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October 31, 2007

Remember We Are Still At War

Last update - 20:53 31/10/2007 Arab MKs: Bid to bar trips to enemy states is 'racist' By Shahar Ilan and Jack Khoury, Haaretz Correspondents

Israeli Arab lawmakers responded angrily Wednesday to proposed legislation that would prevent anyone who travels to a country classified as an enemy state from serving as a Knesset member.

The Knesset plenum approved proposals for two bills on this issue in preliminary readings on Wednesday.

The bills were drafted by right-wing MKs Zevulun Orlev of National Union-National Religious Party and Esterina Tartman of Yisrael Beiteinu.

MK Ahmed Tibi (Ra'am-Ta'al) said that "the Knesset is steeped in racism. Corrupt members of Knesset want a Knesset without Arabs. The face of the Knesset is the face of Esterina: Knesseterina. If I am invited [to enemy states] I will go regardless of the law. I am sure that a person who violates an unjustified law, or whose conscience is not completely clear, and is willing to pay the price and be imprisoned in order to raise public awareness regarding the injustice in the law, then that person is showing his respect to the most supreme values."

Talab A-Sana (Ra`am-Ta`al) said that "the bill is opposed to peace, the Arab public, and its representatives that are visiting Arab states. This is a dark bill that constitutes political persecution, and shows what a substandard level the Knesset has reached."

The bills were approved by a majority of 52 in favor and 19 who opposed. MK Zehava Gal-On (Meretz) maintained that the bill was racist.

Hadash Chairman MK Mohammed Barakeh said that "If we have to choose between loyalty to our people, or serving in the Knesset, then good luck to the Knesset. We don't want you."

During the hearing, Barakeh called out to other MKs, "choke along with the Knesset." MK Yuval Steinitz (Likud) slammed Arab MKs in return, saying, "you believe in Syrian democracy."

Their is no better evidence to prove my point in the prior post, than this article. I do not trust Israeli Arabs to be loyal citizens, period.

Any person that visits an enemy state should be tried for treason and if found guilty they should be executed.

Notice I said any person, Arab or Jew that is a citizen of the State of Israel that visits an enemy state is a traitor.
I hold dual citizenship American and Israeli, my dream is one day to be able to take my family to Yemen to see where their grandparents came from. This trip will not happen until Yemen is no longer an enemy state.

For those Jews that are not citizens that offer aid and comfort to our enemies i.e. the anti Israel ultra orthodox, Israel should arrange traffic accidents for their leadership.

We keep forgetting we are at war, and the only way to bring peace to Israel is for Israel to be so serious about our security, that nobody wants to mess with us.

What Is The Motive

Last update - 22:02 31/10/2007 Court orders Jewish town to set aside land for Arabs By Jack Khoury, Haaretz Corresopndent tags: Israel Lands Authority

The High Court of Justice on Wednesday issued a temporary injunction ordering that a plot of land in the predominantly Jewish town of Rakefet be set aside for an Israeli Arab couple who had been previously denied entry to the community for "lack of suitability."

The couple, residents of Sakhnin, said they were denied residency in the town because they are Arab. They added that local authorities in Rakefet and officials at the Israel Lands Authority had found an alternative way to keep them from moving into the town - by stating that according to a "suitability test," the couple was "not socially fit to live in the town, according to expert opinion."

The two petitioned the High Court in February, with the aid of the non-profit group Adalah, asking that an order be issued to allow them to live in the town. Adalah, an organization that battles discrimination against Israeli Arabs, represented the couple in their petition to the High Court of Justice in February.

The couple, Ahmed and Fathina Zvidat, graduates of the archaeology department at Jerusalem's Bezalel College, tried in 2006 to find a place to live in northern Israel. According to the petition, when the two wanted to move to Rakefet, they were required to undergo a "suitability test", in accordance with Israel Lands Authority decision 1015.

This issue is a very emotional issue and I have to say that I would not want to have Israeli Arabs, or Bedouin given the right to live in my moshav. On the other hand I would welcome a Druze as a neighbor.

The issue is one of security, when Israeli Arab members of Knesset call for the destruction of the Jewish State day in and day out and some even helped Hizbullah during the second Lebanon war, I am sorry I don't want then near me.

Once again we see the court in Israel work to weaken the Jewish nature of Israel. At a time when not enough of our children are being educated in what it means to be Jewish and are not being taught the truth of the Torah.

What is to keep our children from getting married to the Arab kid that lives next door. It is not bad enough that so many American Jews are being lost to assimilation now the Israeli courts are working to bring assimilation to Israel.

Why is it a crime to have a Jewish State?

What is the motive of these Arabs who to want to live in a Jewish town?

What is the motive of the Israeli courts to force this issue on the Jews of Israel?

October 30, 2007

Bush And Rice Pay Attention

Hamas Shows Off Body Parts at Press Conference

(IsraelNN.com) According to the Bethlehem-based Maan news agency, Hamas terrorists held a press conference on Monday night claiming a victory over IDF soldiers in gunfights earlier in the day. Hamas leaders said terrorists had taught the soldiers “an unforgettable lesson.”

The terrorists displayed body parts during the press conference, claiming that the body parts belonged to Israeli soldiers who were wounded during the day. No IDF soldiers lost body parts in Gaza on Monday, and it is not clear who the body parts actually belonged to.

The press conference was held next to the Gaza home of Ahmed Abu Tahoun, one of the Hamas terrorists who was killed in Monday’s fighting. At least one other terrorist was killed, as was one IDF reservist.

Here we have the dully elected representatives of a people, in an open and fair election that was certified as such by none other than former American President Jimmy Carter.

Please Mr. Bush tell us when the Nazi's of Germany held a press conference to show off body parts of Russian, English or American soldiers.


The Nazis never had such a press conference.

So why should Israel under your pressure President Bush give the Palestinian people who are lower in terms of human decency than Nazi Germany was give our land to these psychopaths?

Justice In An Israeli Court

(IsraelNN.com) A Jerusalem court has decided that a border police officer who left his base to buy food did so as part of his service. The decision was based in part on halachic (Jewish legal) rulings written by Torah scholars, who say that soldiers are allowed to eat on fast days in order to be fit for service.

The border police officer in question left his base in Jerusalem late at night in order to buy food after his unit failed to provide a nighttime meal. The soldier was injured in a traffic accident as he returned to his base, and asked the army to compensate him for his injury.

The judge ruled that the army must compensate the officer, as “the soldier, as part of his service, is required to eat not only in order to survive, but also in order to fulfill the missions required of him.” The soldier needed to eat in order to remain alert throughout his upcoming guard duty, the judge said.

Sniper, You Have A Green Light

Abbas to Arab World: Don’t Recognize Israel

(IsraelNN.com) According to A-Sharq Al-Awsat, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has asked Arab nations not to recognize Israel until Israel agrees to give away Judea, Samaria, and all of the Jerusalem neighborhoods regained in the Six Day War.

Abbas reportedly said that Arab countries do not need to promote the normalization of relations with Israel. Arab countries have already made their demands clear, and now Israel must make the next step, he said.

Once again here we are, the Palestinian leader places a gun against the head of Israel, and issues demands.

Are the Palestinians doomed forever to be terrorist?

I know as a former law enforcement sniper that when the terrorist has a gun to the head of a hostage and is issuing demands that can not be met, the commander of the special unit would issue me what is called the green light.

It was then my job to deliver a 7.62 caliber match grade rifle round to the brain stem of the terrorist, which would result in instant death. By striking the brain stem, this also eliminates the possibility of their being death throngs which could cause a sympathetic response in the trigger finger of the terrorist thus causing him to shoot the hostage.

When will Israel have a leader that will green light first the leader of the terrorist nation, and then for the terrorist nation, the Palestinians.

October 29, 2007

Stop Chasing The Fantasy

Hamas: We'll take control over West Bank in autumn

Senior Islamist group leader says 'our supporters will soon be praying in the Muqata in Ramallah, after Abbas' regime falls like a leaf'

Ali Waked
Published: 10.30.07, 00:55 / Israel News

Senior Hamas leader Nizar Rayyan said Monday that the Islamist group would soon take control over the West Bank.

"In the autumn Hamas supporters will be praying in the Muqata compound in Ramallah (site of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' offices)," he said during a rally in Gaza.

"We are now praying at the Presidential compound in Gaza, just as we said we would. Abbas' regime will fall like a leaf come autumn."

Since Hamas' violent takeover of Gaza last June, the Palestinian Authority's security services have been seeking out Hamas operatives on a daily basis, especially those suspected of belonging to the group's armed wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

Hamas has repeatedly threatened to retaliate to any attacks against its men in the West Bank.

Rayyan continued to say that "in the fall the man who kills his own people will be exposed, and we will annihilate him just as we have annihilated others like him."

Just one more reason for Israel to skip the "peace" summit in the USA for the truth is Hamas is the future of the Palestinians and we must face that fact. Israel must prepare for war and not keep chasing the fantasy of peace with the Palestinians.

Time To Pay The Price

Mazuz puts power cut tactic on hold

Attorney general blocks controversial move to limit supply of electricity to Gaza in attempt to bring an end to rocket attacks against Israel, says defense establishment must present more solid case for such a move. Meanwhile however, proposals to sever economic, trade ties with Gaza approved

Mazuz's ruling thereby suspends the decision made by Defense Minister Ehud Barak last week to push ahead with the proposed tactic.

Meanwhile however, Mazuz authorized a series of economic sanctions against the Hamas government in Gaza, this following a special meeting on the subject held in his office with the participation of numerous State representatives, at the end of which the attorney general stressed that it was Israel's right to sever economic ties with a hostile regime.

"It has been determined that further administrative work must be done by the defense establishment regarding the option of cutting electricity back in a manner befitting the government's decision on the matter when it conditioned any such move with the risk of exacerbating humanitarian difficulties for the civilian population in Gaza," said the Justice Ministry in an official statement.

I don't understand how the cutting economic ties can be ok, but that cutting off the electricity must be put on hold.

Israel is in a war for her survival and anything that can be done to save Jewish lives should be done.

If that means cutting off all ties with Gaza and letting the terrorist and their supporters sit in Gaza with out electricity,food and water then they have no one to blame but themselves. Israel left Gaza to the Palestinians for them to build what ever kind of a future they wanted and they attacked Israel. Now it is time for the Palestinians to start paying the price.

October 28, 2007

Government to temporarily freeze Gaza power cuts

The Jerusalem Post Internet Edition

Government to temporarily freeze Gaza power cuts

Israel began scaling back its supply of fuel to the Gaza Strip on Sunday, as part of the sanctions package approved last week by Defense Minister Ehud Barak following the recent escalation in Kassam rocket attacks.

Dor Alon, the Israeli energy company that sells fuel to Gaza, confirmed it received instructions from the Defense Ministry to reduce shipments.

The fuel cut drew harsh condemnation from Palestinians in the Strip, which relies on Israel for all of its fuel and more than half of its electricity.

Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz plans to meet on Monday with Defense Minister Ehud Barak to review the legal aspects of the decision to scale down fuel supplies.

The meeting comes in response to a petition for an injuction against the move filed to the High Court of Justice on Sunday by Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. Adalah claimed that it was illegal for Israel to collectively punish the 1.4 million people in Gaza.

Defense officials said that starting Sunday Israel cut fuel supplies to Gaza by 5 percent to 12%. The main reduction was in gasoline: Instead of 450,000 liters a week, Israel will now supply 300,000; Israel will continue to supply the same amount of industrial fuel - 1.75 million liters per week - for Gaza's sole power plant; and instead of 1.4 million liters a week of diesel, Israel will now supply 1.25 million.

"This is a serious warning to the people of the Gaza Strip. Their lives are now in danger," said Ahmed Ali, deputy director of Gaza's Petroleum Authority, which distributes Israeli fuel shipments to private Palestinian companies. "The hospitals, water pumping station and sewage will now be affected by the lack of fuel."

Israeli officials said the changes would not affect hospitals, water supplies or sewage plants, and that the gasoline cuts were "marginal" but were enough to disrupt the daily lives of Palestinian civilians and cause them "to ask themselves if the Kassam rocket fire is beneficial for them or not."

Officials said that while Israel did not want to ground ambulances or garbage trucks, the defense establishment decided to reduce the diesel supply since it was also employed by Hamas for its car pool that is used daily in terrorist activity.

In a further effort to pressure Hamas, the IDF also decided to permanently shut down the Sufa crossing into Gaza, which had been used in recent months as a temporary replacement for the main Karni cargo crossing that has been closed due to increasing terrorist threats against it.

With Sufa closed, the Kerem Shalom crossing near Sinai will be the only entry point operated by the IDF for the transfer of humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip. Defense officials said Sufa was being shut in line with the new policy of increasing pressure on Hamas.

"There are daily rocket attacks against the crossing, and until now we used to switch off between Kerem Shalom and Sufa and used the one that wasn't under fire," an official said. "From now on, however, if Hamas fires at Kerem Shalom it will immediately shut down and will only reopen the next day if the firing stops."

Closing Sufa means that it will cost three times as much to transport food into Gaza as it did before Hamas took over the Strip, according to Kirstie Campbell, Gaza emergency coordinator for the World Food Program.

Since Hamas took over Gaza in June, Sufa had replaced Karni as the main crossing for goods into Gaza, at double the price, she said, and using the Kerem Shalom crossing would add another 50%.

So that what cost $25 per ton to bring through Karni, cost $50 at Sufa and would now be $75 per ton at Kerem Shalom because it was the most labor intensive of the three crossings, Campbell said.

She said the increased cost would overly tax donor support and ultimately mean less food for Gazans, of whom 80 percent, or some 1.1 million of the estimated 1.4 million people there, are dependent on food handouts from the international community.

Closing Sufa would increase the vulnerability of the food supply, she said.

Reducing fuel supplies also harmed people's ability to feed themselves, since basic staples such as flour and rice needed to be cooked, she said.

The outlook for Gaza under these conditions, she said, "is very bleak."

In Geneva on Thursday, John Holmes, UN under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, said Gaza's food supply had been reduced as a result of Israeli restrictions at the crossings.

"The squeeze was tightening all the time," Holmes said. In July, the UN helped bring 3,000 trucks into Gaza, a number that dropped to 1,508 in September.

In July, he said, 40 patients a day had been allowed to cross into Israel, which had fallen to under five a day in September.

While he condemned the Gazan rocket attacks against Israel, he said stopping the supply of fuel to "punish the population of Gaza" did not appear to be an appropriate response.

Unofficially, Israeli sources are saying Israel has no responsibility to supply fuel for the vehicles that are transporting the Kassams to locations where they can be fired on Israel, nor does Israel have an obligation to supply the fuel used to build the rockets.

A senior official in the Prime Minister's Office said that while it had not yet been decided when to begin suspending electricity to the Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks, this new policy would also likely be implemented within the next few days.

The officials said Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had not been flooded with urgent calls for Israel to rescind these measures, and that Israel had explained to the international community that the goal was not to punish residents of the Gaza Strip, but rather to protect Israeli citizens.

The issue - according to officials in the Prime Minister's Office - was not raised during a meeting Olmert held Sunday evening with a delegation from the Board of Directors of the United Nations Foundation that included former UN secretary general Kofi Annan.

The delegation also included Ted Turner, the founder of CNN and chairman of Turner Enterprises, and former Atlanta Mayor and US ambassador to the UN Andrew Young.

Olmert praised the UN for its involvement in putting together the Security Council resolution that ended last summer's war in Lebanon, and said that there has been a gradual improvement in Israeli attitudes toward the UN.

The prime minister told the delegation that Israel would be more than willing to converse with Hamas if it accepted the principles that Annan himself had laid down: recognizing Israel, rejecting terrorism and accepting previous Palestinian-Israeli agreements.

Also Sunday, Olmert briefed the cabinet on his talks on Friday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and said the upcoming Middle East conference in Annapolis, Maryland, would touch on the core issues of Jerusalem, borders and refugees, but would not try to solve them.

Olmert said that the declaration that the two sides were working on to present at Annapolis would be a general declaration that would include a commitment to continue negotiations after the meeting.

"We will go to negotiations after the Annapolis meeting with the intention to solve all the problems, and which will make possible the establishment of a Palestinian state that lives in security alongside Israel, a Palestinian state that is the national home of the Palestinian people, as Israel is the national home of the Jewish people." The Annapolis declaration would not include a detailed timetable for negotiations, he said.

Tovah Lazaroff and AP contributed to the report.

So once again the world cries, not for the suffering of the victims of terror. But for the terrorist themselves.

When the victims are Jews, the silence coming from the U.N. and the international community is deafening.

History has shown that when Israel stands and takes bold action against our enemies we have won a type of admiration from the world, but when we have adopted weak measures we have earned the scorn and condemnation of the world.

We violated an other nations sovereignty on September 6th of this year by having the IAF fly an air strike on Syria in addition we had commandos on the ground in Syria. There has been very little protest.

But as our leaders fumble on implementing weak measures against the Palestinians of Gaza, the international community raises their collective voices over the suffering of the Palestinians.

Our leaders must be bold and announce to the world the measures we will take if one more Qassam rocket is fired out of Gaza at Israeli targets.

A complete closure of Gaza nothing in or out.

When the closure has sufficiently weakened our enemy then the IDF must enter Gaza in a declared war, with part of that declaration being at the end of the war Israel will annex Gaza.

October 26, 2007

Middle East Radio Forum- Special Guest This Sunday

I would like to remind everyone of my weekly appearance on the Middle East Radio Forum. This week the show will have a special guest after my segment.

Brigette Gabriel will be on the remainder of the show. Do not miss the show as this brave woman speaks of the hatred of Christians and Jews by Muslims.

The show can be heard at 12:00 noon Pacific Time

You can link to the show here http://www.middleeastradioforum.org/

A Traitor Among Traitors

(IsraelNN.com) In an interview Friday with Kuwaiti newspaper A-Rai, Minister Raleb Majadle toyed with the idea that Israel abandon and demolish the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. "Look at the fate that befell the settlements in the Gaza Strip," he said. "I do not rule out the possibility that the fate of settlements in [Judea and Samaria] will be like that of those in Gaza."

Majadle called upon Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to accept the Arab "peace plan" despite misgivings about some of its components and said that Israel should compromise with the Arabs in Judea and Samaria. "It will be impossible for Israel to normalize relations with the Arab world without paying a price in the Palestinian question."

Majadle also said that Syrian president Assad "knows full well that an agreement with Israel is not far away," and added that "Israel has no goal of conquering Syria or capturing land from it."

Majadle said that he is aware of the fact that the price of peace with Syria is the return of the Golan Heights to Syria, and that Israel is willing to pay this price.

Majadle said that despite the recent Israeli attack on a Syrian facility, he believes that Syria wants peace. "The Syrians are closer to Israel than to Iran," he said.

The only Arab Minister in Israels history has proven once again that he is the biggest traitor among the traitors in the Knesset.

Where the Jewish traitors with their weak responses to terrorism and a willingness to move away from the Zionist dream make themselves out to be a joke.

Majadle is serious about what he says and is working towards the defeat of Israel which will lead to the destruction of the Jewish State.

October 25, 2007

What A Joke

Defense Minister Ehud Barak's approval Thursday of an IDF plan to impose sanctions on the Gaza Strip in wake of the escalation in Kassam rocket attacks, was the first step, defense officials told The Jerusalem Post, towards a "complete disengagement" including the gradual reduction in Palestinian dependency on Israel for gas and electricity.

During his weekly security meeting on Thursday Barak approved the plan that had been formulated by Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilna'i and Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj.-Gen. Yosef Mishlav in line with the recent cabinet decision that defined Gaza as a "hostile entity."

According to the plan, one of the power lines connecting Israel and Gaza will be shut down at first for 15 minutes after a rocket attack, gradually increasing the cutoff length if the barrages continue, up to a two-hour limit. In addition, Israel will begin reducing the amount of gasoline it allows into the Gaza Strip.

Defense officials stressed that the fairly-limited sanctions were not capable of creating a humanitarian crisis in Gaza and were being imposed with the eventual goal - of the defense establishment - to completely cut off Palestinian dependency on Israel. The cuts to electricity will not affect Gaza-based hospitals, defense officials said.

Palestinians and human rights groups denounced the measure as collective punishment. One of the groups, Gisha, issued a statement warning, "Playing with electricity is playing with fire," adding, "Even a brief interruption in electricity threatens the safety and well-being of Gaza residents."

Infrastructure Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said Israel had no choice but to take punitive measures. "Should we tell them to continue firing rockets at the same power station that provides them with electricity and continue to bomb the water system that provides them with water?" he asked.

Defense officials stressed that the cuts to electricity and gas were not being taken to "punish" the Palestinians but to instead gradually begin the final disengagement from the Gaza Strip, which was started in 2005 when Israel unilaterally withdrew from the Palestinian territory.

Is this the best Israel can do, what a joke.

Israel gets hit with rockets and we will turn the power off for 15 minutes and oh boy if the Palestinians keep launching rockets at Israel we may build up to a two hour period with no power. Gaza where many homes don't have electricity, will not be effected at all by a two hour blackout.

But wait please don't speak harshly about us for turning off the electricity, we are not attempting to punish the Palestinians. We Jews just couldn't be so mean.

No, this is just part of our retreat from Gaza.

Come on guys, lead!

Cut off Gaza, nothing in or out.

No people allowed across the border, no food, no water, no electricity, no business, no cash, no press, and lastly no U.N.

Then after they have had a chance to get hungry and thirsty after 3-4 weeks, invade.

The IDF needs to return to Gaza and stay there for good. The same holds true for Southern Lebanon.

That's what real leaders would do.

October 24, 2007

It Is A War

Bank Hapoalim ordered to postpone break with Gaza

Bank of Israel orders Hapoalim to hold off on implementing decision, pending PMO finding a solution to Strip's imminent cash flew problem

Avi Shauli
Published: 10.24.07, 19:28 / Israel Money

The Bank of Israel on Wednesday ordered Bank Hapoalim to postpone its planned financial break with the Gaza Strip.

Bank Hapoalim decided to cut all financial ties with the Strip in late September, following the security cabinet's decision to declare Gaza a "hostile entity".

Hapoalim and Discount are the only two Israeli banks still working with the Palestinian Authority. Both decided to break with the Gaza Strip – where the risks to the banks' personnel, as well as the fear funds might find their way to terror groups, have proven not to be cost effective – not with the West Bank, but Discount's management has announced it is also reconsidering its ties with the West Bank.

The Israeli Shekel is the major currency used in Gaza and West Bank commerce; should both banks cut their ties with the Strip, it would create a cash-flow problem and cause significant harm to the Palestinian economy.

Following Hapoalim and Discount's decision, the Prime Minister's Office and the Bank of Israel have begun looking into alternative solutions to keeping up currency levels in Gaza.

Among the solutions under advisement are using the Postal Bank, using foreign banks which have local branches in the Palestinian Authority, converting the Shekel into Egyptian pound and possibly transferring funds through Egyptian banks.

The Bank of Israel ordered Hapoalim to wait at least two months before implementing its decision.

This article high lights the problem with the leadership in Israel.

They refuse to view the conflict with the Palestinians as a war.

They view it as a minor problem that can be solved with a bunch of diplomats over cocktails.

The conflict with the Palestinians is war and in war you must destroy things , kill people and make the civilian population suffer to the point where they loose the desire to support the war.

Israel must sever all contact with the Palestinians of Gaza, no money in or out, no more gasoline, electricity,water or food must be sold to the Palestinians of Gaza and we must keep up bombing pressure on the terrorist as they seek to launch their Qassam rockets against Israel.

October 23, 2007

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Heavy rocket barrage follows targeted killing

At least 10 Qassams launched Tuesday at Israel. One rocket hits apartment building in southern town of Sderot; several people suffer from shock. Earlier, IDF assassinates senior Popular Resistance Committees member

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 10.23.07, 19:54 / Israel News

Five Qassam rockets were fired at the southern town of Sderot on Tuesday evening. One of them hit an apartment building in the city, and several people suffered from shock.

Two additional rockets landed in open areas. The Salah al-Din Brigades, the Popular Resistance Committees' military wing, claimed responsibility for firing the rockets.

Tuesday evening's barrage followed the targeted killing of the deputy commander of the Salah al-Din Brigades by the IDF. The assassination took place in the central Gaza Strip. According to the IDF, the strike targeted a vehicle carrying a senior wanted Palestinian responsible for firing rockets at Israel.

PRC spokesman Abu Abir told Ynet that the assassination of Mabarek Hasanat, the military wing's deputy commander, will not stop the resistance.

"Hasanat's fate is similar to that of the rest of the shahids (martyrs), our people. We shall continue the resistance against Israel everywhere, including through terror attacks and activities planned by Hasanat himself," Abu Abir said.

The "Sderot task force", headed by Sderot resident Alon Davidi, said in response to the rocket fire, "We support the government's military activity in Gaza and call on it to go ahead with its moral battle against the missile terror from the Gaza Strip.

It is clear that only the IDF retaking Gaza and staying there will limit and eventually stop the Qassam rocket attacks on Israel.

Israel also should have occupied southern Lebanon again, as part of the second Lebanon war, but under the leadership of Olmert Israel will do neither.

October 22, 2007

Prime Witness in Favor of Olmert Arrested in New York

Prime Witness in Favor of Olmert Arrested in New York

(IsraelNN.com) A prime witness in favor of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in the case involving his purchase of a Jerusalem residence has been arrested in New York on charges of making fraudulent profits. The charges may seriously affect the validity of the testimony of the witness, Menachem Eitan, according to Globes.

Eitan previously has testified that he paid a similar price as that paid by Prime Minister Olmert for a residence in the same building in Jerusalem. The Prime Minister is under investigation for buying the apartment at far below market price, leading to suspicions that he in effect was bribed by the seller. However, State Comptroller and Ombudsman Micha Lindenstrauss rejected Eitan's claim and stated that the market value of the Prime Minister's house rose since the time of Eitan's purchase.

American government prosecutors have arrested Eitan and five others for allegedly running a fraudulent scheme that netted them $55 million. Eitan's arrest also will make it difficult for him to be questioned by Attorney General Menachem Mazuz, who is conducting the probe on the Prime Minister's purchase of the apartment.

In addition, Eitan is being represented by a lawyer who is a partner with Yossi Gross, who represented Australian millionaire Frank Lowey in a bid for the government's shares of Bank Leumi. Prime Minister Olmert also is under investigation in that case and is suspected of having used his position as Finance Minister to favor Gross.

Four New Rocket Attacks

Four New Rocket Attacks

(IsraelNN.com) Gaza terrorists fired four rockets at Israeli towns in the western Negev on Monday night. Two of the rockets landed in an open area near Miflasim. No injuries were reported in the attack.

The other two rockets fell inside of Gaza. The exact location of the rockets is unknown. Last week a poorly aimed rocket fell on a residential building in Gaza, wounding an Arab boy.

Six Rocket Attacks in Negev

(IsraelNN.com) Terrorist groups in Gaza fired a total of six rockets at Israeli towns in the western Negev on Monday. No injuries were reported in the attacks. The rockets caused two fires to break out.

Islamic Jihad terrorists claimed responsibility for all of the attacks. Terrorist spokesmen said the attacks were part of “a decision to point our weapons only towards Israel.” The group has been involved in heavy gunfights with Hamas terrorists since Saturday.

October 21, 2007

Iran: First Strike Response of 11,000 Missiles

(IsraelNN.com) If attacked, Iran is capable of responding with 11,000 rockets, aimed at military and civilian installations in Israel and at U.S. bases in the Middle East, an Iranian general said Saturday.

"Enemy bases and positions have been identified. ... The Guards ground force will fire 11,000 rockets into identified enemy positions within the first minute of any aggression against the Iranian territory," Gen. Mahmoud Chaharbaghi, the missile commander of the Revolutionary Guards Corps said.
Although Chaharbaghi did not mention the U.S. or Israel by name, security sources say that Iran has missiles capable of reaching Israel and at U.S. bases in Turkey.

October 20, 2007

Scum In IDF Uniform

6 soldiers suspected of beating Druze comrades

Soldiers repeatedly kick Druze soldier who was late for guard duty; his friend also beaten up. Military judge: Incident has racist overtones

Hanan Greenberg
Published: 10.20.07, 23:01 / Israel News

Six IDF soldiers have been detained by Military Police over the past few days on suspicion of beating two of their Druze comrades at the Samaria Division headquarters in the West Bank, Ynet learned Saturday.

One of the Druze soldiers testified that he sustained blows to his entire body and that his friend was also beaten after trying to come to his aid.

"I'm very scared, because I believe they will try and take their revenge; they are very dangerous," the soldier told army investigators.

During a court hearing on the extension of five of the six soldiers' remand, Jaffa Military Court President Colonel Avi Levy described the incident as "a vile act" and said it had "racist overtones."

In the next few weeks Military Police will apparently file an indictment against the five soldiers whose remand was extended.

'Stab him, stab him already'

The scuffle broke out following an argument over guard duty. Apparently, one of the Druze soldiers was

late in replacing one of his comrades and hurled insults at another soldier who confronted him on the matter.

A few hours later, one of the soldiers on the base approached the Druze soldier as he was coming out of the shower. According to the Druze soldier, the soldier who approached him summoned one of his friends and then said to him, "Is this how you talk to my brother?"

"Then he cursed me and headbutted me," the Druze soldier told army investigators. "I felt dizzy and then fell to the ground; I was kicked in the neck, back, stomach, hips – wherever – they kept kicking me all over."

The soldier said the assailants spewed racial epithets and threatened to "butcher" him.

Eventually the battered soldier managed to run toward the base's commissary while screaming for help, but the soldiers chased after him.

At a certain point one of the soldiers who took part in the beginning of the fight appeared and proceeded to throw the Druze soldier down on the ground and beat him along with the others.

"They continued to kick me, and one of them said 'stab him; stab him already'," the Druze soldier recounted.

The Druze soldier then fled to a nearby Border Guard base, where he informed an officer of what had transpired.

Immediately following the incident an impromptu lineup was set up, during which the Druze soldier identified his attackers. He was then transferred to a hospital for treatment.

"I'm still in need of additional medical treatment; I have nightmares," he told Military Police.

I can not condemn the action of these scum enough.

I hope they get at least 10 years in military prison for their actions.

The Druze have paid a high price in blood to help us defend the Jewish State and these 6 soldiers makes me sick.

October 19, 2007

Reminder About MERF Appearance

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, 9pm 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

Yesha rabbis: Majadele is like a fifth column

Yesha rabbis: Majadele is like a fifth column

Science, culture and sport minister slammed over his demand to prevent ongoing Mugrabi Gate dig in Jerusalem. Majadele in response: It is sad that those who see themselves as settlers' leader preach hatred

Ronny Sofer
Published: 10.19.07, 11:59 / Israel News

Raleb Majadele is operating as a fifth column inside the government, Dov Lior, chairman of the Yesha Raabis Committee, wrote Friday in a manifesto against the science, culture and sport minister.

"Majadele's ongoing attempts to halt the excavation works at Jerusalem's Mugrabi Gate raise the great fear that he is serving our enemies' interests. This behavior questions causes us to question his loyalty to the Jewish state," Rabbi Lior continued in the letter.

"We were shocked to hear of the intentions of enemies from the inside and the outside, who speak out loud about handing over and abandoning the Temple Mount and parts of the Jewish people's eternal capital. The thought of foreigners defiling and ruling the Temple Mount and the holy Jerusalem shocks any Jews wherever he is."

Knesset Majority: ‘Don’t Divide Jerusalem!’

Published: 10/19/07, 10:21 AM Knesset Majority: ‘Don’t Divide Jerusalem!’ by Hana Levi Julian

(IsraelNN.com) More than half of Knesset Members from both the opposition and the coalition factions have signed a petition against plans to hand over parts of Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority.

The document rejects plans to relinquish Israel’s sovereignty over holy sites in the Old City and the City of David, just outside the Old City walls, as well as possible intentions to give eastern Jerusalem’s Arab neighborhoods to the PA.

Likud MK Yisrael Katz and other Likud MKs spearheaded the drive, and they were quickly joined by nearly 30 coalition MKs, including thirteen members of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s own Kadima party and all of Shas.

Two Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) MKs, David Rotem and Esterina Tartman, signed the petition, as did Yoram Marciano of Labor - the only Labor MK to do so. Four ministers also signed the petition, including Yaakov Edry and Ze’ev Boim of the Kadima party, and two others from the Gil Pensioners’ party.

“It is possible that Olmert could divide Jerusalem and we would have to face that reality, but it’s illegitimate, especially since he’s putting Jerusalem on the agenda to distract from his other problems,” said Likud MK Reuven Rivlin.

Olmert: Knesset Not Necessary
The prime minister asserted earlier this month that he does not need the Knesset’s approval to reach a joint declaration with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, including one that might include an agreement to hand over parts of Jerusalem to the PA. He has said that Jerusalem is not currently on the negotiating table, but several plans to divide the capital have emerged from Olmert’s close associates.

Prime Minister Olmert denied reports earlier in the week that his government planned to give away parts of the sacred capital, but avoided specifically defining the city limits, giving rise to speculation that he indeed intends to give up Israel’s control over some of Jerusalem.

Summit Still Not Certain
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said she would meet again today (Friday) with PA negotiators in an attempt to come to a pre-summit agreement. Abbas said this week that the PA's participation in the US-sponsored summit was not a certainty, and that the PA would not retreat from its demands for a joint detailed pre-summit declaration with Israel. Israel insists on only a general declaration, with details to be ironed out later.

October 18, 2007

Terrorists Fire on IDF Ship

Terrorists Fire on IDF Ship

(IsraelNN.com) Terrorists opened fire on an IDF ship on Thursday afternoon off the coast of Gaza, near the city of Rafiah. The terrorists approached the ship in fishing vessels.

Soldiers returned fire. No injuries have been reported in the attack.


MK Sarsur: Israel Must Give in or Be Destroyed

(IsraelNN.com) MK Ibrahim Sarsur (Ra’am Ta’al) sent a letter to Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef this week warning Rabbi Yosef to give in to Muslim demands in order to protect the Jewish people. If Shas and the rest of the Knesset does not give in to the Palestinian Authority, Sarsur said, “there will be nothing be destruction and demolition, and you, honorable rabbi, know better than others this truth that is indicated in the Koran and included in your Torah.”

Sarsur referred to the 2002 Saudi Plan, saying, “In 3,000 years the Jews never received such a generous offer as they recently received from the Arabs and Muslims.” True peace will not be possible unless Israel agrees to the plan and gives up Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem while allowing millions of foreign Arab descendants of those who fled Israel in the 1940s to “return” to Israel. He rejected Shas’s insistence on a unified Jewish Jerusalem, saying the Muslim claims to Jerusalem was supported by “proofs and facts and the belief of 1.5 billion Muslims,” while “the Jews talk about a possible right [to Jerusalem] that remains unproven to this day.”

How can Israel survive letting such scum sit in the Knesset.

This man should be tried for treason and after a fair trial be taken out and hung.

October 17, 2007

Bad News

Dichter: Hamas obtained 200 tons of explosives

Internal security minister says most of explosives originated in Palestinian Authority, expresses his concern over possibility of similar situation in West Bank

Ronny Sofer
Published: 10.17.07, 21:03 / Israel News

Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter warned Wednesday that over the past three months Hamas has equipped itself with 200 tons of explosives, most of which were obtained from the Palestinian Authority.

Speaking at Tel Aviv University, the minister said he expected the PA to fight terror.

"When they do that, I hope we will be able to express our appreciation for their efforts, rather than lose our heads," he added.

Dichter expresses his concern over the possibility of a similar situation taking place in the West Bank.

"I am mentioning this issue of the weapon transfers in Gaza, sometimes from one street to another, so that we can understand the risks we are taking in the Judea and Samaria, unless we demand that they enforce the law."

Prior to the retreat from Gaza, the figure was on the order of 30-40 tons of explosives, now we are at 200 tons.

When it comes time to capture Gaza this is going to cost us soldiers.

These explosives combined with the on the job training terrorist have been getting in IED's in Iraq is going to insure that we pay a heavy price.

This is one more reason why you never give land to your enemies.



This article is about Rav Yitzchok Dovid Grossman. The man is amazing.

A Light in the Darkness of War
Original article written by Shula Weissfer

A year has passed but First Lieutenant M. has not forgotten about
the activities of Migdal Ohr which had been discreetly
accomplished. With minor changes, we publish here for the first
time in English, Lieutenant M's written recording of his

"I remember the two weeks of near face-to-face combat, the
confused orders and insufficient combat gear, the intense hunger,
physical and emotional exhaustion and toughest of all, the
self-imposed silence and disassociation with our surroundings.
"Now is not the right time to complain, but when it is over," we
thought to ourselves, "when the air raid sirens stop and we are
out of these fatigues, we can talk and the truth will be known."

When the news came that we were receiving a day off, our hearts
soared. We suffered so much stress and hardship. Where would we
go? How should we take full advantage of this gift?

Rumors begin to circulate that we were going to some school in
Migdal Ha'Emek. "This must be a joke! Who ordered ten buses to
bring us to some yeshiva with some Rabbi who is just going to try
and brainwash us?"

Then, a few of the guys remembered. "Rabbi Grossman, that's the
Disco Rabbi right? The guys all give him great respect." But what
do they know? He is still some rabbi.

Tired and emotionally drained, we got off the buses and stood
face to face with an old-world looking Jew, complete with a white
beard, side locks and long jacket. "So here it comes," I
thought, "the push to put on tefillin or to say prayers together.
Some day off."

"Boys," the rabbi's words thundered, "I suggest that first thing
you do is take a dip in the pool and freshen up. In the
meantime, we will make you something to eat."

In amazing simplicity, Rabbi Grossman heard in passing that the
brigade was looking for a home for a day, and he immediately
volunteered his campus. "What's the problem? 600 soldiers?
They should all come, of course we have room!"

With the echoes of war from the battlefield still in our ears, it
seemed like a mirage or hallucination. Soft music came from
everywhere and flowing water and greenery surrounded us. Within
minutes, the tables were set with cold refreshing watermelon,
cakes, and beverages, followed by cheeses, fresh vegetables, and
soft rolls.

Then we heard, "Out of the pool, get dressed and eat something."
We saw piles of new undergarments. 600 new undershirts and
underwear appeared as if out of nowhere, laid out on tables for
our choosing.

Rabbi Grossman sat with us and laughed, "Have a good time boys!
Have a great time! This evening, I will put on the most
spectacular performance you have ever seen."

I am not a religious person by any means, but I can't help but
envision the first Jew, Avraham, standing and personally serving
his guests perfectly naturally and without the slightest hint of
condescension. He respected each individual and cared for all
their needs. Like Avraham, Rabbi Grossman saw in this an obvious
act of kindness, a mission of a Mitzvah that had fallen into his
hands. As the evening continued, we learned quickly that this was
the essence of who Rabbi Grossman is and what he is all about.
He loves everyone and accepts everyone as they are with all his
heart and soul.

"Tell me friends," Rabbi Grossman said, "I heard you are lacking
different pieces of equipment. Do me a favor. Here is a pencil
and paper, just write down everything you are missing and leave
the paper on the table." That night, we enjoyed the
entertainment and afterwards, slept in soft beds and
air-conditioned rooms.

Like in a fairytale, we awoke in the morning and could not
believe our eyes. Mounds of gear which we so desperately needed
had arrived at Migdal Ohr. Attached, was a small note from Rabbi
Grossman, "To my dear solders, from all my heart!"

Rabbi Grossman personally and immediately raised over $60,000
worth of equipment from friends literally overnight! The
essential equipment included ceramic bulletproof vests, helmets,
canteens, knee pads, backpack water canteens, night vision
goggles, toothbrushes, socks and more.

Interestingly, a few months before the war broke out, a special
friend of Rabbi Grossman from France was interested in donating a
new Torah scroll to the main Migdal Ohr Beit Midrash (study
hall). For some reason, Rabbi Grossman requested to postpone the
event until an unspecified later date.

"Now is the right time!" Rabbi Grossman realized. He immediately
made arrangements and in an early evening ceremony, we
participated in the completion of writing the Torah. While the
scroll was carefully laid on the table next to a special pen and
ink, Rabbi Grossman addressed the soldiers.

"My holy ones! I am going to bestow upon you the merit of a holy
mitzvah, which can be considered a once in a life time
opportunity. Each one of you will complete a letter in the Torah
scroll. While you are executing this holy task, each one of you
should pray the prayer of his heart and request from G-d that the
merit of the letter he has completed will protect him in battle.
Holy sparks will emanate from these sacred letters and disperse
around you, creating a protective shield which will keep you safe
and bring you home safely."

Those moments were the most exciting and emotional ones in my
life. Shaking from the intensity of the immeasurable experience,
still not believing, we held the edges of the Torah scroll while
are hearts beat rapidly. There was complete silence all around.
One after the other, we dipped the quill in the ink and completed
a letter in the Torah scroll.

A bystander would have seen a breathtaking scene of incredible
elation and spiritual exuberance. The world seemed as if shrouded
in silence. The strings of our heart felt strummed and the tears
flowed freely down our cheeks.

"Mother!" cried one of the soldiers into his cell phone, "you
wont believe what I have done! I have written a letter in a Torah
scroll! Mother, are you there? Can you hear?! Me, a Shmutznik (a
member of a non- religious Kibbutz), who can't differentiate
between Shabbat and the rest of the week, who has not seen tzizit
(ritual garment) in my life. Me, I wrote a letter in a Torah
scroll! I can't believe it. I can't believe it."

After the completion of the Torah, the ceremony continued.
Leading the procession was a decorated car with multi-colored
lights strung all over it and with a crown of lights spinning
around on its roof. Following the car, bearers of a decorated
canopy marched while people danced around it. Under the canopy,
others held the Torah scroll, which was clothed in white and
crimson with a silver crown at its top.

600 soldiers and thousands of the town residents marched and
danced in the procession, a loud speaker accompanying them,
playing traditional Jewish music.

As the ceremony came to a close, Rabbi Grossman approached every
soldier and kissed him while placing a half-shekel coin in his
hand and said "shliach mitzvah aino nezok," messengers of a
mitzvah are not harmed. Rabbi Grossman concluded, "When you
return, G-d willing, healthy and unharmed, you will fulfill this
mission I am placing upon you, and you will donate this money to

The night came. Twelve buses made their way atop the Galilee
Mountains. Heavy darkness engulfed us, yet behind, in the
growing distance, a bright flame pierced the night sky. In the
midst of war and violence, we found love and unending human
compassion at Migdal Ohr, the educational center established in
Migdal Ha'Emek by Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman.

Rabbi Grossman speaks

"This was an immense "Kiddush Hashem." For a long period of time,
I cried and was very emotional." Thus Rabbi Grossman recalled the
moment when he first read the words above written by First
Lieutenant M.

Rabbi Grossman has what to add to the end of this exciting
memoir. "A moment before they returned to Lebanon, I told the
soldiers, 'in the merit that you said "shema" and put on
tefillin, wrote a letter in the torah, and are messengers of a
mitzvah, I promise you, that you will all return safe and sound.
None of you will be wounded or killed.'"

"Wasn't the Rabbi scared to commit to 600 soldiers that they
would return home safe and sound?" asked Shula Weissfer, a
journalist. "That is what came out of my mouth word for word," he
replied. "This was a moment of exuberance."

"I continued and told them," Rabbi Grossman relates, "if this
does actually happen that you come back safely, the first place
you must come back to - before you go home - is Migdal Ohr. We
will thank G-d together and from there we will say goodbye." I
told them, "think of this as an emergency call-up. Do you
accept?" The commanding officer replied in the affirmative.

Two weeks later, around midnight, Rabbi Grossman received a phone
call. "Rabbi, your blessing has come true!" exclaimed the
commander over the phone. "Everyone is safe and we are on our way
to you. We will be there by two 'O clock in the morning"

Rabbi Grossman immediately contacted the kitchen staff and asked
them to prepare a meal while he worked to organize a band.
People asked him 'You need a band at 2 a.m.? Is Moshiach here?'"

At 2:30 a.m. the soldiers disembarked from the buses, each one
carrying 60 kilo of equipment on his back. The band started
playing music and the soldiers approached Rabbi Grossman, each
one lovingly received with a hug and a kiss. This continued for
two hours. "I felt as I had never felt before," recalls Rabbi
Grossman. "Each one told me his personal miracle."

One soldier, a kibbutznik and a lawyer in civilian life, relayed
an incredible miracle. A group of soldiers were gathered in an
empty house in a Lebanese village when one of them forgetfully
lit a cigarette.

Hezbollah terrorists immediately noticed the light and fired an
anti-tank missile at the house. Coincidentally, two horses from
the village ran in front of the house and were hit and killed.
The missile, deflected by the horses, veered away from the house,
landing elsewhere. Incredibly, the horses miraculously saved the
soldiers inside the house.

After the warm reception, the soldiers recited "birkat hagomel,"
and together with Rabbi Grossman, sang and danced until daybreak.
"To this day," says Rabbi Grossman, "we maintain contact with
each soldier and have thus become one family."

Rabbi Grossman is a recipient of the "Award of Recognition for
his Actions on Behalf of Soldiers of the Israeli Defense Forces
and the Second Lebanon War"

This Is What Israel Is Made Of

Ben Koavni Sat in Jail to Reach Golani

(IsraelNN.com) Sgt. Ben Koavni of Hadera, who was killed in action in Gaza Wednesday, was called up to serve in August of 2005 and insisted on serving in the Golani Brigade. When his commanders in BAKUM, the base in which fresh recruits are first assembled, told him he would be stationed elsewhere, he refused to leave the base.

He was court-martialled, spent several days in military jail and was released from service. Several months later he re-enlisted and this time, his dream came true – he reached Golani.

Eyal Engelister, a childhood friend, told Ma'ariv-NRG that Ben was his family's breadwinner. "Whenever he came back from the army he would take off the uniform and go straight to work," he said. "He didn't care about nightlife, just army and work. Even last Sunday he worked [in a Hadera meat deli] from 7 A.M. to 8 P.M.. He always had a smile on his face."

Sgt. Koavni is survived by a sister, 27 years old, a brother, 17, and his parents.</blockquote>

This is the real Israel, once again it shows what the real Israeli is like, not some peace freak from Tel Aviv that is willing to give up parts of his country and does every thing to avoid military service.

One More Fallen Hero

IDF soldier killed in south Gaza operation

IDF Golani, Armored Corps troops enter suburbs of Khan Younis to search for terror infrastructure; soldier identified as Ben Kubany of Hadera killed during heavy exchanges of fire

Hanan Greenberg
Latest Update: 10.17.07, 16:25 / Israel News

An IDF soldier was killed during the early hours of Wednesday morning in an operation near Khan Younis in southern Gaza. The soldiers was later identified as Ben Kubany, 20, of Hadera.

An initial investigation revealed that the Golani Brigade soldier was severely wounded by a single bullet during an encounter with a terror cell. He died of his wounds en route to Beer Sheba's Soroka Medical Center.

One of the terrorists was also killed in the fighting, which took place in a built up area. The terrorists apparently opened fire as the IDF soldiers approached.

The IDF force, which includes troops from the Golani's 51st Battalion and the Armored Corps, entered the Khan Younis area to search for terrorist infrastructure and track down wanted terrorists for questioning in Israel. A number of anti-tank missiles were fired at the soldiers during the operation.

The IDF estimated that Palestinian terrorists would put up heavy resistance in the Khan Younis area, and the operation could be accompanied by a large number of incidents.

The operation in Khan Younis is similar to the one carried out by the IDF in recent months throughout Gaza, aimed at preventing terror organizations from launching attacks, primarily in the short-term future and near the electronic fence area.

So far, operations of this type have succeeded in preventing a significant number of Palestinian attacks, and large numbers of Palestinian terrorists have been either wounded or killed.

"What we are doing in Gaza is fighting for the security fence," a military source said Wednesday morning. "Terrorist organizations are trying to harm our control of the fence so that they can use the area to launch attacks within Israel. Our job is to prevent them from reaching this goal, and this is done through daily operations, which are complex, and which also carry an element of risk."

"This operation, like dozens of earlier ones like it, is aimed at preventing attacks against soldiers and civilians. We carry out such operations almost every day, in accordance with estimates of the situation. These operations are highly important," a source in the Southern Command Front said.

"Every operation of this type brings with it resistance from the terrorists – sometimes more significant, sometimes less. We are prepared for that, and so are the forces."

Recently, the IDF said terrorist organizations, especially Hamas, have gained strength, as seen by pinpoint terrorist activities and confrontations which take place throughout IDF operations. The IDF added that terror cells are visibly more organized, improved, and possess a wider range of weapons. One senior officer described the terrorist cells as an organized army.

October 16, 2007

Jewish Billionaire Mann Invests $250 Million in Israel

Jewish Billionaire Mann Invests $250 Million in Israel

(IsraelNN.com) American Jewish billionaire Alfred Mann is investing $250 million in a factory in Netanya or in the Galilee to produce insulin inhalers. The plant is expected to employ several hundred people when it opens in three years and possibly thousands in the future.

He cited Zionism, availability of manpower and the need for more manufacturing experience in Israel as three of the reasons for his investment. His wealth is estimated $2.2 billion.

Good News

Rice Steps Back from Nov. 26 Mideast Summit Date

(IsraelNN.com) In what appears to be a step back from the November 26 date set for the U.S.-sponsored Mideast summit, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday the meeting would be held in November or December.

Following her meeting in Cairo with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Tuesday afternoon, Rice tried to put a positive spin on the situation at a joint news conference with Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit.

“I do think the prospect of the meeting has given them (Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas) some momentum in the document they are trying to forge,” she said.

I pray this is the first step towards the cancellation of the "peace" summit.

Hopefully the USA will pay attention to Israeli politicians from all parties saying that the summit is a bad idea.

PA Arab Attacker Shot by IDF Soldiers Near Tulkarem

PA Arab Attacker Shot by IDF Soldiers Near Tulkarem

(IsraelNN.com) A Palestinian Authority Arab terrorist was shot by IDF soldiers Tuesday evening after hurling firebombs at the troops as they conducted counter-terrorism operations in the village of Anabta, east of Tulkarem.

The attacker had thrown three firebombs at the soldiers and was holding a fourth when they opened fire. His condition is unknown. The soldiers were unhurt.

MKs tell Washington: Annapolis conference doomed

MKs tell Washington: Annapolis conference doomed

Senior MKs cast woeful projections for success of upcoming peace summit they say was forced on Israel. MK Steinitz: US is 'playing with fire' by pushing for division of Jerusalem. Meanwhile Defense Minister Barak meets with counterpart at Pentagon to discuss Iranian threat

The unanimous opinion was voiced by four leading MKs currently visiting Washington for a series of high-ranking meetings prior to the conference. On Tuesday the group met with US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nick Burns and Deputy National Security Advisor Jim Jeffrey.

Following the meeting with Jeffrey, MK Yossi Beilin (Meretz) said that the Americans were "creating a situation wherein failure in Annapolis may lead to disaster. It would have been possible for bilateral talks between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to continue. If after seven years of no negotiations at all, this summit fails – it could truly bring about catastrophe.

Failure, Beilin said, would also spell out the end of Abbas' rule and "give an unbelievable boost to Hamas' strength."

Beilin said that the only wayto save the Annapolis conference was for both sides to achieve something significant. "My message is that we did not ask for the Annapolis conference, but if you wanted it then it is your (America's) responsibility. It is up to you, along with Israel and the Palestinians of course, to prevent Annapolis from becoming a remake of Camp David," he said.

'We can't ignore what happened in Gaza'

Meanwhile MK Yuval Steinitz (Likud) said he was also concerned about a possible deterioration of the situation after Annapolis. The US is ignoring the reality on the ground, he said, adding that a non-viable agreement would be worse than no agreement at all.

He warned against "signing an agreement with Abbas on Judea and Samaria while ignoring everything that has happened in Gaza over the last two years – we gave up everything and got an Iranian-backed Palestinian army in return."

Steinitz accused the US of "playing with fire when it comes to Jerusalem. It's difficult enough as it is to control the city, there are constant attempts to turn the Temple Mount into ground zero for all religious wars. Israeli control over East Jerusalem is the only thing preventing a bloodbath and religious war that could ignite the entire Muslim world.

"If Annapolis fails it would be bad. If Annapolis succeeds we fear that once against Israel will give up everything and receive nothing in return."

October 15, 2007

Grow Up

When reading this article there are some basic facts that you must keep in mind.

First I was born and raised in America and have served as a deputy sheriff in a major west coast sheriff’s department.

Second my family can trace our heritage in America back before an independent country called America existed. Representatives of my family have fought in every war since their arrival and I see no reason for a representative of our family not to fight in every war in America’s future.

America should leave the Middle East.

American leaders have never understood the way the Middle East works, nor do they show any sign of learning.

The list of American mistakes in the Middle East is long and has resulted in oceans of blood being shed, while you historically have sat back in safety with an ocean to guard your borders.

America allowed and according to some, even assisted in the down fall of the Shah of Iran Allowing the modern Islamic revolution to gain a base from which to spread jihad.
Your citizen were held hostage in Iran for 444 days and you were powerless to gain their freedom.

The Iranians bombed your Embassy and the Marines in Beirut and you were powerless to hit back thus building in the minds of your enemies that you were a paper tiger.

On 9-11, for the first time you were attacked and made to feel the sword of Islam, you wanted to strike back, and you did in Afghanistan and Iraq.

But you struck out of anger and not as chess master would after looking at the board and understanding all the nuances of the players, who has what power and who serves what function.

You removed Saddam Hussein, who like the Shah was not the model of a leader that America likes to see, but who like the Shah had a role to play in keeping the situation in the Middle East under control and the forces of Islamic jihad locked in their bottle.

Your actions first under President Carter and now under President Bush have strengthened the hands of the jihad masters of Iran.

However you still fail to learn what the real Middle East is like.

You have provided a safe haven in northern Iraq for the PKK Kurdish terrorists, who have been using the American presence as cover to strike across the border into Turkey with almost daily terror attacks that have claimed Turkish lives.

You have politicians in America calling to divide Iraq into three parts with the northern part being for the Kurds. But since you fail to understand the Middle East you are blind to the fact that this action on your part will result in Turkey invading northern Iraq to defend itself against the Kurds.

This week a resolution was passed in committee of the House of Representatives condemning the World War One deaths of Armenians as genocide. This has resulted in the following statements by Turkey’s top general Yasar Buyukanit told daily Milliyet newspaper that a congressional committee's approval of the measure had already harmed ties between the two countries.

"If this resolution passed in the committee passes the House as well, our military ties with the U.S. will never be the same again," Buyukanit was quoted as saying by Milliyet.
"I'm the military chief, I deal with security issues. I'm not a politician," Buyukanit was quoted as saying by Milliyet. "In this regard, the U.S. shot its own foot."

America can not afford to drive a wedge between herself and Turkey for a number of reasons.

First 70% of the supplies received by air for the American military in Iraq travels via Turkey.

Second and even more important by pushing Turkey from the west the power of the Generals is weakened and the power of those that seek Jihad in Turkey is strengthen. The west can not afford to allow Turkey to leave behind the reforms that were instituted by
Mustafa Kemal , the first President of the Republic of Turkey following World War One.

Kemal was later in 1934 honored by the Turkish parliament by being named "Atatürk",
“Father of the Turks”.

This week we are witness, to efforts by the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during her visit to the Middle East to gain consensus of the leadership of Israel and the Palestinians before the Annapolis Peace Conference.

Yesterday after meetings with Israeli Cabinet Minister Yishai, Secretary Rice stated "We also have a vision of a Jewish and democratic country. President Bush is a true friend of Israel, particularly during the hard times. We have common enemies.”

These statements made by Rice at first glance sound good, but are they true?

Is President Bush a true friend of Israel?

I think the facts speak differently.

If President Bush were a true friend of Israel, would he be pushing a conference which the very goal of which is to remove land from the Jewish people and to divide the eternal capitol of the Jewish people, Jerusalem?

Would not a true friend be telling Israel you have tried what we have wanted you to do for years.

Israel exchanged land for peace by your withdrawal from Gaza. Good for you, but we all must admit that the facts on the ground show that it was a total failure that has placed Israeli lives at risk and has given the terrorist of Jihad a new foothold in the world.

Would not a friend be telling Israel that to give up any more land is not in the interest of Israel nor America’s war on terrorism?

The Secretary spoke of common enemies, really who are our common enemies?

Israel has many enemies in the region, Palestinians, Egyptians, Syria, Saudi Arabia,
Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Yemen, and so on.

America has former Presidents and members of Congress on the staff of servants of the Saudi royal family and is allies with many of Israel’s enemies.

America and Israel have one common enemy, Iran.

So America seeks to weaken the one true friend it has in the Middle East by forcing Israel to give up land which will be used as a base for terror strikes against Israel the first week that Israel retreats from Judea, Samaria (west bank) and divides Jerusalem.

If America is allowed to bumble around the Middle East the future, will be war in the northern part of Iraq, as Turkey invades.

This will result in Turkey being cut off from the west, which may bring about the fall of the generals, the result of which would push Turkey into the arms of Jihad.

Israel will become weakened as it falls under massive daily terror attacks and is condemned for retaliation efforts against the newly created terror state called Palestine.

Investors will pull their funds out of the terror racked nation even with the technological strides being made by the collective brain power of the Jewish State this results in a weakening of the Israeli economy.

Who is to say if a future American President would still support Israel as the State fights for its life against the bastard child of a former American President, the Palestinian State?

America fails to take heed of the lesson of Sun Tzu, the Chinese philosopher on war, when it comes to knowing ones self and ones enemies, being essential for victory.

America operates in the Middle East not only as a naïve child about the true nature of the enemy, but also blind due to language, cultural and religious differences.

The ramification for a lack of such knowledge of your enemy is your inevitable defeat.

The world can not afford to pay the price of an American defeat.

The defeat of the West by Islam would plunge the world into a new Dark Age and result in a slaughter that will make World War Two, Hitler, Stalin, and Mao pale by comparison.

The road to defeat begins in Jerusalem.

Israel forced to divide Jerusalem and retreat from Judea and Samaria (west bank) will soon baring Divine Intervention be defeated resulting in a psychological victory for the forces of Jihad not to mention the murder of 6,000,000 Jews.

American leaders must seek a face saving path to cancel the so called Peace Summit scheduled for next month in Annapolis, then stand by Israel as we battle the terrorist society that the Palestinians have built for themselves.

America must learn to stand by their friends such as Turkey and to identify their enemies such as Saudi Arabia, who funds Islamic terror along with filling the bank accounts of retired American politicians.

The time has come for America to grow up and face some harsh facts in the Middle East before it is too late and the lot is cast.

Rice: It's time for a Palestinian state

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Rice: It's time for a Palestinian state

US secretary of state, Palestinian President Abbas meet in Ramallah to discuss core issues ahead of Annapolis peace conference. Abbas says Israel, PA working on principles document for final status agreement

Ali Waked and AP
Published: 10.15.07, 15:47 / Israel News

Israel and the Palestinians are drafting a principles document that may offer solutions to some of the core issues of the final status agreement, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Monday.

Abbas and Rice met in Ramallah to discuss issues ahead of the Annapolis peace conference scheduled for November and held a press conference following the meeting.

During their conversation, Abbas also asked Rice to act against the expropriation of Palestinian lands by Israel in east Jerusalem, against the archeological dig at the Mugrabi Gate and against the ongoing construction of the separation fence.

He also urged Rice to push for the reopening of Palestinian institutions in east Jerusalem.

The president assured Rice that the PA was doing its utmost to regain control over the territories after Hamas' takeover of Gaza.

'Serious efforts to resolve conflict'

Rice said that US President George W. Bush has decided to make ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict "one of the highest priorities of his administration."

The Annapolis peace conference in the fall has to be serious and substantive, Rice said. "We frankly have better things to do than invite people to Annapolis for a photo op," she said.

Israelis and Palestinians, Rice observed, are making their "most serious effort" in years to resolve the conflict. "Frankly, it's time for the establishment of a Palestinian state," she added.

October 14, 2007


Jerusalem cannot be discussed, Yishai tells Rice

Industry, trade and labor minister meets with US secretary of state, presents her with coalition members' varied stances regarding Annapolis conference. 'We cannot sign an agreement with 40% of the Palestinians,' he says. Rice: Annapolis conference will deal with core issues

Ronny Sofer
Published: 10.14.07, 16:54 / Israel News

Jerusalem is not on the negotiations table, Deputy Prime Minister and Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Eli Yishai told US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday afternoon.

The two held a very tense meeting in Jerusalem, which brought to the surface the deep gaps between the leaders of the negotiations with the Palestinians in the Israeli government and the opposition within the coalition.

"I am a man of peace and I long for peace," Yishai added. "We have waited for real negotiations for a very long time, and we can wait some more.

"Thirty years ago, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef issued a brave and unprecedented halachic ruling of territory for peace, with real Israeli concessions. But these concessions must be made when we have a real partner which is capable of controlling its people. This is not the situation now with Abu Mazen (Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

"Today we have a Palestinian Authority with two heads. It is impossible to sign an agreement with only 40% of the Palestinian people. We need a real reinforcement, rather than a virtual one. Only an economic conference can bolster Abu Mazen."

Yishai added that the Annapolis conference must lead to diplomatic negotiations.

"If the parties return with a signed agreement, this could shock the government and cause it to collapse. And I am talking as a man who seeks peace and longs for peace," the minister said.

Rice rejected the offer to hold an economic conference, saying that "we are at the critical stage of implementing President George Bush's vision to create a quiet and calm region here.

"We also have a vision of a Jewish and democratic country. President Bush is a true friend of Israel, particularly during the hard times. We have common enemies.

"I am convinced that the Palestinians need an independent country. The Annapolis conference will discuss the core issues, but the negotiations will be held in a direct manner.

"The international community will not serve as an alternative for real negotiations. We have reached the time of making decision, and I promise that Israel will not be faced with any surprises at the conference," she concluded.

I want to point out some inconsistencies in statement by both Rice and Yishai.

First lets look at the inconsistencies in what Yishai has said, "Jerusalem is not on the negotiations table" what dream world is he living in. It is clear that Israeli leaders such as Prime Minister Olmert, Deputy Prime Minister Haim Ramon and other Israeli leaders have put Jerusalem on the table.

The Palestinians have demanded that the Kotel be placed under their administrative offices as part of the final agreement.

Lastly it is clear that President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice view Jerusalem's status as being on the table.

I really don't think that Jerusalem is important to Minister Yishai and Shas for if it was they would be seeking to topple the Olmert government now and not wait until Olmert returns with a signed agreement, for then it will be too late to keep Jerusalem in our hands.

Now as to the inconsistencies of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice statements." President Bush is a true friend of Israel, particularly during the hard times. " If this were true then why is he pushing this "peace" summit with the goal being Israel retreating from Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem.

Rice states"I am convinced that the Palestinians need an independent country", why?

So they can launch rockets from Judea and Samaria into Tel Aviv, you and your boss President Bush supported the retreat from Gaza by Israel and look what Israel has gained from it, rockets falling on Israel every day that's what.

"We have common enemies." No we do not!

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice we have Iran as a common enemy, so what when push comes to shove Israel will be forced to stand by itself and solve the problem.

You have former Presidents and other politicians on the pay roll of an enemy of Israel, Saudi Arabia.

You push a terror state for the Palestinians who want nothing less than the destruction of the State of Israel and the murder of 6,000,000 Jews.

So let's get down to the bottom line, Yishai and Rice you both are liars.

The future of the State of Israel is at peril, and it is all a game to you two jokers.

October 12, 2007

Reminder About MERF Appearance

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, 9pm 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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Please Sign Petition On Jerusalem

Please go to the One Jerusalem web page and sign the petition that will be sent to both President Bush and Prime Minister Olmert.

We must fight now to keep both the Temple Mount and Jerusalem in our hands.


Rabbi Elyashiv Joins Battle For Jerusalem

Published: 10/12/07, 12:46 PM Rabbi Elyashiv Joins Battle For Jerusalem by Ezra HaLevi

(IsraelNN.com) In the opening shot of the battle for Jerusalem, top rabbis of the Hareidi-religious and Jerusalemite communities have joined Rabbi Avraham Shapira’s final statement against dividing Jerusalem.

A large gathering planned for Sunday at the Ramban Synagogue in the Old City is being organized by Chief Rabbi of the Old City, Rabbi Avigdor Nebenzahl and Rabbi Eliyahu Medina. Joining the protest is Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, considered the head of the Lithuanian Hareidi-religious public.

The assembly is being called under the banner “Over Jerusalem they cast lots” – a verse from Ovadiah (1:11) – and will include “prayers and supplications to G-d.”

The event will begin after the 12:30 PM afternoon prayer at the synagogue, which is located in the Jewish Quarter’s main square.

Earlier this month, Vice-Premier Chaim Ramon outlined his political plan for dividing Jerusalem, saying: “The Jewish neighborhoods will be recognized by both sides as Israeli neighborhoods under Israeli sovereignty. Likewise, Arab neighborhoods such as Shuafat will be recognized as Palestinian neighborhoods. There will be arrangements to ensure, free, safe passages between the various Israeli neighborhoods and likewise between the Palestinian ones.”

With regard to the Old City, Ramon wrote: “On the matter of the "holy basin" – as the area including the Temple Mount and other holy sites is being referred to – there will be a special authority that will include the expression of Israel’s special interests and manage the holy sites…The Western Wall, the Jewish Quarter and the other Jewish holy sites in the Jerusalem region will stay in the hands of Israel forever.”

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has refused to comment on the Ramon plan, though commentators compare the situation to when Olmert himself introduced the idea of unilaterally withdrawing from Gaza ahead of then-PM Ariel Sharon’s open adoption of the policy. Ramon is a close friend and political ally of Olmert's.

On the eve of the Sukkot festival, just prior to his passing away, former Chief Rabbi and Rosh Yeshiva of the Merkaz HaRav Kook religious-Zionist center Rabbi Avraham Shapira signed a strongly-worded statement against the plan. “The Land of Israel belongs to the Nation of Israel and was granted to us as an inheritance by the Creator of the world. Neither the Prime Minister nor anybody else has the right to give away areas, or even a grain, of the holy Land of Israel. The entire Land of Israel, according to the borders outlined in the Torah – belonged in the past, and belong in the present and future, only to the Nation of Israel, and it is forbidden by severe Torah prohibition to give up any of the territory of our holy land.”

The rabbi, who had issued a call prior to the Disengagement for soldiers and police to disobey orders to take part in the expulsion, continued: “Did we not learn a lesson from the expulsion of our heroic brethren from Gush Katif and northern Samaria who were uprooted from their homes? We call upon the public to protest against these statements, for the Prime Minister to repudiate them, and to show concern for the rights of the Nation of Israel in its land.”

October 11, 2007

Reminder About MERF Appearance

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, 9pm 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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None Of Your Business

Rice seeks Israeli 'clarification' on land grab

US secretary of state says she has requested 'clarification' from Jewish state over its decision to confiscate Arab land near Jerusalem. Rice also accuses Iran of 'lying' about aim of its nuclear program

Published: 10.12.07, 00:23 / Israel News

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday she had requested "clarification" from Israel over its decision to confiscate Arab land near Jerusalem.

"I called their ambassador to the US yesterday and asked for clarification. I am waiting for one," Rice told reporters on her plane prior to making a stopover in Shannon, Ireland, en route to Moscow.

Israel on Tuesday ordered the confiscation of Arab land outside east Jerusalem, officials said, reviving fears that the occupied West Bank could be split in two and challenging peace overtures.

The appropriation orders came as Israelis and Palestinians prepare for a major US-sponsored international peace summit widely expected in Maryland next month, and were immediately criticized by Arab authorities.

I am praying for the day when Israel has a leader that would give a Secretary of State the answer, they deserve.

It is none of your business what Jews do with the Land that G-D gave us.

America is the greatest danger to the future of Israel, make no mistake about that the pressure on Olmert between now and the attempt to steal our Land next month will be the greatest that any Israeli Prime Minister has come under.

The best thing that we can pray for is for the Olmert government to fall, this will cancel the summit for at least 6 months and by that time it may be too late for Bush to stab Israel in the back.

Roll The Dice, Pay The Butchers Bill

Military Intelligence Predicts Failure at ME Summit

(IsraelNN.com) Political and defense sources are quoting a military intelligence report that says little will be accomplished at next month’s Mideast summit.

The assessment submitted to government officials predicts that Israel will make concessions at the summit, scheduled for November 26th in Annapolis. It also says, however, that the Palestinian Authority will probably fail to keep its end of the deal – primarily a promise to end terrorism against Israel.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas won’t be able to control terrorism emanating from Judea and Samaria if his forces are made responsible for the job, said military intelligence.

The report also said it was unlikely that Abbas’s Fatah organization would be able to re-assert control over Gaza, which is now in the hands of Hamas terrorists – at least for the next ten years.

MI Chief: Israel Will be Blamed for PA Failures

(IsraelNN.com) Chief of Military Intelligence Amos Yadlin told cabinet ministers in a closed meeting earlier this week that Israel will carry the blame if the Palestinian Authority fails to win more concessions from the Jewish State.

Yadlin said Hamas, meanwhile, is planning to sabotage the summit with escalating terrorist attacks on Israel leading up to the date of the meeting, which will be held November 26 in Annapolis, Maryland.

The U.S. has not yet issued formal invitations to the conference.

Once again the game has started prior to the talks aimed at destroying Israels hold on Judea and Samaria.

The security pros warn of the stakes that are on the table and still Israeli politicians want to roll the dice, when we loose and we will no matter the out come of the talks.

It will not be the blood of politicians that pays the debit that is then owed, it will be the blood of the common Jew that will be shed.

Rivlin Calls on Shas: You Were Elected to Save Our Dream!

Rivlin Calls on Shas: You Were Elected to Save Our Dream! by Hillel Fendel

(IsraelNN.com) In a moving, emotional Knesset speech, Likud MK Ruby Rivlin said the Shas and Yisrael Beiteinu MKs must act now to save Jerusalem - or else Israel's national dreams might be lost.

Rivlin, a seventh-generation Jerusalemite and a strong opponent of the Disengagement, appeared to be close to tears as he called upon his fellow MKs - especially from those of the more nationalist-bent parties in the government coalition, Shas and Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) - to save Jerusalem from being divided by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Olmert has reportedly agreed to divide Jerusalem into Israeli and Palestinian entities, with foreign control over the Temple Mount, in the upcoming Middle East summit in the United States.

Speaking on Monday to introduce a no-confidence motion in the government, Rivlin began:

"These are difficult days for Israel. We are all but ignoring events that are liable to influence our national history. Moshe Rabbeinu, in the Song of Haazinu [Deut. 32], which is a song of rebuke to the nation, told the people that they were a 'perverse generation, children with no faith' - people who may well not deserve a free state and must remain in exile, Heaven forbid..."

Rivlin said Prime Minister Olmert may, at best, be falling into the same trap into which his predecessor Ariel Sharon fell:

"I know that sometimes political leaders want to create processes that will leave their imprint, even if they know that they don't want to actually push those processes along before they are ripe. Sometimes they do these processes with a wink. I will tell you that Ariel Sharon summoned me to explain why I need not get all upset about Israel's adoption of the Road Map. He told me that we had to show the world that we were willing to make peace, and that there were four conditions that had to be fulfilled for the Road Map, and that they would never occur, so why should I worry?

"So I said to him, 'That's exactly what I'm worried about, because even if you have good intentions, you are leading us down a path of inevitable destruction, because it will not be you, Arik Sharon, who will determine if those conditions are fulfilled... but rather the Quartet, the Europeans, and the United Nations... In addition, it might cause a clash of interests between us and the Americans, in which the American president might interpret the situation in accordance with the US interest.' But he said, 'Do not worry and do not fear, it won't happen.' But then the Road Map fell apart, so he decided, incredibly, that he would carry out a unilateral withdrawal [from Gush Katif and northern Shomron] instead. I told him, 'With all due respect, you may think the unilateral withdrawal is instead of the Road Map - but the world will say it's just the first step of the Road Map...'"

Rivlin then called on Shas and Yisrael Beiteinu to save Israel from Olmert's errors:

"My friends and brothers, your election was for this moment; as Mordechai said to Esther, don't assume [that you alone will be saved]. The Prime Minister winks at you and says he is not referring to Jerusalem when he speaks of our need to give up national dreams - even though he is already not denying it. Olmert is the man who [in the 1990's] came up with the campaign that Peres was going to divide Jerusalem, and now he himself is telling you that he's only talking about dividing Jerusalem but that he really doesn't mean it?! The fact is that Condoleeza Rice is arriving here next week and she is setting the terms of the upcoming summit."

MK Rivlin asked the Shas MKs to speak with their spiritual mentor, former Chief Sephardic Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef:

"Go tell our teacher and rabbi, who is not only a great Torah giant but also a leader, and tell him [how catastrophic it will be] if the Temple Mount does not remain under Israeli sovereignty. For the Arabs say openly and without hesitation - you can even ask my good friend MK Muhammed Barakeh - that the Temple Mount is theirs and not ours, even though we know that we have returned to our Land to 'sound a great shofar for our freedom.' But tell the honored rabbi and great leader [Rabbi Yosef] that if we give up sovereignty, the Western Wall will become [destroyed and off-limits to Jews] like Joseph's Tomb."

Rivlin said he knows there are many MKs who "were essentially appointed and not elected" - a reference to Sharon's formation of the Kadima Party list before he took ill - and that they fear that they will not be re-elected in the event of new elections:

"Therefore, we can't talk to them [about toppling the government]; we must talk directly to the people... I turn not to the leader of Kadima, who once had a portrait of [Land of Israel loyalist] Ze'ev Jabotinsky on his wall, but to the MKs of Kadima, and I say: Refrain! And the same to those of Labor, who once said that Jerusalem would never be divided! ... And I turn to [Yisrael Beiteinu leader] Cabinet Minister Avigdor Lieberman, a good friend, the former Director-General of the Likud, a resident of Nokdim in Judea! And I say to you, 'Don't you realize that the moment we retreat from one of our fundamental beliefs and dreams, there will no longer be or remain the Zionist entity that we so much wanted to see as the sprouting of our Redemption?'"

"Yes, it's true, there is a dispute between two peoples in this land and in this country, and will probably not be solved for a long time; I hope we will find the solution. But you, members of Shas and Yisrael Beiteinu, please: You must realize that you were elected to protect this dream without which we cannot exist - for it is not a dream; it has come true, and if it again becomes a dream that we can just give up, Heaven forbid, then we will get to the point where we will be told to give up all our dreams, and mainly the dream of [this] beginning of the sprouting of our Redemption."

I have printed the whole article of this plea for Shas and Israel Beiteinu to leave the government and to bring the fall of Olmert before it is too late.

I, ask Shas what good will the funding for your yeshivas be, if Israel divides Jerusalem and give Judea and Samaria to the Arabs for this will bring about the destruction of the State of Israel.

Israel Beiteinu, you are a joke, if you think Israel is your home as the name of party states then defend it by bringing Olmert down.

Olmert and this government must fall now!

Taking Olmert down after the "peace" conference next month is akin to bolting the barn door after the horse has run away. Olmert will give up Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria if he is not stopped now.

October 10, 2007

What A Coward

Peace movement criticizes initiative to send 45,000 students on ‘In Fighters' Footsteps’ trips to Golan

Roee Nahmias
Published: 10.11.07, 02:16 / Israel News

“A political provocation”, that is how members of the Peace with Syria movement defined plans by the Defense Ministry to take 45,000 high school on trips to the Golan Heights.

The trips are part of a project called “In Fighters' Footsteps”, which is meant to prepare the students for their military service.

Former Foreign Ministry Director General Alon Liel, who heads the movement, sent a letter Wednesday to Education Minister Yuli Tamir, urging her to prevent the participation of high schools in the project.

Copies of the letter were also sent to Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilna'i.

“This type of operation creates a fundamental contradiction between the government’s foreign policy, which declares a desire for peace with Syria, and its education policy, which is actively undermining the foundation of peace,” the letter said.

The letter also said the tours of the Golan were being used as “political propaganda sponsored by the education ministry”.

“We believe that as the minister of education, who has so far been recognized as being part of Israel’s peace camp, you must prevent the organized participation of high schools in this type of political provocation,” the letter said.

Due to the high school teachers’ strike, the teachers association prohibited the 45,000 students to take part in the “In Fighters' Footsteps” project.

However, some 2,000 students from 23 different schools have already visited the Golan Heights as part of the project, and a similar number of students each day are expected to do the same over the next two weeks.

The project was initiated by Avigdor Kahalani, head of the Defense Ministry’s Social-Defense Department.

“This is just an attempt to turn our blessed initiative into a provocation against the Syrians. Children hiking are a provocation? What, did we send up tanks, planes, cannons? We’re talking about a few kids hiking,” Kahalani said in response to Liel’s letter.

“We aren’t dealing with politics, we’re dealing with the legacy of battle,” Kahalani continued. “The central idea behind the ‘In Fighters' Footsteps’ initiative is to prepare the youth for the IDF through visits to the battle zones.

“Through these trips, we are connecting the students to the roots of the country, and passing the baton from one generation to the next. We have no doubt that this plan will make students want to be a part of the IDF,” Kahalani concluded.

Alon Liel, you are a coward and you should leave Israel for you are a traitor to the future of the Jewish people and our living in the Land that G-D gave us. How can you even get out of bed in the morning being so afraid of life.

Our children should learn of the heros that fought on the Golan, but if they did that they might grow some pride in being Israeli and demand that Israel never give up any land again in a vain attempt to make peace with our enemies.

IDF Shoots One Terrorist, Nabs Another

IDF Shoots One Terrorist, Nabs Another

(IsraelNN.com) An IDF force operating in Kalkilya, in Samaria, spotted an Arab preparing to throw a fire bomb Wednesday evening. The soldiers shot and hit him, though his condition is not known.

A combined IDF and SHABAK (General Security Services) force arrested one of the heads of Hamas in Bethlehem. The fugitive, Adel Juarish, was transferred to SHABAK for interrogation.

Air Strike Hits Three Gaza Terrorists, Cuts Electricity

Air Strike Hits Three Gaza Terrorists, Cuts Electricity

(IsraelNN.com) An Israeli Air Force strike against a rocket launching cell wounded three terrorists and cut electricity to a large part of northern Gaza around shortly after midnight Wednesday.

Arab sources maintained that the terrorists were members of Islamic Jihad and were involved in planting bombs along the separation barrier bear the Erez Crossing. Shortly before the aerial strike, terrorists fired a rocket near Moshav Netiv Ha'Asara.

Terrorist, Or The IDF

Palestinians open to possible land swap

Former Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia says PA is ready to yield parts of West Bank if compensated with equal amount of Israeli territory

The Palestinians are ready to yield parts of the West Bank to Israel if compensated with an equal amount of Israeli territory, the lead Palestinian negotiator told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday.

Ahmed Qureia, a former prime minister who has dealt with five Israeli prime ministers during 14 years of failed peacemaking, is trying again with No. 6, Ehud Olmert.

And he's full of optimism, saying the US-hosted Mideast conference in Annapolis, Md., tentatively set for Nov. 26, is a "very, very, very important opportunity." If it fails, he predicts Israelis and Palestinians will perhaps suffer more than in the blood-soaked years following the unsuccessful Camp David summit in 2000.

Qureia is issue threats to Israel if you don't give us what we want we will play the terrorist card.

If Israel had a real Prime Minister he would tell the Palestinians if you don't stop terrorist 100% we will turn the IDF loose and we will destroy your society for ever, and as far as a Palestinian State you can for get it Oslo is dead.

The best you can hope for is to live in peace as permanent residence in Judea and Samaria or you can leave Israeli land and seek your fortune else where. But don't threaten us or it will be rivers of your blood and your towns which will be reduced to rubble.

October 09, 2007

Survey: Majority Says ‘Don’t Give Up Jerusalem

Survey: Majority Says ‘Don’t Give Up Jerusalem

(IsraelNN.com) Almost two-thirds of Israeli citizens oppose a plan by top government officials to give up half of Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority, according to a new poll by the Dahaf Institute.

The findings, which were published Tuesday in the Yediot Achronot newspaper, showed 68 percent of Israelis surveyed by Dr. Mina Tzemach do not want to hand over Arab neighborhoods in the capital to the PA. Some 52 percent of respondents said they would support a change in the city’s status as part of a comprehensive deal with the PA, but only if 80 percent of Knesset members backed it.

Israel should retain sovereignty over the holy sites, including the Western Wall and Temple Mount in Jerusalem, said 61 percent of respondents, 21 percent said they should be placed under an international authority, 16 percent supported the idea of a joint Israel-PA authority. Only 1 percent backed the idea of handing over the Temple Mount and Western Wall to the Jordanian monarchy.

Traitors On The Bench?

PA to Israel ‘Repeal Embargo on Produce from Gaza’

(IsraelNN.com) Five petitions against the government ban on importing produce from Gaza will be heard by the High Court of Justice on Wednesday, with Palestinian Authority Agriculture Minister Mahmoud Habash at least as invested in the outcome as the petitioners. Israel invoked the ban as part of its sanctions against the Hamas terrorist organization which now controls Gaza.

Habash asked Israeli Agriculture Minister Shalom Simchon to repeal the ban in light of agreements signed between Gaza farmers and Israeli business owners to provide fruit and vegetables during the shemitta year, when Jewish land must lie fallow.

Habash’s request was conveyed to Simchon through a third party. The Agriculture Ministry said the two men may meet later this week to discuss the matter.

When this case comes to the High Court tomorrow, does anyone want to bet that the anti Jewish High Court will side with the Palestinians.

This issue should not even come to the High Court, the court should reject this case on the grounds that it entails national security.

Abbas' Newspaper: 'Allah, Kill Americans'

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Published: 10/09/07, 8:12 PM Abbas' Newspaper: 'Allah, Kill Americans' by Gil Ronen

(IsraelNN.com) Al-Hayat al-Jadida, the daily newspaper of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Fatah terror group, featured a cartoon this week that illustrated a prayer for the killing of Americans. A Muslim is shown kneeling in prayer facing a U.S. B-2 stealth bomber, silhouetted in the sky.

The words of the cartoon character's prayer adorn four missiles aimed at the American plane. These are his wishes:

"Allah, scatter them!!"

“And turn their wives into widows!!"

“And turn their children into orphans!!"

“And give us victory over them!!"

According to Palestinian Media Watch, which reported the story, this plea for the death and bereavement of Americans is a special prayer for Laylat Al-Qadr (the 27th day of Ramadan), as is noted in the corner of the cartoon.

Publications in the PA and by Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction have a history of promoting support for those who fight and kill Americans. The most recently published 12th grade PA schoolbooks, for example, use the phrase "brave resistance" to describe the insurgents who fight American soldiers in Iraq.
“And turn their wives into widows!! “And turn their children into orphans!!

On Laylat al-Qadr, literally the Night of Decree, Muslims recite a large number of prayers. The Shi'a Muslims in particular stay awake all night, pray, and make wishes.

As the PA calls for the death of Americans, the American government is making preparations for a summit meeting it will host next month between Israel's leadership and the PA's Mahmoud Abbas, whom it regards as a moderate.

Once again we see the true face of Abbas and the Palestinians, but will President Bush call off the "peace" conference next month?

Of course not.

When will American Presidents and the State Department cut the Palestinians loose for the terrorist scum they are.

October 08, 2007

Itzik Blames Public, Media for Knesset Image

Itzik Blames Public, Media for Knesset Image

(IsraelNN.com) In a speech to the Knesset on Monday, Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik (Kadima) warned that the Knesset was increasingly unpopular with the public. The first reason for the drop in popularity was the public itself, she said, because the public did not understand that the Knesset is “one side of the triangle of powers.”

The second reason for the drop was the media, she said, accusing Israeli journalists of focusing on unusual or unimportant events “and not the amazing work done between these walls.” The third cause of the Knesset’s low popularity was the behavior of the Members of Knesset themselves, Itzik said. She said she would work to improve the Knesset’s image during the winter session.

The problem with the Knesset is not the public nor the media.

The problem with the Knesset is the 120 members that sit in the building and how they act and their disconnect with the Israeli public.

Colonel Avi Feld Promoted, Will Head Golani

Colonel Avi Feld Promoted, Will Head Golani

(IsraelNN.com) IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi decided Monday to promote Colonel Avi Feld, who in 2006 headed the area in which IDF soldier Gilad Shalit was kidnapped by terrorists. Feld will command the Golani brigade.

IDF Major-General Giora Eiland had issued a report harshly criticizing the performance of Feld’s brigade during the 2006 kidnapping. However, IDF officials said Monday that Feld was “brave and professional,” and an appropriate candidate for his new position. Eiland did not protest the appointment, saying he was sure that Ashkenazi had weighed the step carefully.

As a parent of a soldier I find the promotion of Colonel Feld to be disgusting.

He lost one of his soldiers and his brigade failed to perform to standard following the kidnapping of Gilad Shallit.

But in the Israel of today we fail to hold politicians accountable for their actions and now we have allowed this sick culture to infect the IDF.

Thank G-D my son is not in Golani.

Is Anyone Really This Deluded?

Updated Oct 9, 2007 0:44 Peres: Be open to a chance for peace

The US-hosted Middle East summit in Annapolis next month is "likely to be an opening for the attainment of a peace agreement," President Shimon Peres said on Monday.

Addressing the opening of the winter session of the Knesset, Peres said that "even if there are some who express doubt as to the ability of the Palestinians to achieve peace," Israel must not allow the world to think that peace cannot be attained.

"The impression that Israel has doubts regarding the need…to achieve peace must not be created," he said.

Is anyone really this deluded?

Does it matter if Israel obtains a peace agreement on paper but still suffers terrorism day in and day out.

Israel retreated from Gaza and suffers from daily rocket and mortar attacks, what did Israel achieve, beyond the suffering of 10,000 Jews thrown from their homes and now the suffering of those under the rain of rockets.

Their is zero need for a piece of paper that says we have peace in our time, while Jews still suffer terror at the hands of Palestinians.

October 07, 2007

Right Wing, What A Joke

Lieberman: Arabs Can Get Some of Jerusalem

(IsraelNN.com) Minister for Strategic Threats Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) said in Sunday's government session that Israel should transfer some of the neighborhoods and "refugee camps" in the city to Arab hands.

He added, however, that "the Old City and Mount Scopus are an inseparable part of Jerusalem."

What a joke, this is the hard right in Israel.

Israel has no hard right in the Knesset.

Israel has no slightly to the right in the Knesset, that is serious.

When will the people wake up?

Security Forces Foiled Seven Bombings in Six Weeks

Security Forces Foiled Seven Bombings in Six Weeks

(IsraelNN.com) Yuval Diskin, head of the SHABAK (General Security Service), told the government Sunday that Israeli security forces prevented seven suicide bombings in the last six weeks. He said that the seeming lull in Arab terrorism was simply the result of the counter terror activity by the IDF, SHABAK, police and other security arms.

Diskin told the ministers that the relatively-protracted IDF operation in Ein Beit Ilma near Shechem prevented a large scale bombing in Tel Aviv during the holidays. He said that the SHABAK is very worried by the fact that a suicide belt reached central Tel Aviv after passing undiscovered through several roadblocks.

A thorough inquiry is being conducted in order to determine how this occurred.

Katyusha that Hit Netivot was 'Grad' Type

Katyusha that Hit Netivot was 'Grad' Type

(IsraelNN.com) The rocket fired at Netivot Sunday morning was a "Grad" type Katyusha rocket, according to IDF sources. The IDF believes the rocket is of the same type and from the same shipment as another Katyusha that was fired at Bror Chayil while fighting raged in the north, in 2006.

Haaretz reported that the Gaza "People's Resistance Committees" took credit for the latest attack.

The Grad Katyusha's approximate range is 20 km or about 13 miles. A similar rocket was once fired at the Ashkelon Marina.

So the terrorist of Gaza have now graduated from shooting home made Qassam rockets at Israel to now using Katuyusha with their longer range and explosive payload.

So does Olmert admit the Gaza retreat was a failure and tell George Bush thanks but no thanks to a "peace" conference in November, no he promotes Dan Harel the general that commanded the IDF in the operation to rid Gaza of it's Jews to Deputy Chief of Staff of the IDF.

Nachal Eeron Fears Israeli-Arab Uprising as Attacks Increase

Published: 10/07/07, 5:16 PM Nachal Eeron Fears Israeli-Arab Uprising as Attacks Increase by Ezra HaLevi

(IsraelNN.com) The Nachal Eeron, or Wadi Ara, region of the Galilee is witnessing events that may signal an Arab uprising similar to that of October 2000, in which Israeli-Arabs joined the Oslo War.

Israeli motorists were repeatedly targeted over the weekend by Israeli-Arab rock-throwers along Highway 65, which runs through Wadi Ara. Police and local residents say the incidents have become more and more common in recent months.

Three Arabs were arrested Friday at the Arara Junction after throwing rocks at motorists. They later told investigators that they intended to hit Israeli soldiers. Two motorists were wounded lightly and two cars sustained damage from the rocks.

This is the seventh recent reported attack at the Arara Junction, according to police. The spate of attacks is not limited to Highway 65, however. On Highway 574, near the Kalaniyot Junction and Baka al-Gharbiya, at least 12 vehicles were targeted by rock-throwers in recent months – many driven by female motorists.

Police told Maariv that the attacks occur in waves, and have only been contained thanks to a large increase in police presence along the major highway. They admitted, however, that such a deployment is not sustainable in the long term.

Wadi Ara – named Nahal Eeron in Hebrew but still widely referred to by the Arabic name – connects the Caesarea area with Megiddo. It is considered a strategically vital transportation route connecting central Israel with its north. In October, 2000, simultaneous to the launching of the Oslo War by PA Arabs, Israeli-Arabs in Wadi Ara rioted, blocked roads, attacked Jewish passersby and clashed with police.

Wadi Ara is also home to the largest rural concentration of Arabs in Israel and contains the city of Umm el-Fahm, known for its radical leadership. The leader of the northern branch of the Israeli-Arab Islamic Movement, Sheikh Ra’ad Salah, was recently indicted for incitement after calling for an “Israeli-Arab Intifada.”

Strategic Threats Minister Avigdor Lieberman has suggested that Wadi Ara be handed over to the PA in a future permanent status deal.

A couple of thoughts come to mind when viewing this article, first is the need to come down hard on this terrorist activity. Sentence the people to prison for long terms and do not do what Israel in the past has done and tend to down play rock attacks.

Second is the last sentence of the article Lieberman has been put labeled as a "right wing fanatic" but he speaks of giving up our land to the terrorist for a future terrorist state in Judea and Samaria.

So if Lieberman is so hardcore right wing and he talks of giving up land, what does that make those of us that are willing to say that one more centimeter of Jewish land to the terrorist. Jews must never negotiate with Arabs since we have lost every time we have attempted to do so.

October 03, 2007

Reminder About MERF Appearance

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, 9pm 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

No Posts Till Saturday

Due to the closing of the holiday of Sukkot their will be no posting until Saturday night.

PA Arabs Becoming More Religious

PA Arabs Becoming More Religious

(IsraelNN.com) Arabs in Judea and Samaria, who generally are less committed than Gaza Arabs to fundamental Muslim tenets, are becoming more religious, according to signs such as barring alcohol in Ramallah restaurants during the Muslim, holy month of Ramadan.

Reuters News Agency quoted one young woman who said her friends were astonished that she began fasting during the month, when religious Muslims eat only at night. The secular Fatah movement has been trying to reach out to religious Muslims, the mainstay of Hamas support. One restaurant owner in Ramallah said he stopped serving alcohol in Ramadan because of fears of violence by terrorists.

Dress also has become more moderate, with women sporting more veils and less skirts or sleeveless shirts.

Look for Hamas to take over in Judea and Samaria even with all the problems they have created for the Palestinians of Gaza since they have taken over the Strip.

I actually think the Hamas take over of the Palestinians is a great thing since the world fell in love with Fatah and refuses to understand that Fatah is still in the terror business and wants to destroy Israel as much as Hamas does.

Again repeat after me Fatah is Hamas and Hamas is Fatah from a Jews point of view. They both want me dead and the State of Israel destroyed.

Mortar Shells, Rocket Hit Western Negev

Mortar Shells, Rocket Hit Western Negev

(IsraelNN.com) Arab terrorists fired several mortar shells in the area of the separation barrier in northern Gaza and exploded one Kassam rocket on Sderot Wednesday morning. No one was injured and no damage was reported.

The attacks came a short time before Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas began meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Jerusalem. Hamas has vowed to try to stonewall negotiations with Israel and block steps towards the planned international conference on the Middle East next month.

2 Terrorist Killed By IDF

A Palestinian terrorist was killed by IDF troops near the Rafah crossing Tuesday overnight.

Palestinian security force officers are seen at the entrance to another smuggling tunnel, in Rafah [archive].
Photo: AP , AP

Palestinians claimed that a special IDF force, including some tanks, was operating in the area, uprooting trees and conducting house to house searches.

Palestinians also claimed also that an IDF aircraft fired a missile at a group of gunmen and killed one of them, a Hamas affiliate.

During morning operations in the Gaza Strip, terrorists opened small arms fire on IDF soldiers on at least two occasions. No soldiers were wounded in any of the incidents.

Meanwhile, a Hamas activist was killed and two others injured when a tunnel they were digging under the Erez Crossing collapsed on them.

Palestinian sources reported that Hamas's military wing issued a statement lauding the man for dying while fulfilling a jihad mission.

October 02, 2007

Public Security Minister Wants To Postpone Olmert Probe

Public Security Minister Wants To Postpone Olmert Probe

(IsraelNN.com) Public Security Minister Avi Dichter, whose ministry is responsible for the police department that is conducting a criminal investigation of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, said that the Attorney General should postpone further probes until the end of the Prime Minister's term of office.

He also said that Prime Minister Olmert should not suspend himself so long as he thinks is innocent. "Olmert is the only man who knows how true the suspicions against him are. So if he feels that he's being wrongfully suspected or accused, he has no reason to step down," he told the Hebrew newspaper Ha'aretz.

Dichter should be removed from his post for voicing this obscene idea.

He is the Minister that is responsible for insuring public order and he has no morals when it comes to corruption.

We must remember that Dichter was the head of the Shaback before he entered the Knesset and we must wonder what kind of a leader he was then is he thinks this way.

Did he when he was the head of Shaback make any business deals with top ranking Palestinians like so many others that were high ranking Shaback members?

As long as we have people in the Knesset with a world view like Dichters Israel will never be free of corruption and the problem of the attitude of members of Knesset that they are above the law and that the Israeli public owes them something rather than the idea of them being public servants.

Kassam Rocket Fired Toward Sderot

Kassam Rocket Fired Toward Sderot

(IsraelNN.com) A Kassam rocket was fired by Gazan terrorists toward the western Negev Tuesday morning.

The rocket exploded in an open area outside the town of Sderot. No injuries or damage was reported.

Two rockets were fired toward the city of Ashkelon earlier Tuesday.

PMO: ‘Ashkenazi Not Morality Officer’

PMO: ‘Ashkenazi Not Morality Officer’

(IsraelNN.com) Government sources close to the Prime Minister slammed a letter sent by IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi to President Shimon Peres, asking him not to release Palestinian Authority prisoners from Gaza.

The Prime Minister’s Office was quoted by IDF Radio as saying that Ashkenazi “is not the morality officer of the government.” The phrase is a reference to the letter in which the IDF Chief of General Staff said it would be “unethical and immoral” to release Gaza terrorists while IDF Cpl. Gilad Shalit is still being held in captivity in Gaza by his kidnappers.

Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office did not deny the statement but said there was complete trust between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the IDF Chief of General Staff. The release of 87 PA prisoners was approved by Olmert as a “good will gesture” to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

No wonder the Prime Minister is upset, the Chief of Staff of the IDF has dared to remember his hostage soldier in Gaza and wants Gilad Shalit released before we return any terrorist to Gaza.

It seems to me at least one person takes his responsibility seriously and it's not Olmert.

October 01, 2007

Israel officially denies responsibility for death of al-Dura in 2000

Israel officially denies responsibility for death of al-Dura in 2000

Seven years after death of Gaza boy captured by France 2 cameraman was blamed on Israel, Prime Minister's Office issues first official document stating incident was staged. French reporter defends video, calling it 'authentic'

Ronny Sofer
Published: 10.01.07, 22:16 / Israel News

Seven years after the death of the Palestinian boy Muhammad al-Dura in Gaza, the Prime Minister's Office speaks out against the "myth of the murder".

An official document from Jerusalem denied – for the first time – that Israel was responsible for the death of al-Dura at the start of the second intifada.

The document argued that the images, which showed al-Dura being shot beside his father and have become a symbol of the second intifada, were staged.

"The creation of the myth of Muhammad al-Dura has caused great damage to the State of Israel. This is an explicit blood libel against the state. And just as blood libels in the old days have led to pogroms, this one has also caused damage and dozens of dead," said Government Press Office director Daniel Seaman.

The arguments were based on investigations that showed that the angles of the IDF troops' fire could not have hit the child or his father, that part of the filmed material, mainly the moment of the boy's alleged death, is missing, and the fact that the cameraman can be heard saying the boy is dead while the boy is still seen moving.

On September 30, 2000, on the second day of the intifada, then 12-year-old Muhammad al-Dura was going with his father to buy a car. The two got caught between heavy fire clashes between Israel Defense Forces and Palestinian gunmen.

The incident lasted some 45 minutes, 27 of which were filmed by Palestinian cameraman Talal Abu Rahma, who was working for the France 2 television network.

Charles Enderlin, Jerusalem bureau chief of France 2, who was not present at the incident, broadcasted the report. The report accused the IDF soldiers who were involved in the incident of causing the child's death and the father's injury.

The report has been investigated by various bodies over the years, and four intensive journalistic inquiries examining the incident said there was no evidence that the boy was shot by the soldiers. Some of the inquiries stated that according to calculations of the angle in which the boy and his father were hit, they were most likely shot by the Palestinians.

During the past seven years, Israel has preferred not to confront the most popular television station in France, but following repeated requests by Shurat HaDin, Israel Law Center, the first official document from the Prime Minister's Office, signed by the GPO director, was issued last week.

The document argued that based on investigations that were carried out, the boy's death was staged by the French network's cameraman, Talal Abu Rahma.

France 2 reporter calls allegations 'nonesense'
In a letter to Shurat HaDin, Seaman wrote, "It turns out that the events could not have occurred as they were described by the network's reporter Charles Enderlin, since they contradict the laws of physics… Furthermore, it was not even possible to hit them (the boy and his father) in the place they were hiding according to the report."

Nonetheless, following consultation with Attorney General Menachem Mazuz, the GPO director decided that Israel should not take criminal steps against France 2's reporters or revoke the government journalist certificates that were given to them in Jerusalem.

In his letter to Shurat HaDin, Seaman said he was instructed by the attorney general the treat the matter "on the public-media plane and not on the criminal plane".

Shurat HaDin Chairwoman Nitzana Darshan-Leitner said she did not accept the GPO's position. "Shurat HaDin plans to continue to act in order to bring the truth to light," the chairwoman said.

"Among other things, we plan to petition the High Court of Justice and demand the journalist certificates and other GPO certificates are revoked from all France 2 crew members in Israel – reporters, cameramen, produces, etc – as long as the network does not publicly announce that the al-Dura report was staged and was biased.

"In addition, Shurat HaDin is considering filing a damages claim for the accumulated damage the report has caused, and specifically for the line of attacks and riots it has led to. This modern-day blood libel has led to the death of hundreds of Arabs and Jews and has ignited hatred solely for the purpose of ratings and poor journalism. We will demand that those responsible for this crime pay for their deeds."

Charles Enderlin, the France 2 reporter who is still working in Israel, said in response to this report, "This is not the first time that Seaman makes such allegations against me – it is nonsense. It is pure slander. The video that we filmed is authentic and I stand behind it.

"We plan to show the film in court in France, and I am certain it will end the repeated mudslinging," the French reporter said.

Harel To Replace Kaplinsky as Aide to Ashkenazi

Harel To Replace Kaplinsky as Aide to Ashkenazi

(IsraelNN.com) Dan Harel has been appointed to replace Moshe Kaplinsky as Deputy IDF Chief Staff. Kaplinsky served in the post for more than two years and also served as coordinator with the Northern Command during the Second Lebanon War.

Harel recently completed a term as military attaché in Washington after serving as head of the Southern Command during the expulsion of Jews from the Gaza region two years ago.

This is very bad news.

This is the general that threw the Jews from their homes in Gaza. This position is in most cases a stepping stone for the person holding it to become the next Chief of Staff.

Dan Harel is not fit to serve in the IDF much less to be the next Chief of Staff.

IDF chief: Prisoner release ethically wrong

IDF chief: Prisoner release ethically wrong

Releasing Palestinian prisoners while kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit remains captive is unethical, Gabi Ashkenazi says in letter to senior politicians

Ronny Sofer
Published: 10.01.07, 22:26 / Israel News

The release of Gazan prisoners for Ramadan poses a ethical problem as long as kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit remains captive in Gaza, claimed IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi in a letter recently addressed to the political echelon.

In his letter, Ashkenazi did not oppose the release of prisoners, or attempt to prevent it, but merely expressed his feelings about the process.

The chief of staff and senior officials in the security establishment approved the release of Palestinian prisoners, after deciding such a move would not pose a threat to Israel’s security.

The release of 86 Palestinian security prisoners scheduled for early Monday morning was finally underway Monday at noon after a several hours' delay.

The Chief of Staff is correct it is immoral to release these terrorist while Israeli soldiers are being held hostage.

72% Of Israeli's Support Using Nukes

Oct 1, 2007 11:54 | Updated Oct 1, 2007 15:39 Poll: Most Israelis support using nukes

Approximately 72 percent of Israelis support the use of nuclear weapons in certain circumstances, according to a Canadian survey released recently.

The survey - conducted jointly at the end of July by the Simons Foundation and Angus Reid Strategies - was answered by adults in six countries and showed that 37% of Israelis believed the use of nuclear weapons to prevent a war would be justified, while 35% believed the weapons could be justifiably used during a war.

In addition, the survey found that Israel had the lowest public support for destroying nuclear weapons out of all the countries questioned.

Israel also had the highest percentage in favor of the country using its "power and influence in a way that serves its own interests" - approximately 55% - as opposed to "coordinat[ing] with other countries to do what's best for the world as a whole."

Nearly 72% also agreed that "nuclear weapons place Israel in a unique position, so it is not in our interest to participate in treaties that would reduce or eliminate our purported nuclear arsenal."

About three-quarters of Israelis also said they would feel safer if they knew for certain that Israel had nuclear weapons. Israel has thus far maintained its policy of nuclear ambiguity.

The organizers of the study suggested that Israel accorded greater importance to the nuclear form of defense due to the Iranian threat, Army Radio reported.

The study spanned a sample of 1,000 adults in Britain, France, Italy, Germany and the US along with Israel.

When you have a mad man in Iran pushing for your murder and the destruction of the nation in which you live, is their any wonder why Israelis support the use of nuclear weapons. I think that with in 18 months Israel will be forced to use these weapons if only in a limited number.

The Iranian threat must be stopped cold and Israel may have little choice but to use our nukes to close down the nuclear program of Iran.

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