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August 31, 2007

Reminder About MERF Every Sunday

For those who would like to hear me on the radio, I am very pleased to announce that I will be having a weekly appearance on the Middle East Radio Forum, the show is hosted By William Wolf.

The time of the show is 3pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific/Arizona, 10pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

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Destroying The Past And The Future

IDF, PA meet for highest-level security talks held since 1994 By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondents Last update - 07:10 31/08/2007 www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/899369.html

All Palestinian security organizations in the West Bank met Thursday with
their Israel Defense Forces counterparts in the highest-level talks held
since 1994 in Beit El army headquarters, near Ramallah.

At the meeting the Palestinians requested the IDF remove roadblocks, which
they said would be an important gesture for the Palestinian people during
the approaching holy month of Ramadan.

The IDF promised to consider a variety of measures that would ease the
difficulty in travel faced by the Palestinian population in the West Bank.
However, at this stage they did not specify the roadblocks that would be

IDF Brigadier General Tivon said that as long as there are no terrorist
attacks and the security of the Israelis is safeguarded, it will be possible
to ease restrictions on the movement of Palestinians.

He promised that as Ramadan approaches, he will stress in his orders to the
troops under his command that they should exhibit greater sensitivity to the
needs of the civilian population.

All the heads of the Palestinian Authority's security organizations
operating in the West Bank were present at the meeting. These included the
head of the National Security organization in the West Bank, General Diab
al-Ali, as well as the commanders of Preventive Security, the police, the
General Intelligence Service, Military Intelligence and the head of the
civilian liaison office, Hussein al-Sheikh.

So once again the Israeli civilian public is asked to place their collective heads on the chopping block, to try an appease scum.

When we look at this week we see President Peres working to set free terrorist that murdered three Jews. We see the Palestinians racing with heavy equipment on the Temple Mount destroying its Jewish past.

We have seen this week how General Dayton the American security coordinator for the Palestinians has a new plan for the importation, training and arming of 5,000 terrorist in an attempt to bolster Abbas. The General tried the same thing in Gaza and 100% of those weapons and men are now commanded by Hamas. I still think the whole Hamas- Fatah civil war is a put on to get America to do just what it is doing.

We now hear that the Israeli has given in a written document the following to Abbas:

1. Israel will retreat from Judea and Samaria, leaving only a few of the bigger towns in place.
2. Safe passage will be created from Gaza to Judea and Samaria for terrorist.
3. Jerusalem will be divided into Arab and Jewish sections.

Right of return for Palestinians refugees still is an issue that is being negotiated. But we know that Israel has agreed to admit some degree of culpability in the creation of Palestinian refugees from 1948, the sticking point is if they will be allowed to return to Israel pre 1967. Israel has even committed to taking on the economic rehabilitation of Palestinian refugees.

All of this is in preparation for the American sponsored "peace" conference, just as the Palestinians are destroying the Jewish past, the American and Israelis are racing to destroy Israels future and the presence of Jews in the Land that G-D gave us.

August 30, 2007

With Friends Like This

Last update - 15:26 30/08/2007
U.S. coordinator plans 5 new Palestinian battalions in W. Bank
By Aluf Benn, Haaretz Correspondent

A new plan by the U.S. security coordinator in the territories, General Keith Dayton, calls for the deployment of five new Palestinian battalions throughout the West Bank.

The plan, whose aim is to bolster Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, requires the approval of Israel if arms and equipment are to be transferred for the new force, political sources in Jerusalem said Wednesday.

The plan, which is still in its early development, is likely to call for the staged creation of the force, with relatively small units undergoing the necessary training.

Last week, the U.S. Congress authorized for the first time the transfer of $80 million to the security delegation headed by Dayton, which will be used to bolster the security forces of Abbas. No funding has ever before been transferred to Dayton, and the money will now allow him to carry out his plans.

With friends like do we really need Hamas and Fatah?

Just what Israel needs in five battalions of American trained terrorist in Judea and Samara.

The addition of about 5,000 trained and armed terrorist will cost Jewish lives. Every time America has trained and equipped Palestinians the weapons have been turned against Israel. The CIA trained and equip Palestinians as snipers it took no time for the Palestinians to turn their .50 caliber sniper rifles against the apartments of innocent Israeli civilian in Jerusalem.

General Dayton pushed the same thing for Gaza as a way to bolster Abbas, today those weapons are in the hands of Hamas.

So why should we repeat this same mistake?

Israel needs to stand up to America and say enough is enough.

Reminder About MERF Every Sunday

For those who would like to hear me on the radio, I am very pleased to announce that I will be having a weekly appearance on the Middle East Radio Forum, the show is hosted By William Wolf.

The time of the show is 3pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific/Arizona, 10pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

You can listen to streaming audio on line by going through the MERF web page located

August 29, 2007

'Sharon Warned Bush: Hit Iran, Not Iraq'

'Sharon Warned Bush: Hit Iran, Not Iraq'

(IsraelNN.com) According to a former top U.S. Administration official, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon tried to convince George W. Bush not to invade Iraq in 2001, and told him "Iraq is not the enemy, Iran is the enemy."

The quotes appear in a report by the NFC news site, which identifies the official as "Gen (res.) Lawrence Wilkinson, one of former American Secretary of State Colin Powell's top advisors." He is also said to be "the person who, two years ago, exposed American intelligence's systematic lies before the Iraq War."

The official reportedly said that when Sharon understood that Bush was serious about invading Iraq, he asked to meet him, and relayed messages that "if you are going to upset the balance of power in the Middle East, this had better be done vis-à-vis the Iranians and not the Iraqis." Bush, however, refused to heed Sharon's advice. When Sharon understood that the invasion of Iraq was inevitable, he promised not to make Israel's opposition to it known.

Knesset C'tee to Debate Peres' Leniency to Murderers

Knesset C'tee to Debate Peres' Leniency to Murderers

(IsraelNN.com) Seven members of the Knesset's Constitution, Law and Justice Committee have signed a request for a special, urgent debate on the subject of President Peres' decision to make it possible for the convicted murderers of a Jewish Israeli child to go free after serving two thirds of their sentences.

A request by at least one third of the committee's members is necessary for convening a debate during the Knesset's recess. The move was initiated by MK Gidon Saar (Likud).

I don't think the Knesset will take on Peres any more than it will move to stop the destruction that is happening on the Temple Mount.

Policeman Assaulted Trying to Stop Illegal Temple Mount Dig

Policeman Assaulted Trying to Stop Illegal Temple Mount Dig by Hillel Fendel

(IsraelNN.com) A policeman trying to stop an Arab tractor engaged in illegal Temple Mount excavations was assaulted - and the police chief who arrived on the scene arrested no one.

Officials of the Moslem Waqf (religious body) on the Temple Mount are digging there illegally, likely destroying precious artifacts from as early as the First Temple period. So say eyewitnesses and representatives of the Committee for the Prevention of the Destruction of Temple Mount Antiquities.

Gideon Charlap, a top Jerusalem architect and Temple Mount expert, told Arutz-7 what he saw when he visited the Temple Mount on Tuesday: "The Arabs there are digging a deep north-to-south trench, up to a meter [1.1 yards] deep. It is being dug in the area that served during Holy Temple times as the Ezrat Nashim [the area known as the Women's Courtyard, though it was not reserved only for women -ed.]. The trench passes through three east-to-west walls, according to my calculations - walls that probably served as separations for the Temple's offices and the like. This means that the destruction is tremendous..."

"At one point during the digging," Charlap continued, "a policeman - apparently a Druze - tried to stop the work from going on, and actually entered the cabin of the tractor. A struggle ensued, and when the Arabs finally pushed him out, he actually stood in the trench and physically blocked the rest of the work!"
"But instead of stopping the lawbreakers," Charlap related with incredulity, "he tried to 'calm down' the policeman!"

Charlap said that at that point, the chief officer of the Temple Mount police station, Shai Alali, arrived on the scene. "But instead of stopping the lawbreakers," Charlap related with incredulity, "he tried to 'calm down' the policeman!"

Charlap said he was unable to see how the story developed from there, "because our allotted time was over." Jews are permitted onto the site - Judaism's most sacred anywhere in the world - only four or fewer hours a day.

Police Chief Shai Alali was unavailable for comment. A police spokesman told Arutz-7 that the man who tried to stop the digging was not a policeman. Charlap stands by his story, however.

The digging is taking place just east of the Dome of the Rock.

Millennia of Artifacts - Down the Drain
Dr. Eilat Mazar, an archaeologist and a leading member of the Committee for the Prevention of the Destruction of Temple Mount Antiquities, spoke with Arutz-7's Hebrew newsmagazine about the desecration. "It is an untenable situation," she said. "Underneath the Temple Mount is a closed area, one that has barely been disturbed since the Destruction of the Second Temple. Anyone can realize that remnants of both the First and Second Temples are there, and can guess what damage is being done by the tractor. The most precious findings are just rolling around there and are available to be found - and instead they have a tractor there! If I would try to work with a tractor at one of my digs, the Antiquities Authority would stop me immediately! With a tractor, it's impossible to make any type of careful examination of the earth and pieces being dug up."

"We are a public, voluntary body that has taken upon itself to inform and warn the public about what is going on," Mazar said. "The Antiquities Authority acts as if it is fulfilling its responsibility to supervise - but in fact all they have there is just one man watching but doing nothing. That is not supervision. It's just a deception to say that anyone is overseeing the wanton digging and desecration being carried out there against our greatest national cultural treasure."

Asked if there has been any lull of late in illegal digs on the Temple Mount, Dr. Mazar responded negatively. "They have a clear goal of turning the Temple Mount into a place exclusively for Moslem prayer. In recent years, they have turned two giant structures - at the Huldah Gate and Solomon's Stables - into giant mosques, where none ever stood before... It is totally illegal; how can such violations of the law be allowed - especially in such an important place for Jewish Nation? This is a top archaeological site, and the fact that it's not considered one of the Seven Wonders of the world is our fault, because we don't talk about it enough and certainly don't preserve it enough."

Arutz-7's Uzi Baruch offered, "Perhaps it's because of the politically sensitive nature of the site?"

Mazar answered, "Yes, it's a sensitive spot, but there's a big difference between acting wisely and delicately, on the one hand, and allowing wanton destruction and law-breaking, on the other hand. No good comes of simply turning the other cheek, trying to achieve quiet at any price, and not seeing the future. They want 'quiet now' and they want to appease the Waqf and everyone else - everyone except for those who are concerned for Jewish culture."

"The Antiquities Authority is responsible for preserving antiquities," says Dr. Mazar, "but it is not doing its job on the Temple Mount. The Prime Minister must take this job upon himself and make sure that the law is observed and that the Temple Mount remains an accessible cultural site not only for Moslems, but also for Jews and Christians."

August 28, 2007

Jews, What Jews, I See No Jews

Archaeologists: Govt Allows Destruction on Temple Mount

(IsraelNN.com) Israeli archaeologists are angry at the government for allowing Muslims to destroy Judaism’s holiest site, the Temple Mount. They recently sent a furious letter of condemnation to the Antiquities Authority for allowing Muslims to carry out a dig on Jerusalem's Temple Mount with tractors and other heavy equipment. The work has left a 100-meter long and 1.5 meter deep trench, seriously damaging the site.

"This is a barbaric action on the most sensitive place in archeology of the Jewish nation," said Bar-Ilan University archeologist Dr. Gabriel Barkai, a member of the Committee Against the Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount. Barkai said that work carried out at the site on Monday was the most damaging to date. "If this was done with the Antiquities Authority supervision it is even worse, because the crime was carried out before our very eyes," he said.

Jewish activists note that it is common practice for Muslims to build on other people’s holy sites, replacing the original shrines with their own. Several years ago Israeli authorities allowed Muslims to build a huge underground mosque on the Mount, destroying thousands of years of Jewish history.

What kind of Jews run Israel?

How could a Jewish leader allow this to happen?

We must bring Jewish leadership into the Knesset.

Any member of Knesset that still sits in the Knesset and doesn't resign over this is nothing more than a self serving individual that cares nothing for the Jewish people and the Torah. Yes I include all the religious parties in my condemnation.

The fact that members of Knesset are not out blocking the way of the heavy equipment on the Temple Mount shows what Cowards, Scum and Traitors they all really are.

Police Cover Up

Studenia Calls For Dismissal of Border Police Commander

(IsraelNN.com) Ehud Studenia, a Samaria regional council member who is seeking to become the region’s mayor, has filed a request with Israel’s police commander to relieve Judea and Samaria Border Police Commander Shlomi Even-Paz of his position.

Studenia says the Even-Paz should be fired for stealing a memory card from the camera of a member of the Yesha Human Rights organization.

He adds that Even-Paz gave orders to use violence against protestors trying to reach Homesh in July and that he himself took the memory card from a camera that was handed to him by one of his men, with the goal of hiding the violence from watchdog groups and the media. Studenia says that Even-Paz refused to hand over the card, even once a police internal affairs investigation was launched into the incident.

The day must come for justice and prison for those police officers that have used violence against the anti Oslo and retreat policies of the government. In a democracy the police can not function as the enforcers of government policies that fail to meet the test of public support.

The level of violence that Israel has used against the anti appeasement policies has been disgusting and prison is the place for these KGB types.

Israel Once Again Importing Terrorist

Church of Nativity exiles may be granted reprieve

Militants exiled to Gaza, Europe, after 5-week takeover of famous Bethlehem church in 2002, may be allowed to return to West Bank, Palestinian sources say, citing Olmert-Abbas meeting

Ali Waked
Published: 08.28.07, 20:59 / Israel News

Palestinian militants exiled from the West Bank in 2002 - following a stand-off with the IDF in which gunmen took over the Church of the Nativity - may be allowed to return, senior sources from the Palestinian Authority said Tuesday.

According to the sources, future coordination of the issue was agreed upon during Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas earlier Tuesday.

Family members of the exiles and sources in the Palestinian Authority expressed hope that an agreement would soon be consolidated that would allow the militants to return to Bethlehem, as the exiles in Gaza – primarily Fatah-affiliated - have been complaining of harassment by Hamas since the group's June takeover of Gaza.

Exile Jihad Jaara told Ynet that, according to information he received from senior Palestinian officials, a solution for the exiles will be implemented beginning Ramadan, at the beginning of October.

The takeover of the church

On April 2, 2002, armed Palestinians forced their way into the church in Bethlehem, taking priests and nuns hostage, in order to escape from IDF troops in the midst of the anti-terrorist Operation Defensive Shield. The gunmen refused to surrender their positions inside the Church for over five weeks.

Under a heavily-mediated agreement to end the stand-off, 26 of the Palestinians from the Church of the Nativity were to be exiled in the Gaza Strip. Thirteen others were to be deported abroad.

According to Jaara, in the upcoming days the two sides will begin discussions regarding the return of those Palestinians who were exiled to Gaza. "The goal of the discussions is to ensure the safety of the exiles in Gaza and to ensure they won't be trailed or arrested by Israel," he said.

Following these discussions, additional meetings will take place to determine the fate of the 13 Palestinians (11 from Fatah and two from Hamas) who were deported to Europe. These 13 are considered terrorists by Israel, and the state had originally wanted to try them.

On May 10, 2002, at the conclusion of the stand-off, IDF forces entered the Church of the Nativity in order to search for weapons inside the church at the request of the priests. In addition to weapons, soldiers found 40 explosive charges that were hidden within walls and in corners of rooms. Several improvised explosives were found hidden behind closets.

I have a close friend that risk his life in the IDF response to the take over of the church by these terrorist, so this for me strikes close to home.

When are we going to get leaders that understand that Israel should never sit and talk with our enemies. For when we sit and talk we always loose.

We need to fight our enemies and talk only of achieving victory over them.

Who would have thought that Israel still needs to import terrorist?

Peres Pimps Again

'Peres barely in office – already releasing murderers'

Brother of Jewish teenager murdered 24 years ago slams newly elected president for saying he would release men convicted of brutal killing. Arab MK welcomes move, says Peres must now also release killer of Israeli girl Hanit Kikos

Roee Mendel
Published: 08.29.07, 01:51 / Israel News

"Peres hasn't even warmed the presidential seat and already he is busy releasing the vile men who murdered my brother," said Amnon Katz on Tuesday evening following President Shimon Peres'

The five are currently serving life sentences for the murder. Two of them were also convicted of murdering female Israeli soldier Daphna Carmon in 1987 and are serving longer sentences. Peres signed off on the decision along with Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann after receiving the recommendation of a statutory committee. The convicts will now be allowed to ask the parole board to reduce their sentences by a third.

Katz said the decision was capitulation to intense political pressure. "The statutory committee was appointed by the justice minister, he chose who would be on it and it seems that he had already decided what he wanted their conclusion to be.

All of the committee's work was kept quiet so that none of those who would oppose it would say anything. These are the same leftists who for years worked tirelessly to try and release these murderers through the courts; they portrayed them in the media as pitiful men and pushed for a retrial," he said.

MK el-Sana: I urged Peres to release them

The attorney representing the five men, Avigdor Feldman, welcomed Peres' decision and said he still believed his clients were innocent despite the result of the retrial. "There has never been any objective evidence in this case other than their confessions, which don't add up, said Feldman.

MK Taleb el-Sana (United Arab List – Ta'al), who in his last meeting with Peres urged him to reduce the five's sentence, also said he was pleased with the decision. El-Sana issued a statement saying that during his meeting with Peres he also asked him to pardon Suliman al-Abid, who was convicted of the rape and murder of 16-year-old teenager Hanit Kikus in 1993.

Men convicted again in 1999 retrial

Danny Katz was murdered in December 1983 after leaving his home in one of Haifa's upscale neighborhoods on his way to visit a friend. His body was found four days later in a cave near the Israeli Arab village of Sachnin. In 1985 the Haifa District Court sentenced Ahmed Kuzli, Samir Janama, Fathi Janama, Ali Janim and Aatef Sabihi of the kidnapping and murder of Katz based on their confessions.

Peres the Palestinian Pimp, proves once again that Jewish blood to him is cheap.

This case proves the need for the death penalty for terrorism if these terrorist scum were executed by the State after their first trial the Jewish people would not be placed at risk again by these terrorist scum.

So now we are going to let the murderers of three Jews go free, why?

MK Taleb el-Sana (United Arab List – Ta'al) shows once again that we can't trust a single Arab member of Knesset to put the general good of the Jewish people ahead of their desire to destroy Israel. It is time to be honest and look at the Arab members of Knesset and admit that they are marching in lock step with Hamas and Fatah.

Before any body jumps on the racist band wagon, I have no problem with Arabs being in the Knesset to represent their communities I just wish that they could be on the same page when it comes to Israels security and future.

August 27, 2007

Religious soldiers: Officer violated prayer rights

Aug 27, 2007 22:25 | Updated Aug 27, 2007 22:25
Religious soldiers: Officer violated prayer rights

Religious "hesder" soldiers on basic training in an IDF Intelligence platoon complained Sunday that a low-ranking officer abused them on religious grounds and violated their right to pray.

Religious soldiers praying.
Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski

The officer, according to the soldiers, used coercive methods on Sunday to force them to finish their afternoon prayer quickly. They said he split the platoon into two groups. One group was permitted to pray; the other group was forced to do pushups while their comrades prayed.

The officer used this as a tactic for shortening the prayer time, since the soldiers who were allowed to pray did not want to prolong the period during which their comrades did pushups.

The platoon is made up of religious soldiers from two different hesder yeshivot: Har Bracha and Ra'anana.

Rabbi David Stav, spokesman for the Union of Hesder Yeshivot, said the incident was proof that there are elements in the IDF who are hostile to religious soldiers.

"Somebody has a load of antipathy that he has decided to bring down on the hesder soldiers," he said.

The IDF, in a statement, said that it has launched an initial investigation, which indicated that the officer had acted in violation of IDF rules. The statement said that those responsible for the incident would be punished.

This officer needs to be punished with jail time as an example to others so that this type of harassment doesn't happen again.

It is hard enough for religious soldiers to stay religious as they watch other soldiers violate Shabbat and relax while they pray 3 times a day.

Before He Was The Palestinian Pimp


The following is a chillingly accurate prediction made three decades ago, by
none other than Shimon Peres, the nation's newly elected president. In it he
foresaw, in precise detail, the dire perils that would result if Israel were
to embark on precisely the policy he himself championed and which continues
to advocate with passion:

"The establishment of such a [Palestinian] state means the inflow of
combat-ready Palestinian forces (more than 25,800 men under arms) into Judea
and Samaria; this force, together with the local youth, will double itself
in a short time. It will not be short of weapons or other [military]
equipment, and in a short space of time, an infrastructure for waging war
will be set up in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. Israel will have
problems in preserving day-to-day security, which may drive the country into
war, or undermine the morale of its citizens. In time of war, the frontiers
of the Palestinian state will constitute an excellent staging point for
mobile forces to mount attacks on infrastructure installations vital for
Israel's existence, to impede the freedom of action of the Israeli air-force
in the skies over Israel, and to cause bloodshed among the population. in
areas adjacent to the frontier-line."
Shimon Peres, Tomorrow is Now,
Jerusalem: Keter, 1978, p. 232,

Wow President Shimon Peres was once normal.

To bad to day he spends his time pimping for the Palestinians collecting monies from around the world which then goes into his bank accounts in the Cayman Islands.

Did he choose the Caymans so nobody can know how much cash goes into the account and how much goes out?

Olmert to Sderot Moms: Send Kids to Unprotected Schools

Olmert to Sderot Moms: Send Kids to Unprotected Schools

(IsraelNN.com) In spite of the lack of shielding from Kassam rockets, Prime Minster Ehud Olmert has asked Sderot parents to send their children to school at the beginning of the new school year next week. The Sderot Parents Association has threatened to keep their children home until proper protection is in place. Speaking at the “Education City” convention in Holon on Monday Olmert said “Don’t deprive your children of this experience, with all the dangers you face.”

In spite of government promises, the majority of Sderot schools still lack protection from Kassam rockets fired from Gaza. Just last week a Kassam exploded in an empty schoolyard.

Very easy for Olmert to ask the parents of Sderot to put their children at risk. Why can he ask others to risk their children when his own kids have never been at risk. Olmert should end the security risk to Sderot by hitting the terrorist of Gaza day in and day out.

August 26, 2007

Half of IDF's New Combat Officers are Religious

Published: 08/26/07, 8:43 PM Half of IDF's New Combat Officers are Religious by Gil Ronen

(IsraelNN.com) Half of the IDF's young combat officers are religious Jews, according to statistics published as the lead story Sunday in Ma'ariv, Israel's second largest daily newspaper. The report also says that about 40% of the cadets of the most recent Officer Course in BAHAD 1, the IDF's officer training school, were religious (this number refers to all officers, as opposed to just combat officers).

"This says something very good about the sons of the religious Zionist movement," opines the writer of the piece, senior correspondent Ben Caspit. "They are becoming the IDF's backbone. Their presence in the army is several times larger than it is in the general population."

"They give their entire soul"
"Any way we look at it," he says, "it's about education." It is clear, he states, that "the religious Zionist movement's educational institutions continue to disseminate values, Zionism, Judaism and mission orientation. The religious youth is mission-oriented. [It sets out to] conquer the hilltops. Then to conquer the military service and the officership."

The entry of the religious Zionists into the officer corps began after the Yom Kippur War, says Caspit, when Major Generals Yair Naveh and El'azar Stern entered service. "It continues with the pre-military academies, which send a sizeable percentage of their graduates to the Officers' Course." The "Hesder" yeshivas, he says – t
"They do everything willingly, with their entire soul," Caspit says of the religious Zionist soldiers.
he seminaries that combine religious study with a shortened army service – do not contribute many officers.

"They do everything willingly, with their entire soul," Caspit says of the religious Zionist soldiers. Alongside them one finds, he claims, many youths from the socialist-agricultural moshav and kibbutz movements, as well as soldiers from new-immigrant and lower-income families who see the military as a chance for upward social mobility.

However, what Caspit refers to as "the First Israel" - the middle and upper classes - is no longer very visible among the officers. More and more of its sons either actively evade service, or opt for what he calls "a gray evasion" – the employment of various tricks to serve less time, serve closer to home, and without endangering themselves. "They find all the ways in the world to fool the system, to see the IDF as some foreign element which is meant to curtail their personal advancement, independent thought, private ambition and other legitimate aspirations of 21st century man."

Caspit sees this trend as a worrying one and calls for urgent action to raise the motivation of non-religious Israelis to serve and excel. He does not specify what this action might be.

Socio-political ramifications
Religious Zionists have often noted, in the course of political debates, that their youth plays a disproportionate role in the IDF, but secular Israelis have usually denied this. The article by Caspit, who is one of Israel's top journalists and the author of several books, including biographies of Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, can be seen as admission by a secular Israeli that the religious Zionists have been right on this subject.

The statistics are important for Israeli society because the IDF is seen as the nation's backbone and its pride. Since the State of Israel was founded it has had five native-born Prime Ministers, four of whom were from the military: Yitzchak Rabin, Netanyahu, Barak and Ariel Sharon. Rabin and Barak both served as IDF Chiefs of Staff, Sharon was a Major General and Netanyahu had been an officer in an elite unit that was commanded by his brother, Yoni, a military hero who was killed in the rescue of passengers from a hijacked Air France jet in Uganda in 1976. Thus, traditionally, service as combat officers goes hand in hand with leadership potential.

Another reason these statistics are significant is that many religious soldiers have been refusing orders to evict Jews from their homes in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. If half of the IDF's new officers are religious, this means that the refusal movement could indeed have a deep deterrent impact on the IDF and government when and if it decides to attempt additional pullouts from territory, as the movement's leaders claim.

If we fail to achieve the victory that we must have over the enemies of the Jewish people, both those enemies in the Knesset and Supreme Court as well as our Arab enemies, these lads are our hope. These young officers have been hardened by gowning up with the intifada, suicide bombings,class mates being kidnapped and murdered are their reality.

I feel confident in their future leadership.

'Hamas planning mega-terror attack in Israel'

'Hamas planning mega-terror attack in Israel'

Deputy Shin Bet chief tells cabinet Palestinian organization instructed by headquarters abroad to carry out mass casualty attack ; says arms smuggling, shootings and rocket attacks have increased

Ronny Sofer
Published: 08.26.07, 18:05 / Israel News

Hamas may carry out a mega-terror attack, the Deputy Shin Bet Chief, known only as Y, told cabinet members Sunday. "There were clear orders from the Hamas headquarters abroad to Hamas here to carry out a mass casualty attack in Israel," he said.

According to Y, the Hamas leadership in Gaza is experiencing "deep strategic complications." The organization is frustrated by its lack of success in gaining legitimacy in the international arena, particularly in Europe.

They are also having trouble running the government, particularly in controlling internal checkpoints and, in general, in positively impacting daily life.

This situation increases the likelihood that the organization's policy regarding terror attacks with change, in Gaza, the West Bank and possibly even outside of Israel, the deputy Shin Bet chief said.

Increased smuggling and use of weapons

Arms smuggling has not only continued, it has increased, Y reported. In the few months since Hamas' took over Gaza in June of this year, 40 tons of weapons have been smuggled into the Strip – approximately one half of the total amount of armaments smuggled into the area since Israel's July 2005 disengagement.

Since August, the defense establishment recorded five major incidents of arms smuggling through Egypt, during which 13 tons of explosives and 150 RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) carriers were brought in. Simultaneously, there has been an observable decrease in Egypt's measures to combat the trend.

Not surprisingly, the deputy chief stated that armed attacks against Israeli communities and forces had increase. There were 20 Qassam attacks last week, a high number relative to the average of 70 rockets per month.

The number of shooting attacks from Gaza (gun or mortar fire towards the border fence or into Israel) also increased in the past week – up to 56, in comparison to 43 attacks the week before. The heightened mortar fire, specifically, was a response to the IDF's operations within Gaza, Y explained.

We must remember the retreat from Gaza is what has allowed this situation to happen. If we think it is bad today and we work to prevent a mega attack out of Gaza just think what it will be like if G-D forbid we retreat from Judea and Samaria.

Update on MERF For Today

As of now it looks like due to communication problems, I may be the only guest for the full hour on MERF.

Reminder About MERF Every Sunday

For those who would like to hear me on the radio, I am very pleased to announce that I will be having a weekly appearance on the Middle East Radio Forum, the show is hosted By William Wolf.

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August 24, 2007

Traitor Should Pay The Price

Aug 24, 2007 22:49 | Updated Aug 24, 2007 22:49 Former Arab MK Bishara praises Hizbullah

A former Arab MK accused of spying for Hizbullah during the Second Lebanon War last summer praised the guerrilla group Friday, saying it is now stronger than ever.

Azmi Bishara, a once prominent Arab Knesset leader who has been on the run since June, made the comments during a tour of south Lebanon border villages, where he visited the graves of Lebanese war victims and met with their families.

"Everybody envies the Lebanese for their resistance (Hizbullah) and its leadership, but I envy the resistance for its people," said Bishara, according to comments carried by the state-run National News Agency.

Bishara also condemned Israeli attacks against Lebanese civilians during the fighting last year.

"The massacres that were carried out by Israel were not a coincidence but were a strategic policy to frighten people," he said.

He praised Hizbullah for its performance during the 34-day war last summer, which was triggered by Hezbollah's capture of two Israeli soldiers in a cross border guerrilla raid.

"I am convinced that Israel has become incapable of attacking Lebanon again, and that is a very big achievement for the resistance," he said.

"Hizbullah has rearmed itself in the last year and perhaps is now stronger than ever," he added, according to the NNA. He did not elaborate.

Bishara left Israel in early June after being grilled twice by investigators and later resigned his Parliament seat. Police said he would be arrested immediately if he returns to Israel on charges of espionage for Hizbullah.

Both he and Hizbullah have denied the accusations. He has said he is a victim of political persecution.

Bishara has antagonized many Jewish Israelis over the years by meeting with some of Israel's bitterest enemies, including the leaders of Syria and Hizbullah. A Christian from the town of Nazareth who joined parliament in 1996, he frequently speaks out in favor of Palestinian rights.

The Israel of old would remove this traitor, by gun, bomb or traffic accident it would matter, he would have paid for his treason.

He should pay today for his treason.

4 Palestinians killed in Gaza, West Bank clashes with IDF

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4 Palestinians killed in Gaza, West Bank clashes with IDF

Security forces come under fire from Palestinian gunmen during seperate operations in Gaza, West Bank. Ensuing gunbattles leave 4 Palestinians dead, mostly gunmen. Officials say 11-year-old boy among those killed

Efrat Weiss
Latest Update: 08.24.07, 21:13 / Israel News

Four Palestinians were killed Friday by Israeli forces after gunmen opened fire at troops operating in the West Bank and outside Gaza. Among those killed is an 11-year-old boy, a relative of a wanted Islamic Jihad member who was apparently caught in the crossfire.

In the village of Seida northeast of Tulkarm a special joint IDF, Border Police and Shin-Bet force conducting an arrest operation came under fire from Palestinian gunmen as they approached the home of a wanted man and a gunbattle ensued.

Palestinians said one of those killed is an 11-year-old boy. The army confirmed it had killed a wanted Islamic Jihad gunman but said it did not know the identity of the second fatality. A second wanted gunman was seriously wounded and evacuated to an Israeli hospital for treatment.

One Border Police officer was lightly wounded from shrapnel and recieved medical treatment at the scene.

Troops also uncovered two AK-47 assault rifles and ammunition at the scene.

Palestinian media reported the boy's name as Mahmoud Ibrahim Karnawi and said he was the half-brother of Sadiq Mahmoud Odi, the wanted gunman who was wounded by the IDF.

Neighbors said the boy was inside the home at the time of the shooting and hit in the crossfire. Relatives said the boy lived in Israel with his parents - a divorced Palestinian woman who remarried an Arab Israeli. The family was visiting relatives in the West Bank at the time of the shooting, the relatives said.

Gaza: Soldiers thwart attack on patrol

Also Friday evening an IDF force patrolling the security fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip came under fire from two armed Palestinians, just north of the Karni crossing.

The troops then crossed some 330 feet into Gaza and killed the gunmen after a short exchange of fire. No IDF casualties were reported. The soldiers recovered AK-47 assault rifles from the gunmen's bodies.

Officials within the Gaza battalion said the gunmen had apparently been waiting for an IDF patrol to pass by in order to attack it.

August 23, 2007

A Call For Action

Israel: West Bank-Gaza safe passage can be part of territorial exchange By Akiva Eldar

Israel has proposed that safe passage for the Palestinians from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip be included in an exchange of territory with the Palestinians in the framework of the agreement of principles now being formulated ahead of the upcoming regional summit.

The Palestinians will receive control of the route, but Israel will maintain sovereignty and it will only begin to operate after the Palestinian Authority, under its present leadership, reasserts control over the Gaza Strip.

Jerusalem believes that the move will help PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayad garner public support in Gaza, which will see the Hamas government as an obstacle in renewing communication with the West Bank.

A senior official involved in talks with the Palestinians said that the agreement of principles will not set out the details of the land to be transfered to the Palestinians in exchange for Israel's settlement blocs, but will reflect as wide as possible a consensus on the core issues with some ambiguity. The details will be hammered out in negotiations after the summit.

It is believed that for the Palestinians, safe passage is worth more than its nominal territory, and therefore this will be a central component in a territorial package.

Sources close to Abbas say the PA chairman has removed his objection to the establishment of a state with temporary borders following the signing of the agreement of principles, but has conditioned his agreement on international assurances of a timetable for the end of negotiations on permanent borders.

Internal discussions in Israel along with talks with the Palestinians are formulating the following positions:

Borders -- The starting point is the separation fence, without additional areas slated for the expansion of settlements. This leaves 92 percent of the area of the West Bank in Palestinian hands. The final area of the new state will be larger than the area east of the fence, but smaller than the area proposed in the Geneva Accord.

Among themselves, Israeli officials talk about the need to begin applying the principles of the Evacuation-Compensation Law on West Bank settlers. Two bills have recently been proposed on this issue, one by Colette Avital (Labor) and Avshalom Vilan (Meretz), and the other by Amir Peretz and Yuli Tamir (Labor).

Jerusalem -- According to a government official, Israel would be willing to transfer to the Palestinians at an early stage a number of neighborhoods and refugee camps outside the fence and in the area of the Seam Line. At a later stage, it would transfer more or most of the Arab neighborhoods.

The guiding principle is similar to that of the Clinton Plan: Jewish areas for Jews and Arab areas for Arabs. The "basin" of sacred sites in the Old City would be administered jointly by representatives of the three religions, each responsible for its own sites.

Refugees -- Israel would recognize Palestinian refugee suffering and accept indirectly some responsibility for the refugees from the 1948 war. Israel would also take part in an international project to rehabilitate refugees in Palestine, in areas Israel would transfer to the Palestinians and in the countries where they are now living.

Israel is basing itself on the clause in the Arab peace plan noting that a solution to the refugee problem is predicated on Israel's consent.

While the U.S. did not plan the agenda of the summit ahead of time, it sees the agreement of principles as key to the summit's success and is encouraging the parties to move ahead on it before the summit. The Americans believe the agreement greatly improves the chances that Saudi Arabia will take part in the summit, and will back Abbas and Fayad politically and economically. To connect the regional summit to the Saudi and Arab initiatives, the Saudis and the Palestinians want the summit to relate to the Israel-Syrian issue as well.

Nothing matters to the rulers of Israel, they are bent on leading Israel into national suicide.

They refuse to learn the lesson of the Gaza retreat.

They now are offering safe passage for terrorist from Gaza to Judea and Samaria (west bank), in spite of the fact that the IDF has gone on record that the Palestinians have now smuggled into Gaza very sophisticated weapon systems. This safe passage will be used to transfer these weapons from Gaza to Judea and Samaria. This will place the whole of Israel at risk. Why do you think our leaders want to build a new airport on a man made island in the sea, to place it out of range of these weapons that will enter Judea and Samaria. The current airport Ben Gurion will be an easy target if our leaders sell Israel out.

Bills are being offered in the Knesset that will lead to removing Jews from their homes.

If the government attempts to remove Jews from their homes we need to bring the government to its knees. Every government employee that supports the Jewish people should go out on strike, soldiers must refuse orders.

Tens of thousands of people should not demonstrate in Jerusalem as they have done so in the past to no avail. They need to enter the run ways of Ben Gurion airport and shut the airport down. Every Jew who loves Israel must take part in this struggle we must close the country down for weeks and maybe even months.

This battle must not be a battle of settlers only, against the government but all Jews must answer the call to arms.

Arab refugees from 1948, we must remember they left Israel at the request of Arab leaders so that their armies could wipe out the Jews.

What do we owe these people ?


The refuges that Israel owes are the Jewish refuges from the Arab countries many of whom are still stuck in a cycle of poverty, poor schools with little hope for the future.

Israel owes only the Jewish refugees .

If it is America that is pushing Israel towards such suicidal policies Israel must cut ties with America. We must break the contracts that the Israel Military Industry has with the U.S. Military for munitions and produce what we need for our own use in the war with Syria in the fall.

Let America go and see who survives, it will be Israel and the Jewish people.

G-D help us and save us from the Cowards, Scum and Traitors that seek to destroy the Jewish people.

August 22, 2007

IDF to import Gaza produce on 'shmita

IDF to import Gaza produce on 'shmita' Yaakov Katz, THE JERUSALEM POST Aug. 20, 2007 www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1187502418898&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

The IDF intends to import produce from the Gaza Strip on a trial basis ahead
of the upcoming shmita (sabbatical) year, when Jewish farmers are forbidden
by Halacha to harvest the land.

Since Hamas's takeover of the Gaza Strip in June and the closure of the
Karni crossing, the IDF has refrained from importing Palestinian goods into
Israel. In past shmita years, Israel relied heavily on produce grown in
Palestinian territory.

According to Halacha, all produce grown in Israel on Jewish-owned land
during the shmita year, which starts on Rosh Hashana, is forbidden for

"We plan to conduct a few test runs to see if we can find the right
mechanism that will work during shmita," a high-ranking defense official
said Sunday. "We do not deal with Hamas and talk strictly with local
Palestinian farmers and merchants."

Col. Nir Press, head of the Gaza Liaison Administration, is responsible for
arranging the importing of the produce. Due to Israel's policy of not
talking to Hamas officials, Press is coordinating the transfer of the goods
with Fatah officials in Ramallah who are in charge of the Gaza crossings on
behalf of the Palestinian Authority.

Press is in touch with Palestinian merchants and farmers inside Gaza who can
help him coordinate the transfer of produce into Israel during the shmita
The IDF is also involved in setting up a similar mechanism in the West Bank,
particularly in the Jordan Valley. OC Jordan Valley Brigade Col. Yigal
Slovik has held meetings with religious officials to coordinate the transfer
of produce from Palestinian-owned lands near Jericho to Jewish merchants.

Religious authorities have asked Slovik to deploy soldiers in the fields on
the days of the harvest to protect kashrut supervisors who will be there to
ensure that the produce belonged to non-Jews. They want to ensure that
Jewish farmers can't ship their own produce into an Arab village and claim
it was grown on Arab-owned land.

August 21, 2007

Merkava Tank Exports Expected to Reach $400 Million

Merkava Tank Exports Expected to Reach $400 Million

(IsraelNN.com) Exports of Israel’s advanced Merkava tank are expected to reach some $400 million by 2008, according to the Association of Metal and Electronics Industries. This year Merkava tank sales rose 13% to $350 million. The IDF itself is continuously buying the Merkava as part of its plan to replace about 2-3% of its tanks per year with the new Merkava 4, in order to provide superior protection to tank crews. But the Association says the IDF and government’s indecision about the future of the Merkava is causing damage to Merkava’s exports. Some 220 factories are involved in the manufacture of the Israeli made tank, employing some 10,000 workers.

Anti-Israel School Causes Controversy in NYC

Anti-Israel School Causes Controversy in NYC

(IsraelNN.com) A new Arab language school with an anti-Israel message has caused an uproar in New York City. Supporters have depicted the school as pro-peace, but administrators admit that the Arab terror campaign which has claimed almost 2000 Jewish lives, known in Arabic as the “Intifada”, will be taught positively at the school. "It will not, as suggested, be a hope for peace. It is a blueprint for anti-Israel and anti-U.S. extremism," said State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, adding that the school has been endorsed by radical groups.

Never Give Up Land

IDF Sources Confirm Hamas Boast of Weaponry

(IsraelNN.com) IDF sources have stated that Hamas did not make an empty boast when it warned it has weapons far more dangerous than the Kassam rocket. Intelligence officials have warned the government ever since the expulsion of Jewish residents from the Gush Katif area and the withdrawal of the IDF two years ago that Hamas has smuggled from Egypt a large arsenal of weapons.

Hamas has dug dozens of tunnels, many of which are in the direction of Israel and enable terrorists to stage guerilla raids on IDF positions and moshavim and kibbutzim near Gaza. Hamas possesses Soviet-made Grad missile, which has a range of approximately 14 miles, within easy reach of Ashkelon, sources said.

So why can't Israeli politician learn this valuable lesson, never give up land.

You win a war by taking and seizing land denying your enemy the use of the land that you have seized.

Israel should never give up any more land, if the leadership can learn this lesson from the Gaza retreat then maybe some good could come out of that evil mistake.

August 20, 2007

Hamas: Israel should be ready for strike's effects

Hamas: Israel should be ready for strike's effects

Spokesman for group's military wing says 'Zionist enemy will shoulder consequences of crime', says they have 'more dangerous weapons than rockets'

Associated Press
Published: 08.20.07, 23:36 / Israel News

After six Hamas operatives were killed in an IDF airstrike Monday afternoon, the organization identified them as members of its military wing and implied that they would seek revenge. A spokesman for the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades described Israel's action as an "ugly Zionist massacre" and said "all options were open" for a response.

"The Zionist enemy (Israel) is playing with fire and they will have to shoulder the responsibility for the consequences of this crime," Izz al-Din al-Qassam spokesman Abu Ubaida said.

The vehicle, which Hamas said was hit as it arrived at a Hamas security post near the al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, contained local Hamas commander Mohammed abu Arab.

According to an IDF spokeswoman, the operatives were members of a cell that had launched an attack towards Gaza vicinity communities earlier Monday. "There was a strike on a car carrying militants who today fired rockets into Israel and we identified hitting it," she said.

As such, the airstrike was part of continuing operations by the IDF's Gaza Division to combat rocket launchings from the Strip. An Israeli army spokesman said over 40 makeshift rockets had been fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip since Friday.

Israeli Supreme Court Comes to Aid of Mosques

Israeli Supreme Court Comes to Aid of Mosques

(IsraelNN.com) The Israeli Supreme Court has given the state 45 days to answer a petition which claims Israel does not protect Muslim "holy places" and demands official guidelines for such be set. The petition was first made in November 2004 by the Adbala Arab rights group and Muslim activists. The state says no guidelines are needed as it has already expressed willingness to allocate over 2 million shekels for this purpose.

My question is just who do these mosques need protecting from?

How many suicide bombers have been Jewish?


How many attacks have their been against Arab worship services in the last 5 years?


Jews need to be protected from the Supreme Court in Israel which is a den of pro Arab self hating Jews.

Another Corruption Scandal Rocks Israeli Police

Another Corruption Scandal Rocks Israeli Police

(IsraelNN.com) The Deputy Commander of the Police Investigations Department, Asher Ben-Artzi, is suspected of using his professional ties with the American Consulate to assist Israeli criminal groups gain visas to the US. He is also suspected of receiving bribes.

Ben-Artzi, who serves as the Head of the Israel Police Interpol and Foreign Liaison Section, is to take leave while corruption allegations against him are examined.

The latest revelations are but one more in a long string of scandals to rock the Israeli Police force. Former Israeli Police Chief, Moshe Karadi, was forced to resign last year following revelations he allowed a police commander suspected of underworld ties to be promoted.

The police in Israel will never succeed in cleaning up their own house when the Knesset is full of corrupt individuals. We must bring about a change of attitude by voting into office people that understand the concept of public servant and seek to serve the people rather than line their pockets.

“Israel Treats Muslims Better than India”

“Israel Treats Muslims Better than India”

(IsraelNN.com) On his first visit to Israel, Maulana Jameel Ahmed Ilyasi, secretary-general of the All-India Association of Imams and Mosques, representing India's 200 million Muslims said that, in some ways, Israel treats Muslims better than India. "I was pleasantly surprised to know that the Sharia (Islamic law) is being supported by the Israeli government, whereas in India only local Muslims implement it. That is unique," he said. "The Jews I have met here say that we are all children of Abraham, part of the same family. This is something I didn't hear in India. The Muslims in India should come and see things for themselves," Ilaysi said.

Ilyasi said his visit had overturned many preconceptions. "My initial impression was that the Israelis are certainly dominating Muslims out here. Once I came here, that impression completely changed," Ilaysi said. "I saw the reality on the ground, the mutual respect Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews have for each other. Constant conflict is not the reality here." In Jerusalem "I saw that Muslims, Christians and Jews lived side by side happily, not at each other's throat."

“The time for violence has come to an end, and the era of peace and dialogue between Muslims and Jews has begun,” said Ilyasi. He also said it was time for Pakistan to establish official relations with Israel.

Hit an Arab, Get Fired – Hit a Jew, Get Promoted

Hit an Arab, Get Fired – Hit a Jew, Get Promoted

(IsraelNN.com) A policewoman filmed hitting an Arab at an IDF checkpoint last week was immediately suspended, a police spokesman said Sunday. The move has engendered disbelief amongst Jewish rights activists who have been trying for over a year and a half to suspend dozens of Israeli policemen filmed beating Jewish youths at the destruction of the Jewish town of Amona. Israeli Police Maj.-Gen. Mickey Levy, who was filmed beating Land of Israel activist Nadia Matar, was promoted in February to serve as next Deputy Commissioner of the Israeli Police Force.

The day must come where those police officers that have assaulted Jews will be made to pay a price for their actions. But as long as members of the police function as an extension of the anti Jewish policies of the left their will never be a day of accountability.

August 19, 2007

IDF Back to Basics

IDF Back to Basics after Halutz's High-Tech Program

(IsraelNN.com) IDF soldiers are being trained for traditional battles after years of neglect, United Press International (UPI) reported. Former IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz, who took office two years ago, said at the time he would revolutionize the army with high-tech defense measures that would reduce the need for the traditional foot soldiers.

However, the success of Hizbullah terrorists against the army in the Second Lebanon War has convinced IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi to emphasize basic training instead of planning only for an advanced missile war.

Yossi Peled, a retired former Northern Commander, said that the results of the war last year have convinced Syria it can successfully fight Israel. "Even if they are wrong, ...their attitude means we may be on the way to another war,” he warned.

This is great news and even if we are forced to fight a war this fall with Syria this back to basics training will save lives and assure Israel of victory.

August 17, 2007

IDF 2 - Palestinians 0

Two Palestinians were shot and killed on Friday during one of two gunfights which had ensued between IDF troops and Palestinian gunmen near the West Bank city of Jenin, local residents and doctors said.

The first exchange of fire broke out after soldiers entered the village of Kafr Dan, the residents said. Two Palestinians were killed; an Islamic Jihad gunman and one a civilian, doctors said. Several others were wounded.

The army said troops operating in the village against terror infrastructure identified a group of gunmen and shot toward them, hitting them.

Later Friday night, Palestinians opened fire at an IDF jeep in Kabatiya.

Meanwhile, at a checkpoint south of Nablus an explosive device was thrown at soldiers.

No casualties were reported in either incident.

If we were keeping score today we came out ahead, keep up the good work lads.
Z keep your head down.

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I Don't Get It

UNRWA calls on PA to stop threats against their employees

Jerusalem - Ma'an - UNRWA has on Friday called for the intervention of the
Palestinian Authority to prevent its employees being repeatedly subject to

A number of UNRWA employees were detained for several hours in Nablus on

In a statement received by Ma'an, UNRWA demanded that the Palestinian
Authority intervene immediately to stop those who are attempting to drag
UNRWA into the ongoing Palestinian internal conflict.

UNRWA made clear that threats and harassment are hindering their ability to
carry out their humanitarian assistance in the Palestinian Territories.
Exposing the UNRWA staff to danger limits their ability to continue working,
the statement added.

I just don't get it the Palestinians keep doing things that are not in their best interest and the world still supports them.

It should be the same as support for the neo Nazi, white bigots , today if you are a Klan member or a neo Nazi you are beyond the pale. The same should hold true for the support of the Palestinians. But still they have support of the UN and the Europians and lets not forget President Bush and Condi.

UNRWA should just pack up and go back to where ever they came from instead of begging the Palestinians to act like normal people.

Rocket, mortar barrages hit Negev

Rocket, mortar barrages hit Negev

Palestinian gunmen fire three Qassam rockets, 13 mortar shells from northern Gaza Strip toward Israel; no injuries or damage reported. One rocket lands near paratroopers company's reunion event attended by Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilna'i. Alert system activated as head of local council tells participants about residents' distress

Ali Waked
Published: 08.17.07, 19:16 / Israel News

Palestinians gunmen on Friday evening fired three Qassam rockets and 12 mortar shells from the northern Gaza Strip toward southern Israel. The al-Quds Brigades, the Islamic Jihad's military wing, claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.

Two Qassam rockets were fired at the western Negev at around 6 pm. One rocket landed near Sderot. Another rocket hit a kibbutz south of Asheklon. A third rocket launched several minutes later landed near a community in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

The third rocket landed near a reunion event of a paratroopers company from August 1962, which was attended by Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilna'i, one of the company's squad commanders.

August 16, 2007

Polish MEPs boycott UN conference

Polish MEPs boycott UN conference

Yaakov Lappin
Published: 08.16.07, 20:49 / Israel News

A conference of UN NGOs (non-governmental organizations) on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to be hosted at the European Parliament this month, will be boycotted by Polish Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from across the political spectrum, who say that the conference is biased against Israel.

Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik, has written to the President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Poettering, asking him to cancel the European Parliament's decision to host the conference, while the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor organization said the upcoming conference as a rehash of the 2001 UN Durban conference on racism, which saw unprecedented levels of anti-Zionist rhetoric, and calls for Israel's destruction.

"I will not take part in this conference. I saw the materials prepared by the organizers," Bronisław Geremek, a Polish MEP, was quoted by Polish website, Europa21 as saying.

"Although there is no official statement that Israel must be pushed down to the sea there, the choice of subjects and the attitude towards the problems shows that it will be a biased, conflict generating conference. Actually we can call it anti-Israeli," he said.

'Israelis can count on Poles'
"There is not the first such initiative. (The) Pro-Palestinian lobby is very active here. If in fact, the conference will become propagandist, Israelis can count on Poles," Boguslaw Sonik, another Polish MEP, said.

Konrad Szymanski, a third MEP, said: "Israel's objections are fully justified. (The) UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People is a platform for activity of various extremists. According to the most of them Israel should disappear."

"I am astonished that European Parliament allowed such activity to be placed in its building. If there is any activity against the conference, i.e. a petition signed by MEPs, I will be very glad to support it," Szymanski added.

Good for the Poles, for speaking out against this Israel bashing hate fest. It is too bad the rest of Europe can't do the same. This is just one more example of why Israel must do what we must do when it comes to our security. For no matter what we do the Euro trash will condemn Israel.

Hague Ready to Host Hariri Tribunal

Hague Ready to Host Hariri Tribunal

(IsraelNN.com) Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen told Dutch public radio Thursday that the Netherlands plans to convene the international court to try suspects in the murder of Lebanese ex-premier Rafiq Hariri. The Syrian government is suspected of being behind the murder.

The United Nations Secretary General wrote to Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende last month asking the Netherlands to host the Hariri tribunal. Balkenende says he will send UN chief Ban Ki-moon his positive response "very soon," Verhagen said

Hariri, an opponent of the Syrian occupation of Lebanon, was killed along with 22 other people in a massive truck bombing in Beirut in February 2005.

Israeli leaders are worried Syria might start a war with Israel in order to prevent the trial from taking place.

As stated in the article this may well be the trigger for a war between Syria and Israel. This is an old Arab method to divert world attention from their evil, like last summers war with Hizbullah. The war was timed to keep the G8 from discussing Iran's nuclear program.

You just have to wonder how long the world will keep falling for the same old thing.

Elvis At Abu Gosh

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Hugh, you asked for it you got it here is the Statue at Abu Gosh of Elvis. Abu Gosh is an Israeli Arab town located west of Jerusalem. Not only does the Arab owner of the gas station have the statue but in the dinning portion of the gas station the walls are cover with pictures and Elvis dolls.

Arrogance Of Power "Elite"


NIS 1.2 mil to go to Katsav's security

Following Shin Bet's request, Knesset Finance Committee approves security budget for former president without objections. In the meantime, Katsav's family rejects relinquishing office funding

Zvi Lavi
Published: 08.16.07, 18:50 / Israel News

Former President of Israel Moshe Katsav, who resigned from his position after taking a plea bargain for sexual assault charges, will receive a special budget of NIS 1.2 million (about $283,000) to fund his security expenses, the

The budget was proposed by Budget Director Kobi Haber in accordance with the government's decision and was approved without objections, since it is not part of Katsav's retirement benefits, but came at the instructions of the Shin Bet.

In the meantime, Katsav's family rejected committee head MK Stas Misezhnikov's proposal that the former president give up of his own accord the funding for his office, in the amount of NIS 750,000 by the end of 2007.

Misezhnikov postponed the hearing on this matter pending the Finance Committee's decision to revoke benefits of former presidents or prime ministers convicted of crimes that carry moral turpitude.

Misezhnikov suggested to Katsav's brother Lior that the eighth president relinquish his office, since this would be the most worthy move following the storm around his affair and would also give the former president a dignified way out.

Katsav's brother responded that this offer was unacceptable. In the meantime, Katsav plans to open an office in Tel Aviv, where he will be assisted by two aides.

Olmert's motorcade runs over 10-year-old girl

Efrat Weiss
Published: 08.16.07, 23:04 / Israel News

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's motorcade ran over a 10-year-old girl crossing the street near the entrance to Jerusalem on Thursday evening.

The girl was lightly wounded and evacuated to the Hadassah Ein Karem hospital for treatment. Olmert's office expressed their sorrow over the incident and wished the girl a speedy recovery.

An initial probe into the incident conducted by the police indicates that the convoy was driving with its lights and sirens on. The traffic light changed to red as the motorcade was still making its way across while the girl began crossing the street after the crosswalk light turned green.

The car accompanying the motorcade which hit the girl remained at the scene while the rest of the convoy continued. The investigation into the incident will continue.

Avraham Scheinberger, a ZAKA volunteer who was driving nearby said he noticed people assembled on the street and approached the crowd with his motorcycle. "There were a lot of motorcade cars there. I came up close with my motorcycle and began treating to the girl, who had been hit by a motorcade jeep.

"The girl sustained a blow to her head after being thrown more than six feet. She was crossing the street at a crosswalk with her sister after the light turned green. The girl was fully conscious and calling for her father. We set her neck and a minute later an ambulance arrived and took her to a hospital for treatment."

Olmert's office said the prime minister was only informed of the incident sometime later, the car that
struck the girl had been traveling behind his. The prime minister's personal paramedic was said to be in the car that hit the girl and he immediately began administering aid until the emergency medical services arrived.

What does 2 million NIS and the Prime Ministers motorcade hitting a 10 year old girl have in common?

Both involve the Shaback (Shin Bet), and career politicians.

Both incidents show a disconnect of both from reality, Katsav if he was a man of honor would turn down both the funding for an office and security.

In the incident of the motorcade running over this little girl, their is an arrogance in the way the Shaback responded.
To have the motorcade speed off leaving only the one vehicle behind shows they really don't care about the people. Many will think what about the security risk, it could have been an ambush.

The motorcade could have stopped, kept Olmert in his bullet proof limo a until they determined it was not an ambush and then a Prime Minster who really cared about the people could have gotten out and checked on the welfare of the little girl.

The power elite have lost their connection to the people and think they are above the mundane of every day life.

August 15, 2007

The Battle Goes On

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IDF uncovers tunnel in Gaza

Army says underground tunnel leading to Israel uncovered near hothouse used to grow tomatoes in northern Strip. According to estimates, tunnel slated to explode under Israeli target. Southern Command: There may be additional tunnels

Hanan Greenberg
Latest Update: 08.16.07, 00:26 / Israel News

The IDF on Tuesday uncovered an underground tunnel leading from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, the army said Wednesday. The tunnel shaft was connected to a Gaza hothouse used to grow tomatoes and situated 700 meters from the border fence.

The tunnel was detonated in a controlled manner by the IDF on Wednesday evening.

Army officials believe that a terror attack had been foiled by uncovering the tunnel. According to estimates, Palestinians planned to use the tunnel in order to smuggle explosives and bomb them under an Israeli military or civilian target.

The IDF was also looking into the possibility that the tunnel was slated to be used to smuggle terrorists into Israel.

The tunnel was uncovered after the army received military intelligence. A generator which had apparently been used to assist in the dig was also found in the area.

Southern Command officials estimated that terror organizations continue to dig different tunnels from the Gaza Strip toward Israel, using technological means.

"It is possible such tunnels are already ready and that terror activists are waiting to receive an order to use them. We must not forget that (IDF soldiers) Gilad Shalit was kidnapped by terrorists who entered Israel through a tunnel.

"The uncovering of the tunnel in the northern Strip illustrates just how important the military activity near the fence in recent months is and how significant it is in thwarting terror attacks," army officials said.

Military sources in the Southern Command said after the tunnel was uncovered that "every operation in the Palestinian territory has added value. We get to know the area better, we question people, we collect information, and this eventually leads to operational achievements."

The sources stressed that the activity taking place across the Gaza Strip was not aimed at preventing Hamas from becoming stronger, but rather at foiling planned terror attacks.

Military officials admitted that the uncovering of the tunnel was not surprising and that additional tunnels may be waiting in the area, some of them hidden under buildings, hothouses or other facilities.

The IDF top brass is well aware of the fact that the tunnels in Gaza constitute one of the most complex fields of terror. Tunnels which began as a means to smuggle weapons from Egypt to the Strip have become in the past few years a tool in the hands of terror organizations.

Army officials explain that a terror attack via a tunnel could have strategic ramifications, and therefore a lot of effort is exerted into uncovering such tunnels.

"The uncovering of a tunnel is a very complicated and requires great effort on different levels. These days we are continuing in our attempts to uncover additional tunnels and are certain that such tunnels exist in different places across the country," the sources said.

Never for a second think the battle against the Palestinians is over the battle goes on in operations day in and day out. Great job by the troops, they most likely have kept a soldier from being kidnapped in the future.

August 14, 2007

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Train Hits Car, Police Suspect Terrorism

Train Hits Car, Police Suspect Terrorism

(IsraelNN.com) A car full of gas was left on the train tracks north of Be’er Sheva on Wednesday morning. A train hit the car, but the train’s staff and passengers were unharmed.

Security officials said they suspect that the accident was an attempted terrorist attack. Police are investigating the incident.

Palestinian Pimp At Work

Peres Plan: Release all Palestinian prisoners over 5 years Peres Plan: Release all Palestinian prisoners over 5 years Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 13 August 2007

Maariv correspondent Ben Caspit reports in today's edition that Prime
Minister Olmert and other senior members of the Government have rejected
President Shimon Peres' plan to set a schedule to release all Palestinian
security prisoners over the course of five years in a "prisoners for
security" deal. Under the plan, Israel would release two thousand prisoners
each year subject to the security performance of the PA.

Peres maintains that it is pointless to transfer territory to the PA at this
time as they are not able to handle it.

It really doesn't matter what job Peres has, he is still the biggest pimp for the Palestinians. It doesn't matter if he is out begging the world for money for the Palestinians which goes through his fund located in the Cayman Islands, where who knows how much goes tro Shimon and how much to the "poor" Palestinians. Or his latest idea of setting terrorist free, it doesn't matter Peres loves the Palestinians more than he does Jews.

10 Palestinians reported killed as IDF intensifies Gaza ops

Tuesday, August 14, 2007 10 Palestinians reported killed as IDF intensifies Gaza ops

jpost staff and ap, THE JERUSALEM POST Aug. 14, 2007

10 Palestinians were reported killed and 14 wounded Tuesday as IDF troops,
backed up by aircraft, intensified their operations in the southern Gaza
Strip in order to root out Hamas and Islamic Jihad operatives.

Troops faced severe resistance in the operations in Khan Yunis as they came
heavy under fire and a grenade was hurled at a tank. The soldiers fired back
at the attackers.

Also during the operations, troops discovered bombs and explosive belts.

In the latest IAF strike in the town, the Islamic Jihad said six of its
members were killed. The IDF said it would look into the report.

Early Tuesday morning, two Hamas operatives were killed in clashes with
soldiers. Two civilians were also killed, Hamas and Palestinian medical
officials said.

Hamas said one of its men died in a pre-dawn airstrike, east of Khan Yunis,
and a second was killed along with his 70-year-old mother when ground troops
fired at their house.

Palestinian medical officials said a second civilian, Ibrahim al-Shami, 40,
was shot dead by soldiers when he went out onto the roof of his house and
that of a total of eight gunmen and seven civilians were wounded in the

The IDF confirmed it carried out the first strike, saying it targeted
Palestinian terrorists in the area. However, it said the second shooting was
not carried out from the air, but rather by troops on the ground that
identified hitting one gunman.

Also Tuesday, four Palestinians slipped into Israel through the heavily
guarded Israel-Gaza border fence, the army said. It was the second such
infiltration in two days. Four suspects were apprehended in southern Israel
and questioned, the army said.

It was not immediately clear if the Palestinians were gunmen or civilians
looking for work in Israel.

Later Tuesday, a Kassam rocket damaged a greenhouse in the western Negev.

Nobody was wounded in the attack.

General Motors Plans R & D Center in Israel

General Motors Plans R & D Center in Israel

(IsraelNN.com) General Motors is close to finalizing negotiations with the government to establish a research and development center in Israel that will employ dozens of engineers and researchers, Globes reported. The proposed center probably will be built in Ra'anana and will focus on robotics, alternative driving systems and safety.

Sixteen Israeli companies supply GM with goods and services and almost all of them have racked up more than one million in sales to the giant carmaker.

Five Kassam Rockets Fired

Five Kassam Rockets Fired

(IsraelNN.com) Five Kassam rockets were fired by Gaza terrorists.

Three landed in the area of the Kissufim Crossing and two near Kibbutz Sufa.

No injuries or damage was reported.

August 13, 2007

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Israelis Arab Bought Weapons for Hamas Terrorists

Israelis Arab Bought Weapons for Hamas Terrorists

(IsraelNN.com) Security authorities revealed Monday that an Israeli Arab was arrested in May for buying and transferring weapons to Hamas terrorists. The Israeli was identified as Ma'anan Mohammed Khalaila, age 21.

The Hamas terrorists attacked the IDF at a checkpoint, where soldiers killed them. The disclosure came the same day that an Israeli Arab organization took responsibility for the attack on security guards in the Old City Friday.

A Sad Day, Terrorist Are Correct

Shalit's Kidnappers Boast Israel Too Weak To Free Him

(IsraelNN.com) Popular Resistance Committees terrorists who were among the kidnappers of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit have boasted that Israel is too weak to free him. Speaking with the Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency, terrorist spokesman Abu Mujahid said "the group has struck a devastating blow to the Israeli intelligence and security bodies by managing to detain the soldier for over a year."

Abu Mujahid also addressed Shalit's family through the news agency, saying that they are "failing your son, you are failing your duties to him, you value human feelings, but your government ignores them and deserts your children in the middle of a battle without making any attempt to free them."

It is a sad day when I agree with terrorist.

The fact that our soldiers have been held for over a year brings shame to every member of Knesset.

The fact that the members of Knesset still prop up the Olmert government and have not resigned in mass from the Knesset, over this issue really shows what they think.

For many members of Knesset their children have either moved from Israel or they secure an exemption from the draft or failing that they end up in support roles rather than combat units.

These soldiers are my sons, and I would order the Chief of Staff of the IDF to return our soldiers, or resign.

Lastly any Prime Minister that allows Israeli soldiers to be held for so long and doesn't resign from the shame of it, has proven that he has resigned from Am Israel long ago.

Jews Top List of Swiss Discrimination Victims

Jews Top List of Swiss Discrimination Victims

(IsraelNN.com) Jews top the list of discrimination victims in Switzerland, according to the Swiss Federal Commission against Racism. Its study shows that more than 25 percent of 277 criminal proceedings between 1995 and 2004 involved discrimination against Jews.

More than 80 percent of the cases ended in a guilty verdict, and about 12% of those accused were described as right-wing extremists.

August 12, 2007

Terrorists Fire on Troops in Jenin, Ramallah

Terrorists Fire on Troops in Jenin, Ramallah

(IsraelNN.com) Terrorists opened fire on IDF soldiers in Jenin early on Monday morning. No soldiers were wounded in the attack.

According to Nana news, a similar attack took place near Ramallah earlier in the night. No soldiers were injured.

Soldiers arrested nine terrorists in Jenin overnight

IDF Will Invade Syria if Missiles Fly

IDF Will Invade Syria if Missiles Fly

(IsraelNN.com) The IDF under Defense Minister Ehud Barak is planning a ground assault deep into Syrian territory if Syria attacks Israel with missiles, according to a report by Channel 10's military affairs correspondent.

The reporter said Syria possesses thousands of missiles capable of hitting virtually any point within Israel. The only way to counter this threat, he said, would be to launch a swift strategic ground assault into Syria until the missile attack ceases.

August 11, 2007

Anarchists Demolish 30 Meters of Security Fence

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Anarchists Demolish 30 Meters of Security Fence

by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

(IsraelNN.com) Radicals from the Anarchists Against the Wall organization vandalized 30 meters of Israel's counter-terrorism barrier on Saturday. The destruction included electronic sensors and other equipment worth hundreds of thousands of shekels.
No arrests have been made.

The damage was done to a section of the security fence in the southern Hevron Hills, near the Arab village of Beit Mirsim. Local Arabs also took part in the vandalism. No arrests have been made, despite the fact that police are aware of the identities of the perpetrators.

Activists from the anarchist organization said they chose that portion of the fence, where it runs both along and within the pre-1967 Green Line, in order to show their opposition to the counter-terrorism barrier regardless of its location. They also said they would continue to destroy as much of the fence as they could, anywhere they could, whether in pre-1967 Israel or in Judea and Samaria.

Anarchists and Arab vandals also cut through a section of the security fence near Bethlehem in July.

Anarchists Against the Wall, founded in 2003, have cooperated in the past with the International Solidarity Movement, which supports anti-Israel terrorism stemming from Gaza, Judea and Samaria.

In a related attack on the separation barrier on Friday, two border guard soldiers were lightly injured when left-wing activists and local Arabs threw rocks at them in the village of Bil'in. The soldiers were assigned to protect the fence in the vicinity of the village. About 150 activists took part in Friday's violence against the barrier.

Dozens of foreign and Israeli leftists join Arabs in Bil'in, an Arab village approximately one hour
Two border guard soldiers were lightly injured.
north of Jerusalem, to take part in protests every Friday. The leftists say they are protesting the construction of the security fence in the area. The protests often become violent, and several police officers and left-wing activists have been wounded in various incidents.

I have never been in favor of the fence, it places hundreds of thousands of Israelis on the other side of the fence and is in effect a de facto border.

But when terrorist supporters come and destroy the fence they are seeking ways to allow the terrorist access from Judea and Samaria into the major cities of Israel to engage in terrorism against Israeli civilians. So the IDF and Border Police should be given orders to shoot anyone attempting to damage the fence.

Any thing less than orders to shoot these terrorist supporters shows that Israel isn't even serious about the fence.

August 10, 2007

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Terror In Jerusalem

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Jerusalem: Security guard kills shooter

Security guard at Ateret Kohanin yeshiva in Jerusalem's Old City shoots and kills Palestinian who snatched another guard's weapon and wounded him. Ten other people wounded in incident

Efrat Weiss
Latest Update: 08.10.07, 19:33 / Israel News

A security guard at the Ateret Kohanim yeshiva in the Old City of Jerusalem shot and killed a Palestinian man who snatched the weapon of another guard and used it to wound him.

Ten bystanders were wounded by gunfire as the second security guard pursued the shooter down the streets of the Old City. The guard himself was also moderately hurt.

Rescue teams and medics evacuated the injured to the hospitals Shaarei Tzedek, Hadassah Ein Kerem and Hadassah Har Hatzofim.

Large security forces arrived at the scene, as well as police chief Dudi Cohen and Jerusalem police chief Aharon Franco. "The security in Jerusalem is on the highest level. One can arrive there and even walk through the alleys of the Old City," Cohen said.

On the attack itself Cohen said, "This was clearly a nationalistic incident. The terrorist wished to carry out an attack, and that was why he snatched one of the guards' weapons. The guards acted in an exemplary manner, as is required."

A police investigation revealed that before killing the shooter, the guard chased him down the streets of the Old City. According to several witnesses in the area, the gunman fired several rounds at the security guard as he was running, but they were inaccurate and missed him.

August 09, 2007

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Poll: 30% of Israel Support Refusing Pullout Orders

Poll: 30% of Israel Support Refusing Pullout Orders

(IsraelNN.com) According to a poll conducted by Ha’aretz, 30% of the Jewish public in Israel support IDF soldiers' refusing any orders related to the expulsion of Jews from their homes.

Earlier this week, soldiers of the Duchifat Brigade refused to take part in the expulsion of two Jewish families from the former marketplace in Hevron.

The Yesha Rabbis’ Council of Judea and Samaria issued a statement of support for the IDF soldiers who refused to take part in the eviction. “We bless the Israeli soldiers who obeyed the command of their Jewish hearts and did not take part in the expulsion.”

IDF Eviction Refusal More Widespread Than Reported

IDF Eviction Refusal More Widespread Than Reported by Ezra HaLevi

(IsraelNN.com) The bus driver of the Duchifat Battalion soldiers who were sent to Hevron after some of their comrades refused told the story of the group’s growing ire at the situation.

The unreported story emerged Wednesday of the fate of the rest of the Duchifat Battalion who did not refuse orders and boarded the bus to Hevron to provide security for the eviction.

The bus, having been blocked by parents and activists both in the Jordan Valley and in Gush Etzion, was once again blocked by activists and residents at the entrance to Kiryat Arba. They stood in the road and refused to move. Border Police Commander Raphael Ben David, stationed in Shechem but in Hevron by chance, stopped his vehicle and, together with his driver, tried to disperse the protesters by force.

When he saw that he was not succeeding, the officer boarded the bus of Duchifat soldiers and asked that the soldiers and officers disembark and assist him. “Instead of complying, nearly all the soldiers on the bus began to yell at him that they had no intention of helping him because they are not taking part in the evacuation, and that he has no right to disperse the demonstrators on his own, and they refuse to help him,” the bus driver later told Chaim Cohen, part of a group of activists from Givatayim who came to oppose the eviction.

“They soon threw the Border Police officer off of the bus. He exited, clearly humiliated, and once again began struggling with the demonstrators – this time using clear violence. Bystanders said he grabbed the wrist of a mother-of-12 and flipped her over. She landed on her shoulder and was badly bruised.”

Meanwhile, bystanders reported that the soldiers on the bus made makeshift signs expressing support, displaying them through the bus’s side windows.

Cohen, part of a group of activists calling themselves the “Givatayim Settlers” (Givatayim is a notoriously leftist suburb of Tel Aviv), said the bus driver approached him later in the day and asked where he could find a tour of Hevron, as he had never been there before. Cohen obliged and relayed the story that the driver, who was clearly impressed, told him.

Maariv: Public Refuser Only Tip of the Iceberg

The Maariv daily, in its front-page story Wednesday, reported that "hundreds of soldiers refused and were reassigned to washing dishes, cleaning tents or helping in the mess hall by their commanders - out of the sites of the cameras." The report stated that the soldiers who objected to taking part in the Hevron eviction were not just religious hesder students, but many others as well.

Posters, Leaflets Praise Soldiers’ Refusal
The Committee For Saving the Nation and the Land, a Chabad-run activist group, has posted fliers across the country and will distribute them in synagogues this Sabbath proclaiming: “'That excel in strength, that do his commandments' [Psalms 103:20] These soldiers are worthy of being written up in gold in the history of the people of Israel as heroes of Israel. With your actions you shall save the Jewish community in Judea and Samaria and save the people of Israel from all who seek to destroy it."

The group is planning a large rally in support of the soldiers.

Campaign of SMS Support
Supporters of the refusers have published the names and phone numbers of some of the soldiers, encouraging supporters to send them text messages letting them know that there are people who believe they did the right thing. All numbers can be dialed from outside Israel by dropping the first zero and replacing it with 011 972:

* Chaim Cohen, Duchifat commander from Gush Katif: 054 568 4882
* Maor Cohen, Duchifat commander from Ofakim: 052 470 3670
* Netanel [supporters wrote: “secular fighter,” indicating that contrary to media reports, the soldiers were not all yeshiva students obeying the dictates of their rabbis –ed]: 0547-669.399
* Meir Buzaglo: 050 859 2905
* Nati Abugani: 054 766 4399
* Sgt. David Sayad: 052 536 0636

The time is fast approaching where soldiers refusing to throw Jews from their homes will force a change of policy by the government.

How many combat soldiers can you throw in jail and then bar them from serving in combat units before it effects combat readiness?

IDF Airstrike on Terrorists at Closed Gaza Airstrip

Published: 08/09/07, 11:49 PM

IDF Airstrike on Terrorists at Closed Gaza Airstrip

by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

(IsraelNN.com) Palestinian Authority terrorists fired rockets and mortars at Jewish targets in the western Negev intermittently throughout Thursday. An IDF airstrike the same night targeted PA terrorists who were using an abandoned air field in southern Gaza.

One of three rockets fired by PA terrorists in Gaza on Thursday night landed near
Three armed PA gunmen spotted at the disused Dahaniyeh airport.
Kibbutz Nir Am and damaged a cellular network tower. A second rocket apparently landed near Sderot and a third landed near a military base. There were no injuries, but property damage at the IDF base was reported.

In additon, PA attackers fired a mortar shell at Kibbutz Nahal Oz shortly after the Kassam barrage.

A short time later, IDF forces launched an airstrike on three armed PA gunmen spotted at the disused Dahaniyeh airport, located in the Rafiah area of southern Gaza. The IDF reported that the targeted gunmen were hit, but PA sources claimed there were no injuries in the incident.

Also on Thursday night, PA Arabs threw at least one firebomb at an Israeli motorist driving southwest of Shechem, in Samaria. No injuries or damage were reported in the terrorist attack.

A resident of Sderot suffered from shock on Thursday afternoon after a PA rocket landed in the city's industrial zone. The man was taken to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon for treatment. A second Kassam rocket hit the Sycamore Farms ranch of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Gaza-based terrorists also fired several mortar shells at Israeli towns in the western Negev on Thursday afternoon, but failed to injure anyone or to cause any damage. Enemy attackers also fired on IDF soldiers patrolling the Gaza-area perimeter security fence. One IDF patrol spotted two enemy gunmen planting a bomb along the fence, as well. Troops opened fire at the would-be saboteurs, hitting both of them. There were no reported injuries among IDF forces in any of the incidents.

August 08, 2007

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Rafi Eitan: ‘Don’t Even Speak’ About Giving up Land

Rafi Eitan: ‘Don’t Even Speak’ About Giving up Land

(IsraelNN.com) Pensioners party chairman Rafi Eitan told ministers at a “sensitive” meeting of the security cabinet Wednesday morning not to “even speak about the possibility” of handing over land to the Palestinian Authority, or anyone else at this time.

“As long as there are threats from the East, including (President Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad in Iran, al-Qaeda (international terrorist organization) and Shi’ite groups in Lebanon and Syria, Israel must not relinquish territories that are vital for its security,” said Eitan, also a member of the security cabinet.

Eitan also urged the government not to withdraw from land in Judea and Samaria unless Israel has acquired, installed and implemented an anti-missile defense system to protect areas that would be placed at risk from rocket attacks launched from PA territory.

August 07, 2007

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When Will We Learn

PA Terrorists Renege on Amnesty Deal Once Freed

(IsraelNN.com) Palestinian Authority terrorists who were granted amnesty as part of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s “good will” gestures to Fatah PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas reneged on their end of the deal, according to a report by WorldNet Daily.

The amnesty agreement called for the terrorists to turn in all their weapons and sign contracts promising not to return to terrorism. In exchange, the government would abandon its efforts to find and arrest the 178 fugitives on the list.

The report said that most of those on the list, primarily members of Fatah’s al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades terrorist organization, have not turned in their weapons, nor have many of them even signed the amnesty contracts.

When will we learn, that every single time we try to make deals or negotiate with the Arabs we loose.

The only thing we should be interested in when it comes to the Arabs is how we can achieve victory over them. So their can be no mistake let me correct the common mantra of the left in Israel who say their is no military solution to the Palestinian problem. History is attempting to teach Am Israel that their is only a military solution to the Palestinian problem

More PC Stupidity

(IsraelNN.com) The more thorough investigation of luggage belonging to Gentile passengers at Ben Gurion Airport has ended, announced Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz.

Since the beginning of August, a new security system at the airport provides more thorough analysis of luggage belonging to both Jewish and non-Jewish passengers. The system eliminates the more intensified checks of selected Arab travelers.

Certain passengers will still be pulled out of line for expanded security checks when necessary, according to Haaretz.

Just one more example of PC stupidity that risks Jewish lives.

When are we going to get a government that puts Jewish lives first.

I don't care if Arabs feel panic or uncomfortable when it comes to going through the security that we need to protect Jewish lives.

Traitor In Uniform

IDF Stops Urban Military Training in Judea and Samaria

(IsraelNN.com) Military exercises in techniques to fight in residential areas and “capture” populated Arab villages in Judea and Samaria have been halted as a result of a complaint by the Yesh Din human rights organization.

The group complained about the reserves training exercises to Military Advocate Brig.-Gen. Avichai Mandelblit in March, who announced this week he was suspending the practice pending an investigation.

Although the exercises were carried out without live ammunition, Yesh Din claimed they created panic in Arab villages in the area.

How stupid can we be? We stop training that can save our soldiers life because the Arabs feel paniced, give me a break.

Brigadier General Avichai Mandelblit is a traitor to the soldiers of the IDF and if we had a normal country he would be thrown out of the IDF without his pension.

August 06, 2007

Border police begin evacuation of Hebron families

Aug. 6, 2007 22:13 | Updated Aug. 7, 2007 6:30 Border police begin evacuation of Hebron families By REBECCA ANNA STOIL AND YAAKOV KATZ

The operation to evacuate two families from their houses in the Hebron marketplace began early Tuesday morning amidst protests and other tempered violence.

Border police and Home Front Command search and rescue specialists used heavy engineering equipment to break down the door of one of the houses which had been welded shut by protestors. As the door was being pried open, youths threw water and flour on the police, and taunted them with chants.

Meanwhile, a small group of border police secured the rooftops of the buildings which had earlier been occupied by youths protesting the action.

Earlier Tuesday morning, the first wave of police forces were greeted by fist-sized chunks of concrete thrown at them by protestors.

The police avoided injury by taking cover behind riot-shields and concrete walls.

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Clear And Present Danger


Last update - 23:08 06/08/2007
PM: Israel, PA to expand talks on establishing Palestinian state as soon as possible
By Avi Issacharoff and Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondents

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at a meeting in the West Bank on Monday he would push for the establishment of a Palestinian state as "fast as possible."

In a Jericho meeting with the PA chairman, Olmert refrained from setting a schedule, but said statehood would be achieved by adherence to the internationally brokered road map to Middle East peace, and through mutual understanding.

"We have decided to expand the scope of the negotiations between us in order to advance mutual understanding and formulate the framework that will allow us to move forward toward establishing a Palestinian state," Olmert said.

Monday's meeting marked the first time an Israeli prime minister has visited the Palestinian Authority since the outbreak of the second intifada in September 2000. The meeting took place under heavy security.

Palestinian Presidential Guard officials and Shin Bet security service VIP officers held a number of meetings in recent days to lay the groundwork for the security at this historical meeting.

While Olmert did not present a timetable, he declared that he has no intention to stall for time on the issue of Palestinian statehood.

"Our mutual goal is to realize the shared vision between us and [U.S. President George] Bush regarding the establishment of two states for two peoples who live side by side in security and peace. We want to achieve this as soon as possible," Olmert added.

As I posted last week and stated on the Middle East Radio Forum on Sunday, President Bush is the greatest current danger to the future of the State of Israel aided by his lap dog Olmert.

Many of you may read my calling Olmert a lap dog and be put off by this, but for Israel and my family the stakes are great life and death and winner take all. So for Olmert I am going to pull out all the stops and go beyond my usual mantra for Members of Knesset Cowards, Scum and Traitors.

I pray for the end of the Bush and Olmert governments so as to remove this threat from Israel, so we can get back to addressing the threat of Iran.

Men Of Honor V Cowards,Scum And Traitors

Hesder refuseniks given 28-day sentence

Religious troops who refused to evacuate Hebron families will receive jail time, be dismissed from combat duty

Efrat Weiss
Published: 08.06.07, 21:37 / Israel News

Hesder soldiers who refused to follow military orders to evacuate settlers in Hebron will receive a 28-day jail sentence, the IDF decided Monday evening. Their battalion commander, Col. Etai Virov, who tried the soldiers, further ruled that they will be dismissed from their posts and barred from future combat duty.

After consulting rabbis, twelve soldiers and two commanders from the Kfir Brigade of the Duchifat Battalion announced Monday morning that they would not take part in the evacuation of families living in the city's market area.

Originally, 30 soldiers - all former yeshiva students - declared their refusal of a scheduled Tuesday deployment to replace a Border Guard force in the West Bank and take part in the forced evacuation. Their statements prompted unit officers to threaten a severe response, leading over half of the group to comply.

The IDF has made a huge mistake in the actions taken today.

First the IDF knows that religious soldiers, have a problem obeying an order of this kind. It is in the view of the soldiers and their Rabbi's an illegal order and an immoral order.

The problem is that our Rabbi's are much greater men and men of honor, while the members of Knesset as you all know are Cowards, Scum and Traitors. While the Rabbi's and their students march forward keeping the commands of the Torah. Our Prime Minister is meeting with Abbas, in Jericho marching forward as the poodle of the American State Department thinking nothing about Torah and the Land G-D gave us but only thinking of how to please his masters in Foggy Bottom and how to weaken Israel.

Second mistake by the IDF is the removal of these soldiers from combat duty, Col. Etai Virov you have failed your G-D, your country, and yourself.

August 05, 2007

Early Updates

Late-Night Rocket Attack

(IsraelNN.com) Gaza terrorists fired a Kassam rocket at Sderot shortly after 2:00 a.m. on Monday. The rocket landed in the city.

No injuries were reported in the attack. No buildings were damaged.

Soldier Wounded in Shechem

(IsraelNN.com) Terrorists opened fire on an IDF unit operating in Shechem early on Monday morning. A captain was hit and lightly wounded.

Three wanted terrorists were arrested during army operations in Shechem overnight. Another five were arrested near Ramallah and Hevron.

IDF: Gaza air strike foiled massive terrorist attac

IDF: Gaza air strike foiled massive terrorist attack AP and jpost.com staff, THE JERUSALEM POST Aug. 4, 2007 www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1186066377750&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

A massive terror attack was foiled Saturday night when an IAF air strike on
two vehicles near the southern Gaza Strip's border with Egypt killed two
Palestinians, including an Islamic Jihad operative, and wounded 21 others,
the IDF said.

The army said that one of the vehicles was carrying Islamic Jihad operatives
and was filled with explosive devices including suicide bomb belts.
The group, said the IDF, was on its way to carry out a huge terror attack
against Israelis.

Islamic Jihad said some of its members were in at least one of the two
vehicles hit in the IAF strike near the Rafah Crossing - a Mercedes saloon
and a pickup truck parked alongside. Eyewitnesses said several blasts came
from the pickup after the attack, suggesting that it had been carrying
explosives. Three of those
wounded were Islamic Jihad operatives and were in serious condition.

Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for firing a rocket into a Sderot
neighborhood shortly before the air strike, but it was not clear if they
were the same group hit by the IAF strike. Two more rockets were fired at
the western Negev on Saturday night. No casualties or damage were reported
as a result of the Kassam attacks.

August 04, 2007

Five Weekend Rockets From Gaza, Air Strike on Jihadis Sat. Night

Published: 08/04/07, 9:52 PM Five Weekend Rockets From Gaza, Air Strike on Jihadis Sat. Night by Ezra HaLevi

(IsraelNN.com) Five Kassam rockets struck the western Negev region over the weekend, wounding two people. The Israel Air Force (IAF) carried out an air strike in Gaza killing two Islamic Jihad terrorists.

Two rockets that slammed into downtown Sderot Friday morning lightly wounded two residents and damaged homes and cars. The injured were evacuated to Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Center.

One of the homes damaged belongs to the Cohen family, whose son was injured last year in a Kassam attack. The family was in the home’s “safe room” during the attack.

Another rocket landed in a cow barn in a western Negev kibbutz, causing damage but no injuries. Saturday night, two more Kassams were fired – both landing in open areas and causing neither injuries or damage.

Islamic Jihad claimed its terrorists had fired the rockets in retaliation for the killing of one of its top commanders in Shechem.

Rafiah Air Strike Kills 2 Jihad Terrorists
PA media reported an air strike on Islamic Jihad terrorists in Rafiah Saturday night. The IDF confirmed the attack, which killed two Islamic Jihad terrorists and wounded three others.

The IDF said the air strike scored a direct hit on a container holding a car packed with explosives that was meant to be used in an attack on an Israeli target.

Attempt to Kill Golani Brigade Soldiers Fails
PA terrorists in Gaza set an elaborate booby-trap intended to bring down a house on top of member of an IDF Golani Brigade, it was released for publication.

Explosives were rigged throughout the home, but the soldiers had exited the building right before it was detonated. The incident took place in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiyah.

Radio Appearance

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August 02, 2007

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Yishai: Scholarships Won’t Require IDF Service in 2008

Yishai: Scholarships Won’t Require IDF Service in 2008

(IsraelNN.com) Minister of Industry, Trade, and Labor Eli Yishai (Shas) announced Thursday that the ministry’s scholarship program would not give priority next year to students who had finished IDF or national service, or had been disqualified for service due to poor health. The announcement followed an accusation by an organization promoting higher education for Arabs, which said that scholarship program discriminated against Arab students.

While Israeli Arabs are allowed to enlist in the IDF or national service, the vast majority choose not to, and so do not receive the benefits offered to former soldiers. According to the organization for Arab students, such benefits are “in practice, discrimination against Arab students based on their national background.” Yishai said that the issue would be investigated by ministry officials, and that the benefits to former soldiers would be cancelled in the meantime.

So why should any body serve in the IDF?

If Israeli Arabs choose not to serve then why should they be given special treatment?

Israel is rapidly moving towards a point of no return in the Knesset's war on the issue of should Israel be a Jewish State. This newest attack against patriotic members of the Israeli society comes from a member of Shas a religious political party.

We have had the Defense Minister and the Chief of Staff this week speak out against secular draft dodgers and then, we get this?

Again, I ask why should anyone serve in the IDF?

IDF Confiscates Chemicals near Bethlehem

IDF Confiscates Chemicals near Bethlehem

(IsraelNN.com) IDF soldiers announced Thursday that they had confiscated dozens of liters of chemical materials on Wednesday night. Over 50 liters of concentrated liquid oxygen were found in Beit Sahur, they said.

Soldiers also found two 25-liter tanks filled with acid, and several other containers of dangerous chemical materials. The materials were of the kind used in making bombs, IDF officials said.

August 01, 2007

U.S.-Arab Joint Statement Backs 1949 Borders

U.S.-Arab Joint Statement Backs 1949 Borders

(IsraelNN.com) The Bush administration has continued to erode its previous pro-Israel stance and joined in an Arab statement Tuesday night backing the Saudi 2002 Initiative. The plan calls on Israel to hand over all of Judea, Samaria and Gaza to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and to allow the immigration of more than five million Arabs living in other countries.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has announced that the Saudi plan can serve as a basis for negotiations, and the United States previously has stated that Israel should retain large populated areas. However, Tuesday night's statement at Sharm El-Sheikh omits any conditions obstructing the Saudi plan.

The statement was made at the conclusion of meeting between Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Egypt, Jordan, and the U.S. It states their "commitment to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict" on the foundation of United Nations resolutions "and the Arab Peace Initiative, to end the occupation since 1967 and establish a Palestinian state that is viable and contiguous and living in peace and security with all its neighbors."

The declaration also states, "Participants denounced all acts of violence and called for law and order under the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Gaza." No specific mention was made of terrorist attacks against Israel.

If this goes through it is the end of Israel, it may take a decade or two but we will in the end be wiped off the map.
The only thing that could save the State of Israel then is the intervention of G-D.

Terrorist Who Killed Three Soldiers Nabbed

Terrorist Who Killed Three Soldiers Nabbed

(IsraelNN.com) The Shin Bet (General Security Service) and Lachish Region Police arrested a Gazan terrorist, Nahed Akra, who was involved in the detonation of an explosive charge near an IDF tank on the Karni-Netzarim road, in February of 2002. Three soldiers were killed in that attack.

Akra was arrested ten days ago but news media were forbidden to report the matter.

Akra reportedly admitted to involvement in numerous other attacks on Israeli targets. He is a member of the "Popular Resistance Committee," a Gaza terrorist gang.

Four Terror Rockets Fired From Gaza

Four Terror Rockets Fired From Gaza

(IsraelNN.com) Arab terrorists fired four rockets at the town of Sderot Wednesday night.

No casualties have been reported. It appears that the rockets exploded in open and unpopulated spaces.

Earlier today, IDF troops in northern Gaza shot and killed an Arab gunmen who tried to come near them

PM: Israel ready to cede some security control in W. Bank to PA

PM: Israel ready to cede some security control in W. Bank to PA By Aluf Benn, Haaretz Correspondent, and Agencies

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday that Israel was ready to hand over some security control in the West Bank to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' forces, an Israeli government spokesman said.

In their first meeting since Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip, Olmert told Rice, however, that Israel must first receive "proper security guarantees."

The prime minister added that Hamas had to be "kept out of the game" as Israel explores new cooperation with the Palestinians.

"[Olmert and Rice] spoke about future security cooperation with the Palestinians and Israel's concerns ... about transferring security control of various cities and areas, including Israel's condition that it only happen after proper security guarantees have been given," said David Baker, a spokesman for the Prime Minister's Office.

Baker said Israel wanted guarantees that "terror will not emerge in those areas again".

"Those security concerns have not yet been satisfied," he said.

Olmert also spoke with Rice about removing roadblocks to improve the freedom of movement for Palestinians in the West Bank, Baker said.

How many time must we be forced by the State Department to go down this track, which is no different than the train tracks that led to Auschwitz. This will result in dead Jews!

It is time for a new type of Israeli leader to emerge one will to say Oslo is dead and nothing short of victory over our enemies is our goal.

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The time of the show is 3pm EDT, 10pm Israel, every Sunday.

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