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May 30, 2008

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 and 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 the show by going to the host radio program web page http://kknt960.townhall.com/

Have They No Shame

1,000 Days later: No Homes for Jews Expelled from Gaza

(IsraelNN.com) Only three percent of the former residents of Gush Katif communities have begun building permanent homes 1,000 days after the government expelled them and destroyed their communities, turning them over to the Palestinian Authority, which now is run by Hamas in Gaza. Friends of Gush Katif officials said that only 20 percent the owners of farmland have been able to return to agriculture.

In addition, the unemployment rate is 15 percent, and another 23 percent are underemployed, unable to work in their previous professions. The government previously had promised "there is a solution for every resident."



Have the leaders of Israel no shame?

They throw these poor people out of their homes and for many their businesses and for all practical purposes destroy their lives.

But can we really expect more from the Cowards, Scum and Traitors of the Knesset.

May 29, 2008

The Two-Pronged Assault On Religious Zionism

Thursday, May 29, 2008


The Two-Pronged Assault On Religious Zionism
By:Caroline B. Glick The Jewish Press Wednesday, May 28, 2008
www.jewishpress.com/displaycontent_new.cfm?contentid=31978&contentname=The%20Two-Pronged%20Assault%20On%20Religious%20Zionism%20§ionid=14&mode=a&recnum=0

Israel's 2005 withdrawal from Gaza was presented to the world as a
strategic bid to enhance prospects for peace between the Palestinians and
Israel. Proponents of the move argued that removing all Israeli civilians
and military personnel from Gaza would take away the source of Palestinian
grievances. Once fully appeased, the Palestinians would be forced to behave
responsibly, abjure terrorism and build their state - first in Gaza, and
then in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem as well.

This was the pretext of Israel's withdrawal. But it wasn't the
subtext. The subtext of the withdrawal - telegraphed to both Israelis and
the international community - was that the withdrawal would cause the demise
of Religious Zionism at the hands of the leftist progeny of Labor Zionists.
That is, the operation wasn't about peace with the Arabs. It was about
cultural supremacy within Israel.

In the countdown to the withdrawal, the Palestinians did everything
they could to make clear the move would not enhance the chances for peace.
They triumphantly declared that then-prime minister Ariel Sharon's decision
to expel Gaza's Jews was an admission that Israel had been defeated by the
Palestinians. Hamas was ascendant and both Hamas and Fatah declared
repeatedly that they would continue their terror war until all of Israel was
destroyed. And as the pretext crumbled, the subtext became more prominent.

Haaretz editorialized six weeks before the expulsion of Gaza's
8,000 Jews, "The disengagement of Israeli policy from its religious fuel is
the real disengagement currently on the agenda. On the day after the
disengagement, religious Zionism's status will be different. The real
question is not how many mortar shells will fall, or who will guard the
Philadelphi route [connecting Gaza with Egypt], or whether the Palestinians
will dance of the roofs of Ganei Tal. The real question is who sets the
national agenda."

Religious Zionist leaders were in a horrible bind. If they
responded to the demands of their own people and fought fire with fire, they
knew - given the Left's control of the media - they would be demonized for
years to come. And they knew that if the Left succeeded in destroying their
reputation among rank and file Israelis, they would be powerless to defend
Judea and Samaria.

So in the end, Religious Zionist leaders disappointed their
followers, making do with mass protests in the countdown to the expulsions
and then allowing the IDF to carry out the expulsions largely unchallenged.
While they failed to save Gaza's Jews from internal exile, they at least
succeeded in preventing the demise of Religious Zionism as a political and
social force in Israel.

Their success was acknowledged by . In the weeks that followed the
expulsions, Haaretz columnist Orit Shochat bemoaned the fact that the
campaign against Religious Zionism had not succeeded. As she put it,
"Soldiers who experienced the evacuation won't travel to an ashram in India
because they discovered that there is an ashram next door. The same Jewish
religion that they hadn't seen up close for a long time embraces them into
its fold with a song and a tear for a common fate. They have now sat
arm-in-arm at the synagogues in Gush Katif, they have now felt the holiness
mixed in sweat, they have now moved rhythmically and sung songs. They have
stood in line to kiss the Torah scrolls. They are now half-inside."

Zionism's revolutionary message to Jewry was that after 2,000 years
of powerlessness, Jews would again become actors on the global stage. But
Zionism has many movements and not all of them are equally revolutionary.
The two most significant Zionist movements today are Labor Zionism and
Religious Zionism.

The inherent weakness of Labor Zionism is that it was never aimed
specifically at enabling Jews to be Jews. Rather, its purpose was to enable
Jews to be socialists. Understanding that the anti-Semitic climate in Europe
in the early 20th century rendered Jewish assimilation into a larger
socialist sea impossible, Labor Zionists argued that by establishing a
Jewish state Jews would be "normalized" and accepted as regular people and
socialists by the nations of the world. That is, Labor Zionism's message was
assimilation on a national level rather than on an individual one since
conditions in Europe precluded individual assimilation.

Labor Zionists have been confounded by the endurance of
anti-Semitism and its transformation of Israel, though anti-Zionism, into
the International Jew. The world's refusal to accept Israel as an equal has
been shattering for them. It has caused Labor Zionists to abandon Zionism in
the hopes that by doing so they will finally be accepted as equals by the
nations of the world. At its core, Labor Zionism is outward seeking rather
than inward looking.

In contrast, Religious Zionism is inward looking. It seeks to turn
Jews into actors on the international stage as Jews. It also seeks to make
Judaism responsive to the imperatives of an empowered people as it was
responsive to the imperatives of Jews as a powerless people during the
generations of exile. Because of its specific message to Jews as Jews,
Religious Zionism is a pure revolutionary ideology.

Religious Zionists are a finger in the eye of the Labor Zionists
for their stubborn devotion to Judaism and their relative indifference to
whether Israel is accepted by the anti-Semites of the world. And Labor
Zionists are not alone in their angry rejection of Religious Zionism's
message. They are joined by the non-Zionist religious establishment.

The non-Zionist religious establishment feels threatened by
Religious Zionism's attempts to reinvest Judaism with its nationalist
mission for the Jewish nation. And, unfortunately, the non-Zionist religious
establishment is joining forces with the Labor Zionist establishment to
attack Religious Zionism.

In early May, a panel of three non-Zionist rabbinic judges on
Jerusalem's High Rabbinic Court published a ruling in a divorce case
declaring all the thousands of conversions carried out under the auspices of
Religious Zionist Rabbi Chaim Druckman, and the state's Conversion Authority
he headed, null and void. The court argued that Druckman did not investigate
sufficiently whether the converts were committed to observing all the
mitzvot. Piling on to the non-Zionist establishment's act, Prime Minister
Ehud Olmert last week removed Druckman from his position as head of the
Conversion Authority.

Both Rabbi Avraham Sherman, who wrote the rabbinical high court's
decision, and Druckman's fellow Religious Zionist rabbis agree that the
dispute is an attack on Religious Zionism's view of the role of religion in
Israel rather than a strictly halachic disagreement. In his ruling, Sherman
wrote of Druckman and his Religious Zionist colleagues in the Conversion
Authority, "All these rabbis have one thing in common. They all see in
conversion a sacred commandment as part of their national responsibility..
In other words, the conversion is not primarily the spiritual and religious
need of the individual convert who wishes to join the Jewish people and
accept upon himself all the commandments. Rather, conversion is a means of
improving the spiritual situation of the entire Jewish nation living in
Israel. It is a way of bringing Jews closer to their Judaism."

The Religious Zionist movement is up in arms over the ruling, which
its leaders are calling an act of aggression and halachic malfeasance. Rabbi
Yuval Cherlow, who heads the hesder yeshiva in Petach Tikvah and is
considered a leading rabbinic authority in Religious Zionist circles, called
Sherman's ruling "a desecration of God's name" and said that if it is not
overturned he would set up independent conversion courts outside the aegis
of the Chief Rabbinate.

Between the Labor Zionists' attempts to destroy Religious Zionism
politically, and the non-Zionist rabbinic leadership's attempts to demonize
it religiously, Religious Zionism has been under tremendous pressure in
recent years. One can only hope its leaders will have the wisdom to
persevere. Israel and the Jewish people need Religious Zionism more than
anyone will ever admit.

May 28, 2008

Palestinians Are Not Stupid

PA demanding int'l force [aka human shields?]after peace agreement

PA demanding int'l force after peace agreement
By Barak Ravid Haaretz Last update - 03:44 28/05/2008
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/987691.html

The Palestinians are proposing that a multinational force under U.S. command
be deployed in the future Palestinian state, to monitor the implementation
of any peace agreement reached with Israel.

Meanwhile, the political-security cabinet is slated to meet this morning to
discuss which Israeli security interests must be guaranteed in the framework
of a final-status agreement with the Palestinian Authority. The meeting will
be the first of its kind since the Annapolis conference in November.

Over the last few months, the Israel Defense Forces planning department has
been working on compiling Israel's security demands from the Palestinians.
The recommendations have been submitted to Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi,
Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni - who is
coordinating the negotiations - and will be presented to the cabinet today.

Livni is due to inform the cabinet of the status of the negotiations,
particularly Israel's positions on the borders and security arrangements.
These are the primary issues being negotiated at the moment, and both sides
have agreed that any Israeli concession on the borders will be met with a
Palestinian concession on security arrangements.

Defense Ministry representatives participated in a meeting yesterday on
security arrangements between the Livni-led Israeli negotiation team and the
Palestinian negotiators, headed by former Palestinian prime minister Ahmed
Qureia. In an unusual move, the first few minutes of the meeting were open
to press photographers.

The Palestinians are aware that no matter what agreement is reached, the
future Palestinian state will not be allowed to possess heavy weapons. The
PA is prepared to accept limitations on the degree to which its security
services are armed, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Monday, in a
closed meeting at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv.

"We don't need tanks or planes, but we will not relinquish our
self-respect," he said. "But it its clear to everyone that on the security
issue, the agreement cannot be implemented without the prominent
intervention of America as a third party."

Erekat said reaching an agreement this year was "critical," adding that the
negotiations were at the point "where we were in Taba in 2001, and even
beyond that." He did not describe the scope of the prospective agreement,
but said, "there's no need for a 1,000-page agreement, but a document that
includes parameters for the establishment of two states. Such an agreement
will pass in a national referendum and will remove Hamas from power."



If this should happen and American boys are placed in the terrorist state of Palestine, it will only be a matter of time until they come home dead and maimed.

This will result in Israel getting the blame and drive a wedge between the USA and Israel.

Which is the intent of the Palestinians, drive a wedge between the two friends and then murder every Jew in Israel and finish the State of Israel.

Who's Son Is At Risk

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 New PA battalion to deploy in W. Bank

New PA battalion to deploy in W. Bank
Yaakov Katz , THE JERUSALEM POST May. 27, 2008
www.jpost.com
/servlet/Satellite?cid=1211872830492&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

A battalion of some 600 Palestinian soldiers will return to the West Bank on
Wednesday for possible deployment in Tulkarm or Kalkilya after completing
training in Jordan.

The decision on where the new battalion would be stationed, Israeli defense
officials said Tuesday, would be up to the IDF and based on the performance
of another battalion that was allowed to take over security control in the
Jenin area last month. The Jenin plan, formulated by Quartet envoy Tony
Blair, is part of a test to see if Palestinian Authority forces can enforce
law and order and curb terrorism.

Under the plan, restrictions on the movement of Palestinian businessmen in
the Jenin area have been eased.

Until a final decision is made on their deployment, the 600 soldiers
returning from Jordan will take up positions in Jericho.

Officials also said that starting on Sunday, a third Palestinian battalion
is slated to travel to Jordan for training conducted by American contractors
under the supervision of the US security coordinator to the region, Lt.-Gen.
Keith Dayton.

On Tuesday, the head of the Civil Administration in the West Bank,
Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, and OC Judea and Samaria Division Brig.-Gen. Noam
Tibon met with PA Civil Affairs Minister Hussein a-Sheikh at his office in
Ramallah. It was the first time in recent years that a coordination meeting
took place in the city.
The IDF officers urged Sheikh to order the PA battalion in Jenin to take
more action against Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The officials said that while
the battalion was doing an effective job at enforcing the law and closing
down Hamas charities, it had yet to begin actually confronting the
terrorists.

Under the Jenin plan, the IDF retains operational freedom in the area but
works more closely with the PA and tries to coordinate its operations with
local Palestinian commanders.

Sheikh reiterated a Palestinian request, which had been conveyed recently to
Israel by Dayton and rejected, for body armor and night-vision goggles, as
well as electronic systems that the PA wanted to use to set up a
military-style communications network. On Tuesday, the IDF officers said
they would review the request.



Just what Israel needs better trained terrorist.

When we are faced with no choice but to go to war with the Palestinians these better trained terrorist are going to cost us more blood shed from our sons.

Olmert and all the rest of the Cowards, Scum and Traitors in the Knesset I have a question for you will your son be at greater risk?

Mine will because of your criminal actions.

May 27, 2008

Destiny ,Mr. Olmert Mine Or Yours

Hamas Celebrates Olmert's Remarks on 'Greater Israel'

(IsraelNN.com) A Hamas web site reported Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's remarks about the "delusions" of those Jews who believe Greater Israel can be maintained with glee. "Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has acknowledged on Monday that the Israeli dream of establishing the 'greater Israel' and the 'Jewish state' were hard to attain," the site reports.

"Those two things [greater Israel and the Jewish state] couldn’t be found together except in the minds of the psychologically sick people and unrealistic people, Olmert was quoted as saying in a speech he delivered before the foreign affairs and security committee in the Israeli Knesset Monday."

The Hamas report continues, translating Olmert's speech liberally: "I was among those who didn’t believe in the two-state solution, but I realize now that it was wrong. Most of the Israelis now understand the difference between a two-state solution and the one-state solution where all citizens are equal."



I am sick, I admit it I believe that Greater Israel is what we should seek, for it involves the Land that G-D gave to the Jewish people.

So yes, I believe in G-D, the Torah and a Greater Israel.

My great grandchildren who's parents the children of my children are not even close to becoming a part of this world will live in a Greater Israel and keep the Torah.

Prime Minister Olmert can you say the same?

Recap Of A Year Of Aid To The Enemy

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 23,219 trucks; 548,866 tons to Gaza June 16, 2007 - May 25, 2008

Humanitarian assistance to Gaza since Feb 27 escalation in terror
25 May 2008
Ministry of Defense

Unit of Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT)
Total (June 16, 2007 - May 25, 2008) : 23,219 trucks; 548,866 tons

May 25, 2008
75 truckloads (2690 tons) on wheat, barley, corn, soy, sesame seeds and
animal feed were transferred from Israel to the Gaza Strip via the Karni
grain depot. 66 truckloads of agriculture produce, meat/chicken/fish, dairy
products, other food, supplies for essential infrastructures and medical
equipment were transferred via Sufa crossing. 245 tons of gas, 270,420
liters of fuel for transportation and 619,200 liters of fuel for the power
station were transferred via the Nahal Oz depot.
May 23, 2008
During the week 18-23 May, 300,000 liters of fuel were transferred via the
Nahal Oz depot into the Gaza Strip for the use of UNWRA. 43,010 liters of
gasoline and 159 tons of gas were transferred; 1,116,830 liters of fuel for
transportation, more than the 800,000 liters allocated, and 2,177,200 liters
of fuel out of the 2,200,000 liters allocated for the power station were
transferred.
May 22, 2008
The truck bomb attack on the Erez crossing prevented 31 Palestinians from
receiving medical treatment in Israel.
May 14, 2008:
59 trucks with food, medical supplies, and agricultural produce and
equipment were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Sufa crossing point. 88
tons of gas and 469,000 liters of diesel fuel were transferred via the Nahal
Oz depot. From May 11 to May 16, 1.957 million liters of fuel for power
plants were transferred, out of the 2.2 million liters allocated weekly.
In addition, 36 people (patients and companions) crossed from the Gaza Strip
into Israel for medical treatment.
May 13, 2008:
65 humanitarian aid trucks carrying baby food, agricultural produce, meat &
fish, hygienic products, milk products, salt & sugar, medical equipment and
medicines, oil, flour and yeast were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the
Sufa crossing point.
In addition, 65 people (patients and companions) crossed into Israel from
the Gaza Strip for medical treatment via Erez crossing.
May 12-13, 2008
81,000 liters of fuel for transportation and 1.488 million liters of diesel
fuel for power plants were transferred via the Nahal Oz crossing.
May 12, 2008
71 truckloads of humanitarian aid (food, hygiene products, tools and raw
materials for infrastructures) were transferred via the Sufa crossing.
Eleven tankers (242 tons) of gas for heating and cooking were transferred
via the Nahal Oz depot.
In addition, 49 people (patients and companions) crossed into Israel from
the Gaza Strip for medical treatment.
May 11, 2008:
69 humanitarian aid trucks carrying wheelchairs, walking sticks, additional
medical equipment, food supplies and camping equipment were transferred to
the Gaza Strip via Sufa crossing point.
In addition, 83 people (patients and companions) crossed from the Gaza Strip
into Israel for medical treatment.
May 4-9, 2008:
2,407,000 liters of fuel (petrol and diesel) were transferred to the Gaza
Strip via Nahal Oz fuel depot.
May 4, 2008:
70 humanitarian aid trucks carrying vaccines, electric wires, hygiene and
food products and other materials were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the
Sufa crossing point; 27 trucks carrying grains and coffee were transferred
via the Karni crossing; 120 tons (5 tankers) of heating gas and 560,000
liters (11 tankers) of fuel were transferred via the Nahal Oz crossing.
In addition, 57 people (patients and companions) crossed into Israel from
Gaza for medical treatment.

April 30, 2008

Approximately 64 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via Sufa crossing. The assistance was organized
with the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.
The following is a list of supplies transferred: diapers, fruit, meat,
flour, corn, oil, cocoa powder, dairy products, sugar, toilet paper, garlic,
fish, ful, carrots, nylon bags, reproductive eggs, cleaning products and
medical equipment.

April 23, 2008

Approximately 85 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via Sufa crossing. In addition, 1 million liters
of fuel were transferred via Nahal-Oz. The assistance was organized with the
Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.

The following is a list of supplies transferred through Sufa crossing: oil,
paper, meat, nylon bags used for greenhouses, rice, fruit, juice, sugar,
milk, dairy products, flour, washing powder, salt, cleaning products,
medical equipment, fish, fuel, disposable dishes, pasta, conserves,
vegetables and humus.

April 17, 2008
Approximately 27 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom crossing before it was forced
to close due to the attack on the crossing. Supplies transferred through the
Kerem Shalom crossing: oil, paper, meat, nylon bags used for greenhouses,
rice, fruit and halva.
In addition, 800,000 liters of diesel fuel for heating and 240,000 tons of
gas were transferred via Nahal Oz, which also closed during the afternoon
after Palestinian snipers fired at the crossing.
April 16, 2008
Approximately 95 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom and Sufa Crossings:
59 trucks trough the Sufa Crossing containing: cleaning products, rice,
dairy products, fruit, sugar, humus, meat, spices, flour, salt, garlic,
fish, starch, hypochlorite, fennel, pea, pasta, hatching eggs and disposable
plates.
36 trucks, including 11 trucks of Egyptian donation through the Kerem Shalom
crossing containing: oil, paper, single-use dishes, medical equipment,
diapers, preservatives, nylon bags, gloves, drip irrigation system, pipes
and pads.
The supply of diesel fuel for the Gaza power plant and cooking gas was
resumed at 14:30 through the Nahal Oz fuel terminal.
The fuel depot is 70% full (188,000 liters of gasoline and 820,000 liters of
diesel fuel). The Palestinians in Gaza have refrained for the last two weeks
from providing this available fuel to the Palestinian people.
April 15, 2008
Approximately 100 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom and Sufa Crossings:
67 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: drippers, seeds, cleaning
products, rice, sugar, meat, flour, salt, fruit, carrots, garlic, corn,
pasta, fruit, humus, eggs, cinnamon, fish and cloth.
33 trucks through the Kerem Shalom crossing containing: medications,
mushrooms, bandages, bottles, cloths, diapers, canned food, oil, toilet
paper, timber and cable clips.
April 14, 2008
Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the renewal of diesel shipments to
Gaza's power station. Only the minimal amount required to maintain the
station's operations, determined in the past, will be transferred. Israel
will also allow shipments of cooking gas. At this stage, gasoline and diesel
fuel will not be supplied for transportation needs. The supply of fuel will
begin on Wednesday, April 16, after the completion of security arrangements
between the IDF and Dor Energy.
Approximately 123 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom, Karni and Sufa Crossings:
54 trucks trough the Sufa Crossing containing: medications, cleaning
products, rice, sugar, meat, dairy products, washing powder, flour, salt,
fruit, carrots, halva, starch, eggs, cinnamon, yeast, fish and cloth.
51 trucks through the Karni crossing containing: wheat, barley, soy, lentils
and sesame.
18 trucks through the Kerem Shalom crossing containing: medical equipment,
medications, electrical equipment, conserves, paper, nylon, diapers, toilet
paper, oil, wood for greenhouses, pumps and drip irrigation system.
April 13, 2008
87 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred into the Gaza
Strip today via the Sufa and Kerem Shalom crossings. The supplies included
rice, vegetables, meat/chicken/fish, other food stuffs, and hygiene
products.
In addition, 71 people (patients and companions) crossed into Israel from
the Gaza Strip for medical treatment via Erez crossing.
April 9, 2008
Approximately 95 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom and Sufa Crossings:
55 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: salt, carrot, fruit, rice,
sugar, spices, dairy products, meat, flour, garlic, fish, pasta, frozen
vegetables, coffee, cleaning products, hatching eggs.
30 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: oil, rice, medical
equipments, diapers, cleaning products, toilet paper, shampoo and soap.
10 trucks donated by Egypt, through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing:
flour and sugar.
April 8, 2008
Approximately 90 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom and Sufa Crossings:
61 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: baby formula, salt, rice,
fruit, flour, dairy products, sugar, garlic, carrots, milk powder, frozen
vegetables, cardamon, eggs, fish, food additives, humus and tea.
29 trucks through the Karni Crossing containing: medicine and medical
equipment, boiler for a hospital, oil, nylon bags, cleaning products, yeast,
shampoo, toilet paper, halva and tehina.
In addition, 655,000 liters (13 tankers) of fuel and 282 tons of heating gas
(11 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
April 7, 2008
Approximately 128 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom, Sufa and Karni Crossings:
56 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: salt, tea, garlic, sugar,
carrot, apples, dairy products, meat, fish, hatching eggs, animal vitamins.
40 trucks through the Karni Crossing containing: wheat, cumin, sesame,
coriander, barley.
32 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: soy, yeast, salt,
cleaning products, toilet paper, soap, hair shampoo & conditioner.
In addition, 650,000 liters (13 tankers) of fuels and 176 tons of heating
gas (8 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
April 6, 2008
Approximately 76 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom and Sufa Crossings:
60 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: books, baby kits, food kits,
fruit, rice, oil, meat, milk, flour, red pepper, eggs and tea.
16 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: wheel chairs, sugar,
flour and other basic food products.
In addition, 705,000 liters (15 tankers) of fuels and 177 tons of heating
gas (7 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
April 3, 2008
Approximately 100 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom and Sufa Crossings:
63 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: fruit, rice, sugar, dairy
products, meat, fish, flour, garlic, medicine, cocoa powder, carrot, yeast,
hatching eggs.
37 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: rice, sugar, coffee,
oil, flour, pasta, tea, toilet paper, cleaning products, diapers, medicine.
April 2, 2008
Approximately 111 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom, Sufa and Karni Crossings:
59 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: fruit, rice, sugar, dairy
products, garlic, meat, flour, paper, medicine, salt, meat preservatives,
cocoa powder, fish, pasta and yeast.
27 trucks through the Karni Crossing containing: wheat and construction
materials.
25 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: school equipment,
shampoo, toilet paper, washing powder, soap, diapers, oil, rice and wet
wipes.
April 1, 2008
Approximately 138 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom, Sufa and Karni Crossings:
51 trucks through the Karni Crossing containing: wheat, sesame, corn,
coffee, soy.
56 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: fruit, rice, sugar, dairy
products, meat, fish, flour, carrot, garlic, pasta, cleaning products,
school books.
18 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: soap, rice, meat,
oil, sugar, coffee, animal vitamins.
13 trucks donated by Egypt, through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing
rice and sugar.
In addition, 746,000 liters (15 tankers) of fuel and 273 tons of heating gas
(11 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 30, 2008
Approximately 78 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via Kerem Shalom and Sufa Crossings:
57 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: powdered milk, dairy
products, sugar, cleaning products, washing powder, fruit, rice, fish, meat,
flour, coffee, vitamins, carrots, garlic and reproduction eggs.
21 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: washing powder,
cleaning products, oil, nylon, plastic bags, diapers, hygiene products, jam,
shampoo and medicine.
In addition, 687,000 liters (15 tankers) of fuel and 300 tons of heating gas
(12 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 28, 2008
A total of 502 tons of humanitarian aid and fuel were transported.
Sufa Crossing - 18 trucks were unloaded.
Kerem Shalom Crossing - 24 trucks were unloaded.
March 26, 2008
Approximately 139 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom and Karni Crossings:
43 trucks through the Karni Crossing containing: wheat, barley, corn, soy.
64 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: sugar, powdered milk,
bananas, dairy products, meat, fruit, fish, carrots, salt, coffee, flour,
rice, garlic, frozen vegetables, medicine.
22 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: oil, pasta, rice,
sugar, coffee, ketchup, mayonnaise, soap, diapers, shampoo, toilet paper.
In addition, 691,000 liters (15 tankers) of fuel and 282 tons of heating gas
(11 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 25, 2008
Approximately 149 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom, Sufa and Karni Crossings:
26 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing and 49 trucks through the Sufa
Crossing containing: cocoa, powered milk, jam, oil, peas, tissue, diapers,
toilet paper, medical supplies.
65 trucks through the Karni Crossing containing: wheat, corn, sesame,
grains.
58 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: dairy products, sugar,
fruit, meat, rice, flour, oil, carrots, pasta, garlic, fish, reproduction
eggs, salt, tea, medical supplies, ketchup, vegetables.
In addition, 668,000 liters (14 tankers) of fuel and 356 tons of heating gas
(12 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 24, 2008
Approximately 164 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom, Sufa and Karni Crossings:
37 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing and 49 trucks through the Sufa
Crossing containing: rice, fruit, fish, meat, chicken, dairy products, salt,
sugar, flour, oil, medicine.
5 trucks donated by Egypt, through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing:
flour and rice.
73 trucks through the Karni Crossing containing: wheat, corn, sesame,
grains.
In addition, 651,000 liters (14 tankers) of fuel and 326 tons of heating gas
(11 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 23, 2008
Approximately 74 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom and Sufa Crossings:
24 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: reproduction eggs,
frozen vegetables, dairy products, fish, meat, beans, halvah, toilet paper,
and diapers.
50 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: coffee, rice, flour, salt,
sugar, peas, fruit, and oil.
March 20, 2008
Approximately 112 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom and Karni Crossings:
45 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing toilet paper, medical
supplies, electronic supplies, oil, meat, frozen vegetables, flour, and
fruit.
67 trucks through the Karni Crossing containing wheat and corn.
March 19, 2008
Approximately 39 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: diapers,
toilet paper, medical supplies, oil, pasta, fish, meat, frozen vegetables,
rice and tea.
March 18, 2008
A total of 3,401 tons of humanitarian aid and fuel were transported.
79 trucks through the Karni Crossing conveyer containing: wheat, corn and
animal feed.
Kerem Shalom Crossing - 34 trucks were unloaded.
In addition, 635,000 liters (14 tankers) of fuel and 242 tons of heating gas
(12 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 17, 2008
Approximately 147 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom, Sufa and Karni Crossings:
55 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: meat, fruit, sugar, diapers,
flour, peas, oil, carrot, coffee, fish, rice, garlic.
64 trucks through the Karni Crossing containing: wheat, grains, sesame,
corn, barley.
8 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: diapers, toilet
paper, tea, soup, medication, blankets and 20 trucks of food donated by
Egypt.
March 16, 2008
Approximately 65 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom and Sufa Crossings:
11 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: toilet paper and
diapers.
54 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: sugar, flour, salt, fruit,
powdered milk, hatching eggs, cocoa, ketchup, mayonnaise, & food
preservatives.
In addition, 679,000 liters (15 tankers) of fuels and 334 tons of heating
gas (12 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 14, 2008
20 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies with a total weight of 301 tons
were transferred into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom Crossing
containing: vitamins, diapers, toilet paper, fruit, oil, frozen meat, tea,
coffee, powdered milk, hatching eggs, corn, pasta, carrots and tahini.
March 13, 2008
Approximately 152 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom, Sufa and Karni Crossings:
59 trucks through Sufa Crossing containing: meat, fruit, sugar, bananas,
flour, coffee, garlic, oil, pasta, carrots.
73 trucks through the Karni Crossing conveyer containing: wheat, grains,
barley.
20 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: diapers, pasta, tea,
oil, toilet paper, fish, medicine, meat preservatives.
March 12, 2008
A total of 1,567 tons of humanitarian aid and fuel were transported.
Sufa Crossing - 54 trucks were unloaded.
Kerem Shalom Crossing - 22 trucks were unloaded.
In addition, 640,000 liters (14 tankers) of fuel and 248 tons of heating gas
(14 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 11, 2008
A total of 3,877 tons of humanitarian aid and fuel were transported.
Sufa Crossing - 72 trucks were unloaded.
Kerem Shalom Crossing - 21 trucks were unloaded.
Karni Crossing conveyer - 61 trucks were unloaded (2,800 tons of wheat,
legumes, corn and animal feed)
In addition, 695,000 liters (15 tankers) of fuel and 320 tons of heating gas
(12 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 10, 2008
A total of 3,810 tons of humanitarian aid and fuel were transported.
Sufa Crossing - 59 trucks were unloaded.
Kerem Shalom Crossing - 5 trucks were unloaded.
Karni Crossing conveyer - 81 trucks were unloaded (2,800 tons of wheat,
legumes, sesame seeds, corn and animal feed)
In addition, 695,000 liters (15 tankers) of fuel and 320 tons of heating gas
(12 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 9, 2008
A total of 1,248 tons of humanitarian aid and fuel were transported.
Sufa Crossing - 55 trucks were unloaded.
Kerem Shalom Crossing - 23 trucks were unloaded.
In addition, 681,000 liters (15 tankers) of fuel and 272 tons of heating gas
(13 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 7, 2008
A total of 906 tons of humanitarian aid and fuel were transported.
Sufa Crossing - 30 trucks were unloaded.
Kerem Shalom Crossing - 8 trucks were unloaded.
In addition, 225 tons of heating gas (10 tankers) were transported through
the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 6, 2008
About 160 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies are being transferred into
the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom, Karni and Sufa Crossings.
63 trucks passed through Sufa Crossing containing: flour, fruit, sugar,
cooking oil, frozen meat and fish.
19 trucks (donated by Egypt) passed through Kerem Shalom Crossing
containing: rice, sugar, oil and dairy products.
Approximately 80 trucks passed through the Karni Crossing containing grain.
March 5, 2008
About 70 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred into the
Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom and Sufa Crossings:
63 trucks passed through the Sufa Crossing containing: fruit, sugar, humus,
flour, coffee, baby formula and oxygen masks.
6 trucks passed through the Kerem Shalom crossing containing: oil, flour,
beans and tomato sauce.
In addition, 25 Palestinians entered Israel for medical treatment in Israeli
hospitals.
4 March 2008
About 160 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred into the
Gaza Strip via the Karni and Sufa crossings, as well as the reopened Kerem
Shalom crossing.
Sufa Crossing:
12 trucks of medicines and medical supplies (including one UNRWA truck)
9 trucks of meat, fish and frozen vegetables
8 trucks of fruit
7 trucks of flour, oil and sugar
5 trucks of dairy products
18 trucks of flour, oil and humus donated by the UN Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO)
Kerem Shalom Crossing:
8 trucks of sugar
2 trucks of rice
4 trucks of oil
4 trucks of rice and oil
4 trucks of rice and sugar
Karni Crossing:
80 trucks of grain
March 3, 2008
A total of 4,073 tons of humanitarian aid and fuel were transported.
Sufa Crossing - 60 trucks were unloaded.
Karni Crossing conveyer - 76 trucks were unloaded (2,700 tons of wheat and
animal feed)
In addition, 1,014 liters (21 tankers) of fuels and 300 tons of heating gas
(7 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 2, 2008
A total of 1,152 tons of humanitarian aid and fuel were transported.
Sufa Crossing - 55 trucks were unloaded.
In addition, 918,000 liters (19 tankers) of fuel and 169 tons of heating gas
(7 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
Feb 29, 2008
400,000 liters (18 tankers) of fuels were transported through the Nahal Oz
Crossing.
Feb 27, 2008
A total of 3,924 tons of humanitarian aid and supplies were transported.
Sufa Crossing - 60 trucks were unloaded.
Karni Crossing conveyer - 73 trucks were unloaded (2,600 tons of wheat and
animal feed)



This is testimony to how stupid the leaders of Israel have become.

A true Israeli would not send a single item of aid into Gaza.

May 26, 2008

Monday, May 26, 2008 Masha'al: Resistance to be continued as long as Zionists refusing calm

Masha'al: Resistance to be continued as long as Zionists refusing calm
2008-05-26 Website of Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades - the armed branch of the
Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).
www.alqassam.ps/english/?action=showdetail&fid=1019

Khalid Masha'al, the head of the Hamas political bureau said in his speeches
to the journalists, that the Palestinian resistance factions, especially Al
Qassam Brigades, would not tighten by the truce as long as the Zionist
occupation rejects the Egyptian initiative and lays down conditions for
implementing it.

Sheikh Masha'al said "Hamas responded to the Egyptian efforts and
crystallized a unified Palestinian position that mainly displayed that the
Palestinians are ready for the calm with occupation provided that it lifts
the siege and stops the aggression". He added "The Zionist reply was
negative and ignored the Palestinian demands.

In an interview with him, he stressed that the Palestinian resistance
accepted to discuss the calm issue in the first place out of strength
without any trust in the Zionist position, adding that the resistance would
continue until the Zionist entity responds to the Palestinian conditions on
the truce and stops its aggression on the Palestinian people.

He pointed out that the truce idea emerged after the failure of the Zionist
invasion of Gaza, where the American administration started to talk then
about the calm with the Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza.

When he was asked about the Zionist threats of waging a large-scale
aggression against Gaza strip, Masha'al stressed that the Palestinian
resistance factions is always prepared for such threats and ready to
confront the Zionist incursions, adding that the Zionist entity will make a
big mistake if it committed any folly in the Strip.

May 23, 2008

Reminder Of 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 and 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 the show by going to the host radio program web page http://kknt960.townhall.com/

They Call This Peace

Egyptian broadcaster: Jews want their property back

Security services in Cairo cancel roots trip planned by dozens of Israelis, Jews of Egyptian descent following television presenter's remarks
Smadar Peri

A roots trip to Cairo and Alexandria planned by dozens of Israelis and Jews of Egyptian descent was called off Thursday upon order of Egypt's security services.


"We are sorry, but the situation is sensitive, and under the current circumstances we cannot accommodate you," an Egyptian official told Levana Zamir of Tel Aviv, head of the Israel- Egypt Friendship Association, who initiated the trip.

The dozens of participants, who planned to travel along with their children and grandchildren, were shocked by the cancellation.


The Marriott Hotel in Cairo was the first to announce that "we cannot accommodate the Israeli and Jewish delegation, and we are cancelling the reservations."


Two hours later, the Egyptian travel agent stated that "in spite of our urgent appeals, we were unsuccessful in finding any hotel in Cairo which would agree to host the delegation from Israel, and we recommend that you postpone your plans to visit Egypt."


The affair began three months ago, when Zamir came up with the idea to hold a roots trip for people of Egyptian descent. She prepared an itinerary and asked Israeli Ambassador to Cairo Shalom Cohen and Prof. Gabi Rosenbaum, director of the Israeli Academic Center in Cairo, to speak before the delegation members.


According to Egyptian procedures, internal security officials were given the itinerary, the lectures and the names of the lecturers, which also included a number of Jewish academicians who planned to join the roots trip.


'A cover-up for their plans'
The trip's participants purchased plane tickets from El Al, paid for a hotel and planned to leave Israel on the coming Sunday. On Wednesday night, however, they were hit with a surprise: A well-known Egyptian television presenter, Amr Adib, dedicated an extensive report to the planned trip, accusing the delegation members of "coming to celebrate Israel's 60th anniversary in Egypt of all places."


He added that "the roots trip is only a cover-up for their plans to demand that their property in Cairo and Alexandria be returned to them."


According to Adib, the trip's participants planned to file dozens of legal claims for the return of the houses, factories and stores which they had owned in the past and were nationalized.


"Why should we bring in Jews born in Egypt who preferred to flee to Israel, which has fought us in blood-soaked wars," the broadcaster asked, accusing the Israeli Embassy in Cairo and the Israeli Academic Center of "sponsoring a conspiracy against Egypt."


Moreover, Adib took advantage of the report in order to reveal the name of the hotel which was to accommodate the Israeli delegation. He also claimed that the delegation members planned to hold a press conference in Cairo and called on the Egyptian Foreign Ministry "to take the necessary steps."


"I was shocked by these expressions of hatred and what followed, despite the fact that I have been active for so many years in distributing the Egyptian culture and advancing the friendship between the countries," Levana Zamir said Thursday.


"Our plan was perfectly innocent: To take tours of Cairo and Alexandria and show our childhood places to our children and grandchildren," she added.


The travel agency in Cairo made it clear to Zamir that "the trip is being cancelled for security reasons following the reports on Egyptian media" and promised to return the payments already made.



They call this peace?

This is why I am against making any kind of peace deal with any Arabs.

May 22, 2008

Protestors interrupt Olmert speech

Thursday, May 22, 2008


Demonstrators storm stage area carrying 'Nation with Golan' signs as PM
speaks at Jewish Agency ceremony. Olmert booed as he arrives at event, tells
audience: 'The most beautiful place I visited recently is the Golan Heights'
Aviram Zino YNET Published: 05.22.08, 21:15 / Israel News
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3546790,00.html

Several protestors interrupted Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's speech at a
Jewish Agency ceremony near Jerusalem Thursday evening after storming the
stage area.

The demonstrators, who were carrying "The Nation is with the Golan" signs,
were reportedly encouraged by the crowd on hand. Olmert was forced to stop
his address, as the protestors reached within a few meters of him.

The prime minister, who was booed when he arrived at the ceremony, told the
protestors: "The most beautiful place I visited recently is the Golan
Heights. Let's put politics aside." He later added that "we have no other
country aside from the Jewish State."

On Wednesday, the committee of Golan Heights communities called an emergency
sessions following the announcement that Israel intends to make concessions
in future negotiations with Syria.

Golan Regional Council Chairman Eli Malka said at the start of the meeting
that Golan residents "are counting on a significant majority amongst the
public and in the Knesset to act sanely and wisely and not allow the prime
minister, who is acting based on foreign considerations, to send Israel into
a tailspin.

"This move is bad for Israel, bad for the Americans, bad for the Arab world
and bad for a future peace."

Hagai Einav contributed to the story

President Abbas: Right of Return Sacred, Never be Delayed Date

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 President Abbas: Right of Return Sacred, Never be Delayed Date

President Abbas: Right of Return Sacred, Never be Delayed
http://english.wafa.ps/?action=detail&id=11698

RAMALLAH, May 20, 2008, (WAFA - PLO news agency)-President Mahmoud Abbas
stressed on Tuesday that the right of return is sacred and never be delayed.

In the opening of the 'Return Key' statue in Aida refugee camp near
Bethlehem, President said that sixty years and six days elapsed on our
departure from our homeland which is in our hearts, minds, hopes and dreams.

'This key, which is the biggest key in the world, is the symbol of our
return, our hopes and our dreams. This key will remain a alive until we
return home, God willing, nothing will hinder us and we will not abandon our
dream,' President added.

President made it clear that we are determined in every word and phrase on
the right of refugees to return which is a sacred right, and never be
delayed or postponed.



It is no secret that I have never seen the so called "peace process" as any thing positive for Israel and I include Camp David in this. So I never have supported any talks with our enemies since Israel always looses in these talks.

However for those people that have supported the "peace" talks this should be awake up call, and you must grow up and understand their will never be a peaceful solution to the Palestinian terrorism. The right of return exists as a weapon to carry on the work of destroying Israel once a terrorist state has been born in Judea and Samaria.

Abbas on the 60th birthday of Israel spoke about the end of the occupation of all Palestinian lands, this means all of pre 1967 Israel in addition to Judea and Samaria.

May 21, 2008

Report Criticizes Treatment of Ethiopian Immigrants


(IsraelNN.com) State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss criticized the state’s treatment of immigrants from Ethiopia in his latest report, which was released on Tuesday. Approximately 110,500 immigrants from Ethiopia live in Israel, and 65 percent receive various social services, the report said. However, until 2006 the Welfare Ministry had no organized courses aimed at teaching social workers to understand the immigrants’ unique culture and society.

The Authority for the War on Drugs was also criticized for failing to take the Ethiopian community’s needs into account. Despite recent surveys showing unusually high drug and alcohol use among Ethiopian immigrant youth, the authority has yet to create a program dealing with drug and alcohol use among said youth, the report said.

The report also criticized local authorities for failing to provide enough social workers to deal with domestic violence within the Ethiopian immigrant community. In Netanya, the report found, members of the community were often forced to wait months or even years for a place in programs aimed at countering domestic violence.



We have let these wonderful people down, not unlike what was done to the ?Yemenites 60 years ago only a lot worse. It is a stain on the Israeli history the treatment that many in the government and it's agencies have given the Ethiopians.

Buy A Gun Today

Jewish Congressman Fighting 'Jews Hate Jesus' Charges

(IsraelNN.com) Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen, the state's first Jewish legislator in Congress, is in the lead against a primaries election opponent whose backers have distributed "Jews hate Jesus" flyers. Polls show he is leading in the campaign in which he is challenged by black candidate Nikki Tinner.

Reverend George Brooks Jr. circulated fliers stating, "Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen and the Jews Hate Jesus." He urged voters to back "a black Christian." Relatives of the preacher personally apologized to Congressman Cohen, according to the New York Jewish Forward.



For the American Jews reading my blog, how does this make you feel?

What if you woke up one day and the whole of America was yelling this at you?

Would you want to own a gun and a lot of ammo on that day?

Understand that I don't think America is ever going to be that way but if G-D forbid it did go that way, wouldn't it be nice to protect yourself.

Buy a gun and ammo now, before President Obama makes it against the law.

Bill on First Reading: PM Must Quit if Indicted


(IsraelNN.com) The Knesset passed on first reading Wednesday a bill that would require Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign it he is indicted following criminal investigations against him. The latest probe involves suspicions of breach of faith, receiving huge amounts of cash and possible bribery.

The bill, sponsored by Labor Knesset Member Ofir-Pines Paz, passed with an absolute majority of 61 MKs against six who opposed it. The measure will be discussed by the Knesset Law Committee. The Prime Minister previously has said he will step down if indicted.



You know it is bad when the Knesset throws one of their own under the bus.

Israeli People Aren't Dumb

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 Poll: 70%:22% Oppose giving up Golan for full peace treaty; 57%:32% Negotiations connected to investigation 58%33% PM doesn't have legitimacy to negotiate

Poll: 70%:22% Oppose giving up Golan for full peace treaty; 57%:32%
Negotiations connected to investigation 58%33% PM doesn't have legitimacy to
negotiate
Dr. Aaron Lerner 21 May 2008

Telephone poll of a representative sample of 550 adult Israelis (including
Arab Israelis) carried out by Panel Institute the afternoon early evening of
21 May 2008 after the announcement of negotiations with Syria, for Israel
Television Channel Two and broadcast on the 8:00 PM news.
www.keshet-tv.com/VideoPage.aspx?MediaID=37928&CatID=250&CurrentCatID=332

Are you for giving up the Golan within the framework of a full peace
agreement with Syria?
Yes 22% No 70%

Do you think that the timing of the advancing of the negotiations is
connected to the investigation of the prime minister?
Yes 57% No 32%

Does the prime minister have the legitimacy to carry out negotiations with
Syria?
Yes 33% No 58%

The Israeli people are not so dumb, it is just that the leaders have corrupted the system and it no longer works.

When governments engage in such actions in the end their will be blow back.

May 20, 2008

Gov't Authorizes Armed PA Police in Eastern Gush Etzion


(IsraelNN.com) The government has granted the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority permission to open two armed Fatah bases in eastern Gush Etzion, Makor Rishon's Haggai Huberman reports.

The bases will be opened as police stations under Monday's decision to allow twenty such stations to be opened across Judea and Samaria.

The two eastern Gush Etzion stations will be opened in the heart of Jewish populated areas, in Arab Tekoa and in the village of Sa'ir. The dozens of armed men will be allowed to carry Kalashnikov assault rifles and handguns.

IDF: Armed PA Police Not a Concern

(IsraelNN.com) The IDF Spokesman responded to Makor Rishon's report that armed PA police will be deployed in eastern Gush Etzion, saying the activities of the Fatah men will be monitored and that they are not expected to attack Jewish motorists.

"The opening of the Palestinian police stations in Arab Tekoa and in Sa'ir are part of the framework in which twenty police stations are being opened all over the IDF central command region. The activity of those police stations will be monitored by the IDF. The Tekoa police station will not be overlooking the main Gush Etzion-Dead Sea road because the police station building will be located deeper inside the village and the Palestinian policemen who will man the station will only be allowed to act inside the village."

The spokesman went on to explain that the reason the Fatah men had to be armed "is only so they will be able to defend themselves against Palestinian criminals and in order for them to better carry out their mission."


I am so very happy that the government and the IDF is not concerned with their allowing armed terrorist or wait I mean armed PA "police officers" to operates in Gush Etzion. Are these the same kind of armed terrorist that in the late 1990's were doing joint patrols with the IDf and Border Police and then turned their rifles on the Israeli's.

I have to go on record as the father of a young women doing her Sherut Leumi government service instead of IDF service as an archaeological tour guide in Gush Etzion, that I am very concerned for my daughters safety now that we have more Arabs running around with guns in her area.

PMW Bulletin: PA daily: Arabs left homes on their own to facilitate destruction of Israel

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 PMW Bulletin: PA daily: Arabs left homes on their own to facilitate destruction of Israel

Bulletin
May 20, 2008 Palestinian Media Watch

The evolving Palestinian narrative:
Arabs caused the refugee problem

PA daily: Arabs left homes on their own to facilitate
destruction of Israel -- and thus became refugees
by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
Palestinian Media Watch:
p:+972 2 625 4140 e: pmw@pmw.org.il
f: +972 2 624 2803 w: www.pmw.org.il

The Arabs who became refugees in 1948 were not expelled by Israel but left
on their own to facilitate the destruction of Israel, according to a senior
Palestinian journalist writing in a Palestinian daily. This plan to leave
Israel was initiated by the Arab states fighting Israel, who promised the
people they would be able to return to their homes in a few days once Israel
was defeated. The article in Al-Ayyam concludes that these Arab states are
responsible for the Arab refugee problem.

A backbone of Palestinian English-language propaganda is the myth that
Israel expelled hundreds of thousands of Arabs from Israel and created Arab
refugees. But in recent years, PMW has documented an increasing willingness
among Palestinians to openly blame the Arab states and not Israel.

Following are five such statements of blame, starting with this most recent
article and including testimony from refugees themselves and corroboration
by Palestinian leaders. Clearly, there is a growing Palestinian willingness
to blame the Arab leaders, which corroborates Israel's historical record.

1. Jawad Al Bashiti, Palestinian journalist in Jordan, writing in Al-Ayyam,
May 13, 2008

"Remind me of one real cause from all the factors that have caused the
"Palestinian Catastrophe" [the establishment of Israel and the creation of
refugee problem], and I will remind you that it still exists... The reasons
for the Palestinian Catastrophe are the same reasons that have produced and
are still producing our Catastrophes today.
During the Little Catastrophe, meaning the Palestinian Catastrophe the
following happened: the first war between Arabs and Israel had started and
the "Arab Salvation Army" came and told the Palestinians: 'We have come to
you in order to liquidate the Zionists and their state. Leave your houses
and villages, you will return to them in a few days safely. Leave them so we
can fulfill our mission (destroy Israel) in the best way and so you won't be
hurt.' It became clear already then, when it was too late, that the support
of the Arab states (against Israel) was a big illusion. Arabs fought as if
intending to cause the "Palestinian Catastrophe". [Al-Ayyam, May 13 2008]

2. Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Palestinian Journalist in PA official daily, Al-Hayat
Al-Jadida, December 13, 2006

"...The leaders and the elites promised us at the beginning of the
"Catastrophe" in 1948, that the duration of the exile will not be long, and
that it will not last more than a few days or months, and afterwards the
refugees will return to their homes, which most of them did not leave only
until they put their trust in those "Arkuvian" promises made by the leaders
and the political elites. Afterwards, days passed, months, years and
decades, and the promises were lost with the strain of the succession of
events..." [Term "Arkuvian," is after Arkuv - a figure from Arab tradition -
who was known for breaking his promises and for his lies."] "
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, December 13, 2006]

3. Asmaa Jabir Balasimah, Woman who fled Israel in 1948, Al-Ayyam, May 16,
2006

"We heard sounds of explosions and of gunfire at the beginning of the summer
in the year of the "Catastrophe" [1948]. They told us: The Jews attacked our
region and it is better to evacuate the village and return, after the battle
is over. And indeed there were among us [who fled Israel] those who left a
fire burning under the pot, those who left their flock [of sheep] and those
who left their money and gold behind, based on the assumption that we would
return after a few hours."
[Al-Ayyam, May 16, 2006]

4. Son of man who fled in 1948, PA TV 1999

An Arab viewer called Palestinian Authority TV and quoted his father, saying
that in 1948 the Arab District Officer ordered all Arabs to leave Palestine
or be labeled traitors. In response, Arab MK Ibrahim Sarsur, then Head of
the Islamic Movement in Israel, cursed those leaders, thus acknowledging
Israel's historical record.

"Mr. Ibrahim [Sarsur]. I address you as a Muslim. My father and grandfather
told me that during the "Catastrophe" [in 1948], our district officer issued
an order that whoever stays in Palestine and in Majdel [near Ashkelon -
Southern Israel] is a traitor, he is a traitor."

Response from Ibrahim Sarsur, now MK, then Head of the Islamic Movement in
Israel:
"The one who gave the order forbidding them to stay there bears guilt for
this, in this life and the Afterlife throughout history until Resurrection
Day."
[PA TV April 30, 1999]

5. Fuad Abu Higla, senior Palestinian, Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, March 19, 2001

Fuad Abu Higla, then a regular columnist in the official PA daily Al Hayat
Al Jadida, wrote an article before an Arab Summit, which criticized the Arab
leaders. One of the failures he cited, in the name of a prisoner, was that
an earlier generation of Arab leaders "forced" them to leave Israel in 1948,
again placing the blame for the flight on the Arab leaders.

"I have received a letter from a prisoner in Acre prison, to the Arab
summit:
To the [Arab and Muslim] Kings and Presidents, poverty is killing us, the
symptoms are exhausting us and the souls are leaving our body, yet you are
still searching for the way to provide aid, like one who is looking for a
needle in a haystack or like the armies of your predecessors in the year of
1948, who forced us to leave [Israel], on the pretext of clearing the
battlefields of civilians...
So what will your summit do now?"
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 19, 2001]

Conclusion
It is clear from these statements that there is general acknowledgement
among Palestinians that Arab leaders bear responsibility for the mass flight
of Arabs from Israel in 1948, and were the cause of the "refugee" problem.
Furthermore, the fact that this information has been validated by public
figures and refugees in the Palestinian Authority media itself confirms
that this responsibility is well-known - even though for propaganda purposes
its leaders continue to blame Israel publicly for "the expulsion."

May 19, 2008

Ramon: Negotiations with Hamas defy government policy

Ramon: Negotiations with Hamas defy government policy

Vice premier first Israeli official to Israel holding direct talks with Hamas on ceasefire, Shalit, says negotiations in violation of policy stating that Islamist group must first recognize Israel, renounce terror. 'We are not fighting a terror organization, but rather the terror state of Hamastan,' he says

Roni Sofer
Latest Update: 05.19.08, 17:57 / Israel News

Israel officially admitted to holding talks with Hamas for the first time on Monday, with Vice Premier Haim Ramon saying that "the negations we are conducting with Hamas are in direct defiance of the government's resolution, according to which Israel would agree to talk to the Islamist group only after it accepts the conditions set by the Quartet."

The Quartet - US, Russia, EU and the UN – demands that Hamas recognize Israel, renounce violence and ratify past agreements and the road Map.


Up until now the cabinet claimed that the talks on a possible ceasefire and on the return of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit have all been conducted with Egyptian mediation so as not to breach the 'political siege' imposed on Ismail Haniyeh's government, since Hamas' violent takeover of the Strip in July 2007.



Once again the government of Israel violates either Israeli law or policy to talk with terrorist. First Oslo with Fatah and Arafat and now Hamas, we have Cowards,Scum and Traitors leading Israel.

May 18, 2008

Stop The Stupidity

Palestinians demand regular army for new state

Optimistic developments touted after Olmert-Abbas meeting prove to hold little water as gaps between Israel, PA only seem to widen as negotiations go deeper. Behind closed doors, Israeli and Palestinian officials have confirmed to Ynet, PA negotiator Ahmed Qureia is demanding an army be built for future Palestinian nation
Roni Sofer and Ali Waked

Despite previous understandings that a future Palestinian state would be demilitarized, Ynet has learned that in talks held behind closed doors, the top negotiator for the Palestinian Authority, Ahmed Qureia, is demanding the establishment of a regular army.


High-level Israeli and Palestinian officials confirmed the newly revealed developments on Monday night.

According to the information obtained by Ynet, the new and surprising demand first emerged as the negotiations teams sat down in Jerusalem last Sunday to discuss security arrangements. Qureia told Foreign Affairs Minister Tzipi Livni that the Palestinian state would require a regular army to defend itself.

Livni, though perplexed by the sudden demand, made clear that all previous accords specifically spoke of a demilitarized Palestinian state. A senior Israeli source said that Livni sought to clarify if perhaps Qureia had meant a Palestinian police force, but the latter was reiterated that it was a proper regular army the PA was after.

The source added that the new Palestinian stipulation incensed Livni, who ardently rejects the idea of such an army.

A very senior Palestinian source close to Qureia confirmed the exchange. "At the meeting in question we raised the demand for a regular army, meant to defend the independent state," he told Ynet.

"This isn't an army intended to launch an attack against Israel. We are not asking for F-16 jets but rather a force that would be able to defend the nation from threat and realize its basic right to exist in security."

The source said the situation had changed greatly since the days of the Oslo Accords in 1993. "Oslo spoke of an intermediary entity. Now we are talking about a Palestinian state born out of a permanent agreement. There is no clause in any of the understandings that denies the Palestinian state an army to defend itself with, to defend its borders and citizens with," he said.


'What significant progress, exactly?"

Following the most recent meeting between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a senior State official declared that "significant progress" had been made in negotiations on the final borders and security arrangements.

An Israeli official well-informed of the proceedings rejected that statement. "What significant progress are they talking about exactly?" he wondered.

"It's very clear that there are complex disagreements on all the core issues. Up until now the points of contention have been the borders and the matter of the refugees. And that was before you even got to Jerusalem. But now the Palestinians want an army of their own, without regard to any of the previous accords. This isn't progress, it's backtracking. Reports of progress in the negotiations are misleading the public."

But other officials connected to the talks taking place in backrooms think little of the Palestinians demand for a regular army. The Palestinians, they said, were well aware that in the event a Palestinian state will indeed be established, it will undoubtedly be demilitarized. Disagreements are an inherent part of negotiations, they said, but this does not mean the talks are stalled.

In her speech at the president's conference last week, Livni determinedly broached the subject: "Yes, it is important to set recognized borders, but that is not enough. We must determine what will be on the other side of that border.

"We are talking about a demilitarized state here (…) we will not stand for a terror state or an extremist Islamist state. There are conditions that will have to be met, before and after. I don't hold by just tossing the keys over the border and hoping for the best. There will be no agreement over the future territory if there won't be satisfactory assurances regarding what its nature will be."



If we had real leaders, this would be the end of the peace process for ever.

If we are dumb enough to create a terrorist state in Judea and Samaria, that is one level of stupidity.

But if we let that terrorist state build an army then we will get what we deserve, for if we the people don't rise up and put an end to this by what ever means are neccessary then we, along with the current leaders of Israel have failed the future generations of the Jewish people.

So once again I am calling on the right wing of Israel to 100% stop in blindly sending our sons to the IDF. Stop sending our sons to the IDF , with our sons making up the majority of the combat soldiers today the government will have no option but to fall and to end the peace game once and for all.

'Israelis, PA privately discussing deal'

'Israelis, PA privately discussing deal' JPost.com staff and AP , THE JERUSALEM POST May. 18, 2008

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are privately discussing a peace deal and the negotiations should intensify in the next few months, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday.

"I do know how seriously they are discussing all of the key issues," Rice told reporters on Air Force One as she returned from a Middle East trip with US President George W. Bush. "I think you're going to see them intensifying those discussions over the next several months."

Rice said negotiations were continuing behind closed doors.

"I can tell you for certain that there is more going on in private but that's the way people actually negotiate," Rice said.

"They're not going to talk in front of the cameras about what it is they're doing and if they did, the negotiations would be dead on that day," she said.

Responding to Arab criticism that Bush leans too far in supporting Israel, Rice said, "The president isn't pro this or pro that. The president is pro-democracy and pro-peace."



Everything must be done to bring Olmert down before he gives away the future of the Jewish people.

Shas must stop playing games and understand that all the money in the world for their causes no matter how good will amount to nothing if their greed allows the stage to be set for the destruction of Israel.

May 16, 2008

Reminder of 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 and 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 the show by going to the host radio program web page http://kknt960.townhall.com/

The Jerusalem Post Internet Edition

'Holy war until Palestine liberated'
Associated Press , THE JERUSALEM POST May. 16, 2008

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden said in a new audio message released Friday that the terrorist organization will continue its holy war against Israel and its allies until it liberates Palestine.

The terrorist leader's third message this year came as US President George W. Bush was wrapping up his visit to Israel to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Jewish state.

Bin Laden said the fight for the Palestinian cause was the most important factor driving al-Qaida's war with the West and fueled 19 Muslims to carry out the suicide attacks against the US on September 11.

"To Western nations ... this speech is to understand the core reason of the war between our civilization and your civilizations. I mean the Palestinian cause," said bin Laden in the close to 10 minute message.

"The Palestinian cause is the major issue for my (Islamic) nation. It was an important element in fueling me from the beginning and the 19 others with a great motive to fight for those subjected to injustice and the oppressed," added bin Laden.

The authenticity of the message could not be verified, but it was posted on a Web site commonly used by al-Qaida and the voice resembled the one in past bin Laden audiotapes.

IntelCenter, a US group that monitors al-Qaida message traffic, said the audio message was accompanied by a photo of bin Laden wearing a white robe and turban next to a picture of the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. It was unclear when the photo of bin Laden was taken.

The al-Qaida leader said the Western media managed to brainwash people over the past 60 years by "portraying the Jewish invaders, the occupiers of our land, as the victims while it portrayed us as the terrorists."

"Sixty years ago, the Israeli state didn't exist. Instead, it was established on the land of Palestine raped by force," said bin Laden. "Israelis are occupying invaders whom we should fight."

Foreign Ministry spokesman Arye Mekel dismissed bin Laden's new message.

"We do not relate or pay attention to the words of this terrorist lunatic," he said. "The time has come for him to be apprehended and pay for his crimes."

Bin Laden criticized Western leaders like the US president who participated in Israel's 60th anniversary celebrations, saying they were insincere in their expressed desire for Israeli-Palestinian peace and failed to criticize Israel for its attacks against the Palestinian people.

"Peace talks that started 60 years ago are just meant to deceive the idiots," said bin Laden. "After all the destruction and the killings ... your leaders talk about principles. This is unbearable."

"You describe Palestinian organizations as terrorists and you boycott them and punish them while Israelis are killing civilians, women and children," added bin Laden.

The terrorist leader mentioned former prime minister Menahem Begin, who he said ordered a Jewish militia to attack the Arab village of Deir Yassin in 1948. The attack during Israel's push for statehood killed more than 100 Arabs and forced the rest of the village to flee.

"Instead of punishing him (Begin) over his crimes ... he was awarded a Nobel prize," said bin Laden.

Begin won the Nobel peace prize for negotiating a peace treaty with Egypt in 1979, Israel's first with an Arab nation. The Israeli leader shared the prize with former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, who was Begin's negotiating partner. Israel has only signed one other peace treaty with an Arab nation, Jordan.

"We will continue our struggle against the Israelis and their allies," said bin Laden. "We are not going to give up an inch of the land of Palestine."

Bin Laden's message Friday followed an audiotape released in March in which he lashed out at Palestinian peace negotiations with Israel and called for a holy war to liberate the Palestinian lands.

The March audiotape was the first time bin Laden spoke of the Palestinian question at length since the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip.

May 15, 2008

97% correct-3% wrong = 100% wrong

Bush tells Knesset US 'stands by Israel in war on terror'

During special Knesset session in his honor, US president criticizes deadly tactics of extremist groups, denounces anti-Semitism, 'especially by those who want to wipe Israel off the map.' PM tells Bush 'future peace agreement based on your vision will be approved by this house and by the Israeli public'

Ynet reporters
Latest Update: 05.15.08, 15:15 / Israel News

"I'm honored to be here… America is proud to be Israel's closest ally and best friend in the world; our alliance is unbreakable," visiting US President George W. Bush told a special Knesset session held in his honor Thursday.

"You have worked tirelessly for peace and freedom. When Americans look at Israel we see a pioneering spirit, talent and determination of a free people refusing to let any obstacle stand in the way of their destiny," Bush said.

Bush went on to criticize the deadly tactics of extremist groups and denounced anti-Semitism, especially by those who want to wipe the nation "off the map."

"We believe that religious liberty is fundamental to civilized society, so we condemn anti-Semitism in all forms, whether by those who openly question Israel's right to exist, or by others who quietly excuse them," he said.

Bush pledged that the United States has an unbreakable bond with Israel.

"Some people suggest that if the United States would just break ties with Israel, all our problems in the Middle East would go away," the US president said in his prepared address.

"This is a tired argument that buys into the propaganda of our enemies, and America rejects it utterly. Israel's population may be just over 7 million. But when you confront terror and evil, you are 307 million strong, because America stands with you."

During the historic address Bush also referred to the Iranian threat, saying that allowing Iran to acquire nuclear weapons would be an "unforgivable betrayal of future generations."

"Permitting the world's leading sponsor of terror to possess the world's deadliest weapon would be an unforgivable betrayal of future generations. For the sake of peace, the world must not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon," the American leader said.

"America stands with you in firmly opposing Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions."

Bush continued to say that "in 60 years Israel will be celebrating its 120th Independence Day, the Palestinians will have their own state… Iran and Syria will be peaceful nations, Hamas, al-Qaeda and Hizbullah will be defeated, the Middle East will be a peaceful region and Israel and its neighbors will be best of friends."



Such a great speech until he tries to tell the future which includes a Palestinian state.

It is very simple President Bush just does not get the Middle East, he was wrong about going to war in Iraq and he is just as wrong in wanting to build a terrorist state called Palestine.

By including the remarks on a Palestinian state he takes 97% of the speech which was great and throws it all in the trash due to 3%.

It is only 3% but it would destroy the 97%.


May 14, 2008

Action Is Needed

Rocket wounds 15 in Ashkelon

Several Palestinian terror groups claim sole responsibility for launching of medium-range Grad rocket against crowded shopping mall in 'message' to Israel as foreign dignitaries gather in Jerusalem, including US President Bush. Paramedics race to free wounded shoppers trapped under rubble while IDF investigates why alert sirens failed to sound
Shmulik Hadad

As US President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert were sitting down to an intense two-hour meeting in Jerusalem early Wednesday evening, a Palestinian Grad rocket was launched from northern Gaza towards Israel.

The rocket crashed into a women's health clinic on the second floor of a busy shopping mall in central Ashkelon just before 6:00 pm, wounding 15 people and burying several shoppers under piles of rubble. MDA paramedics dispatched to the scene fought to extract those trapped under large pieces of debris, including four people who were evacuated in serious condition, including a mother and her 2-year-old daughter, and 11 more who suffered from moderate wounds.

The Salah al--Din Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, claimed responsibility for the attack. A spokesman for the group, Abu Abir, told Ynet: “This attack was intended as a message to Israel that if it continues to escalate the situation and reject the ceasefire proposal, Zionist residents of southern Palestine will continue to live under danger of mortal peril and this will be their own government’s responsibility.”

The attack, said Abu Abir, was dedicated to Palestinian refugees marking 60 years since the 'Nakba.' "We promise Palestinian refugees scattered all over the world - you will return to your homes that were robbed from Palestine in 1948," he said.

The Jihad Jibril brigades, the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command, have also claimed responsibility for the attack.

Ambulances rushed the wounded to the nearby Barzilai Hospital, among them a young girl who is in moderate condition and two infants who sustained light injuries. The girl's mother is also said to be among the wounded. Paramedics also tended to several people who suffered from shock.

The rise in rocket barrages has been deadly for southern Israel. 70-year-old Shuli Katz was killed by a Qassam rocket on Monday while visiting relatives in a small community in the Eshkol Regional Council and 48-year-old Jimmy Kdoshim of Kibbutz Kfar Aza was killed by a mortar shell last week while standing outside his home.


Alert system was deactivated

The IDF confirmed it had identified the rocket being launched in real time, and said it was looking into reports from local residents in Ashkelon who said the alert sirens failed to sound prior to the attack.

The army said the rocket was launched from an area adjacent to the town of Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza, a frequent base for staging attacks.

Defense officials admitted the system had been disconnected as of late, due to a large number of false alarms. However, they said, due to the mall attack it has been reactivated.

According to the officials, the system has been intermittently deactivated based on daily security assessments that rely on intelligence information and only in coordination with the political echelon. The policy will be reconsidered due to the attack this evening, they said.



Instead of talking to President Bush about creating a terrorist state that will fire rockets from Judea and Samaria ( west bank) into all of pre 1967 Israel. Prime Minister Olmert should give President Bush directions on how to get to the Dead Sea and wish him a relaxing vacation but that he has work to do as the Prime Minister of Israel.

Olmert should then issue the orders to the IDF to enter Gaza and to end the threat for ever, and to be prepared to stay in Gaza for ever.

May 13, 2008

Justice Means, No Palestinian State

Blair at Conference: Justice Demands Palestine

(IsraelNN.com) Former British Prime Minister and current Quartet envoy Tony Blair told those attending President Shimon Peres's Tomorrow Conference in Jerusalem Tuesday evening that justice demands a state of Palestine.

"It is justice that makes us want a State of Israel," Blair said. "It is justice that makes us wants two states - Israel and Palestine - living side by side."

Blair went on to call upon the world to spread democracy and freedom. "Though it may take some period of time for some countries, they will reach it," he promised.



Blair has distorted the word justice and if creating a terrorist state is his idea of justice then their is no justice. A terrorist state that rockets Israeli civilians is not my idea of justice.

Gaza is a warning of what the Palestinians would do if they were to create a terror state in Judea and Samaria only now Tel Aviv and Jerusalem would be the cities getting rocketed every single day and not just some towns in the south.

Justice demands that their never be a Palestinian state, for the crimes they have committed for over 100 years against the Jewish people.

May 12, 2008

'Iran? Nothing is impossible'

Retiring Air Force commander says he remains concerned about Iranian threat, hints future missions may prove extent of Israel's reach. 'The IAF is outstanding, and it is prepared for any mission the country will task it with,' he says
Hanan Greenberg

"Nothing is impossible. Air Force officers are providing remarkable responses to the various issues at hand, and this includes dealing with long ranges," said outgoing Air Force Chief Maj. Gen. Eliezer Shkedy on Monday in addressing the Iranian threat.

"The IAF is outstanding, and it is prepared for any mission the country will task it with," he said.

"The Iranian issue troubles me greatly and I take it very seriously. I pay considerable attention to the rhetoric of (Iranian President) Ahmadinejad and (Iranian Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah) Khamenei as well as that of the moderates, and I listen to what they say they are doing in the open and estimate what they are doing behind closed doors.

"I see how they are advancing their capabilities in fields like aviation and cruise missiles as well as ground capabilities. I think we should be taking their statements very seriously."

Shkedy, who will be stepping down from his post on Tuesday and returning to civilian life, has served as commander of the IAF for a four year term. He will be replaced by Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan, who has served in a number of key positions in the IAF.

"Much is being done at the moment, and the results speak for themselves."

Shkedy's tenure was marked by numerous high-profile events, mostly centering on operations in Gaza
and abroad.

The Maj. Gen. only vaguely addressed the IAF airstrike in Syria last September.

"I had the great privilege of commanding the Air Force during these unique days, without mentioning those matters which we do not discuss," he said.

And The Government Does Nothing

PA Terrorists in Gaza Kill Seventy-Year-Old Israeli Woman by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

(IsraelNN.com) A 70-year-old woman was killed early Monday evening when Palestinian Authority terrorists fired a rocket into the western Negev community she was visiting. Her name has yet to be released.
There was nothing for medics to do but find the woman's son.

The enemy rocket slammed into the residential area of Moshav Yesha, in the Negev's Eshkol region, around 6:00 pm. It landed in close proximity to the victim, killing her almost instantly. She was in the community with her son, visiting a friend. When the Red Alert siren went off, the visitors took refuge in a nearby home, but for a reason that is still not clear, the woman who was killed was standing outside the building when the rocket landed.

A paramedic who was on the scene said that they got ready to move the minute the Red Alert was sounded. Unfortunately, he said, there was nothing for medics to do but find the woman's son in the house and give him the tragic news.

Sounding furious and frustrated shortly after the Kassam rocket attack, Eshkol Regional Council Mayor Chaim Yellin told reporters, "Why are you interested in what's going on here only now? We are at war! Period. We have been at war for years. And the government does nothing!"

May 09, 2008

Second Will Become First

The IDF’s new face

Today, army’s combat troops dominated by names like Oleg and Muhammad
Eitan Haber

Welcome to the IDF 2008. The combat forces of this IDF are made up of, mostly, residents of outlaying areas, the children of new immigrants from Russia and the former Soviet Union, Bedouins, Druze – what we used to refer to as “the second Israel” once upon a time. Well, that “second Israel” has moved up.


When we look at the casualties of the latest military operations, and maybe even before that, we can see the IDF’s up-to-date image: Oleg, Leonid, Maxim, Peter, Ahmed, Muhammad, Wahid, Wasim. Their parents live in places like Kiryat Gat, Afula, Horfish, and the al-Huzeil tribe.


Meanwhile, the dictionary of names saw the disappearance of the likes of Ran and Shahar and Shahak, Tsafrir and Segev and Yinon, Gonen and Netzer, just like we saw the disappearance of Herzliya and Ramat Hasharon, Tel Aviv and Netanya, Ramat Gan, Bnei Zion, and Bnei Atarot.


Tough tests ahead

This does not mean, heaven forbid, that there are no combat soldiers these days who come from the abovementioned communities and from other places. There certainly some, even many, and they are good ones – yet the “trend,” the direction, and the tone in the IDF today are set by members of the “second Israel.”


If you think about it, IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi is also an example of this – the son of immigrant parents, grew up in a moshav community, a member of the Golani Brigade, which for generations has elicited praise but was not considered for a long time as the army’s “cream of the crop.” Many of Ashkenazi’s predecessors were from the country’s “Mayflower” families and came from what were considered the true elite units.


Is this good for the IDF? We should hope and assume that it is. In any case, nobody can change this trend. We should accept it as it is and do everything in order to become better, because there are apparently still difficult tests ahead of us.


Leaders in Israel have always said that the “current generation” is better than their own generation when it comes to the military and to civilian life. Now, the burden of proof is on the “current generation.”


Want to know why the face of the IDF has changed, because you and your type are elitist Ashkenazim that have taught values to your kids that make them want nothing to do with paying the price for having a Jewish state.

Your boys would rather kiss their boy friends than have comrades in arms that they share the burden of battle with, or at the vary least your children seek to be the "beautiful souls" that want to identify with the poor Palestinians .

On the other side you have the religious Zionist, children of the Moshavs and settlements along with the Druze who are building a strong IDF to protect Israel well into the future.

You cry for the fact your kibbutz and communist sons don't serve but point and some do and they are " good ones" and then you whine about what you call the "Second Israel", about how we have a Chief of Staff that for the first time was not part of Sayeret Matkal.

When we have buried the last elitist snob like you it will be us the "Second Israel" that will be fighting in the IDF and living in Israel.


What Now

1 killed by mortar shell in western Negev kibbutz

Two mortar shells fired by Palestinians from northern Gaza Strip land in Kibbutz Kfar Aza Friday evening, killing one person and injuring three others. Mortars land near house, local community hall

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 05.09.08, 19:14 / Israel News

One person was killed in Kibbutz Kfar Aaza Friday evening after a mortar shell fired form Gaza hit a house in the kibbutz.

Two mortars fired by Palestinian gunmen landed in the kibbutz, one fell close to the local community hall and the other landed on a house.

Three people were wounded in the attack; one sustained moderate injuries and the other two were lightly injured.

MK Shai Hermseh, a member of the kibbutz, said that the man killed was inside his house at the time of the attack. "This situation is unbearable, not fortifying our houses or taking any action, we live in a firing range," he stated.

Three Qassam rockets and several mortars have been fired at the area since the morning hours.



What can any one say about the situation in Gaza that has not already been said. When President Peres admitted that he had no idea the Palestinians would act the way they have after the retreat from Gaza, I would have liked to ask him. "Well what do we do now"

May 08, 2008

Happy 60th Birthday Israel

We can get lost in the latest political scandal or the misguided efforts of our leaders to appease our enemies and loose sight of some basic facts.


With the help of G-D the Jewish people have carved out of the swamps and desert a country. First excelling in the agricultural fields and then moving on from the fields, to the technological fields of the 21st century.


We have witnessed Jews fight in 1948 having just come off the boats and with little or no training being thrown into combat at Latrun. To a nation that carried off Entebbe and the raid on Sadaam's nuclear reactor.


With the help of G-D, may we get through the next 60 years a little easier than we got through the last 60 years.


G-d bless Am Israel

May 07, 2008

Welcome To The Middle East, Mr. President

Peres Surprised by Post-‘Disengagement’ Attacks

(IsraelNN.com) President Shimon Peres spoke to Haaretz on Tuesday and admitted that he “did not think we’d have so many problems” in reaching peace with the Palestinian Authority. “I did not imagine that we would leave Gaza and they would fire Kassams from there,” he said. Peres said he was also surprised by the strong support for Hamas following the 2005 “Disengagement.”

In response to the interviewer's question, Peres said that he blamed PA Arabs for the ongoing conflict more than he had in the past. “We became more flexible and they became more extreme,” he said.



How is it a cab driver in Jerusalem could have told you that as soon as Israel retreats from Gaza they will shoot rockets and mortars from Gaza into Israel.

These are the same stupid people that after 60 plus years still have not figured out the rules of the game in the Middle East, they still think they are ruling some ghetto in the former U.S.S.R.

To the leaders of Israel if you didn't think they were going to attack us from Gaza, here is a clue the attacks from Judea and Samaria will make Gaza seem like child's play.

Friends For Over 3,000 Years, Here Is To The Next 3,000

Bereaved father: Druze are equal only in IDF

Nawaf Nabuani of Galilee village of Julis, who lost his son during military navigation, says motivation among his community to serve in army skyrocketing despite recent tensions
Ahiya Raved

The first day of 2008 began as a regular day for Nawaf Nabuani, a junior high school teacher from the Druze town of Julis in the western Galilee. He entered the ninth grade classroom to teach mathematics, and during the break, the cellular phone in his pocket began ringing. A young man asked him about his son Tamir, a soldier serving in the elite Sayeret Matkal commando unit.

"I wasn't worried at the time, I knew Tamir was in the middle of a navigation. I was more concerned about his brother, who was training with the Nahal Brigade," Nawaf recounts.

As the class ended, he noticed that the same young man had called once again. And then his oldest son called as well. "Dad," he told him, "people are calling me and asking about Tamir. Has something happened?"

Nawaf tried to check with the team commander, but got no answers. He already knew that the town-major people were making their way to his house.

"I entered another class, but I could no longer think straight. I had a feeling that something bad was about to happen. When one of the teachers came and asked me to come to the principal's room, my legs shook. I saw the town-major and others, and I knew that the worst piece of news of all has arrived."

Several hours earlier, Tamir's commanders had failed to locate him on his communication device, which he carried with him to a lone navigation on Mount Negev. The Israel Air Force rescue unit was dispatched to the area and found his body at the foot of the cliff. The next day he was laid to rest at his village.

There are now four military graves in the small grave plot belonging to the Nabuani family in the Julis cemetery. Walking between them, Nawaf feels the pride of someone who has made a breakthrough. Here is the relative who was the first Druze soldier in the paratroopers' unit. Here are other cousins who fell in Israel's wars. Here is Tamir's grave.

"If, God forbid, we are forced to dig another grave," he says, "there won't be any room here. The village had 23 fallen soldiers since 1956, but has yet to have a military cemetery. We're working on it."


No regrets

Tamir's road to Sayeret Matkal was not an easy one. In the middle of the ninth grade he decided to join the military boarding school at Haifa's Reali High School, and although he registered late, he managed to fill the gaps. He then passed the exams and the pre-conscription evaluations.

"I told him, 'No matter where you are, in which reconnaissance company, the only important thing is that you are among the best,'" the bereaved father says.

"I trusted him. He was a strong and responsible guy. Since the age of 12 he used to work in the summer and provide for himself almost all alone. He worked for a contractor. He would climb a four-story scaffolding.

"I told him not to tell many people that he was part of the commando unit, so he didn’t. I would just ask him each time if he was healthy, he told me he was, that the training was going well."

Only after his personal tragedy, Nawaf began hearing stories about his son.

"His commander from the recruit service came and told us about a fire which broke out in a tent. Everyone began shouting and call the commanders. Tamir, with a blanket, stood up and put out the fire. He was then taken to the hospital because he inhaled smoke. But this is how he was.

"The service at Sayeret Matkal was good for him. It's not just a place which develops fighting abilities, but the mind as well. I had no regrets about sending him there. I still have no regrets. Don’t forget that we believe in faith, that it's all written from above and no one can change it. It calms the person down."

Many picture of Tamir hang on the house's walls in Julis. From the military boarding school, from the different stages he took. One of the walls carries a large oil painting and a poem in Arabic. The son who died asks his mother not to be angry over his departure, not to cry too much. And if the neighbors ask, she should tell them he will be back.


"Of course he won't be back," Nawaf adds, translating the song into Hebrew.


'Peki'in events did not hurt motivation'

Three Druze soldiers from the Galilee have died in less than two years. The first day of the Second Lebanon War saw the death of Wassim Nazal, of the village of Yanuh, in one of the Hummer jeeps attacked in the kidnapping incident. In January, Nabuani was killed during a navigation, and last month, Sayef Bisan of the village of Jat, was killed in a battle with terrorists near Kissufim.

Despite all this, the Druze public reports of particularly high motivation – more than 85% of the young Julis residents are inducted to the army, and more than 65% join combat units.

Nawaf Nabuani says this is the community and family's heritage. "The young see the adults and want to be like them. In our family alone there are 23 officers today, two of them lieutenant-colonels. The young ones see and learn."

Two of Nawaf's older sons, Kamal and Sari, serve as career officers. The youngest son, Nawaf hopes, will follow in his brother's footsteps and may even be accepted into Sayeret Matkal. In the recent war, when Tamir had just joined the IDF, four of the family members were in the army, some of them reservists, some career offers and some regular soldiers.

The recent tensions – led by the violent events in Peki'in – did not harm the motivation, the bereaved father says.

"The Defense Ministry and the IDF are the only places in Israel where Druze are really considered completely equal," he says. "A Druze soldier can reach any unit in the IDF."

He opposes demonstrations and aggressiveness, but calls on the State to close the gaps. "No one deludes himself that one day all the gaps will be filled. But the government ministers must do their homework, must find out what is missing and do everything for us to receive these things."



On this day in which we honor the fallen of the IDF it is only fit and proper to call special attention to the Druze that have fallen in the fight for Israel.

I want to make it clear that the Druze have paid a very high price for the friendship between the two people that extend back to Moses and Yithro in the Torah.

May 06, 2008

Israel Honors Fallen Soldiers

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Memorial Day 5768 (2008) Honors Israel's Brave Soldiers
2 Iyar 5768, 07 May 08 12:51
by Hillel Fendel

(IsraelNN.com) Commemoration of Yom HaZikaron, Israel's Memorial Day for its fallen soldiers and terrorism victims, began Tuesday evening at 8 PM with a country-wide siren and minute of silence. Memorial ceremonies took place in towns and cities around the country.

The major ceremony took place at the Western Wall, with the participation of Chief Rabbis Shlomo Amar and Yona Metzger, as well as President Peres and IDF Chief of Staff Ashkenazi.

With flags at half-mast, a second siren is to be sounded Wednesday morning, at 11 AM, once again bringing all public activity to a standstill. The siren will mark the beginning of memorial ceremonies at the 43 military cemeteries around the country. A Knesset Member or government official will speak at each ceremony.

The Defense Ministry reports the number of fallen in the Jews' war for the Land of Israel since 1860 as 22,437. This number includes soldiers - not civilians - who fell since 1948, as well as all Jews killed between 1860 and 1948 in the struggle for the Land. The total number is 132 higher than last year, including 31 who were murdered or fell in battle since last year's Memorial Day, as well as others who died of their wounds or were recognized as IDF war casualties this year.

The year 1860 was chosen because it was then that Jews began to move outside Jerusalem's Old City walls and build new neighborhoods there.

In the Binyamin region (southern Shomron), the central Memorial Day ceremony will take place in the old British police station on Patriarchs Way, otherwise known as Wadi Haramiyeh. The 70-minute ceremony will be run by the girls of the Neriah Ulpanah high school, and will end at 11 AM with the nation-wide siren. Eighty Binyamin residents who have been killed in Israel's wars or murdered by Arab terrorists will be memorialized.

The names of all Israel's fallen soldiers and terrorist victims will be broadcast on Israel's public television channel Tuesday evening and Wednesday, one after the other, for 4-5 seconds each.

Special memorials will also be held at the Clandestine Immigration Museum in Haifa, the Acre Prison for Underground Prisoners, and at the Police Section of Mt. Herzl. A special ceremony will also be held in memory of Jews murdered by terrorists and anti-Semites around the world. Some 200 such Jews will be remembered at Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem, in an event organized by the Jewish Agency, the World Zionist Organization, the Jewish National Fund, and the UJC of North America. A new monument with the victims' names was dedicated on the same occasion last year.

Both Memorial Day and Independence Day are commemorated two days earlier than usual this year, in accordance with a ruling by the Chief Rabbinate and Knesset to ensure that Independence Day not fall on the Sabbath.

History of Israel's Fallen
The 1948-49 War of Independence was Israel's costliest war, with more than 6,000 dead - one percent of the Jewish population at the time - and 15,000 wounded.

During the ensuing seven years of relative quiet, 101 Israelis were killed in "1,339 cases of armed clashes with Egyptian armed forces, 435 cases of incursion from Egyptian-controlled territory, and 172 cases of sabotage perpetrated by Egyptian military units and fedayeen [terrorists] in Israel. So said Israel's Ambassador to the UN Abba Eban to the UN Security Council on October 30, 1956 - the day after Israel began the Sinai Campaign in response to Egypt's violation of international agreements by blockading the Israeli port of Eilat. A total of 231 Israeli soldiers died in the eight days of fighting.

The Six-Day War broke out on June 5, 1967. Along with the stunning victories, over 770 Israelis were killed.

Then began the period of the War of Attrition, which claimed 424 soldiers and more than 100 civilians. A ceasefire was declared on August 8, 1970.

Egypt and Syria attacked Israel on Yom Kippur of 1973. The IDF ultimately emerged victorious, but a total of 2,688 soldiers were killed.

In June 1982, in response to continued terrorist attacks and Katyusha shellings from across the Lebanese border, as well as an assassination attempt upon Israel's late Ambassador to Great Britain Shlomo Argov, Israel attacked the terrorists in Lebanon in what was known as Operation Peace for Galilee. Close to 460 soldiers were killed between June and December 1982, and another 760 in daily ambushes against Israeli forces over the next two and a half years.

Between December 1987, when the first Arab "intifada" broke out, and the signing of the Oslo Accords in late 1993, 90 Israelis were murdered.

Between the Oslo signing and the beginning of what became known as the Oslo War in September, 2000, 251 Israelis were murdered by terrorists.

Another 1,320 have been felled by Palestinian Authority terrorists and gunmen since the Oslo War began in September 2000.
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May 05, 2008

Leave Olmert Now

Monday, May 5, 2008 Shas says will resign over any concessions on Jerusalem

Shas says will resign over any concessions on Jerusalem
Roni Sofer YNET Published: 05.05.08, 17:04 / Israel News
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3539849,00.html

Shas officials addressed the reported progress in negotiations with the
Palestinian Authority on Monday, telling Ynet that any talks on Jerusalem,
whether pertaining to its borders or the matter of sovereignty, will lead to
Shas' immediate resignation from the government.

Shas has made similar statements in the past.



Leave the government now, you idiots and avoid any talks on Jerusalem.

Get out of the government now for any money you get for your yeshivas will be money with ?Jewish blood on it, so then what good will it do you in the world to come.

Channel 2 TV: Rice Pushing For Announcement of Borders Next Week

Monday, May 5, 2008 Channel 2 TV: Rice Pushing For Announcement of Borders Next Week


Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 5 May, 2008

Israel Television Channel Two News correspondent Udi Segal reported this
evening that Secretary of State Rice is pressing Prime Minister Olmert to
announce an agreement on the final borders with the Palestinians next week.

Segal explained that Rice is pushing for the move both because of the visit
of President Bush to the region but also out of an interest to make as much
"progress" as possible before PM Olmert might be neutralized by developments
in the latest criminal investigation.

May G-D save us from Rice, Bush and Olmert.

Speaks For Itself

Monday, May 5, 2008 GAZA: ISRAELI AID AND HAMAS ATTACKS

GAZA: ISRAELI AID AND HAMAS ATTACKS
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
Monday, May 05, 2008

In the past 24 hours, there were two intensive barrages of Kassam rocket
attacks aimed at Sderot and the western Negev communities. Two rockets
landed in Sderot, hitting a cemetery and damaging headstones while one hit a
supermarket, causing structural damage. There were five shock victims. Today
(Monday), 5.5.08, there were three hits in Sderot, including one that landed
in agricultural lands near Sapir College.

Also today, 75 humanitarian aid trucks carrying vaccines, electric wires,
hygiene and food products, and other materials were transferred to the Gaza
Strip via the Sufa crossing point.

Israel is facilitating the entry of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip
while at the same time it is being attacked from that territory. Israel
holds Hamas fully responsible for these attacks and their consequences.

May 04, 2008

Never Again Means Never Again

The following were my comments as given on the Middle East Radio Forum today.

" This last week we again honored those that were murdered in the Holocaust and we paid tribute to those that fought in the forest and the ghettos of Europe.

IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi addressed the March of the Living at Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp and I would like to quote some of his speech.

"Sixty three years after the atrocity the Star of David is no longer a mark of disgrace, but a symbol and sign of the resurrection of the Jewish people, As commander of the IDF the fighting force of the mighty Jewish State I stand here with pride and honor and pledge: Never Again!

Never again shall we stand helpless, crying for the mercy of others, never again shall we bed to be defended,"

I ask are we sure, that never again, is really never again?

When rockets fall on Israel and we do nothing to stop them.

Are we sure that never again, is never again, when the Knesset rushes to retreat from Judea and Samaria.

Which would leave Israel on what the great Labor politician Abba Ebban called the Auschwitz Line.

But can Am Israel stop this mad rush to suicide?

Are we the same caliber of people as Mordechai Anielewicz the commander of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising was, will we be able to echo his bravery as seen in his last letter dated May 8th, 1943.

" It is impossible to put into words what we have been through. One thing is clear, what happened exceeded our boldest dreams. The Germans ran twice from the Ghetto."

The key to Israel's survival today comes not from our political leaders, for they are sadly lacking.

Today if the minority stand as bravely as the minority that stood and fought in the Warsaw Ghetto and take just one action we can stop the march to the Auschwitz line of 1967.

From today if you want a strong Israel for the future, refuse to send your children to the IDF, until the "peace" madness has ended. For it is our sons that make up the majority of the soldiers in the fighting units of the IDF, not the sons of the left.

This action alone will save Israel from it's leaders and then we can truly say.

Never Again.

May 02, 2008

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 and 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 the show by going to the host radio program web page http://kknt960.townhall.com/

Analysis: Edging toward 'silent acceptance' of a truce

Friday, May 2, 2008


Analysis: Edging toward 'silent acceptance' of a truce
Yaakov Katz , THE JERUSALEM POST May. 2, 2008
www.jpost.com
/servlet/Satellite?cid=1209626990535&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

When it comes to Egypt's proposal for a cease-fire in Gaza, the Israeli
defense establishment is united on at least one assessment - Hamas has
everything to gain from six months of quiet in the Strip.
The differences begin to surface when officials start pondering the pros and
cons for Israel of the proffered truce.

Ultimately, the decision on whether to accept Cairo's proposal will be up to
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

The position of the IDF's Southern Command has been quite clear all along.
OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant has said on more than one occasion
in recent closed-door meetings that Hamas would use a cease-fire to rebuild
its military infrastructure, extend the range of its rockets and fortify its
positions ahead of a future Israeli invasion.

IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi has yet to make his
opinion publicly known. He has, however, objected to a large-scale operation
in Gaza since taking office a little over a year ago and as such may prefer
a six-month cease-fire over the alternative, which is a continuation of
hostilities and an eventual Israeli invasion.
There are, however, other considerations that are not purely military.

One is the fate of kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit. Officials involved in
the truce talks told The Jerusalem Post this week that the soldier's release
would be dramatically expedited were the cease-fire accepted by Israel.

In addition, the cease-fire could enable Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas to regain a foothold in the Gaza Strip for the first time
since Hamas violently took it over last June.
Under the package approved by Hamas and the other Palestinian factions, the
Rafah crossing to Egypt would reopen according to the agreement reached by
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2005.

Based on that agreement, European monitors would deploy at the crossing and
assist officers from the PA's Presidential Guard - loyal to Abbas - in
running the border terminal.
From an Egyptian point of view, the reopening of Rafah is symbolic for a
number of reasons.

First, it lifts the siege on Gaza and enables Palestinians to travel freely
in and out of the Strip. More importantly, it strengthens what Cairo calls
the "pragmatic elements" in Hamas - such as Ismail Haniyeh - and at the same
time enables Abbas to slowly reestablish a Fatah presence in Gaza.

According to an Israeli official closely involved in the talks with Cairo,
if Israel were to outright reject the cease-fire proposal this would be
interpreted as a slap in the face of President Hosni Mubarak and
Intelligence Minister Omar Suleiman, who have both invested considerable
time and energy in obtaining Hamas's approval.

If Israel accepts the cease-fire, Egypt will have to play a crucial role.

One of Israel's greatest concerns with a truce is the possibility that Hamas
will continue smuggling weapons into Gaza and build up its military
infrastructure at an unprecedented rate. It will be up to Egypt to prevent
this.

In the end what is likely to happen is that Israel will "silently" accept
the offer. Olmert will not hold a press conference and announce Israel's
acceptance of the cease-fire but the message will likely be transmitted in
the talks defense official Amos Gilad holds regularly with Suleiman.

Israel also has to be concerned about its image abroad and what the
international community will say if it rejects the cease-fire.

The US, the Post has reported, is pressuring Jerusalem to wrap up the deal
ahead of President George W. Bush's visit to Israel in two weeks. And Israel
would have a tough time explaining its policies abroad if it continues
firing in Gaza when Hamas and the other factions have all announced their
readiness to lay down their weapons.

Olmert's political standing also needs to be accounted for. If he agrees to
the cease-fire and it lasts, he could use the quiet in Sderot and the rest
of the Gaza-belt communities as an asset ahead of the political turbulence
that is expected toward the end of the year.

Olmert Investigated Again

Thursday, May 1, 2008 Police summon PM for urgent questioning under caution

Police summon PM for urgent questioning under caution
By Haaretz Service Last update - 22:21 01/05/2008
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/979901.html

The police have summoned Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for urgent questioning
under caution, Channel 2 reported Thursday.

According to the Channel 2 report, it is still not clear which of the
ongoing criminal investigations involving the prime minister the police will
focus on in their interrogation, to begin Friday.

Questioning under caution usually indicates that police believe their
interrogation could result in an indictment.

The prime minister is facing three separate police investigations - the
"Investment Center" affair, "The house on Cremieux Street" case and
suspicions that he helped advance the interests of customers of a former
business partner, Attorney Uri Messer.

The interviews will take place over the next 48 hours, and will begin in
Olmert's house in Jerusalem Friday morning.

The affair of the house on Cremieux Street in Jerusalem is the least severe
of the criminal charges against Olmert. According to the examination carried
out by the state comptroller, Olmert received a discount of $330,000 on an
apartment he bought for $1.2 million. It will not be easy to prove a
criminal charge here.

The second affair concerns a long series of political appointments that
Olmert and his bureau made in the Small Business Authority, when he was
serving as minister of industry and trade. Here there is a suspicion of
buying power with money.

In the third affair, the gravest of the three, Olmert is suspected of a
conflict of interest when he intervened in a decision at the Industry and
Trade Ministry's Investment Center that determined that a firm was not
entitled to state benefits. After his intervention, the state transferred
tens of millions of shekels to the plant - which was represented by Olmert's
good friend and former partner, attorney Uri Messer. This case is
particularly grave because the attorney general at the time, Elyakim
Rubinstein (now a Supreme Court justice), had already warned Olmert against
intervening in decisions taken at the Investment Center when he tried to
grant benefits to a Coca-Cola plant.

May 01, 2008

Speech by the IDF Chief of the General Staff for the ‘March of the Living’

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I am honored to be here today and to share this significant experience with you. I will begin in Hebrew and will say a few words in English later on in my address.

Here, on this cursed land, saturated with the blood of our brothers and sisters, descendants of the Jewish nation;

Here, in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp, the most evil place on the face of the planet, where our people, whose only crime was being Jewish, were tortured and murdered in gas chambers and crematoria;

Here, in the place where the Nazi oppressor reduced our humanity to serial numbers - no more names, no more faces, no identity - all that remained was a number branded on the forearm;

Here in this most dreadful place, I stand on Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day, as the commander of the Israel Defense Forces.

With hundreds of Witnesses in Uniform by my side - joining the thousands of representatives of the IDF who come here every year, commanders of the ground forces, the Air Force and the Navy - the defending force of the Jewish people, reborn in its land - with tight lips, a coarse voice and tears in my eyes, yet still standing tall - I salute to the ashes of our people and vow: ‘Never Again.’

We, soldiers of the IDF, emissaries of a country and of a nation, stand here today wearing the IDF uniform and carrying the flag of the State of Israel with pride in the name of the tens of thousands of the IDF warriors and commanders. We consider ourselves the executor of the last will and testament, the dream and the silent prayer of our six million Jewish brothers and sisters whose existence was brutally expunged by the Nazi oppressor.

Major B’naya Rein, may his memory be blessed, who was killed in the Second Lebanon War, made the following journal entry during his visit to Poland in July of the year 2000:

‘I’ve arrived home, to the cemetery of the Jewish people; the cemetery of my grandfather’s family and the cemetery of my grandmother’s family. Throughout my entire journey in Poland, death has followed me. However, I know that this death has produced lives and these lives include me, you, all of us.

‘It is these lives which have provided me with the opportunity to be a solider in the State of Israel. It is these lives which have granted me the privilege to, as an Israeli solider from the State of Israel, represent all of those who have lived and are now gone’.

From here, on the soil of Auschwitz, next to thousands of representatives of the Jewish Diaspora, we join the commemoration of the legacy of the millions who perished, calling to the nations of the world and their governments:
‘Learn the lesson of this most terrible horror, and let not its seeds sprout anew. Fight Anti-Semitism and racism of any kind wherever they are, and do all that is necessary to prevent the propagation of the violence in all its forms.

Sixty-three years have passed since the end of the most horrible war humankind has ever known. Sixty-three years after the atrocity. The Star of David is no longer a mark of disgrace, but a symbol and a sign of the resurrection of the Jewish people. As the commander of the Israel Defense Forces, the fighting force of the mighty Jewish State, I stand here with pride and honor and pledge: ‘Never Again!’ Never again shall we stand helpless, crying for the mercy of others. Never again shall we beg to be defended. Never again shall we allow our sons and daughters, our parents and our grandparents to be erased from the face of the earth. Never again shall the frightened eyes of Jewish children look with ghastly dread through the
barbed-wire fences of concentration camps. Never!

We who have had the privilege of seeing the establishment and the blossoming of the State of Israel; we, who have been entrusted with the country’s fate, know that if we had had our country then, in those somber days, the Holocaust of the Jewish people would not have taken place. We remember, and will never forget, that from the killing and the destruction, from the ashes and the despair, we have risen to establish not only the Jewish State, but the military force that will forever provide security for the Jewish people, protecting it from any future attempts of persecution, torture and destruction.

These days, after sixty years of independence, the existence of an independent Jewish state is not a fact that should be taken for granted. Even today, in our region of the world, voices are heard calling for the destruction of the State of Israel. Even today, we have to continue the
struggle for our right to maintain a national home and safe haven for the Jewish people in their land.

We have learned our lesson. We take threats of leaders calling for the destruction of Israel very seriously.

From this sense of deep responsibility for our continued existence as a people in our land and for the continuity of our heritage, we have no choice but to continue the struggle. Since we are fighting for our very existence, we cannot afford to grow weary or be deterred in our struggle.

In the words of Mordechai Anielewicz, commander of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in his last letter on May 8th, 1943, sixty-five years ago this week: ‘It is impossible to put into words what we have been through. One thing is clear, what happened exceeded our boldest dreams. The Germans ran twice from the ghetto. One of our companies held out for 40 minutes, and
another for more than six hours. The mine set in the ‘brushmakers’ area exploded. Self-defense in the ghetto will be a reality.I have been a witness to the magnificent, heroic fighting of Jewish men in battle’.

Two days ago, I laid a wreath and saluted at the doorstep of the bunker where he commanded the uprising at Mila 18 in Warsaw. Now, I would like to dedicate some words to our colleagues from around the world who stand here with us:

I stand here today, in this heartbreaking spot, as the commander of the army of the Jewish Nation. In the name of the Israel Defense Forces I salute the six million Jews who were annihilated by the Nazis and their collaborators. I vow to uphold the responsibility of the Israel Defense Forces - never again to allow Jewish blood to be spilled in vain. May the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust be forever blessed and remembered.

A people which does not know or honor its past, shrouds its future in uncertainty. Therefore, it is crucial that new generations of IDF soldiers and officers make this sacred march in honor and remembrance of our persecuted ancestors.

Standing here, on this cursed land that has witnessed the most terrible of horrors in human history, I call upon all nations’ leaders to remove human hatred from the face of the earth; to act determinedly to erase anti-Semitism around the world, preventing it from ever gaining force. Above all, each and every one of us must do their utmost to ensure that never again will we walk alone.

Here on this cursed ground, from which still cry the voices of our slain brothers, and as commander of the Israel Defense Forces of the state of the Jewish people, I salute our six million brothers and sisters, who have been persecuted, deported, tortured and cruelly murdered, and swear that ‘Jewish blood shall never again be spilled in vain!’

Blessed be the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust!

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