With President Trump’s assistance and the Sunni Arab Gulf state leaders’ cooperation, the Middle East is changing fast, and Israel is again taking center stage.
By Yochanan Visser
This has been a historical week with events that showed the old Middle Eastern order has ended while Israel is at the center of a new order.
First, there were the visits of Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to the Sunni Arab Gulf state Oman and Culture Minister Miri Regev to Abu Dhabi where she attended the International Judo Federation’s Grand Slam competition.
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Sports Minister Regev joins Gold Medal Winner Muki at the first ever medal awarding ceremony when the Israeli National Anthem, Hatikva was played in Abu Dhabi.
Among the many Israeli politicians that visited the south after 200 Gaza rockets were fired at Israeli towns, villages & cities, Minister Regev said, “The equation should be very simple: If our children live in fear, then the leadership of Hamas should live in fear.”
By LAHAV HARKOV
Israel should assassinate Hamas leaders, Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev said Thursday, in response to a day of recurrent rocket launches from Gaza.
“The equation should be very simple: If our children live in fear, then the leadership of Hamas should live in fear,” Regev said. “We must go back to the policy of targeted assassinations of leaders of this murderous terrorist group.” Continue Reading »
After refusing to display Israel’s flag or play its national anthem, Marius Vizer, president of The Int’l Judo Federation suspends the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and the Tunis Grand Prix Judo competitions, saying the federation “is committed to promoting the moral principles and values of Judo, Olympism and sport in general.”
By GIL HOFFMAN
In a victory for Israel and Sports Minister Miri Regev, the International Judo Federation announced Friday that it would cancel two upcoming grand slam judo events in Tunis and Abu Dhabi, because Israeli flags were not allowed to be raised.
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Int’l Judo Federation president Marius Vizer, and Israel’s Sports & Culture Minister, Miri Regev.
Israel’s Culture Minister Miri Regev, Likud MK Hazan clash with Arab parliamentarian after she accuses opposition of hypocrisy over its failure to stand up against racism.
– Knesset Member Hazan to Zoabi, “You should go to prison and sit behind bars.”
By Moran Azulay
Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi of the Arab Joint List was slammed Wednesday by Culture Minister Miri Regev and Knesset Member Oren Hazan of the Likud party after accusing the opposition of hypocrisy over its failure to stand up against racism as it does against corruption issues.
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Minister Miri Regev (R), MK Hanin Zoabi (C), MK Oren Hazan (L) – Photos: knesset.gov.il
After Israeli Ministers threatened to drop out of hosting the professional cycling race in Israel, organizers of Giro d’Italia remove mentions of ‘West Jerusalem’ from its website, changing it to just ‘Jerusalem’, capital of Israel.
– Ministers Regev and Levin say they are relieved.
By The Associated Press
Israeli officials on Thursday declared victory in a battle over semantics surrounding the upcoming Giro d’Italia, saying it had persuaded the cycling event to remove any reference to “West Jerusalem” from their website.
The Giro, one of cycling’s three major races, will open in Israel next May, with the first day set to take place in Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Culture Minister clashes with Joint List bill to promote Nakba Day, reminding the Arab Knesset members, ‘You would not want to live anywhere else in the Middle East.’
By Arutz Sheva Staff
The Knesset plenum held a debate on the bill proposed by MK Ahmed Tibi (Joint Arab List) to hold an official memorial day in Israel for the Nakba (translated: ‘Catastrophe’), when the Arab nations failed in their attempt to destroy the nascent Jewish State in 1948.
Tibi and Regev clash at the Knesset- – Knesset TV
Culture Minister Miri Regev, who spoke in response to the bill on behalf of the government, slammed the Arab Knesset members and accused them of hypocrisy. Continue Reading »
International musicians due to perform at ‘Titans of Metal’ festival in Israel next month admitted to producers they fear for their lives after receiving BDS threats.
Any Israeli producer who wants to bring an artist over to the Holy Land can anticipate in advance the responses from pro-Palestinian organizations asking the artist to change their mind and cancel their visit. When a big name is involved, there’s a good chance they’ll get an email from Roger Waters himself, asking that they forgo the planned performance and join the cultural boycott of Israel, led by the BDS movement. Continue Reading »
Miri Regev says that because the ministry deals in matters of state, it’s appropriate that it should operate from Israel’s capital.
By Roi Yanovsky
Miri Regev’s first decision as minister of culture and sport is to move the ministry’s offices from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Ynet has learned.
The New Culture & Sport Minister, Miri Regev – Photo: George Ginsburg
Regev has already approached Finance Ministry officials with the request to find the Culture and Sport Ministry a new home in the capital.
As part of the move, the ceremony to replace ministers on Sunday will not take place at the Tel Aviv office, but rather in the ministry’s existing branch in Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem, where the ministry’s operations have been far and few so far. Continue Reading »
MK Miri Regev’s (Likud) bill that would require new Knesset members to swear allegiance to the Jewish State of Israel, will likely inspire the ire of Arab Knesset members.
By Moran Azulay
New legislation being put forth by a firebrand Likud Knesset member could force new Israeli legislators to swear loyalty to Israel as a Jewish state before they can join the Knesset ranks; a move which will likely infuriate Arab and leftist MKs.
With neither the wintery weather nor the stormy session on the ‘Jewish nationhood’ bill yet to pass, the Knesset is gearing up for another contentious debate next Sunday, when the Ministerial Committee for Legislation will discuss the proposal, by MK Miri Regev, which will put into a law the demand that parliamentarians swear allegiance to the Jewish state of Israel. Continue Reading »
MKs ask why U.S. gov’t officials pressure Israel to free murderers, while refusing to release Jonathan Pollard.
By Maayana Miskin
Members of Knesset expressed frustration Sunday that Israel is releasing terrorist killers in order to negotiate with the Palestinian Authority, following intervention from United States Secretary of State John Kerry.
The United States would never do what Israel is being asked to do, they accused.
“It isn’t moral to release murderers. It isn’t safe to release murderers… Has the United States ever released murderers as a concession to terrorism?” asked MK Motti Yogev (Bayit Yehudi).
“The United States hasn’t even freed Jonathan Pollard, after he served his sentence and has been in prison for more than 28 years,” he noted. Continue Reading »
Status quo threatened as MKs finally consider allowing Jews to pray on the Temple Mount.
Rumor sparks Arab media outcry over Jewish ‘prayers in mosque.’
For years Jews have been allowed to visit the Temple Mount, the holiest place on earth according to the Jewish religion, but have not been allowed to pray there. In late 2012 police issued draconian instructions under which Jewish visitors could be arrested for merely appearing to pray.
All that may change with MK Miri Regev’s appointment to head the Knesset’s Internal Affairs Committee. Regev (Likud) is planning a trip to the Temple Mount in order to weigh the option of permitting Jewish prayer at the site. Continue Reading »
The US President’s speech was met with mixed reactions.
MK Miri Regev believes Obama’s speech was “offensive to Netanyahu.”
By LAHAV HARKOV
Reactions from MKs to US President Barack Obama’s speech in Jerusalem on Thursday ranged from excited support to condemnation.
Obama speaking in Jerusalem – Photo by AFP
Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett mentioned the rockets fired at Sderot in the morning, saying they were the result of the previous withdrawal from land, as were thousands of victims over the years.
“A Palestinian state is not the right way,” the Bayit Yehudi chairman said. “The time has come for new ideas and creativity to solve the Middle East conflict.” Continue Reading »