, should have been put on the table a long time ago. If I were an Israeli-Palestinian-Arab I would want to join a Palestinian state. I wonder why this has not been proposed by Israel’s Arabs.” [...]

Danny AyalonNot only is Ayalon by far the highest profile new member for Israel Beitenu next to its leader, but he brings with him some hefty international openings / avenues for the party. Israel Beitenu has enjoyed for the most part international support from dual citizens and patriots of the former soviet mold being a mostly Russian party. The addition of a big pick can open news doors, both to the Israeli electorate and the all important North American market.

Ayalon was well regarded by American Jews in Washington, strong ties to AIPAC followed by a year long stint with Nefesh Benefesh the primarily orthodox American aliyah organization will certainly help Israel Beitenu get on the political map in a way denied the party until now, this will end up taking some support from the Likud and moving it perhaps another notch right. Ayalon is an effective spokesman and he can drum up support and even money in ways Avigdor cannot, who is less well known and less well regarded outside Israel. 

Playing Poker this weekend someone at the table mentioned voting Israel Our Home in the next round, seemingly a meaningless mention but it is noteworthy because it surfaced in an all sabra group and I am by far the most right of the players and a Likud voter.. Frustration with our Arab partners surfacing in even unlikely places.

Saint Silvio: Italy agrees to pay Libya $5 billion in occupation compensation

Saint Silvio Berlusconi?Not exactly what you want to here when you’re running the most famous ‘occupation’ around..

YNET / Associated Press

Italy agreed to pay Libya $5 billion as compensation for its 30-year occupation of the country during the 20th century, the Libyan foreign minister told reporters Saturday.

Abdel-Rahman Shalgam said that visiting Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is set to sign a memorandum pledging a $5 billion compensation package involving construction projects, student grants, and pensions for Libyan soldiers who served with the Italians during the Second World War.

“It is a material and emotional recognition of the mistakes that our country has done to yours during the colonial era,” Berlusconi told reporters at the airport on his arrival. “This agreement opens the path to further cooperation.”

In return, Italy wants Libya to crack down on illegal migrants turning up on Italian shores and will fund US$500 million worth of electronic monitoring devices on the Libyan coastline. [...]

These are the kinds of things that can really ruin your week. I’m happy for the Libyans who are seemingly at least a little reformed these days, but now occupation compensation is going to be a new buzzword. Surely it won’t be long before this comes up in Ramallah as an ‘inalienable Palestinian right’.

It’s not so sexy to the press but we’ve already absorbed billions in shekel costs from Gazan withdrawal which involved several thousand Israelis, we are footing the bill regardless how it is termed it seems – But have yet to see much benefit, generous Italian gestures notwithstanding.

Money Honeys: McCain’s Million Dollar Women Cindy & Palin (7.Mill Update)

Palin brings home the bacon with a huge 4 Million dollar haul
(*now 7+ million!*)

Don’t worry, this kind of bacon is Kosher.

John McCain is a fortunate man, shot down over Vietnam yet surviving not only the mission but the POW ordeal that followed. A Successful career as an honorable senator representing America at home & abroad, a full family, and until now I would have said – ‘A’ beautiful woman by his side who has herself been a bacon burner. Cindy McCain is certainly a beautiful woman and successful beyond normal measure, she’s got her own learjet – That is very hot indeed. Nice Job!

John & Cindy McCain at the VP announcement

Apparently Mack’s good fortune comes in waves

I’m pretty pleased that McCain bucked the Pawlenty / Romney trend and went somewhat more Maverick, here in the holy land we are sliding right within our own electorate with serious threats all around, so we need the stability and security conscious GOP leading America with a man who better understands the need for decisive action at times. Though not my 1st choice if I were afforded one, it was my belief that Sarah Palin could shake things up nicely and help deliver a win for McCain.. What I didn’t expect was her to deliver quite so quickly.

4 Million Dollar Mom

There’s no doubt she will be targeted harshly by the opposition, probably stemming from their well founded fear. Daled Amos points out there are certainly cons to a young Woman, from a far from the action state – Things that can and will be taken advantage of by the opposition and media. But these numbers themselves are impressive beyond measure, showing that American Liberals may have more to fear here than just a pretty face and a charming down to earth manner, this mom has pulling power. Five kids, a rigorous gubernatorial job and now a 4 and half million dollar haul half day! Whoooa.

VP Nominee Palin takes in the moment with John McCain in Dayton Ohio

There’s no getting around the fact that McCain’s right hand women are absolutely smokin.

More awesome photos are at McCain’s daughter’s blog.. It doesn’t end with this guy ; )

American Jewish Dems react negatively.
American Jewish Republicans react with praise.

UPDATE: Wow, a few hours after my post, and now at the memeo I’m seeing these numbers for the McCain Palin 08 campaign are pretty astounding, 7 Million dollar bounce according to the Washington Post. Holy schnikeys indeed, Cha-Ching. The campaign seems to have released quite a bit of groundswell support in the US, Allahpundit looks at some of the cost benefits.

Go Mack Go!! – McCain / Palin 08

Sarah Palin joins McCain ticketStirring is how I would put today’s VP announcement.. Complete with Van Halen blaring ‘Right Now’ in the background :)

Mazal Tov to the United States of America on a strong and worthy GOP Ticket! Good luck and Godspeed to the Presidency, to security, to energy independence and to the very international and most worthy cause of Freedom!

Sarah Palin Bio; Governor of Alaska.


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Continuing Coverage & Opinion:


J McCain Campaign website

National Security: Will NSA Briefings Change Obama’s Out of Key Tunes?

Welcome to the Big Leagues Barack

They don’t pay me the big bucks (total earned from 2+ years blogging? $0) for nothing, that’s why I like to continue earning my keep by trying to stay a step ahead of the MSM in my favorite category here at the Hashmonean, analysis.

Let’s analyze the fact that with great pomp & fanfare the 1st African American has now been nominated to his party’s candidate for President, nice one! Seriously, it’s wonderful for Black Americans and race relations and I wish them all well. With that congratulatory bit out of the way let’s move on to stage 2 of today’s analysis where we rip said candidate up a bit..

Baseline – Foreign Policy Fool
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Home Of The Brave: Majority of America Backs Forceful Strikes On Iran (Updated with Biden info)

War On Terror: Americans not prepared to blink in the face of Radical Islamic Aggression

Americans polled share more than common values with Israeli brethren, they share serious and relatively unwavering concern regarding the Iranian nuclear threat, the majority are prepared to back Israeli allies if diplomacy stalls, or even launch American based strikes. (JPOST)

Stars & StripesThis is the kind of thing that will put wind in your sails when you are a little country surrounded by missiles, terrorists, Jihadists and now potentially cataclysmic WMD threats. Americans polled overwhelmingly viewed Iran as a serious threat to the United States of America, to the tune of 87% – Those kind of bi-partisan numbers stateside are unheard of in this age, perhaps leaving only Ron Paul supporters and far left wing quacks out of the general mix.

Prepared to do something about it too..

On the topic of taking action should diplomacy stall, again a majority of Americans polled are prepared to go the distance with 63% supporting Israeli strikes, and 55% supporting US and allied strikes if required. A whopping 80% of Americans in the poll felt that should Iran obtain nuclear weapons they would likely use them, no doubt the weekly calls for the destruction of Israel, and the chants of ‘Death to America’ have sunk into the general American public.

The threat of Iran is apparently felt across the political spectrum, with 85% of Democrats and 97% of Republicans believing the Islamic Republic represents a serious threat to the US.

Everything is just cheeky in the UK..

Germans & Brits were also polled. Germany with a historical moral obligation towards the Jewish people showed strongly unfavorable views of Iran at 64%, but our pals in Londonistan it seems only mustered 39% unfavorable views of the Islamic Republic, meaning the vast majority of Brits are prepared to go full on Dhimmi it seems. Pretty scary numbers coming out of the UK in light of the bombing & killing of Brit boys in Iraq by Iranian backed extremists, statements by top ranking UK military officials that they are fighting Iran, and a boatload of UK sailors including a young woman having been abducted at gunpoint on the high seas, and held hostage by the Iranians!?

At the end of the day, ask any US soldier in Iraq, family member of the military etc how much moral support means to them in the general public, and you can divine the powerful effect such support from allies can have for an embattled people and State such as Israel.

Update: Yossi Melman, leftist but highly respected by me analyst writes a heavy article on the Obama / Biden ticket, also looking at the popular Michael Rubin article of a few days ago..

[...] If the Obama-Biden team is elected, the combination of the new president’s inexperience in foreign policy and his vice president’s positions and record do not auger well for Israeli’s foreign and security policy, which is trying to persuade the U.S. administration that a tough policy toward Iran must be pursued – increasing the sanctions on Iran and, if necessary, as a last resort, attacking its nuclear installations.

Check it out! If Melman (bless him) is wary about the Obama / Biden ticket it means the rest of us need to run for the hills.