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November 30, 2006

Rice: Olmert's speech will advance peace in the region

Nov. 30, 2006 7:53 | Updated Nov. 30, 2006 18:21 Rice: Olmert's speech will advance peace in the region By AP AND JPOST.COM STAFF DEAD SEA, Jordan

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice praised Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for his speech earlier this week, saying that his call for a renewal of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations was an important step that was likely to both contribute towards calm and advance the peace processes in the region.

During the meeting, Rice briefed Olmert on her meeting earlier in the day with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, and Olmert briefed Rice on his meeting with Egyptian Intelligence Chief Omar Sulieman, during which the two discussed the cease-fire, weapons smuggling into Gaza, and the status of negotiations for the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit.

After her meeting with Olmert, Rice met with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. Before the meeting, Livni said Olmert's speech was intended as a message to Palestinian moderates that "there is a political horizon," implying the possibility of a resumption of talks.

In his meeting with Rice, Abbas said that talks to achieve a national unity government aimed at ending an international aid boycott had reached a deadlock.

Rice, standing alongside Abbas at a joint press conference in the West Bank city of Jericho, said the US hoped to accelerate efforts to find a solution to the Israeli-Paelstinian conflict and to extend the scope of a recently declared cease-fire between the two sides.

Rice also said the humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territories, including what she called "humiliations," must be eased.

In a gesture of support for Palestinian aspirations, Rice said any future Palestinian state should be "viable" and "contiguous" and said no actions should be taken now to prejudge the outcome of a final peace deal. That was an apparent reference to Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank.

Abbas said he lamented the difficulties surrounding efforts to form a joint government between the Palestinians' current Hamas rulers and Abbas's own Fatah Party. Such a government is seen as key to lifting an international aid boycott of the Palestinian Authority.

"We have discussed our efforts to form a national unity government. We have exerted efforts, we have worked in many directions, but unfortunately we have hit a dead end," Abbas said.

Rice was also scheduled to meet separately with Prime Minster Ehud Olmert in Jerusalem. She will also meet Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni while in Jerusalem.

US officials say they do not expect Rice to walk away with a long-term peace deal between the two sides. But her trip throws notable US weight behind a cease-fire announced last weekend and bolsters the hope of renewed peace talks. The cease-fire ended a five-month IDF offensive in the Gaza Strip and the firing of rockets by Palestinian terrorists into Israel.

A senior US State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter, said the United States would like to see the cease-fire extend beyond Gaza to the West Bank. He said Rice's meetings Thursday were intended to press the two sides on their commitment to peace.

Rice also would likely try to determine how close the Palestinians were to brokering a political deal that would satisfy the West and Israel, the official said.

Rice's senior adviser on Iraq, David Satterfield, said the Palestinians have to form a government that can deal with Israel and recognize its right to exist. And that is why, he said in an AP Television interview in Washington, the administration hopes Abbas would form a government without including Hamas.

It is time to tell it like it is, President Bush in an effort to save himself in Iraq will put Israel at great risk.

He has sent Condi to do his dirty work, when Condi speaks of the "humiliations" of the Palestinians. What is she talking about the fact that they need to go through security check points before they are allowed in the pre 1967 Israeli borders.

So what, we look at the people wanting to come into our major population centers, are the Israeli security check points any different than the ones in Iraq manned by American soldiers?

Of course they are, Israel is guarding our lives in a much more in your face way, if we fail then Israeli's will be blown up in our cities.

Also see how hard that America is trying to stretch through the diplomatic yoga lesson to try to make the Palestinians "acceptable" to the world. But she still speaks about a Palestinian State no matter how many rockets are fired into Israel, no matter how many hundreds of tons of weapons are smuggled into Gaza, no matter how many Israeli's suffer and die.

Come hell or high water Condi and Georgie will try to steal land that G-D gave the Jews in order to build a terrorist State in Israel's land.

I am sorry I voted for George Bush.

November 29, 2006

A-G Rejects Bid To Ban Arab Party after MKs Visit Syria

A-G Rejects Bid To Ban Arab Party after MKs Visit Syria 14:11 Nov 29, '06 / 8 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Attorney General Menachem Mazuz and the Justice Ministry Wednesday rejected a demand to dissolve an Arab party whose MKs have visited Syria and Lebanon, which are classified by Israel as enemy states. Attorney Ofir Miller charged that the party, the National Democratic Assembly (NDA), aims "to denounce the State of Israel's existence." Knesset Members Azmi Basara, Wasil Taha and Jamal Zahalka recently visited Syria.

The law prevents citizens from visiting enemy countries, but the Justice Ministry stated "there is currently no room to determine that the [NDA] party's actions are against the law, as it is difficult to determine that visiting enemy states does not constitute a dominant and ongoing part of the party's activity."

Their actions do not support the claim that the party supports "the armed struggle of an enemy state or a terror organization against the State of Israel," according to Attorney General Mazuz.

A senior American government official said on Tuesday that Israel should not talk with Syria, which is defined by the United States as a country that supports terrorism.

Hizbullah Planning Mass Demonstration Against Beirut Gov't

Hizbullah Planning Mass Demonstration Against Beirut Gov't 16:32 Nov 29, '06 / 8 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) The terrorist organization Hizbullah, led by Hassan Nasrallah, is planning a mass demonstration against the Lebanese government in the next two days. The protesters will call for the immediate resignation of the current administration, led by Fouad Siniora.

Government ministers from Hizbullah and the Amal movement resigned from the Lebanese coalition recently when their demand for greater influence over national policies was not met. A Christian minister, Pierre Gemayal, was assassinated last week, with many assuming Syrian involvement.

Tutu Appointed to Head UN Inquiry Into Beit Hanoun Incident

Tutu Appointed to Head UN Inquiry Into Beit Hanoun Incident 17:39 Nov 29, '06 / 8 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) The well-known South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be heading an United Nations fact-finding mission investigating the November 8 shelling of a residential building in Gaza's Beit Hanoun area. IDF artillery is alleged to have caused the death of 20 people in the incident.

Beit Hanoun has been the scene of innumerable enemy rocket launchings against Jewish targets in the western Negev. IDF sources said that a shell intended to strike at rocket launching terrorists in Beit Hanoun accidentally slammed into the occupied building in question.

Archbishop Tutu, who was a leading opponent of South African apartheid, has in the past compared Israel to that racist regime, has compared Zionism itself to racism, and has said that Jews wield undue influence in the West, among other controversial comments.

November 27, 2006

Hizballah Works To Topple Lebanese Government

Hizbullah Working to Topple Lebanese Government 04:20 Nov 27, '06 / 6 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Following the announcement from Lebanese officials approving the establishment of an international tribunal to probe the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, Hizbullah announced it would continue efforts to topple the government of Lebanon.

Deputy Hizbullah leader Sheikh Naim Kassam stated street protests and other unannounced efforts would take place towards gaining support to oust the government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.

Kassam added there is no specific timetable or plan, but efforts to oust the current administration would continue.

US: Olmert gave Palestinians a political horizon

US: Olmert gave Palestinians a political horizon

Americans satisfied with ceasefire, PM's dramatic speech. 'Olmert demonstrated that he is truly interested in the dialogue that would lead to a two-state solution,' State Department spokesman says. US Secretary of State Rice, who will visit Jordan this week, may meet separately with Olmert, Abbas

Yitzhak Benhorin
Published: 11.28.06, 00:21

WASHINGTON – The ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's speech are part of an effort to launch a series of acts, the first of which will be the return of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, which will be followed by the release of Palestinian prisoners, American officials were convinced Monday evening.

As part of the process, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to visit the Middle East this week and meet separately with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Olmert .

"On Saturday (with the announcement of a ceasefire), we started this path, ad I hope it will lead us to advance toward the objective we all want to achive – peace and quiet and trusting each other."

Olmert also said during his speech that "with the release of Gilad Shalit safe and sound and his return to his family, the Israeli government would be willing to release many Palestinian prisoners, including those sentenced for long period of time."

Officials at the Prime Minister's Office clarified Monday evening that in spite of the government's willingness, "There will be no progress on the issue of the Palestinian prisoners as long as Gilad Shalit does not return. In addition, there is no sensational development on the Shalit issue."

US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack welcomed Olmert's speech and defined the ceasefire as "a welcome development, certainly potentially promising."

The American spokesman noted that "Prime Minister Olmert, I think, has through this speech and through his remarks demonstrated that he is truly interested in the dialogue that would lead to a two-state solution, Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace. He has offered up a political horizon to the Palestinians to negotiate in good faith. That's certainly promising.

"But again, before you get to that point, there are obstacles. There are obstacles that need to be overcome," he added.

The American spokesman expressed the United States' willingness to continue to help in promoting a dialogue rather than violence, but detailed the obstacles: "One of them certainly is a Hamas-led government that has not met the Quartet conditions for realizing a political dialogue that eventually leads to a two-state solution.

"Another obstacle are those rejectionist groups who would use violence, who try to derail any sort of hopeful developments or potentially hopeful development."

McCormack expressed his satisfaction over the deployment of the Palestinian forces in the northern Gaza Strip in an effort to halt the Qassam fire. He also knows, however, that the efforts to stop the attacks have not fully succeeded in light of the rockets fired at Israel Monday afternoon.

"It is up to the Palestinian security forces to stop those kinds of attacks," he said.

All the USA State Department and Olmert are doing is giving the terrorist time to regroup and resupply.

How many times must Israel go down the same road until we learn it ends in dead Israeli's.

The time is to fight not speak of "peace".

November 24, 2006

Response to Terror: An Eye for An Eye

Response to Terror: An Eye for An Eye
12:06 Nov 24, '06 / 3 Kislev 5767
by Hana Levi Julian

A noted religious Zionist rabbi has advocated arming “ungoverned” civil defense groups in western Negev communities to fight back against Kassam rocket attacks from northern Gaza.

Rabbi Yisrael Rosenne, director of the Tzomet Technology and Jewish Law Institute in Alon Shvut, says that arming civilians and permitting them to fire back at the terrorists would be a proper way to stop the attacks from terrorizing residents in southern Israel "if the government were in 'Jewish' - and not necessarily religious - hands."

The rabbi's remarks, written in the weekly bulletin Shabbat B’Shabbato, note that the issue is one of Jewish ethics.

“The eternal response to terror is counter-terror, an eye for an eye,” Rabbi Rosenne wrote. The Yesha Rabbinical Council this week similarly advocated a return to the Jewish ethic of "rising to kill him who would kill you."

Palestinian Authority terrorists continue to fire deadly Kassam rockets at Sderot and nearby Negev communities, as well as the Ashkelon area, despite a recent IDF incursion into Gaza aimed at stopping them. The PA is taking no action to stop the rocket launches, and rather than pressuring the terrorists to stop, the general public in Gaza has begun taking on the role of human shields to block Israeli counterterrorism efforts.

Rosenne suggested that providing weapons to youth in places like Sderot, Ashkelon, Kibbutz Netiv HaAsarah and Kibbutz Zikkim – all areas targeted in a constant barrage of rocket attacks from northern Gaza – would create an additional deterrent force against those who are committed to driving Jewish residents from their communities. "The Strategic Affairs Minister could claim that the State of Israel has become integrated into the Middle East and cannot control the mili-Zionist youth," he wrote.

The rabbi agreed that his plan might not be effective, "mainly because of the leftist underground in the media... But let it not be said that it is not ethical."

Report: Russia began delivering SA missiles to Iran

Report: Russia began delivering SA missiles to Iran

Published: 11.24.06, 14:34

The Iranian news agency has reported the Russia has begun delivering TOR-M1 surface to air missiles to Iran. No further information was given. (AFP)

November 23, 2006

Woman suicide bomber's family: We're very proud

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Woman suicide bomber's family: We're very proud

Explosive device strapped to 57-year-old woman suicide bomber activated near IDF soldiers operating in Jabalya area in north Gaza; three soldiers sustain light injuries in incident; 'I offer myself as a sacrifice to God and to the homeland,' terrorist says on video prior to attack

Hanan Greenberg and Reuters
Latest Update: 11.23.06, 23:51

An explosive device strapped to a woman suicide bomber was activated Thursday afternoon near IDF soldiers operating in the Jabalya area in north Gaza. The terrorist was killed, and three soldiers sustained light injuries in the incident, bringing the number of troops injured in the Strip throughout the day to seven.

Palestinian sources said the terrorist was identified as 57-year-old Fatma Najar, claiming she was sent on the suicide mission by Hamas.

Her family said she had nine children and nearly 30 grandchildren. She was the first known Palestinian grandmother to attempt a suicide bombing against Israelis.

"I am very proud of what she did. Allahu Akbar (God is greatest)," one of her sons, Fuad, 31, told Reuters.

On a video released by Hamas, the woman read out a statement saying said she wanted to dedicate her death to Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails and to Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas.

She wore a black suicide belt and had an M-16 assault rifle slung over her neck.

"I offer myself as a sacrifice to God and to the homeland," she said.

The incident occurred shortly after 5 p.m., when Givati Brigade soldiers operating against Qassam rocket cells spotted the woman approaching them, this after they had received prior warning of a possible suicide attack in the area. The troops called on the terrorists to stop, but she continued moving towards them, at which point they hurled a grenade in her direction, apparently setting off the explosive device in her possession.

A society that can produce a 57 year old granmother suicide bomber is the sickest society on the face of the earth today and never should be rewarded with a State.

This sickness must be eliminated, not rewarded.

Palestinians are really todays Nazi's.

November 22, 2006

France authorizes troops to fire at IAF jets over Lebanon

The Jerusalem Post Internet Edition

France authorizes troops to fire at IAF jets over Lebanon

French soldiers in Lebanon who feel threatened by aggressive Israeli overflights are permitted to shoot at IAF fighter jets, a high-ranking French military officer told The Jerusalem Post.

Wednesday, several days after meeting with an IDF general in Paris to discuss what he said was a "blatant violation of the cease-fire."
Last weekend, Maj.-Gen. Ido Nehushtan, head of the IDF Planning Directorate, traveled to Paris and met with military officials to explain why the IAF flies over Lebanon despite the UN-brokered cease-fire.

Nehushtan, new to his post and previously deputy commander of the air force, told his French counterparts that Israel was conducting the flights to collect intelligence on Hizbullah positions in southern Lebanon.

According to the French officer, Nehushtan apologized for an incident on October 31 when an IAF fighter carried out a mock bombing run over a French UNIFIL position in southern Lebanon, almost prompting troops to fire anti-aircraft missiles.

"There was a reality on the ground and it was important for us to reaffirm what we had seen and explain clearly what are the orders of the French soldiers to protect themselves," the French officer said.

The French told Nehushtan they would view further aggressive flyovers as a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

"No assurances were made to us that they [the IAF] would stop [the flights]," the French officer said. "The orders that the [French] soldiers have is that their weapons are for self-defense and if a commander will feel threatened, as it was about to happen on the 31st of October, he would have the right to use force."

Milos Strugar, spokesman for UNIFIL, supported the French position, saying that according to the UN resolution, UNIFIL had the right to use force in self-defense, even against Israeli aircraft.

"UNIFIL has the right to take all necessary action to protect UN personnel in self-defense," he said.
France's furor at the overflights was not divorced from French domestic political considerations, government officials in Jerusalem said Wednesday.

France is scheduled to hold the first round of presidential elections in April, and one of those reportedly considering tossing her hat into the ring is Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie.
According to these officials, taking a tough stance toward Israel on the issue - a position that grabs headlines in France - helps her raise her profile.

The officials said it didn't hurt Alliot-Marie politically to be seen as someone who needed to be "held back" from responding forcefully to the overflights.

France has said on a few occasions since the end of the war that it came close to firing at Israeli jets over Lebanon. In late October, Alliot-Marie told parliament that Israeli F-15's had dived close to French positions in southern Lebanon.

"Our troops barely avoided a catastrophe," Alliot-Marie told parliament. "Our troops find themselves in a position where they have to fire in legitimate self-defense."

Alliot-Marie is a close ally of French President Jacques Chirac, and if Chirac does not decide to run for a third term, he may back Alliot-Marie to thwart his rival, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy.

The Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, has not - contrary to some press reports - asked the IDF to stop the overflights, diplomatic officials said. Rather, they have passed on to the IDF European concerns that the flights be performed more discreetly, and not in a way that could be interpreted by either the Lebanese or the Europeans as a provocation.

Nehushtan declined to be interviewed for this report and the IDF Spokesman's Office released a statement confirming that the IDF general had visited Paris.

What will happen when France shoots at an Israeli plane will the pilot return fire?

Didn't I say we were going to get to this point last summer when Olmert pushed for this?

Advanced Kassam on the Way to Urban Centers

Advanced Kassam on the Way to Urban Centers
15:38 Nov 22, '06 / 1 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) The Hamas al-Kassam Brigades warned Wednesday that its terrorists are developing an advanced Kassam rocket that can reach the center of Israel. Terrorist spokesman Abu Obadya said Hamas does not plan to fire the Russian-built Grad missiles, which Israel has said are in their possession, but prefers to develop the Kassam. He said the missiles will be used against Ashkelon and other cities.

The Defense Ministry has ordered the installation of a missile alert system for Ashkelon according to Mideast Newsline. The system is far more advanced than the 20-second warning system installed in Sderot. Ashkelon is a port city, where a large power station and oil and gas lines are located.

Jumblatt: Syria May Kill Ministers To Topple Gov't

Jumblatt: Syria May Kill Ministers To Topple Gov't
12:57 Nov 22, '06 / 1 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt charged Wednesday that Syria was behind the assassination of an anti-Syrian minister Tuesday and warned that more killings may be on the horizon in order to bring down the government. The recent resignation of six pro-Syrian ministers, including two Hizbullah terrorist party members, has left the Cabinet with only six more seats than necessary for a quorum.

"We have to expect, and this is my impression unfortunately, more assassinations of ministers and parliamentarians," Jumblatt told reporters after the killing of Minister Pierre Gemayel. Huge protests are expected Wednesday at the funeral for the anti-Syrian leader, who was the grandson of the founder of the Christian Phalange party.

November 21, 2006

Syrian President Invited to Visit Tehran

Syrian President Invited to Visit Tehran
00:55 Nov 22, '06 / 1 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has issued an invitation to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to visit Tehran for talks together with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, according to the Reuters news service.

Al-Assad was invited to join the summit scheduled for the coming weekend between Iraq and Iran. The meeting is expected to focus on how to end Iraqi violence and prevent a civil war.

Hizbullah Announces $300-million in Support From Iran

HIzbullah Announces $300-million in Support From Iran
02:20 Nov 22, '06 / 1 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) The Hizbullah terrorist organization announced Tuesday night it has received $300-million in funding from Iran “for the purpose of rebuilding” its infrastructure.

Senior terror leader Naim Kassam told reporters the organization has received funding from other Arab nations a well, but declined to specify which ones, in a report published Tuesday in the London-based newspaper “A-Sharak Al-Awast.”

Kassam added, “Everyone in Lebanon receives money from other countries, but the question is what the conditions are. Hizbullah’s decisions are not influenced by economic support from Iran.”

Beirut: Lebanese minister assassinated

Beirut: Lebanese minister assassinated Khaled Abu Toameh and AP, THE JERUSALEM POST Nov. 21, 2006

Lebanese politicians on Tuesday accused Syria of standing behind the assassination of Pierre Gemayel, an anti-Syrian minister and scion of Lebanon's most prominent Christian family.

The 34-year-old Gemayel, who served as Industry Minister, was gunned down after he left a church in one of Beirut's suburbs around 4:00 p.m.

The assailants rammed their Range Rover vehicle into Gemayel's car, then leapt out and shot him at blank range with silencer-equipped automatic weapons.

No group claimed responsibility, but Lebanese leaders rushed to point an accusing finger at Syria.

Gemayel, who was hit in the head by several bullets, was rushed by his driver to St. Joseph Hospital, where he died shortly after being admitted.

Hundreds of Gemayel's supporters converged on the hospital, chanting slogans against Syria and its Lebanese allies - Hizbullah and Christian opposition leader Michel Aoun.

Gemayel's father, former Lebanese President Amin Gemayel, appealed for calm and urged his followers not to avenge his son's killing.

"Our family has been destined to present martyrs for the cause of Lebanon," the father told weeping mourners. "I call upon all those who love Pierre to make this night a night of prayer and to refrain from irresponsible actions."

Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, one of the most prominent critics of Syria, told the crowd at the hospital that the murderers were seeking to create sedition among Lebanese.

"We will not allow them to achieve their goals," he said in a veiled reference to Syria. "They will not escape punishment and the Lebanese people will eventually be triumphant."

Sa'ad Hariri, son of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who is also believed to have been killed by the Syrians, interrupted a televised news conference after hearing Gemayel had been shot.

Condemning the Syrian government as a "murderous regime," a somber-looking Hariri said: "There is no talk between us and this murderous regime which wants to kill every free Lebanese citizen. Today one of our main believers in a free democratic Lebanon has been killed.

"We believe the hands of Syria are all over the place. The people of Lebanon will not give up on the international tribunal (seeking prosecution of those who killed his father). This will make them even more determined. We will bring justice to those who killed Pierre Gemayel."

Lebanon's acting Interior Minister Ahmed Fatkat also blamed Syria for the assassination.

Samir Geagea, commander of the Christian Lebanese Forces Party, called on Lebanon's pro-Syrian president, Emil Lahoud, to resign immediately. He too accused Syria of masterminding the killing.

Gemayel was the fifth anti-Syrian figure to be killed in the past two years and the first member of the government of Prime Minister Fuad Saniora to be slain.

His grandfather, the late Pierre Gemayel, led the right-wing Christian Phalange Party that fielded the largest Christian militia during the 1975-90 civil war between Christians and Muslims.

His father, Amin Gemayel was elected by parliament after the assassination of his brother, Bashir, who was chosen president but was killed a few days before he was to take office.

The younger Pierre Gemayel was a prominent figure in Lebanon's anti-Syrian bloc, which dominates Saniora's Cabinet and the parliament, and which is now locked in a power struggle with Hizbullah and other pro-Syrian forces.

The assassination threatens further instability in Lebanon at a time when Hizbullah and other parties allied with Syria are planning a massive wave of street protests unless Saniora reforms his government to give them more power.

On Sunday, Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah threatened a wave of street protests aimed at bringing down the government if it ignores the group's demand to form a national unity Cabinet, in which Hizbullah and its allies would have considerable influence and would be able to block major decisions.

Nasrallah accused Saniora's government of falling under the influence of the US and called it "illegitimate" and "unconstitutional."

In Washington, the State Department denounced the assassination as terrorism and an attempt to intimidate Saniora's government. The United States has accused Syria and Iran of plotting to overthrow the government, which is dominated by anti-Syrian politicians.

"We are shocked by this assassination," Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns told reporters. He said it is very important that those who would use violence to divide Lebanon not be allowed to succeed. "We will give full support to the Saniora government in the days and weeks ahead," Burns said.

Syria also condemned the killing. "This despicable crime aims to destroy stability and peace in Lebanon," the state news agency said, affirming Syria's support for stability, security and unity.

This very well could be the spark that lights the fire of a civil war that in the end will be a Hizbullah controlled State under the control of Syria and Iran.

When you combine this with the fact that American officials are in contact with Syrian official in Iraq to gain the support of Syria to help in Iraq.

The price Syria wants is for the USA to force Israel from the Golan Heights.

The current Israeli government will in the end cave to this pressure and attempt to retreeat from the Golan Heights which will rip Israeli society to pieces.

November 20, 2006

Halutz frowns on massive Gaza action

Nov. 20, 2006 10:17 | Updated Nov. 20, 2006 22:55 Halutz frowns on massive Gaza action By YAAKOV KATZ

Declaring that Israel was not "coming to terms" with Kassam rocket fire, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz said Monday he was not currently in favor of launching a massive ground operation into the Gaza Strip to stop the daily rocket attacks on towns in the western Negev.

A total of 11 Kassams landed in the Negev on Monday, seven in Sderot and one which scored a direct hit on a home in a nearby kibbutz. No one was injured in any of the attacks but extensive damage was caused to the home.

"Israel is not surrendering to the Kassam rockets," Halutz told reporters as he mingled with new recruits during their enlistment in the IDF at the Tel Hashomer Induction Center on Monday. He said that it was easy to propose large-scale operations in the Gaza Strip as a solution to the Kassam fire, but that they would not necessarily eliminate the threat.

A range of alternatives would need to be exhausted before launching a major incursion into Gaza to combat terrorist activity. Escalated force was "not the first choice," Halutz added.

"It is very easy to make this proposal but the world is not just built on acts of strength," Halutz said. "There are other layers of legitimacy for an operation and we need to ask ourselves what will the consequences of such an operation be and what will happen the day after the operation."

I also frown on massive Gaza action at this time, why because Halutz is still the Chief of Staff of the IDF. We don't need to kill any of our soldiers in one more mismanaged actions by Halutz.

Security Fence Breached

Nov. 20, 2006 21:40 | Updated Nov. 20, 2006 22:07 Security fence breached near J'lem By JPOST.COM STAFF

Entire segments of the security fence near Jerusalem have been breached, allowing dozens of Palestinians to enter the country from the West Bank on a daily basis, Channel 10 reported on Monday evening.

According to the report, no fence remained at all for a stretch of some eight kilometers, and every meter or so, the upper part of the fence was bent.

Holes in the barrier were noted approximately every 100 meters, and the alarm system had been disconnected.

The discovery raises the question of the effectiveness of the barrier, which was built to keep terrorists from infiltrating the country.

The security fence, the first part of which became operational in July 2003, had been a controversial issue since its inception, from both the Israeli and Palestinian perspective.

In 2004, the UN General Assembly made a decision to hold Israel accountable for damages caused to Palestinians by the security fence. Many Palestinians have complained that the barrier violates human rights.

This is just one of the reasons that I gave on the Hugh Hewitt Radio program for being against the fence when it was being built.
It is just one more way the government has backed away from fighting for the the future of Israel.

November 19, 2006

Dichter: Gov't not making effort against Qassams

Dichter: Gov't not making effort against Qassams

Minister of Internal Security disagrees with leadership's moderate policy on dealing with rocket threat, believes only extensive Gaza operation will lead IDF to success against Qassam launchers

Minister of Internal Security Avi Dichter isn't happy with the way the government has been handling the rocket threat. "We need to understand that an assassination here and an assassination there won't stop the Qassams," he told Ynet Sunday night.

"It's time to tell ourselves the truth: we need to stop the Qassams today, because I don't suggest waiting for a time when the Palestinians have better rockets. As a government, we can do much more," he stated.

"If we change our approach, it will bring about a regional change," Dichter explained. "We can't allow ourselves to be dragged into the war of attrition that Hamas and Palestinian organizations wage against us using the Qassams."

"If we succeed in stopping the rocket fire…it will lead to a second stage – where we can talk about a prisoner exchange for Gilad Shalit," he added.

Ronny Sofer
Published: 11.20.06, 01:31

Is There Any Hope

Gal-On Calls for International Force in Gaza 16:16 Nov 19, '06 / 28 Cheshvan 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Meretz-Yahad opposition party MK Zahava Gal-On on Sunday called upon Prime Minister Ehud Barak to approve the stationing of a multi-national force in Gaza.

Gal-On stated such a move would eliminate the need for Israeli forces to enter Gaza in the future and provide safety for Gaza seamline communities, bringing an end to Kassam rocket attacks.

Minister Cohen: Time to Weigh International Force in Gaza
12:57 Nov 19, '06 / 28 Cheshvan 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Minister (Shas) Yitzchak Cohen, a member of the Security Cabinet, is calling on the government to entertain the possibility of agreeing to the presence of an international force in Gaza.

“[Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad] Siniora of Gaza is [PA (Palestinian Authority) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas] Abu Mazen and Gaza is the pocket edition of Lebanon,” stated Cohen.

"Making reference to a request that Israel cooperate with a UN investigation into the Beit Hanoun artillery mishap is an after effect of our unwillingness to discuss the deployment of an international force in Gaza, a reality that can provide a true response to the Kassam rockets and total security for Sderot residents,” Cohen concluded.

Meretz is on the far left, Shas is a religious party leaning more to the right and they both are now calling for Israel to repeat the mistake that Olmert made last summer in Lebanon by bringing in international troops to Gaza.

These cowards in the space of a few years have destroyed one of the corner stones of Zionism, which was to create a new fact that being that Jews could fight and protect themselves. We no longer were going to live in ghettos afraid of our own shadows and the gentiles in whose countries we lived in.

Today the leadership of Israel has lost it's will to fight for the future of Israel and the Jewish people.

It is time for a change if Israel is to survive.

Syria on the Move in Lebanon and Iraq

Syria on the Move in Lebanon and Iraq 20:11 Nov 19, '06 / 28 Cheshvan 5767 by Ezra HaLevi

Syrian-backed Hizbullah may be poised to stage a revolution in Lebanon as back-room negotiations between the US and Syria may result in Israel being pressured to give up the Golan Heights.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem began a visit to Iraq on Sunday. The visit will include meetings with US officials in Iraq at which Moallem will relay Syria’s demand that Israel retreat from the Golan Heights in return for Syrian cooperation in Iraq.

The insurgents that have plagued US troops in Iraq have for the most part entered the country from Syria.

According to preliminary reports, former American Secretary of State James Bakar’s soon-to-be delivered recommendations on Iraq policy include engaging Syria and Iran in negotiations in order to enable the US formulate an exit strategy.

London’s Sunday Times, which has in the past proven the veracity of its Syrian sources, quotes Syrian Baath Party official Ayman Abdel Nour saying that Bashar al-Assad’s “top demand” from the US and Britain is that Israel be pressured to withdraw from the Golan.

"Syria will not do anything unless it has secured guarantees from Washington and London that every action Damascus takes to help them will be reciprocated. It will be a step by step scenario: these actions for those actions,” he said. The Syrian demands also include a staged withdrawal of US troops from the region.

Lebanon Worried About Syrian Coup
Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt warned Sunday that Lebanon is on the verge of a coup de tat staged by Hizbullah and other pro-Syrian elements.

"The opposition groups are on the verge of announcing a coup in the country and we should take the brave decision to confront all options," Jumblatt said in a briefing to his ruling parliamentary faction.

Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah attacked the Lebanese government publicly Saturday, saying it lacked credibility. "The Lebanese government is in a state of weakness and is still feeling a huge defeat as the result of the last Israeli war in Lebanon," Nasrallah said in a taped address aired on Hizbullah’s Al-Manar satellite station Sunday.

Nasrallah urged Lebanese citizens to be prepared “psychologically” to take to the streets in support of Hizbollah's demand for a national unity government, though he insisted he was not calling for any violence.

Analysts think Nasrallah’s statements may serve as instructions for pro-Syrian elements in Lebanon to prepare to take control. Hizbullah’s unity government bid consists of a demand that the group, which answers to Syria and Iran, be given veto power on all major government decisions.

November 17, 2006

Tens of Thousands Ascend to Hevron to Relive Biblical History

Tens of Thousands Ascend to Hevron to Relive Biblical History
12:10 Nov 17, '06 / 26 Cheshvan 5767
by Alex Traiman

Tens of Thousands of Jews will ascend to Hevron for the annual reading of Chayei Sarah, the Torah portion which records the Jewish patriarch Abraham’s purchase of the Cave of the Patriarchs.

Each year tens of thousands arrive at the site where the Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and Jacob and Leah are buried, for the annual reading to retell and relive Biblical history.

According to the Torah, Abraham made the purchase in front of a large local community gathering, for an exorbitant price, to serve as the burial ground for his deceased wife Sarah and his Jewish descendants.

Gillerman: UN hijacked by evil forces

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Gillerman: UN hijacked by evil forces

United Nations General Assembly discusses Arab states' demand to establish 'committee to look into facts' of Beit Hanoun incident. Israel's UN ambassador rejects demand, says session is cynical use, abuse of UN

Yitzhak Benhorin
Published: 11.17.06, 19:22

WASHINGTON – The United Nations General Assembly on Friday evening discussed a proposal to establish a "committee to look into the facts" of the Beit Hanoun incident , in which 19 Palestinians were killed.

The proposal was submitted by Arab states, which sought to bypass the United States' veto on a Security Council resolution on the issue. According to estimates, the proposal will be adopted by a large majority.

Israel's Ambassador to the UN Dan Gillerman slammed the proposal, saying that the General Assembly has been hijacked by the evil forces. He added that the session was a cynical use and abuse of the UN.

"This bloodshed can stop in one second. If terror stops, there will not be one single victim, Israeli or Palestinian. End the violence, and Israel never again needs not engage in self-defense," the ambassador said.

Gillerman warned: "I caution everyone who will support this resolution. By doing so, you will be an accomplice to terror. The blood of more innocents will be on your hands.

"I urge all of you to ask yourself, if your country was subject to this brutal and vicious terror, what would you do?"

The Israeli ambassador then turned to the French representative and asked, "If France was shelled from across the border, what would the French do? Would the French government send flowers to their attackers?"

French troops prepare guns against IAF jets

French troops prepare guns against IAF jets

UNIFIL spokesman says UN anti-aircraft batteries have taken 'preparatory steps' to respond to Israeli aircraft violating Lebanese airspace, despite global criticism of such incursions

Published: 11.17.06, 18:44

French UN anti-aircraft batteries have taken "preparatory steps" to respond to Israeli jets violating Lebanese airspace, despite global criticism of such incursions.

"The anti-aircraft unit of the (French) battalion took initial preparatory steps to respond to these actions," Milos Strugar, spokesman for the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) told AFP on Friday.

He said "UNIFIL observed and reported 14 Israeli air violations this morning, on November 17, 2006, and 11 of these violations occurred in the area of operation of the French battalion with UNIFIL."

UNIFIL Force Commander General Alain Pellegrini "strongly protested to the Israeli authorities and asked them to cease these actions which are unacceptable and in violation of Resolution 1701," the spokesman said.

Strugar said the French battalion took action to respond "in accordance with UNIFIL rules of engagements and UN Security Council Resolution 1701."

"They stipulate that in implementing their mandate, all UNIFIL troops may exercise the inherent right of self-defense and take all necessary action to protect UN personnel, facilities, installations and equipment," he said.

I warned that Olmert's stupid end to the war was going to bring Israel to this point.

Mark my words in the next couple of months their will be shots fired between Israel and UNFIL resulting in the loss of life and world pressure on Israel.

November 16, 2006

Details Released on Suicide Bombing Attempt

Details Released on Suicide Bombing Attempt 20:40 Nov 16, '06 / 25 Cheshvan 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Security officials Thursday revealed that a terrorist cell in Samaria received high quality explosives from the Gaza region in order to produce high quality suicide belts which had devastating potential. Jerusalem police last summer arrested the terrorist who was wearing the belt, Ashref Haled Hanani.

He had entered Jerusalem in an area where the separation barrier had not been completed but aroused the suspicion of police officers.

One of the cell's members had been arrested by the Palestinian Authority (PA), which released him when IDF forces entered the town where he was being held.

Carter May Head U.N. Probe of Bet Hanoun Offensive

Carter May Head U.N. Probe of Bet Hanoun Offensive
21:50 Nov 16, '06 / 25 Cheshvan 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Former American President Jimmy Carter may head a United Nations Human Rights Council probe of the Israeli counter-terrorist operation that resulted in the accidental killing of 19 Arabs in Bet Hanoun the New York Sun reported.

The Council has met for the third time since it was created five months ago, and the only resolutions it has passed have concerned Israel. The proposed resolution for the inquiry includes most of the language in the Security Council motion that was vetoed last Friday by the United States.

Great I can just see how fair and just Jimmy Carter will be.
The fact he is coming out with a book called "Palestine Peace or Apartied", might give us a hint.

What a better way to push his book than to head a UN probe of Israel.

November 15, 2006

Israel prepares to allow Palestinian troops into Gaza

Israel prepares to allow Palestinian troops into Gaza

By Tim Butcher in Jerusalem
Last Updated: 1:58am GMT 15/11/2006

Israel is on the brink of a policy U-turn that would authorise 1,500 armed Palestinian soldiers based in Jordan to move into the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

While Israel sees the move as a way to counterbalance the growing power of Hamas, such a policy shift could worsen the internecine violence between rival Palestinian factions which has claimed scores of lives this year.

It reverses years of strict military sanctions imposed by Israel on the territories because of fears that weapons provided to Palestinians would end up being used for attacks on Israeli targets.

The United States, which is behind the initiative, hopes that the arrival of the troops, trained and equipped to relatively high standards by the Jordanian armed forces, will restore badly-needed order in the occupied territories.

No official announcement has been made although President George W Bush is understood to have formally requested the troop transfer before the 45-minute private meeting he held with Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, this week.

Raised in the early 1970s from among the millions of Palestinian refugees living in Jordan, the Badr Brigade has never been allowed into the occupied territories because Israel has regarded it as an enemy force.

But the rise to power of Hamas has led to a re-think because the Badr Brigade is loyal to Fatah, the faction of the moderate Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, that Israel now supports.

Mr Olmert, speaking privately on Sunday a day before he met Mr Bush, indicated that he would respond favourably to America's request.

The reason behind Israel's U-turn was spelled out by Yuval Diskin, the head of Israel's domestic spy service, the Shin Beth, in testimony to an Israeli parliamentary committee yesterday.

Mr Diskin said unless moderates from Fatah became more powerful in the occupied territories, Israel would have to stage widescale incursions to neutralise the growing strength of Hamas and its militant supporters.

"Israel must prepare for a wide military confrontation in the Gaza Strip, if moderate sources in the Palestinian Authority do not get stronger," he said.

"Israel has no good options in Gaza. There only bad options and we need to choose the least bad of all."

Mr Diskin claimed to have evidence of a massive build- up of Palestinian weapons.

He said 30 tons of arms, ammunition and explosives had been stockpiled in Gaza.

Hopes of an end to the financial crisis paralysing the occupied territories were dashed yesterday when Hamas said the Palestinian national unity government being drawn up would never recognise the right of Israel to exist.

After talks in Teheran with supporters within the Iranian regime, Mahmoud Zahar, the Hamas foreign minister, said the unity government's planned manifesto ruled out the recognition of Israel. "Non-recognition will continue," he said.

Failure to recognise Israel means that a national unity government stands no chance of convincing the international community to restore much-needed financial aid.

My sources tell me that Olmert caved into President Bush while in Washington and will allow terrorist from Jordan into Gaza and the Judea and Samaria (west bank).

Just what Israel needs is more terrorist, if this goes through I pray that G-D will pay back Bush and Olmert in this world and the one to come for dead Jews are going to be the result of this action.

More Calls to Conquer Large Parts of Gaza

More Calls to Conquer Large Parts of Gaza
13:30 Nov 15, '06 / 24 Cheshvan 5767
by Hillel Fendel

Ex-Gaza Division Commander: short-term offensives against Gazan terrorists are ineffective, the IDF must conquer both northern Gaza & the Egypt-Gaza border, and gov't ministers are talking nonsense.

On the backdrop of today's fatal Kassam rocket attack that killed a woman in Sderot and cost a man both of his legs, Col. (ret.) Moti Yogev (pictured) told Voice of Israel Radio what he thinks must be done.

Yogev spoke shortly after Justice Minister Meir Sheetrit (Kadima) said that a military offensive must go together with diplomatic negotiations - a position also expressed this week by Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh and other government officials.

Asked what he thinks of this stance, Yogev responded sharply. "It's true that in general military activity must be accompanied by negotiations," he said, "but in this case, the Kassam rockets are a direct result not only of the terrorists who fire them, but of the wantonness, lack of professionalism and irresponsibility of this government and its ministers. This includes Minister Sheetrit, who is talking nonsense... The government is not implementing the most basic effective measures to fulfill its basic responsibility to protect the citizens of Sderot and the western Negev."

Asked what can be done militarily that has not already been tried, Yogev said, "The various offensives recently carried out by the IDF are limited and ineffective. They hit from afar, they cause things like what happened in Beit Hanoun [20 civilians killed by an errant artillery shell - ed.], and they de-legitimize our ability to act. There is no way to stop these rockets and the terrorists' mad dash to arm themselves other than to do these two things: Take over the Philadelphi Route [on the Egypt-southern Gaza border] for years to come as a permanent policy, and to capture all of northern Gaza, as we did in Shechem four years ago in Operation Defensive Shield. It will be a difficult mission, but the government owes it to the residents of the Negev and Sderot and Ashkelon - and to others, who live in areas that the rockets may soon be able to reach."

Yogev was asked, "What about hitting those, such as Khaled Meshaal in Damascus, who give the orders to fire the rockets?"

His response: "To prevent Gaza from turning into a massive terrorist base against Israel, there is no substitute other than to conquer the place from which the Kassams are being fired - and this means from the northern Gaza border, where Elei Sinai and Nitzanit used to stand, all the way down to [the former Jewish community of] Netzarim, including Gaza City, Beit Lahiya, Beit Hanoun, Jebalya and the like. Let it not be said that we will just be repeating the situation of two years ago; since we left Gaza in 1994 under the Oslo Accords, we have never had control of these areas, except for a few days at a time in totally ineffective operations. They were ineffective even as they were happening; when we were in Beit Hanoun, they shot from another town, and when we left, they came back to Beit Hanoun and shot from there again. Our presence in Judea and Samaria prevents over 90% of the attacks there. This is the only way, and whoever thought otherwise was mistaken and must admit this now."

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Picture of 24 year old Body Guard of Defense Minister Peretz being wheeled into hospital, the agent lost both legs in the attack.

Sixth victim mourned in Sderot

Residents of Sderot wake up again to sounds of explosion. Some of them are calling IDF to 'erase' Beit Hanoun, others have given up hope. 'There is sense that someone in gov't has interest in destruction, death here. It serves political interests,' said one Sderot resident

Sderot is mourning its sixth victim since the fatal rocket barrages have started raining down over the town. In the earlier hours of Wednesday morning, a rocket barrage was fired at Defense Minister Amir Peretz's neighborhood. One of the rockets critically injured a 57-year-old woman as well as a 24-year-old bodyguard standing outside Peretz's house. A short time later, the woman died of her wounds.

"There is the sense that someone in the government has an interest in all this death and destruction. It serves their political interests," accused Arye Cohen, one of the known activists in Sderot.

Upon his arrival to the site of the rocket hit, Cohen said, "I am hurt by what is happening here. We already can't take it any more. Perhaps with the help of the political interests we can make excuses for all of the government's moves. But there isn't really any intention of stopping the terrorism against us. At the end of the day, they are abandoning us."

Despite the heavy rain in the neighborhood in which the rocket fell, many people gathered in the streets. The outrage increases from rocket to rocket and the residents continue to call the IDF to take action, to shoot at Beit Hanoun, to capture Beit Hanoun, to erase Beit Hanoun.

Yaakov Cohen stood at the end of the street that was hit and explained: "From here we need to start taking action in order to convene the UN Security Council. It shouldn't be that after each time we kill someone, the Security Council convenes. If the government doesn't do that, we, the residents, simply need to turn to the UN to ask them to stop the shooting at us that has continued for some time. The sad this is that it just keeps getting worse."

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 11.15.06, 13:16

Israel left Gaza, we have no interest in returning to Gaza now that we have left and how have the Nazi-Palestinians acted for over a year. Hundreds of rocket attacks on southern Israeli cities.

The proof is here; understand that the Nazi-Palestinians do not seek to build a nation state for themselves they only seek to murder Jews.

If the majority of Palestinians wanted to seek peace they would purge themselves of the evil that is in their society. Gaza is and always has been awash with guns if the majority of Palestinians were good people then they could rise up and put an end to the terrorist.

But the vast majority of Palestinians are really Nazi's in their hearts and are willing to suffer and throw away their own future in order to murder Jews.

I don't think Western Europe will ever side with Israel's struggle to survive and if they ever do wake up and see the truth they will remain silent do to their fear of their own Muslims.

But for the Administration from George Bush on down not to get it is unforgivable.

For those that will say but if your own leadership in Israel is unwilling to stand and fight, what do you want America to be more Zionistic than Israeli leaders?

The answer is two fold, first Israeli leaders are the puppies of the American administration and as a dog seeks the approval of it's master so do our dog's seek the approval of Washington D.C..

Second in order to not make a bigger mockery of the war on terror than the election in America has done President Bush must not allow the Nazi-Palestinians to continue to build a terror state in Gaza and G-D forbid Judea and Samaria (west bank).

November 14, 2006

Druze Leader: Democrat Victory Will Help Hizbullah

Druze Leader: Democrat Victory Will Help Hizbullah
21:03 Nov 14, '06 / 23 Cheshvan 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt told WorldNetDaily Tuesday that last week's Democratic party sweep in the Congressional elections sent a message of weakness to Syria that probably will result in "instability and chaos" in the Middle East.

Jumblatt, a prominent anti-Syrian politician, asserted that the Democrats' call for an American withdrawal from Iraq helped give Hizbullah the courage to quit the Lebanese Cabinet Saturday. "The Syrians play this game where they have been waiting for the Americans to get weaker in Iraq," said Jumblatt. "The Syrians are trying to profit from the circumstances by creating havoc and by using Hezbollah to stage a coup d'etat."

Last week, WND reported that terrorists were hoping for a Democratic win in the elections, which they said would prove that Americans are tired of the war.

IDF: Covert Hizbullah units return to northern border


Nov. 15, 2006 0:02 | Updated Nov. 15, 2006 0:15
IDF: Covert Hizbullah units return to northern border

Exactly three months after a UN-brokered cease-fire ended Israel's war in Lebanon, IDF officers told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that Hizbullah gunmen disguised as civilians were back on the border and collecting intelligence on IDF positions.

Although 15,000 Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and 8,000 UNIFIL soldiers were deployed in southern Lebanon, between the border and the Litani River, the IDF said Hizbullah still had a presence in the area.

"They [Hizbullah] are still there," an officer in the Northern Command said. "We are watching them and they are watching us."

Armed Hizbullah men, the officer said, were no longer along the border like it was before the war, when it maintained military outposts right next to Israel.

But he said, the Hizbullah operatives lived in villages along the border and were spotted conducting surveillance on Israel.

"They are there but they cannot operate freely like they used to," the officer said. "There is UNIFIL and the LAF there and this does complicate things for them."

UNIFIL rejected IDF allegations that Hizbullah guerrillas had returned to the border. The UN force's chief liaison officer, Col. Alexan Lalan, told the Post Tuesday that the IDF's actions, in particular the daily IAF flyovers, were strengthening Hizbullah and creating new militants for the Shi'ite group.

"The flyovers harm the credibility of UNIFIL, the credibility of the LAF and the credibility of the state of Lebanon," Lalan said in a phone interview from his office in the southern Lebanese town of Naqoura.

"Every flyover creates new Hizbullah militants and new sympathy for Hizbullah since it shows and demonstrates that UNIFIL and the LAF are not powerful and able to stop them," Lalan said.

Look for a new war coming this spring or early summer that will involve Lebanon and Syria. Israel will be forced to finish what was left undone by Olmert. We can only pray that their is new leadership in Israel by then.

November 13, 2006

Suspicion: Exploited medical condition to set up terror cells

Suspicion: Exploited medical condition to set up terror cells

Jabar Derabiya, active in Popular Resistance Committees, recruited by organization's commander Jamal Abu Samhadana in Rafah in order to gain him entry into West Bank after undergoing much-needed medical treatment in Israel. Plan disrupted by assassination of Samhadana. Derabiya arrested at Erez Crossing. Defense establishment: Terrorist organizations trying to take advantage of humanitarian entry permits in order to carry out attacks

Efrat Weiss
Published: 11.14.06, 05:38

It has been cleared for publication that the Shin Bet and the IDF arrested Gaza City resident Jabar Derabiya, 43, at Erez Crossing two months ago for being suspected of planning to carry out terror attacks against Israeli targets.

Derabiya, active in the Popular Resistance Committees, received an entry permit into Israel in order to get treatment for a medical condition of his, and allegedly planned to exploit the entry permit in order to establish terror cells in the West Bank. He was arrested on September 28 while trying to enter Israel.

During his investigation, Derabiya admitted being recruited to the mission by then commander of the Popular Resistance Committees Jamal Abu Samhadana earlier in the year. Abu Samhadana wanted to exploit of Derabiya's condition that required medical attention in Israel in order to bring him into the West Bank.

Derabiya's plan to enter the West Bank was derailed when Abu Samhadana was killed by Israel in an aerial attack on his organization's training camp next to Rafah on June 8.

It emerged from the investigation that a few weeks after Samhadana was killed, his heir, whose identity has not yet been revealed, renewed the plan to transfer Derabiya into the West Bank. However, this plan was stymied when Derabiya was arrested at Erez Crossing.

The defense establishment responded to Derabiya's arrest, saying, "This is another attempt of the terror organization, operating by exploiting Palestinian civilians entering Israel for medical treatment on a humanitarian background, for carrying out terror attacks against the State of Israel."

The world is blind to the evil of the Nazi-Palestinians and blame Israel for doing even the minumum to try to stay alive as a country.

I really don't care for what most of the world thinks but we have American President's current and past that are pushing for a terrorist Nazi stated to be created called Palestine.

Former President and current nut job Jimmy Carter has a book coming out that will be called "Israel, peace or appartied.

I for one if it means my family not getting killed, vote for a life without the Palestinians any where near Israel.

Peled Concerned Over State of Infantry Forces

Peled Concerned Over State of Infantry Forces 22:47 Nov 13, '06 / 22 Cheshvan 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Retired IDF major-general, Yossi Peled, a former northern district commander, is calling for a major overhaul of IDF ground forces.

Peled told the media on Monday night that more important than debating which senior commander must be the next to resign, the IDF must organize a major rebuilding of ground forces, which are in a state of disrepair in his opinion.

Peled warned we do not know how much time Israel has until the next conflict, adding time in not in Israel’s favor.

Olmert In Washington D.C.

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In meeting with Olmert, Bush calls for isolating Iran
By Aluf Benn, Haaretz Correspondent, and Agencies

After meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Washington on Monday, U.S. President George W. Bush called for worldwide isolation of Iran until it "gives up its nuclear ambitions."

The risk to the world extends beyond Israel and the Middle East, Bush said in White House remarks to reporters after an hour-long meeting with Olmert.

The United States and Israel say they believe Iran is working on nuclear weapons, though Iran says its work on the technology is aimed only at producing energy.

"Iran's nuclear ambitions are not in the world's interest," Bush said. "If Iran has a nuclear weapon, it will be incredibly destabilizing and obviously threatening a strong ally."

"If they continue to move forward with the program, there has to be a consequence," Bush said. "And a good place to start is working together to isolate the country. And my hope is, is that there are rational people inside the government that recognize isolation is not in their country's interest."

Bush said if the Iranians want to have a dialogue, "We have shown them a way forward," referring to the U.S.-European demand that Iran halt enrichment.

Accusing Iran of "fanaticism and extremism," Olmert voiced support for U.S.-led efforts to impose UN sanctions on Iran and said Tehran must not be allowed to "cross the technological threshold" to develop a nuclear bomb.

Turning to Syria, Olmert said he is in principle willing to resume peace negotiations, but Syria's sponsorship of Hamas and its activities in Lebanon prevent talking to Damascus right now.

Bush, also not ruling out U.S. talks with Syria, said Syria has to "get out of Lebanon."

Olmert arrived in the U.S. with expectations that he could make small-scale moves on the Palestinian front, including the possibility of offering humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people.

So let's get this straight Olmert wants to be able to sit with Syri for peace talks, talks that can only result in Israel giving up the Golan Heights.

It is also understood as part of his visit to Washington D.C. that Olmert will make "small scale moves" on the Palestinian front. What small scale moves should Israel make to a people that still hold Gilad Shalit hostage and on a daily basis fire rockets out of Gaza into Israel ?

Iran will never take the USA and Israel serious while we are afraid to stand and fight the terror of Hizballah in Lebanon plus the terror of the Palestinians.

November 12, 2006

Palestinians Threaten American's

Nov. 12, 2006 18:47 | Updated Nov. 13, 2006 0:03 Terror groups vow to attack US targets By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

Four Palestinian armed groups on Sunday threatened to attack American targets in response to the US decision to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning last week's tragic incident in Beit Hanun.

The threat, the second of its kind in the past few days, was included in a statement issued by the Popular Resistance Committees, Fatah's Aksa Martyrs Brigades, Abu Rish Brigades [another Fatah militia] and a hitherto unknown group calling itself Brigades of Tawhid.

The groups warned the Americans that "by supporting Israel's war crimes and massacres, you have turned yourselves into a legitimate target for all Palestinians and Muslims."

They called on Muslims to deal "merciless blows" to the Americans wherever they are founded.

"The American-Zionist enemy understands only the language of blood and force," the groups said. "This is the only way for us to achieve our rights and demands."

The statement claimed that US Army officers participated in the last IDF military operation in Beit Hanun, which was aimed at halting the firing of Kassam rockets into Israel.

Some Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip issued a similar threat against the US shortly after the Beit Hanun incident, in which 19 civilians were killed.

Palestinian threats to attack US targets have also been made in the past. However, the Palestinians never carried out the threats, with the exception of the kidnapping of a number of
US citizens in the West Bank and Gaza Strip - all of whom were eventually released unharmed.

Hamas Government Spokesman Ghazi Hamad condemned
as "shameful" the US veto, saying it "gives Israel unlimited cover to commit more massacres of innocent Palestinians."

Meanwhile, sources close to Hamas revealed on Sunday that the Islamic movement has nominated Muhammed Shabir, an academic from the Gaza Strip, to head the proposed unity government with Fatah. Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh declared over the weekend his readiness to quit his job to pave the way for the formation of a unity government that
will convince the international community to resume financial aid to the Palestinians.

Representatives of Hamas and Fatah held intensive talks in Gaza City on Sunday in an attempt to reach a final agreement on the unity government, which will consist of Hamas and Fatah representatives, as well as a number of technocrats.

The talks are being held under the auspices of Haniyeh and former PA Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei, who is a top Fatah leader.

Born in 1946, Shabir has been described as a "prominent academic closely associated with Hamas," though he's never been a member of the movement. Her first studied pharmacy in Egypt, before moving on to study medicine in a West Virginia university.

In the late 1970s he returned to the Gaza Strip, where he became a lecturer at the Islamic University and Dean of the Science Faculty. In 1993 he was appointed President of the Islamic University, a job he held until last August.

His father, Sheikh Eid, was one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood Organization in the Gaza Strip in the 1950s and 1960s.

But will the leadership in America wake up and see the Palestinians for what they are, no of course not.

So America will still push for the creation of a Nazi-Terrorist state called Palestine.

November 09, 2006

NIS 1 Million for Aliza Olmert

NIS 1 Million for Aliza Olmert
17:55 Nov 09, '06 / 18 Cheshvan 5767

(IsraelNN.com) While the government is working to trim the 2007 state budget, NIS 1 million has been approved for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s wife, Aliza.

The new budget includes NIS 40,000 for shoes, a vehicle and a driver, as well as other perks to permit Mrs. Olmert the freedom of conducting business as the prime minister’s wife.

PM Olmert Apologizes, Promises Concessions

PM Olmert Apologizes, Promises Concessions
20:10 Nov 09, '06 / 18 Cheshvan 5767
by Ezra HaLevi

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert apologized for an errant artillery shell and promised PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas he would "go far” in negotiations. Fatah officials issued open calls for terror attacks.

"He will be surprised when he sits with me at how far we are prepared to go,” Olmert said Thursday evening. “I can offer him a lot."

Olmert said he is willing to meet Abbas (Abu Mazen) “at any time, with no predetermined conditions,” an apparent break with previous requirements outlined in the US-backed Road Map, such as a cessation of terrorist attacks. He said that so far it was Abbas who has refused to meet with him.

Olmert said that he was prepared to release a large number of terrorists in talks with Abbas, saying he intended to release them even before IDF Corporal Gilad Shilat was kidnapped. "Even before Shalit's abduction, I met [Hashemite King of Jordan] Abdullah, [Egyptian President Hosni] Mubarak, and [British Prime Minister Tony] Blair and told them that I am ready to release prisoners. I tell the Palestinians today – you don't know how many prisoners you can have if you were to release Shalit. I am ready to release them for Abu Mazen but not for Hamas."

Abbas, whose Fatah group is favored by the international community over the Islamist Hamas movement, saw his group swept in Palestinian Authority elections by Hamas. The Al Aksa Brigades terrorist group, which operates under Fatah, has continued to carry out attacks throughout Abbas’s term as Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman.

Senior Fatah officials themselves openly called for terror attacks on Israeli civilians following the pre-dawn incident Wednesday morning in the Northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, in which the artillery shell strayed 500 meters off course, killing 19 and wounding 29 others. Just hours before Olmert’s statement, Fatah official Abdul Hakim Awad declared in Gaza: "The Zionist enemy understands only the language of force and therefore I say, an eye for an eye and a soul for a soul. There will be no security in Ashkelon, no security in Tel Aviv or Haifa, until our people in Beit Hanoun are secured."

Olmert apologized for the accident while addressing the Prime Minister’s Conference for Export and International Cooperation on Thursday. "I express my great remorse for yesterday's accident in Beit Hanun, the IDF's mistake firing,” Olmert said. “We regret what happened. But, unfortunately that's what happened. But [a similar tragedy] could have happened from Kassam fire at Sderot and Ashkelon. These are missiles fired deliberately at Israel. What we need to do is to curb the firing of these missiles. But I believe Israel is strong enough to apologize”

Why do our leaders always seek a way to surrender to our enemies?

I have no answer to this question, I just don't get it.

November 08, 2006

IDF: We killed top Qassam-maker

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IDF: We killed top Qassam-maker

Sources in Gaza say 2 people killed in IAF missile attack on vehicle; IDF: Top Hamas terrorist responsible for manufacturing, launching Qassams into Israel killed in attack

Palestinian sources in Gaza said two people were killed in an Israel Air Force missile strike that targeted a vehicle traveling through Gaza City’s Zaitun neighborhood.

The IDF announced that during the strike a top Hamas terrorist responsible for manufacturing and launching Qassams into Israel was killed.

According to the Palestinians, an aircraft fired at least one missile toward the vehicle. One report said those killed were members of the Mujahadeen Battalion and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, but another said both were members of the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad.

The IDF attack came after Defense Minster Amir Peretz instructed the military to halt the artillery fire at the Strip.

Since the morning hours, following the Beit Hanoun incident , 20 Qassam rockets were fired toward Israeli territory from Gaza; no injuries or damage were reported.

Meanwhile, the various Palestinian Authority organizations have united in their call to carry out attacks against Israel. A senior Fatah official Wednesday urged the organizations to carry out suicide bombings against Israeli civilian targets to avenge the deaths of the 18 Palestinians killed in the Beit Hanoun incident.

Jamal Abed, who heads Fatah in northern Gaza called on the party's military wing, the al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigades, called for "cross-border attacks against Israel" to revenge the incident in Beit Hanoun with attacks against Israeli civilians.

"I call on all the armed groups everywhere to avenge the blood of the dead with suicide bombings against Israeli civilians, as Israel murders Palestinians," said Abed.

November 07, 2006

Good News For A Change

RAFAEL recognized for contribution to US Army

Defense Contract Management Agency grants Israel's Armament Development Authority certificate in recognition of its contribution to US Army

Published: 11.07.06, 15:05

RAFAEL, the Israel Armament Development Authority was awarded a certificate from the United States in recognition of its contribution to the US Army.

The US was impressed with RAFAEL's commitment to supply the US military in Iraq with key equipment, like the anti-tank missile and AAV7 systems and the SIMON breach grenade.

Defense Contract Management Agency Director Keith Ernst said during a ceremony held at RAFAEL that the Israel arms maker worked extraneously to supply the US army with essential combat and defense equipment needed for troops in Iraq in July and August despite the Israel Defense Forces's war with Hizbullah.

Over a year ago RAFAEL received a certificate of recognition for the effectiveness of anti-missile armor it fitted on US Army vehicles.

The SIMON breach grenade was among the top 10 invetions awarded by the US Army in 2005.

Israel Uncovers Female Terror Cell

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Nov. 7, 2006 8:32 | Updated Nov. 7, 2006 19:39
Female terror cell found in W. Bank

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), uncovered a female terrorist network which operated in the West Bank in August and September, it was released for publication on Tuesday.

The women, from the Islamic Jihad movement, were allegedly affiliated with two terror cells - in Kafr Nima and Kafr Ein - which were reportedly responsible for several shooting attacks in the Ramallah area and for setting up an explosives laboratory in the city.

One of the women arrested, Wadaha Fakha'a, 34, is suspected of transferring funds to one of the cells. Fakha'ah, who heads one of the Islamic Jihad offices in Ramallah, was arrested on August 3, and told her interrogators that she had received money from the organization's headquarters in Syria, which she then passed on to fund terror cells via two other female Islamic Jihad activists who acted as couriers.

The suspected couriers, Havah Hamida'at and Palastin Zobah, both 21, worked in the Islamic Jihad offices in Ramallah that deals with the movement's prisoners. They were arrested on August 20, and confessed to the charges.

In addition to the two couriers, Fakhah was aided by several Islamic Jihad operatives from Ramallah, who were used to channel funds from Syria to terrorist groups. Two of the operatives, Afat Halifa, 21, and Zahiyah Goanma, 40, were arrested by the IDF and the Shin Bet in September and told their interrogators that they had each received a commission of 100 dollars for all the money transfers they helped to perform.

The funds were channeled to fund Islamic Jihad terrorist attacks.

The sixth woman arrested was Ra'anah Hadir, 26, who allegedly led Islamic Jihad's student wing at Hebron University. Hadir is also suspected of being active in channeling money to terrorist groups and to families of suicide bombers.

U.S. to Israel: Allow Egypt to Arm Palestinian Bader Division

U.S. to Israel: Allow Egypt to Arm Palestinian Bader Division 18:23 Nov 07, '06 / 16 Cheshvan 5767

(IsraelNN.com) The United States is pressuring Israel to approve the transfer of thousands of guns from Egypt to the Palestinian Bader Division in Jordan prior to the unit’s deployment in Gaza.

According to an unnamed official quoted by the Haaretz news service, U.S. President George Bush expects the division to arrive in Gaza prior to his meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Washington next Monday.

He also said that political means could also be used to deal with terrorism activity aimed at Israel from Gaza, in addition to military solutions.

The official added that the Bush administration believes the humanitarian issues in Gaza must be addressed in order to prevent a swell of support for the Hamas terrorist group that currently leads the Palestinian Authority government.

I see no reason for Israel to once again under American pressure to import terrorist. We tried this once when we allowed Arafat and his thousands of terrorist into Israel and what have we received for it thousands of dead Jews.

America must stop playing games with Jewish lives.

Either you support Israel which means 100% support for Israel's war on Islamic terror or Israel should cut off ties with America and start selling our weapons on the open market to make up for the loss of the 3.2 billion in aid we receive from America.

Israel as part of this move if it should come to having to cut off ties should also stop all intelligence support that we now give America on the Islamic world.

It is time to teach America to stop playing games with Israel and to choose a side, Jews or Arabs.

You choose and you pay the price for the wrong choice.

It is also time for us Jews to put our faith where it belongs and that is not in Washington D.C.

2 Qassams land near Ashkelon school

2 Qassams land near Ashkelon school

Despite announcements regarding successful operation in Beit Hanoun, Palestinian Qassam attacks persist: Five rockets fired at Ashkelon Tuesday, two land near school, another by strategic installation; no injuries, damage reported

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 11.07.06, 17:05

The IDF operation in Beit Hanoun has ended, but that does not seem to bother the rocket launching cells as seven Qassams were fired from northern Gaza, with two of them landing near a school in the city, two more at the industrial area, and one near a strategic installation.

Two other rockets were fired at western Negev communities. In all incidents no injuries or damage were reported.

Simultaneously, clashes between IDF forces and Palestinian gunmen continue as Palestinian sources had reported that three people were
killed by IDF forces in Beit Lahiya on Tuesday afternoon, bringing the death toll for the day to nine.

November 06, 2006

Kassam Rocket Landed South of Ashkelon

Kassam Rocket Landed South of Ashkelon
17:05 Nov 06, '06 / 15 Cheshvan 5767

(IsraelNN.com) A Kassam rocket fired from northern PA (Palestinian Authority) controlled Gaza landed south of Ashkelon a short time ago. No injuries are being reported.

Gaza: Suicide bomber blows herself up near IDF force

Gaza: Suicide bomber blows herself up near IDF force

Woman wearing explosive belt approaches Givati soldiers manning temporary checkpoint in Beit Hanoun, blows herself up. One soldier lightly injured, terrorist killed. Suicide bomber apparently affiliated with al-Quds Brigades

Hanan Greenberg
Published: 11.06.06, 16:10

A female suicide bomber blew herself up Monday afternoon near IDF forces in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza.

The suicide bomber, Marvat Masud, was affiliated with the al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad's military wing.

The incident took place at about 3:30 p.m., when the woman arrived at a temporary checkpoint set up by Givati soldiers in town. The crossing was established in the framework of efforts to apprehend wanted suspects.

IDF sources reported that the soldiers identified the suicide bomber after she approached them and raised their suspicion. The soldiers called on her to stop and remove her overcoat, at which point she activated the explosive belt.

The officials noted that the troops' alertness prevented a large-scale attack. The soldier who was lightly injured was evacuated to the Barzilay Hospital in Ashkelon for treatment.

Rice is a Idiot

Rice: Better to have Hamas in power than in streets

US secretary of state says Hamas government may be preferable to group 'running the streets, masked, with guns'

An elected Hamas government in the Palestinian territories may be preferable to the group operating outside the power structure and carrying out terrorist actions, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday.

Rice, speaking to a pro-democracy forum, made the point in arguing that that the United States should not retreat from its advocacy of democracy abroad when elections do not turn out well from the US point of view. Referring to Hamas, Rice said, "I am not so sure that it is better to have these groups running the streets, masked, with guns rather than having them have to face voters and having to deliver."

While the election that produced the Hamas victory was free and fair, she said Hamas has failed in its responsibility to obtain international acceptability. The result, Rice said, has been that the Palestinian people basically have been deprived of international assistance.

"The interesting point is would we have ever seen Hamas confronted with that dilemma without elections and without coming in to govern," Rice said.

Associated Press
Published: 11.06.06, 21:18

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has proven once again she is an idiot and is over her head when it comes to holding down the position of Secretary of State.

Their is a major flaw in what she has stated the first is Hamas is still running around the streets with masks and guns, secondly combined with the fact that in power they have not changed what their goal is and that is the destruction of Israel and the murder of 6,000,000 Jews, just proves she is an idiot.

Maybe the KKK should form a political party in the USA and take control of the Federal government using her logic, I mean it might be better for the Klan to have the full might and power of the government behind them rather than just be the terrorist scum that they are.

November 05, 2006

Report: PA Receives Iranian Weapons Via Egyptian Port

Report: PA Receives Iranian Weapons Via Egyptian Port 18:10 Nov 05, '06 / 14 Cheshvan 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Palestinian Authority (PA) terrorists are receiving Iranian-made weapons transported by land from Sudan and then by ship to ports in Egypt, according to a Knesset Member quoted by Mideast Newsline.

"The weapons to the Palestinians are brought in through Egyptian ports and El Arish and are imported by land from Sudan," said MK Yuval Shteinitz, former head of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. He added, "There is no way that the Egyptian government is not colluding with the weapons shippers" because the weapons have to cross Egypt before reaching the Gaza border.

Shortly after last year's demolition of Jewish communities in Gush Katif and the handover of the land to the PA, the IDF also surrendered to Egypt authority to patrol the border with Egypt, which for decades has been the crossing point for terrorists, drugs and weapons.

4 Qassams fired at Negev

4 Qassams fired at Negev

Man lightly hurt as rocket lands near Kibbutz Erez; another two rockets land near Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, one lands in sea. Earlier Sunday, five rockets hit western Negev

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 11.05.06, 21:03

Fire continues in spite of IDF's operation in Gaza: Palestinians fired four rockets on Sunday evening from the northern Gaza Strip toward Israel.

One of the rockets landed near Kibbutz Erez, and one man was lightly hurt by shrapnel. Another two rockets landed near Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, and another one apparently landed in the sea.

Earlier Sunday, another five Qassam rockets landed in the western Negev . One rocket landed dozens of meters from Sderot's outdoor market, while the other apparently fell in an open area outside town.

A third rocket was fired at 2 p.m. and landed in an open field in town. Minutes later, another Qassam was launched and landed in an open area north of Sderot, followed by the fifth rocket. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

Olmert: We have no intention of staying in Gaza

The number of rockets fired at the southern town of Sderot since January this year crossed 900 on Sunday. The rocket in Sderot caused panic among the hundreds of shoppers who were at the market at the time of the attack. A pregnant woman who suffered from shock was evacuated to hospital, and was later sent to the delivery room.

Parents of the students of the neighboring school "Hanativ Hayeshivati" were also alarmed by the rocket and quickly arrived at the school to take their children home.

In a cabinet meeting Sunday, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that "the objective of the operation in Gaza is one – reducing Qassam fire at Israel and halting terror activities against citizens in the south of the country."

He stressed that, "That's the one and only objective … We have no intention of staying in Gaza or occupying it."

Olmert is an idiot that doesn't under stand that land does matter and Israel must retake Gaza and hold it in order to secure Israel's future with out terrorism.

November 04, 2006

Gaza Update

Last update - 01:33 05/11/2006
11 civilians, including 12-year-old girl, among the dead
27 Palestinians killed in IDF Gaza raids over weekend
By Avi Issacharoff and Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondents, Haaretz Service and News Agencies

A 12-year-old girl was killed Saturday evening by Israel Defense Forces sniper fire in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanun, bringing to 27 the Palestinian death toll in Gaza since the start of the weekend.

The IDF said that Isra Nasser, who died of head wounds, had been shot by a sniper targeting an armed militant, and expressed regret at the killing. At least 11 of the dead were civilians, and include two members of rescue crews.

IDF troops have been in Beit Hanun since Wednesday morning, in an operation aimed at halting Qassam rocket attacks on southern Israel. Nevertheless, Palestinian militants have continued to fire the homemade rockets, and seven hit the western Negev on Saturday evening. No injuries were reported, although a building in one of the local kibbutzim was lightly damaged.


Also Saturday, an IDF officer was seriously wounded in clashes with militants in the town, another soldier was lightly hurt.

Across the Strip, five Hamas militants and three civilians were killed Saturday, bringing to 42 the Palestinian death toll there since the start of the operation. The dead militants include a top Hamas rocket-maker, Louay al-Borno, who was killed in an Israel Air Force strike in his vehicle in Gaza City.

The other two civilians killed Saturday were named as 46-year-old Marwan Abu Arbid, who was killed when the wall of a building collapsed, and Ahmed al-Mad'un, a paramedic.

Witnesses reported on Saturday morning that large military bulldozers began demolishing homes near a mosque that was the scene of a standoff on Friday. Witnesses said residents of the homes received no warning ahead of time and were seen running for safety.

Residents also reported six IAF strikes in Beit Hanun overnight, but said there were no injuries.

Atef Adwan, minister of refugee affairs in the Hamas government, told a local Hamas radio station Saturday that IDF troops had taken over the rooftop of his home in Beit Hanun and posted snipers there. He said he and his family fled to a neighbor's house.

By mid-morning Saturday, the army announced over loudspeakers that women were permitted to leave their homes for two hours to stock up on supplies. However, few shops were open, said resident Samia Adwan, 35, a secretary in the Palestinian Authority and a distant relative of the Hamas minister.

She said she saw outer walls destroyed by bulldozers, streets carved up by tanks, and dangling electricity wires.

Iyad Nasser, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross, said he reached Beit Hanun on Friday evening to deliver supplies to the local hospital. "People stood at the doors [to their homes] and shouted they need water and food," he said.

On Saturday morning, aid groups were permitted to deliver supplies to Beit Hanun, he said.

A senior Israeli military official confirmed that the Beit Hanun sweep was different from previous Israeli incursions into Gaza, which resumed after Shalit's kidnapping by Hamas militants. In the past, he said, troops would largely stay on the outskirts of populated areas instead of operating house-to-house as in Beit Hanun.

The Palestinians appealed for international intervention to pressure Israel to halt the campaign.

19 Palestinians killed in Gaza on Friday
At least 19 Palestinians were killed in IDF operations Friday in the Gaza Strip. Eight were civilians, including a 4-year-old boy and two women, aged 40 and 45.

On Friday night, three IAF strikes around the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya and the southern town of Rafah killed seven militants and wounded several more, Palestinian security officials said.

A few hours earlier, an air strike hit a makeshift mosque on the outskirts of Beit Hanun, killing at least one person and injuring three others.

The small building, known as the Abdullah Azzem Mosque, was used for prayer but did not have the outward signs or markings of a mosque.

The IDF said it targeted a group of militants who were planting an explosive device near a road junction. The militants were out in the open, the army said, and no building was targeted in the strike.

Earlier Friday, the 40-year-old woman was killed by IDF fire as women flocked to a Beit Hanun mosque to act as human shields for some 60 gunmen holed up inside.

Mosque standoff
The 19-hour standoff between IDF troops and the gunmen inside the mosque ended after the gunmen fled, the IDF and witnesses said. One woman was killed in the standoff.

The militants escaped under cover of the protest by the women outside, the army said. A military source said some of the gunmen had surrendered to the soldiers.

Still, troops and militants continued to trade fire in two buildings next to the mosque, and the IDF surrounded the Beit Hanun hospital, calling on militants inside to surrender, Israel Radio reported.

A senior Southern Command officer said Friday that troops fired in a selective manner in order to prevent further casualties.

"What happened will be investigated. We will check if something inappropriate happened," he said.

Despite the casualties, the commander described the operation as a success, but said he does not expect the launching of Qassam rockets from Beit Hanun to be diminished immediately.

He said dozens of Palestinians had been detained for questioning in Israel.

The mosque became the focus of the fighting in Beit Hanun after gunmen fled there late Thursday. Most were thought to belong to Hamas' military wing.

IDF tanks and armored personnel carriers quickly surrounded the building, and the two sides began exchanging fire that lasted throughout the night, the military and Palestinian security officials said.

Soldiers trying to pressure the gunmen to surrender also threw stun and smoke grenades, and knocked down an outer wall of the mosque with a bulldozer. The roof of the mosque later collapsed.

A Hamas radio station had broadcast a call to women to go to Beit Hanun to shield the militants. Dozens of women left their homes to hurry to the mosque and came under IDF fire on their way, witnesses and officials said.

The army said that troops had spotted two militants hiding in the crowd of women and opened fire.

As the women rushed away from the scene, at least two men disguised in women's clothes were seen in the crowd. Jubilant bystanders embraced them, celebrating their escape.

"Our fighters made holes through the nearby houses to the mosque. The women entered the mosque as the fighters managed to guide the gunmen out," said Hamas militant commander Abu Ubaida.

Israel had allowed trucks loaded with medical and food supplies to reach hospitals, and for ambulances to evacuate the wounded, said Colonel Nir Press, head of Israel's Coordination and Liaison Administration for the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas "saluted the women of Palestine ... who led the protest to break the siege of Beit Hanun." Haniyeh urged United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to witness firsthand "the massacres of the Palestinian people," and appealed to the Arab world to "stop the ongoing bloodshed."

Dozens of protesters also took sanctuary in a UN school in Beit Hanun, fearing retribution by troops, said Imad Okal, an official with the UN Relief and Works Agency, who said he was in touch with people at the school.

Loudspeakers across Gaza called on people to come to demonstrations after Friday prayers to express solidarity with Beit Hanun. Tens of thousands representing various Palestinian factions massed in streets throughout the Strip.

Also Friday, a Hamas gunman was killed during clashes in Beit Hanun and four militants from Iz al-Din al-Qassam, Hamas' military wing, were killed in an IAF strike in the Gaza City neighborhood of Sajaiya.

Palestinians launched ten Qassam rockets at the Negev on Friday and fired an anti-tank rocket at an IDF post in south Gaza, lightly wounding a soldier. According to the military, 300 rockets have been fired at Israel from Beit Hanun since the start of the year.

Two killed in West Bank
In the West Bank, Palestinians said an elderly woman was killed during an IDF arrest raid in the town of Bethlehem on Friday morning. A Border Police officer was also wounded.

The woman, 65, was caught in a crossfire between militants holed up in a house and IDF soldiers surrounding the building, Palestinian witnesses said. Two other residents were wounded, they said.

The IDF said forces were operating in Bethlehem, but provided no other details.

Also Friday, IDF troops shot dead a Fatah militant in the West Bank who was apparently planning to detonate a car bomb.

Troops opened fire on two Palestinian men pulling barbed wire into a car at the Balata refugee camp near Nablus, killing one and wounding the other. The car was later found filled with tens of kilograms of explosives.

Israel arrested Palestinian Minister Abdel Rahman Zaidan, a Hamas official, at his home in the West Bank town of Ramallah before dawn Friday, Israel Radio quoted Israeli and Palestinian sources as saying. According to the report, Zaidan, the minister of housing and public works, is the tenth Palestinian minister to be arrested since Shalit was abducted.

November 03, 2006

MK Barakeh: Lieberman in gov’t is war

MK Barakeh: Lieberman in gov’t is war

Hadash chairman protests Israel Our Home joining cabinet: ‘Avigdor Lieberman will have the honor of cutting the ribbon on this dangerous regional adventure’

Roee Nahmias
Published: 11.03.06, 23:55

Hadash Chairman MK Mohammad Barakeh slammed the State, the government, and its prime minister on Friday night regarding the entry of Israel Our Home into the government coalition and the appointment of Avigdor Lieberman as a minister.

In a convention in Sakhnin in protest of Israel Our Home joining the government, Barakeh said that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was going to Washington “apparently to sum up this whole dangerous regional adventure, and it looks like Avigdor Lieberman will have the honor of cutting the ribbon on this adventure.”

According to Barakeh, “Lieberman’s entry into the government serves three purposes: One – the regional war issue. Such a dangerous war, everyone knows how it starts but it’s hard to know how it will end. It will endanger all the nations in the area, including Israel.”

“The second aim,” Barakeh continued, “is the continued oppression of the Arab population and the legitimization of transfer policy. The third – financial forces are interested in planting Lieberman into the government to accelerate economic issues and serve financial elements that can’t be seen on the political map.”

MK Barakeh harshly attacked Attorney General Menahem Mazuz’s decision not to open an investigation into Lieberman for allegedly calling for the execution of Arab MKs

Barakeh further addressed the issue of the loyalty of Arab citizens to the State of Israel. He noted that Israeli Arabs do not endanger the country – but rather the opposite: “The State endangers the Arabs and their future in their homeland. This isn’t a matter of civilian loyalty but of the State’s loyalty to its citizens. Only a fascist nation would ask its citizens to worship it morning, noon and night,” he said.”

If this is the reaction that a leader like Lieberman invokes from the Israeli Arabs that are traitors to Israel in the Knesset.

Just think what their reaction would be to a true Zionist a person or party that put the Jews of Israel the common people as the number one priority.

They would probable have a stroke. It sure would be fun to watch.

IDF Claim Success-Rockets Still Fall

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Qassam lands on house despite operation

Four Qassam rockets fired Friday afternoon from Gaza, one lands on house in kibbutz Beeri, causing damage but no injuries. Rockets land despite army claims of operational successes. Army reports report 34 terrorists killed since Wednesday

Hanan Greenberg
Latest Update: 11.03.06, 13:53

Despite the ongoing operation in Beit Hanoun and the effort to thwart Qassam attacks from northern Gaza, four rockets were launched by terror groups Friday afternoon. One landed on a house in kibbutz Beeri, causing damage but no injuries.

The second landed in a residential neighborhood in Sderot, and the third and fourth in an open area on the outskirts of the town, no injuries or damage reported. Two additional rockets were launched earlier on Friday at the Sufa crossing in southern Gaza, the rockets landed in an open area near the security fence.

Palestinians say that 22 people have been killed since the operation began on Wednesday but the army is reporting a much larger number, saying Friday that 34 terrorists were killed by IDF ground and air forces since Autumn Clouds began.

A military source from the southern command said that eight terrorists were killed in Friday morning's clashes in the town of Beit Hanoun. The gunmen had blended in with the rioting civilian crowd he said. Palestinian sources said late Friday morning that two women had been killed in the crossfire, eight people were reported wounded.

The IDF reported no casualties in the Beit Hanoun clashes. An IDF soldier was lightly wounded when an antitank shell was fired at a military post situated along the security fence separating Israel and Gaza. He received medical treatment on location.

Military sources told Ynet Friday morning that there are still gunmen in the area where forces had laid siege on a mosque were dozens of gunmen fortified themselves and engaged the troops from within the place of worship. The operation continues, the sources said, and troops will continue trying to arrest terror operatives wanted for questioning by IDF Intelligence.

Gunmen fled with help of protestors

Regarding the hours-long siege to the mosque in central Beit Hanoun, Palestinians reported that all the men wanted by the IDF fled the scene. The IDF doesn't rule the possibility that some of the wanted men managed to escape, aided by the civilian protestors who were rioting nearby.

The IDF believes that the gunmen managed to blend in with the crowd. The army says that due to the presence of the protestors the soldiers acted with extreme caution so as not to harm civilians who are uninvolved in terror.

The army also says that forces thwarted several attempts by terror groups to launch Qassam rockets at Israel during Thursday night and Friday morning from the Beit Hanoun area.

Despite these efforts however, two Qassam rockets were launched from northern Gaza at the Sufa crossing in southern Gaza. The rockets landed in an open area near the security fence, no injuries or damage reported.

The IDF is also preparing for the possibility of terror groups arriving to the Beit Hanoun area in the coming hours to attack the forces operating within Gaza.

Operation Autumn Clouds is expected to continue, with forces intending to locate additional terrorists, as well as rocket infrastructure and other arms.

The IDF is claiming success in its operation in Beit Hanoun, but rockets still fall on southern Israel. I guess if a country has sunk to the point where it can call last summers mini war in the north a victory then by this measure Gaza is a huge success.

Today the IDF had cornered a group of about 60 terrorist in a mosque in Beit Hanoun and were fighting it out with the terrorist. Hamas puts out a call over their radio station calling for women to go to the mosque and act as human shields for the terrorist and thousands of women respond.

Because of the world we live in the IDF lets the terrorist escape together with the women.

When one side in a conflict is willing and even welcomes total war involving their women and children and the other side seeks to maintain the humanity that decent men seek, it is becoming ever clearer that one side will achieve victory and the other side will loose.

When we combine the fact that the world including the United States of America is willing to turn a blind eye to the true nature of the Palestinian society, the future does not bode well for Israel in the short run.

November 02, 2006

Court to state: Explain why Gaza students denied entry to Israel

Last update - 21:15 02/11/2006 Court to state: Explain why Gaza students denied entry to Israel By Tamara Traubmann, Haaretz Correspondent

The High Court of Justice on Wednesday ordered the state to explain why it has prohibited Palestinian students from the Gaza Strip from crossing through Israel to attend courses at the West Bank university where they are registered.

A government policy went into effect last month barring Palestinian students from entering Israel, with no consideration to individual cases.

The court issued a temporary injunction to the state to explain its policy, in response to a petition submitted by the non-profit organization Gisha (access) on behalf of ten Palestinian students of Occupational Therapy (OT) students barred from crossing through Israel to attend the University of Bethlehem.

Institutions of higher education in the Gaza Strip do no not offer courses in OT, leaving the students no option but to find an alternative institution to pursue their field of study.

They were denied entry in Israel without having their individual cases or personal levels of security threats evaluated by the defense establishment, and have since been following their course lectures via video conference calls.

Once again the High Court in Israel has proven that it is out of touch with reality.

Why should Israel let a single Arab out of Gaza for any reason as long as rockets are being fired out of Gaza into Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza smuggle in through tunnels hundreds of tons of weapons including the Russian anti tank missile’s that caused the IDF in Lebanon such problems.

Israel who provides most of the electricity and all the phone infrastructure in Gaza for the Palestinians should as long as rockets are being fired cut off all support that the Palestinians receive from Israel.

We should not worry if students can travel through Israel, students that will be carrying with them communications between terrorist groups so that they can be part of murdering Jews.

It is time that the High Court of Israel remembers it is in fact the High Court of Israel and not the Palestinians.

Rocket in Sderot


Woman lightly injured in Qassam attack

Despite IDF operations in Beit Hanoun aimed at preventing attacks, more than ten Qassams land across Negev since Thursday morning

In the midst of IDF operations, Qassams continue to fall: Seven rockets were launched Thursday evening, at approximately 7:15 p.m. from northern Gaza at the western Negev.

One rocket landed in the yard of a house in Sderot, damaging the house. A number of people are suffering from shock following the incident.

Concurrently, six other rockets landed in various spots in the Negev, three of them near Sderot, one near Nativ Haasara and two of them south of Ashkelon. No casualties or damages have been reported and the rockets are believed to have landed in open areas.

More than ten rockets were launched at Israel since Thursday morning, while IDF soldiers were in Beit Hanoun as part of an operation aimed at preventing the shootings.

Thursday afternoon, two rockets were launched at Sderot – one landed in the outskirts of the city and the second hit a residential yard, causing a fire. One woman was lightly injured from shrapnel.

A town resident said: "We heard an explosion and saw black smoke, from Itamar, across from us. It's an area that has absorbed a number of hits."

A 23 year old pregnant woman went into shock following the attack and was brought to the hospital with severe stomach pains, where she was subsequently hospitalized.

At the same time as the incident, two IDF soldiers, who had been lightly injured from shrapnel during operations in Beit Hanoun, were brought to Barzilay hospital in Ashkelon.

Two of the rockets launched Thursday morning landed next to kibbutzes in the western Negev, causing damage to underground wires.

Even prior to the recent IDF operation in Beit Hanoun, it was estimated that it would precipitate increased rocket fire temporarily and, indeed, seven rockets were already launched Wednesday, resulting in casualties and damages.

Nonetheless, it is posited that, in the long run, the operation will have damaged the Qassam-launching infrastructure.

Wednesday, one of the rockets hit a factory, causing a large fire. Two people were subsequently injured. Another rocket landed in southern Ashkelon, very close to a strategic facility, but caused no damages.

The IDF continues its activities in the Beit Hanoun area, where it has been operating since Monday. According to Palestinian claims, four Beit Hanoun residents – including a 15 year old boy and a 75 year old man - were killed Thursday.

November 01, 2006

Sderot: Rockets fall despite operation

Sderot: Rockets fall despite operation

IDF carries out operation 'Autumn Clouds' to prevent rocket launchings, but fails to block 7 Qassam attacks on western Negev and Sderot. One lands in backyard of home, others land near strategic installation south of Ashkelon

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 11.01.06, 19:11

Despite the wide-scale IDF operation in northern Gaza, which was supposed to eradicate the Qassam attacks on Sderot and the western Negev, the atmosphere in the area was dreary Wednesday as seven rockets landed in and around the city – an unusually high amount compared to the previous months.

One of the rockets landed in the backyard of a Sderot home. Only victims of shock were reported in the attack, and nearby cars were damaged. Two rockets fell in a factory in Sderot's industrial zone. One caused a fire and the other resulted in a minor leak of hazardous materials. Three people were lightly injured. Another rocket landed south of Ashkelon near a strategic facility and did not cause any damage or injuries.

Due of the attacks, the streets of Sderot were completely empty. Chairwoman of the Sderot Parents' Association Batia Keter said that as a result of the attacks, the schools which were not protected will remain closed on Thursday, including the city's high school.

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