No other name for it

Let’s put Bibi’s narcissism, hunger for power, and hypocrisy to one side. I mean, this is the man who told Olmert he couldn’t be Prime Minister when charged with a crime. But, let’s put that to one side.

Let’s put Gantz’s treachery to one side. After all, this is the man who said:

“I am not able to sit [in government] with Netanyahu…[snip]…I am telling you, we are speaking about a corrupt man who is destroying the country, and I cannot sit with him.”

But let’s put that to one side too.

Let’s instead look at what Bibi and Gantz have delivered: a cabinet of 34 ministers. 34? That’s more than Britain, or the USA, or Germany, or France, or probably more than any other country. (If you know differently, tell me!) 34!

Don’t forget the 15 or 16 deputies.

Time to listen in on the conversation Israelis would be having, social distancing guidelines permitting:

Q: Why do we need 34?

A: We don’t.

Q: So, why do we have 34?

A: It’s the price of doing a deal.

Q: Excuse me?

A: All the parties in the coalition needed to be rewarded.All that support needs to be, er, paid for.

Q: You mean they need to be bribed?

A: You said it, not me.

Q: Whatever happened to being a politician to serve the public?

A: Oh, they serve all right. But they also serve themselves.

Q: And what’s this about two Prime Ministerial homes?

A: One for Bibi, and one for Gantz.

Q: And who pays for all of this?

A: Look in the mirror. The Israeli public.

Q: So, at a crisis period in world history, with economies buckling under pressure from the effects of the pandemic, mass unemployment, many businesses on the edge of collapse, the ruling parties have decided to lead by example by stealing from the public purse.

A: Oh, I wouldn’t go that far.

Q: What else would you call it?

A: Let me get back to you on that.

European Parliamentary Transparency

This, from Guido Fawkes:

The EU has again blocked the publication of MEPs’ expenses, with Euro-judges today quashing a three-year battle by journalists to get the documents published after the European Parliament itself previously refused to hand over any details. The judges in the ECJ’s sister court ruled that the Parliament was right not to publish the documents as it would enable the MEPs to be individually identified.

Transparency? That’s so un-European

Read the whole thing, here.

What’s a bit of bribery got to do with dignity?

He never lets on But I know 'cause he once told me He let me know a secret about the money in his kitty He's gonna buy a dinghy Gonna call her dignity

“He never lets on
But I know ’cause he once told me
He let me know a secret about the money in his kitty
He’s gonna buy a dinghy
Gonna call her dignity…”
Lyrics to Dignity by Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue
Image source: WikiMedia

From the You Could Not Make It Up department:

Bribe-taking ex-chief rabbi invited to speak on ‘Dignity of Rabbinate’
Despite pleading guilty to corruption charges on Tuesday, Yona Metzger was not disinvited to Thursday’s conference

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The Europeans have a lot to learn from Iran

According to this Times of Israel report:

European Commission announced Tuesday that it has approved a new assistance package for the Palestinian Authority worth $274.1 million.

In a press release, the Commission said the aid was the first part of a 2016 package, $184 million of which is set to be funneled directly to the PA, with a focus on education and health services, support for hospitals in East Jerusalem, and assistance to poor families.

The remaining $89 million will go to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Near East (UNRWA).

So, the Europeans have decided they want to support the Palestinians, and are going to do so by giving the PA a ton of money.

Compare and contrast with the Iranian approach, as reported on by the Elder of Ziyon:

Last week, Iran promised to pay $7000 cash to families of every terrorist killed by Israel and $30,000 more if Israel demolishes their homes, effectively creating a life insurance policy for terrorists. (After all, Iran has lots of discretionary funds lately.)

The PLO is outraged!

They don’t have a problem with the morality of paying to support terror, though. They are upset because Iran refuses to send them the money to distribute, and instead wants to pay the terror families directly.

Put to one side the rationale behind the donation of the money. Both the Europeans and Iran want to help the Palestinian people. The Europeans will pay the money to the Palestinian Authority. The Iranians won’t.

The Palestinian Authority criticized Iran on Saturday for comments made by its parliament international advisor, who said Iran would send funds to Palestinians families through its own channels rather than through the PA.

Earlier on Saturday, Hussein Sheikh al-Islam was quoted by website al-Resalah as saying that “experience has proven that the [Palestinian] Authority is not reliable, so Tehran will send the money in its own way.”

Unfortunately, donations that were sent to the Authority did not reach the right people,” al-Islam said.

Surprise!

As the Elder puts it:

As Iran started setting up a mechanism to have families apply for funding via a website, more Fatah officials are expressing their anger at not getting a cut.

It suggests, to put it mildly, that the Europeans couldn’t care less where the money goes. Accountability? Transparency? We know that does not exist in the PA. So, the Europeans shut their eyes and pretend everything is fine. It isn’t of course, and this money will – in the main – encourage the continued corrupt practices of a hateful, bigoted, poisonous regime. In this respect, sad to say, the Europeans have a lot to learn from Iran.

Treif deals by United Torah Judaism and Bayit Yehudi

From Ynet:

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Click the image to read the whole story, and try not to get too upset.

As I tweeted:

“When was lining your own pockets a part of Judaism?”

The parties concerned should be ashamed. That is no example to set.

I can only hope that AG Weinstein is successful in ensuring there is total transparency and accountability for this public money.

Surprise!

Yes, what a surprise. I mean, everyone’s got to have been bowled over and shocked to the core by these events:

Palestinians have wasted €2 billion in aid

My comment: you can probably say at least €2 billion in aid

Hamas used 500 tons of cement for underground passage – a ‘terror tunnel’ from Gaza to Israel

My comment: remind me again why we should be sending any non essential supplies into Gaza*?

Next up: what bears do in woods..

*By the way chaps, I though this Hamas quote from the BBC coverage was a cracker:

Gaza’s Hamas rulers accused Israel of “exaggerating things”.

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