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MKs rage over government's refusal to share info on reopening skies plan

MKs rage over government's refusal to share info on reopening skies plan C'ttee head Shasha-Biton:

These are not state secrets By HAGAY HACOHEN   AUGUST 10, 2020 21:16 

Knesset committee on coronavirus meets to discuss further regulations, April 7, 2020 (photo credit: KNESSET SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE) 

The Knesset Coronavirus Committee expressed deep discontent over the government's refusal to share information about the national plan to reopen the skies on Monday."Why can't a country that hacked the Iranian Intelligence [Services] open a [coronavirus] lab in 24 hours?" former justice minister Ayelet Shaked asked.

Yisrael Beytenu MK Yulia Malinovsky called Israel's position "a Third World country's" and complained that in Ukraine people get COVID-19 results "right away" and in Jordan "in 15 minutes." She called reports about the expected reopening of flights "Isra-bluff."The government plans to open the country, which is Red, to 10 Green countries with low infection rates. Discussions are being conducted between the Foreign Ministry and these countries to achieve that goal. Committee members who requested the Health Ministry present the committee the list of these 10 countries were denied.

The goal is to allow Israelis to leave the country and re-enter it without quarantines as if they are "returning from Afula," Health Ministry's head of foreign relations Asher Salmon told the committee"This group of would-be passengers don't need a rapid answer because they know the flight is planned and can wait for 24 hours" to get a COVID-19 test result, he said."I have a list of countries in my hand but I can't reveal it, there are more than ten countries. Some countries are becoming green such as Canada, which accepts Israelis," he added.
His words caused an uproar and led to committee chairwoman Yifat Shasha-Biton (Likud) to rebuke him, saying: "These are not state secrets; there is no reason to keep it hidden from MKs."Shasha-Biton expressed her deep displeasure with the positions the government presented, saying that "nothing here is new," and "we are moving backward. This is a great disappointment."In addition to that discussion, the Knesset Economy Committee approved a change in regulations to allow pilots to skip written exams and focus on proving their flying skills ahead of reopening the skies.

Roughly 85% of Israeli pilots haven't flown during COVID-19 and previous regulations mandated they pass a written exam every six months to keep flying.Israel Air Line Pilots Association head Capt. Meidan Bar informed the Knesset that if the airlines want to resume flights in September, pilots should have been allowed to fly since Sunday.The change extends the time period between written exams to every two years and includes Air Traffic Controllers and Flight Technicians.Bar was also present at the Coronavirus Committee panel and said, "People are flying all over the world. Are we going to just sit here and talk?"

Jerusalem Highway Construction Aims to Modernize Traffic Flow Around Historic City

Jerusalem has started construction on parts of an NIS 3 billion (approximately $870 million) major highway that will eventually serve as a ring road around Israel's largest city, with the goal of significantly alleviating traffic throughout the capital. At the same time, planners hope that the project will provide easier access for those entering or passing through the city from all sides.

Construction has already commenced on the southern and central sections of the Eastern spur of the highway, which consists of a three-pronged, 10-kilometer (6.2 miles) stretch of pavement known as "The American Road." When fully completed, the road, which will include bridges and tunnels, will stretch from the Arab neighborhood of Tzur Baher in the southeast to the Naomi Shemer Tunnel in the northeast on Mouth Scopus.

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The road got its name as a result of an American company that planned and began construction in collaboration with the Jordanian government in the 1960s. However, the plan was never completed after Israel retained full control of Jerusalem following the 1967 Six-Day War. Israeli authorities did build parts of the southern section, which today only consists of a small and barely functional narrow road. The cost of this Eastern spur is estimated at around NIS 860 million ($250 million).

The American Road project, with two-thirds scheduled to be completed in 2021 and the final part to begin that same year, is under the auspices of the Moriah Jerusalem Development Corporation, the main construction arm of the Jerusalem Municipality and the Ministry of Transportation, and is one of the leading municipal companies in Israel.

Dan Shoshani, a spokesman for Moriah, told JNS that "this important project is the biggest infrastructure project undertaken by Jerusalem in the last few years."

He said that it "will serve residents from all communities, both Jews and Arabs and will lessen traffic significantly." Shoshani stressed that the American Road will, in fact, have its greatest impact on the Arab residents who live in the Eastern side of the city.

Expanded Tunnel Road connecting Jerusalem and Gush Etzion.

'One big united city'

However, not everyone is convinced of the merit of the project or the motivations behind it.

Sari Kronish an architect with "Bimkom‒Planners for Planning Rights," an Israeli human-rights organization of professional planners and architects, told JNS in an email statement that "the central part of the [American] road was originally built during Jordanian control to connect villages in the outskirts of Jerusalem to each other, but it is now being seized for use by thru traffic, specifically settler traffic."

In other words, Bimkom, along with several other organizations, has expressed its opinion that the project is going forward specifically to provide easier access to the city for residents of Judea and Samaria, but isn't being built in a proper way to fully serve Arab populations.

Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Arieh King adamantly disagrees. He told JNS that "the road will positively impact the Arabs of Jerusalem more than any other population."

He explained that "today, if you are an Arab in Tzur Baher, for example, and want to get to other Arab neighborhoods further north like Jabel Mukaber or Silwan, you have to go west, north and then back east again using Derech Hebron ("Hebron Road")—a narrow thoroughfare with many traffic lights. This new highway is being planned with access from all of these neighborhoods, which will significantly reduce travel time. The bottom line is that for the Arabs, having access to their neighborhoods will be an incredible addition to their standard of life."

King also detailed how the American Road will connect to other major Jerusalem arteries in order to eventually form the loop around the city. He noted that the second stage of the plan is to build a tunnel connecting the southeast neighborhood of Har Homa to Gilo in the south and the Begin Highway in the west, with Begin serving as the Western spur on the loop. An expansion of the Gush Etzion/Jerusalem tunnel road is already underway leading into the city from the south, which also meets up with Begin.

He said that the Northern spur of the loop will form a direct connection between Highway 1 (the Tel-Aviv Jerusalem road), allowing for motorists to travel directly to the Dead Sea without having to cross through Jerusalem and avoid sitting in traffic.

When asked about those who oppose the construction, King said, "I have met with tens of Arabs, including leaders who are in favor of the project. I didn't find one Arab who is against this plan. In addition to traffic alleviation, this will increase the value of apartments and real-estate [in the eastern parts of the city]."

In fact, King's hope is that the project will encourage more Jews to live, work and tour in eastern areas of the city. He says that today, "there are no Jews there. Once you have a highway with facilities surrounding [it], such as shopping centers and industrial areas, it will be easier to convince Jews in the long run to move there."

On the other hand, Kronish says that the city has it wrong when it comes to possible development alongside the historic segment of the road, saying "the development rights that are proposed include a problematic ratio of housing to other uses, thereby not providing a solution to the housing crisis and also not really offering the necessary stimuli for other forms of development."

She added, "This approach is indicative of the way Israeli planning policy towards Palestinian East Jerusalem in recent years: They focus on all urban land uses except for housing, while the housing crisis continues to surge. And if they have to address housing, it is done in a way that is de facto unimplementable."

While King stressed the importance of development opportunities alongside the road, he thinks that the potential construction components are "a byproduct of project."

"The main goal is the road, with similar loop-highways existing in many other metropolitans around the world," he said. "We want Jerusalem to be one big united city under Israeli sovereignty."

He added that "those who oppose the road are de facto calling to keep Arabs stuck [both literally and figuratively] in an underdeveloped area."

How Can Israel Help Diaspora Jewry? By Caroline B. Glick

At Sunday's government meeting, Israel's elected leaders demonstrated their commitment to helping Jewish communities in the Diaspora. The government overwhelmingly approved a plan presented by the Diaspora Affairs Ministry to strengthen the connection between the State of Israel and Jewish communities around the world.

Diaspora Affairs Minister Omer Yankelevich heralded the move saying, "The government decision represents an acceptance of responsibility for the Jewish people, as Israel is obligated to do from the Declaration of Independence to the Nation-State Law. The framework that was approved enables us to build a stable strategic plan for the long term that won't be dependent on the make-up of future governments."

To be clear, as the largest and strongest Jewish community in the world, Israel is duty-bound to help the Jews of the Diaspora. Just as Jews worldwide poured their passion and money into helping Israel when it was young and vulnerable, today, Israel is morally obligated to return the favor. Between the steep rise of anti-Semitic violence and harassment from all sides of the political spectrum and the worldwide economic recession spawned by the coronavirus pandemic, the survival of Jewish communities abroad is threatened in ways never seen before.

Having settled the issue of whether Israel should help Diaspora communities by approving the framework presented by the Diaspora Affairs Ministry Sunday, the question the government now needs to answer now is how should it help them?

The framework decision approved on Sunday provides little guidance. The 10-page decision is heavy on platitudes but empty of substance. The Diaspora Affairs Ministry's press release praising the decision said that future government programs will focus on: "Formal and informal education, activities in Israel, tikkun olam, innovation and technology, assessment and measurements, and common goals."

The government decision itself emphasized the need to cultivate an "honest and true partnership" with Diaspora communities.

For all their vacuousness, the ministry press release and the government decision point to two potential problems moving forward. They should be put on the table and dealt with now before they put Israel in a position where it commits to programs that do more harm than good.

The first warning light is the ministry's inclusion of tikkun olam, as one of the main focuses of government efforts. Today, tikkun olam, or "repairing the world," is a verbal hologram. It can mean anything you want it to mean.

In classical Jewish texts, the goal of "repairing the world" is to bring about universal recognition of God's kingdom among all nations of the world ushering the Messianic age complete with the return of all Jews to Israel and acceptance of God's dominion by all humanity.

For some Jews, tikkun olam boils down to giving charity.

But today the term tikkun olam as most widely understood means something completely different from either its traditional definition or its more mundane conceptualization.

Today, tikkun olam is not a religious concept so much as a political one. To work towards tikkun olam is to act in the name of Judaism to achieve the political goals of the ideological left.

In the United States, tikkun olam, is presented as the central theme of Jewish identity not to inspire Jews to embrace ritual and religious observance or to move to Israel, but to push them to work on behalf of the ideological—and increasingly revolutionary—left.

In America today, beyond volunteering in soup kitchens and participating in clothing drives for the poor, tikkun olam campaigns often involve agitating on behalf of non-enforcement of immigration laws, campaigning for progressive politicians, protesting President Donald Trump, and supporting the revolutionary and structurally anti-Semitic Black Lives Matter movement.

Taken together, the purpose of these campaigns and activities is to redefine Judaism—particularly in the U.S.—as leftism. Tikkun olam Judaism rejects the particularism of the Jewish faith and the Jewish people in favor of a universalistic vision that is increasingly hostile to traditional Judaism, to Jewish peoplehood and to the Jewish nation-state, Israel.

Given that this is how tikkun olam is predominantly understood and practiced in the Jewish world today, Israel's announced plan to develop tikkun olam programs raises the worrying possibility that the government will find itself dedicating public funds to projects that run counter to the public interest.

This brings us to the second problem with the framework that the government approved on Sunday. Which groups and communal leaders does Israel plan to develop "honest and true" partnerships with? Like the problem with tikkun olam, this problem relates primarily to Israel's relations with U.S. Jewish communities.

Today, there are many forces in the United States—both Jewish and non-Jewish—that are investing astronomical sums to radicalize the Jewish community. [See here for details].

With many communities steeped in deep economic crisis, wealthy groups located on the leftmost edge of the political spectrum are becoming powerful actors in the Jewish community. With their deep pockets, they are able to buy massive influence over Jewish communal life. Among other things, groups like Bend the Arc have developed programs to control communities by paying the salaries of rabbis. They control curricula in day schools and Hebrew schools by among other things, requiring them to use materials provided by radical groups and by training teachers and subsidizing their salaries.

The outcry against these subversive efforts has been muted. And the lack of significant outcry among liberal Jews points to a significant problem for Israel. Under the circumstances, any group that Israel partners with will be condemned by someone. If it partners with conservative groups and philanthropists or with Orthodox Jewish outreach organizations, Israel will be condemned by the progressives. If it joins forces with liberal and progressive groups it will be condemned by conservative groups and find itself partnering with organizations and activists that oppose its efforts to strengthen the Zionism and Jewish identity of Diaspora Jewry.

So what is Israel to do?

Israel should develop true and honest partnerships with Jews on the grassroots levels of stressed and weakened Diaspora communities by providing them with services that they need and that Israel is in a position to render. There are three areas where Israel can be of greatest assistance: education, religious services, and security.

As the Diaspora Ministry's program points out, particularly in the United States, only a tiny minority of Jewish children study in Jewish day schools. High tuition prices most Jews out of the system. It isn't Israel's job to subsidize Jewish day schools abroad and with Israel itself on the verge of coronavirus-induced economic depression, it couldn't subsidize them even if it wanted to.

But Israel can provide two services that could decrease costs for day schools and so enable them to reduce tuition fees and enable more Jewish families to send their children to Jewish schools.

First, Israel's Education Ministry could develop curricula and publish textbooks and other educational materials for Jewish students in the Diaspora. This wouldn't be a new program.

Decades ago, when Israel was far poorer and weaker, the Education Ministry had a department dedicated to preparing and disseminating curricula and school books for Jewish schoolchildren in the Diaspora. Textbooks included Hebrew language instruction, Jewish history, Israeli history and religious texts. The time has come to reinstate it in the department.

Second, Israel can provide teachers. Israel has a surfeit of teachers and no problem training more. It could launch a program to train teachers to teach in Diaspora communities for a period of three to five years. Such a program could include scholarships in teacher accreditation programs and dedicated training ahead of relocation. Israel can subsidize the teachers' salaries or partner with philanthropists to finance their work abroad. The Diaspora communities could pitch in by providing housing for the teachers and their families and paying at least part of their salaries for the duration of their stay.

Like the production and dissemination of educational materials, by providing teachers—in everything from Torah to mathematics—Israel would reduce overhead costs for Jewish day schools and enable them to reduce tuition. Moreover, it would build deep, lasting partnerships and friendships between Israeli and Diaspora Jews.

One of the reasons for the precipitous drop in synagogue membership and ritual observance is costs. Today, there are already extraordinary programs in Israel that train young rabbis to serve as community rabbis in Diaspora Jewish communities. The young rabbis and their families move to far-flung communities for five years where they build, organize and serve the communities. The rabbis provide religious leadership and training and religious services like supervising the preparation and sale of kosher food enabling local community members to open kosher restaurants and supermarkets.

The government should support and expand these programs. By sending young Israeli rabbis abroad, Israel will lower synagogue membership costs—and through them the cost of living Jewish lives. These rabbis and their families will develop strong, lasting grassroots relationships between Israeli Jews and Diaspora Jewry.

The rise in violent attacks on synagogues and Jewish schools, grocery stores and other Jewish institutions worldwide over the past several years has made many Jews fearful of participating in communal life. Israel can and should help Jewish communities protect themselves by providing them with the means to protect their institutions.

Again, at marginal cost in terms of manpower and financial outlays, Israel can and should provide training for local Jewish security officers and when necessary, provide security officers to protect Jewish institutions from attack.

By every measure, the position of Jewish Diaspora communities is deteriorating. The steep rise in anti-Semitism; the high rates of assimilation and the rising cost of membership in synagogues and tuition costs for Jewish schools amid economic turndowns all contribute to the rapid emptying out of Jewish communities worldwide; the weakening of their ties with Israel and the rise of radical forces within the weakened communities.

The government made a critical decision on Sunday. Israel has to develop and begin implementing a strategic plan to reconnect Diaspora Jewry to Israel and to Judaism. Israel has the professional and human resources to accomplish this vital goal. Given the gravity of the situation, the government must define clear methods and goals now to ensure the success of its efforts.

Drinking a glass of Red Wine is as Healthy as an Hour at the Gym

A University of Alberta study found that resveratrol, a component of red wine, has physical fitness benefits

Next time you're watching Netflix with a glass of wine, you can tell people you're working out!

Attention wine-lovers: scientists have just unveiled the holy grail of facts about red wine. According to a study by scientists at the University of Alberta, consuming a glass of red wine has the same physical performance, heart function, and muscle strength benefits as working out for an hour at the gym. Just think of all that time spent sweating it out at spin class when you could have been lazing about, sipping some wine instead.

How could this be? Scientists found in the study that the chemical resveratrol, naturally found in red wine, has numerous health and heart-positive benefits, including improved physical performance, heart function, and muscle strength. Red wine could actually enhance the cardiovascular benefits of exercise.

"I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable. Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do," Jason Dyck, the principal investigator for the study, told Science Daily.

 

This is the best news we've heard in a long time. Cabernet over cardio any day of the week. 

Are you a red wine drinker? What if I tell you sipping in a glass of wine can equate to an hour of exercise? Yup, it's tried and tested. A new scientific study has just confirmed this wonderful news. So next time you hold a glass of Merlot, you can brag about one hour of hard workout. Rejoice, drinkers!

What the study found out

"I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable. Resveratrol could mimic exercise for the more improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do."

(applauds)

I'm not saying this, but the study's principal investigator Jason Dyck who got it published in the Journal of Physiology in May.

In a statement to ScienceDaily, Dyck pointed out that resveratrol is your magic "natural compound" which lavishes you with the same benefits as you would earn from working out in the gym.

And where do you find it? Fruits, nuts and of course, red wine!

 

Did I forget to mention Dyck also researched resveratrol can "enhance exercise training and performance"?

There are limits, of course

But, all is not gold as they say. If you're a lady who likes to flaunt holding a glass of white wine in the club or simply a Chardonnay-lover,you have a bad (sad) news. The "one hour workout" formula only works with red wine, not non red wines. And don't be mistaken and think you've managed 4 to 6 hours of workout sessions if you happen to gulp down a bottle of red wine.

 

And what can replace the golden lifetime benefits of exercise?Exercise is just as important as you age. Period! But hey, don't be discouraged; look at the bigger picture here. A glass of red wine is not a bad deal after all!

 

The health benefits of red wine

But just how beneficial is the red alcoholic beverage to your body? As we all know red wine is a healthier choice youc an make when boozing.

Let's hear it from a registered dietitian. Leah Kaufman lists red wine as the "most calorie friendly" alcoholic beverage. Sure, you won't mind adding up to a mere 100 calories per 5-ounce glass of red wine after you realize it contains antioxidants, lowers risk of heart disease and stroke, reduces risk of diabetes-related diseases, helps avoid formation of blood clots and lowers bad cholesterol level.

Wantmore? Wine could also replace your mouthwash because the flavan-3-ols in red wines can control the "bad bacteria" in your mouth.To add to that list of benefits, moderate wine drinking may be beneficial for your eyes too – a recent study mentions.

Having mentioned all the 'goods' about red wine, you cannot underplay the fact that it is still an alcohol, which isn't the best stuff to pour into your body. What is excessive drinking going to do to your body? Know the risks and you should be a good drinker at the end of the day.

However, you don't want to discard the red vino from your "right eating"regimen just because it stains your teeth blue. M-o-d-e-r-a-t-i-o-n. Did you read that? That's the operative word when it comes to booze.

By the way, when chocolate is paired with wine, particularly red, they can bring you some exceptional benefits towards your health.But again, if you tend to go overboard and booze down bottles after bottles, you are up for the negative side of alcohol, and we all know what too much of sweetness (sugar) can do to our body (open invitation to diabetes and heart diseases if you aren't aware).

Folks, the red grape beverage is certainly a good buy to have a good hour's worth of cardio, provided you keep the 'M' word in mind. Cheers!

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Lockdown exposes the chasm between the left and right

Lockdown exposes the chasm between the left and right

By Patricia McCarthy, AMERICAN THINKER

The shutdown of the U.S. economy, U.S. schools, and everyday life, allegedly dictated by the COVID-19 virus, has been a dream come true for the left.

Never before had leftists given a thought to the political potential of a flu epidemic or pandemic.

Were Republicans remotely as diabolical as the Democrats, the H1N1 pandemic might have similarly plagued the Obama administration if they had acknowledged it.  They did not; Obama ordered testing to cease to keep the numbers low.

But this time, the left, with deep-state help from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the corrupt CDC, and the wholly bought-and -paid-for-by-China WHO, President Trump was poorly and deceitfully ill-advised to order the lockdown that devastated our booming economy, the booming economy the left could not abide.  They had to find a way to destroy it and they did.

That is why the left sees the virus as a gift to be exploited and exploit it they have, just as they've exploited the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the knee of a cop.  For the Democrats, it is the path to victory that matters, never mind the consequences of their self-serving tactics.

With their slavish media on board, they have sufficiently frightened enough of the population to believe this flu is catastrophically different from all other flu events in order to make the lockdown palpable to the daydream believers.  It is a serious flu, extraordinarily dangerous to the elderly already suffering from other illnesses; diabetes, obesity, compromised lungs, etc.  But it is not nearly so serious for the young and healthy.  Had the truly vulnerable been quarantined and the rest of the population been allowed to go about their normal lives, we would not be where we are today.

But in this case, the deep state, with its vastly exaggerated computer models, got the better of the president.  He knows this now, of that we can be sure. He won't fall for their skullduggery again.

Meanwhile, the media and the Democrats are back-slapping each other for their good luck.  They've got the virus and the rioters, looters, and vandals, all of whom they are defending, out there to see that Joe Biden gets elected!

Yes, to the Democrats who want to defeat Trump,  the virus is a godsend, no matter how many suffering persons die of it.  Make no mistake, they are cheering the mortality numbers, fudging them every way they can.   The more cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, the better for their agenda.

Perhaps New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent all those nursing home patients to die because he hoped their deaths, too, would contribute to Trump's defeat.  Cuomo begged the president for help, then did not use it when Trump delivered.  Why?

Cuomo's sociopathy should prevent him from ever running for the office again.  New Yorkers should throw him out of office, for he's a menace.

The lockdown however has happened and it is obviously counterproductive to everything Trump knows.  He had to submit, given the now-wholly discredited computer models that predicted millions of deaths.  Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx both touted those numbers; they were very wrong.  Trump very likely realized months ago that Fauci, the CDC and the WHO (funded by China), et. al. were all political operatives determined to see his administration ruined.  He has had to walk a fine line between reason, hysteria and phony computer models.

So far, hysteria has prevailed.  The maskers are out in force.  Masks are largely empty virtue-signals, nothing more.  They may even be dangerous.  The left is totally committed to the necessity of wearing them, but they are merely a sign of capitulation.   People on the right see them for what they are, a pretense of significance and submission, abject compliance.  In fact, the self-appointed mask police are just busybodies who have just discovered a cause they can embrace to puff up their own selves.  They are to be pitied for their irrational fear and for their support of authoritarianism.

So what are the definitive differences between the left and the right re: the lockdown?

The answer is as easy as it is disturbing.  People on the left are self-righteous in their support of the shuttering of businesses. They feel no concern or sympathy for the millions of people suddenly out of work.

People on the right are devastated by the damage done to the small businesses they know and love. They worry about the small business owners they have come to know well but have been shut down, the waiters and waitresses they know and love.

Oh sure, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her minions claim to care. They want to dole out trillions of dollars to every bureaucrat, ward heeler and NGO; they want to make sure the economy does not rise again on Trump's watch.

But they do not want people to go back to work; they crave dependents.  They believe it is the dependency created by the lockdown that will bring them back to power.  That is why they want the lockdown to continue.  It is their ace in the hole….they think.

Do Americans want to be paid not to work?  Some clearly do.  Most do not.  We are a nation of workers, of self-sufficiency.  We are a nation of families, to the eternal frustration of the anti-nuclear family crowd like Black Lives Matter.  See their website.  Families are why people want to work, to build lives of joy and meaning, to raise up a new generation that will contribute to the future of America.

But the left has promoted the destruction of the nuclear family since the 1960s, especially the black family.  It began with LBJ's noxious Great Society programs that led to the explosion of out-of-wedlock births; it drove fathers from the home by promising support only if there was no father in the home!  In not very many years, there were four generations of single mothers, no fathers, in their homes.

It is actual racism that is at the core of the Democratic Party's bigotry, then and now.  And now they are doing it again.  The left does not care about individuals, the job losses, people's fear of being unable to support their families.  They do not care about black people any more than they care about white working people.  To our Trump-hating Democrat party, these Americans who have been rendered jobless are merely pawns in their game, relegated to the "unemployed" to be used and abused by the media lackeys the democrats rely upon to do their bidding.  Power over us all is their ultimate goal.

The Democrats embrace unemployment, the more the better.   People on the right actually feel anguish for all the people deprived of work, thanks to the left's vicious political scheme. Conservatives are finding ways to patronize their businesses, pick up their food curbside, tipping generously if they are able.  The left?  Not so much.  They feel nothing for the millions they have rendered jobless.  Those invisible people are just cogs in the leftist machine's unending grasp for power.  If and when they get it, it will be the end of the United States as founded, this nation that has evolved to become the greatest, freest nation on the planet.  The freedom, the liberty those of us of a certain age have taken for granted for all our lives, will be denied to our children and grandchildren because the authoritarian left will have won.

Biden has already embraced Bernie Sanders's socialist platform.  If they win, it will be because too few Americans stood up against them.  Know this:  Whatever one thinks and feels about Trump, he is our only hope against the Democrats' socialist/communist  onslaught.

If Trump is defeated, if the socialist left wins, we will be overrun by illegal immigration from all over the world.  People will be categorized by skin color and sexual orientation only.  Nearly all citizens will be assigned some form of victim status, except white males.  The Democrats will mandate equality of outcome.  Merit will be a thing of the past.  America will be over.

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PUT GOD BACK INTO THE HEADLINES

In legal usage throughout the English-speaking world, an act of God is a natural hazard outside human control, such as an earthquake or tsunami, for which no person can be held responsible.

By contrast, other extraordinary man-made or political events are deemed force majeure.

Contract law

In the law of contracts, an act of God may be interpreted as an implied defense under the rule of impossibility or impracticability. If so, the promise is discharged because of unforeseen occurrences, which were unavoidable and would result in insurmountable delay, expense, or other material breaches.

Under the English common law, contractual obligations were deemed sacrosanct, so failure to honor a contract could lead to an order for specific performance or internment in a debtor's prison. In 1863, this harsh rule was softened by the case of Taylor v Caldwell which introduced the doctrine of frustration of contract, which provided that "where a contract becomes impossible to perform and neither party is at fault, both parties may be excused their obligations". In this case, a music hall was burned down by the act of God before a contract of hire could be fulfilled, and the court deemed the contract frustrated.

In other contracts, such as indemnification, an act of God may be no excuse, and in fact, may be the central risk assumed by the promisor—e.g., flood insurance or crop insurance—the only variables being the timing and extent of the damage. In many cases, failure by way of ignoring obvious risks due to "natural phenomena" will not be sufficient to excuse the performance of the obligation, even if the events are relatively rare: e.g., the year 2000 problem in computers. Under the Uniform Commercial Code, 2-615, failure to deliver goods sold may be excused by an "act of God" if the absence of such an act was a "basic assumption" of the contract, and the act has made the delivery "commercially impracticable".

Such events are possibly threatening the legal status of acts of God and may establish liabilities where none existed until now. Another issue in the law of contracts is whether the terms of contracts be complied upon in the case of an epidemic As we are facing now.

As a general principle of an act of God, an epidemic can be classified as an act of God if the epidemic was unforeseeable and renders the promise discharged if the promisor cannot avoid the effect of the epidemic by the exercise of reasonable prudence, diligence, and care, or by the use of those means which the situation renders reasonable to employ.

The phrase "act of God" is sometimes used to attribute an event to divine intervention. Often it is used in conjunction with a natural disaster or tragic event. A miracle, by contrast, is often considered a fortuitous event attributed to divine intervention. Some consider it separate from acts of nature and is related to fate or destiny.

When small business owners began to submit claims for economic losses due to the Pandemic of 2020, their claims were denied. Read your policy, was the response from their insurance companies. Your policy does not cover Acts of God.

Do Insurance Companies know something we don't know?

How do we know that God has not heard His children and, perhaps, has responded, instead, by snail mail?

In the last few weeks, the daily headlines have screamed of death by disease. But, consider what has not happened, as well.

There have not been any reports of mass shootings in schools, because the schools are closed.

There have not been any reports of attacks on houses of worship, because the houses of worship are closed.

Grocery workers have received raises in wages without going out on strike.

The price of gasoline has declined.

Ask yourself. If both churches and casinos are closed at the same time, something must be going on.

Maybe God has heard our prayers.

Maybe God is an essential service.

I am suggesting that the CEO of our souls has a place to play in our daily details. As we make our adjustments to the New Normal, we must be open to realities of the "Acts of God."

Yehuda Lave is an author, journalist, psychologist, rabbi, spiritual teacher, and coach, with degrees in business, psychology and Jewish Law. He works with people from all walks of life and helps them in their search for greater happiness, meaning, business advice on saving money, and spiritual engagement. Now also a Blogger on the Times of Israel. Look for my column

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Stop using the word Anti-semitism by Hanoch Rubel

Destroying the evil of antisemitism: If we desire to live in a post-racial world, why do we persist in using a term invented to racialize the Jew as the basis for defining hatred against Jews?

Kabbalistic mysticism teaches that evil cannot be destroyed until it recognizes itself as evil and allows itself to be transformed into goodness. My question is how can the evil of antisemitism ever recognize itself when it is misnamed? The term antisemitism, hatred of all things Jewish, was invented in the 1880s by a German, Jew-hating journalist-sociologist, Wilhelm Marr, to serve two purposes:  to add a new layer upon traditional religious Christian hatred of Jews, Marr sought to create a scientific-racial basis to uniquely justify the hatred of Jews. Secondly, he wanted to create a term to serve as a euphemism to 'soften' the very idea of hating Jews.

Inexplicably, Jews allow our enemies to create the vocabulary for describing their hatred. Indeed, we have even created a veritable 'industry' to study antisemitism. Ironically, we are doing the same thing today, adopting the vocabulary of our enemies to define Israel as an 'annexer' and Jews as 'occupiers' in our own land, when our goal is to establish sovereignty to the land of Israel that is already ours.

When we misname evil and use terms such as antisemitism, occupation, annexation, etc., the evil of hatred cannot identify itself. Its' identity is unclear and evil cannot transform itself into goodness. For those who doubt the power of spirituality and,mysticism, I ask why has there been no material solution for ending the world's oldest, most enduring hatred? Surely, for people of good-will, and especially haters of Jews, we must look for an alternative, i.e. a spiritual solution to defeat the evil of hatred against Jews.

Moreover, it should be the Jew who controls the language used against us that is designed solely to obfuscate the truth. Antisemistm = HATE. Those who hate Jews, for all their sordid reasons; Nazis, communists, secularists, Islamists, Christians,BLM, gender deniers, radical feminists, Hamas, Hezbollah, etc., should know that when they look into a mirror, it is the ugly face of hate that is seen.

New coronavirus restrictions include relaxed rules for workplaces and other restrictions

No more than two passengers per car: Gov't passes new restrictions on
businesses, public areas, gatherings, general rules of conduct.

The Coronavirus Cabinet met on Sunday to approve new regulations on business activities, workplace attendance, public and private gatherings, as well as general rules of conduct in light of the continued spread of the coronavirus in the country.

The new measures will apply once the previous set of emergency regulations expires on Tuesday of this week.

The new regulations stipulate the following:

  • Individuals are to maintain a distance of at least two meters in the public sphere.
  • A ban on gatherings in public spaces; in private spaces and businesses – a limit of 20 people in open areas and 10 people in enclosed spaces.
  • The maximum number of passengers in private vehicles - two (in addition to the driver); if the vehicle has more than one row of seats, an additional passenger may be accommodated. If the passengers are from a single household, all those residing together may travel together.
  • Face masks must be worn in public, and signs must be posted in municipal facilities and recreational facilities indicating this requirement. Stores must refuse entry to customers without masks.
  • Each synagogue must appoint a person in charge of enforcing health directives.
  • In places where customers stand in line, places must be marked off in order to maintain social distancing. Transparent screens must separate customers from employees serving them.
  • Permissible occupancy in public areas or places of work: one person per seven square meters or in accordance with gathering limit (whichever is greater); restaurants or hotels: 35% occupancy according to number stipulated in the business license; group therapy in a welfare center - up to 15 participants; pools and mikvehs - one person per six square meters.
  • Deliveries must be deposited outside the door of their destination and not brought indoors by couriers.
  • In the event that a coronavirus-positive patient is found to have been in a public or business space, the Ministry of Health has authorized the closure of the space for the period of time necessary to disinfect the area and prevent further spread of the virus.
  • A blanket ban on the operation of: discos, bars and pubs, event halls (indoors and outdoors), recreational areas and amusement parks (including indoor ones), commercial jacuzzis.
  • Reopening of baby pools to be permitted.

These new regulations will enable cultural events to be held following consultation with the Director-General of the Ministry of Culture.

Workplaces that only admit employees will be permitted to accommodate more than 20 employees. Employees will be required to maintain health & safety guidelines to minimize the risk of contagion, and more exceptions to the rules will be granted in specific cases, in order to support the economy.

Rules that apply to workplaces:

A. Maintenance of social distancing directives.

B. Wearing face covering.

C. Use of personal equipment as far as possible.

D. Meetings of up to 50 participants to be permitted while adhering to Health Ministry guidelines.

If Social Media Wants to Play Doctor, They Should Prepare To Be Sued for Malpractice

Twitter and Facebook should not be restricting legitimate medical policy debate on their platforms.

By Adam Mill

Most people understand that the constitutional guarantee of free speech does not include falsely yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater. A panicked mob can crush or trample weak and vulnerable people as the instinct to survive overtakes common decency. This maxim came to mind when Breitbart announced that Twitter and Facebook censored a press conference by actual doctors describing their life-saving lessons learned from treating actual COVID-19 patients.

Among the lessons discussed was the prophylactic use of a combination of hydroxychloroquine and other inexpensive therapies that seem to stop the dreaded disease from advancing to its deadly second phase. One doctor said she treated over 300 COVID-19 patients using the therapy. These patients included vulnerable patients with diabetes, heart conditions, and advanced age. She proudly announced she had not lost a single patient with the early intervention of this therapy. Additionally, COVID-19 failed to infect any member of her staff taking the therapy as a prophylactic measure. She warned that the misinformation about these therapies was causing people to die needlessly.

Another doctor spoke to the opening of schools. Young people, he said, are able to tolerate the virus very well. Opening schools poses little or no risk to children when compared to leaving them at home. Children are very unlikely to spread the disease to each other. And, astonishingly, a contract trace study revealed no example of a student infecting a teacher in the entire world.

A third doctor spoke to the public health effects of lockdowns. "Our suicide hotlines are up 600 percent," he said. He cited spousal abuse and alcohol abuse as two additional public health effects that the lockdowns have exacerbated. He recommended following the Swedish model of cautious reopenings of businesses and schools which yielded better results than the United Kingdom approach of a draconian lockdown. More people die under the UK model, he said.

According to Breitbart, Facebook justified censoring these doctors as follows, "We've removed this video for sharing false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19," Youtube and Twitter followed suit for alleged violations of the platforms' "COVID-19 policies."

Social media censorship of medical opinions is far more dangerous than the usual censorship of conservative political opinion. By censoring doctors, they're offering their own medical opinion to the public—that these cures won't work—and suggesting that it's "dangerous" to let patients (or other doctors!) hear the advice.

Are these censorship decisions being reviewed and approved by actual physicians? Because they're tantamount to playing doctor to the public.

If what these doctors say is true, then it is conceivable that patients who could have been saved by the advice will die. If what these doctors say isn't true, then the correct response is a rebuttal from properly-licensed physicians relying on the latest and best science (not censorship.) Indeed, Twitter expressly told Breitbart that the site's entire account would be limited because the video, "may pose a risk to people's health, including content that goes directly against guidance from authoritative sources of global and local public health information."

So not only is Twitter, which is not a medical provider, claiming that these actual doctors are wrong, Twitter is saying that patients following this advice could be at greater health risk. This is medical advice Twitter is offering to the general public. And if anyone dies as a result of this censorship, these social media giants will be responsible.

Social media should not be restricting legitimate medical policy debate on its platforms. It should not be permitting fearmongering while censoring advice from licensed doctors who actually have some demonstrated experience and claim success in fighting the disease.

A doctor who did this could be sued for malpractice. Why should these social media giants be immune from the same consequences?



EU Pouring Millions into Illegal Arab Construction in Area C While Bibi, Gantz, Stand Idly By By David Israel

Photo Credit: Amit Shabi/POOL

PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate PM and DM Benny Gantz turn four blind eyes at the EU's violation of Israeli territories in Judea and Samaria.

The European Union and the Palestinian Authority on Tuesday launched another project financing illegal construction in the Palestinian Authority outposts in Area C, which according to the Oslo agreements are under full control of the State of Israel.

The assistance package will fund the completion of 16 projects in 15 illegal Arab outposts scattered throughout Area C, including the establishment of schools that help make those outposts permanent, paving new roads, building multi-purpose structures, digging water reservoirs, laying down pipelines, and building an electrical infrastructure.

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The total funds for this illegal program which violates decades-old deals with Israel reaches 15.2 million euros ($17.32 million).

"The European Union sees Area C as an integral part of the Occupied Palestinian Territories," said EU Representative Sven Con von Burgsdorff at the launch ceremony. "This position has been voiced for so many years and is translated into projects such as the one we are launching today. The EU's position in Area C is clear: we will not recognize changes in the pre-1967 borders, including in relation to Jerusalem, except for those agreed by both sides, and we do not recognize Israel's sovereignty over the territories occupied since 1967."

According to Regavim, the EU declaration describes the projects to be budgeted with the new funding as "humanitarian aid," but the construction and deployment of the infrastructure is carried out without seeking or obtaining the approval of the Civil Administration and the State of Israel – as required by law, including international law and the Oslo Accords on which the EU is a signatory…

Meir Deutsch, director general of Regavim, pointed out the hypocrisy of the EU statement which on the one hand, the EU claims that it condemns unilateral measures, and is willing to recognize only changes agreed on by both sides, while proudly funding projects that unilaterally create facts on the ground.

"Oddly enough, the EU is diverting the money of European taxpayers, in the midst of a global economic crisis as resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, in favor of creating new 'Palestinian villages' out of thin air, in strategic places in Judea and Samaria that were previously uninhabited," Deutsch said.

"If the Israeli government continues to turn a blind eye to blatant violations of international law in favor of the Palestinian Authority's wild takeover of the heart of the country, it will have a hard time convincing voters that it is a national or Zionist government. In fact, it will have a hard time convincing us."

And that, of course, is the correct takeaway from this report: the fact that the Netanyahu-Gantz government is turning a blind eye on these projects which are designed to wreck the plans for Israeli sovereignty over the settlements area. The Netanyahu-Gantz government is not only failing to fulfill its promise of sovereignty – everyone in Israel knew that dog wasn't hunting any time soon; it actually torpedoes the chances of a future, more able rightwing government to carry out the sovereignty move.


Foie Gras Gets Glatt Kosher Stamp

By JNS News Service

Photo Credit: Zsolt Demecs

Members of the rabbinic team at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Csengele kosher slaughterhouse opening in Hungary, July 2020. Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau is at center; Chabad Rabbi Shlomo Köves of Hungary is second from right.

The Chief Rabbinical Council of Israel approved on Monday the importation of glatt-kosher certified foie gras to Israel—an item that has not been non-glatt-kosher in the past.

A member of the Chief Rabbinical Council, Rabbi Simcha Weiss, together with geese experts Professor Ari Z. Zivotofsky and Rabbi Roei Ginon from Chief Rabbinate, visited a slaughterhouse in Hungary last year operating under the EMIH‒Hungarian Jewish Community Association, headed by Chabad Rabbi Shlomo Köves, to closely monitor the process of fattening the birds.

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Upon his return to Israel, a team was set up in order to develop a program to allow the importation of goose-liver products with a glatt-kosher certification.

On Monday, the Rabbinical Council approved the committee's recommendations.

Csengele kosher slaughterhouse in Hungary has become the first (and for now, the only) to receive glatt-kosher certification for goose liver.

Importers of foie gras will now have to meet a number of new requirements in order for goose liver to be certified with as a glatt-kosher stamp, according to a document detailing the requirements developed by the Chief Rabbinical Council.

Among other things, it is required that the breeding and fattening farms be located within the same site.

The document also stipulates that food for the geese should minimize the chances of esophageal injury to the birds. For example, corn kernels should be prepared in such a way so that they would not retain any coarse and sharp edges, or contain any whole grains in the mix. It was also mandated that (force) feeding should be executed through a silicone tube without any sharp points.

The new regulations also call for supervisors to be made available to carry out inspections at the site of fattening and to closely monitor this process. In addition, slaughterhouses will have to be checked routinely by a mashgiach, a professional kashrut inspector.

Israel banned the local production of foie gras in 2003, and finally enforced that ban in 2006.

The Orthodox Union (OU) decided to stop certifying foie gras production in 2019, after the last local kosher producer shut down.

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