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December 30, 2006

Palestinians on Saddam: We lost a leader

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Palestinians on Saddam: We lost a leader

(VIDEO) Iraqi tyrant's last words, 'Palestine is Arab,' touch hearts of many Palestinians. 'I cried when I heard the news,' says Jenin resident. Bethlehem residents mourn Saddam, drinking coffee and reminiscing over Gulf War

"Saddam was known for his ability to stick to his opinion and say 'no' to a world power," said Husni al-Ajal, 46, from a refugee camp near Ramallah.

The pictures of the "butcher from Baghdad" were hung in many places in the West Bank and Gaza. Some of the pictures featured both Saddam Hussein and former PA Chairman Yasser Arafat.

On Saturday morning, the citizens of Iraq and the entire world were notified that "the criminal Saddam was hanged to death." The Iraqi tyrant, who ruled Iraq between 1979 and 2003, died at around 5 a.m., at the presence of several witnesses from the Iraqi government and a Muslim cleric.

Saddam, on his part, did not forget the Palestinians also during his last moments. Just before the rope was wrapped around his neck, he shouted, "Allah is great. Long live the Iraqi nation. Palestine is Arab."

Iraqi sources who were present at the execution said that the prime minister's office employees began rejoicing and dancing around the body.

For fear of riots, a four-day curfew was imposed on Saddam’s place of birth, the town of Tikrit. The American military said it was prepared for any escalation of violence that would occur as a result of the Iraqi dictator’s death.

A Hamas spokesman Fauzi Barhoum, condemned the execution, which he referred to as "a political assassination.

Mushir al-Masri, a Hamas lawmaker, added that "this is proof of the United States' criminal and terrorist policy in its war against the forces of resistance in the world."

PA residents reminisced over the Gulf War, when dozens of Scud missiles were launched at Israel . The missiles, which landed in the center of the country in 1991, were accompanied by celebrations and chants: "Saddam, strike Tel Aviv."

The Iraqi president remained popular among the Palestinians also during the recent intifada, when he promised to transfer USD 25,000 to families of Palestinians killed in terror attacks and clashes with Israel.

Sabha Muhammad, 57, of Jenin, received USD 25,000 from Saddam to rebuild her house, which was destroyed during Operation Defense Shield.

"I cried when I heard the news. I felt that we, as Arabs and Muslims, lost a strong leader today. I wish all Arab and Muslim leaders a similar fate, as they did not stand by Saddam – starting from the American occupation, through the president's seizure, to his killing."

Drinking coffee and reminiscing

Saddam's final words about Palestine touched the hearts of many Palestinians.

"He wanted the Palestinian people to get a state and a government and to be united," said Ranem Mazel, 72, of the West Bank.

The popular Palestinian committee for refugee affairs began mourning in the al-Azeh refugee camp near Bethlehem. Dozens of residents arrived, drank black coffee and reminisced over the popular leader during the Gulf War and the intifada.

The organizers hung Iraqi flags and pictures of Saddam in better days, and even put on Iraqi songs.

In Khan Younis, 25 youngsters took to the streets and began marching in honor of Saddam. The marchers held many pictures of Hussein alongside former PA Chairman Yasser Arafat.

"We heard that he became a 'shahid' (martyr) and were deeply shocked. There was not one leader who supported the Palestinian people and stood by us like Saddam did," said Khaj Ahmed, a resident of a West Bank refugee camp.

December 29, 2006

Picture Worth 1000 Words

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Kassam rockets in a junk yard in Sderot Israel.

Machine gun found in Palestinian vehicle stopped at a checkpoint

Thursday, December 28, 2006 Machine gun found in Palestinian vehicle stopped at a checkpoint Machine gun found in Palestinian vehicle Efrat Weiss YNET Published: 12.28.06, 23:04 www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3345933,00.html

IDF forces found about a month and a half ago an MAG machine gun which was
hidden in a Palestinian van which stopped in a checkpoint west of Jenin.

The two people in the vehicle were arrested and transferred for
interrogation. According to the IDF, the machine gun was intended to be used
in a shooting attack in the West Bank.

President Bush and PM Olmert please take note a belt fed heavy machine gun was caught at a checkpoint.

The same kind of checkpoint, that makes poor old Condi speak with such conviction about the humiliation of the Palestinians.

Instead of cutting the number of checkpoints we should add checkpoints, because they work.

The hypocrisy of the leaders of America some days is just too much to take.

As they cry about the poor Palestinians, American troops in Iraq have thousands of checkpoints set up not just the 400 that Israel has.

So let's lay the cards on the table, America a predominantly Christian force, invades a Muslim country and set's up checkpoints and has looser open fire rules for its troops than Israel has for our troops and this is fine.

Israel in our own land, land that the whole world can read in the bible was given to the Jewish people by G-D Himself sets up checkpoints and then the world cries for the humiliation of the death worshipping modern day Nazis the Palestinians.

7 Qassam rockets land in open areas in west Negev; no injuries

Last update - 15:25 29/12/2006 7 Qassam rockets land in open areas in west Negev; no injuries By Mijal Grinberg, Haaretz Correspondent and Haaretz Service

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Friday fired Seven Qassam rocket at the western Negev, all of which landed in open fields. There were no injuries or damages reported in the incidents.

Three rockets were fired at Israel on Thursday, two of which landed in an open field south of Ashkelon. A third rocket landed in an open area near the western Negev town of Sderot. There were no injuries or damages in any of the attacks.

President Moshe Katsav met with victims of Qassam attacks and Gush Katif evacuees on a visit to Ashkelon on Thursday. He also toured the strategic facilities in the city which have come under rocket attacks in recent days.

The president also met with the family of Sderot resident Adir Bassad, 14, who was critically wounded in a rocket attack on the city on Tuesday. The teen's mother said her son's condition had improved and that he had begun speaking again Thursday.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert gave the Israel Defense Forces permission on Wednesday to attack rocket-launching cells in the Gaza Strip as long as they are identified shortly before the launching, but the Prime Minister's Office said the Israeli commitment to the cease-fire in Gaza still stands.

His decision to authorize only pinpoint operations while generally upholding a policy of restraint raised ire among senior IDF officers Thursday who argued that that the only effective way to curb rocket attacks was to send forces into the northern Gaza Strip.

All this and no response from the IDF, makes you proud to be an Israeli.

December 28, 2006

Olmert Recognizes PA Flag


Olmert Recognizes PA Flag
18:54 Dec 28, '06 / 7 Tevet 5767
by Hana Levi Julian

For the first time in the history of the State the flags of Israel and the Palestinian Authority flew side by side at the official Prime Minister’s Residence. And a New York newspaper noticed.

Last Saturday night, the red, black, green and white flag of the Palestinian Authority stood next to the Israeli banner bearing the blue Jewish Star flanked by two stripes on its field of white.

It was the first of several surprises.

The meeting between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas came days earlier than expected, with government spokesmen saying security concerns had advanced the meeting and delayed the announcement.

Several agreements were ironed out within that first meeting. These included the release of $100 million in frozen tax money for the PA, loosening of travel restrictions on PA Arabs in Judea and Samaria and increasing the number of permits for them to work inside Israel's pre-1967 borders.

In addition to the usual smiling photo ops, both men seemed intent on creating a message of unity, warmth and formal diplomacy.

The Jewish Prime Minister addressed Abu Mazen – Abbas’s nom de guerre – as “Mr. President.” Until now, Abbas has been referred to as the PA Chairman.

With that appellation and a kiss on each cheek, Olmert launched a new era of diplomatic relations for the PA leader, prompting the New York-based Jewish Daily Forward to comment that it appeared to be a meeting of two heads of state.

Forward writer Gershon Gorenberg wrote in his analysis that it was hard to tell which man needed the other more, describing them as “flailing in stormy waters, but which man was drowning, which was rescuing him and did the rescue stand a chance of success?”

Even as Abbas spoke publicly of the importance of upholding the limited ceasefire agreement, his ability to control those who are launching the Kassam rocket attacks is questionable.

The Islamic Jihad terror organization, which has vowed to continue its assaults against Israeli communities, made good on its threat just three days after the PA flag waved in the Jerusalem wind.

Two boys in Sderot were severely injured in a Kassam attack on Tuesday, the 57th missile to be fired at Israel since the truce went into effect last month. Terrorists also succeeded in scoring a direct hit on a strategic facility in the southern coastal city of Ashkelon, a more frequent target in recent months.

President Moshe Katzav visited Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon onThursday and comforted 14-year-old Adir Basad, who was critically wounded inTuesday’s attack. The boy regained consciousness Thursday morning and his condition has improved.

The Basad family asked the president to take action that would lead to a proper response to the Kassams. The IDF was told Wednesday that it would be allowed to use “pinpoint operations” to destroy terrorist cells in the act of launching Kassam attacks.

The government resolved to continue the ceasefire with the terrorists, despite the increasing violations by terrorist rocket crews, but to take action against specific Kassam cells when they are detected.

Terrorists Vow 'Guns for Abbas' Will be Used Against Israel

Terrorists Vow 'Guns for Abbas' Will be Used Against Israel
15:07 Dec 28, '06 / 7 Tevet 5767

(IsraelNN.com) 'We promise to show Israelis very soon that the weapons brought for the Presidential Guard and [PA] security forces will be used against the occupation," said a spokesman for the Resistance Committee of terrorists Thursday.

His statement jibed with earlier comments by Likud Knesset Member Yuval Shteinitz that the reported shipment of 2,000 rifles and 2 million bullets for Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas's private militia will be turned on Israel. Israel agreed to the shipment from Egypt, in line with the United States desire to see Abbas strengthen his force in case there is a showdown with the Hamas militia.

Abbas has vehemently denied the report, saying a recent shipment was full of office equipment for the Gaza crossing, but Voice of Israel government radio quoted government sources that the PA did not want news of the weapons to be published.

When will the leaders of Israel learn that Abbas is Arafat with a shave and a $2,000 suit, and that they both want the same thing that Hitler wanted an end to the Jewish people.

Israel must stand up to President Bush and since the USA has stopped weapons shipments to Israel, weapons Israel has paid for. Isral must cut off all sharing of intelligence on the Islamic world with America.

December 27, 2006

Islamic Jihad: We are firing more accurate rockets

Islamic Jihad: We are firing more accurate rockets

More than 60 rockets fired at Israel since supposed ceasefire declared month ago, including three Wednesday night. Islamic Jihad Spokesman Abu Ahmad says in conversation with Ynet that rocket-firing cells aiming at targets, strategic facilities using accurate maps, promises that worst is yet to come: 'Israelis must prepare for upcoming terror attacks'

The Islamic Jihad seemingly didn't receive notice of the ceasefire. From their stand point, the rocket firing will continue.

Their rocket-firing cells are aiming at strategic facilities and threaten to reach longer ranges than they have in the past. Spokesman of Islamic Jihad's military arm, al-Quds Brigades, Abu Ahmad claimed in an interview with Ynet that this is just the beginning. His organization is simultaneously preparing for a wave of suicide attacks to be carried out within Israel.

According to the spokesman, "Only the situation on the ground and the Israeli escalation dictate our response, and not any other sort of calls declarations."

"Our firing is not coincidental. The rocket-firing cells are aiming at targets and strategic facilities on which, or next to which, the rockets land. Even if it doesn't hit it directly, we continue to improve, and recently, the enemy has also admitted this. In recent days, one of our rockets landed in an extremely sensitive strategic facility," said Abu Ahmad.

Since the ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Authority went into effect, more than 60 rockets have been fired into Israel, some in Sderot and some in the western Negev. Some were even aimed at Ashkelon. Some of the rockets landed in the sea or within the Gaza Strip.

"There is no doubt that our firing is not coincidental," said the Islamic Jihad spokesman, "We are working with well-detailed maps, which we mark and aim at regions and facilities in the south. The unit for manufacturing and development in the al-Quds Brigades developed Grad missiles, an upgraded Katyusha called Quds 4, which recently landed for the first time 14 km (about 8.5 miles) from the Gaza Strip.

"The rocket is aimed at the established target. Even when it doesn't hit, we continue to make improvements. The Zionists themselves admitted that the rockets hit a strategic facility," said Abu Ahmad.

And what about their future plans? "We are in advanced stages of working on a rocket with a range of 22 km (about 13.5 miles)," he said.

On Israeli operations
The Islamic Jihad is not worried by the possibility that Israel will embark on a broad operation against the Qassams. "Israel has never needed an excuse to respond in a barbaric fashion against the Palestinian population. Operations such as the Gilad Shalit kidnapping are part of the legitimate struggle against the occupation. The threats don't deter us," continued Abu Ahmad.

When asked if the Islamic Jihad simply ignores Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the spokesman responded, "It is not that we ignore his calls, but from the first moment that talks of a truce started, we were clear and said that every assassination, and every violation of this truce in the West Bank or the Gaza Strip will provoke us to respond, and not just by firing rockets, but by carrying out suicide attacks.

"Israelis must prepare for these attacks in the near future. From the first day of the truce, they assassinated an activist in Jenin. We will continue to respond to the Israeli violations. In reality, the truce collapsed a long time ago, and didn't ever even exist," said Abu Ahmad.

Many in the Palestinian Authority view your massive rocket firing as an attempt to gain political capital and to position yourselves on the Palestinian street as the only organization that is sticking to the armed struggle.

"We don't deny that the Palestinian people need a truce, but there is no doubt that sometimes political considerations dictate the firing, and we don't deny that when it seems as thought the internal conflict on the Palestinian street between the various organizations is about the intensify, we increased firing in order to divert the struggle from the internal arena to its proper place, against the occupation.

"We don't want to destroy any truce, but we are committed to respond to ever Israeli violation. In this context, I reiterate so that it is clear to everyone. There is no such thing as a truce only in Gaza. If there is an arrest or an assassination in the West Bank, we are committed to respond. This division is unacceptable to us," said the Islamic Jihad spokesman.

The Islamic Jihad also isn't particularly bothered by the Egyptian foreign minister's condemnation of the rocket firings as a violation of the truce.

"It is interesting why he didn't condemn the assassinations, that since the so-called truce, 17 people have been killed, including four Islamic Jihad members and three al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades members, and more than 600 people have been arrested. In total, 550 Israeli violations have been listed. Why doesn't he condemn that?" quipped the spokesman.

Israel thinks that the firing is carried out under Syrian and Iranian pressure. What is your response?

"This simply isn't true. Our agenda is Palestinian and calls for fighting the occupation, which murders and destroys. Every firing that we have carried out recently is in response to the Israeli violations, and there is no issue here of demands or pressures from Iran, Syria, or otherwise. It is our natural right," concluded Abu Ahmad.

Ali Waked
Published: 12.28.06, 01:21

December 26, 2006

IDF: 60 percent of Suicide Bombers Caught at Checkpoints

IDF: 60 percent of Suicide Bombers Caught at Checkpoints 00:30 Dec 27, '06 / 6 Tevet 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Sixty percent of would-be suicide bombers are stopped at checkpoints, where the government has told the IDF to conduct less thorough examinations, WorldNetDaily reported. Arabs, and several Israeli politicians, have charged that the examinations are humiliating and actually cause terrorists to stage attacks against Israel.

Senior IDF officers, including deputy Chief of Staff Moshe Kaplinsky, complained that the government's idea of removing 59 roadblocks in Judea and Samaria could result in more attacks, as has happened in the past following similar measures to ease travel restrictions.

"The checkpoints work. It's that simple. It's how we stop most terrorism," one military official said

But the USA demands that we take down checkpoints to try and help out the poor Palestinians and to back Abbas verse the democratically elected Hamas government..

Rocket Terrorists Warn Suicide Bombings Are Next

Rocket Terrorists Warn Suicide Bombings Are Next 23:19 Dec 26, '06 / 5 Tevet 5767

(IsraelNN.com) The Islamic Jihad terrorist group that attacked Sderot with Kassam rockets Tuesday vowed that they will carry out suicide bombing missions in retaliation for alleged Israeli violations of the month-old ceasefire accord, which has been violated by more than 60 rocket attacks.

Al-Quds Brigades spokesman Abu Abdallah blamed Israel for causing a collapse in the ceasefire because of its arrests of terrorists in Judea and Samaria, although the ceasefire applied only to the Gaza region.

Two teenagers were seriously and critically wounded in the latest rocket attack around 9 p.m. (2p.m. EST).

Sderot: 2 moderately to severely hurt by Qassam

Sderot: 2 moderately to severely hurt by Qassam

Rocket lands in one of southern town's neighborhoods at around 9 p.m. Tuesday; many residents report hearing loud explosions. Two teenagers hurt in their legs, one sustaining severe wounds, other sustaining moderate injuries. Seven rockets fired at Israel since Tuesday morning

Does anyone remember ceasefire? Two teenagers injured in their legs Tuesday evening by shrapnel of a Qassam rocket. One of the youths was sustained severe wounds, while the other was moderately injured.

Three people suffered from shock and several cars in the area were damaged.

The al-Quds Brigades, the Islamic Jihad's military wing, claimed responsibility for firing the rocket, which the group said was done in light of "the truce violations by Israel ."

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 12.26.06, 21:20

Every day rockets fall on Israel and every Israel does nothing.

What motivates our leaders not to lead?

I am not sure it matters if they are cowards, traitors or corrupt scum, the result is the same, Jewish blood is being shed with no price being paid for this crime against Am Israel.

December 25, 2006

4 Qassams fired toward Negev area

4 Qassams fired toward Negev area

Rocket lands in Sderot, three others in Shaar Hanegev Regional Council area; no injuries reported, slight damage done. Resident: This is the second time in two days that a Qassam falls without prior warning. The ‘Color Red’ alert system saves lives, but it was not activated today

Four Qassam rockets were fired from northern Gaza Tuesday morning toward the western Negev area. One landed in Sderot at about 7 a.m.; no injuries were reported, but slight damage was done.

Three additional Qassams landed in open areas in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council area. Residents reported that the “Color Red” alert
system was not activated.

“Because of the rockets our children are sleeping in secure rooms, and I sleep in the room next to them,” Sderot resident Moshe Ben Sheetrit told Ynet following the attack. “This morning I heard a loud explosion; this is the second time in two days that a Qassam falls without prior warning. The ‘Color Red’ alert system saves lives, but it was not activated today.”

Following a direct hit Monday morning by a Qassam on a strategic facility in Ashkelon, many government ministers called on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to end his policy of restraint.

Defense Minister Amir Peretz told Ynet following the attack, "We must operate against Qassam fire and rocket launching cells if we identify them before or after shooting. We must not let these cells get away."

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 12.26.06, 07:35

Likud May Propose Limited PA State

Likud May Propose Limited PA State 01:26 Dec 26, '06 / 5 Tevet 5767

(IsraelNN.com) The Likud party is considering a proposal to offer the Palestinian Authority (PA) most of Judea and Samaria and limited national authority, the Hebrew daily Ma'ariv reported. It said the party recently convened 50 prominent members to discuss the plan, deigned to forestall possible government moves to allow a broader Arab state.

The plan aims to include 60 percent of Judea and Samaria while giving PA Arabs free movement on separated streets and roads, one Likud member stated.

This is the right wing of Israel today.

The bottom line their is no right wing in Israel and Olmert and Bibi are the same.

Where are the voices in Israel that are willing to say no to a terror state made up of today's Nazi's the Palestinians.

The right wing was broken when they failed to really fight the Gaza retreat, today Israel has as many enemies that are domestic as we have that are foreign.

Where are the Jews that are willing to stand against all enemies of the Jewish people both foreign and domestic?

Hundreds of Hamas Terrorists Training in Iran

Hundreds of Hamas Terrorists Training in Iran 02:37 Dec 26, '06 / 5 Tevet 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Hundreds of Hamas terrorists recently have left for Iran to train with the country's Revolutionary Guards, according to Israeli sources quoted by Mideast Newsline.

The terrorists traveled from Gaza to the Sinai Peninsula and then to Syria and Iran. The Hamas interior minister said last month that Iran has agreed to fund training of Hamas militia forces.

Palestinian state in 2 years

Palestinian state in 2 years

New American Mideast policy revealed for first time

According to the US, Olmert's little goodwill gestures only comprise the first steps on a path aimed at realizing America's new plan for the Middle East that is being revealed here for the first time. The final destination is the establishment of a Palestinian state with temporary borders within two years, before the end President Bush's term in office.

The implications of this are that the US is significantly boosting its involvement in the Israeli Palestinian conflict and will implement a series of measures that would embolden the Fatah movement and weaken Hamas – including measures that would ultimately bring about the demise of the Hamas government.

Last week, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice held a seminar attended by the US State Department's top political brass involved in the Middle East. It included US ambassadors to countries in the region and General Dayton, who is currently acting on behalf of the State Department in the region.

According to Israeli sources, Rice asked this group of experts to come up with fresh and creative ideas with the purpose of consolidating a new policy for the Mideast. This policy is set to serve, among other things, as an alternative for the Baker-Hamilton report, in which the ideas suggested did not meet those of the Bush Administration.

The seminar lasted a few days and comprised several work teams. By the end of the seminar a new policy was formulated and Rice is expected to bring it to the region as early as next month.

The first part of the plan talks about measures carried out by Israel as part of the process of strengthening Mahmoud Abbas and creating an atmosphere that would allow for an upgrade in the ties between the two sides. In fact, this boils down to a series of Israeli goodwill gestures.

The meeting between Olmert and Abbas Saturday evening, say political sources in Jerusalem, fits the first part of the plan: At the end of the meeting a series of goodwill gestures was concluded, which primarily included easing Palestinian movement and providing direct economic assistance to the Palestinian president.

Incidentally, the lion's share of the funds the cabinet is set to "release" to Abbas will in fact remain in Israel as payment of debts to Israeli suppliers such as the Israel Electric Corporation and petrol providers. The remaining part of the funds will be used to strengthen the presidential guard.

The second phase of the plan comprises measures aimed at strengthening Abbas' Fatah movement. At this stage experts at the State Department are talking about the internal Palestinian rift, including the possibility of an armed clash that would ultimately result in – or so they hope - the establishment of a Palestinian state that would recognize Israel.

The third stage would be talks between Abbas and Israel. The outcome of the talks would be put to a referendum in the territories, and in its wake a Palestinian state would be established within temporary borders.

Political sources in Jerusalem estimate that the American plan will be presented shortly, most likely by delegates of the State Department who will come to the region ahead of Rice's visit.

Alex Fishman
Published: 12.25.06, 23:53

Bush will fail as all others have failed.

The only question is how many Jews will die as a result of this policy.

Olmert has killed Zionism

Ynet poll: Government to approve prisoner release

Although Gilad Shalit is still held captive, survey conducted by Ynet among ministers reveals government will approve release of Palestinian prisoners even before he is freed. Twelve ministers say they are in favor of release, five are against it

The Israeli government is ready to release Palestinian prisoners before Gilad Shalit's release. Half a year after he was kidnapped by Hamas, 12 Israeli ministers out of 24, are ready to release Palestinian prisoners ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, a poll conducted by Ynet among the ministers reveals.

Five ministers, including two deputy prime ministers, oppose the Israeli gesture. Another five ministers abstained, and two ministers refused to answer.

The government is expected to vote on the sensitive issue in the coming days, and should there be no change in the ministers' positions,
the government will approve the release.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sought to hold a discussion on the release of Palestinian prisoners ahead of Eid al-Adha on Tuesday, following his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in which PLO official Saeb Erekat asked Olmert for a gesture, in spite of the fact that Abbas is incapable of promoting Shalit's release.

Olmert promised the Palestinians to look into the issue, and held a mini-survey during Sunday's cabinet meeting. Cabinet Secretary Israel Maimon said that a date for the urgent meeting has yet to be set, ahead of the Muslim holiday which will take place during the weekend.

Supporters and opposers

The Ynet poll revealed that the ministers in favor of releasing Palestinians ahead of Eid al-Adha are: Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Amir Peretz, Vice Premier Shimon Peres, Minister Eitan Cabel, Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon, Minister Yitzhak Cohen, Minister Jacob Edery, Environment Minister Gideon Ezra, Minister Meshulam Nahari, Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz and Tourism Minister Isaac Herzog.

Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh also supports the release.

The ministers who oppose the gesture of releasing Palestinian prisoners before Shalit's release are: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Eliyahu Yishai, Minister of Immigrant Absorption Ze'ev Boim, Housing and Construction Minister Meir Sheetrit and Communications Minister Ariel Atias.

Five ministers are still sitting on the fence and are avoiding making a decision at this point: Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Finance Minister Abraham Hirchson, Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter, Minister of Pensioners Affairs Rafi Eitan and National Infrastructure Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer.

Two ministers have yet to answer the Ynet poll: Education Minister Yuli Tamir and Interior Minister Ronnie Bar-On.

Ronny Sofer
Published: 12.25.06, 18:22

Zionism is Dead, at least among the leaders of Israel.

Among the corner stones of the Jewish state were never leave a man behind and now Israel is turning it's back on three soldiers.

Israel must tell first President Bush that unless we get our men back their will be a war in 48 hours, a war that will finish the Palestinian Authority for all time. A war that will make the Palestinians feel the full power of the IDF.

We must also tell the Palestinians their end is near if we don't get the 3 soldiers back, and since they will choose to think Israel is still weak, then we must hit them like they have never been hit before.

If Israel were to turn the full power of the IDF loose on the Palestinians by the end of the first day the Palestinians will return to their true nature and run, like they have run before.

The Palestinians ran in 1948 and in 1967, if hit hard they will run in 2007.

If we must count these 3 soldiers as dead and move forward then let us move forward with courage instead of like the lap dog of the U.S.State Department.

U.S., European officials visit Fatah training base in Jordan

Last update - 17:09 25/12/2006 U.S., European officials visit Fatah training base in Jordan By Reuters

United States and European officials have visited a base in Jordan where Fatah is training troops to reinforce Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in any showdown with Hamas, sources familiar with the visits said on Monday.

Up to 1,000 members of the Jordan-based Badr Brigade would initially be deployed in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank as part of U.S.-backed efforts to strengthen the moderate Palestinian leader's hold on power.

The Bush administration is seeking congressional support to provide up to $100 million to bolster Abbas' presidential guard and expand his control over strategic border crossings.

The United States recently sent a mid-level U.S. official to visit a Badr training facility in Jordan for informal discussions, a European diplomat and other sources said.

Sources familiar with the plan said U.S. money would not be used to provide the presidential guard with "lethal" equipment.

But Israeli officials say Washington has been instrumental in helping organize shipments of guns and ammunition to the presidential guard from Egypt and Jordan.

The sources said Badr's deployment may not start for several months because the force needs substantial amounts of new military equipment and training. Badr would reinforce Abbas's presidential guard and other Fatah-dominated security services.

U.S. officials declined to comment on the matter.

George Bush, I am sorry I voted for you!

You will end your Presidency with Jewish blood on your hands as you seek to build your legacy.

May G-D give you justice in this world and the one to come for your actions.

IDF Advises Against Removing Judea, Samaria Checkpoints

IDF Advises Against Removing Judea, Samaria Checkpoints 17:09 Dec 25, '06 / 4 Tevet 5767 by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

IDF Central Command strongly warns against removing checkpoint roadblocks in Judea and Samaria. The defense minister agrees, but the prime minister already made the offer to the PA's Abu Mazen.

At their meeting on Saturday, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offered Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) several gestures meant to strengthen the Fatah leader's position against the popular Islamist Hamas leadership. Among them was the removing of some of the 400 IDF checkpoints currently operational in Judea and Samaria. The prime minister told Abu Mazen he would personally see to it that the roadblocks are removed, and he issued instructions to the army, by way of Defense Minister Amir Peretz, to draft a plan for their removal.

However, at a meeting between Defense Minister Peretz, Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh and IDF Central Command Officer Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh on Sunday night, Naveh expressed the military's position that the checkpoint roadblocks are necessary for preventing terrorist attacks. He strongly advised against a detailed proposal by Deputy Defense Minister Sneh to remove 27 such checkpoints.

In order to fulfill the diplomatic promise made by the prime minister, Naveh proposed an alternative of moderately easing up on the checks performed at the army roadblocks. In this way, according to the Central Command officer, the civilian population would benefit without the complete removal of a necessary security mechanism.

Defense Minister Peretz accepted Maj.-Gen. Naveh's reservations and did not recommend implementing Sneh's original proposal. Prime Minister Olmert is to formally decide on the order to remove IDF checkpoints in Judea and Samaria by Monday afternoon or evening.

The army has expressed the concern that PA terrorist organizations will take advantage of the Israeli concessions in order to transport weapons and terrorists from sector to sector in Judea and Samaria. Such freedom of movement, security sources say, makes the task of preventing and disrupting terrorist activities, as well as capturing wanted PA terrorists, more difficult.

By Monday morning, even Deputy Defense Minister Sneh was backing away from his original proposal to completely remove certain IDF checkpoints. He told Voice of Israel Radio that there were other solutions, such as "letting all cars pass through unless there are concrete warnings" of terrorist activity.

When the master in Washington calls, the dog must bark, and Jews will die.

This is all part of President Bush's push to make the Palestinians into something they are not. Just as Neville Chamberlain tried to make Hitler into someone he was not, Bush will fail. The Palestinians are todays Nazis, and all the wishing from the White House will not turn them into Quakers.

Just as Bush has 100% messed up the war on terror and America is less safe today than it was pre 9-11, his efforts to make Abbas into a leader that will seek peace will result in Hamas attacking America and American targets. So that in the end it will not be just dead Jews that result from these efforts to get rid of Hamas it will also be dead Americans.

Welcome to our world.

Knesset budget shrinks, MK salaries boosted

Knesset budget shrinks, MK salaries boosted

Knesset’s 2007 budget about NIS 426 million, down from past year’s NIS 433 million budget, but Knesset members’ salaries to increase as they are indexed to average salary, which is expected to rise 2.5 percent on January 1. In addition, MKs’ car maintenance budget to increase by NIS 600,000

The Knesset’s 2007 budget is about NIS 7 million, although government expenditures are actually on the rise. Most notably, Knesset members’ salaries will increase by NIS 280,000 (USD 66,700), and their car maintenance and leasing plans will increase NIS 600,000 (USD 143,000).

Allowances for living accommodations and rent in Jerusalem for MKs hailing from far distances will increase by NIS 800,000 (USD 190,500).

The Knesset Budget Committee (that is in joint operations with the Knesset House Committee and the Finance Committee) will discuss, and likely approve, the NIS 426 million (USD 101.5 million) budget Monday. This is a decrease from the past year’s NIS 433 million (USD 103.1 million) budget. By law, the committee decision is not under the control of the Finance Ministry.

The cost-cutting efforts made by Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik and Knesset Director-General Avi Balashnikov (a new post as of six months ago) have already started to crumble.

About NIS 9 million (about USD 2 million) have been returned to State coffers as a donation for the war effort in Lebanon. Costly workers are being sent on early retirement.

Joint expenditures are being mercilessly slashed, not least of all in order to feed the massive yearly expenditure racked up by the new Knesset TV channel. This medium started its way in this world as a NIS 15 million (USD 3.5 million) expenditure, and has crept this year to NIS 19 million (USD 4.5 million).

Apparently, the more they get fed, the stronger their appetite, and the channel wanted an even bigger slice of the budget next year, but Itzik showed them the door.

So why is it that MKs’ salaries are going to increase in the coming year, to a hefty grand total NIS 50.6 million (USD 12 million) of the budget? Because MKs are included in the club of functionaries of government institutions and the public sector, whose salaries are indexed to the average salary, which is slated to rise next week by 2.5 percent.

The Knesset only finances the salaries and expenditures of 94 out of the 120 Knesset members. The Cabinet pays for the salaries of ministers and deputy ministers.

The MKs and ministers who severed allowances for the elderly (about NIS 1,200, or USD 285, per month) from the lucrative average salary index, never thought to do the same in regards to their own salaries (about NIS 32,000 – 36,000, or USD 7,600 – 8,500) as an act of social solidarity, which apparently is only worthwhile while preaching their morality to others over the Knesset podium and in the media.

And why is their car leasing budget going to grow by NIS 8 million (USD 1.9 million). Because of the new leasing rate of New Kopel-Sixt, which didn’t prevent the company from winning the Knesset tender once again. In exchange, the company provided new vehicles, no less than 90 cars of the top Mazda 5 and 6, Ford Mondeo, and Volkswagon Jetta models, three months ago.

The Knesset calculated that the new leasing system is still cheaper than the cost of maintaining a private car. Only a few MKs still cling to the old system. Those who prefer leasing enjoy trips on the house, and have racked up impressive mileage.

And, while they’re not to blame for the rise in gas prices, it is no coincidence that they are trying to block the Finance Ministry’s plan to increase the worth of private use of the car, which will double the taxes they pay on it.

Reportedly, parliamentary aides will receive a salary boost as well.

Zvi Lavi
Published: 12.25.06, 16:36

Who serves who, is the question are the members of Knesset public servants or is the public the servant of the Knesset.

When benefits to the most needy segments of society are bring cut the salary and benefits of these self serving pigs is being raised.

But yet the Israli public is silent, you really do get the government you deserve.

December 24, 2006

Follow The $

Carter's Arab Financiers Revealed 22:34 Dec 24, '06 / 3 Tevet 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Former American President Jimmy Carter's activist foundation received hundreds of millions of dollars from Arab countries, the Washington Times reported. The Bank of Credit and Commerce International, founded by Pakistani Agha Hasan Abedi, helped the ex-President establish the Carter Center.

Abedi had said he wanted the bank to be "the best bridge to help the world of
Islam, and the best way to fight the evil influence of the Zionists."

Follow the money, Baker and now Carter, bought off by the Muslims to help destroy Israel and the Jewish people.

May G-D give them justice in this world and the one to come.

Report: U.S. Blocking Weapons to Israel, Relations Worsening

Report: U.S. Blocking Weapons to Israel, Relations Worsening
15:35 Dec 24, '06 / 3 Tevet 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Relations between Israel and the Bush administration have worsened to the point that the United States has blocked arms and technology transfers to Israel the past three months, according to the authoritative Mideast Newsline.

The report quoted unnamed sources in both countries that relations have soured since the Hizbullah terrorist war last summer. The U.S. was expecting Israel to fulfill its announced intentions of beating back Hizbullah and rescuing two kidnapped IDF soldiers.

American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had stated that there would be no ceasefire until the soldiers were returned but had to back down after Hizbullah withstood an Israeli offensive and killed and wounded dozens of soldiers. The Americans also have expressed disappointment and even anger for anti-terrorist incursions that resulted in a high number of civilian casualties in Lebanon and in the Gaza area.

"Nobody will say openly that there is a problem," a government source told Mideast Newsline, "but there is a serious problem that reflects the marginalization of Israel in U.S. strategy."

Hamas threatens attacks on US


Hamas threatens attacks on US

Terrorist warns 'Middle East is full of American targets'

Members of Hamas are debating whether to carry out attacks against the United States and may hit American targets if the US continues to support Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' call for new elections, Hamas leaders told WND in a series of interviews.

"There is no doubt that Abu Mazen (Abbas) was encouraged to decide early elections after receiving American promises to support him politically and military," Abu Abdullah, a leader of Hamas' Izz al-Din al-Qassam Martyrs' Brigades, the group's declared "resistance" department, told WND.

The terror leader accused the US of instigating a Palestinian civil war.

"Here the Americans did not support the elections, they actually gave their support and their encouragement to a Palestinian civil war. It is our duty to prove to the Americans that they chose the wrong policy exactly like it is the case in Iraq," said Abu Abdullah, considered one of the most important operational members of Hamas' so-called military wing.

Abu Abdullah told WND Hamas has not yet decided to attack the US, "but one cannot guarantee that this will be the situation if the conspiracy of chasing our government succeeds."

Asked which US targets Hamas would hit, Abu Abdullah replied, "Do you think that I can give you an answer to this question? I can say that the Middle East is full of American targets and the world has had the occasion to learn what are the weapons of the anti-American forces in the region."

In a move widely seen as an attempt to dismantle the Hamas-led government, Abbas' last weekend called for new Palestinian elections, prompting violent clashes in the Gaza Strip between Hamas and Abbas' Fatah party.

Hamas, which won parliamentary elections in January, has threatened to boycott the proposed new elections, calling them "illegitimate."

Hamas-Fatah clashes in Gaza have killed at least 16 Palestinians the past five days.

According to multiple reports, the US has been arming and training Fatah militants to bolster them in clashes against Hamas.

A number of Hamas members, including Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, have claimed in recent days Abbas' call for new elections was orchestrated with the US.

Several Hamas leaders told WND meetings were held in recent weeks in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to discuss the possibility of targeting the US due to its perceived support of Fatah against Hamas.

Abu Abdullah told WND Hamas' political decision for now is to try to convince the international community, including the US, they must "recognize and respect the democratic choices of the Palestinian people and to respect its government."

But, he said, if new elections indeed are held, "I would not be surprised if a change takes place in our present policy regarding attacks against American targets in the region."

"We are saying that in case of a scenario where elections are something concrete and not a political threat like it seems to be now, there is a real possibility that resistance forces in the region will hit American targets. The US is maintaining its support to the idea of the elections and so is the American servant (British Prime Minister) Tony Blair," Abu Abdullah said.

Aaron Klein, WND
Published: 12.24.06, 18:05

The interference of America in a fair and open election that did not go according to what America wanted is a very big problem for all of us. America in order to give President Bush a victory in his vision of a new Middle East is violating the very principles that America stands for.

America by backing Abbas with guns and money in an effort to over throw the democratically elected government of Hamas will with no doubt cost American lives.

Sderot: Qassam lands near kindergarten

Sderot: Qassam lands near kindergarten

Rocket fired from northern Gaza Strip lands in Sderot neighborhood, damages electric pole and structure used as kindergarten. Several children were inside building when Qassam hit

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 12.24.06, 20:33
A Qassam rocket was fired Sunday from the northern Gaza Strip and landed in a Sderot neighborhood, near a kindergarten. Several children were inside the kindergarten at the time of the attack.

The building and an electric pole were damaged, as well as some of the street lighting in the area.

ON Sunday morning residents of Sderot and Gaza vicinity communities again woke to the sound of the alert system, shortly after which a loud explosion was heard as a result of a Qassam that landed and exploded nearby a kibbutz belonging to the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council.

A second rocket landed shortly after near a kibbutz in the area. No injuries or damages were reported in either case. A third rocket was fired in the afternoon.

An additional four rockets were launched towards the western Negev throughout the weekend. One boy from Sderot was lightly injured by shrapnel.

December 23, 2006

PA official: Israel to release USD 100 million in frozen funds

PA official: Israel to release USD 100 million in frozen funds

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told a Ramallah press conference following Saturday’s meeting between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that Israel will release USD 100 million in frozen in tax rebates to the Palestinians and other funds it had frozen after Hamas came to power earlier this year.

The leaders agreed on the establishment of three joint committees: A committee to deal with the prisoners release issue, a security committee to discuss the expansion of the ceasefire to the West Bank and the possibility of transferring additional towns to Palestinian control, and a financial committee tasked with settling the crossings issue and the transfer of funds to the Palestinian Authority.

However, the senior official added, the issue of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit’s release was not discussed so as not to hinder the Egyptians’ mediation efforts.

“They discussed in detail the situation of the Palestinian ministers and legislators held in Israel,” Erekat said.

Erekat said Abbas and Olmert agreed that an additional NIS 35 million (about USD 8 million) would be transferred to Palestinian hospitals in Jerusalem.

Erekat added that additional meetings between the sides are expected.

“Now it is important that we strengthen the calm; we made it clear that violence leads to more violence and that the raids and killings will not bring security,” he said.

Erekat said Abbas and Olmert also agreed on the easing of restrictions currently imposed on the Palestinians, mainly those pertaining to the border crossings.

According to the agreement, 400 containers will be allowed entry into the Strip on a daily basis.

Erekat said the first issue raised during the meeting was the situation in Jerusalem and the need to avoid unilateral steps in the capital, especially with regards to the construction of the security fence.

According to him, Abbas also spoke of the wanted Palestinians and the need to allow them to lead a reasonable life and integrate into society.

December 22, 2006

Enough Said


At least three hurt in clashes between Hamas, Fatah in Nablus

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At least three hurt in clashes between Hamas, Fatah in Nablus
By Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondent, and Agencies

Gunmen loyal to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah opened fire on Hamas members in the West Bank city of Nablus on Friday, wounding at least three people, hospital officials and witnesses said.

At least one of the wounded was said to be in very serious condition.

They said the gunmen opened fire as about 200 Hamas activists and armed men were preparing for a rally in the city of Nablus. There was no immediate comment from Fatah.

Violence between the rival factions has erupted since Abbas called for early elections a week ago. The two sides agreed on a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip earlier this week, following days of fighting that killed 10 people there.

Despite the two-day-old truce, a series of heavy gunbattles between Hamas and Fatah militants broke out in Gaza City early Friday.

The gunfights erupted near the Hamas-controlled Foreign Ministry and the Gaza residence of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, of Fatah. The fighting died down after about 20 minutes, as Muslim clerics and other mediators worked to restore the cease-fire. Abbas was not in Gaza at the time.

This is not a civil war as some like to say, understand that in a week of fighting their has only been 10 people killed.

When we view the picture above, we must ask what kind of people and society let their children shoot guns on the street like this kid is doing?

I am all for children learning to shoot as mine did, but they learned on a gun range not on the streets of a major city.

Bush signs law banning aid to Hamas government

Bush signs law banning aid to Hamas government

Aid contingent upon recognizing Israel, making 'demonstrable progress' at purging political system of ties to terror, stopping incitement

President Bush on Thursday signed into law legislation restricting aid to the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority until it recognizes Israel's right to exist, makes financial reforms and takes other steps.

The US House of Representatives approved the bill in May, by a majority of 361 to 37, with 9 abstentions.

The objective of the bill is to dry the Hamas government of funds, thus leading to a breakdown of the government or a change in its stance.

"This legislation reflects our continued concern over the failure of the current government to renounce violence and terror, recognize Israel and respect its previous agreements and obligations," a White House official said.

In order for the Palestinian Authority to receive funding, the president must declare to Congress that the following conditions have been met:

Firstly, no ministry, agency, or instrumentality of the Palestinian Authority is effectively controlled by Hamas, unless Hamas has publicly acknowledged the Jewish state of Israel's right to exist and "committed itself and is adhering to all previous agreements and understandings with the United States Government, with the Government of Israel, and with the international community," including the Road Map.

Secondly, that the Hamas-controlled PA has made "demonstrable progress" toward purging individuals with ties to terrorism from its security services, dismantling all terrorist infrastructure with its jurisdiction, confiscating unauthorized weapons, arresting and bringing terrorists to justice, destroying unauthorized arms factories, thwarting and preempting terrorist attacks, and fully cooperating with Israel's security services.

Under this clause, they must also halt "anti-American and anti-Israel incitement in Palestinian Authority-controlled electronic and print media and in schools, mosques, and other institutions it controls, and (replace) educational materials, including textbooks, with materials that promote peace, tolerance, and coexistence with Israel."

Likewise, they must ensure democracy, the rule of law and an independent judiciary, as well as adopting democratic reforms such as financial transparency and accountability of government ministries and operations.

The United States, the European Union and others who regard Hamas as a terrorist group, have already cut off official direct aid to the government.

Despite this ban, the United States has been able to bypass the Hamas government and provide $468 million in humanitarian aid, primarily delivered by non-governmental organizations.

The new law Bush signed on Thursday does permit the continued flow of humanitarian aid for Palestinians and groups not linked to Hamas, like Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah party.

Let's cut through to the heart of the matter, the USA has given $468 million in aid to the Palestinians and they are seeking to over turn an election by this move.

Is democracy good only when the people that you back win the election, President Bush?

Isn't the problem that you think that the election of Hamas by the Palestinians points out the error in your policy of democracy brings peace.

Also how can you back a terror group Fatah that was formed in 1964, three years prior to the 6 Day war that brought "moledit" the heartland of biblical Israel into the hands of the Jewish people, and was formed to destroy Israel and murder every single Jew in Israel and still stands for these goals.

The signing of this law is the same as the signing of the law that states the embassy of the USA must be moved to Jerusalem, it is America once again playing both sides against the middle.

America either be a true friend of Israel which means standing with us against the Nazi's of today, the Palestinians that not only murder Jewish children but as we have seen this week they now murder their own children. But what can you hope to get from a society that praises their children that blow themselves up in order to murder Jews.

America you must choose bless Israel and continue to receive G-D's blessing or continue to play games and risk being a chapter in history.

December 21, 2006

Exclusive: Syria builds 'death trap' villages along border in preparation for war


ec. 21, 2006 23:34 | Updated Dec. 22, 2006 1:43
Exclusive: Syria builds 'death trap' villages along border in preparation for war

Warning that Israel may face a "Syrian intifada," a high-ranking officer in Northern Command has told The Jerusalem Post that villages recently built by Syria along the border are planned to be used as "death traps" for IDF troops in Hizbullah-inspired attacks.

Since this summer's war in Lebanon, Syria, the officer revealed, has invested large amounts of money in replicating Hizbullah military tactics, particularly in establishing additional commando units and fortifying its short- and long-range missile array.

The idea is to draw Israel into an asymmetric war, the officer said, like the warfare the IDF encounters in combat against the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as well as against Hizbullah in Lebanon.

Over the past two years, Syria has built a number of villages along the border with Israel, some inhabited and some not. At first, the IDF was not sure of their purpose. But now, following the war, the officer said, it was understood.

"Syria drew motivation from Hizbullah's surprise success this summer," the high-ranking officer said. "They now want to copy that type of guerrilla warfare."

While for years it was assumed that Israel had a major edge against Syria's military with regard to a conventional war - tank versus tank, jet versus jet - in an urban setting, the Syrian military would be able, the officer said, to wreak havoc against IDF infantry and armored units like Hizbullah did.

According to the officer, Syria has drawn three major lessons from the war and has begun to implement them. The first is that rockets - 4,000 struck northern Israel during the 33-days of fighting - can paralyze the home front. The second is that antitank missiles can penetrate the Merkava tank and force infantry units to abandon armored personnel carriers and trek into enemy territory by foot. And the third is that in villages and cities the Israeli Air Force's abilities are limited and IDF ground forces can be defeated.

During the war, the IDF fell into several deadly ambushes in southern Lebanese villages; one in Bint Jbail killed eight soldiers from Battalion 51 of the Golani Brigade.

The Syrian military, the officer said, was conducting urban warfare exercises in preparation for the possibility of a war with Israel. The IDF has also dramatically increased its training regiments and has, at all times, between two-to-three brigades training in the Golan Heights.

Lacking clear intelligence regarding Syrian intelligence, the officer said that the Northern Command's "working assumption" was that there was a possibility of war and there was a need to prepare accordingly.

While defense officials have crisscrossed in recent weeks concerning the sincerity of Syrian President Bashar Assad's offer of peace, the top officer said that, according to "all the signs," Syria was preparing for war with Israel. The Syrian military has beefed-up forces along the Golan Heights and Israel has done the same. In the Hermon, for instance, the IDF has doubled the number of troops.

"The feeling is unfortunately that another round is needed before we will be able to engage in a dialogue or peace talks with Syria," the officer said. "It is like with the Egyptians. The war in 1973 was what made it partially possible for [Egyptian president Anwar] Sadat to come to Israel."

Syria, the officer said, has since the war ended, transferred truckloads of weapons and missiles to Hizbullah. Due to the convoys, Hizbullah, he said, was almost back at its full strength where it was before the war with Israel.

I am glad that someone has learned from the war in Lebanon, oh wait the wrong side has learned from the war. So while Syria and Hizballah get ready for round two of the war, Israel does NOTHING.

How many votes of no confidence have occurred in the Knesset over the mismanagement of the war so we can remove Olmert from office?


Where is Bibi?

Where is the right wing?

Where is Lieberman?

G-D help Israel.

Gunbattles again erupt in Gaza City

Dec. 22, 2006 2:38 Gunbattles again erupt in Gaza City By ASSOCIATED PRESS GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip

Gunbattles break out between Hamas and Fatah in Gaza City

A brief but ferocious gunbattle between Hamas and Fatah militants broke out in Gaza City early Friday, underscoring the fragility of a two-day-old truce between the rival factions.

The street battle, which encompassed the house of Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar of Hamas and the Gaza residence of President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, died down after about 20 minutes as Muslim clerics and other mediators worked to restore the cease-fire. Abbas was not in Gaza at the time.

Despite the scale and intensity of the fighting, no one was wounded, health officials said.

The violence started after two Hamas militants, including a senior member of the Islamic group, were kidnapped late Thursday night, security officials said. The kidnappers fired assault rifles, injuring a bystander.

Hamas blamed the kidnapping on a clan affiliated with Fatah that was trying to avenge the killing of two of its members in an earlier round of factional fighting.

That wave of violence, which broke out last week, killed 16 people and left dozens injured across Gaza, before a truce took effect Tuesday night.

But the new violence broke out when Hamas militiamen tried to free the two kidnapped fighters and engaged in a firefight with the Fatah-affiliated militants behind the abductions, Hamas officials said.

In the tense atmosphere pervading Gaza, the fight quickly spread out of control, encompassing the presidential guard outside Abbas' house, other security officers in the area and the Hamas militiamen guarding Zahar's home and the nearby Foreign Ministry building.

Gunmen manning strategic positions on rooftops began shooting at others in the streets.

The presidential guard took up defensive positions behind newly built walls of sandbags and barriers of cement blocs outside Abbas' residence.

Hamas officials said the Fatah gunmen shot at Zahar's home.

One witness estimated that more than 2,000 bullets were fired in the first 10 minutes and several rocket-propelled grenades were also launched.

Residents of the neighborhood, the scene of other gunbattles over the past week, put their children in their bathtubs for protection against stray bullets, residents said. Others tucked themselves in corners for safety.

Peres: ‘Not Afraid. More Kassams Will Come.’

Peres: ‘Not Afraid. More Kassams Will Come.’ 03:05 Dec 22, '06 / 1 Tevet 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Elder statesman and Vice Premier Shimon Peres told members at a meeting of the Kadima faction Thursday night that he does not expect the rocket attacks from Gaza to end in the near future.

Peres described himself as a “happy, optimistic person,” during the meeting, and said, “I am not afraid. There will be more Kassams. We cannot stop them all at once.”

It is easy to not be afraid when you don't live in the range of the rockets. The is the same as if I were to say I am not afraid of being killed by a wild elephant since I live no where near any elephants.

Where is the love of his fellow Jews and concern for them as part of being part of the same family.

Peretz tells IDF to prevent rockets, but uphold truce

Peretz tells IDF to prevent rockets, but uphold truce By Nir Hasson, Avi Issacharoff, Amos Harel and Aluf Benn, Haaretz Correspondents and Israel Radio

Defense Minister Amir Peretz on Thursday ordered military and defense establishment officials to take action to prevent Qassam fire without bringing about a collapse of the cease-fire in effect since last month.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday fired six Qassam rockets at Israel, two of which landed in the center of the Western Negev town of Sderot.

The first strike on the city, which occurred in the early evening, shattered some windows on a local structure, and several people were treated for shock. Another rocket fired shortly afterward also hit an area in the center of town, sending pieces of shrapnel flying into a bus. Three people were taken to hospital due to ringing in their ears.

Islamic Jihad confirmed firing the rocket in a phone call to The Associated Press in Gaza.

Peretz is an idiot, 40 rockets have fallen on Israel and this stupid man still talks of cease fire. It is time for Israel to go to war against the Palestinians.

Gaza: Al-Zahar's bodyguard kidnapped; civilian killed

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Gaza: Al-Zahar's bodyguard kidnapped; civilian killed

Violence in PA continues to surge: Fire exchanges between Hamas loyalists, relatives of two Fatah members who were killed this week result in death of bystander, abduction of foreign minister's bodyguard

The bodyguard of Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar was kidnapped Thursday night, and a Palestinian civilian was killed in fire exchanges in the Gaza City neighborhood of Sabra.

Thursday's is not the first abduction to take place since the violent clashes between Hamas and Fatah erupted several weeks ago. Former Minister Sufian Abu Zaydeh, a senior Fatah official, was kidnapped in Jabalya at the beginning of the week and released about an hour and-a-half later.

Ali Waked
Published: 12.22.06, 00:30

40 Rockets hit Israel Since Start of "Truce"


Qassam lands next to Sderot school

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 12.21.06, 18:55

A youth movement after-school activity was taking place inside the community center at the time the rocket struck.

One of the workers at the community center told Ynet that "the children who attend after-school classes were at the community center at the time the Qassam landed. We assembled them afterwards."

The rocket caused some damage to the school located next to the community center: Windshields were shattered and the building sustained slight damages.

The al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad's military wing, claimed responsibility for the shooting.

Her brother Gal, who was close to the place where the rocket landed, said: "We were driving and suddenly heard the Color Red alert. We ran quickly to the community center and stood close to the wall. I looked up to see where the rocket will fall, I saw a flare and then heard a blast. It was really frightening, we were thrown against the wall and the Qassam landed right behind us, on a basketball court next to the community center and the school."

Kobi Cohen, another witness, described the attack: "There was a huge explosion. The Qassam landed in the community center's basketball court. There were no children in the area."

The recent attack brings the number of rockets fired at Israel since Wednesday noon to 11.

Three Qassam rockets were fired at Israel Thursday morning, following seven rockets launched Wednesday.

Two of the rockets fired Thursday landed in Palestinian territory, and one landed in Israel.

The Sderot Municipality reported that the Color Red alert system identified the launching of a rocket at the western Negev at about 6:20 a.m.

Wednesday saw a record number of Qassam rockets launched in one day during the ceasefire which was declared last month. In total, seven rockets were fired on Wednesday and during the night, landing in the western Negev.

At least 40 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip since the truce came into force.

40 rockets have slammed into Israel since the "truce" came into effect.

It is time for Israel to go to all out war and to release the IDF on Gaza with the orders of do not come back home until the problem is solved and you have crushed the enemy of the Jewish people. Gaza must be made safe enough for an 8 month pregnant Jewish woman to be able to take her other children for a walk in the center of Gaza with no fear.

If you think this is not possible Ariel Sharon did it in 1969, when he commanded the area.

Muslim Terrorists at War with Ethiopia

Muslim Terrorists at War with Ethiopia 18:38 Dec 21, '06 / 30 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) A long-feared war, which may spread throughout Africa, has broken out between Ethiopian-backed Somali troops and Muslim terrorists, Reuters News Agency reported. Rival terrorists have been fighting for more than decade for control of Somalia. Muslim terrorists say they are at war with Ethiopia and not with Somalia, which has been languishing in anarchy amidst the terrorists' battles.

Hundreds have been killed, according to each side. The full-scale war broke out after Ethiopia refused an ultimatum by the Islamic Courts Council of Somalia to withdraw its troops, which have been supporting the Somali government.

Intelligence analysts have reported that Al Qaeda has set up training bases in Somalia and is trying to spread its influence throughout the continent.

I pray that both the USA and Isral come to the aid of Ethiopia, they are some of the best people I have ever known.

G-D's speed and victory for Ethiopia.

Israel Treats PA Officers Wounded in Militia War

Israel Treats PA Officers Wounded in Militia War 21:54 Dec 21, '06 / 30 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Palestinian Authority (PA) militiamen wounded in the militia war with Hamas were treated in an Israeli hospital, according to the Hebrew daily Yediot Aharonot.

Barzali Hospital in Ashkelon has treated the wounded, who were not taken to the Shifa medical facility Gaza because they belonged to various other terror organizations.

Wait a second I thought Israel was such a bad place, I mean Jimmy Carter says it is, James Baker says Israel is the root of all of America's problems in the Middle East and the cause of Islamic terrorism. So how can it be that we treat Arabs wounded by Arabs in our hospital.

December 20, 2006

6 Qassams land in Negev


6 Qassams land in Negev

No injuries, damage reported in rocket attacks; Al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, says launchings response to IDF’s killing of its members; ‘We promise to strike the enemy twice as hard for the breach (of the ceasefire). We will increase the horror in the hearts of the Jews and their cowardly army,’ group says in statement

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 12.20.06, 16:25

Palestinians in Gaza fired six Qassam rockets toward the western Negev since noon Wednesday. No injuries or damage were reported.

At around 4 p.m. two rockets landed in the Suffa crossing area, and earlier two more Qassams were fired toward Sderot but landed in open areas outside the city. The fifth rocket landed near a kibbutz in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council, while the sixth landed at 4:15 p.m. south of Ashkelon.

Defense Minister Amir Peretz said on Wednesday evening that Israel will rethink its policy of restraint should Palestinian terror groups continue to breach the ceasefire. He noted that the continuous fire of Qassam rockets from Gaza into Israel is a blatant violation of the ceasefire. "Israel has no intention to gamble with the safety of its citizens, there is a limit to our restraint," said Peretz.

The Al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, said it was behind the attacks, which the terror group claims came in response to the killing of its members near Jenin.

Al-Quds said the group is planning to carry out more revenge attacks in the future.

“The series of revenge attacks has begun,” a statement issued by the organization said. “We claim responsibility for the rocket attacks, and promise to strike the enemy twice as hard for the breach (of the ceasefire). We will increase the horror in the hearts of the Jews and their cowardly army.”

How long are the three stoogies of Olmert, Peretz and Halutz going to put Jews at risk?

How many rockets need to fall on Israel before they do something?


December 19, 2006

Baker accused of skirting US sanctions on Saddam

Baker accused of skirting US sanctions on Saddam

Businessman charges former US secretary of state used middleman to 'sell out' Israel for profit

Aaron Klein, WND
Published: 12.19.06, 20:27

The law firm at which former US Secretary of State James Baker is a senior partner used an Israeli middleman to bypass US sanctions on Iraq and push through a multimillion-dollar collection effort involving the regime of Saddam Hussein, according to an Israeli businessman who said he mediated the deal.

Nir Gouaz, president of Caesar Global Securities in Israel , told WND that Baker's firm, Houston-based Baker Botts, made about USD 30 million collecting funds owed to a South Korean company by the Iraqi government at the peak of American sanctions imposed against Baghdad.

Gouaz told WND he decided to come forward with details of the alleged transactions after the release earlier this month of a report by the Iraq Study Group, a commission headed by Baker that recommended an eventual US withdrawal from Iraq and dialogue with Iran and Syria .

The report also urged Israel to withdraw from the West Bank and eastern sections of Jerusalem, and to sign a deal with Syria in which the Jewish state would vacate the Golan Heights, strategic mountainous territory twice used by Damascus to launch ground invasions into Israel.

"As a citizen of Israel I cannot just sit by and watch the hypocrisy being spewed by Baker," said Gouaz. "If Baker was still a private citizen I could keep his business dealings private, but now he is involved in diplomacy that sells out Israel. People need to understand he is acting out of economic considerations."

Gouaz provided WND with documentation indicating he mediated the Iraqi debt deal. He first spoke out this weekend in an interview with Israel's Maariv daily newspaper during which he passed a polygraph lie detector test.

Gouaz said he was tapped in 1998 by Jeffrey Stonerock, a senior partner at Baker Botts, to serve as a middleman in the collection of USD 1.65 billion in debt owned to Korea's Hyundai Engineering by the Iraqi government.

Hyundai had completed a series of major infrastructure projects in Iraq, including the construction of roads, railways and power plants and was supposed to be paid in Iraqi government bonds, but in the wake of the Gulf War, Saddam suspended payments to suppliers.

Gouaz said Iraq's failure to pay threatened the future of Hyundai.

Gouaz said he was asked to mediate the collection efforts to evade sanctions on Iraq, which did not apply to Israelis.

He said he met initially with Baker and that the former secretary of state was involved in the collection deal.

Gouaz said he was asked by Baker's firm to meet with Shaiker Tawfik Fakoury, the president of the Bank of Jordan, which agreed to purchase the Iraqi government bonds from Hyundai at a lowered rate and resell them to the Iraqis at a profit in exchange for oil.

He said the Jordanian bank in July 2000 bought the Iraqi bonds from Hyundai using the services of Baker's firm at the price of USD 272 million. The Bank of Jordan, he claimed, then resold the bonds to Iraq for about USD 450 million in oil.

Gouaz said he estimated the Baker Botts law firm made about USD 33 million in fees for its services in the transactions.

He said it was "clear" from his communications with all parties involved that Baker's firm established the bonds exchange through Jordan using an Israeli middleman to bypass sanctions on Iraq.

"The point of involving me and setting up the collection as it was done was to get around the sanctions," Gouaz said.

Gouaz would not disclose how much money he personally made in the deal.

Gouaz provided WND with a copy of a letter dated July 11, 2000, from Hyundai executives thanking him for his efforts in mediating the collection deal. He also gave WND a copy of an Iraqi government bond from 1989 for USD 11 million he said was part of Hyundai's collection efforts.

Baker Botts released a statement to WND saying the firm has "no knowledge" of whether the purported transaction described by Gouaz ever occurred.

The statement said Baker Botts' role in the supposed transactions as described by Gouaz and the payment Gouaz said the firm received are inaccurate.

Mike Cinelli, a public relations manager at Baker Botts, denied Baker was involved in the purported transactions Gouaz described.

Cinelli pointed to a press release on Hyundai's website from 2005 stating the company did not yet receive funds owed by the Iraqi government.

But Gouaz supplied WND with pictures of what he said was the signing ceremony in 2000 in which Hyundai's Iraqi government bonds were sold.

In 2003, President Bush appointed Baker as special envoy to aid in the recovery of debt from Iraq. He was specifically tasked with trying to persuade the international community to forgive large sums of debt.

A number of media reports pointed out Baker simultaneously was working with commercial companies trying to recover money from Iraq and that the former secretary of state might have conflicts of interest with his role as envoy.

Baker's firm represents the government of Saudi Arabia, the country claiming the largest amount of debt from Iraq. Also according to London's Guardian newspaper and the Nation magazine in New York, the Carlyle Group is involved in efforts to recover nearly USD 27 billion on behalf of the Kuwaiti government. Baker is a partner at Carlyle.

Baker has publicly brushed aside the criticism, saying he has agreed to forego earnings from clients with obvious connections to the Iraqi debt.

Fatah Ultimatum to Hamas

Fatah Ultimatum to Hamas
18:19 Dec 19, '06 / 28 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Fatah militia leaders have issued an ultimatum to Hamas to clear its armed men from the streets in Gaza within 24 hours or face repercussions on its forces in Judea and Samaria.

In Gaza, Hamas forces have surrounded the building of Fatah intelligence officers. Fighting between the warring factions has spread to Hevron and Samaria.

December 18, 2006

Renewed Gaza Gun Fighting Traps People inside Mosque

Renewed Gaza Gun Fighting Traps People inside Mosque
06:27 Dec 19, '06 / 28 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) A gun battle raging at this moment near the Shiba Hospital in Gaza City, and Muslims praying inside a Mosque are unable to leave because of the danger, Voice of Israel government radio reported.

The fighting, after about five hours of relative quiet, put to rest ideas of a genuine ceasefire between rival terrorist organizations. Monday night, Hamas and Fatah terrorist leaders agreed to free hostages each side had taken during the day.

Mossad Chief: Syria More Prepared After Lebanon War

Mossad Chief: Syria More Prepared After Lebanon War
17:30 Dec 18, '06 / 27 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Syria is more prepared to enter into a conflict with Israel since the Jewish State’s failure to win a decisive victory against Hizbullah terrorists in the second Lebanon War this summer, according to Mossad Chief Meir Dagan.

The security official told the Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee, “Israel’s military deterrence was damaged in the war. Therefore, Assad’s self-confidence grew,” he said. “They are prepared to take more risks than in the past.”

Dagan added there is now an increased likelihood that Syria will respond more promptly now to any perceived Israeli provocation than it might otherwise have done.

Day After Ceasefire: One Murder, 20 Kidnappings

Day After Ceasefire: One Murder, 20 Kidnappings
23:54 Dec 18, '06 / 27 Kislev 5767
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Hamas and Fatah terrorists forces ran amok Monday, making mincemeat out of a ceasefire that went no further than media microphones. Gun battles still are raging in central and northern Gaza.

Hamas forces kidnapped and then released as a "gesture of good will" Sufian Abu Zaydeh, former Fatah minister of prisoner affairs for the Palestinian Authority (PA). Shortly after his release, Fatah terrorists, who back PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, abducted 11 Hamas fighters in revenge.

Hamas said it snatched Zaydeh in retaliation for the earlier kidnapping by Fatah of Hamas official Emad De'eb.

Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades spokesmen said that Hamas "broke all the rules" by abducting Zaydeh and that the action was "the reddest line that has been crossed" in the intra-Arab battles, which have threatened to fray still further the war-torn fabric of Gaza society as splinter terror groups continue to act independently of agreements forged by rival gangs.

Gunmen killed one Fatah security officer during the day, and the tally at this hour is one dead, 20 kidnapped, including those released, and at least a dozen wounded.

One of the abductees is the brother of Palestinian Authority Fatah legislator Ala'a Yaghi. French and Arab news agencies reported that five Fatah and four Hamas members were kidnapped, besides the 11 Hamas fighters abducted late Monday.

Most of Monday night's fighting took place in the area of Jabalya, in northern Gaza, but a gunfight also broke out near the homes of Fatah strongman Mohamed Dahlan in Gaza City, and mortar bombs were fired in the morning at Abbas' Gaza home.

US endorses early Palestinian elections

Dec. 19, 2006 1:52

US endorses early Palestinian elections

The United States tentatively endorsed on Monday a call for early elections by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, a gamble he took to try to remove the Hamas government elected less than a year ago.

At the same time, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the Bush administration is trying to sell its plan to Congress to shore up security forces loyal to Abbas with money for salaries, training and logistical support.

McCormack also said it was unclear whether Abbas acted constitutionally in calling new presidential and parliamentary balloting as a way out of a violent confrontation between his Fatah movement and Hamas. He said Monday the vote could be within a few months, years ahead of schedule.

"My understanding of this is that - within the basic law - that this is not prohibited," McCormack said. "It's not specifically accounted for, but it's not prohibited."

Abbas' election suggestion on Saturday prompted demonstrations by thousands of Hamas supporters in the Gaza Strip and clashes between the two political camps that continued through Monday in a slew of kidnappings and violence.

"President Abbas is doing what he can, taking the steps that he thinks are prudent, to try to resolve this situation," McCormack said at his daily news briefing.

"He understands that the will of the Palestinian people is that they don't want to see the current situation continue. So he is taking steps that he believes are within his authority to try to resolve the political impasse."

Hamas overwhelmingly won democratic elections last January. The United States and other countries immediately severed all but humanitarian aid to the Palestinians, based on the militants' continued refusal to disavow terror, recognize Israel and accept Fatah agreements with the Jewish state under Yasser Arafat and Abbas.

"We support President Abbas in trying to work through this current impasse, and we certainly hope that the steps that he is taking can lead to a reduction in the violence," McCormack said Monday.

"It's sad to see some of the innocent lives being lost as a collateral effect of the political impasse that you see right now. So hopefully some of the steps that he is taking can lead to a breaking of that impasse and hopefully a calming of the situation in the Gaza," he said.

This is further proof that America has not a clue about how the Middle East works and it is also proof of the hypocrisy of America's policies in the Middle East.

George Bush if you remember adopted the ideas of Natan Sharansky on democracy in the Middle East, ideas which were flawed since they failed to understand the culture of the Middle East.

So America pushed for elections among the Palestinians and the result was the Palestinians voted in mass for Hamas. Now America seeks to over turn an election in an effort to get their puppet back in power. America thinks that Abbas their puppet will bring peace and a two State solution to end the war of Israel's survival.

This will only back fire on America, when America seeks once again give weapons and training to Fatah members as an effort to back Abbas we will see within days the weapons and training will be used to murder Jews.

When President Clinton did this we could, maybe excuse Clinton since this was the first time America invested in weapons and training in an attempt to strengthen Fatah against Hamas and Islamic Jihad. This is due to the Arabist in the State Department living the lie that Fatah wants peace and a two State solution rather than the destruction of Israel. The weapons and training was within days used to shoot .50 cal. sniper rifles into Jerusalem. The .50 cal rifles are so powerful that they can shoot though the cement walls of homes and apartment buildings plus though tank armor.

So now we have President George Bush walking down the same road and are asking Congress to approve funds for weapons and training. I want to be very clear about this; if America gives weapons to the Palestinians then George Bush will be guilty of the murder of the Jews that will as sure take place as the sun will come up over Jerusalem at the start of each day.

Lastly this move by America to back Abbas will result in terrorism against Israel by Hamas to prove that they are not part of the puppet regime of Abbas.

Bush delays moving US embassy to Jerusalem

Bush delays moving US embassy to Jerusalem

President Bush again overrules congressional decision to move US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Move has been signed 10 years ago, but keeps on being delayed. US official: Moving embassy to Jerusalem would complicate ability to help Israelis, Palestinians advance toward peace

United States President George W. Bush has delayed for another six months moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, citing national security interests, the White House said on Monday.

Congress enacted legislation in 1995 calling for the United States to move its embassy to Jerusalem, but the president can postpone the move every six months due to national security interests. The waiver has been used every six months since the law was passed.

Published: 12.18.06, 23:30

Israel must insist that America move the embassy to Jerusalem. Olmert should tell President Bush that their will be no movement on the road map until the embassy has been moved to Jerusalem.

December 17, 2006

Factional violence in Gaza continues despite truce


Last update - 03:33 18/12/2006 Factional violence in Gaza continues despite truce By Amos Harel, Avi Issacharoff and Akiva Eldar, Haaretz Correspondents, and Agencies

Violent clashes continued in the Gaza Strip late Sunday, even after officials from the feuding Hamas and Fatah factions announced that a cease-fire agreement had been reached.

Hamas official Ismail Rudwan said the groups had agreed to resume talks on forming a unity government, halt armed displays, return security forces to their headquarters, release men abducted by each side and end a siege of government ministries.

The truce was brokered by three small Palestinian factions - the Islamic Jihad, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

"Fatah is trying to control it's forces. We hope there will be a cease-fire. We have serious intentions of stopping the fighting," Fatah spokesman Tawfik Abu Khoussa said. "It is now up to the other side to
also stop firing."

But even after the truce was signed, gunfire could still be heard near Abbas' offices in Gaza City, witnesses said. Other bystanders reported a major gun battle near Fatah official Mohammed Dahlan's house in Gaza. Also, minutes after the cease-fire deal was announced, word came that a Palestinian Authority security officer abducted earlier in the day had been executed.

The agreement includes an end to the fighting, the removal of armed gunmen from the streets, an end to all demonstrations and incitement in the media, and the release of captives by both sides, said Salah Zidan, a senior official in the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Zidan said the factions have agreed to establish a joint committee to investigate the recent violence, including the attack on Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's convoy in Rafah late Thursday night.

The truce was announced at a press conference in Gaza City after midnight, but representatives of Fatah and Hamas did not appear at the conference, leaving the announcement to Rabbah Muhanna, a senior official in the small Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. "Both sides are serious about the agreement," Muhanna assured reporters.

(Click here for a timeline of factional violence in the Palestinian Authority over the last year).

Fatah boycotts press conference after officer executed
Fatah officials decided to boycott the joint press conference scheduled for Sunday night to protest the abduction and execution of the Palestinian Authority security officer, Adnan Rahmi.

The execution raised to three the number of Palestinians killed in a day of escalating violence between Hamas and Fatah.

Rahmi, a member of Fatah, was abducted by a group of armed militants in the Shaja'iya neighborhood in Gaza City, and his body was dumped at a hospital in northern Gaza.

Hamas gunmen opened fire at a large political rally by the rival Fatah movement earlier Sunday, wounding three people, Palestinian security officials said. An estimated 100,000 Fatah supporters were participating in the rally.

Also Sunday, two mortar shells were fired at a Force 17 postition near Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' residence in Gaza, wounding four members of the elite presidential guard. Abbas is currently in the West Bank.

A Fatah official accused Hamas of violating an agreement reached with Egyptian mediation, according to which Hamas was to withdraw its forces from several positions in the Gaza Strip. Nonetheless, the official said, after a short while Hamas militants fired the mortar shells at Abbas' guard.

The worsening violence comes a day after Abbas of Fatah issued a call for fresh elections. The PA chairman spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday by telephone and updated her on the violence.

Palestinian Legislative Council Speaker Abed al-Aziz Duaik called for the rival factions to lay down their arms Sunday.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar said Sunday the seizure of two of its ministries by forces loyal to Fatah in Gaza amounted to a "military coup."

Force 17, backed by members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a militant group loyal to Abbas's Fatah movement, took over the Hamas-run agriculture and transport ministries as they moved to secure a large swathe of central Gaza City around where Abbas has a home.

Angered by the move, forces loyal to Hamas exchanged fire with presidential guard who were positioned on the rooftops.

Zahar, also a senior Hamas leader, demanded Abbas's forces leave the agriculture and transport ministries or said they would be arrested and disarmed.

At a Fatah rally in the West Bank city of Jenin, Mohammed Dahlan, who Hamas has accused of orchestrating an attack late Thursday on Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's convoy, said: "We will not remain silent before the threats that the government and Hamas issue, and the terrorizing and the silencing and closing borders and the stealing of money."

Woman, Abbas guard killed in clashes
A 19-year-old Palestinian woman was fatally shot in the chest during a gunbattle between the rival Fatah and Hamas movements, medical officials said.

The officials said the woman, Hiba Masbah, died from her wounds about an hour after she was shot in central Gaza City - where rival forces were battling in the streets.

Earlier Sunday, gunmen stormed a training camp in the Gaza Strip used by Force 17, sparking gunbattles that left one officer dead and several others wounded.

The assailants were widely believed to be members of the Hamas military wing, although Hamas publicly denied involvement.

Among those wounded in the clashes was Didier Francois, a reporter for the French daily Liberation, who sustained a gunshot wound to the leg.

Hamas gunmen, angry over an apparent assassination attempt against Zahar, attacked Abbas' residence in Gaza City, witnesses said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage to the building.

Zahar's convoy came under fire as it passed through Gaza City, and members of his Hamas movement accused Fatah of trying to assassinate him.

Zahar was unhurt in the shooting, which took place as he was traveling near the Foreign Ministry. Hamas officials said there were no other injuries.

"It appears the target was Dr. Zahar," said Taher Nunu, a spokesman for the foreign minister. "The attempt to assassinate Zahar has failed and he is safe and he was not harmed in the shooting."

Also Sunday, a Palestinian teenager was lightly wounded by Hamas gunfire after he threw rocks at a Hamas vehicle, security officials said.

Hamas officials said they didn't shoot the boy.

The attack on his Force 17 guard came as Abbas met with officials from the Palestinian Central Election Commission, in a first step toward holding early elections for PA chairman and the Palestinian legislature.

The Sunday attack on Force 17 was the first of its kind against the elite U.S.-backed Palestinian force, made up of about 3,500 security men.

As the guard's funeral procession passed through Gaza City, Fatah supporters fired automatic weapons angrily into the air. Nervous Hamas militiamen briefly opened fire.

Medical officials said one person was wounded, and Fatah and Hamas forces poured into the area in anticipation of further violence.

Tensions were high in the Gaza Strip with Hamas accusing Abbas of launching a coup after he announced a plan for early elections in an attempt to break a political deadlock and have crippling international sanctions lifted.

The assault touched off a fierce, 20-minute battle. The gunmen fled after reinforcements were sent to the base from other presidential guard camps, security officials said.

The gunmen set fire to trailers and tents. Only about a dozen guardsmen were in the camp, located about 700 meters (yards) from Abbas' office and residence.

Abbas was in the West Bank at the time of the attack. The assailants fled after reinforcements were sent to the base from other Presidential Guard camps.

The assault came several days after Hamas accused a top Abbas ally, Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan, of being behind a shooting attack on the entourage of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas.

A presidential guard official denounced the attack as an assault on the "symbol of Palestinian legitimacy."

Abu Ubaida, a spokesman for Hamas's armed wing, denied the group had been involved in the attack, saying "This is a wrong and irresponsible accusation."

The base is located about 700 meters from the PA chairman's residence and office in Gaza City. Abbas was in the West Bank town of Ramallah at the time of the attack.

Before arriving at the base, the gunmen attacked an electricity transformer in the area, cutting off power to the base and nearby houses, the presidential guard said.

With the death count standing at only 3 this is no civil war, I would not put it past the Palestinians to have set the whole thing up as a way to get America to pressure Israel into giving up on security issues. Gaza is a wash with weapons and if the fighting was serious we would be talking thousands of dead in a days fighting and not just three people. When their are thousands or maybe even hundreds of dead in a days worth of fighting then maube we can start talking about a civil war.

Israeli Arab Caught Trying to Repeat Park Hotel-Type Bombing

Israeli Arab Caught Trying to Repeat Park Hotel-Type Bombing
23:07 Dec 17, '06 / 26 Kislev 5767
by Ezra HaLevi

A gag order was lifted Sunday permitting the reporting of an Israeli Arab arrested two weeks ago before he could carry out an attack modeled after the Park Hotel massacre.

The 17-year-old Nazareth resident was issued in indictment Sunday and charged with planning to carry out a suicide bombing, conspiring to commit a crime and contact with a foreign agent.

Israeli intelligence caught the young man expressing interest in carrying out a suicide bombing on two occasions using surveillance equipment. He was set to receive his explosive belt from Fatah’s Al Aksa Brigades, but was arrested two days prior to the specified time.

He planned to blow up the packed lobby or dining room of Upper Nazareth’s Plaza Hotel. He said he chose the location due to its popularity with Israeli Jews and its light security.

The Israeli Arab, whose father is a citizen of the PA, said he was taunted by Islamic Jihad and Hamas men whenever he visited PA-areas and wanted to prove to them once and for all that he was loyal to the Palestinian cause

December 16, 2006

Abbas: New Elections; Hamas: Declaration of Civil War

Abbas: New Elections; Hamas: Declaration of Civil War 22:57 Dec 16, '06 / 25 Kislev 5767 by Ezra HaLevi & Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

On the heels of violent internecine clashes, threats and assassination attempts, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas called for early elections on Saturday. Hamas called it a "coup."

Abbas (Abu Mazen) made the statement before Fatah officials and the media in Ramallah after days of leaks that he intended to do so. Abbas announced, "I decided to call for early presidential and legislative elections."

Abbas insisted that his demand to repeat the elections is a democratic one. Saying that the people are the source of governmental power, the PA leader added, "Let the people have their say and decide. I will talk as quickly as possible with the central elections commission to launch the preparations for the ballot." He did not provide a date for the elections.

In addition to his role as PA president, Abbas is the leader of the Fatah organization in the Authority. Since elections in January, the Islamist Hamas terror organization has had control of the PA legislative body, currently headed by Ismail Haniyeh. Fatah, a controlling faction of the PLO, has continuously weakened since the death of Yasser Arafat. The tension between Fatah and Hamas over power and funding in the PA has spilled into violent street clashes, assassination attempts, political-military manipulations and premeditated murders.

Regarding the possibility that a move towards elections at this juncture will drive the PA into all-out civil war between Fatah and Hamas militias and their supporters, Abbas said, "Despite the suffering, the pain, the confrontations - whoever is responsible for them - we will not allow ourselves to sink into a civil war."

The PA chief went on to slam Hamas for ruining the gains made with Israel's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza. "We dreamed that the minute Israel would withdraw, the territory would flourish and there would be dozens of development projects, but this dream vanished," he said. "Why? Because we insisted on shooting Kassams and thus missed our dream to turn the settlements into centers for investment and growth."

Abbas laid the blame for the overall deteriorating security situation in the Palestinian Authority, as well as the ongoing economic crisis there, at the feet of the Hamas government. In that regard, he also criticized the kidnapping of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit because of its destructive consequences for the PA, including 500 deaths and thousands injured. Abbas called for an end to rocket attacks on Israelis, as well, "because it leads to the cessation of investments in the Gaza Strip."

One of the factors in the PA's economic deterioration, Abbas noted, is the Hamas's refusal to abide by international agreements, to recognize Israel and to condemn terrorist attacks. Internally, Abbas said that the Hamas's refusal to recognize the PLO as the "legitimate representative of the Palestinian people" has led to its political isolation.

Hamas Responds
"The Palestinian government rejects this call for early elections and considers it a coup against Palestinian legitimacy and the will of the Palestinian people," the Hamas government stated following Abbas's statement.

Hamas parliamentary chairman Dr. Khaled Al-Haya said Abbas had declared war not only on Hamas, but on Allah.

Fellow Hamas official, PA Foreign Minister Mahmoud Al-Zahar said Abbas had "declared a civil war," but agreed new elections should be held - for PA president. "If he has tired of the presidency and leadership [Abbas] can step aside and hold new presidential elections," Al-Zahar said.

Other PA ministers called for a government of national unity; however, negotiations to that end in recent weeks have not produced any results.

Abbas Defends Move
"This is a constitutional right," Abbas said, defending his dissolution of the government on PA-controlled TV. "I can do it whenever I want. The dismissal of the government is not a declaration of civil war like Al-Zahar said. They don't scare us."

In any event, PA representative Saeb Erekat told Reuters, "Technically, the elections cannot be held before mid-2007."

Street Battles Escalate
Immediately following Abbas's declaration, thousands of members of Fatah's various Tanzim and Al-Aksa Brigades terror groups marched though the streets of Gaza and Shechem (Nablus), firing their rifles in the air. In Rafiah, Khan Younis and elsewhere, armed Fatah and Hamas terrorists exchanged shots and opened fire on crowds of stone-throwers, as well. At least 20 people were wounded by gunfire.

Also on Saturday, a Fatah militia spokesman threatened to kill Hamas leaders and ministers in the event that Fatah's Gaza strongman Muhammad Dahlan, or any other senior Fatah leader, is attacked. The spokesman said that he had inside information regarding a Hamas plot to murder Fatah leaders. Hamas spokesmen had blamed Dahlan for an attempted assassination of PA Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh at the Gaza-Egypt crossing two days ago, saying they knew who was responsible and that those individuals would not sleep peacefully again.

On Friday, at least 31 Hamas members were wounded when Fatah men under Abbas's control opened fire at a Hamas rally in Ramallah.

US, UK Favor Fatah
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she would be requesting tens of millions of dollars from Congress to further arm and train militias loyal to Abbas. British Prime Minister Tony Blair also called upon the international community to empower Abbas through funding him and arming his men.

In recent months, far more attacks have been attempted and carried out by Fatah's terror groups than Hamas.

The last paragraph is the most important. For this has the greatest ramification for Israel and the Middle East. America has declared that Abbas is their man and will pour millions of dollars into weapons to try to back Abbas.

This will result in two things happening first the weapons will be turned against Israeli’s in an attempt by Fatah to prove that they can murder Jews just like Hamas and also to prove that Fatah has not sold it’s soul to the American’s .

Second it proves to the whole Middle East the hypocrisy that is American policy in the Middle East, America backs democracy only as long as its people win but when the people choose the wrong guys America seeks to remove the bad guys from power.

Fatah and Hamas are the same, they both seek to destroy Israel and 6,000,000 Jews for the Palestinians have become a sick society and are in fact the Nazi’s of today. Look for Fatah and America to put pressure on Israel to give up land in an effort to back Fatah in the election.

December 14, 2006

IDF Stops Vehicle on Way to Carrying Out Terror Attack

IDF Stops Vehicle on Way to Carrying Out Terror Attack
09:23 Dec 14, '06 / 23 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) An IDF force stopped a vehicle loaded with an 8 kg bomb at a checkpoint east of Nablus early Thursday. The vehicle's passengers were on their way to carrying out a terror attack in Israel.

The four Arabs, all Fatah members, sitting in the car were transferred for investigation. Sappers were dispatched to the site, where they detonated the bomb.

Haniyeh to enter Gaza, leave money behind

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Haniyeh to enter Gaza, leave money behind

After Palestinian prime minister detained for hours in returning to Strip from Egypt with millions of dollars, Haniyeh arrives in Gaza; Palestinian sources say money wil be transferred in upcoming days

Hanan Greenberg
Latest Update: 12.14.06, 19:57

After being detained for several hours in the Egyptian city of el-Arish pursuant to a closure of the Rafah crossing, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh is anticipated to cross over into Gaza Thursday night.

Earlier Thursday, Defense Minister Amir Peretz ordered the closure of the Rafah crossing in Gaza Thursday to prevent the Haniyeh from returning to the Strip with dozens of millions of dollars in aid that he had received from neighboring Arab nations and Iran, during his recent trip around the Middle East.

Palestinian sources reported that an agreement had been reached, wherein Haniyeh would leave the money (some USD 30 million) in el-Arish and that it would be transferred to the Palestinian Authority within the upcoming days.

Haniyeh cut short his tour of several Arab countries in light of the heightened tensions between Hamas and Fatah; the Palestinian prime minister was scheduled to hold a press conference at the Rafah crossing and offer details of his trip, particularly with regards to the funds he was able to raise in Iran and Qatar.

Palestinian sources reported earlier that gunmen kidnapped a Palestinian Intelligence officer, prompting fears that the ongoing violence in the Strip may escalate further. Haniyeh's political advisor stated that "we need the prime minister to solve internal issues."

Earlier, two Palestinian policemen were injured during exchanges of fire with gunmen, after they detained a Hamas operative in a Hamas-affiliated neighborhood in Gaza.

The man, Hisham Mukhaimar, a member of Hamas' Popular Resistance Committees, was arrested on suspicion of being involved in the murder Monday of three schoolboys whose father was an intelligence official considered close to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Earlier, Haniyeh visited and met with leaders in Egypt. His Middle East tour also included visits to Iran and the Gulf states, who pledged financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority.

During his visit in Tehran – the first of a Palestinian prime minister to Iran – Haniyeh declared that a Hamas-led government would never recognize Israel and would continue to fight to "liberate Jerusalem".

During a speech in the city, Haniyeh referred to Iran as the Palestinians' "strategic depth", because of their joint battle against Israel.

"They (Israelis) assume the Palestinian nation is alone. This is an illusion. ... We have a strategic depth in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This country (Iran) is our powerful, dynamic and stable depth," he said.

Israel should have killed Haniyeh and taken the money, it is time to end the games and get serious about fighting for the survival of the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

December 13, 2006

Israel worried by closer ties between Hamas, Iran

Last update - 03:14 14/12/2006
Israel worried by closer ties between Hamas, Iran
By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondents

Members of the Israeli defense establishment are concerned by the close ties that seem to be developing between Iran and Hamas.

In response to Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's recent visit to Tehran, experts here have said Iran is seeking to form a strategic alliance with Hamas.

According to these sources, the Iranians would like to develop a relationship with Hamas similar to that with Hezbollah in Lebanon, in which the "final word" - on matters regarding Israel, too - is Tehran's.

In Israel, experts are interpreting Hamas' move toward Iran as an act of defiance, in part based on the group's success in minimizing the damage caused by the international embargo on its Palestinian Authority government.

During his visit to Tehran last week, Haniyeh said Iran constitutes "strategic depth" for the Palestinians. He also stressed that his organization would never recognize Israel. This is the first time the Hamas leadership has publicly adopted such a view on Iran - a position directly opposed to that of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who regards moderate Arab states such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan as the Palestinians' natural allies.

Abbas' Fatah is also very interested in building ties with the United States and the European Union.

On Wednesday, Haniyeh cut short his visit to Sudan and returned to the Gaza Strip in light of the growing tension between Hamas and Fatah. One of his aides said Haniyeh rushed back to assist in resolving domestic problems.

The close ties between the Hamas-led government and Tehran are also manifesting themselves in the links between the Iranian leadership and the group's political bureau, based in Damascus and headed by Khaled Meshal. Iran is actively contributing funds to boost these ties, and recently committed $250 million, which unlike previous grants will constitute a regular transfer to cover various PA expenses. The Iranian funding will be used in part to pay wages for civil servants and members of security forces affiliated with Hamas, as well as to construct camps for the security forces and to compensate Palestinian families that lost their homes in Israel Defense Forces operations.

"These gifts are not free," Israeli security sources told Haaretz. "The Iranians are expecting returns: a rise in influence among the Palestinians and Hamas compliance to their orders."

In the past, in part because Hamas, a radical Sunni Islamic organization, was wary of Shi'ite Iran, senior group officials were careful not to stress close ties overtly with Tehran.

Haniyeh's visit to Iran was closely monitored by Israel, as were the various statements by senior Hamas officials. The impression among various security officials is that Hamas has gained confidence in recent weeks, in part because of developments including Israel's decision to accept a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.

While the cease-fire appears to be holding, even though five Qassam rockets were launched at the western Negev on Tuesday, Defense Minister Amir Peretz ordered the IDF to continue preparations for a major ground operation in the Gaza Strip if necessary.

Defense establishment assessments do not exclude the possibility of Iran pressuring Hamas to renew terrorist activities.

At this stage, IDF sources say, Hamas has been successful in maintaining the cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, and is keeping its word like Fatah did in the past.

Regarding the launching of rockets, the sources say that other militant organizations are to blame, including Fatah and Islamic Jihad. However, most of the time the calm has been kept.

Hamas' military wing is exhibiting discipline and is following instructions from its leadership to avoid violence against Israel.

In addition to Iran's commitment to transfer funds to Hamas, the group was also promised aid from Arab states, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

The Palestinian government under Hamas is exhibiting stability even though it has been under pressure from the Quartet to accept preconditions, such as recognizing Israel, in return for financial assistance.

On the military front, Hamas is continuing with efforts to expand its arsenal, and its security organizations have been recruiting deserters from Fatah-affiliated groups.

The group has also extended the range of its Qassam rockets from their usual 10-12 kilometers, and improved the quality of explosives being used in its warheads.

Both Hamas in the Palestinian Authority and the exiled leadership in Damascus believe the Israeli government is weak, and attribute Israel's willingness to agree to a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip as a manifestation of this.

Hamas' apparent growing confidence may be one of the reasons Meshal has toughened his stance in the negotiations for the release of abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.

Meshal went as far as to warn recently that if the condition of Palestinians in Gaza did not improve, Hamas would renew violent operations against Israel within six months.

However, Hamas' real concern is the threat posed not by Israel, but by the looming instability caused by the power struggle with Fatah and the growing fears of an imminent civil war.

December 12, 2006

IDF-GSS Crack Extensive Islamic Jihad Network

IDF-GSS Crack Extensive Islamic Jihad Network
21:32 Dec 12, '06 / 21 Kislev 5767
by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

It has been released for publication that, in recent months, Israeli security services have cracked an extensive network of Islamic Jihad terrorists in the Hevron Hills. Dozens have been arrested.

The network consisted of several cells operating from within various Arab villages in the area of Dura in the southern Hevron Hills. Thus far, about 50 members of the Dura-area Islamic Jihad network have been arrested in joint IDF-General Security Services (GSS) operations. Seven of those arrested were intending to commit suicide bombings against Jewish targets inside Israel's pre-1967 borders.

Among the terrorists recently arrested were senior Islamic Jihad leaders from Dura, Muhammad and Yusuf Fakeyeh. The two were students at An-Najah University in Shechem, from where they organized Islamic Jihad activities aimed at the establishment of an explosives factory in their hometown. The two were also responsible for organizing terrorist attacks, including the drafting of plans to infiltrate Jewish communities, execute suicide bombings and carry out kidnappings.

During the counter-terrorist raids smashing the Dura-area Islamic Jihad network, IDF forces discovered materials and components used in the making of explosives. Also confiscated were computer discs containing information about producing explosives and constructing explosive devices.

GSS sources said that the uncovering of the Islamic Jihad network, and the swift arrest of those involved in planning and organizing terrorist attacks, prevented the establishment of a dangerous terrorist infrastructure. Without intervention, according to the GSS sources, the network could have become operational and carried out serious attacks against Israelis.

GSS sources noted that the very existence of the Dura network indicates the strong resilience of the Islamic Jihad, inasmuch as there have been several IDF operations that successfully broke up Islamic Jihad cells in the same region in recent years. Cells of the organization in the Hevron Hills have carried out many terrorist attacks against local Jewish targets, including fatal attacks against Israeli civilians.

The current Islamic Jihad network in Dura was revealed during the interrogation of arrested terrorist Hani Rajoub in July. Rajoub, from Dura himself, was among those tasked with reorganizing and expanding an Islamic Jihad terror network in the Hevron Hills following a wave of arrests of the organization's local members in May and June of 2005. Along with co-conspirators, Rajoub recruited many terrorists from among local Arab civilians and assigned them the task of recruiting others in their hometowns. The network's leaders and initiates also began seeking out weapons and secluded areas for training, as well as starting experiments for the production of explosives.

The leadership of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization is based in Damascus, Syria, from where it also receives funding. The group's principal financial support, however, is from Iran and it has heavily allied itself with the Iranian-backed Hizbullah terrorist organization in Lebanon.

Rocket Attacks on Western Negev

Second Rocket Attack on Western Negev
20:00 Dec 12, '06 / 21 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) A second rocket attack was launched at the western Negev from northern Gaza on Tuesday evening.

Two Kassam rockets landed in open fields. No injuries or damage was reported in the attack, which followed a first volley of three rockets late Tuesday afternoon.

No one was hurt and no damage caused in the previous attack.

Supreme Court: PA Arabs Hurt in Conflict Areas Can Sue State

Supreme Court: PA Arabs Hurt in Conflict Areas Can Sue State
15:08 Dec 12, '06 / 21 Kislev 5767
by Hillel Fendel

The High Court has struck down a Knesset-approved legislative amendment, and PA Arabs hurt by the IDF in "conflict areas" can now apply for damages. MKs: The Court has forgotten that we're at war.

In July 2005, the Knesset voted to amend an existing law and enable the Defense Minister to decree parts of Judea and Samaria as "conflict areas" - areas where the IDF is forced to take military action against terrorists. This categorization prevented Arabs in those areas who were hurt physically or monetarily by IDF activities from suing the State for damages.

Shortly afterwards, nine left-wing civil-rights groups, including Adallah and the Society for Civil Rights, filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the amendment. They claimed it violated basic tenets of humanitarian and international law, and that it impaired basic rights, in violation of the Basic Law dealing with Human Dignity and Freedom.

The Supreme Court's ruling, handed down today, left intact the fact that Arabs hurt in anti-terror activities may not apply for damages. However, it nullified the blanket assertion that all IDF activity in a given place automatically renders such activity "anti-terrorist." The Defense Minister may no longer categorize certain areas as "conflict areas" in which damage to Arab property or persons need not be compensated.

Instead, such Arabs may now apply for damages - and if they prove that the damage was caused in non-combat activity, or contrary to army-issued orders, they will be eligible for compensation.

The State continues to be exempt from paying damages for victims such as those killed in the recent accidental Beit Hanoun bombing, which was clearly an anti-terror action.

In addition, terrorists and subjects of enemy states may not apply for damages.

The decision was authored by former Supreme Court President Aharon Barak - his last decision before his retirement from the bench takes effect.

Some 550 lawsuits demanding compensation will now be resumed, based on the Supreme Court's ruling of today, and another 580 are in the process of being submitted. These involve hundreds of millions of shekels being sought in damages.

Political Reactions
MK Gideon Saar (Likud) said, "This decision turns the State of Israel into an automatic cash machine for Palestinian terrorism."

MK Benny Elon (National Union) responded sharply: "Israel has always been responsible for damages caused in non-war activities, such as car accidents and the like. But now, the Court has changed the concept of war activities and reduced their scope."

"The Knesset must quickly determine clearly how laws can be changed, and by whom," Elon said. "This situation in which the Court doesn't just merely interpret the law, but changes it, is total anarchy. This is an existential threat, and a direct blow to the public and its elected representatives. I mean, [left-wing] Meretz can drop from twelve to five Knesset seats [as it has done over the past years -ed.], and even to one seat, but the Supreme Court justices still sit there and say that they know better than anyone else what is human dignity and the like."

MK Michael Eitan (Likud), who served as Chairman of the Knesset Law Committee when the stricken-down amendment was legislated, said, "This is a very grave decision which hurts the rule of law. We are at war, and there is no country in the world that pays reparations for damage done during war."

MK Chaim Oron (Meretz) said he "welcomes the ruling," while his party colleague Zahava Gal'on said, "The Supreme Court has the right to change laws once in a while."

The self hating liberal Jews of this world will be happy only when Israel has become so weak that it will be destroyed. Maybe the time has come for us to rember what Chanukah was really all about.

December 11, 2006

Hamas Confirms Meeting with American Democrats

Hamas Confirms Meeting with American Democrats
16:16 Dec 11, '06 / 20 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Hamas officials have confirmed a WorldNetDaily report that terrorist organization leaders recently met with senior Democratic party members after the recent sweep of both houses of Congress in last month's American elections. The independent Arab news agency Ma'an quoted Ahmed Yousef, an aide to prime minister of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Ismail Haniyeh as saying the meeting was held. However, a Democratic National Committee spokeswoman said she has no knowledge that the meeting took place.

Details were withheld in order not to damage the image of the Democratic party, he added. Yousef said that Hamas leaders also spoke to leaders of key European countries, including British Members of Parliament.

Anti Expulsion Rabbi Arrested for Speech Crimes

Anti Expulsion Rabbi Arrested for Speech Crimes
17:58 Dec 11, '06 / 20 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, founder and head of The Temple Institute in Jerusalem, was arrested by Israel Police Thursday and taken into custody for investigation on the background of the outspoken stand the rabbi has taken against the government actions in regards to the Gush Katif disengagement of two summers ago, and those who actively participated in it.

"This outrageous abuse of Rabbi Ariel's basic right to express himself in accordance with his beliefs is no more than the fruit of relentless political harassment against all citizens of the State of Israel who speak forthrightly against government policies directed toward the uprooting of Jews in the land of Israel," said Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute.

"We encourage all our friends and supporters, and all to whom the future of the Jewish nation in the land of Israel is dear to their hearts, to express your outrage. Please send a fax of protest to Public Security Minister Avi Dichter: +972-2-530-8039," Rabbi Richman added.

December 08, 2006

Haniyah: We Will Never Recognize Israel

Haniyah: We Will Never Recognize Israel 12:12 Dec 08, '06 / 17 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) PA (Palestinian Authority) Prime Minister (Hamas) Ismail Haniyah told reporters in Iran that he and his colleagues will never recognize Israel.

Western leaders are pushing for the formation of a PA unity coalition including Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) in the hope the government would recognize Israel. Haniyah has stated repeatedly that Hamas will never recognize Israel, even in the framework of the unity government.

Let's recap, the Palestinians in the dream of President Bush got to vote and they voted for Hamas who is now in bed with Iran and has stated they will never recognize Israel.

So Mr Baker who are we supposed to make peace with? And Mr Carter who is guilty of racism and apartied in Israel?

When will the world come to see the Palestinians for who they really are they are the Fourth Reich, today's Nazis.

December 07, 2006

Initiative: Middle East peace conference without Israel

Initiative: Middle East peace conference without Israel

Insight magazine reports recent American government proposal to hold peace conference without Israeli presence. Baker says goal is to 'reach agreement without Jewish pressure'

Yitzhak Benhorin
Published: 12.07.06, 10:38

WASHINGTON - According to Thursday's issue of the conservative Washington Times' Insight magazine, the White House was looking into proposal by former Secretary of State James Baker to hold a Middle East peace conference without Israel .

As reported by the magazine, officials said the conference would be promoted as a forum to discuss Iraq's future, but actually focus on Arab demands for Israel to withdraw from territories captured in the 1967 war.

A source in the US government was quoted in the report as saying, "As Baker sees this, the conference would provide a unique opportunity for the US to strike a deal without Jewish pressure. This has become the hottest proposal examined by the foreign policy people over the last month."

Other sources in the government told the magazine that the proposal was supported by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Under Secretary of Political Affairs Nicholas Burns, and National Intelligence Director John Negroponte.

Renewed pressure on Israel
Also, government sources were quoted as saying Baker's proposal to exclude Israel from a regional peace conference was receiving a lot of support due to Vice President Dick Cheney's visit to Saudi Arabia last November, during which sources in the country made it clear that Israel, and not Iran, was the cause of instability in the Middle East.

A US government source claimed that Cheney's original goal of the trip – to enlist Saudi Arabia's support in Iraq - was never even discussed. In addition, the source said that instead, the Saudi's demanding an initiative to end Israel's attacks on Gaza and Cheney merely agreed.

Baker's current initiative was to have the US enlist the aid of Arab States in exchange for an American commitment to renew pressure on Israel to withdraw from the West Bank and the Golan Heights.

According to the Associated Press, a high-level commission said Wednesday after nearly four years of war and the deaths of more than 2,900 U.S. troops, the situation was "grave and deteriorating", President Bush's policy in Iraq was "not working", and America's ability "to influence events within Iraq is diminishing".

The question is very simple, do you side with G-D or do you not.

When we look at the Torah it starts with Bereshit or for the Christan's reading this, Genesis.

The first thing that G-D tells us is how he created the world and in the Talmud we learn the reason for this is that the day would come when the world as a whole would question the right of the Jewish people to live in the Land that G-D promised us.

The simple fact is, that the center or heartland of Biblical Israel is Judea and Samaria (west bank) and Jerusalem was where King David ruled from and his son built the Temple to G-D there.

If America follows the advice of Baker and tries for a Madrid 2, since Baker failed to destroy Israel with Madrid 1, nothing good can come out of it.

Will America reject G-D and his people or will she stand by Israel, a real simple question?

December 06, 2006

Iraq Study Group's Answer Blame The Jews

syria. Although the U.S.-Syrian relationship is at a low point,
both countries have important interests in the region that could
be enhanced if they were able to establish some common
ground on how to move forward. This approach worked effectively
in the early 1990s. In this context, Syria’s national interests
in the Arab-Israeli dispute are important and can be brought
into play.
Syria can make a major contribution to Iraq’s stability in
several ways. Accordingly, the Study Group recommends the

RECOMMENDATION 12: The United States and the Support
Group should encourage and persuade Syria of the
merit of such contributions as the following:
• Syria can control its border with Iraq to the maximum extent
possible and work together with Iraqis on joint patrols
on the border. Doing so will help stem the flow of
funding, insurgents, and terrorists in and out of Iraq.
• Syria can establish hotlines to exchange information with
the Iraqis.
• Syria can increase its political and economic cooperation
with Iraq.
4. The Wider Regional Context
The United States will not be able to achieve its goals in the
Middle East unless the United States deals directly with the
Arab-Israeli conflict.
There must be a renewed and sustained commitment by
the United States to a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace on all
fronts: Lebanon, Syria, and President Bush’s June 2002 commitment
to a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine. This
commitment must include direct talks with, by, and between
Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians (those who accept Israel’s right to
exist), and particularly Syria—which is the principal transit
point for shipments of weapons to Hezbollah, and which supports
radical Palestinian groups.
The United States does its ally Israel no favors in avoiding
direct involvement to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict. For several
reasons, we should act boldly:

There is no military solution to this conflict.
• The vast majority of the Israeli body politic is tired of being a
nation perpetually at war.
• No American administration—Democratic or Republican—
will ever abandon Israel.
• Political engagement and dialogue are essential in the Arab-
Israeli dispute because it is an axiom that when the political
process breaks down there will be violence on the ground.
• The only basis on which peace can be achieved is that set
forth in UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338 and
in the principle of “land for peace.”
• The only lasting and secure peace will be a negotiated peace
such as Israel has achieved with Egypt and Jordan.
This effort would strongly support moderate Arab governments
in the region, especially the democratically elected
government of Lebanon, and the Palestinian Authority under
President Mahmoud Abbas.
RECOMMENDATION 13: There must be a renewed and
sustained commitment by the United States to a comprehensive
Arab-Israeli peace on all fronts: Lebanon and Syria, and
President Bush’s June 2002 commitment to a two-state solution
for Israel and Palestine.
RECOMMENDATION 14: This effort should include—as
soon as possible—the unconditional calling and holding of

meetings, under the auspices of the United States or the
Quartet (i.e., the United States, Russia, European Union, and
the United Nations), between Israel and Lebanon and Syria
on the one hand, and Israel and Palestinians (who acknowledge
Israel’s right to exist) on the other. The purpose of these
meetings would be to negotiate peace as was done at the
Madrid Conference in 1991, and on two separate tracks—
one Syrian/Lebanese, and the other Palestinian.
RECOMMENDATION 15: Concerning Syria, some elements
of that negotiated peace should be:
• Syria’s full adherence to UN Security Council Resolution
1701 of August 2006, which provides the framework for
Lebanon to regain sovereign control over its territory.
• Syria’s full cooperation with all investigations into political
assassinations in Lebanon, especially those of Rafik
Hariri and Pierre Gemayel.
• A verifiable cessation of Syrian aid to Hezbollah and the use
of Syrian territory for transshipment of Iranian weapons
and aid to Hezbollah. (This step would do much to solve Israel’s
problem with Hezbollah.)
• Syria’s use of its influence with Hamas and Hezbollah
for the release of the captured Israeli Defense Force
• A verifiable cessation of Syrian efforts to undermine the
democratically elected government of Lebanon.

A verifiable cessation of arms shipments from or transiting
through Syria for Hamas and other radical Palestinian
• A Syrian commitment to help obtain from Hamas an acknowledgment
of Israel’s right to exist.
• Greater Syrian efforts to seal its border with Iraq.
RECOMMENDATION 16: In exchange for these actions and
in the context of a full and secure peace agreement, the Israelis
should return the Golan Heights, with a U.S. security guarantee
for Israel that could include an international force on the
border, including U.S. troops if requested by both parties.
RECOMMENDATION 17: Concerning the Palestinian issue,
elements of that negotiated peace should include:
• Adherence to UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and
338 and to the principle of land for peace, which are the
only bases for achieving peace.
• Strong support for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
and the Palestinian Authority to take the lead in preparing
the way for negotiations with Israel.
• A major effort to move from the current hostilities by consolidating
the cease-fire reached between the Palestinians
and the Israelis in November 2006.
• Support for a Palestinian national unity government.

Sustainable negotiations leading to a final peace settlement
along the lines of President Bush’s two-state solution, which
would address the key final status issues of borders, settlements,
Jerusalem, the right of return, and the end of conflict.


I copied all the parts of the Iraq study group that fall into the blame Israel for the whole problem.

Reward Syria who has allowed arms and terrorist across it's border to murder American's in Iraq, yep this makes a lot of sense to me.

Reward the Palestinians, todays Nazis with a State, sure why not after all the fact that Bush is failing in Iraq is the fault of the Jews.

Let's build up the enemies of the Jews, so maybe they can get strong enough to rid the world of Israel and those Jews that are just such a pain that after all America would have secured victory in Iraq years ago if it were not for the Jews wanting to live in the Land that G-D gave to the Jewish people.

But wait in the Iraq Study Group state that no administration Democratic or Republican will ever abandon Israel.

I have news for you. in many ways you all ready have. You give money, weapons and training to the Palestinians that within weeks were used to kill Israeli's. You seek to tear the heartland of biblical Israel from us and you want us to turn a blind eye to the people that have given themselves over to a cult of murdering Jews.

Rockets fall on our cities from Gaza and you seek restrain, Palestinians transport weapons and terrorist and we establish check point to save Jewish lives and all you care about is the "humiliation" of the people that want to murder us.

It is time for Israel to stand tall and to enact the following if President Bush moves on any of the anti Israeli articles of the report by the Israel Study or sorry I mean Iraq Study Group by doing the following;

1. Totally cutting America off from Israeli Intelligence on Islamic terror.
2. Refuse any further funds from America.
3. Open negotiations with China and India on any weapon's systems they want to buy from Israel.
4. Go to war with the Palestinians.

But none of the above will happen and Israel will loose the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria (west bank) and the eastern part of Jerusalem. For we have no strong leadership in Israel and they will cave into any American pressure that comes.

IDF Charged With Weeding Out Nationalist Draftees

IDF Charged With Weeding Out Nationalist Draftees
14:32 Dec 06, '06 / 15 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) The IDF is systematically exempting nationalist oriented draftees on the basis of psychiatric tests, but the army refuses to disclose pertinent information as required by the law, the Israel Policy Center has charged. The group filed a petition in a Tel Aviv Court demanding it be shown data concerning the rejected youth, according to the Hebrew daily Ha'aretz.

The organization, associated with the nationalist camp, disclosed several examples of the army's use of political and religious interrogation to weed out unwanted draftees. It cited the case of a young man from Jerusalem who was at the protest during the demolition of the Amona community, was not arrested and was not involved in the police violence against demonstrators. Army personnel exempted him from service after asking him if would listen to orders by rabbis and if he would be willing expel Jews from their homes in future demolitions.

The family of the teenager took him for a psychiatric examination. It found him perfectly fit for service, but the army did not accept the report.

Rocket Fire on Israel Continues

Rocket Fire on Israel Continues
18:04 Dec 06, '06 / 15 Kislev 5767
by Gil Zohar

Another Kassam rocket was fired at Israel Wednesday afternoon from northern Gaza, the 17th since the shaky ceasefire went into effect November 26.

The rocket landed in the western Negev near one of the kibbutzim in the area. There were no reports of injuries or damage. Security forces are trying to locate the precise location where the rocket landed.

In two other separate violations of the ceasefire, the IDF wounded two Gaza residents Wednesday as the men approached the Israeli border in the area where Jewish settlements were uprooted in the August 2005 unilateral withdrawal.

In one incident in northern Gaza, two men approached the border fence, the IDF spokesman said. One of them stood on a post and surveyed the area, while another appeared to be laying a mine near the border.

Nearby IDF troops called on them to leave and fired warning shots in the air, driving the men off. A few minutes later, the men returned with a crowd of some 40 people. The soldiers again fired in the air. However, when one of the men continued working on the ground, the troops shot him, the army said.

In the second incident, an Arab male approached the Erez crossing into Israel and ignored soldiers' warnings. The troops shot him in the lower body, the army said.

Palestinian Authority health officials said two civilians were wounded in the legs by army fire in northern Gaza.

Rabbis urge Israelis to revolt against gov't

Rabbis urge Israelis to revolt against gov't

Prominent religious leaders issue statement in response to Prime Minister Olmert's Sdeh Boker speech warn Olmert 'destroying Jewish state'

Aaron Klein, WND
Published: 12.06.06, 16:57

A group of prominent rabbinic leaders in Israel and abroad yesterday issued a call for Israeli citizens to launch a democratic uprising to bring down the government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

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"Out of love for each and every Jew, we call on the people of Israel and its leaders to begin a democratic uprising to immediately replace this government, which constitutes an ominous threat to the nation of Israel," the Rabbinical Congress for Peace, a coalition of over 1,200 rabbinic leaders and pulpit rabbis, said in a statement.

Among the Rabbinical Congress members who signed the statement were Mordechai Eliyahu and Abraham Shapira – both of whom served as chief rabbis for the state of Israel – and Rabbi Meir Mazuz, head of the Tunisian Jewish community in Israel and one of the country's most well-respected rabbis.

The rabbis were responding to a national address last week commemorating the death of Israel's founder and first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, in which Olmert stated he is willing to give up most of the West Bank in exchange for "real peace."

During the speech, Olmert called for immediate negotiations with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Olmert said he would release "many, many" Palestinian prisoners as part of a deal.

The Rabbinical Congress for Peace labeled Olmert's national address a "crime."

"In his deplorable speech, Olmert in essence announced a 'liquidation sale' and collective suicide of the people in Israel including the release of thousands of the most dangerous terrorists from Israeli jails. Israeli citizens must launch a democratic uprising and protest to bring down the government immediately," the rabbis said in a statement.

Continued the statement: "Olmert adheres to the advice of false left-wing 'prophets' instead of adhering to the true prophets as expressed in the Jewish Code of Law that any territorial concession to the enemy will only lead to bloodshed. It will not contribute to calm nor will it promote peace."

December 04, 2006

Report: New U.S. Weapons for PA To Be Used Against Israel

Report: New U.S. Weapons for PA To Be Used Against Israel
11:50 Dec 04, '06 / 13 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice last week promised weapons to the Palestinian Authority (PA), which a PA security force member said will be used against Israel, according to WorldNetDaily.

Reporter Aaron Klein quoted Abu Yusef, a member of PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Force 17 which was promised the weapons, as saying they will be used to "fight Israeli occupation." Yusef belongs to the Force 17, Abbas's elite security army, and also is a member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which is a branch of Abbas's Fatah party.

Rice met Abbas last week in Jericho and pledged 6,000 new assault rifles, according to Arab sources. Foreign and local media have reported that the American proposal also provides for American military instruction at two Force 17 bases in Jericho and in Gaza.

Several previous terrorist attacks have been carried out following the transfer of weapons provided by the United States, and PA forces in the 1990s attacked Israel with guns provided by former Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin

Microsoft Praises Israeli Manpower Quality

Microsoft Praises Israeli Manpower Quality
14:03 Dec 04, '06 / 13 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Bills Gates' replacement at Microsoft has said the quality of Israeli manpower is one of the reasons the firm is interested in buying up Israeli companies, he told Globes. Steve Ballmer stated, "Israel has top quality manpower and...we have seen a number of Israeli companies that we would be interested in acquiring.

Microsoft recently has acquired two Israel firms and retained the staff. "All this will help us expand, to a certain degree, our footprint in R&D in Israel," he added.

December 03, 2006

Hizbullah & Hamas Beating the War Drums

Hizbullah & Hamas Beating the War Drums
05:24 Dec 04, '06 / 13 Kislev 5767
by Yechiel Spira

Despite the prime minister’s shift to ceasefire mode, army intelligence is busying itself preparing for the next war. Israel may face fierce fighting on both the northern and southern fronts.

By most accounts, the difficulties encountered during the Second Lebanon War will dwarf the next battlefield scenario, with the IDF’s General Staff and Shin Bet warning that Gaza-based terrorists have prepared themselves by importing tons of military grade explosives into Gaza, along with millions of rounds of ammunition, automatic weapons, anti-tank rockets and much more.

The right-wing “doomsday prophets” as they were dubbed by the “peace camp” politicians are now sadly sitting back trying to understand how the obvious was and is still ignored. Since the IDF’s unilateral retreat from southern Lebanon in May 2000, Hizbullah has turned itself into a formidable army, backed by Iran and Syria, supplied with many Russian-made advanced weapons. On the southern front, the government’s insistence on carrying out the Disengagement Plan of August 2005 has created a similar scenario. With IDF forces out of Gaza, the Rafiah border crossing to Egypt has served as a conduit for advanced weaponry, permitting Gaza to become a miniature Lebanon. Even after the increase in Kassam rocket fire into the Sderot and western Negev areas, the government refuses to order a major military operation into northern Gaza, giving terrorists even more time to prepare for the next war.

Displacing some 10,000 Gazan Jews in the Disengagement, while morally apprehensible to some, was not the worst of the government’s fears with Shin Bet Director Yuval Diskin warning Gazan realities vis-א-vis weapons stockpiles is cause for true concern.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert by intelligence community accounts is permitting terrorists additional time to stockpile arms and prepare for a war by insisting the ceasefire be honored despite the firing of Kassam rockets from Gaza. Olmert is overruling the IDF’s General Staff and the most senior intelligence community officials by insisting the ceasefire be honored while terrorists continue setting up in Gaza.

While IDF forces operated in Gaza during the Second Lebanon War, the next encounter will be significantly more difficult, if for nothing else, due to the fact that Israel has all but lost all of its deterrence abilities.

Military analysts report that the Kassam rockets that have been pounding Sderot and western Negev communities during the past six years have undergone much work and there are now improved models capable of carrying larger warheads deeper into southern Israel, possibly able to strike strategic installations such as a major Israel Electric Company power plant.

Government ministers are still busying themselves with remaining in office, with senior ministers deflecting accusations to colleagues in the hope of surviving the Winograd Commission’s investigation into the Second Lebanon War. Defense Minister Amir Peretz, now at an all-time low in public opinion polls, is growing concerned over party primaries scheduled in a number of months. He has not only lost support for remaining defense minister in the polls, but even among his own party and ministerial colleagues.

The prime minister is desperately seeking a new political initiative, willing to endure the daily rocket attacks will still observing the ceasefire in the hope of returning to the negotiating table with PA (Palestinian Authority) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen). The spotlight of political negotiations could extricate Olmert out of his current predicament, the subject of numerous fraud investigations and the controversial national leader during the failed Second Lebanon War. Olmert is working in earnest to reach a deal with terrorists that will result in the release of IDF captive soldiers Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.

Further complicating current realities is the growing instability in Lebanon, with many predicting it is only a matter of time until the government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora falls, leaving Lebanon to the hands of Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah and his Hizbullah terror organization. This would place Iranian influence at Israel’s northern doorstep, a reality that appears increasingly likely at present.

The army however is not just sitting back. Despite the shakeup that resulted following the war, a major simulated war exercise will begin in a number of weeks, lasting through the winter, taking many of the worst possible scenarios into account in the hope of preparing forces for the worst. The exercise, originally scheduled to run for a number of weeks will not continue for over two months.

December 02, 2006

Iran-PA Summit: Ahmadinejad Tells Haniyeh Israel's Demise Near

Iran-PA Summit: Ahmadinejad Tells Haniyeh Israel's Demise Near
19:18 Dec 02, '06 / 11 Kislev 5767
by Ezra HaLevi

The heads of Iran and the Palestinian Authority met Friday for the first time. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad assured the Hamas leader that Israel’s demise is within reach.

Ahmadinejad met with Hamas Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Doha, Qatar Friday.

Ahmadinejad, who is pursuing nuclear capabilities at breakneck speed, assured Haniyeh that Israel is "on the verge of disappearing," according to Iran’s state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

"As everybody knows, the Zionist regime was created to establish dominion of arrogant states over the region and to enable the enemy to penetrate the heart Muslim land," Ahmadinejad explained, reiterating a theory he has outlined in public forums ever since he came to power.

Haniyeh, whose Islamist Hamas group enjoys much financial and logistical support from Iran, thanked Ahmadinejad for the assistance. "The Iranian nation's brilliant stand in the rightful battles of the Palestinians encourages them and signifies their deep understanding of Islamic principles," IRNA quoted him as saying Saturday. "The Intifada of the Palestinian nation will continue until the cause of the Palestinians is materialized and Jerusalem is liberated."

Ahmadinejad assured Haniyeh that Israel’s destruction is no longer a dream, but well within reach. "Today, scores of Western politicians are in doubt as to the future of this illegitimate regime and its existence has come under question. There is no doubt the Palestinian nation and Muslims as a whole will emerge victorious," he said.

On Friday, Ahmadinejad, Haniyeh and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad joined Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Kuwait's Prime Minister Nasser al-Hamad Al Sabah at the opening ceremony of the 15th Asian Games.

Hamas chief Haniyeh was the only visitor to the games received at Qatar’s airport by the country’s Emir Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, according to Qatar’s news agency.

December 01, 2006

Weapons Smuggling Continues in Gaza

Weapons Smuggling Continues in Gaza
13:23 Dec 01, '06 / 10 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Security establishment officials on Sunday will tell the Security Cabinet that despite the ceasefire, terrorists continue to smuggle weapons and ammunition into Gaza via the Rafiah Crossing and the Philadelphi Road.

The Security Cabinet is convening to decide if the ceasefire will be expanded to all areas throughout Judea and Samaria a move opposed by defense/security officials.

Olmert vs. Security Chiefs on Ceasefire Extension

Olmert vs. Security Chiefs on Ceasefire Extension
12:42 Dec 01, '06 / 10 Kislev 5767
by Hana Levi Julian

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert wants to extend the partial ceasefire with Gaza terrorist groups to Judea and Samaria. Security officials are warning against the move.

A partial ceasefire between Gaza terrorists and Israel went into effect early Sunday morning, but terrorists Friday morning continued to break the truce and attack western Negev communities.

The latest attack sent a Kassam rocket slamming into an open area in southern Israel on Friday morning. No one was injured and no damage was reported.

Terrorists have fired 14 Kassam rockets at Israel since the start of the truce, according to the IDF. Israel has not responded to the attacks.

Despite the continued violations, Olmert said Thursday he wants to reduce – and possibly end – IDF operations in Judea and Samaria. He conditioned the plan on a complete cessation of attacks from Gaza, according to Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev.

Security officials said Friday they strongly oppose the move, according to Israel Radio. They emphasized that the IDF operations are meant to stop bombings that are often more deadly than Kassam rocket attacks from Gaza.

Meanwhile, terror attacks on IDF troops continue unabated in Judea and Samaria.

A PA terrorist Friday morning hurled a firebomb at a Border Police officer near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. The officer was lightly injured in the attack. IDF soldiers returned fire and killed the attacker, later finding a knife on his body.

Violence among rival terrorist groups also continues within Gaza as well. An explosion at the entrance to a Gaza branch of the Arab Bank rocked the Palestinian Authority neighborhood early Friday. The explosion damaged part of the building, according to PA security sources quoted by the Reuters news service. The attackers were not identified.

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