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November 30, 2008

Mumbai Crowd almost Lynched Israeli, Chabad Officials

(IsraelNN.com) A Mumbai crowd almost lynched the husband of an Israeli consular official and a friend of slain Chabad Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg Wednesday night, thinking they were terrorists. Kobi Albans, whose wife heads the consulate, and a Chabad member reached the Chabad House along with a Consulate security officer after hearing of the terrorist attack.

However, hundreds of Mumbai residents who also had reached the building assumed they were terrorists because of their Western dress and began to punch and hit them. Police arrived, arrested them and kept them in a cell for 10 hours until a police officer recognized the consular official's husband and released them. They had not carried any identification papers with them because of the rush to arrive at the Chabad House.

Mumbai Terrorist Says Chabad House was Target

(IsraelNN.com) Azam Amir Kasab, the Pakistani terrorist caught alive from the Mumbai terrorist attack, told police that the terrorists purposely targeted the Chabad House. According to the Times of India, Kasab said the terrorists were sent with the mission of targeting Israelis to avenge attacks on Arabs in Israel.

Sources in India also claimed that the terrorists stayed in the Chabad House earlier by posing as Malaysian students. Police are trying to ascertain whether the Chabad House would have rented rooms to non-jews.

Chabad hero nanny heading to Israel

The Jerusalem Post Internet Edition

Nov. 30, 2008
JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

Sandra, the nanny who rescued two-year-old Moshe Holtzberg from the Islamic terrorists that stormed the Chabad House in Mumbai, is expected to arrive in Israel on Monday and be granted entry by the Interior Ministry.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said on Sunday that her office was working to arrange Sandra's visit to Israel.

Army Radio that the Interior Ministry was considering bestowing Sandra the 'righteous gentile' title, which would allow her to remain in Israel for an extended period of time.

The toddler was reunited with his Israeli grandparents, Shimon and Yehudit Rosenberg, on Friday.

Moshe's parents, Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, were killed in the Chabad House massacre together with at least four others.

Israeli media reported that some of the victims were found wrapped in prayer shawls, in accordance with Jewish burial tradition. The reports speculated that one of the hostages had wrapped the bodies before he was killed.

According to unconfirmed reports attributed to Indian security sources, most of the hostages were found bound and gagged by the commandos, and had been shot long before Indian forces landed on the roof from a helicopter on Thursday night.

Speaking from the Israeli Consulate in Mumbai, Foreign Ministry official Haim Hoshen told the Post on Saturday that there was no doubt the Chabad House was the target of a premeditated and planned assault.

Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.

November 28, 2008

MERF Appearence

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 2pm EDT, 11AM 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/

Bad News From India

Three other hostages found dead in Mumbai's Chabad House Nov. 27, 2008 JPost.com staff, Yaakov Lappin and AP , THE JERUSALEM POST

The Chabad-Lubavitch movement has confirmed that a New York rabbi and his wife are among the dead in the India terrorist attack.

A spokesman, Rabbi Zalman Schmotkin, said Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, have been killed in Mumbai. They ran the movement's local headquarters, which was one of 10 sites attacked.

The couple's toddler son, Moshe Holtzberg, was taken out of the center by an employee, and is now with his grandparents.

Speaking to Army Radio on Friday, a relative, Yitzhak Dovid Grossman, said there was "an eruption of emotion" when the grandparents met their grandson. But he said they soon resumed "worrying about what is happening with Rivki and her husband."

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said there is "no room for great optimism" about the fate of Israeli hostages inside a Jewish center in Mumbai.

Earlier, Israel's ZAKA rescue service said five hostages and two gunmen were killed inside the center. It did not identify the victims.

Livni did not confirm that report at a news conference Friday. But she said she could not be optimistic about the hostages' survival.

She said members of Israel's diplomatic mission to India had not entered the Chabad house building in Mumbai because explosives continued to go off after the siege was thought to be over.

Meanwhile however, Indian IBN TV reported that the operation at Nariman House, as the Chabad center is called, had come to its conclusion.

Sky News quoted Indian National Security Guards chief J.K. Dutt as saying two gunmen were also killed in the operation against Islamic terrorists that had holed themselves up inside the building.

It came after commandos blew a hole in the wall of the besieged building as they tried to box in the Islamic terrorists who were holding an unspecified number of hostages.

The massive explosion shook the Chabad center, blowing out windows in neighboring buildings, while gunfire and smaller explosions followed the blast.

Commandos had rappelled from helicopters to storm the center earlier Friday, two days after a chain of Islamic terrorist attacks across India's financial center left at least 143 people dead and the city in panic.

Israel's ambassador to India, Mark Sofer, said he believed there had been up to nine hostages inside. Sofer denied reports that Israeli commandos had taken part in the operation.

Haim Hoshen, the Foreign Ministry's Head of Asia and South Asia Department, told the Jerusalem Post that two to four Israelis were being held inside the building.

The Foreign Ministry said that a total of 17 Israelis were still unaccounted for in Mumbai.

Also Friday morning, two Israeli businessmen were freed together with the dozens of hostages rescued late Friday morning from Mumbai's Oberoi hotel.

Earlier, an El Al plane carrying some 300 Israelis arrived at Ben Gurion Airport from Mumbai.

One of the passengers described the atmosphere in the city to Army Radio.

"There was a feeling of fear, panic and naivety on the part of the Indians. They realized that they did not know how to take control of the situation. I found myself in a closed, dark room waiting, listening to CNN…waiting to know what to do next," he said.



Please, G-D ease the pain of the families of the dead and may G-D avenge this spilling of innocent blood.


November 27, 2008

Officials push for IDF Gaza operations


Yaakov Katz , THE JERUSALEM POST Nov. 27, 2008
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Israel should resume military operations against Hamas in the Gaza Strip
when the cease-fire expires in three weeks to increase pressure on the
terrorist group that could lead to a renewal of talks for St.-Sgt. Gilad
Schalit, several high-ranking defense officials said Wednesday.
On December 19, the cease-fire that went into effect at 6 a.m. on June 19
will officially end. Israeli assessments vary regarding whether Hamas will
want to extend the truce or allow it to collapse and return to full-scale
terror operations against Israel.

One school of thought is that Hamas will prefer to extend the cease-fire to
solidify its control over Gaza and secure the full reopening of the
crossings, including the Rafah Border Terminal with Egypt. Others raise the
possibility that Hamas will decide to renew its own rocket attacks on
Israel. The most recent attacks are attributed to smaller groups.

"It is difficult to tell what they will do," one senior defense official
told The Jerusalem Post Wednesday. "What is certain is that December 19 is
turning into a very important date."

The term of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas also comes to an
end soon, on January 9, and in Israel there is concern that Hamas may renew
the violence then in protest of Abbas's expected refusal to vacate his post
for a Hamas official.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak has ordered his top aide Amos Gilad to hold
talks with Egypt in an effort to extend the cease-fire.

On Wednesday, Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilna'i said Hamas appeared to
be making efforts to rein in the various factions that have been behind the
latest spate of rocket attacks.

Top IDF officers have suggested, however, that Israel should consider
renewing operations in Gaza since "military pressure is one of the effective
forms of leverage Israel has to get Hamas to renew negotiations for the
release of Schalit."

Since the truce went into effect in June, Egyptian-mediated talks have
mostly been frozen despite Barak's claim - before Israel agreed to the
truce - that it would create an opportunity to advance the soldier's
release.

"We need leverage over Hamas," one top officer said. "And there is no better
leverage than military pressure."

Also on Wednesday, Barak decided to allow some 60 trucks carrying
humanitarian supplies to pass into the Gaza Strip, even though the crossings
were still officially closed due to repeated Kassam rocket attacks.

Barak's decision came following international pressure on the security
establishment to allow the aid through.

Palestinian fuel official Mahmoud Khazundar said that shipments of cooking
gas were also renewed on Wednesday morning and that 70 tons were expected to
enter the Strip.

Meanwhile, the United Nations and other aid agencies appealed to the
international community to send $462 million in emergency assistance in 2009
to address what they said was a humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian
territories.

Most of the money will be used for food and cash handouts, said Maxwell
Gaylard, local head of the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian
Affairs. A total of 159 emergency programs are planned in areas such as
health, education, food, water and sanitation.

It is the seventh annual request for emergency funds, in addition to
hundreds of millions of dollars in normal operating budgets.

"Little, if anything, has been achieved," said Filippo Grandi, deputy
commissioner of the UN Reliefs and Works Agency, the main UN body caring for
Palestinian refugees. "Little, if anything, has been felt by the people with
whom we work."

Grandi lamented the need to spend funds on emergency responses instead of
long-term development projects. He said the situation was especially dire in
the Gaza Strip, which was stifled by Israeli and Egyptian border closures
and where half the population lived in severe poverty.

Last year, the UN asked for a similar amount of emergency aid. Officials
said they raised nearly 70 percent of the funds they sought. Kuwait, the
European Union and the United States were last year's largest donors, staff
said.

Grandi said he feared the global economic crisis would lead to cuts of as
much as a third in operating funds for UN agencies in the Palestinian areas
next year.

He said the Israeli closure had prevented UN agencies from delivering even
the minimal amount of aid needed to meet basic needs in Gaza.

AP contributed to this report.

November 26, 2008

77% of Israelis say no chance for peace with Palestinians

Attila Somfalvi YNET Published: 11.25.08, 10:44 / Israel News
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3628226,00.html

A poll conducted by the Berl Katzenelson center showed that 77% of Israelis
do not believe there is a chance for peace with the Palestinians and 70%
believe there is no partner for peace.

The polls revealed that despite the rocket attacks on the western Negev,
some 40% of the public supports negotiations with Hamas.

Yesterdays News, Not

Libya Test Israeli Sovereignty off Gazan Coast Cheshvan 28, 5769, 26 November 08 10:25

(IsraelNN.com) A Libyan ship with 3,000 tons of food and medicine is headed for the Gaza coast in a widening effort to break Israeli's sovereignty over coastal waters. Israeli government spokesmen were not aware of the report, published by Afrique-Actualite, but said that a decision if and how to react "will be made when it becomes relevant."

The Olmert administration has backed down three times in the past three months and has allowed pro-Arab "Free Gaza" activists to land in Gaza in what began as a symbolic claim to Hamas control over the coastal waters. Israel stated before the withdrawal from Gaza three years ago that it would retain control over the sea and air space until the Palestinian Authority could prove it is putting a stop to terrorism.

The Libyan ship left the port of Zouara, approximately 75 miles west of Tripoli, on Tuesday.
Copyright IsraelNationalNews.com



By ignoring the problem with the boats that have sailed into Gaza over the last few months the Israeli government has a bigger problem on their hands now.

Just think if the Israeli government would have sunk the two boats filled with terrorist supporters when I had said they should have been sunk, all this would have been yesterdays news.

November 23, 2008

Arabs celebrate their acceptance of ceasefire by shooting Qassam

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Barak: We'll open Gaza crossings if Hamas holds its fire
Armed Palestinian groups say agreed to Israeli proposal it would open Gaza
crossings after calm is maintained for 24 hours; Jerusalem officials
continue to reject claim Strip in midst of humanitarian crisis
Roni Sofer and Ali Waked YNET Published: 11.23.08, 22:34 / Israel News
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3627487,00.html

Ehud Barak's office said Sunday that if Hamas upholds the ceasefire and
refrain from launching Qassam rockets for 24 consecutive hours, the defense
minister will instruct the security establishment to open the goods
crossings between Israel and Gaza.

Hamas said earlier in the day that it had accepted an official ceasefire
proposal from Israel, which the Islamist group said was relayed via Egyptian
mediators.

Sources in Jerusalem stressed that prior to opening the crossings Barak will
consult with senior security personnel, including IDF and Shin Bet
officials.

Meanwhile, Israel is continuing to deny that reports coming from Gaza
according to which the coastal enclave is in the midst of a humanitarian
crisis. "The situation isn't simple, and we are permitting the transfer of
food, medicine and humanitarian aid so as not to harm the civilian
population in Gaza," an official said.

"The opening of the crossings is dependent on Hamas and the terror groups,
who are responsible for the civilian population," he said.

The London-based Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat reported Sunday that
Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and
the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine agreed to an Israeli
offer to stabilize the truce in exchange for the reopening of the crossings.

'We want to renegotiate ceasefire'

According to the report, while all of the armed Palestinian factions agreed
to abide by the fresh agreement, they also maintain the right to respond to
"any Israeli violation".

Despite Hamas' efforts to quell the rocket fire on Israel, a Qassam fired
from northern Gaza land in Israel's western Negev region Sunday afternoon.
There were no reports of injuries or damage in the attack.

Senior Hamas figures, including Ismail Haniyeh said Egypt's mediation
efforts have succeeded and that the ceasefire has apparently been
reinstated.

Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha said Egypt launched its mediation efforts
following a phone call from Barak's office to Cairo, stating that Israel was
prepared to restore the truce and open the crossings as early as Monday.

However, other Hamas sources stressed that the ceaefire will not be renewed
automatically after it expires December 19.

"We will demand to renegotiate the ceasefire's terms so Israel will not have
the authority to close the crossings when the Palestinians are preserving
the calm, as was the case this time around," a Hamas figure told Ynet.

November 21, 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 2pm EDT, 11AM 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/

Who Is Not Authorized

IDF Preparing Soldiers for Evictions

(IsraelNN.com) The Israel Defense Forces have begun to prepare troops mentally for the eviction of Jews from communities in Judea and Samaria that are deemed unauthorized by the government, according to Maariv/nrg. The website reported on Friday that the military is concerned that soldiers living in the area will refuse to carry out eviction orders, even though there are no signs of a tendency to refuse orders.

The military is focusing particularly on Peace House in Hevron, from which the government wants to evict 20 Jewish families. As many as 25,000 Jews are expected in the city for the Shabbat in which the Torah portion deals with Abraham's purchase of Maarat Hamachpela, the Cave of the Patriarchs. Some of the visitors are expected to stay, in order to reinforced those families.



I used to view the building of unauthorized outpost by Jews and the destroying of these same outpost by the IDF, as so much stupidity on both sides.

But the government has shown with the retreat from Gaza that they are willing to throw Jews from their home authorized or not, and just because you were authorized thirty years ago means nothing today.

So I have changed my mind and condemn any soldier that throws a Jew from the Land of Israel and we have all the authorization we need.

It is called the Torah.

The ones who are not authorized is the Israeli government, but as you all know they are Cowards, Scum and Traitors.

November 20, 2008

We Used To Be Better Than This

Israel to mull ceding part of Ghajar JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST Nov. 19, 2008 www.jpost.com /servlet/Satellite?cid=1226404780593&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Israel will consider letting UNIFIL control the northern part of the village
of Ghajar, a village cut in half by the Israeli-Lebanese border.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert convened a limited discussion on the request,
made by UNIFIL, and decided that Israel will discuss the idea with the UN.

The IDF reportedly supports ceding part of Ghajar but the Foreign Ministry
opposes the move, Army Radio reported.

The IDF wishes to avoid clashing with UNIFIL while it sees the northern part
of Ghajar as having low strategic value. Foreign Ministry officials called
on UNIFIL to "prevent Hizbullah from rearming before they make demands of
Israel."

The dispute over Ghajar began immediately after Israel's withdrawal from
Lebanon in 2000. Lebanon and Hizbullah demanded that Israel withdraw from
the northern half of the village, built on Lebanese soil.

The residents of Ghajar hold Israeli identity cards and oppose becoming part
of Lebanon, preferring to remain under Israeli rule. They see themselves as
Syrian citizens and hope the village will become part of Syria in a future
agreement between Jerusalem and Damascus.



So Israel has so many friends in the world that we can afford to throw people who want to be part of Israel to the dogs.

Just a new chapter in the shameful actions of Israel toward friends, I will never forget the night we slunk away from Southern Lebanon like thieves in the night leaving many of the South Lebanon Army to the mercy of our enemies.

We used to be better than this.

Security forces brace as settlers arrive in droves to Hebron

Tens of thousands expected to enter West Bank city over weekend, with many planning to remain in disputed house intended for evacuation. Settler violence against troops has escalated sharply over past few days, rattling nighttime footage captures rioting mob attacking security forces
Efrat Weiss

Security forces deployed throughout Hebron on Thursday evening in anticipation of another night of public disturbances in the West Bank city by extreme-right activists. Although the High Court's ruling on the
evacuation of the disputed house near the Tomb of the Patriarchs has not yet been carried out, tensions between Jewish settlers and law enforcement are at a boiling point.

The IDF, Border Guard and the police have all reinforced their men on the ground in preparation for the arrival of some 20,000 people to Hebron ahead of the reading of the 'Chayei Sarah' weekly portion (lit. 'The Life of Sarah,' Genesis 23:1-25:18).

The army spread out in advance following the events of Wednesday night. Throughout the day several isolated incidents were noted, and in the evening settlers claimed a policeman had assaulted a boy in the Givat Avot neighborhood after charging the latter was in violation of a house arrest. Police confirmed a youth was detained for questioning after he insulted a policeman.


Business as usual?

But despite the apparent tensions Noam Arnon, a spokesman for Hebron's Jewish community, said there was hope the night would progress calmly. The Shabbat of 'Chayei Sarah' is one of ten days in the Jewish year when Jews are allowed into Isaac's Hall, the largest and most important chamber of those comprising the Tomb of the Patriarchs. For most of the year Jews are forbidden to enter it. Due to the rarity of the occasion, the city often sees an influx of tens of thousands during this time.

"We expect about 20,000 people to come to Hebron, and we're preparing of that as we do every year. Every family will host several dozen guests and the schools and public institutions will also be filled with guests, and there are public mess halls and hostels that open up," said Arnon.

Although most of those who come to Hebron to pray will leave with the conclusion of the Sabbath, Arnon realizes that some, mostly teenagers, will choose to stay and join numerous others at the disputed house in an attempt to prevent its evacuation.

Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter pledged on Thursday that the High Court's ruling on the matter of the disputed house would be carried precisely as it was written.

Dichter told Ynet that, as determined in the ruling, the house "will be evacuated within 30 days' time and guardianship of the property would be assumed by the state."

A video sent to Ynet of the events of Wednesday night showcases just how far the situation has deteriorated, with extreme-right activists attacking military vehicles and rioting in the streets.

An IDF soldier was lightly wounded in the mob assault, after he was doused with turpentine near the disputed house. In the video, shot with a video provided by the B'Tselem human rights organization, right-wing activists are seen swarming military cars and clashing with soldiers. Several military and police vehicles sustained varying degrees of damage.

Thursday saw IDF soldiers spending several long hours painting over graffiti, hate slogans aimed at Muslims, from the walls of a local mosque. Settlers also desecrated a Muslim graveyard on Wednesday evening.

Security officials issued a harsh condemnation of the events, and pledged they would throw the book at the perpetrators. However no suspects have been arrested thus far.

Earlier this week the High Court of Justice upheld the state's decision to evacuate the four-storey building near the Tomb of the Patriarchs until the dispute over its ownership clears up. Settlers claim they lawfully purchased the property, but the state says it suspects the documents of being forged.

Meanwhile right-wing activists continue to pour into the house, and have vowed to make their stand there.

November 19, 2008

Why Should Our Sons Fight For A Bunch Of Losers

Palestinian terror group gloats over Zikim closure

'The Israelis make threats, but after each threat they withdraw and evacuate,' PRC spokesman says after IDF recruits vacated from base near Gaza. Adds: Palestinians' faith and determination will bring more victories
Ali Waked

"The evacuation of Zikim serves as further proof that the IDF is going from defeat to defeat," a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) told Ynet after the military base, a basic training facility located in the vicinity of the Gaza Strip, marked the end of its instructional activities on Wednesday.

"It began with the withdrawal from Lebanon (May 2000), the pullout from Gaza (August 2005), the defeat in the Second Lebanon War (summer 2006) and, of course, the daily beating from the Palestinian resistance," Abu Abir said.

"Zikim won't be the last place from which Israelis will be evacuated."

According to Abir, it is the Palestinians' "faith and determination, which Israel lacks, that will bring more victories and evacuations.

"The Israelis are hesitant, and mostly run away. The rocket that landed on Zikim is only a tool, just like the rockets that were fired at the settlements," he added. "The force behind the rocket is the Palestinian resistance's determination, which has shown that it is not deterred by planes, helicopters, tanks, assassinations or massacres."

Abir continued to say that "the Israelis make threats, but after each threat they withdraw and evacuate, which only goes to show that they realize any operation in Gaza will have severe consequences. Eventually, the war will take place inside the home they stole from us.

Ynet first reported on the military's intent to remove all new recruits from Zikim in June, when Deputy Chief of Staff Major-General Dan Harel announced a new policy, under which new recruits would be assigned to their designated units immediately after being drafted, and those units would be responsible for their basic training.

The new policy called for one of the IDF's basic training facilities to be closed down, and Zikim was subsequently chosen.

A new division is scheduled to take over the base in June 2009, but the IDF has yet to name it: "Unfortunately, this move is clouded by great uncertainties, due to disagreements within the army about the need to reassign the base and the nature of its reassignment," Zikim commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Dror Ben Hur, wrote in a letter distributed to the officers on the base.



First the Sinai, then southern Lebanon. then Gaza, and now due to rocket fire from Gaza a military base.

When do we stop retreating?

General Patton once said the worse offense today beats the best defense tomorrow.

When are we going to attack?

Israel needs to invade Gaza with enough force to stop the terrorist and then NEVER leave again

But alas with the Cowards, Scum and Traitors in control of the Knesset we will only retreat.

Why should our sons fight for a bunch of losers?
.

November 18, 2008

Tensions high in Hebron; Settlers gird for battle

Tensions high ahead of evacuation of disputed Hebron home; settlers hold special meeting, rabbis call on participants to avert evacuation, urge IDF soldiers to refuse orders. Knesset Member Ariel: Jews will be defending their homes
Efrat Weiss

Heading for a clash? Settlers are girding for battle over a disputed Hebron home slated to be evacuated in the next few hours in line with a High Court of Justice ruling. In a special meeting attended by about 1,000 people, Rabbi Dov Lior urged participants to avert the evacuation.

"This home, which was redeemed with blood, belongs to the people of Israel," Lior said. "This is the struggle of all Land of Israel loyalists. We did not rob it from anyone."


Tensions High
We'll go to war over Hebron house, warn settlers / Efrat Weiss
Right-wing activists say they have no intention of complying with High Court ruling they must evacuate disputed property, agree on series of measures to counter expected forced evacuation

Meanwhile, some rabbis urged IDF soldiers to refuse orders to evacuate the disputed home. Beit El's Rabbi Zalman Melamad addressed the court ruling, saying that "laws based on distortions are not considered laws."

"We are calling out to IDF soldiers, telling them that we very much love the IDF and wish to maintain its strength and unity," he said. "What will ensure this are as many soldiers as possible who will refrain from taking part in expelling Jews from their homes. Had soldiers refused orders in the Gush Katif expulsion, what happened to us in Lebanon would not have happened."

'Israeli government our greatest enemy'
Rabbi Dov Wolpe also expressed his objection to the evacuation, offering financial incentives to those who refuse to participate in such operation.

"The State of Israel's greatest enemy is the Israeli government," he said. "Refusing orders is a must, and soldiers who sit in jail for insubordination will receive a financial reward."

The rabbi also brought dozens of helmets with him in order to hand them out to youths who resist the evacuation.

The Hebron Jewish community's spokesman, Noam Arnon, also slammed the planned evacuation.

"Had we not been dealing with Jews and a house in Hebron, this would not be happening," he said. "This struggle is for justice and for our basic rights. One does not remain silent in the face of such injustice. We shall defend against this injustice with our bodies."

Knesset Member Uri Ariel, who also attended the meeting, said "Jews will be defending their homes. There is no need to hit anyone, but if someone hits us, we shall defend ourselves." Meanwhile, former Knesset Member Ayoob Kara said Kadima Chairman Tzipi Livni was at fault for the ordeal, declaring that she is "good for Hamas."

November 17, 2008

Warning To The Jews Of Judea And Samaria

Gov't Ups Price for Gush Katif Expellees Seeking Homes Cheshvan 19, 5769, 17 November 08 08:31 by Maayana Miskin

(IsraelNN.com) A ministerial committee decided on Monday that the government can increase the price of land designated for Jews who were expelled from Gaza under the 2005 “Disengagement” plan. The price hike was approved despite previous agreements fixing a lower price.

According to an earlier agreement, those Gaza residents who did not own their own home and wished to join their Gush Katif communities in the Lachish region would be required to pay NIS 148,000 for half a dunam of land (approximately 1/8 of an acre). They will now be forced to pay NIS 225,000 for the same land.

Former residents of Gush Katif said the new price was unrealistically high. When representatives of the communities planning a move to Lachish first toured the area, they said, they were told each plot of land would cost approximately $10,000, at that time NIS 40,000. The communities planned to move to Lachish, a sparsely-populated area between Hevron and Be'er Sheva, in order to remain united and to continue their mission of settling barren spaces in the land of Israel.

Despite the initial offer, the government later demanded NIS 148,000 per plot. A government appraiser said at the time that the land was worth between NIS 125,000 and NIS 150,000, but no more.

Gush Katif expellees who had been planning to move with their neighbors and friends to Lachish filed a petition to the High Court, with the help of attorney Yossi Fuchs, demanding that the government honor its original agreement. The High Court ruled that before increasing the price, the government must hold a ministerial meeting to discuss the matter.

The price hike was easily approved during the poorly-attended ministerial session. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who supported the increase in price, told Gush Katif expellees they were getting a good deal. Land in the Lachish region costs NIS 410,000 per half dunam on average, he said.

Expellees pointed out that the new price was linked to the 2005 index, meaning it would actually be approximately NIS 250,000—a 60 percent increase. Some suggested that the price hike was part of a deliberate attempt to force Gush Katif communities to break up by making it impossibly difficult for former neighbors to build their new homes together.

Despite the committee's decision, attorney Fuchs was hopeful, saying the High Court had not looked favorably at the price increase when addressing his initial petition. The court may overrule the government and require it to abide by its previous commitment, he implied.

$2 Million to cover government shortfall
A similar story was reported by Jews from the Gaza town of Netzer Hazani. Residents of Netzer Hazani, a farming town, planned to move together to an area between Jerusalem and Ashkelon, near Moshav Yesodot.

Government officials obtained permits to build on the land and began building infrastructure—and then came to the Netzer Hazani expellees with a new demand: $2 million to cover a gap between the planned price of the project and its actual cost. Government attorneys sided with the officials, and expellees were left scrambling to find donors to cover the NIS 7 million gap.

The community managed to find the money, but many are unsure how they will afford a home once the land is ready. Members of the community have been without land for the more than three years since the expulsion from Gaza, and so have been unable to rebuild their farms. Without farms, many have been left with no income, and have been forced to use the compensation money they received following the Disengagement to pay for basic necessities.

Jews from other Gaza towns tell a similar story. With unemployment among expellees still high, many have used much of their compensation money and have no way to afford the new houses that the government has promised to offer. The crisis has hit older Gaza expellees particularly hard, as those who had planned to retire in another five or 10 years have no way to pay off a 15 or 20-year mortgage.
www.IsraelNationalNews.com
© Copyright IsraelNationalNews.com



The Israeli government is doing everything to hurt the Jews they threw out of Gaza, so Jews of Judea and Samaria heed my warning the same will happen to you if you let it.

Every Jew should join against the government and fight with the Jews of Yesha to stay in their homes.

The Israeli government is going to ruin your life if they retreat from Judea and Samaria just as they have ruined the lives of the Jews of Gaza so make up your mind now.

You have a few choices fight and run the risk of arrest and your life being ruined.

Don't fight and you get thrown from your homes and your life ruined.

Or find a new country to live in since the Israeli government is out to ruin you.

Failed Duty


No wonder we’re losing

When will our legal advisors realize we are at war with Hamas?
Alex Fishman

This country has decided to commit suicide. Our defense minister sits and waits for the attorney general to give him a permit to order the IDF to fire artillery at Gaza Strip launch sites. If this isn’t delusional, what is?

Several months ago already, the defense minister asked attorneys to look into the question of renewing artillery fire at the Strip. Back then already the lawyers told him it won’t work; we are dealing with fire at populated areas, which borders on war crimes. They told him that IDF officers will not be able to enter any European Union country as a result.

Now, following the latest round of fire at Sderot and Ashkelon, at the end of security consultations, the defense minister again turned to the lawyers to examine the possible responses vis-à-vis Gaza. The High Court of Justice forbids deliberate power outages in the Strip, we have to transfer food into Gaza, and artillery fire is still banned. So is it any wonder that Hamas is teaching us a lesson?

In recent days Hamas explained to us exactly what the limits are, and what’s the price we shall pay for every military operation. When the IDF operated against the borderline tunnel about two weeks ago, Hamas directed fire at open areas. Meanwhile, it also turned a blind eye to Qassam attacks by Islamic Jihad and by the Popular Resistance Committees.

However, last Thursday, when the IDF killed four Hamas gunmen who approached the fence, Hamas declared that we went too far. For this, it said, you will pay dearly. At that stage, Grad missiles were fired at Ashkelon and Qassam rockets were fired at Sderot in an orderly and deliberate fashion. This was a very grave attack which no sovereign state would ignore. A disaster was only averted by miracle.


‘Illegitimate violations’

In order for us to clearly understand the message, a Hamas spokesman explained: This is the price Israel shall be paying for “illegitimate violations” of the lull agreement. He also added commentary implying that the State of Israel understood Hamas’ message and is therefore no longer responding.

At this time, it appears both sides are trying to take a step back. In the ongoing dispute within Hamas it appears that the pragmatic branch is still stronger than the militant group. Therefore, even after two Popular Resistance Committees’ members were killed Saturday in a “work accident,” no rockets were directed at Israel. Now, Hamas is waiting to see whether Israel indeed internalized the lesson.

The Hamas too understands that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is traveling to United States this week, that he is scheduled to meet Mahmoud Abbas this week, and that Israeli officials are trying to find a way to calm the situation. Hamas can certainly assume that next time a cell approaches the fence or that another underground tunnel dug to carry out an attack is exposed, Israel will think 10 times before responding.

And what if Israel didn’t get it? That’s not too bad either. In any case, Hamas is going to dismantle the lull agreement in its current format. Perhaps then our lawyers will realize we’re at war.



We have come to the point where officers of the IDF are more concerned about their ability to visit EU countries than their duty to protect Israeli civilians.

If we are no longer able to protect ourselves then please release my son from the IDF and all the other sons for you have made a mockery of their service and G-D forbid anyone's child should fall in the line of duty, when you the leaders of Israel and the IDF have failed us in your primary duty the duty to protect Jews from Arabs.

November 16, 2008

Mofaz: Israel's deterrence eroded

Transportation minister says country's deterrent capabilities have suffered, hinting catalyst was Barak's appointment as defense minister
Roni Sofer

Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz delivered a thinly veiled jab at Ehud Barak on Sunday, saying Israel's deterrent capabilities vis-à-vis Hamas have eroded since June 2007, when Barak succeeded Amir Peretz as defense minister.

"The current reality in which we thwart terror attacks and in response they dare to launch Grad missiles toward Ashkelon and Qassam rockets at Sderot is intolerable," he said at a conference held at Ashdod's port.

"Israel's agenda must be set by its government, not by the terror organizations."

Mofaz, who served as defense minister from 2002 to 2006, enjoys widespread support among the ports' unions.

Earlier the transportation minister told Ynet that Israel must "stop talking and launch a personal targeted killing policy against the Hamas government" following the renewed rocket attacks on Gaza vicinity communities and the city of Ashkelon.

"We must form a plan and bring it to the cabinet's approval immediately," he told Ynet.

November 15, 2008

Palestinian spokesman complains Israel kills gunmen on "exploratory mission"


Saturday, November 15, 2008


Zionist airstrike leaves two Palestinian gunmen dead in north Gaza
Website of Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades - the military wing of Hamas
15 November 2008
www.alqassam.ps/english/?action=showdetail&fid=1335

The Popular Resistance Committees in the Gaza Strip announced on Saturday
that one of its fighters was killed and another was critically injured in a
Zionist airstrike.

The reported attack occured near Hammuda gas station east of the city of
Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.

A Zionist military spokesperson denied that Zionist forces had launched any
strikes against the northern Gaza Strip. He claimed that what had happened
there was internal explosion.

A spokesperson of the An-Nasser Brigades, the militant wing affiliated with
the Popular Resistance Committees, Abu Al-Ataya, said the two gunmen were on
an exploratory mission, but not carrying projectiles. He accused Israel of
targeting them and threatened to retaliate.

November 14, 2008

Olmert, Livni vs. Rice's Plan for UN Vote on PA State


(IsraelNN.com) Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni have voiced opposition to a plan by outgoing United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to sponsor a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for the establishment of a new Arab state.

Israel Channel One television reporter Ayala Chasson reported that the government is concerned the proposed resolution will be slanted against Israel and that Secretary Rice wants it passed as a show of achievement before leaving office.



If the USA brings this up for a vote at the UN it would pass so fast that it would set a world land speed record.

I pray that Rice's boss President Bush will not let her do this, it will not turn out good for America.

I really have come to hold Condi Rice is disdain, she is not as smart as she thinks she is or maybe she just wants to hurt Israel and the Jewish people.


Rocket Barrage on Ashkelon



by Hana Levi Julian

(IsraelNN.com) Gaza terrorists aimed a barrage of Kassam rockets at the coastal city of Ashkelon late Friday morning, just a few hours after attacking Jewish communities in the Gaza Belt. It is not certain if the rockets are Kassams or the longer-range Katyusha rockets.

Five rockets were fired at the port city by terrorists in the Hamas-controlled region at approximately 11:30 a.m. A number of people in the city – including children -- were treated for emotional trauma and shock.

Earlier in the day, Hamas terrorist launched a volley of ten Kassam rockets at Jewish communities in the western Negev. Seven of the homemade missiles exploded in the rocket-battered city of Sderot. Two slammed into areas close to Ashkelon, further to the north.

One 70-year-old woman suffered shrapnel wounds in the attack and was taken to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon. Four others were also evacuated to the Sderot Trauma Center suffering from emotional shock. Two people were treated for severe anxiety at the scene and refused to be evacuated.

The IDF instructed residents in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council district to stay close to bomb shelters and safe rooms until further notice. Schools were warned not to allow their students to go outside during break time.

Magen David Adom has raised its alert level in the south in the wake of the attacks, and all ambulances are on alert.

Sderot Mayor David Buskila slammed the government for its failure to effectively deal with the onslaughts, calling them “intolerable” and saying that the government was demonstrating its “powerlessness and inability” to deal with the attacks.

“It is sad to be a citizen of a country that cannot deploy its army to give an immediate response to this phenomenon,” he told reporters while standing at the site of one of the attacks in his city.

Meanwhile, Shas party chairman Eli Yishai called on the government to convene the Security Cabinet for an urgent meeting to discuss the morning’s attacks.

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor told IDF Army Radio, “In practice, there is no truce, and we cannot tolerate a situation in which Sderot and Gaza Belt residents are abandoned. There is a deterioration that must be dealt with.”

More than 130 rockets and mortar shells have been fired at southern Israel since November 4th.

November 12, 2008

IDF soldier jailed 21 days for yawning during Rabin memorial service


Wednesday, November 12, 2008
[Background on sentencing]

[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA:
The following are examples of IAF punishments:
- getting caught drinking on base while on call - 7 days in jail
- a soldier who beat up another soldier - 14 days in jail
- running away from base for two months - 21 days in jail
- yawning at Rabin memorial service - 21 days in jail ]

IDF soldier jailed for yawning during Rabin memorial service
By Haaretz Service Last update - 14:11 12/11/2008
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1036747.html

The Israel Defense Forces has sentenced a soldier to 21 days in jail for
yawning during a recent memorial service for assassinated prime minister
Yitzhak Rabin.

The soldier yawned while the commander of the Ramat David Israel Air Force
base was delivering a speech on last week's memorial day for Rabin. The
senior officer paused for a few minutes after the yawn, which was allegedly
long and loud.

The soldier was consequently tried on account of his "disrespectful act" by
the army and was sentenced to 21 days in military prison. The IDF
Spokesperson's Unit said that he is able to request a pardon, which will be
considered according to military regulations.

The soldier's mother told Israel Radio that her son was not disrespectful,
but tired. She said that her son deserves to be punished for inappropriate
behavior, but the verdict is disproportionately harsh.

She said that her son was raised upon Rabin's legacy, and that yawning is
known to be an uncontrollable physical act.

November 11, 2008

Humiliating search at humiliating checkpoint yields pipe bomb

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Palestinian caught with pipe bomb near Jenin
Soldiers at Taysir checkpoint in West Bank search Palestinian, revealing
explosive device
Efrat WeissYNET Published: 11.10.08, 23:55 / Israel News
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3620725,00.html

IDF soldiers on Monday detained a Palestinians that attempted to smuggle a
pipe bomb through a checkpoint outside of the West Bank city of Jenin.

The explosive device was found during a search of the Palestinian's
belongings at the Taysir checkpoint, southeast of Jenin. The bomb was
detonated in controlled surroundings and the Palestinian was transferred to
security forces for questioning.

Recently two 20 kg roadside charges, which security forces claim were
intended for terror attacks, were exposed during a joint IDF and Shin Bet
operation in Qabatiya, south of Jenin. A terror cell comprised of four
wanted men was detained during the operation for possession of the explosive
devices.

Two weeks ago IDF soldiers detained a youth caught with a pipe bomb at
Hawara checkpoint. The young man, who arrived from Nablus, roused the
suspicion of the troops and they searched his bag, exposing the bomb.

No Grey Bars On His Office Door

Katsav gets new office

Finance Ministry signs lease for former president and suspected sex offender Moshe Katsav on top floor of Israel's tallest building. Spacious office to cost taxpayers $3,714 per month
Nurit Felter

Israel's tallest building, and one of the most prestigious business spaces in the country, is expecting a new tenant come December 1 – former president and suspected sex offender, Moshe Katsav.

According to a Yedioth Ahronoth report, the Finance Ministry signed a lease for Katsav's luxurious office on the 49th floor of the Moshe Aviv Tower, located in the central city of Ramat Gan, on Monday.

The property includes a spacious office with a secretary's post, a deluxe office and conference room, and of course, a kitchenette. Katsav's office spans 1270 square feet and has breathtaking panoramic views, showcasing the busy Tel Aviv metropolitan area to the Samarian mountains.

Katsav won't have to go far to pray either, as the building also houses a spacious synagogue. In his free time, the former president can go for a workout at the building's state-of-the-art gym.

Katsav's neighbors include some of Israel's largest law firms and insurance companies, and his new office will cost the Israeli taxpayers NIS 14,000 (US$ 3,714) per month.

Workers at nearby offices commented on Monday on the upcoming arrival of their new neighbor: "I heard Katsav is supposed to come here. But he doesn't have a chance with me. Besides, the firm's male secretary will accompany us outside of the office if necessary," said one female office clerk, smiling.

Another female employee added, also with a smile, "From now on we will be sure to take the elevator in pairs and not leave the entrance to the office open."

The Moshe Aviv Tower office was not the former president's first choice, and he was set to rent office space in the Beit Amot Mishpat building in central Tel Aviv. Prior to signing the lease, however, the building management claimed there was no room for Katsav's office in the building.

Finance Ministry sources said Katsav was met with similar rejection from other Tel Aviv office buildings as well until finally finding a place in the Moshe Aviv Tower, the most expensive of them all.


Nir Gontarz contributed to this report



I would be happier if his new office had a sliding door with bars in it.

How can we continue to support a country that allows such things to continue, the corruption must end and the people must take over the government and end the corruption.

November 10, 2008

Bibi= C,S and T

Bibi Would Continue Talks of a PA State

(IsraelNN.com) Likud party Chairman Binyamin "Bibi" Netanyahu told reporters Monday that if he becomes the next prime minister he will continue the political process of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Chairman Netanyahu said this immediately after meeting with Middle East envoy Tony Blair, and just a day after U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice extracted political pledges from Israeli and PA politicians not to stop working toward a resolution of the conflict after U.S. President George W. Bush ends his term of office.



The great hope of so many.

For years I have said Bibi was no good and don't pin your hopes on a liar that told his prior to his election as PM that he would not give away any land and the three months after assuming office gave away Hevron.

At least this time he is telling the truth.

The truth is he is just one more of the gang of Cowards, Scum and Traitors that sit in the Knesset.

So once again I have it the nail on the head, I wish we had a leader that was worth something that wanted victory over our enemies.

Efraim Inbar: Rabin and the Oslo Process Revisited - Rabin himself might have put an end to the Oslo


Monday, November 10, 2008

Rabin and the Oslo Process Revisited
Efraim Inbar - BESA Center Perspectives Papers No. 51, November 10, 2008
www.biu.ac.il/SOC/besa/perspectives51.html

Thirteen years have passed since Yitzhak Rabin was murdered and it's time to
take an unvarnished look at his diplomatic legacy.

Conventional wisdom, as manipulated by political circles of the Left,
commemorates and venerates Rabin as the hero of peace. Yet, Rabin was first
and foremost a military man. To him, peace was primarily a means to buttress
security, and the cautious Rabin believed that the transition to peaceful
relations between Israel and its neighbors would take decades.

The shift to the role of peacemaker was not easy for Rabin. While he had the
courage to make difficult decisions, he was ambivalent toward the path
chosen. His honesty and skepticism prevented him from articulating a soaring
"vision" of peace that would convince the majority of Israelis to go along
with his preferences.

Nevertheless, Rabin was successful in bringing about a de facto partition of
the Land of Israel and in greatly limiting the appeal of the Greater Israel
ideology.

Most Israelis were ready for partition, but the Oslo agreements never
received the whole-hearted support of the public and the Knesset. Rabin's
government coalition barely maintained a majority in parliament. Had he not
been assassinated, Rabin probably would have lost the 1996 election to
Benjamin Netanyahu, as he was trailing badly in the polls.

Rabin always believed in the principle of land for security, reflecting the
prevalent view of mainstream Israeli society. Therefore, it was with
reluctance that Rabin allowed the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO)
to take control of parts of the Land of Israel in exchange for an
unfulfilled promise to prevent terrorism. He also knew that dealing with the
PLO - even a reformed PLO - meant placing difficult issues on the agenda,
such as the establishment of a Palestinian state, the "right of return" for
Palestinian refugees, and Jerusalem.

He was also aware that the PLO was a danger to his preferred partner,
Hashemite Jordan. Moreover, it is important to remember that he tried to
first reach a deal with Syria. Indeed, his power politics prism led him to
attribute greater importance to the interstate dimension of the Arab-Israel
conflict than to the Palestinian dimension. In his eyes, the Arab states,
which had at their disposal tanks and airplanes, could harm Israel much more
than the Palestinians, who lacked military strength. The Arab states
constituted a military threat and were therefore the address for making war
and negotiating peace.

This idea is reemerging in current Israeli politics, as hopes of a
Palestinian state living peacefully next to Israel are confronted with the
bitter reality of a fractured and increasingly fanatic Palestinian body
politic. Following the failure to implement a two-state solution, I believe
that Rabin would have supported attempts to involve Arab states that signed
a peace treaty with Israel in tackling the Palestinian issue.

What is today called the "regional approach" is much more in tune with
Rabin's thinking then the attempts to placate the Palestinian national
movement and build a Palestinian state, which was once deemed by Rabin a
potential "cancer in the Middle East."

The tragic assassination of Yitzhak Rabin only delayed the recognition that
the two state paradigm was not working. We know that Rabin was frustrated
with the Palestinians' dismal record of state building and
counter-terrorism. There are indications that Rabin started having second
thoughts about his peace partner, Yasser Arafat. If he had survived, Rabin
himself might have decided to put an end to the Oslo experiment and expel
Arafat and the incorrigible PLO leadership, which did not deliver their part
of the deal. Rabin explicitly believed that the Oslo process was reversible
because Israel was strong. He could have easily mobilized popular support
for such a policy reversal among Israelis.

Yet his assassination by a religious fanatic galvanized what had previously
been lukewarm support for the "peace process". This event paralyzed the
Israeli political right and minimized opposition to the transfer of
Palestinian cities to the PLO in January 1996.

The realization that the perennial search for a partner to divide the Land
of Israel did not end with granting the PLO territorial control sunk deep
into the Israeli psyche only when Prime Minister Ehud Barak returned from
Camp David in July 2000 and the Palestinians subsequently launched a terror
campaign. Barak, Rabin's heir and disciple, coined the "no partner"
diagnosis to which most Israelis subscribe. More than anyone, Barak is
responsible for discrediting the messianic doves in Israeli politics, whom
Rabin generally detested.

Rabin would have been pleasantly surprised by the resilience of Israeli
society during the Second Intifada. He, like others in the Israeli political
leadership, expressed pessimism about Israelis' ability to withstand
protracted conflict. Such a pessimistic evaluation of the willingness to
suffer within Israeli society was one of the reasons that led Rabin and
others to advocate far-reaching concessions. Evidence that Israelis were
ready to fight and bear pain, contrary to his original belief, might have
led Rabin to display less tolerance of Palestinian violations and led him
toward a serious search for an alternative to the two-state paradigm.

*********
Efraim Inbar is professor of political studies at Bar-Ilan University,
director of the
Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies, and the author of Rabin and
Israel's
National Security (Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1999). This is
a slightly
revised version of an article published by Bitterlemons on 10/11/2008.

BESA Perspectives is published through the generosity of the Littauer
Foundation

November 08, 2008

MERF

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 2pm EDT, 11AM 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/

November 07, 2008

Why Don't We All Sail To Gaza

European politicians sail to Gaza

Third sailing protest sets off from Cyprus towards Strip with 11 politicians from UK, Switzerland, Italy in tow. 'We want to challenge failure of our gov'ts to uphold Geneva convention,' says British MP
Reuters

Eleven European politicians set sail to Gaza from Cyprus on Friday after saying attempts to get to the Palestinian territory via Egypt failed.

Members of parliament from Britain, Ireland, Switzerland and Italy left the Mediterranean island on a boat arranged by a pro-Palestinian group.

"We were going to witness the living conditions in Gaza. We were not allowed through the Rafah crossing so we are going by boat because it is the only way to get in," said British MP Clare Short.

The parliamentarians said they expected to arrive in Gaza early on Saturday. It is the third time the US-based Free Gaza Movement has sailed from Cyprus to Gaza since August.

Israel has repeatedly announced that it would prohibit the group's boats from arriving at their destination, but the two previous sails have been successful. Angela Godfrey-Goldstein of the Free Gaza Movement told Ynet that this was good news.

"We are very pleased, and I believe people in Gaza are pleased as well and hope that Gaza's sea border remains open from now on."

The sea-goers are taking a metric ton of medical supplies and three medical scanners used for spinal injuries, said Arafat Shoukri, 37, a doctor based in Britain.

"We are taking very basic medical supplies like paracetamol and painkillers. We were shocked when we got the list from the Health Ministry in Gaza, it means they don't have anything," Shoukri said.

Short, a former minister in Tony Blair's government, said: "We want to witness the living conditions of these people, challenge the siege, and challenge the failure of our governments to uphold the Geneva convention. The whole of the EU is colluding to what is taking place in Gaza to our shame."

Organizers of the boat shuttle said more activists would travel to Gaza in mid-December, and a boat of European musicians would travel there in January.



It just keeps getting better,when you are a nation who has cowards,scum and traitors leading you. Then don't be surprised when people walk all over you and your so called security.

If Israel would have sunk these boats the first time they sailed for Gaza it would all be a chapter for the history books but because we did nothing the situation just spins out of control.

Rice Slams Israeli Voters


Thursday, November 6, 2008
Secretary Rice implies Israeli voters have no right to change nation's policy via ballot box - Remarks En Route Tel Aviv, Israel

[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA:

Two important point from Secretary Condoleezza Rice:

#1. The concessions made to date by the current Government of Israel will
remain confidential - put another way, the Israeli voters won't know what
concessions Livni has already made when they cast their ballots.

#2 "make certain that the progress that they've achieved doesn't go
backwards" = democracy is a nice thing in the USA, but the citizens of
Israel should not have the right to change Israel's policy via the ballot
box.]

Remarks En Route Tel Aviv, Israel
Secretary Condoleezza Rice
En Route Tel Aviv, Israel
November 6, 2008
www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2008/11/111611.htm

SECRETARY RICE: All right. I'll just make a brief statement and take your
questions since we'll be landing fairly soon.

I'm looking forward to this meeting, this set of meetings. The meetings in
Israel and in the Palestinian Territories are in advance of a meeting of the
Quartet which was requested by the parties to report on their progress in
the negotiated track of Annapolis, that is, to talk about not the substance,
which they continue to want to maintain confidentiality, but to talk with
the international community about sustaining the process, about supporting
it until a two-state solution can be reached.

And so the meeting that we're having in Sharm is that meeting. But I'm going
to go in advance and my purpose here is to continue to work on the Annapolis
process and all of its elements by going to Jenin to look at and, I hope, to
underscore the progress that is being made on the ground in building the
institutions of a future Palestinian state, particularly the security
institutions where there's been significant progress, and then continuing to
talk with the parties about how they might move forward on core issues.

I think it goes without saying that this is a period of political
uncertainty in Israel. There are some political uncertainties also on the
Palestinian side, although I think they will be resolved, and it is our
expectation that the process, the Annapolis process, has laid groundwork
which should make possible the conclusion of the Palestinian state, or the
establishment of a Palestinian state when political circumstances permit.

So with those comments, let me --

QUESTION: When might those circumstances permit? You're talking about after
the Israeli election or after - so it's done and the end of year goal is
finished?

SECRETARY RICE: I've learned not to predict in this business, and I think
that the Israeli Government remains committed - the caretaker government
remains committed to the Annapolis goals. What's very important here,
though, is to note that with the kind of international support that the
Quartet meeting represents, the Arab support that is represented by, again,
a meeting between the Quartet and the Arab follow-up committee, the progress
along the track of Annapolis that was to build the institutions of a
Palestinian state, and finally, the robust discussions that the parties are
able to have on core issues. I think that whatever happens by the end of the
year, you've got a firm foundation for quickly moving this forward to
conclusion.

QUESTION: But you seem to recognize that there won't be any agreement. Does
it mean that you would be ready to offer a document or to prepare something,
kind of frame - role - framework that the parties would use in the next - in
the future?

SECRETARY RICE: I think the fact is that the parties have a framework
themselves; not in the sense that some people talk about a framework
agreement, but they have established mechanisms, they have established ways
to deal with most of the core issues. They have established - we have
established a way to help them deal with Roadmap obligations, a way to help
them deal with the building of the Palestinian institutions on the ground.

And I think at some point, it will be important to wrap all of that work up
one way or another because, you know, international politics is a continuous
process. It doesn't stop with changes of American administrations. And I
know that there is a solid - that a lot of solid groundwork has been laid
here.

Now you say, is this the end of the process, or someone asked is it the end
of the process for me. As I said, I've learned not to predict. And I expect
to be continuing to work on this with the parties until the day that we
leave. But the important thing is to make certain that there is a
recognition of the substantial progress that they have made, a recognition
of the commitment that these parties have made to concluding the work of
Annapolis, and a solid international foundation of support for what they've
tried to do and what they're going to continue to try to do.

QUESTION: Just to ask the question in a very bald way: Both the parties, at
very senior levels, have said an agreement is not possible this year. Do you
concur?

SECRETARY RICE: I am going to - we'll continue to work on this until the day
that we're done. Obviously, Israel is in the midst of elections, and that is
a constraint on the ability of any government to conclude what is the core
conflict, or core issue of conflict, for Israel and the Palestinians and has
been for 40 years. But I think we can sustain momentum. I think we can
sustain international support. I think they can continue to work, as the
government has made clear they intend to do. And we'll see where they are at
the end of the year.

But obviously, Israel is in the middle of an electoral period and that makes
a difference. It is a different circumstance than had a coalition formed. So
I think we have to recognize that. But the Annapolis process, which the
President launched a little over a year ago, or not quite a year ago, I
think has brought them closer to resolution of this conflict than they have
been, maybe ever, and certainly in some time.

QUESTION: One other on this. You said it was going to be important at some
point to wrap all this together. How do you envisage that? Do you, for
example, envisage some kind of a statement or public airing of where they
are to try to memorialize what they have achieved?

SECRETARY RICE: I'm going to continue to respect two principles that have
been very important to keeping this process vital. First of all, that there
is confidentiality about the most serious issues, because they've been the -
they've made very clear, and I think they're right about this, nothing is
agreed until everything is agreed. And in some ways, partial agreements have
the worst of both worlds. You end up creating vetoes when, in fact, when all
of the issues are resolved, people can look at the tradeoffs. And so I think
they're absolutely right to insist that nothing is agreed until all the
things - everything is agreed, and therefore, they do not have to worry
about the United States breaching the confidentiality of their negotiations.

Secondly, we're going to respect the principles - principle which has gotten
us this far, that the United States is assisting the parties in their
bilateral negotiations. And I think that when we get ready to put this all
together, it will be possible to be clearer in how the United States has
assisted. But I'm not going to - I don't think it helps anyone for us to
move away from those two principles, because I think that's why they've
gotten as far as they have.

QUESTION: You mentioned --

QUESTION: You said that they will keep the confidentiality with the Quartet
also. I thought during the UNGA when the Quartet meeting - the Quartet
issued this - its last statement, I thought they were supposed to inform the
Quartet of the advancement of their progress.

SECRETARY RICE: They will inform the Quartet, but I'm quite certain that
everybody understands that there are some elements that are very sensitive,
and I'll leave it to the parties to determine how they're going to approach
the meeting with the Quartet. But I think it will be a very important
briefing for the Quartet, because I think it will help to sustain
international support for the Annapolis process, and that's extremely
important.

QUESTION: You mentioned the follow-up committee, the Arab League follow-up
committee. The Syrians are on that. Are you expecting to see the Syrians
there?

SECRETARY RICE: I don't know which members of the Arab follow-up committee
are coming this time. If the Syrians are there, of course I expect to say
hello to my Syrian counterpart. But I don't know who - which members
(inaudible). It varies sometimes, not - it's a huge follow-up committee, and
they tended to only bring only a few members of it in - at one time.

QUESTION: Right now, the Israeli Government not formed is a problem,
obviously. Are you relieved that Tzipi Livni decided not to form a
government with the Shas, which would have been a problem for the Jerusalem
question? Instead of - she decided not to form it and to wait for February.
Do you think it's a good sign?

SECRETARY RICE: Well, I'm not going to comment on internal Israeli politics
or the decisions that Tzipi Livni made. I would note that the government has
remained committed to the process; that she, as Foreign Minister, has
remained committed to the process. And I would just state what is obvious:
In order to create a Palestinian state, all issues are going to have to be
resolved. And that includes - there will have to ultimately be a resolution
of the issue of Jerusalem one way or another.

But I can't comment on and won't comment on her decision. That was her
decision.

QUESTION: What about internal U.S. politics after your statement from
yesterday? Would you have preferred if McCain had won?

SECRETARY RICE: I told you I wasn't going to talk about politics before and
I'm not going to talk about politics now. But I think it should have been
obvious to you that I was very moved by what happened, and it's an inspiring
moment for Americans. You know, I was asked by a friend a couple days
before - we're both from Alabama, and she said, did you think you'd ever see
it? And I said yes, but I thought I might be 80. (Laughter.)

QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

SECRETARY RICE: Yeah.

QUESTION: You talked to - a moment ago about sort of stating the obvious.
Why are you reluctant to just state the obvious, that the end of the year
simply isn't possible?

SECRETARY RICE: Arshad, I said I don't - I've learned never to predict in
this business. But it's clear that the - that we're in a different situation
now because of - Israel is going to elections. And had we -- had the Israeli
Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, formed a coalition, and given that she was
the chief negotiator, I think that would have meant certain things for the
process in terms of perhaps even being able to move toward conclusion that
probably now are very difficult.

But I believe that what we need to do is to continue to advance the process,
continue its momentum, make certain that the progress that they've achieved
doesn't go backwards, because I do think it's important for the parties to
be able to represent to the international community, to the region, and
indeed to their own people that they now have embarked on a process that
they believe will lead to the end of this conflict. And when we set up
Annapolis and launched these negotiations, what they said was they would
make every effort to achieve an agreement by the end of the year. But this
is a conflict of --

QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

SECRETARY RICE: Count it, however many years you want to count it. If you
want to count it at 3,000, you can. But I think you can at least use the
number 40, and given that, the important thing is to get the fundamentals
right. And one of the reasons that we're going to Jenin is that an
underreported and undervalued element of this process is the creation of the
institutions of a future Palestinian state.

I remember early on, we talked about this, that the reason that this is one
of the pillars of Annapolis is that you can't imagine the emergence of an
agreement without the institutions of statehood on the other side. And I
think you will see that with the work that Keith Dayton has done, that
General Jones has done, that Tony Blair has done, but most importantly, that
Salam Fayyad has done, that those institutions of the Palestinian state,
particularly the security institutions, are well on their way to being able
to support and sustain a democratic Palestinian state. And that, perhaps
more important than anything, will make it possible to conclude this
agreement.

Okay. Thank you.
2008/T29-1

November 05, 2008

More than 35 Qassams, mortars fired at Israel


Wednesday, November 5, 2008
More than 35 Qassams, mortars fired at Israel -Three rockets land in Ashkelon area (Israel: Hamas can continue preparing for war - just not tunnels for kidnapping)

[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA:

A security official noted Wednesday morning that the operation was necessary
and inevitable in light of the intelligence that has accumulated. He
stressed that this was a pin-point operation, and that there was no
intention to expand it below the predetermined scope. = Hamas can continue
preparing for war - just not tunnels
for kidnapping]

More than 35 Qassams, mortars fired at Israel
Palestinians respond to IDF operation in Gaza Strip with massive rocket
fire. Three rockets land in Ashkelon area, teenage girl and two women
suffers from shock. Hamas spokesman vows organization would 'push back any
Israeli aggression' despite truce
Ynet reporters Latest Update: 11.05.08, 10:24 / Israel News
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3617932,00.html

More than 35 Qassam rockets and mortar shells were fired at the western
Negev communities early Wednesday, following an Israel Defense Forces
operation in the Gaza Strip aimed at thwarting a terror attack.

Two soldiers were moderately injured and four sustained light injuries after
a mortar shell was fired at an IDF force during a raid in the Gaza Strip
Tuesday night. Six Hamas operatives were killed in the operation, which
concluded on Wednesday morning.

At least one rocket landed in central Ashkelon, and two others landed near
the city. The Color Red alert system was activated moments before the fall.
Two women and a 13-year-old girl suffered from shock and were evacuated to
the Barzilai Medical Center in the city. There were no reports of damage.

At first, reports spoke of six rockets and several mortars fired at the
Eshkol Regional Council, but later reports confirmed massive rocket fire.

On Tueday the local security officers of the Gaza vicinity communities were
informed that a resumption of the rocket fire from Gaza should be expected.
Six mortar shells were fired at the Kissufim crossing during an IDF
operation in the area, but no injuries or damage were reported in the
incident.

Following a meeting of the Home Front Command to evaluate the situation it
was decided not to call off the school day in Sderot and the Gaza vicinity
communities. It was also agreed that the emergency procedures practiced by
the civilian population in case of a rocket alert should be reviewed.

Meanwhile, the Magen David Adom emergency services in the region have gone
on high alert and will be operating in full capacity.

The Shaar Hanegev Regional Council has opened a hotline to provide
information to the residents: 08-6806450

'Israel wants truce to continue'

Defense Minister Ehud Barak held a special discussion Wednesday morning to
discuss the night's events and their ramifications. The defense
establishment is preparing for the possibility of further escalation.

A security official noted Wednesday morning that the operation was necessary
and inevitable in light of the intelligence that has accumulated. He
stressed that this was a pin-point operation, and that there was no
intention to expand it below the predetermined scope.

"We have no intention to be dragged into an escalation in the Gaza Strip
following this incident," he clarified. "If the terror groups maintain the
calm - so will we. If not, we will have to respond accordingly."

Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai said after the meeting that Israel does
not plan to violate the truce, which has brought calm to the Negev
communities. He explained that Tuesday night's raid was a necessity aimed at
preventing a kidnapping or a terror attack inside Israel.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Jihad's al-Quds Brigades claimed responsibility for
two of the rockets that were fired. "Barak and Livni will not succeed in
increasing their chances in the Israeli elections on Gaza's expense, which
will blow up in their faces if they attempt to export their political
problems into the Strip," the group said in a statement.

Hamas warned that "the Gaza Strip will become a graveyard if the enemy
expends its incursion." The organization's spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, said
that "the criminal operation in Gaza is a dangerous violation of the truce
and proves that the enemy is seeking an escalation, rather than calm."

The Palestinian groups are preparing for further IDF raids, but despite the
threats sources in Gaza said that as long as the operation is not expanded,
the ceasefire can be maintained. At least at this point, the truce is still
considered a Palestinian interest.

First Published: 11.05.08, 07:38

Israel demolishes Palestinian home

After two-hour confrontation with stone-throwing protesters, security forces raze east Jerusalem structure State says was illegally built. Group promoting coexistence slams demolition
Associated Press

Israeli security forces demolished a Palestinian home in east Jerusalem on Wednesday after subduing stone-throwing protesters trying to prevent the demolition.

There were no reports of injuries during the two-hour confrontation. More than 100 paramilitary border guards, including several on horseback, massed near the one-story home as a heavy construction vehicle demolished it.

Israel says the structure was illegally built. However, critics say the permits are virtually impossible to obtain and call the demolition part of an Israeli policy to limit Palestinian population growth in the disputed city.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and subsequently annexed the area.The Palestinians claim the eastern part of the city as the capital of their hoped-for state.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said authorities went to the Silwan neighborhood in east Jerusalem early Wednesday to secure the area ahead of the demolition.

Angry residents threw rocks at police from nearby rooftops. Security forces fired rubber bullets, and Rosenfeld said stun grenades and other non-lethal devices were used. Witnesses said about a dozen people had barricaded themselves inside early in the confrontation, but Karim Jibran, a community activist, said they agreed to leave the building after lengthy negotiations with police.

Security forces had Palestinians cart the belongings out of the house. A red plastic tricycle, a crate with kitchenware and a few potatoes, a sofabed and a refrigerator affixed with the photos of children were carried out to the lot outside the house before a vehicle-mounted jackhammer reduced the building to rubble.


'Hazardous reality of riots, tensions'

Jibran said the Jerusalem municipality has issued demolition orders against 90 homes in the neighborhood to build a park.

The owner of the home, Mohammed Siam, said he had rented out the building to a Palestinian family of six. "What kind of person destroys someone's home?" he asked through a translator. A neighbor said the family had just moved in its belongings a day earlier but had not lived there.

Protesters later scuffled with border police who came to an unfinished house less than 100 yards away, also slated for destruction. Several officers lifted a struggling protester by the arms and legs into a waiting police van. Said Abu Sanad, who owns the unfinished building, said a widow with two children, aged 4 and 6, had moved in a few days earlier but he did not know where she had gone.

Abu Sanad, who also spoke with a translator, said security forces gave him 48 hours to knock the building down.

Yudith Oppenheimer, executive director of Ir Amim, a group that promotes coexistence in the city, condemned the demolition. "It brings about a hazardous reality of riots and tensions in a place in which thus far has been quiet," she said.

The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, a local advocacy group, said 86 Palestinian homes in east Jerusalem have been demolished this year.

November 04, 2008

IDF official refuses to stiffen charges in Nil'in shooting case


Nov. 4, 2008
Dan Izenberg , THE JERUSALEM POST

The military advocate-general, Brig.-Gen. Avi Mandelblitt, informed the High Court of Justice on Tuesday that he had not changed his mind regarding the criminal charge to be levied against an officer and a soldier responsible for shooting a bound and blindfolded Palestinian detainee during a demonstration in Nil'in, near Modi'in Illit.

The case involves a petition by four rights organizations and the victim, demanding a more serious charge against the two suspects than the one that Mandelblitt brought in the indictment.

During a hearing on the petition on September 28, the court gave Mandelblitt 40 days to reconsider his decision to charge with soldiers with "conduct unbecoming a soldier," the lightest possible criminal charge in military law.

"After seriously considering the matter and the questions [raised by the court], I decided not to change my original decision regarding the charge that would be made against the battalion commander and the soldier," wrote Mandelblitt. "I still believe that court-martialing the two soldiers on the charge of unbecoming conduct, given that it comes after the disciplinary measure already taken against the battalion commander, is the most appropriate legal response in the circumstances."

In response to Mandelblitt's brief to the court, attorney Dan Yakir, the legal adviser of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, one of the four rights groups that filed the petition, said, "We are very distraught that despite the Justices' severe rebuke, the military advocate-general did not change his position: namely, that the abuse of a handcuffed Palestinian detainee by a senior officer and shooting him is at most 'inappropriate conduct.' Therefore, it is the court's responsibility to determine what the appropriate response is for such grave actions."

The shooting occurred on July 7, during protests by residents of Nil'in and their supporters against the construction of the West Bank security barrier on their land. The barrier cuts them off from farmland belonging to them on its "Israeli side."

One of the Palestinians detained that day was Ashraf Abu Rahme. He was bound and blindfolded when the battalion commander, Lt.-Col. Omri Borberg and the soldier, identified only as "Lamed," spotted him.

Borberg started to speak to Abu Rahme in Hebrew, but the detainee said he did not understand. The officer did not believe him and decided to frighten him into talking Hebrew by telling his aide that they should shoot him.

The aide allegedly misunderstood Borberg's intention and opened fire with a rubber-coated steel bullet at point-blank range, wounding Abu Rahme in his toe.

The petitioners suspect that Borberg meant for the soldier to shoot the Palestinian.

In his response to the court, Mandelblitt agreed that Borberg's conduct was improper and, therefore, he had decided to press criminal charges against him. But he had also concluded that Borberg had not intended for the soldier to shoot Abu Ashraf.

His conduct lacked the cruelty and evil that might have justified charging him with abusing the detainee, Mandelblitt said.

He also called on the court to keep in mind that Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi had punished Borberg by stripping him of his command and sending him to serve as an instructor.

Mandelblitt added that when a soldier violated army norms, there were two avenues of punishment - disciplinary and judicial.

The army usually took disciplinary action first because it was quicker.

However, in determining what legal charges to press, the military prosecution took into account the disciplinary punishment the suspect had already suffered.

It was the "sum total" of the punishment that impacted on other soldiers and the public and served as an educational and deterrent action, he said.

PLO: We're Still at War with Israel


(IsraelNN.com) While defending itself against a lawsuit brought by United States victims of terrorism, the Palestinian Liberation Organization has openly said that it is still at war with Israel, 15 years after the beginning of the Oslo peace accords. The PLO has called on a US court to dismiss the case against it, claiming terrorist attacks committed from 2001 to 2004 constitute “acts of war” under American law.

Claimants are suing the PLO for damages regarding seven terrorist attacks, six of which took place in Jerusalem. The claimants say they are allowed to sue the PLO in a US court due to the 1991 Antiterrorism Act, which allows American citizens to bring foreign bodies to court over attacks committed by their agents. The seven attacks in question were committed by employees of the PLO.

The PLO used the “acts of war” defense in hopes of having the case thrown out of court due to lack of jurisdiction. The term “act of war” refers to “any attack occurring in the course of... armed conflict between military forces of any origin,” PLO representatives said.



Too bad Israel is still not at war with the PLO.

Israel needs to declare war on the PLO and get on with business.

Report: Son of Yitzhak Rabin May Vote for Likud


(IsraelNN.com) The son of assassinated Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin may vote for the Likud party in the February general election according to Yediot Ahronot. Reporter Yuval Karni reports in Tuesday's edition of the newspaper that [Yuval] "Rabin considers Netanyahu as a legitimate candidate who is acceptable for the position of prime minister. Rabin's decision stems, among other things, from the feeling that there is no other worthy alternative in the coming elections. Rabin the son is identified with the center of the political map, but he is disappointed with Labor."

Former Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin headed the Labor party. November 4th is the 13th anniversary of his assassination. Official memorial ceremonies will be held on the Hebrew date of the anniversary of his death, which falls this year on November 10th

November 03, 2008

Arabs waiting for Obama

Roee Nahmias presents Arab world's view on American elections, Mideastern hopes for change
Roee Nahmias

On the eve of the US elections, the Arab world is also focusing on developments across the Atlantic. The views within the Arab world are well known, firm, and clear: The overwhelming majority aspires for the victory of Democratic candidate Barack Obama. Random online polls attest to this, the talkbackers declare this openly, and official spokespeople stress this explicitly.


One of them is Syria’s Information Minister Mohsen Bilal. In an interview with official Syrian television last week, Bilal did not hide his country’s clear stance. “After November 4th, we hope to see a change in the US. We hope to see the new America, the different America,” he said. The interviewer asked which candidate he was referring to, and Bilal responded: “The candidate that will bring change.” His intention was clear.


If anyone had any doubts, it would be enough to see the coverage of the two candidates by Syria’s media. Obama’s lead in the polls is prominently presented, alongside reports of McCain’s failures. This is the essence of the message. The Arab Middle East, and this is particularly true in respect to Mideastern leaders, aspires for an Obama victory.


The true fear of those regimes during the tenure of outgoing President George W. Bush stemmed from that very same word: Change – yet in a different context. These leaders heard President Bush formulating and promoting a vigorous foreign policy in the wake of September 11th. The aim of this neo-conservative policy was to reorder the Middle East and bring Western-style democracy to it, as this was seen as the only way to resolve the root of all problems.


The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq proved to Arab leaders that the White House is determined to carry out this policy, even by force. Saddam Hussein’s toppling within a few days was truly stunning. Arab leaders feared this would be the faith of the next Arab president who dares challenge America’s plans. Presidents and kings started to sweat.


Ever since then, the American army became entangled in the Iraqi quagmire, the threats of striking Iran were replaced (for the time being) by sanctions and diplomacy, and Bush convened the Annapolis Conference and moderated his tone – yet the fears persisted. John McCain is perceived as someone who may continue Bush’s policy, and possibly even boost it.


Arab leaders were of course revolted by the idea that an external element will teach them about democracy while using force, thereby boosting all radical movements – just as happened in the Palestinian Authority with Hamas. Egypt was quick to use this example and challenge the Americans on several occasions: Do you want a new and democratic Middle East? This is what you’ll get in our place. This, in essence, is the main reason for the Arab leaders’ reservations vis-à-vis McCain and support for Obama.


‘All of them are enemies of Islam’

However, not everyone backs Obama, even when it comes to opinion pieces. Columnist Saad Bin Tafla did not hide these sentiments in an article published by the London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat. He wrote that McCain is better for the Arabs than Obama for several reasons: McCain is older, and would be interested in leaving his mark on history in his first term in office, by ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Obama, who is only in his 40s, will mostly be concerned with being reelected; this may even prompt him to favor Israel, in order to dismiss reports about his Islamic roots and woo the Jewish vote en route to reelection.


However, these articles are rare, and Obama enjoys broad support for various reasons. First, the Arab world feels that the situation cannot get any worse, and that any president would be better than Bush, who led a crusade against the Arab Mideast. Curiously enough, similar sentiments surfaced eight years ago as well. Back then, the sense was that no president can be more sympathetic to Israel than Bill Clinton, and therefore it would be better to see the isolationist George W. Bush elected. Does anyone even remember this now?


Another reason for the support for Obama is sociological-emotional: Barak Hussein Obama, who cannot hide his skin color and origins, is perceived as someone who may be able to understand the distress faced by the Arab world and African nations, both in humane and cultural terms. He is perceived as someone who “saw the Third World” and would therefore be better than “General McCain,” who is perceived as a military leader and Bush’s successor.


However, there is also a fairly large camp of anxious Arabs, who do not believe the post-Bush America, and fear that all the vague declarations made during the elections campaign do not reflect what’s in store. This camp believes that there is no significant difference between Obama and McCain, and that no genuine change is expected, at least in respect to America’s foreign policy vis-à-vis the Middle East. “All of them are enemies of the Arabs and Islam,” countless talkbackers write.


One way or another, nobody will remain indifferent to Tuesday’s elections. The major satellite channels have already embarked on special broadcasts, websites and the press have been extensively covering the campaign for a while now, and it appears that the excitement grows as the hours go by. Will Obama bring change? Millions of people in the Middle East cannot wait for an answer.

Arab Lies

Jerusalem researcher uncovers Israeli plans to build temple over Al-Aqsa Date: 03 / 11 / 2008 Time: 14:04 www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=32989

Jerusalem - Ma'an - Disturbing long range plans from the Israeli Antiquities
Authority outline strategies for the construction of a Jewish Temple on the
site where the Al-Aqsa Mosque now stands, a Jerusalem researcher says.

The plans were obtained by Palestinian archaeologist and researcher Dr
Ibrahim Al-Fanni, who revealed the drafts and drawings to Ma'an's Jerusalem
correspondent.

The papers showed sketches outlining the demolition of the holy Al-Aqsa
Mosque and the Marwani mosque (Solomon's stables) beneath the building.

The series of designs is titled the "Comprehensive Strategic Plan," and is
divided into two possible routes.

"Plan A" outlines the architectural and archaeological plans in the
eventuality that Israel fails to demolish the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The plan involves opening up the Fatimi Halls, which are located under the
Al-Aqsa Mosque. The halls would be turned into a Jewish Temple, and
construction would gradually move to the upper part of the compound, taking
over space in Al-Aqsa.

"Plan B" would see the demolition of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the construction
of a Jewish "Royal Palace" on the same site, which Muslims believe was the
spot from which the Prophet Muhammad started his journey into the heavens.

Asked why Israel would choose to target the Dome of the Rock, which is not a
holy site in Judaism, Dr Al-Fanni explained that "under the spot where the
golden dome stands, according to Judaism, there is an exposed piece of
bedrock of what they call Mount Moriah- metaphysically known as Even Ishtiah
which is a Hebrew term meaning "drinking stone." Judaism says that the world
is spiritually nourished from this spot.the stone is the center of the
Universe."

"From the earliest period of Jewish history," continued Al-Fanni, "the
Patriarchs of the Jewish people recognized the tremendous spiritual power of
Mount Moriah. This is where Abraham, sensing God's presence, went up to
offer Isaac -according to the Bible, and Isma'il according to the Qur'an -
as a sacrifice."

Dr Al-Fanni is director of the Jerusalem Foundation for Research and
Documentation.



You must understand that the Arabs believe such rubbish, if this were to be broadcast on the Arab television news it could be the spark that ignites a new wave of violence.

What no Israeli politician has ever been able to do is to deal with the Middle East mentality, they ignore that the mind set in the region will take such a false story and light the fires of a third intifada which will result in many deaths on both sides.

We can never sit at the table and attempt to carry on serious negotiations with our enemies since they dealing not with facts but with 100% pure emotion.

November 02, 2008

I Don't Buy It

Sunday, November 2, 2008 Former Mossad director Efraim Halevy: Egypt not threat - but preparing for war with Israel

Former Mossad director Efraim Halevy: Egypt not threat - but preparing for
war with Israel
Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 2 November 2008

In a live interview broadcast on Israel Radio this morning, former Mossad
director Efraim Halevy explained that Egypt is not a threat to Israel
because Egyptian President Mubarak considers its peace treaty with Israel to
be of strategic value and it can be expected that whoever replaces him in
the future will take the same position.

Halevy defended activities by the Egyptian army in preparation for war
against Israel, arguing that it is reasonable for Egypt to prepare for the
possibility that Israel might attack Egypt just as Israel also takes into
account the possibility of an Egyptian attack against Israel.

The organization Halevy headed, the Mossad, is an Israeli security service
and not part of the UN.



I am sorry I don't buy it.

Is America making preparations for going to war against Canada, no they are not.

Why because since 1812 we have had peace with Canada, and no American or Canadian even thinks of war between the two countries.

Unlike Egypt where many in leadership and the general population dream of war that will result in the destruction of Israel.

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