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February 28, 2007

Ashkenazi to annul Halutz's organizational changes to IDF

Ashkenazi to annul Halutz's organizational changes to IDF By Ze'ev Schiff

Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi is planning to do away with a significant portion of the extensive reorganization programs that the Israel Defense Forces carried out during 2005. When he was Defense Ministry director general, Ashkenazi did not support the reorganization program and his view on the matter was only reinforced following the second Lebanon war.

A report prepared by Major General (res.) Herzl Sapir on the reorganization plans and their negative effect on the conduct of the war is highly critical of the process. The Sapir committee was appointed under the previous chief of staff, Dan Halutz.

The following are its main recommendations:

*Corps headquarters will be restored - commanding a number of divisions of ground forces; these were discarded as part of the reorganization. During the Lebanon war. This proved to have been a mistake, and it is expected that Ashkenazi will resume their operation.

*The Logistics Command, which underwent radical changes, will be restored; Ashkenazi will reverse decisions that led to the cancellation of professional specialization units.

*Fundamental decisions made in connection with the Ground Forces Command will be reexamined; as part of the reorganization, the Ground Forces Command was greatly expanded and became unwieldy.

Largest reorganization in history

During the first half of 2005, the largest reorganization plan in the history of the IDF went into effect. The organizational changes were extensive, and affected the overall concept of the way the IDF operates. The focus was on strengthening commands, the Operations Directorate and the Ground Forces Command, at the expense of the Corps Command structure.

The Sapir committee was assigned the task of evaluating the changes undergone by IDF as part of the reorganization, and the way these affected the war's conduct.

In the past, Sapir served as deputy chief of staff and national police chief. As a civilian he managed various companies, and prepared a variety of development and reorganization programs, including those for the Home Front Command and the Israel Emergency Economic Authority.

The report on the reorganization and its effects was sent to the Winograd Committee, appointed to investigate the war in Lebanon, as well as the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Experts are convinced that the investigation by the Sapir-led team is one of the most professional of the dozens of in-house probes carried out by the IDF since the war.

Sapir writes in the report that "the changes [to the IDF] were carried out without orderly staff work. The question is whether the chief of staff is authorized to decide to make such changes on his own, without the issue being raised and examined by the government with the assistance of additional parties."

According to Sapir, the reorganization "caused a terrible distortion" and led to great waste, such as the creation of a Ground Forces Command that includes two major generals and 15 brigadier generals.

Sapir also complains that "commanders were given charge of divisions without undergoing the necessary professional training and preparation," and had undergone training in low-intensity warfare as preparation for routine security work, at the expense of training for high-intensity fighting. Armored units had not touched their tanks for a year.

Another "distortion" is the fact that the Operations Directorate and Military Intelligence were used as commands, allowing them to direct air and naval forces. This was done despite the fact that the Operations Directorate is a General Staff unit and like MI does not normally deploy or command forces.

Sapir is also critical of the general assessment in the IDF that Israel would not face a major war in the foreseeable future, and that therefore it was possible to carry out a reorganization. This resulted in no major exercises by ground forces for considerable periods of time.

The fighting in the territories also affected the structure of the army and division-sized units were downgraded, which contributed to the attitude that the war in Lebanon was merely a local operation.

One of the immediate results was a failure to call up reservists during the early part of the war.

Logistics 'bordering on the irresponsible'

Sapir is also critical of logistics, which in some cases "bordered on the irresponsible." This was true not only in matters of ammunition but also with regard to essentials such as water, food and fuel, as well as the evacuation of the injured and the rescue of immobilized vehicles.

In his report, Sapir states that the number of positions in the General Staff has become bloated. Comparing it to 15 years ago, Sapir says that there has been an increase in the number of sections in the General Staff, in brigades and departments, with dozens of officers of various rank being added.

He says that this was done in spite of the questionable need on the part of the General Staff, in view of its current missions.

Sapir is highly critical of the fact that "the war began at our initiative and we did not take advantage of the benefits granted to the initiator." He says that the war was conducted with a lack of either an overall vision or an authorized operational plan. The General Staff intervened in tactical orders and the orders issued were in part vague and difficult to understand.

Regarding the appointment of the first chief of staff who was not from the ground forces (Halutz came from the air force), Sapir quotes what he told former air force chief Ezer Weizman, when the latter asked him what his chances were of becoming chief of staff: "Under the circumstances in which the State of Israel exists, one who has not commanded a division, who has not served as sector commander, and did not serve in two posts with the rank of major general in the General Staff, cannot be a chief of staff. It is not a personal problem. You can be a defense minister and maybe even prime minister, but not chief of staff. My view has not changed," Sapir said.

Thank G-D we have a soldier back in charge of the IDF and not an airman. I have nothing against Air Force officers far from it but Halutz proved they do not have the background that is needed to be Chief of Staff.

Going back to the way it was and getting soldiers back to doing their specific job will prevent a loss in future wars.

Good Job, Gabi

Anti Terror Missions- Work

Feb. 28, 2007 7:51 | Updated Feb. 28, 2007 17:35 IDF soldier wounded in Nablus operation By YAAKOV KATZ, JPOST.COM STAFF AND AP NABLUS, West Bank

An IDF soldier was moderately wounded on Wednesday afternoon when Palestinians detonated a bomb next to an IDF unit operating in the Kasba of Nablus as troops resumed their operations to track down gunmen in the West Bank city.

The soldier, who was performing house-to-house searches with his colleagues, was evacuated to Petah Tikva's Belinson Hospital for medical treatment.

Moments after the incident, an 18-year-old Palestinian stone thrower was wounded when he was shot by IDF soldiers also in the city's Kasba region.

Earlier in the West Bank city, Palestinians threw a pipe bomb at IDF troops. No one was wounded.

Eyewitnesses reported that 50 Palestinians were been arrested or detained for interrogation during the operation.

IDF troops had withdrawn on Tuesday but were back at dawn Wednesday, witnesses said.

Bulldozers sealed off all entrances to the old city with rubble and jeeps patrolled the streets of much of the city to reinstate a curfew, they said. About 50,000 people were confined to their homes.

The army has said the operation was necessary in the city known for its terrorist activity since most of the suicide bombers trying to enter Israel from the West Bank come from Nablus.

Thus far, one Palestinian has been killed in the operation, which began Sunday.

Also on Wednesday morning, undercover Border Police forces operating in Jenin killed three armed Islamic Jihad terrorists Wednesday morning, including the group's local leader, Ashraf Sa'adi.

The other two were known Islamic Jihad operatives Muhammad Abu Nasa and Daoud Jabli.

One IDF soldier was lightly wounded in the operation, in which the troops exchanged gun fire with Sa'adi and his men.

According to Palestinian witnesses at the scene, the three were sitting in a car when a black car drove up alongside and fired shots. The men in the black car were not wearing any uniforms, they said. Two of the men were killed on the spot and the third, Sa'adi, exited the car and tried to run but was shot down and killed, the witnesses added.

The army disputed the witnesses' account, saying troops had tried to arrest Sa'adi in a hospital parking lot, but he opened fire at them. Troops returned fire, killing the three terrorists, the IDF said.

Following the operation a spokesman for Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip, Abu Ahmad, warned Israel, "This new crime will not pass without tough punishment.

"Their blood will be the fuel of our holy battle. And our reaction is coming soon."

Islamic Jihad tried last week to carry out a suicide bombing in Israel but the bomber, who was from the Jenin area, was caught.

In related news, IDF units operating in other areas of the West Bank overnight Tuesday arrested a total of 25 Palestinians wanted for involvement in terror, the army said.

No troops were wounded in the operations.

Other than the Jerusalem Post being stupid and not calling the city by its Jewish name Schem and refering to the city by the name that was given to it when the Romans conquered Israel which is the name the Palestinians use for the city in an effort to wipe out Jewish history from Judea and Samaria (west bank).

It was a good days work for the IDF and even more so for the lads of the Mist Aravim the under cover anti terror unit Yamas of the Border Police.

February 27, 2007

Gaza Synagogues Used as Terrorism Centers

Gaza Synagogues Used as Terrorism Centers

(IsraelNN.com) Two of the largest synagogues in Gush Katif have been transformed into military bases used by Arab terrorist groups, according to a WorldNetDaily report.

The synagogue were abandoned during the 2005 Disengagement, in which the IDF and Israel Police forcibly evicted Gaza's 9,000 Jewish residents.The Cabinet decided not to destroy the synagogues, though the rest of the houses and structures in Gaza were demolished.

Popular Resistance Committee terror chief Abu Abir told WND that the synagogues are used to fire rockets at Israeli towns and cities. "We are proud to turn these lands, especially these parts that were for long time the symbol of occupation and injustice, like the synagogue, into a military base and source of fire against the Zionists and the Zionist entity," Abu Abir said.

When is Israel going to learn NEVER to give any land to our enemies, under any conditions.
No peace agreement is worth our land, period.

U.S. Marine Corps Buys New Israeli 'Golan' Vehicles

U.S. Marine Corps Buys New Israeli 'Golan' Vehicles

(IsraelNN.com) The Rafael Armament Development Authority Ltd. has announced its sale of 60 Golan armored personnel carriers to the United States Marine Corps for $37 million.

The Golan is a new armored vehicle which can also be used as an ambulance, a command center or for intelligence-gathering purposes.

According to the Globes business news website, the U.S. intends to use the Golan armored vehicles for its military activities in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Israeli Arab group proposes new 'multi-cultural' constitution

Last update - 01:30 28/02/2007 Israeli Arab group proposes new 'multi-cultural' constitution By Yoav Stern, Haaretz Correspondent

A proposed constitution written by the Israeli Arab advocacy center, Adalah, states that Arab Knesset members will be able to bring about the disqualification of bills that impinge on the rights of Arabs, and classifies the State of Israel as a "bilingual and multicultural" country rather than a Jewish state.

The proposal, entitled "The Democratic Constitution," also calls for majority and minority groups to split control of the government in such a way that will strengthen the Arab minority on issues relating to the character of the state.

Adalah's version of the constitution essentially abolishes the Jewish elements of Israel, but allows the Jewish majority to maintain its character through educational and cultural institutions. The proposal invalidates the Law of Return, which grants automatic citizenship to people with at least one Jewish grandparent, and states that citizenship will be granted to those who come to Israel for humanitarian reasons, regardless of their religion.

The document states that the "internal refugees"  Arab residents and their descendants expelled in 1948 and whose number is estimated at about a quarter of today's Israeli Arab citizens  will return to the area where they used to live and receive compensation. The introduction to the proposed constitution demands that Israel recognize its responsibility for the "historical injustices that it caused the Palestinian nation in its entirety," withdraw from the territories and recognize the Palestinian people's right to self-determination. The proposal sets the state's borders along the 1967 cease-fire lines.

The proposed constitution grants citizenship to all descendants of Israeli citizens, whether they were born here or abroad, as well as to all spouses of Israeli citizens  thereby undermining Israeli efforts to limit marriages between Israeli Arabs and Palestinians living in the territories.

Instead of dealing with the issue of who is a Jew, says Adalah, the proposal deals with the issue of who is a citizen.

Adalah's constitution is the first one proposed by an Arab institution, though there have been many proposed by various Jewish ones. Adalah chairman Prof. Marwan Dwairy said the other proposals are not based on democratic values.

"They relate to Arab citizens like foreigners in this homeland, in which history, memory and collective rights are the legacy of Jews alone," he wrote.

Adalah hopes that its proposal will spur public discourse on the legal and cultural standing of Israeli Arabs.

"If this 'Democratic Constitution' succeeds in highlighting the large gaps that exist between it and the other proposals, and generates dialogue and topical public discussion on the nature of the freedoms and rights in the this country, we will see it as an important step," wrote Dwairy.

According to the proposed constitution, all assets of the Waqf (the Muslim religious trust) that were expropriated after 1948 and all assets seized by the state from Arabs will be returned to their original owners, who will also receive compensation for the period of expropriation. The state must also immediately recognize all unrecognized Arab villages, the proposal states.

The document does not state what the symbols of the country should be, but says that they will be determined either by a Knesset committee, half of whose members will be Arab, or by agreement of 75 percent of Arab MKs.

All official publications, court rulings and media reports will be in both Hebrew and Arabic, according to Adalah. The proposal states that every cultural group, whether religious or ethnic, will be able to run their own institutions, and that national minorities can choose their own representative body, at the state's expense.

The proposed constitution grants the judicial system the authority to overturn any laws that contradict the constitution.

Adalah says that many of its sections are based on international declarations of human rights, and has consulted with legal experts from around the world, including some who were involved in South Africa's changeover from an apartheid state to a democratic one.

As I stated several years ago I am against the security wall that then Prime Minister Sharon started building.
I wrote then that the wall would become an issue that the Arabs would build on to show how bad Israel had become, that we were cutting families in two and introducing a seperation or an apartied between peoplesand that Arabs are second class citizens.

We must remember that under the Oslo Accords, Israel even if we were to create a Palestinian State would still "owe" the Palestinians the right to come into Israel to work since the Palestinian leadership will never be able to build what the Jewish leadership built in Israel over almost 100 years of suffering and building.

Israeli leaders are on a path that will bring about the destruction of the Jewish State.

The problem in in the modern era the west has no place in their set of ideals, for a Jewish State.

The west today can't accept the idea of a State exclusive for one group of people, with Israel identified as a Jewish State the cry will be what about the poor Arabs. How can an Arab stand and sing the national anthem Hatikva that speaks of the Jewish souls longing for a Jewish state?

The answer is that most of the Israeli Arabs really can't stand and sing Hatikva with pride, but they have exchanged national desire for a good life for them and their children.

Tthe majority of Israeli Arabs have reached a point of wanting to live in Israel for the greater quality of life that living here offers them, however their is a sizable part of the Israeli Arab community that seeks the destruction of the Jewish State, but wants Israel to remain.

What they fail to understand that by destroying the Jewishness of the State of Israel they will in the end destroy what they have and what they want to keep, the higher standard of living in a free society that no Arab country can offer them.

If the Arabs that seek the changes above are successful then I will no longer support Israel and will wash my hands of the place and so will many other Israeli's.

I do not support the fact that for the first time in the history Israel has an Arab cabinet minister for this has along with the wall opened Pandora's box. We now have an Arab minister so why not have an Arab Minister of Internal Security or Defense Minister or for that matter Prime Minister.

If we are going to be a "modern western" state then their should be no problem with an Arab holding these critical positions but then we will no longer be a Jewish State.

I will not support a modern state called Israel but I will fight and if need be die to keep Israel a Jewish State.

February 26, 2007

Islamic Jihad claims responsibility for settler's murder

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Picture of Erez Levanon
Islamic Jihad claims responsibility for settler's murder

In statement released on its website, group says two members of its al-Quds Brigades were 'able to lure settler into an agricultural area, and fatally stab him several times.' Organization also warns of 'more operations against Israeli soldiers and settlers'

Yaakov Lappin
Published: 02.26.07, 20:14 / Israel News

The Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility for a stabbing attack which left an Israeli man dead on Sunday night.

The body of 42-year old Erez Levanon, of Gush Etzion, was found in an alleyway in the Palestinian village of Beit Omar, north of Hebron .

In a statement released on Islamic Jihad's website on Monday evening, the group said two members of its al-Quds Brigades were "able to lure a settler into an agricultural area, and fatally stab him several times."

A spokesman for the Muhammad Sidr Shahid group, part of Islamic Jihad's al-Quds Brigades, was quoted as taking responsibility for the attack by the group's website.

The statement also threatened further "operations against Israeli soldiers and settlers who continue to operate in a criminal manner against the people of Hebron," and added that the murder was "in retaliation for the continued Zionist aggression against the steadfast city of Nablus."

February 25, 2007

Israeli Stabbed To Death

Feb. 26, 2007 3:05 | Updated Feb. 26, 2007 5:05 Israeli stabbed to death near Hebron By REBECCA ANNA STOIL AND YAAKOV KATZ

A settler from Bat Ayin, a community in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, was found stabbed to death Sunday night in a ravine north of Hebron.

Security officials said that the father of three, 40, was found with a fatal stab wound to the neck. Officials said it was likely he was killed by Palestinians.

Shortly before 11 p.m., Judea and Samaria Police received reports from what they described as "foreign channels" that an Israeli had been found dead in the Hebron area. In fact, a number of Palestinians allegedly reported the murder - or the discovery of the body - to Palestinian Authority security forces, who relayed the message to the Israel Police.

When police arrived at the scene, they discovered the body of the man, who had been missing since 6 p.m. A doctor pronounced him dead at the scene. His vehicle was also recovered, indicating that auto theft was probably not the motive behind the murder. Although late Sunday night the motive for the stabbing was still unknown, terrorism was considered a likely possibility.

IDF forces were dispatched to comb the area in search of possible assailants. Sources in the Central Command said there were a number of terror alerts regarding Palestinian plans to kidnap and murder Israelis. The officials did not rule out the possibility that the murder was criminally motivated.

Wide-Ranging IDF Counter-terrorism Operation in Shechem

(IsraelNN.com) Thousands of Palestinian Authority Arabs were placed under curfew in the terrorist stronghold of Shechem Sunday morning, according to security sources.

Some 50,000 residents are under curfew, the main entrance to the city has been sealed off and IDF officials say the operation will not end until anti-terrorist objectives are achieved.

Security sources have repeatedly reported that Shechem operates as a central terrorist training, arming and launch center for attacks against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers..

IDF Captures Shechem School, Says PA Sources

(IsraelNN.com) IDF soldiers captured a school in the terrorist stronghold of Shechem in its search for eight members of the Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades, a military group sponsored by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction.

PA sources said the soldiers were questioning local residents in the city in their search for the eight terrorists.

A curfew has been slapped on the 50,000 residents of the city and the main entrance to the community has been sealed off in a major counter-terrorism operation which began Sunday. The operation was initiated after Saturday’s discovery of a large bomb-making factory in the city.

Explosives Factory Discovered in Shechem Casbah

(IsraelNN.com) For the second straight day, IDF counter-terrorist forces discovered an explosives factory Sunday afternoon in the casbah (enclosed open-air market) of the Palestinian Authority city of Shechem, a major terrorist stronghold.

Forces found five pipe bombs, one large bomb, four bags of fertilizer (used for producing explosives), two pipe bombs and a missile.

Soldiers are continuing operations in the city, prompted by a similar find on Saturday. The stated objective of the army is to eliminate terrorist threats that have constantly emanated from the PA city.

Arabs: Shechem Looks Like Military Camp

(IsraelNN.com) More than 60 Israeli military vehicles and several bulldozers imposed a curfew on Shechem Sunday, according to an Arab report. Ma'an news agency quotes Arab sources that said the large IDF force focused on the old city of Shechem, and particularly Al Yasameen neighborhood. "The city resembles a military camp," the sources said.

Ma'an also reports Israeli soldiers distributed lists of wanted men in the city, lay siege to a house and arrested six citizens, four of whom are relatives. The arrests took place in Rafidia, west of the city. Ma'an says the IDF is looking for Mahdi Abu Ghazala, Ammar Akkoub, Sufian Qandeel, Amin Libbada, Abdulrahman Shinnawi and Mahdi Akkoub.

We should retake all the cities of Judea and Samaria (west bank) and never leave them again, as this will in the long run save Israeli lives.

You know on Monday the world including Condi Rice are going to condemn Israel for this act of self defense.

February 23, 2007

High Court: Security fence may be built on Palestinian farmland

Last update - 23:51 22/02/2007 High Court: Security fence may be built on Palestinian farmland By Yuval Yoaz, Haaretz Correspondent

The High Court of Justice ruled Thursday that it is permissible for the Israel Defense Forces to build security fences around West Bank settlements, even if the barriers cut into agricultural land owned by Palestinians.

Justices Dorit Beinisch, Eliezer Rivlin and Edmond Levi rejected a petition submitted two years ago by ten Palestinian residents of the West Bank opposing the construction of security fences surrounding adjacent settlement land.

The petition was submitted by the council heads of the villages of Beit Lid, Ramin, Shufa and al-Labad against the separation fence path planned near their villages, which was intended to surround the settlements of Avnei Hefetz and Einav Hashomron.

The fence surrounding Avnei Hefetz was built at a distance of 1.5 kilometers from residential homes, and was originally planned to surround an illegal outpost east of the settlement. Last year, the court forbade construction of the fence around the illegal outpost.

The justices decided to reject the petition after a section of the fence's route was exchanged for an electronic security fence, which monitors Palestinian movement without presenting a physical obstacle.

"We accept the stance that the security fence and the extent of defense are necessary to provide to Avnei Hefetz and Einav the required security from terrorist infiltration and from terrorist activities," wrote Beinisch in the ruling.

After the disengagement, Einav and Avnei Hefetz became the northernmost settlements in the West Bank.

UNESCO team to inspect Mughrabi dig

Feb. 23, 2007 20:11 | Updated Feb. 23, 2007 20:14 UNESCO team to inspect Mughrabi dig By ASSOCIATED PRESS PARIS UNESCO said Friday it will send a team of four experts to Jerusalem to assess the impact of construction work which has inflamed Israeli-Palestinian tensions.

The experts are to visit the hilltop compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, which is on UNESCO's World Heritage and its World Heritage in Danger Lists.

Nearly three weeks ago, Israeli archaeologists began a salvage dig ahead of the construction of a new pedestrian walkway up to the site, one of Islam's holiest. The Israeli dig sparked riots by Muslim worshippers and protests throughout the Arab world.

"I believe that such a mission constitutes the most appropriate response to the present situation," UNESCO director-general Koichiro Matsuura is quoted as saying in a statement.

It "could also be a means of helping to alleviate tensions and restore a climate of confidence."

The team could leave for the region as early as next week, the Paris-based organization said.

Members will report their findings to Matsuura upon their return.

I will take any bets on if UNESCO finds against Israel.

This is a mistake for Israel to allow UNESCO to interfere in internal Israeli matters, they will side with Islam to rid Jerusalem of it's Jewish past.

February 22, 2007

Syria Escalates Anti-Israel Incitement

Syria Escalates Anti-Israel Incitement

(IsraelNN.com) Syrian has exploited the archaeological digging next to the Temple Mount to escalate incitement against Israel. One cartoon in a Syrian daily newspaper shows the stereotype of a Jew digging near the site and preparing to explode a grenade in order to blow up the Middle East.

A sermon on Radio Damascus charged that Jews are breaking agreements concerning the Al Aksa mosque located on the Temple Mount. It called on Muslims to fight against Jews and Israel. A Syrian television station charged Israel with destroying part of the site. Thousands of protestors marched in the capital to condemn "the crimes of the Israeli occupation."

One government minister stated on television, "We shall not allow those who killed the prophets to destroy also the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Destroying the Mosque is only the beginning, after which they will destroy the Church of Nativity and other churches as well."

War Is Coming Soon

Damascus close to multi-million dollar deal to buy modern anti-tank missiles from Russia By Amos Harel and Aluf Benn

Damascus is close to concluding a large deal with Russia to procure thousands of advanced anti-tank missiles for the Syrian army, according to information received in Israel recently. Such a development suggests that Israel's diplomatic efforts to block the sale have failed.

According to various estimates the deal is worth several hundred million dollars and involves several thousand advanced anti-tank missiles.

For years Syria secured anti-tank missiles from the Soviet Union and later from Russia. During the war in Lebanon last summer Israel found proof that Syria had transferred to Hezbollah advanced Russian-made anti-tank missiles from its arsenal.

Evidence of the existence of these advanced missiles, the Kornet AT-14 and Metis AT-13, came in the form of crates discovered in the villages of Ghandurya and Farun, close to the Saluki River. The shipment documents showed that they had been procured by the Syrian army and transferred to Hezbollah.

Will their be a war this summer?

I think it is 85% a sure thing and their is nothing less than a massive strike on Iran that can stop the war from happening.

Will the USA or Israel take the steps needed to avoid the war and also put an end to Iran's nuclear program as part of the strike, I don't know but for the sake of the world we all should pray that someone hit Iran now.

Syria rearms, moves troops closer to Golan Heights border

Syria rearms, moves troops closer to Golan Heights border By Ze'ev Schiff

The Syrian armed forces are being strengthened in an unprecedented way in recent memory with the help of generous funding from Iran. The Syrians are bolstering their forces in all areas except the air force, which has been believed to be weak for some time. The main emphasis of the efforts has been missiles and long-range rockets to compensate for the weak air force.

The Syrian navy, after years of neglect, is also being reinforced with an Iranian version of a Chinese anti-ship missile, similar to the one used by Hezbollah during the second Lebanon war to strike the Israeli destroyer INS Hanit.

In addition to the overall strengthening of the armed forces in Syria, there has been a redeployment of forces along the front lines. It appears that the Syrians have moved forces closer to the border with Israel on the Golan Heights.

February 21, 2007

Long, But A Must Read


Now the problem is Dichter

How could Police Chief Karadi be replaced by someone whose record is far worse?

Mordechai Gilat
Published: 02.20.07, 20:56 / Israel Opinion

Many people raise an eyebrow each time they are reminded that Gideon Ezra, from the cabinet's lair, formerly filled the post of the Shin Bet's deputy chief. The Shin Bet, for some reason, is depicted as a hub of intelligent and creative people, and its leaders are attributed with integrity and valued judgment. Not with stupidity.

Then all of a sudden, out comes this ironed Rambo Avraham Dichter, and shows us that Gideon Ezra was no exception in Israel's General Security Service; not in his sharp mind, not in the wisdom of his decisions and not in the understanding of his position, commitments and public mission.

On the contrary: Dichter is worse than Ezra, he is less rational, full of self importance and unable to see beyond the tip of his nose. The government is stealing the country from the people, and he is preoccupied with appointing a tainted police commissioner, who was harshly reprimanded by the court. This is his leadership model. This is the role model he is bringing back to the police force. It's the type of insensitivity that can make any reasonable mortal explode.

Dichter is acting as though he never heard that criminals had infiltrated the highest ranks of the tax division, that several criminals are roaming around cabinet ministers' backyards, that a district judge was murdered, and that a sex offender celebrated his imprisonment with several of the State's saints. It's as if he doesn't live here. He is acting like someone who came here for a short visit without knowing that the year of "national stable cleaning" had been announced.

With his conduct, Dichter reminds me of the Crystal Theory, often mentioned by Attorney Dov Weisglass: The bad guys mix with the bad guys, the powerful with the powerful, and the good with the good. "This is reality," the veteran attorney once told me, "this is life."

Indeed, Dichter didn't join political parties associated with integrity and he didn't attempt to found a new and clean party to save the State of Israel. He preferred joining the Kadima Party of suspects and defendants; he reluctantly took up the post of minister of internal affairs, learned a few things about organized crime and the power of government corruption, and remained unperturbed. This doesn't really concern him.

Sons of Light and Sons of Darkness

Not a word was uttered by him regarding government corruption, not a word about the destruction of the police force at the hands of the government, not even an attempt to protect the High Court against those seeking to undermine it.

He didn't even demand the resignation of someone like Likud party member Tzachi Hanegbi, suspected of fraud and blackmail, and he didn't stand up for the state comptroller when evil persons sought his head. In the war between the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness, he is among the latter. There is no doubt about it.

And indeed, after all that was written in the Zeiler Commission's report about the corruption it revealed, couldn't Minister Dichter find a candidate for the post of police commissioner who has no shady history and evidence of accepting perks?

Couldn't he find someone who wasn't acquitted by being given the benefit of the doubt, with scathing comments and harsh conclusions? Could it be that the honorable minister couldn’t find 10 Uzi Dayans, former army and police force candidates for the post throughout the country? What nonsense? What lies are these that he searched far and wide to no avail?

How an Israeli minister could dare present Yaakov Ganot as an adequate candidate, when he knows full well that Karadi was sent home for lesser than that. Karadi was not suspected of criminal wrongdoings, he was not acquitted by being given the benefit of the doubt and he didn't accept valuable gifts. How could Karadi possibly be replaced by someone whose record is worse? How could Dichter hold the Zeiler report - that rocked the nation - in such contempt?

This story is further exacerbated when examining the appointment of Major General Miki Levy to the post of deputy chief commissioner. Why him of all people?

Why is this lifeless officer, who is associated with the prime minister's cronies, better than other senior major generals in the police force? What is his advantage over experienced district chiefs, except for the fact that he is close to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Shula Zaken, his bureau chief? Is there anything tangible in the sense that at the wink of an eye a compromise was reached between Dichter and Olmert, against whom an initial investigation is currently underway?

Thanks to Dichte, instead of Olmert having one supportive police commissioner, he now has two docile heads of police. Ganot and Levy. They are his. He will try to lean on them until the High Court ruling.

Good Job Guys

Jihad member behind foiled terror attack killed, security officials say

Senior al-Quds Brigades commander believed to be behind Tuesday’s attempted terror attack in central Israel shot at close range by Border Guard officers, Shin Bet operatives operating in Jenin area; army officials say terrorist was involved in dozens of bombing attacks against IDF troops, manufactured high-quality explosive devices

Efrat Weiss
Published: 02.21.07, 10:31 / Israel News

A senior Islamic Jihad member believed to be behind Tuesday’s foiled suicide terror attack in central Israel was killed by disguised Border Guard officers and Shin Bet operatives in Jenin.

Mahmoud Abu Abid was shot at close range Wednesday morning after the security establishment received intelligence information on his whereabouts. No injuries were reported among the soldiers.

Security establishment officials said Abu Abid recruited suicide bombers, manufactured high quality explosive devices, and was involved in dozens of bombing attacks against IDF forces in the Jenin area.

The killing came just hours after the arrest of a Palestinian suspect following intelligence information on a terrorist who had already infiltrated into Israel and was planning to carry out a suicide bombing attack in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.

February 20, 2007

Arab-Israeli MK speaks at Israel Apartheid Week

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Arab-Israeli MK speaks at Israel Apartheid Week, says West Bank, Gaza apartheid worse than in South Africa

Roee Nahmias
Published: 02.21.07, 01:35 / Israel News

Israeli democracy was built on the 1948 transfer, said MK Jamal Zahalka of the National Democratic Assembly (NDA) in a speech in a Canadian University during Israel Apartheid Week last Wednesday.
Worldwide events mark ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ / Moran Rada
Israeli-Arab MK Zahalka to speak at ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ event in Montreal; Organizers call for sanctions against Israel

Zahalka, the keynote speaker of the event, criticized Israeli democracy, saying it was plagued with demographic frenzy and legislated racist laws such as the Citizenship Law that prevents family unification.

According to an NDA affiliated website, Arabs48.com, Zahalka said that the situation in the West Bank and Gaza is far worse than the South African apartheid ever was, since unlike South Africa, Israel is also separating between Palestinians.

"Israel is implementing apartheid policies in Palestine by building the apartheid separation wall, bypass roads for Jews only in the West Bank, restrictions on movement of Palestinians, hundreds of checkpoints, in addition to the siege and daily violation of basic human rights of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza,” the event's official website reported Zahlaka saying.

Zahalka continued to say that the Gaza Strip is completely cut off from the West Bank, despite the Safe Passage agreement.

250,000 Palestinian residents of Jerusalem are isolated from the West Bank and Gaza, and the northern West Bank is separated from its southern end, as a network of roadblocks prevent free movement between villages and towns, he said.

MK Zahalka should be tried for treason and not only removed from the Knesset but if found guilty he should go to prison for several decades.

Suicide bomber arrested near Tel Aviv


Suicide bomber arrested near Tel Aviv

(VIDEO) Would-be bomber ditches explosives in Rishon LeZion dumpster, unclear if bomb was faulty or if he changed his mind. Bomber arrested with several other Palestinians in Bat Yam apartment

Avi Cohen
Latest Update: 02.20.07, 20:39 / Israel News

VIDEO - A suicide bombing in central Israel was narrowly avoided on Tuesday say security forces after the Palestinian man and his accomplices were arrested and the explosives uncovered.

Police and security forces operated extensively to thwart the attack throughout Tuesday afternoon and evening following intelligence information of a terrorist who had already infiltrated into Israel and was planning to carry out a bombing in Israel's coastal plain.

The Tel Aviv District Police declared a heightened state of alert and roadblocks were set up in and around the cities in the region. Detailed Shin-Bet intelligence information led forces to an apartment in the city of Bat Yam, located south of Tel Aviv, where the cell was hiding.

Forces raided the apartment, capturing the bomber and several accomplices. While the men were being questioned the building was evacuated and police sappers combed the apartment for explosives but none were found.

The would-be bomber told interrogators that he had arrived in Rishon LeZion in the early afternoon with the explosive device concealed in a backpack – which he says he intended to detonate inside Tel Aviv - but for reasons that still remain unclear he decided to dump the backpack into a garbage dumpster and head back to Bat Yam, where his accomplices were waiting in the apartment.

February 19, 2007

Public Trust in Government Plummeting

Public Trust in Government Plummeting by Hana Levi Julian

(IsraelNN.com) A new poll published by the Center for the Study of Crime Law and Society at the University of Haifa has revealed that only 14 percent of the Jewish Israeli public has complete trust in the Israel Police Force.

Professor Arye Rattner, director of the Center, said by contrast, that more than double that number, 38.5 percent of those surveyed expressed a total lack of trust in police.

The numbers have steadily dropped since 2002, when 50 percent of the public reported that they trusted the police force and only 13 percent expressed a lack of trust.
This...may lead to demonstrations of contempt for the rule of law.

Within a year, the number of Israelis who expressed a high level of trust in police had dropped to 36 percent, although the number of those who said they did not trust law enforcement officers remained at 13 percent.

Prof. Rattner said the statistics are ominous signs that the social fabric of the Jewish State is being strained to a point that the damage may soon cause a rise in crime and social services statistics.

“The results of the survey point to a serious blow to the legitimacy the Israeli public grants – or doesn’t grant – to the police,” said Rattner. “This loss of legitimacy may lead to demonstrations of contempt for the rule of law and a decrease in the level of respect for and compliance with the law,” he added.

Researchers questioned 1,625 Jewish Israelis over the past several weeks as part of a multi-year study that has tracked the level of trust in the country’s police force since 2000.

Faith in a different sector of Jewish leadership has also dropped to record lows, according to a Geocartographia poll released this week.

An overwhelming majority of 74.4 percent of the respondents said they favor dissolving the Knesset, the highest figures since former Labor Prime Minister Ehud Barak was forced to call elections less than two years after being voted into office.

The problem is that without new blood to lead Israel we are just recycling the people that have brought Israel to this situation.

So Olmert leaves office and Israel has elections and we have a new Prime Minister wo is part of the gang of cowards, scum and traitors and are in the Knesset, what have we solved?


In fact the situation will grow even worse since in the new government we will have all the same old problems with no solutions and the public will grow even more distrustful of the government.

Nasrallah depressed, researchers say

Nasrallah depressed, researchers say

Lebanese terror group leader’s speeches, TV appearances lack usual zeal and charisma, behavioral researchers say, adding that criticism directed toward Nasrallah from Syria, Lebanon may be cause of his misery

Hanan Greenberg
Published: 02.19.07, 18:52 / Israel News

Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah is suffering from some form of depression, Israeli behavioral researchers said.

The experts, who examined Nasrallah’s patterns of behavior during recent public appearances and compared it to his conduct in the past, said if their assertion was correct it would be difficult to predict the Hizbullah chief’s actions in the future.

According to the researchers, Nasrallah’s current speeches and TV appearances lack the usual zeal and charisma.

The researchers said Nasrallah’s depression may be the result of criticism directed at him from Lebanon and Syria.

Israeli security establishment officials refused to comment on the researchers’ conclusion, but did say that Nasrallah may attack Israel for the very reason that he feels threatened and unsure of himself.

Other officials, on the other hand, said these may be the first signs of decline in Hizbullah’s status.

February 15, 2007

Breath Of Fresh Air


No place for ‘it’ll be okay’ mentality in IDF, army chief says

Ashkenazi tells Command and Staff College graduates 2007 will be dedicated to ‘improving army’s level of operational readiness, while continuing to battle terror effectively’

Hanan Greenberg
Published: 02.15.07, 23:47 / Israel News

"There is no place for the ‘trust me, it’ll be okay’ mentality in the IDF," newly-appointed Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi said on Thursday, referring to the long lamented military culture of last minute improvisation largely owed to lack of planning ahead and overconfidence on the part of troops.

"What there is room for is foresight, thorough planning and professionalism," continued Ashkenazi.

Speaking before the graduating class of the IDF Command and Staff College, his first address as the IDF's chief commander, Ashkenazi said: “We must demand of ourselves and of our men a high level of performance, initiative, responsibility and the meticulous implementation of orders and guidelines.”

The army chief outlined the military's work-plan for the coming year, saying that 2007 will be dedicated to the implementation of the lessons drawn from the second Lebanon war and the improvement of the IDF’s level of operational readiness. "We must prepare the military so it can respond to any and every conflict, while continuing to effectively battle terror. We must secure a strong, combatant military, fit and triumphant, in order to realize the IDF's purpose – the assurance of the existence, sovereignty and security of the state of Israel. Or in short – so we can defend this country and its people.

“Years ago, on this very stage, then-defense minister Yitzhak Rabin warned the graduates this college of the ‘trust me, it’ll be okay’ mentality rife in the army and Israel's society. It is apparent that through the years Rabin's words take on a validity we must recognize, an intensity we must assimilate and we must
implement his warning every hour on the hour every day."

Gabi you are a breath of fresh air.

May G-D give you the strength and the wisdom to achieve what needs to be done.

The IDF has the leader that it needs to move it ahead to face the wars ahead, may we accept nothing less than total victory and the vanquishing of our enemies.

Saudi prince to build hotel in Tel Aviv

Saudi prince to build hotel in Tel Aviv

Prince Bin Talal to build 150-room hotel on Tel Aviv's coastline

Ofer Petersburg
Published: 02.15.07, 08:46 / Israel Money

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is in negotiations to build a hotel on Tel Aviv's coastline.

Two architects have already started working on the project. The one is Bin Talal's private architect, who had worked with him on oriental hotels across the world, Basel al-Beiti. The other is former Tel Aviv Chief City Engineer, Yisrael Gudovich.

The planned project is a joint venture with the Abulafya family, which owns a structure on a 1-acre plot on Herbert Samuel Street.

According to the blueprints submitted to the Tel Aviv Municipality, an eight-story, 150-room hotel is planned to be built on the site.

Bin Talal is the nephew of the late Saudi King Faisal, and is believed to be worth $26.4 billion.

The prince's empire includes holdings in banks, financing and investment firms, hi-tech and communications companies, leading hotels in the United States, Europe and the Arab world, and tourist sites.

Israel Uses Appeasement Once Again

Last update - 20:04 15/02/2007 PM agrees to let Turkey inspect Temple Mount construction site By Amiram Barkat and Aluf Benn, Haaretz Correspondents and Haaretz Service

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Thursday agreed to let a Turkish team inspect the construction site at the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem, work Muslims fear will harm the face of the nearby Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Olmert had shown him photographs of the construction work, but had failed to convince him that it would not harm the holy sites there. Olmert agreed to a Turkish suggestion for a technical team from Turkey to inspect the site, Erdogan said.

Olmert said he agreed to the inspection because "Israel has nothing to hide." He added that the matter of the construction on the site had been miconstrued and presented in a tendentious way in the international media.

"The construction of this bridge next to the Western Wall has been taken out of context, but we will cooperate with everyone and will be happy to host the delegation in order to show that the Israeli story is correct and exact," he said.

Israeli Prime Minister Olmert needs to leave office as he has zero strength of character.

By giving into these demand by Turkey to inspect the construction at the Mugrabi gate in Jerusalem Olmert has show both himself and Israel to be unsure of our ownership of Jerusalem.

These inspections will do nothing to stop the threats and violence of the masses of immature Muslim idiots that really seek nothing more than to destroy the Jewish history in Jerusalem and all of Israel.

By destroying our history they will destroy our right to live in Israel and to have Jerusalem as our capitol, on these issues Israel must be as strong as possible so as to break the will of the Muslim mob.

They must see their will be broken with as much determination as we break the riots that they use to intimidate us.

Rioting on the Temple Mount must not be met with the minimum of force response by Israel but rather the maximum.

We must tell the Muslims before they riot, you riot we will shoot you down with live ammo and break the back of the riot in seconds. When the riots break out over our hard response we must respond the same way to every riot across Israel. Israeli civilians if stoned must also be given the green light to open fire.

We must show resolve on assert our right to not only Jerusalem but all of Israel as well.

February 14, 2007

PA unity deal in crisis

PA unity deal in crisis

Fatah-Hamas negotiations break down day before new coalition was supposed to be established. Disagreement over appointment of interior minister leads to crisis. Abbas cancels Thursday speech in which he planned to declare unity government

Ali Waked
Latest Update: 02.14.07, 21:15 / Israel News

The Palestinian unity government deal reached in Mecca between Hamas and Fatah was thrown into question Wednesday night when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas canceled the Thursday speech in which he intended to present the deal to the Palestinian people.

Abbas also called off a Thursday visit to the Gaza Strip, where he was slated to deliver to Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh the letter of appointment for the establishment of the coalition government.

Haniyeh was supposed to serve his resignation Thursday immediately after Abbas’ speech. Now, however, Haniyeh has delayed his resignation.

Please G-D let their deal fall apart and the shooting begin.

But this time lets hope the level of violence reaches a rate that would rival the American Civil War, for every dead terrorist saves innocent Jewish lives.

Former Mossad chief: Assassinate Ahmadinejad

Former Mossad chief: Assassinate Ahmadinejad

Iranian president 'says he wants to die a martyr so he should be sent to heaven,' Meir Amit says

Aaron Klein, WND
Published: 02.14.07, 13:33 / Israel News

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should "be made to disappear from the arena," Meir Amit, a former director of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, advocated in an exclusive interview with WND.

Amit, one of the most esteemed figures in the Israeli intelligence establishment, said while he was director of the Mossad from 1963 to 1968 he regularly argued against the assassination of world leaders. But he said the case of Ahmadinejad is different.

"Ahmadinejad is the pusher of all the Muslim world toward fanaticism and extremism. In his case, he should be made to disappear from the arena. He has said he wants to become a shahid, a martyr, so I think he should get his wish and be sent to heaven," Amit said.

Amit, now in his mid-80's, directed some of the most notorious Mossad operations while he was the organization's chief, including the running of Israeli spy Eli Cohen who penetrated top levels of the Syrian government, and the hijacking of an advance fighter plane from Iraq. The subject of multiple books and movies, Amit serves as chairman of Israel's Center for Special Studies.

February 13, 2007

Middle East Logic


Mugrabi bridge built for attack on mosque, Salah says

Sheikh Ra'ed Salah accuses Israel of building synagogue near Temple Mount; says bridge to enable military attack on mosque. Israel is conquering al-Aqsa mosque by force, he says

Roee Nahmias
Published: 02.13.07, 22:39 / Israel News

The Israeli works near the al-Aqsa Mosque are meant as a direct attack on the holy Muslim site, Sheikh Ra'ed Salah of the Islamic Movement stated Tuesday.

"The purpose of the excavations is to build a synagogue in the very location of the Al-Buraq Mosque, and the bridge is meant to enable military vehicles and trucks access to the mosque, for an attack on the Temple Mount," he said.

"Israel is conquering the al-Aqsa mosque by force," Salah charged, "and that is why it is our duty to emphasize that no Israeli institute has sovereignty over the al-Aqsa Mosque, or over holy Jerusalem. We stress that if the Israeli establishment moves one particle of the sacred mosque, this will be a crime."

Salah accused Israel of building the bridge with the intention of using it to shift military forces into the mosque. "They plan to build a massive bridge that will enable 300 soldiers to enter the mosque simultaneously, and I have a document to attest to that." he said.

"The bridge will be strong enough to hold the military vehicles of the Israeli occupation, and bulldozers and trucks. So I ask: does this not mean that the bridge is a prelude to an Israeli attack on al-Aqsa?" he added.

Sheikh Ra'ed Salah stated all of this today in Israel.

300 soldiers will be able to enter the al-Aqsa simultaneously, this is his biggest fear?

This is so Middle East on his part he is so worked up with conspiracy worries that he can't even use his own brain to figure something out.

Last Friday when Arabs rioted on the Temple Mount over 300 police officers entered the Temple Mount and if they had desired they could have seized the al-Asqa mosque. They could have held the mosque as long as Israel wanted to and we could even have placed exsplosives through out the mosque and turned it from an eye sore to a pile of ruble.

But Israel did not do so.

Welcome to the Middle East where the only logic one side can see is the logic of conspiracy theories and of turning their children into suicide bombers.

This is why their will never be and can never be peace in the Middle East. If only the culturally blind west and the stupid Israeli leadership can understand who we are dealing with.

Then the west and Israel can fight for our survival and should I say, victory.

Member of Knesset to Attend Anti-Israel Conference

Balad MK to Attend Anti-Israel Conference 16:27 Feb 13, '07 / 25 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) MK Jamal Zakhalka (Balad) plans to attend “Israel Apartheid Week,” an annual campus-based conference which aims to "forward the analysis of Israel as an apartheid state and to bolster support for the boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign,” according to its own website.

The conference takes place concurrently on a number of campuses. Zahalka will attend the one at Montreal’s Concordia University, where violent riots by Anti-Israel students forced former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to cancel a speech in 2002.

His attendance should be enough to remove him from office and place him in jail for 20 years, but it wouln't since Israel has become afraid to stand up to such acts of treason.

February 12, 2007

Only nuclear bomb can stop Israeli digging, Egypt MP says

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Only nuclear bomb can stop Israeli digging, Egypt MP says

Egyptian parliament convenes special meeting to discuss works near Mugrabi Gate; legislators from President Mubarak's party call to 'trample' 1979 peace treaty with Israel; 'that cursed Israel is trying to destroy al-Aqsa mosque,' member of President Mubarak's party says

Reuters and Ynetnews
Published: 02.12.07, 23:07 / Israel News

"That cursed Israel is trying to destroy al-Aqsa mosque...Nothing will work with Israel except for a nuclear bomb that wipes it out of existence." Mohamed el-Katatny of President Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party (NDP) told the Egyptian Parliament.

During the special parliamentary meeting, which was convened to discuss controversial renovations near the Mugrabi Gate in East Jerusalem, other members of el-Katatny's party called to revoke Egypt's 1979 peace treaty with Israel.

"The war with Israel is still ongoing whether we like it or not," NDP legislator Khalifa Radwan said.

Mohamed Amer, another ruling party member, said: "What this (Israeli) gang is doing makes me demand that we trample over all the agreements we signed."

The parliament has little say in national security issues or foreign policy, ultimately dictated by Mubarak who has rejected similar calls in the past.

February 11, 2007

Israel Once Again Caves In

Construction near Temple Mount Postponed 05:00 Feb 12, '07 / 24 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) In the wake of a series of meetings with Arab leaders opposed to the construction project and Israeli officials, Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski decided to postpone construction of a new bridge to the western retaining wall of the Temple Mount until opponents are given the opportunity to register formal complaints. He will make the building plans public in order to give anyone the opportunity to review and oppose the plan, and to kill rumors that the project would somehow undermine the Al-Aksa Mosque, located on the Temple Mount.

Israel’s Antiquities Authority, which is conducting a salvage dig to accompany the bridge construction, is not expected to halt its work.

Once again Israel has caved in to Arab pressure.

When will we have strong leadership again?

February 10, 2007

Security alert stays high in J'lem as police ready for more clashes

Security alert stays high in J'lem as police ready for more clashes
By Jonathan Lis, Yoav Stern and Jack Khoury, Haaretz Correspondents, and Agencies

The security forces are prepared for continued violence Sunday in protest against the construction work near the Mugrabi Gate in Jerusalem's Old City. Police say intelligence points to efforts by both Fatah and Hamas to fan the flames in the capital.

The high security alert around the Old City will continue Sunday, although police do not expect the violence to reach the same level as Friday.

Additional officers will patrol the area and police roadblocks will be erected in East Jerusalem and roads east of the city. The restrictions on entry to the Temple Mount will continue, with only Muslim men with Israeli identity cards aged 45 and over, and Muslim women of any age, being allowed in. Tourists and Israeli Jews will continue to be barred from the site.

Terrorists Fire Rocket at Sderot

Terrorists Fire Rocket at Sderot
06:36 Feb 11, '07 / 23 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) An explosion was heard in the Western Negev town of Sderot early Sunday morning. The explosion was heard shortly after the city’s “Red Dawn” warning system sounded.

Security forces discovered a Kassam rocket in the area. No injuries or damage were reported.

Arabs Attack Rachel’s Tomb

Arabs Attack Rachel’s Tomb
06:13 Feb 11, '07 / 23 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) A large group of Arabs threw rocks at Rachel’s Tomb on Saturday. Thirty of the attackers were arrested. No injuries were reported.

Rachel’s Tomb has been surrounded by a security fence in order to protect Jewish worshippers. The Tomb is also protected on one side by the partition wall. Nevertheless, attacks continue, with several reports of Molotov cocktail, pipe bomb, and rock attacks since the beginning of 2007.

Jordan Islamists Threaten Abdullah Over Mugrabi Project

Jordan Islamists Threaten Abdullah Over Mugrabi Project
22:38 Feb 10, '07 / 22 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Islamists in Jordan over the weekend called for a jihad to "save the Al Aqsa mosque," and vowed revolt against their Arab rulers if they do not take steps to make Israel halt its reconstruction project of the Mugrabi Gate bridge.

The committee of Muslim scholars in Jordan's largest political opposition group, the Islamic Action Front, or IAF, said in a statement that they "urge ... proclaiming jihad to liberate Al Aqsa and save it from destruction and sabotage from Jewish usurpers." If not, they said, they would turn their anger against the Arab regimes that did not take action against Israel - starting with Jordan's King Abdullah, they said.

February 09, 2007


Border Police respond to Arab rioting in the old city of Jerusalem

Muslim Riot on Temple Mount


Muslim Riot on Temple Mount
13:41 Feb 09, '07 / 21 Shevat 5767
by Ezra HaLevi

Arabs rioted Friday on and around the Temple Mount, wounding police officers and causing the evacuation of the Western Wall prayer plaza.

Stones were thrown at worshipers and police Friday, despite the decision to limit entry to the Temple Mount to Muslims over the age of 45. Three police officers were wounded by rioters.

Young rioters pelted police with stones and then took cover inside the Al-Aksa Mosque. Security sources said the youths had probably holed up inside the mosque earlier this week, and waited for Friday to begin rioting. Police refrained from entering the mosque due to concerns that it would serve Muslim propoganda efforts and claims that Israel is seeking to destroy it.

3,000 members of the security forces were standing by in expectation of Arab violence as a result of calls for an Israeli-Arab Intifada by Muslim leaders. The calls come in response to the repair and replacement of the Rambam (Mughrabi) Gate walkway, which was in danger of collapse.

Police entered the Mount, Judaism's holiest site and fired stun grenades at the rioters in response to the violence.

Once again the Arabs riot over a perceived slight against their religion.

How much longer should the west put up with this infantile behavior?

When are we going to say enough is enough.

February 08, 2007

Rockets Strike Western Negev and Ashkelon

Rockets Strike Western Negev and Ashkelon 19:02 Feb 08, '07 / 20 Shevat 5767 by Ezra HaLevi

Kassam rockets from Gaza struck the western Negev Thursday. One hit southern Ashkelon. The Supreme Court called for increased armoring of Gaza-region communities.

One rocket landed near Sderot, two near a Kibbutz in the Sha’ar HaNegev region and a fourth in the southern Ashkelon industrial zone. No injuries or damage was reported in any of the attacks.

Egypt summons Israeli ambassador to protest dig

Egypt summons Israeli ambassador to protest dig

Egyptian Foreign Ministry tells envoy Shalom Cohen excavations near Temple Mount could hurt efforts to revive peace process with Palestinians

Published: 02.08.07, 19:41 / Israel News

Egypt summoned the Israeli envoy in Cairo to the Foreign Ministry on Thursday to protest against excavations by the Jewish state near Jerusalem's most sacred Muslim shrine.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement it told the Israeli ambassador, Shalom Cohen, that the excavations could hurt efforts to revive the long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

"The Foreign Ministry also stressed that the sacredness of the site makes any movement inside or around it a very sensitive issue for Arab and Muslim peoples, in a way that could cause the situation to explode," the statement said.

Egypt's top Muslim cleric, Sheikh Mohamed Sayed Tantawi, on Wednesday called the Israeli excavations a "sinful aggression" and appealed for global action to protect the shrine, Islam's third holiest site.

Tantawi is the Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar mosque, one of the oldest and most prominent seats of Muslim religious thinking.

Israeli police go on high alert
The police have increased their alertness throughout the country, and particularly in Jerusalem, in light of growing tensions surrounding excavation works near the Temple Mount.

In a meeting held by Police Commissioner Moshe Karadi Thursday, it was decided to increase the alert level in the capital ahead of the Friday noon prayers.

Police officials fear that Palestinians will attempt to carry out terror attacks in response to the Mugrabi Gate dig, and that riots will break out in the capital and other places.

Karadi has ordered police and Border Guard forces to deploy in massive numbers in crowded places, open markets, shopping areas, and main traffic routes along the seam line Friday.

Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski invited Adnan Husseini, head of the Muslim waqf, for a meeting following the tensions surrounding the construction works near the Temple Mount.

Lupolianski said that the coexistence in Jerusalem can only be maintained through dialogue.

From the pictures I have posted here every one can see that the distance to the entrance of the Temple Mount from the construction is maybe 25-35 meters distance and all the construction is outside the walls of the Temple Mount.

This places all construction at least 200 meters from the mosque.

But still the Muslims over react like a bunch of spoiled children they are now throwing a temper tantrum.

The Muslims have been digging under the Temple Mount for years to destroy any archaeologically evidence of the existence of the Jewish Temple from the area. But have you seen Jews go crazy of course not.

My biggest hope is that any rioting that may happen at Friday prayers will be dealt with using a heavy hand.

Fatah and Hamas sign deal on unity govermnent

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Last update - 22:05 08/02/2007
Fatah and Hamas sign deal on unity govermnent
By Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondent, and Agencies

The leaders of the rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas signed a deal on a unity government Thursday night, the culmination of two days of intensive negotiations in Mecca.

The Qatari satellite channel Al-Jazeera aired images from the signing ceremony, attended by Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah and Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal.

Al-Jazeera quoted Abbas as saying at the signing ceremony that he had asked Haniyeh to form the new government, and to respect all past peace agreements. The latter request had been a key sticking point in negotiations between the two sides.

Meshal, also speaking at the ceremony, vowed that Hamas would not break the agreement, and that all factions would respect the deal. He asked the international community to recognize the new government.

The deal sets out the principles of the unity government, including a promise that it will respect previous peace deals with Israel, delegates said.

Announcing the agreement at the ceremony, Abbas aide Nabil Amr read a letter in which Abbas designated Haniyeh to draw up the new government within five weeks, according to the formula agreed on in the talks.

The letter of designation also said the new Haniyeh-led government would respect past peace deals signed with Israel by the Fatah-dominated PLO.

Abbas said the deal would "satisfy our people... and bring us to the shores of peace... This initiative has been crowned with success."

Meshal said the accord will "unify our ranks. There is a commitment and unity. We will perseve this partnership."

It said it would also follow a document drawn up last summer by Hamas and Fatah activists jailed in Israel. That document calls for a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, the areas Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Hamas' agreement to that part of the platform is its most concrete commitment yet to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, although the group has underlined that it does not necessarily mean recognition of Israel.

Hamas still does not recognize Israel or Israel's right to exist so this agreement should not free up the international community to send funds to the Palestinians, even though America's dear friend the Saudis have now pledged 1 billion USD to the Palestinians.

But this just may be the last ditch effort to prevent a real civil war among the Palestinians and if this agreement fails we may still see a real civil war.

I for one hope it fails and that the Palestinians invest some time and effort to killing each other instead of murdering Jews. If this violates anyone notion of what is PC.

I don't care .

If Palestinians killing Palestinians is what keeps my family safe then too bad, so sad.

February 07, 2007

Israel and U.S. to Cooperate on Counter-Terrorism

Israel and U.S. to Cooperate on Counter-Terrorism 02:05 Feb 08, '07 / 20 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Israel and the United States are establishing a memorandum of understanding on counter-terrorism, aviation, airport security and emergency management.

Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter is signing the memorandum with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff while on an official visit to the U.S.

Majority of Israeli Population Dissatisfied with Leaders

Majority of Israeli Population Dissatisfied with Leaders 03:10 Feb 08, '07 / 20 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) The vast majority of Israelis are dissatisfied with their leaders, according to a new survey conducted by the Citizens’ Empowerment Center in Israel.

The poll presented to the Knesset on Wednesday found that 78 percent of the respondents were not satisfied with the political leadership in the country, a 23 percent jump from last year.

Maj.-Gen. Yogev: Retake Gaza

Maj.-Gen. Yogev: Retake Gaza 11:43 Feb 07, '07 / 19 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Major-General Moti Yogev says that the only solution to recent security threats is to retake control of Gaza. Following the expulsion of Jews from Gaza in 2005, terrorist groups have grown stronger, he said, and the only solution is to gain ground control over the area.

Yogev gave several reasons for his opinion, including the tunnels that run between Gaza and Egypt and between Gaza and Israel. Yogev pointed out that demolishing tunnels is difficult when they are very close to Israeli towns, as are the tunnels that terrorists dig near the kibbutzim of the western Negev. He also explained that without an army presence in Gaza, Israel is lacking crucial intelligence information on terrorist activity.

Yogev also reacted to the recent statements from Major-General Yom Tov Samiya. Samiya criticized head of General Security Services Yuval Diskin for discussing the security situation in a press conference on Monday. Yogev said that Diskin’s speech was necessary in order to open the eyes of the government to the threat posed by the PA.

We left Gaza and it is over and done with for now, lets learn the lesson and never give the Arabs any more of our land.

The time has come for the IDF to make ready for the war in Gaza and the north that looks like it is coming this summer.

Rice: Israel-Palestinian peace won't help Iraq

Rice: Israel-Palestinian peace won't help Iraq

US Secretary of State says Bush administration disagrees with Baker-Hamilton report, does not believe Israeli-Palestinian peace is key to solving conflicts elsewhere. Emphasizes however that new US diplomatic push is expected at upcoming three-way meeting with Olmert, Abbas

Yitzhak Benhorin
Published: 02.07.07, 21:40 / Israel News

WASHINGTON – There is no correlation between efforts to promote negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and the troubles plaguing the campaign in Iraq, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday.

"I don't wish to suggest that we think if we do that (resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict), we're going to get something for it in some other part of the diplomacy," Rice said.

I have been very critical of Secretary Rice so today I would like to point out that she got it correct today. I still think she gets the Middle East more wrong than right.

Aksa Martyrs' vow synagogue attacks

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Feb. 7, 2007 10:53 | Updated Feb. 7, 2007 23:47
Aksa Martyrs' vow synagogue attacks

The Fatah-affiliated Aksa Martyrs Brigades threatened on Wednesday to attack synagogues if Israel continued its excavation near the Temple Mount ahead of the planned construction of a new bridge to the Mughrabi Gate.

In a press release sent to newspapers, the group announced that all synagogues would become legitimate targets and that "the sanctity of the Al Aksa Mosque should not be less than that of the synagogues."

The terror organization joined scores of other Islamic organizations in calling on the Palestinian people to hold processions and angry protests until the construction is stopped.

A Jerusalem court on Wednesday ordered the fiery leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel to stay out of the Old City of Jerusalem for the next 10 days after he tried to force his way to the site of a contested archeological excavation outside the Temple Mount, police said.

Sheikh Raed Salah was one of seven Israeli Arabs detained by police near the Dung Gate on Wednesday morning.

Salah and his supporters had scuffled with police guarding the workers carrying out the salvage excavation near the Temple Mount.

The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court ordered Salah and three of his associates to stay 150 meters outside the walled Old City for the next 10 days, Jerusalem police spokeswoman Sigal Toledo said.

In court, Salah accused Israel of "the crime of demolishing a part of the blessed Al Aksa compound" and of "pushing the whole region to religious war." The archeological excavation under way ahead of the planned construction of a new bridge to the Mughrabi Gate is taking place dozens of meters outside the Temple Mount compound.

Salah, who heads the extremist northern branch of the Islamic Movement, which denies Israel's legitimacy, had called on Tuesday for an intifada over the archeological dig by the Jerusalem holy site.

Please look at the picture above where the work is being done and note that the location is outside of the Temple Mount and thus is far away from the mosque.

Lebanese troops open fire on IDF units near northern border

Feb. 7, 2007 13:38 | Updated Feb. 8, 2007 0:51 Lebanese troops open fire on IDF units near northern border By YAAKOV KATZ

For the first time since the Lebanon war last summer clashes broke out between IDF troops and Lebanese soldiers Wednesday night.

According to initial reports, Lebanese troops opened fire with machine guns at IDF soldiers searching for bombs inside Israeli territory, along the Lebanese border.

The troops returned fire with two tank rounds, apparently wounding several Lebanese soldiers after hitting their position.

Following the incident, Defense Minister Amir Peretz held consultations with active Chief of General Staff Lt. -Gen. Dan Halutz and other top officers.

Earlier Wednesday, the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) had been threatening to open fire on IDF troops operating near the border.

IDF troops from Engineering Battalion 603 were searching an area along the Israeli-Lebanon border, north of the Israeli community of Avivim, for explosive devices. On Monday, five bombs were discovered and detonated by soldiers and the IDF said it believed Hizbullah had been planted along the border in recent days.

February 06, 2007

How Long Will Israel Survive

Atty-Gen Mazuz OKs Arab MK's Appearance on Hizbullah TV 00:22 Feb 07, '07 / 19 Shevat 5767 by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

Attorney General Menachem Mazuz decided that he would not prevent Knesset Member Azmi Bishara from appearing on Hizbullah's Al-Manar TV station.

MK Bishara, leader of the National Democratic Assembly (Balad) party, is planning to visit Lebanon in the near future. While there, he intends to take part in an interview with Al-Manar, which is owned and operated by the terrorist Hizbullah organization.

MK Israel Hasson (Israel Beiteinu) called on Mazuz to prevent the trip altogether, but Mazuz said on Monday that he sees no legal reason to do so. According to a letter from Mazuz's assistant, the attorney general will decide after the interview if Bishara can be charged with any crime based on what he says.

Bishara has often been accused of acting against Israel's interests, having repeatedly made public comments against Israel and having made more than one trip to enemy nations over the years. As of now, however, no serious legal consequences for such actions have jeopardized his parliamentary, criminal or civilian status.

Last September, Bishara and other Arab MKs traveled to Syria. There, Bishara warned Syrian President Bashar Assad of a possible Israeli attack. He also praised Assad for supporting the "liberation" of land from Israel and condemned Israel's response to Hizbullah's rocket attacks on northern Israel.

In June 2001, Bishara appeared alongside Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah at a memorial ceremony in Damascus for the late Syrian dictator Hafez Assad. In his public remarks at the time, Bishara called for a "united Arab nation" to come together against Israel. In 2000, during a speech in the Israeli Arab city of Umm El-Fahm, Bishara praised Hizbullah for "defeating and humiliating Israel."

With the left allowing such traitors to stay in the Knesset and even to meet and support the enemies of Israel, the only question is how long will Israel survive.

Cowards, Scum And Traitors

Bishara Not Censured for Cursing Fellow MK 16:05 Feb 06, '07 / 18 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) National Democratic Assembly Knesset member Azmi Bishara escaped censure by the Knesset Ethics Committee Tuesday for cursing a fellow legislator.

Bishara shouted the “F” word at Likud Knesset member Gilad Erdan during a meeting of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, but it was decided not to impose sanctions on him for his behavior.

The Israeli Arab legislator expressed regret over the incident.

The Israeli members of Knesset don't even have the courage to stand for what is correct in their own place of work the Knesset.

Israel can not stand for much longer with such people leading the country.

Hizbullah Flags at Border for First Time Since War

Hizbullah Flags at Border for First Time Since War
09:51 Feb 06, '07 / 18 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Hizbullah terrorists have raised their flags at the border, belying Israeli government claims that United Nations Interim Forces (UNIFIL) have kept the terrorist organization inactive since the United Nations Security Council passed the ceasefire Resolution 1701. Israeli soldiers Monday morning found further proof of Hizbullah activity when they discovered recently planted explosives near the international border fence.

The green and yellow Hizbullah flags were raised several yards from the border, prompting Israel and UNIFIL to deploy forces in the area, but the flags remained in the air.

One Lebanese observer said, "It's as if they're saying, 'Our military action might have ceased, but we are still here and we were not defeated.'"

Back to the future is coming to the Middle East this summer, look for a war in the north and in Gaza. We have a new Chief of Staff and G-D willing will have a new Defense and Prime Minister by this summer in time for war.

Let Them Riot


Last update - 23:10 06/02/2007
Abbas: Dig near Al-Aqsa Mosque likely to endanger peace efforts
By Haaretz Service and News Agencies

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday said that Israeli excavation works near the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem were likely to endanger regional peace efforts, Israel Radio reported.

Abbas added that the excavations demonstrated Israel's intentions to destroy holy Islamic sites, according to the radio.

Jordan's King Abdullah II on Tuesday said the excavation has led to a dangerous rise in Middle East tensions and could derail revival of Arab-Israeli peace talks.

"What Israel is doing in its practices and attacks against our sacred Muslim sites in Jerusalem and al-Aqsa is a blatant violation that is not acceptable under any pretext," the monarch was quoted by the state news agency Petra as saying.

"These measures will only create an atmosphere that will not at all help in the success of efforts being undertaken to restore the peace process," the monarch said.

"This is a dangerous escalation we have seen in the last few hours ... these works and excavations pose a threat to the foundations of al-Aqsa," he added

Police on Tuesday arrested four Muslim worshipers who threw stones at the Israel Antiquities Authority excavation underneath Mugrabi gate in Jerusalem's Old City.

The dig as part of a plan to rebuild the Mugrabi bridge walkway planned to run from the Dung gate to the Mugrabi gate, which serves as the primary entrance to the compound referred to by Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as al-Haram al-Sherif, the Noble Sanctuary.

The digging will use smaller excavating tools, and will be supervised by a team of archaeologists. The excavations are intended to strengthen the support columns of the Mugrabi bridge.

The four additional columns to be built will be located on the grounds of the "Archaeological Garden" next to the Dung Gate.

If you look at the picture the work is being done on the small wooden bridge at the lower right of the picture.

What this has to do with the Temple Mount is beyond me. This is just one more attempt by Islam to remove any claim to or rights regarding the Temple Mount. This is no different that when Yasser Arafat claimed the Jewish Temple built by Solomon was actually not located in Jerusalem but rather about 60 miles north of Jerusalem.

To me it all ties in with the fight over the biblical heartland of Israel which today is called the west bank. For Muslims feel if they can destroy the Jewish ties to Judea and Samaria (west bank) then we the Jews will have a weakened claim over the rest of Israel.

So if the Arabs want to riot and start one more intifada, I say let them riot and then let the IDF and Police respond with force. Enough of these threats.

February 04, 2007

Irainian Nuke Scientist Is Dead

WASHINGTON — A prize-winning Iranian nuclear scientist has died in mysterious circumstances, according to Radio Farda, which is funded by the U.S. State Department and broadcasts to Iran.

An intelligence source suggested that Ardeshire Hassanpour, 44, a nuclear physicist, had been assassinated by Mossad, the Israeli security service.

Hassanpour worked at a plant in Isfahan where uranium hexafluoride gas is produced. The gas is needed to enrich uranium in another plant at Natanz which has become the focus of concerns that Iran may be developing nuclear weapons.

According to Radio Farda, Iranian reports of Hassanpour’s death emerged on Jan. 21 after a delay of six days, giving the cause as “gas poisoning”. The Iranian reports did not say how or where Hassanpour was poisoned but his death was said to have been announced at a conference on nuclear safety.

Now if 10-40 more will die under mysterious settings maybe we can just set the Iranian nuke program back enough to take care of it for good.

Is this the work of Israel, who knows but it does follow the same pattern as Egypt and the Nazi scientist in the 1950's and the Iraqi scientist in the 1980's.

February 02, 2007

She Is So Stupid

Last update - 21:46 02/02/2007 Rice: Peace efforts must go on despite Palestinian infighting By Reuters

United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday that
Middle East peace talks should resume despite an outbreak of violence among Palestinian factions.

Rice was speaking after a meeting of the Quartet of Middle East peace mediators, in which the U.S., Russia, United Nations and European Union voiced "deep concern" about violence between rival Palestinian factions that has killed 24 Palestinians in the last 24 hours.


"The Quartet expressed its deep concern at the violence among Palestinians and called for respect for law and order," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, reading a statement on behalf of the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union.

"It doesn't help to talk about a timetable, but it does help to talk about a commitment," Rice said after meeting with world powers for a strategy session on the Middle East.

"Despite that violence, there's simply no reason to avoid the subject of how we get to a Palestinian state," Rice said after a meeting at the State Department with foreign ministers from Russia, the European Union and the United Nations.

Rice is so stupid.

Despite the violence, we need to move ahead towards a terrorist State called Palestine, is she nuts?

How can she ever think this will lead to a peaceful Middle East.

I am afraid that not only does she have no common sense but that she just palin and simple has issues with Jews.

February 01, 2007

Palestinian behind rocket fire at Israel killed in W. Bank

Palestinian behind rocket fire at Israel killed in W. Bank

Security forces operating in Tul Karm injure two Palestinians belonging to terror cell that unsuccessfully attempted to fire rockets toward Sharon region community last July; one Palestinian dies of wounds in Israeli hospital; ‘attempts to launch rockets toward Israel from West Bank will continue and may even be successful,’ IDF officer says

Efrat Weiss
Published: 02.01.07, 18:57

Border guard officers operating in the West Bank city of Tul Karm on Thursday killed a Palestinian who was part of a terror cell that unsuccessfully attempted to fire rockets toward the Israeli community of Bat Hefer last July.

During the operation another cell member, who was reportedly involved in the development of weapons and was behind a number of shooting incidents in the Sharon area, was injured and later apprehended.

The injured Palestinian was apparently identified as Amer Barakeh, while the dead terror cell member was named as Jaser Zarib.

Zarib died of his wounds at the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva.

'Attempts to launch rockets will continue'

The security establishment has been tracking the terror cell for the past few months, and so far has been able to detain about 10 of its members.

The cell is reportedly associated with the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Fatah’s armed wing.

It is estimate that Barakeh will be able to disclose sensitive information once he recovers.

Wow What A Shock

Prosecution Will Not Ask Jail Term for Ramon
07:33 Feb 01, '07 / 13 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Government prosecutors will ask the Tel Aviv Magistrates court to fine former Justice Minister Haim Ramon and order him to community service instead of requesting he serve in jail, government sources said Thursday morning. The sentence is expected in three weeks, but MK Ramon has said he will appeal Wednesday's conviction for sexual harassment.

Meanwhile, the government is weighing how to re-shuffle the Cabinet, with Immigrant Minister Zev Boim (Kadima), who is an attorney, the top candidate to head the Justice Ministry.

You or I of course would not have done the acts that Ramon did, but I bet each and every one of us would spend some times behind bars. That is of course unless one of us happened to be a member of Knesset.

Cowards, Scum and Traitors, G-D help Am Israel.

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