As founder of the Revisionist Movement and Betar, the Zionist youth movement, Ze’ev Jabotinsky devoted his life to establishing a strong Jewish homeland. He created both the Irgun, a militant underground Zionist organization, and the NZO (New Zionist Organization), leading to the development of Likud. The 70th anniversary of Jabotinsky’s death was memorialized on July 11th at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. Read more…
Likud Central Committee votes in favor of resumption of construction in settlements in September; prime minister conspicuously missing from vote
The Likud Central Committee approved Thursday a proposal put forward by Knesset Member Danny Danon calling for the resumption of construction in the settlements in September upon the end of the temporary freeze period announced by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The prime minister did not attend the vote, as an act of protest.
By Jonathan Ferziger – May 17, 2010
Danny Danon, a Likud Party lawmaker and head of its international support arm, is pushing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make good on his promise to let West Bank settlement construction resume in September.
While a temporary ban declared by Netanyahu in November expires Sept. 26, Danon said today he will mobilize supporters inside Israel and out so the prime minister doesn’t extend the moratorium as a gesture to the Palestinians and President Barack Obama, who is trying to broker Middle East peace talks.
“That’s going to be D-Day in Judea and Samaria,” Danon, who put a virtual hourglass on his website ticking off the minutes to Sept. 26, said in an interview in Jerusalem, using the biblical terms for the West Bank. “There will be an enormous amount of pressure coming from the White House” and settlement opponents within Israel “to convince him the right thing to do is to extend the freeze.”
MK Danny Danon:” Whoever cares about the Land of Israel and wants the Likud to stay faithful to ideology must come and vote ‘no.’”
by Gil Ronen
“Prime Minister [Binyamin] Netanyahu wants to lull the Likud movement to sleep,” MK Danny Danon (Likud) warned Tuesday. The first-term parlimentarian and former World Likud head, who is one of the more prominently nationalistic Knesset members in the ruling party, said that Netanyahu wants to prevent the upcoming elections to the Likud’s internal institutions so that he can “enjoy quiet on the internal front in the next two years.”
“Our interest is the opposite of that.” he explained. “We must strengthen the Prime Minister by having the Likud and its institutions act in the face of the pressure by the US and [President Barack] Obama. The Likud movement will stand up and tell them – we will not renew the freeze in Judea and Samaria and we will not freeze Jerusalem.”
April 23, 2010 | 10:57 am
Also around that corner are several members of Netanyahu’s political party who opposed the freeze from the beginning and eagerly await its expiration date. He had promised them that building would resume after the freeze, and they’re waiting with a stopwatch. Or rather, an hourglass.
Danny Danon, deputy speaker of parliament, is launching a countdown campaign with a virtual hourglass and ticker showing time left on the freeze. It is meant as “a reminder to Prime Minister Netanyahu that we are counting down the days and hours until the end of this mistaken building freeze,” Danon, of the Likud Party, said. “We know that the Americans will begin pressuring the prime minister in May to extend the freeze, and we hope to counter this effort by helping him remain firm in his commitment to the residents of Judea and Samaria and to the principles of our history and his movement.”
Source: Los Angeles Times
By REBECCA ANNA STOIL
Shortly after Indyk’s interview, however, Danon opened a campaign that seemed to emphasize Indyk’s statements. The freshman MK and head of World Likud set up a virtual hour glass to count down the weeks, days, hours and minutes until September 26, 2010 – the day the 10-month settlement housing-start freeze put in place by the cabinet is set to end, at www.dannydanon.com/he/. The clock can be downloaded to computer desktops and mobile phones to serve as a screen saver and will soon appear on popular online news sites.
“This is a reminder to Prime Minister Netanyahu that we are counting down the days and hours until the end of this mistaken building freeze,” Danon said. “The prime minister promised the members of the Likud Party that on the 26th of September we will resume building in these important communities. We are eagerly awaiting that day.
“We know that the American administration will begin pressuring the prime minister in the beginning of May to extend the freeze, and we hope to counter this effort by helping him remain firm in his commitment to the residents of Judea and Samaria and to the principles of our history and his movement.”
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MKs to Barak on Heroes’ Homes: ‘You’re Evading Responsibility’
by Hillel Fendel
Defense Minister Ehud Barak has asked the Supreme Court to postpone, for six months, the decision on the homes in Eli and Haresha. MKs say that Barak is evading the only just outcome, namely, for him to sign the official authorization legalizing the neighborhoods.
Several months ago, the Supreme Court set a deadline of May 1 for the State Prosecution to apprise the Supreme Court of its intended schedule for demolishing the 18 permanent buildings in Haresha and Yovel [Eli]. Though the residents and local authorities legal advisors showed that the buildings and neighborhoods are legal and merely lack the Defense Minister’s final authorization, the Supreme Court accepted Peace Now’s petition against their legality and ordered the buildings razed. The case has been in adjudication for five years.
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by Gil Ronen
In a session immediately after the Passover holiday, the cabinet is expected to discuss the demolition order against a neighborhood that includes the homes of fallen war heroes Major Roi Klein and Major Eliraz Peretz.
In a decision handed down February 16, High Court President Dorit Beinisch and Judges Elyakim Rubinstein and Yoram Danziger gave the state 60 days to complete the hearings it is conducting regarding the demolition and present a timetable for its execution. This means a timetable is due mid April.
Danon vows to fight
MK Danny Danon (Likud) visited Thursday the home of the Peretz family at Givat HaYovel in the community of Eli, north of Jerusalem. He told the mother of Major Peretz, who was killed in Gaza Friday, that he will “do everything” to prevent the demolition of homes in the neighborhood, and added: “If need be I will use my immunity in order to stop the razing of the homes.”
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