Anybody following the adjustment made strengthening the coalition by adding the Russian Israel Beiteinu Party and replacing Moshe Ya’alon with Avigdor Lieberman as Defense Minister after some ugly disagreements between Ya’alon and Prime Minister Netanyahu over some ill-conceived comments made by a series of command level military officers, might be alarmed or hopeful pending their political proclivities. The announcement of the changes and the addition to the coalition were met by denunciations and acrimony from Ya’alon, many opposition Knesset members, leftist media within Israel both print and electronic as well as roundly being accused of bending towards fascism, anti-democratic (despite these all being elected Ministers in the last elections), racist and overly nationalist (if only). These comments were simply boilerplate condemnations so absolutely predictable as the exact same words were uttered, printed, communicated and authored after the election when Netanyahu and the Likud Party roundly defeated the Labor Party despite…
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David Cameron felt the wrath of the public last night on Sky News’ EU referendum debate as he was forced to deny that he was “scaremongering” about Brexit. Voters accused him of “hypocrisy” and inflicting “personal damage” to his reputation, while English literature student Soraya Bouazzaoui caught everyone’s attention with her blistering attack on him for “waffling”. Sky’s Faisal Islam didn’t’ spare the Prime Minister either, accusing him of waging a “classic Cameron fear campaign”. He sharply dismissed this as “glib”, but managed to keep his cool in the face of the barrage from voters – which will relieve Remain campaigners. “It was no disaster,” Michael Deacon mused. “But if you wondered why Mr Cameron didn’t fancy a proper debate: now you know.” We go further in our leader, suggesting he should “do the decent thing and debate with Boris Johnson”.
The Prime Minister did his best to keep talking about the economy, the pro-EU side’s preferred issue, with mixed results. He repeatedly stressed the dangers of leaving the single market, saying that it would be “madness” to leave it in an attempt to control immigration and that the “Channel would not be any wider”. The EU “drives me crazy” sometimes, he admitted, but insisted Britons are not “quitters”. Our commentators weren’t much impressed though by his performance. “It was all so polished the audience could have been forgiven for thinking they were watching a computer-generated image,” thought Juliet Samuel. “Cameron won’t have won over any Tory – or Labour – Brexit voters with this performance,” wrote Janet Daley, while John McTernan concluded that it was “all in all, a difficult night for the PM”.
David Cameron’s team will be pleased their man has survived the Sky News encounter, although he has one more TV debate to do next Tuesday on ITV against Nigel Farage (who has been speaking to Chris Hope about why he is confident Leave will win the referendum). The spotlight now moves to the Brexiteers, who have Michael Gove facing Faisal Islam and the Sky News audience tonight from 8. This will be the first major live event for the Leave campaign, and the first big public examination of the bid to take Britain out of the EU, so the Justice Secretary won’t have a quiet evening.
Gove has plenty of TV experience so should be able to put up a forceful and eloquent case for Brexit, although he has admitted that he feels “quite nervous” about it – which some might say is managing expectations. Outters will be pleased if he does well, as he’ll be speaking for the Brexiteers again on June 15 as part of a BBC Question Time special. Such turns will win Gove more fans in the Tory party, and will certainly not discourage those who think he has the makings of a future party leader.
The European Union is a ” job destroying machine”, Justice Secretary Michael Gove has said.
In a live Q&A, the pro-Leave campaigner urged voters to “take back control” from “Europe’s elites”.
In the Sky News interview on Friday evening, he was pressed on his campaign’s controversial claim that the UK spends £350m a week on the EU.
The Remain side said he had “failed to set out a credible plan for Britain outside the EU”.
The UK’s in-out EU referendum takes place on 23 June.
As Arabs, we are very adept at demanding that our human rights be respected, at least when we live in liberal democracies such as in North America, Europe, and Israel. But what about when it comes to our respecting the human rights of others, particularly Jews?
When we examine our attitude towards Jews, both historically and at present, we realize that it is centered on denying Jews the most fundamental human right, the right without which no other human right is relevant: the right to exist.
The right to exist in the Middle East before 1948
Anti-Zionists often repeat the claim that before modern Israel, Jews were able to live in peace in the Middle East, and that it is the establishment of the State of Israel that created Arab hostility towards Jews. That is a lie.
Before modern Israel, as the historian Martin Gilbert wrote, “Jews held the inferior status of dhimmi, which, despite giving them protection to worship according to their own faith, subjected them to many vexatious and humiliating restrictions in their daily lives.” As another historian, G.E. von Grunebaum, wrote, Jews in the Middle East faced “a lengthy list of persecutions, arbitrary confiscations, attempted forced conversions, or pogroms.”
The right to exist as an independent state