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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Israel-Focused Political Pundit and Blogging

I became a blogger when people kept telling me to get an internet site to publicize my articles about what's really happening in Israel and my take on it. I used to send out via email what I called "musings," my thoughts about things like Arab terrorism and the murder of young neighbors by Arab terrorists. Then I wrote my essays only occasionally. Now as a blogger, I write daily.

I did try to get my articles published in mainstream newspapers, dreaming of being a freelance writer instead of teaching, which was my profession at the time. The op-ed editors weren't very supportive, and I was informed that I'd have to wait quite a few days until I'd be informed of acceptance or rejection, and then I could send my article someplace else or throw it in the trash.

That's when I decided to be my own boss/editor and rely on my very own blog to give a public forum to my opinions.

Soon after, the mainstream media, which had begun publishing on the internet along with paper editions, discovered that their readers wanted more op-eds, and they began allowing people to write for free on their "newspaper's blogs."

At present, my posts/essays/articles appear on two sites, and I'm fascinated by the differences in the reactions of the readers of those site and also compared to this blog. Both of them have editors who are happy enough with what I write here to agree to post identical articles. There was another internet newspaper, Times of Israel, which wanted only original posts. Considering that they weren't paying me anything for my time, efforts and knowledge, I thought that an outrageous and immoral demand, so I stopped blogging for them.

Of course, I still dream of finding a publication that would pay me for my articles, and then that would be my main forum. They'd get "first crack" and here I'd set things up, so each essay would link to them. Hint! Hint! Is someone reading this who can help?

I keep track of the statistics of readers, and over the years, there hasn't been any real increase of people reading this blog, but sometimes the share/like numbers on my articles posted in the Jewish Press are outstanding, like for The World Wouldn't Care if Israel was Destroyed, G-d Forbid, which has reached 1.2k (thousand) facebook likes. That's pretty impressive. There are also 233 comments at last count.

The same article,  The World Wouldn't Care if Israel Destroyed, G-d Forbid, has been ranked in the Arutz 7 top six blog posts for days already and shows 25 comments.

The original, on this blog, has just 7 comments, 5 shares and 153 readers.

Since I haven't succeeded in making a living from my writing, and I do write to get my opinion out, yes, I'm a political pundit, I continue allowing these, and sometimes other publications re-post/reprint my articles.  Over the years, I've heard many times that I've written what others think, and they are extremely happy that I've done so. Yes, that's why I continue, and I do write daily, barring Shabbat and Jewish holidays of course.

I'm also very much involved with Havel Havelim the International Jewish Blog Carnival, which appears weekly after Shabbat. I call it a "floating" magazine, because a variety of bloggers host it. We organize on our facebook page, and I end up as "default" host, when nobody else can do it.

Also, I've given blogging rights here to a few other people, so sometimes you'll see articles by others, which is fine by me.

I'm interested in your opinions and suggestions. Please comment and share, thanks.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

No Doubt The Majority of Israelis Would Support PM Bibi if He Stopped Negotiating a Palestinian State!

True we all know that polls can be manipulated depending on how the questions are worded, but this recent poll written about in the Jerusalem Post makes it very clear where most Israelis stand. Following are the numbers directly from the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs:
Since 2005, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs has conducted opinion polls on the peace process, Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines, continued Israeli control of the Jordan Valley, and the proposed division of Jerusalem.According to the latest poll conducted on October 12-14, 2014, by Shivukim-Panorama for the Jerusalem Center, 75% of the Israeli Jewish public continue to oppose Israel’s withdrawal from the Jordan Valley and the division of Jerusalem.Moreover, the rise of the Islamic State in the Middle East has made the Israeli public even less ready for territorial concessions in the West Bank. While 70% report that the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) has not affected their position, 17% say it has made them less ready for concessions, while 5% say they are more ready for concessions.Some 75% of Israeli Jews oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state if it means an Israeli withdrawal from the Jordan Valley. A similar percentage would oppose the replacement of the IDF with international forces in the Jordan Valley. Notably, 52% of Israelis who identify with “the left” oppose the replacement of the IDF with international forces in the Jordan Valley.Overall, 74% of Israeli Jews oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines, while 76% oppose a Palestinian state if it means the division of Jerusalem.

Profile of respondents

Total
Ideology
Group
Right
Center
Left
Veterans
Former USSR
How do you identify yourself? (Total #)

505

304

125

68

421

84
1. In light of the spread of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, has this affected your stance regarding Israeli territorial concessions in the West Bank?


Total
Ideology
Group
Right
Center
Left
Veterans
Former USSR
More ready for concessions
4.8%
2.3%
4.0%
17.6%
5.7%
-
Less ready for concessions
16.8%
23.7%
9.6%
-
14.3%
29.8%
No change
70.1%
66.8%
75.2%
73.5%
72.2%
59.5%
Don’t know/no answer
8.3%
7.2%
11.2%
8.8%
7.8%
10.7%
2. Do you support or oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines?


Total
Ideology
Group
Right
Center
Left
Veterans
Former USSR
Support
18.2%
4.3%
21.6%
72.1%
21.4%
2.4%
Oppose
74.3%
91.8%
63.2%
19.1%
71.5%
88.1%
Don’t know/no answer
7.5%
3.9%
15.2%
8.8%
7.1%
9.5%
3. Do you support or oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state if it means an Israeli withdrawal from the Jordan Valley?


Total
Ideology
Group
Right
Center
Left
Veterans
Former USSR
Support
11.5%
6.3%
11.2%
35.3%
13.1%
3.6%
Oppose
74.9%
85.2%
67.2%
42.6%
76.0%
69.0%
Don’t know/no answer
13.7%
8.6%
21.6%
22.1%
10.9%
27.4%
4. Would you agree to the replacement of the IDF with international forces in the Jordan Valley?


Total
Ideology
Group
Right
Center
Left
Veterans
Former USSR
Agree
16.6%
10.2%
20.0%
38.2%
18.1%
9.5%
Disagree
75.4%
84.5%
67.2%
51.5%
74.8%
78.6%
Don’t know/no answer
7.9%
5.3%
12.8%
10.3%
7.1%
11.9%
5. Do you support or oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state if it means the division of Jerusalem?


Total
Ideology
Group
Right
Center
Left
Veterans
Former USSR
Support
16.2%
6.9%
20.8%
51.5%
18.8%
3.6%
Oppose
76.2%
89.1%
64.8%
39.7%
74.3%
85.7%
Don’t know/no answer
7.5%
3.9%
14.4%
8.8%
6.9%
10.7%

- See more at: http://jcpa.org/poll-israeli-jews-oppose-palestinian-state/#sthash.2lqGWZo8.dpuf
Add that to the fact/rumor that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, barring any last minute national and international emergencies/crises is planning on calling elections some time in the spring.
Speculation was rampant Monday night that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s decision to shelve the Conversion Bill, introduced by MK Elazar Stern (Hatnua), is part of his preparations for new elections, possibly next spring.
Several media outlets reported on Monday night that the reason behind Netanyahu’s move is to get closer to the hareidi parties in the Knesset in an attempt to receive their support as he forms the next government.
According to the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Netanyahu plans to tighten his alliance with the hareidi parties, Shas and United Torah Judaism, as well as with the Jewish Home party.
Netanyahu’s first step towards general elections, however, is to hold the primaries for the leadership of the Likud, noted the newspaper, and he plans to do so as soon as possible, with a possible date being November 25.
Netanyahu's associates confirmed to Yedioth Ahronoth that the prime minister is pushing for quick elections for the party leadership. (read more on Arutz 7)
Bibi's best chance of bringing the Likud to another victory would be to finally shed his Center image and go Right where most Israelis feel safest and most comfortable. This isn't the Israel of the 1960's and 1970's. The demographic of larger families among the dati le'umi-national religious and the chareidi-ultra-Orthodox is felt very strongly in the ballot-box.  Many religious and Right voters are looking for an alternative, far from the Likud and more reliable than Naftali Bennett's NRP aka Jewish Home Party. Bibi and  Bennett  have only one way to remain in power, and that's to tell the USA, UN, Europe etc. that we will not negotiate nor cooperate in the establishment of a new Arab terror state called "Palestine" within our State of Israel!