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December 31, 2008

Ready Or Not

IDF: We're ready for battle

Military officials say IDF ready to face 15,000-men Hamas army; Israeli troops expected to face massive roadside bombs, Palestinian snipers. 'Anyone who thinks we'll be conducting ourselves gently is wrong,' senior officer tells Ynet
Hanan Greenberg

IDF prepares for major Gaza battle: Israeli forces are ready to embark on a ground assault in Gaza, a senior military officer told Ynet Wednesday, adding that "anyone who thinks we'll be conducting ourselves gently is wrong."

"Hamas has indeed prepared for this, but so did we," the IDF official said.

IDF officers say they are closely familiar with Hamas' military buildup but add that troops are prepared for the mission ahead. Ever since the Second Lebanon War, the IDF has been engaged in intensive training sessions and preparations ahead of a possible clash in the Strip. A ground assault on Gaza will be a challenge, yet military officials are saying loud and clear: "We're ready."

In recent years, Hamas has been engaged in a military buildup ahead of a possible IDF incursion. IDF officials familiar with the group's efforts say the organization comprises more than 15,000 troops, including Special Forces members and intelligence personnel.

Hamas' army has been built in a hierarchical manner, and includes divisions, regiments, and platoons. The group's forces underwent an orderly training program, with some Hamas members sent for training in Syria and Iran. Moreover, Gaza Strip tunnels, some of which were destroyed in IDF bombings in recent days, have been used for smuggling in large quantities of explosives, the IDF says. The weapons that poured into Gaza include anti-tank rockets.

Hamas 'surprises' for IDF?
Army officials say IDF troops should be expecting "nature reserves," similarly to what soldiers encountered in Lebanon while fighting Hizbullah. Hamas is believed to have prepared numerous underground sites containing various weapons.

Military officials estimate that similarly to Hizbullah, which had some "surprises" for the IDF during the Second Lebanon War, Hamas may also be in possession of arms that Israel has no knowledge of.

"During the confrontation, Hamas will attempt to operate in an orderly manner and utilize many types of arms, such as explosive devices, snipers, and cells that will attempt to hit our forces," an IDF officer said. "We prepared in terms of protective equipment and also engaged in training exercises in order to address these threats.

The IDF's first challenge in case of a ground assault will likely be in the form of roadside bombs aimed at targeting tanks and armored vehicles. Hamas is believed to have dug pits in many Gaza roads and placed powerful explosive devices underground before covering them with cement. However, the Air Force's massive assault in the early days of Operation Cast Lead damaged dozens of Hamas facilities and may undermine the group's efforts.

Without giving anything away I think the IDF is much better prepared for the Gaza war than they were for the Second Lebanon war.

Arab youths open fire on Israelis working at mall in Denmark

By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent
Tags: israel news, denmark, hamas

A group of Arab youths opened fire Wednesday evening on a number of Israelis working at a mall in the Danish city of Odenza, some 200 kilometers north of Copenhagen.

The Israelis, who were operating a stall in the shopping center, were lightly wounded in their legs. There is no apparent danger to their lives.

The Foreign Ministery is following the reports closely, and Israelis emissaries in Copenhagen were headed to the site.

It is unclear whether the assailants have yet been arrested by Danish authorities. The Foreign Ministry believes that the attack was related to anger over Israel's offensive on the Gaza Strip.


I just spoke with one of my contacts who reported that Fatah has been working to keep Hamas under control in Judea and Samaria. To the point that there has been Arab on Arab gun fights in the city where this contact is serving.

Wounded Palestinians Transferred to Iran

31 December 2008

TEHRAN (FNA)- Several Gazans wounded in Israel's devastating five-day-old
onslaught on the Palestinian territory have been transferred to Iran for
treatment, Health Minister Kamran Bagheri Lankarani said.

"A small number of the injured have been transferred to Iran for treatment,"
Lankarani told the state broadcaster.

He did not specify how many had arrived in Iran but complained that the
Egyptian government had not agreed to Iran's offer to provide more extensive
treatment for wounded Gazans in Iranian hospitals.

He added that the Iranian Red Crescent and medical association were also
ready to send volunteers to Gaza.

At least 390 Palestinians have been killed in Israel's aerial pounding of
the territory, according to medics. A further 1,900 people have been wounded
but only a tiny number of those have been evacuated across the border to

How Stupid Can The Leaders Of Israel Be

Humanitarian Aid Transferred to Gaza

(IsraelNN.com) Israel allowed the transfer of 106 trucks carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza Wednesday afternoon. The trucks crossed through the Kerem Shalom terminal.

The aid contained medical equipment, food, and medicines. Gazans also transferred two children to Israel for emergency medical care.

December 30, 2008

Lesser Of Two Evils...

Youth vote won't be a big factor here come February By Ayala Tsoref Haaretz 30 December 2008 www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1051014.html

Israeli prime ministerial candidates like to compare themselves and their
policies to United States president-elect Barack Obama. But whereas Obama
managed to shake American youth out of their indifference and get them to
stand in line for hours to fulfill their democratic right to vote, Israeli
contenders have yet to affect the same change.

Israelis have proven that the stereotype of the politically apathetic youth
is more than just a superficial image. About 33 percent of voters aged 18 to
25 said they don't plan to vote in the general elections in February and 15
percent said they were undecided on the question of voting, according to a
survey carried out by the Panels institute on behalf of TheMarker. In all,
48 percent of young voters either won't vote or are still deliberating the
issue. Advertisement

About 40 percent of voters aged 26 to 35, many of whom have young families
and are members of the middle class, said they won't vote in the elections
and another six percent haven't made up their minds.

Voter turnout last election stood at 67.8 percent.

"Young voters' indifference stems from the sense of disappointment and
disgust of politics," said Guy Toledano, the Meretz campaign manager. "On
the public relations side of things, political parties should try and raise
the sense of commitment among young voters. Other polls unrelated to
politics show many young people feel strongly about getting involved in a
wide area of activities. When it comes to voting they are just fed up with
politics and politicians."

Respondents in the survey gave two main reasons for why they were not
interested in the upcoming elections. About 58 percent said they distrusted
the candidates. Others said, "the issue doesn't interest me."

"Unfortunately, the data we are receiving from polls confirm the serious
fears shared by all parties that many young voters are undecided and the
others are simply not interested," said Ziv Poplovski, the joint director
general of the Leomek Hatoda'a public relations firm that specializes in the
youth market. Leomek Hatoda'a also participated in the survey.

The poll was carried out a few days before the start of Operation Cast Lead
by the Israel Defense Forces against Hamas in Gaza began. Poplovski believes
that had elections been held now, the fighting may have influenced turnout.

"If elections were held today turning in the public in general and among
youths in particular may be higher because of the sense of consensus in the
righteousness of the war," he said. "But wars tend to be consensual in the
beginning and later split the public into separate camps and so I believe
that by the time the elections come around the war won't have any influence
on the turnout."

Likud, which is leading in the polls, also has an edge among young voters.
Meretz, too, draws a disproportionately high number of young voters in
comparison to any other age groups. Labor, on the other hand, is crashing
among voters under age 25 and is predicted to garner only four Knesset seats
from them. Contrary to popular opinion, the issue of the environment has not
managed to rally many young voters; the Green Party is expected to gain
between two to three Knesset seats.

"Young and middle-aged voters may be the key to victory this election," said
Menahem Lazar, the head of political research at Panels. "In 2006, for
instance, the pensioner vote was all-important. Figuring out how to drum up
the support of young voters may win the election. But to do that politicians
will have to figure out how to overcome the sense of alienation and lack of
trust among young voters."

Respondents of the survey answered a questionnaire distributed via the
internet last Wednesday. About 501 Jewish Israelis participated in the
survey, which had a margin of error of 4.4 percent.

The reason young people will not vote is that they are honest enough to say that all the members of Knesset are the same. Cowards,Scum and Traitors so what difference does my vote make.

I am not in this age demographic but I also will not vote for any party in the next election for I am done with voting for the lesser of two evils, in the end you are still stuck with something that is evil.

Fire Majadele Now

Barak reprimands Majadele over boycott

Labor chairman sends letter to science, culture and sports minister following latter's absence from cabinet meeting on Gaza operation. 'I believe such conduct does not befit your responsibility as a minister in the Israeli government,' he says
Attila Somfalvi

After Prime Minister Ehud Olmert canceled Science, Culture and Sports Minister Raleb Majadele's trip to Jordan and Cabinet Secretary Oved Yehezkel called him "cheeky" due to his absence from Sunday's cabinet meeting on the Israel Defense Forces operation in Gaza, Majadele was also reprimanded Tuesday by his party's chairman, Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

Barak sent a letter to Majadele slamming his conduct. "I believe that such conduct does not befit your responsibility as a minister in the Israeli government," he said.

The Labor chairman began the letter by saying, "I was surprised to learn that you chose not to attend the weekly cabinet meeting held in the midst of the fighting in the south.

"As you very well know, the IDF embarked on an operation meant to protect the citizens of southern Israel – all citizens regardless of race or creed – against acts of indistinguishable acts of aggression against the State of Israel."

He added, "I view your decision to be absent from the cabinet meeting as extremely severe. I believe this conduct does not befit your responsibility as a minister in the Israeli government.

"As a minister as behalf of the Labor Party, you are expected to act in a reasonable manner befitting a minister and fulfill your duty as a member of the Israeli government.

Majadele was also "punished" by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who decided not to approve the Muslim minister's trip to Jordan. Cabinet Secretaty Oved Yehezkel telephoned Majadele and told him, "You made the wrong decision. The prime minister finds this unacceptable."

Majadele should be fired.

He has placed being an Arab a head of being a minister in the government of Israel.

It must be noted that the first casuality of the IDF in this campaign was 38-year-old First Staff Sergeant Lutfi Nasraldin. The soldier, a resident of the western Galilee Druze village of Dalyat el-Carmel, was killed when Gaza terrorists shelled his base near the Nahal Oz Crossing on Monday night

Widening range, rockets strike Beersheba kindergarten

The Jerusalem Post Internet Edition

Dec. 30, 2008
jpost.com staff, yaakov katz and Abe Selig , THE JERUSALEM POST

Palestinian terrorists on Tuesday night fired at least two rockets at Beersheba, adding some 187,000 residents of the largest city in the Negev into the ever-widening range of the rockets attacks.

There were no reports of casualties in the attack but one of the rockets landed in a kindergarten, causing damage. Rescue forces were searching for the impact site of another rocket.

Shortly afterwards the army announced that The IAF had bombed the Grad launcher as well as the terrorist cell responsible for the Beersheba rocket attacks. Military sources reported that the targets were hit.

Meanwhile, one person was lightly wounded by shrapnel when two Grad rockets impacted in the center of Ashkelon. The rocket caused extensive damage to nearby businesses and vehicles.

Earlier, Hamas-fired rockets landed in Ashdod and Ashkelon, where two people were killed in attacks Monday.

Palestinian terrorists continued to rocket southern Israel Tuesday afternoon, bringing the total number of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip to over 30 since morning.

Two Kassam rockets that were fired at the Eshkol region landed in open areas and did not cause wounded or damage. A rocket fired at a Sha'ar Hanegev kibbutz crashed into the communal dining room and caused damage but no casualties.

Meanwhile, emergency forces were searching for the impact sites of some four Kassam rockets that were fired at the area south of Ashkelon. There were no reports of casualties or damage in those attacks.

Several rockets also fell in the Sderot area late Tuesday afternoon, causing neither casualties nor damage.

Earlier, the Sdot Negev region absorbed two rocket attacks. There were no reports of wounded or damage.

On Tuesday morning a rocket landed in Kiryat Malachi, the first time that the town was hit by a projectile fired from Gaza. Several people suffered shock in the attack, though there were no reports of casualties or damage.

Earlier, a Sderot man was lightly wounded when a Kassam fired at the city hit a house. The building sustained damage in the attack.

The rockets were fired as Israel let some 100 trucks carrying humanitarian supplies from Jordan, Turkey and international aid groups into the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom border crossing.

In addition, five new ambulances donated by Turkey were allowed into the Strip.

Earlier Tuesday, three Kassams and at least 10 mortar shells pounded the Eshkol region. No casualties were reported in the attack, though one house sustained damage.

On Monday, three Israelis were killed in Ashkelon, Ashdod and Nahal Oz as over 80 rockets and mortar shells hit southern Israel.

In response to the barrages, Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday declared a "special situation" for communities located within 30 kilometers from the Gaza Strip.

The move, the first of its kind, would give the security establishment authority to close factories, cancel conferences and events, and to conduct other civilian activities. It would allow the security establishment to play an active role in city affairs alongside local authorities.

The cabinet is required to approve the special status over the next two days, as it has already done for Gaza belt communities.

Schools were to remain closed within the 30-kilometer range on Tuesday, including in Ashdod, Kiryat Gat, Ofakim, Sderot and Kiryat Malachi.

Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilna'i told Israel Radio on Tuesday that Gaza-belt communities were well prepared for further rocket attacks, and called on residents of the South to heed instructions from authorities.

Monday's Ashdod fatality was identified as Irit Sheetrit, 36. She was killed Monday night when a Grad-type rocket struck a bus stop where she had run for cover. Four other were hurt in the attack, one was in serous condition.

Warrant Officer Lotfi Nasraladin, 38, from the Druse village of Daliat el-Carmel, was killed when rockets struck near Nahal Oz. Five others were wounded in the attack, two seriously.

Following continued IAF attacks on Hamas targets in the Strip, Palestinian terrorists intensified their efforts, firing on Ofakim and Yavne. One person was moderately wounded in the attack on Ofakim.

Earlier Monday, an Israeli construction worker identified as Hani al-Mahdi, 27, of the Beduin town of Aro'er in the Negev, was killed and over a dozen others were wounded when a Grad-model Katyusha hit a construction site in Ashkelon.

December 29, 2008

IDF soldier killed in mortar attack

IDF Spokesman December 30, 2008 1:25 AM

An IDF soldier was killed Monday evening when a mortar shell struck a
military base in the western Negev.

The soldier's family has been informed.

Another IDF soldier was severely wounded and four others sustained light
injuries in the attack.

The soldiers received emergency medical assistance at the scene before being
evacuated to a hospital for additional treatment.

Fight Like Men, No Fight Smart

PRC spokesman urges IDF troops to 'fight like men'

Gaza group's spokesman urges Israel to launch ground incursion; death toll in Strip tops 350
Ali Waked

A spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees told Ynet Monday night that Palestinian groups in Gaza are preparing for the "real battle," urging Israel to launch a ground operation in the Strip.

"If Israeli soldiers are such men, they should fight on the ground, the PRC's Abu Abir said. "The defeat they suffered on the ground in Lebanon would be even greater in Gaza…yet I know that we are dealing with cowards who ever since the 1980s have feared a face-to-face confrontation with us."

While admitting that the first day of Israel's operation was not an easy one, the spokesman said the clash was now entering a new phase, "where we jump at the enemy, pursue it, and invite it to engage in battle."

Meanwhile, the death toll in the Gaza Strip topped 350, yet Palestinian armed groups are undeterred said Abu Abir, claiming that they were not hurt at all.

"We are inviting the Israelis to embark on the great challenge of ground combat," he said.

The PRC spokesman added that "the entire Palestinian people understand that this is an all-out war, and that the resistance and its organizations are the only way to salvage Palestinian honor. The Israelis can continue to pulverize us from the air, and we shall continue to pulverize them with the means at our disposal….just like the Israelis trained and prepared, so did we."

Addressing Israeli phone message and leaflets aimed at influencing Gaza residents, Abu Abir said that those behind the move "do not hear the Allahu Akbar ("God is great" in Arabic) calls emerging from homes when rockets are fired."

The spokesman added that Palestinian groups were unimpressed by the fact that as opposed to the Lebanon war, Israel's campaign this time around is being led by a more experienced defense minister and army chief.

"We know both of them and they don't scare us," he said. "The determining factor is the result at the end of the campaign, rather than the declarations made by the leaders. They threaten us, and we'll continue to prepare and expand the fighting."

I think Hamas will find the IDF will be a different IDF than the one that fought the Second Lebanon war.

I still do no favor Israel going in on the ground at the same time that we are providing supplies to the enemy, let the Gaza be closed for a couple of months while the IAF is bombing Gaza then send our boys into Gaza. Sending in ground troops without a clear mission and the goals of that mission defined will be a huge mistake.

December 28, 2008


IDF surprised by Hamas' restrained response

Senior army officials expected harsher reaction from Gaza terror organization, but believe strong response from Hamas still to come. 'Operation far from over,' one officer says
Hanan Greenberg

"Operation Cast Lead" is not nearing its end: The tanks and heavy machinery that have been transported to the Gaza vicinity are already ready for a possible ground incursion, and senior IDF officials believe that the operation is far from over.

"Hamas was hit hard, but it is still expected to respond strongly. They have no intention of raising a white flag, and we will go all the way and use all the tools at our disposal," a senior army official told Ynet Sunday night following a series of security deliberations.

The defense establishment was surprised by Hamas' relative restraint in response to the Israeli attacks, but the Home Front Command has decided to maintain its strict policy in the southern communities and make sure that residents adhere to security instructions.

IDF officials admit that Hamas may still launch a significant response, but say that the organization's current reaction is an indication of weakness. "The blow they sustained at the beginning of the operation damaged their infrastructure, launching pads, arms caches and their commanders' ability to do their job," one official explained.

Humanitarian aid to enter Gaza

An artillery battery was stationed near Gaza on Saturday for the first time in over a year, in preparation for the possibility that Israel decide to launch a ground incursion in the Strip.

On Sunday the government approved Defense Minister Ehud Barak's demand to operate a national economy emergency system in the Gaza vicinity communities and draft about 6,700 Israel Defense Forces reserve soldiers.

Meanwhile, Barak authorized the transfer of humanitarian aid to Gaza in an unprecedented scope. Some 100 trucks carrying blood units, provisions, medicines and 10 ambulances are scheduled to enter the Strip on Monday. Fuel for the power station and cooking gas will be shipped into the Strip as well.

Why is Israel providing aid to the enemy when we are engaging in military action.

Because Israel has Cowards,Scum and Traitors for our leaders.

These actions by Barak are obscene.

Would America or England gave such aid to the Germans or Japanese during World War Two of course not.

I do want to see a single Israeli soldier enter Gaza under such conditions.

Ground War

I am against the up coming ground action in Gaza.

I am against this action for several reasons, first as late as the end of last week, Israel was feeding the terrorist of Gaza. Second the politicians have not stated what the goal of the operation is, so how will Israel know if the operation is a success or failure.

I would support a ground action in Gaza under the following conditions, first cut Gaza off 100% from the outside world for up to two months. This means no food, water, industrial supplies or even medicine into Gaza.

When the air force reports that for a period of two to three weeks no live stock has been seen in Gaza then and only then should Israel enter on the ground.

This will mean that our enemy has been weakened to the point that our casualties will be as low as humanly possible. The leaders of Israel have no right to put our son's at higher risk in war, if they can lower the risk.

Second Israel must state what our goal of the operation is. Do we want to occupy Gaza? Do we want to force the Arabs of Gaza out? Do we want to stop the shelling of Israel, for how long? What are we going to do if we leave Gaza and the shelling resumes?

All of these questions must have clear answers, so we can hold the Prime Minister and Defense Minister responsible for their actions.

December 27, 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, 12 noon in 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/

Bombing was the 'Most Lethal Attack on Gaza in Decades'

Kislev 30, 5769, 27 December 08 09:12 by Gil Ronen

(IsraelNN.com) The IAF's attack against targets in Gaza on Saturday was the most lethal single day of bombing in the region in at least 41 years, experts said. The IAF executed over 170 sorties against 60 targets, reportedly killing over 200 and wounding hundreds of others. Most of the casualties are Hamas terrorists, according to both IDF and Arab journalistic sources.

According to security sources, the operation will take weeks.

Among the sites attacked were Hamas command posts and training grounds. Some of the tunnels which connect Gaza with Egypt reportedly shook as a result of the bombing and sent smugglers scurrying in order to avoid being trapped inside them.

Military sources said more than 100 tons of ordinance were dropped on Gaza by mid-afternoon.

Hamas's Interior Ministry said that all security compounds in Gaza were destroyed.

Olmert addresses nation
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert delivered a live televised speech to the nation of Israel on Saturday evening in which he said the operation had been approved by the Security Cabinet on Wednesday.

"Hamas showed in the past few days that its intentions are hostile," Olmert said.

"The operation is intended to radically improve the security situation of the residents of southern Israel. It could take time, and each one of us has to exercise a measure of patience in order to complete the mission," he added.

"It is possible that in the short term, the number of missiles [fired from Gaza] will increase and that these will reach locations more distant than what we have been used to," he warned.

Olmert said that Israel had invested time and effort in preparing the home front for an emergency situation.

"On Thursday I made it clear to the residents of Gaza that we are not acting against them. We will do everything possible to prevent a humanitarian crisis," he said. "Residents of Gaza – you are not our enemies and we are not fighting against you," he added.

Olmert notified opposition party leaders Binyamin Netayahu, Avigdor Lieberman and Chaim Oron of the impending operation on Saturday morning. Shas party chairman Eli Yishai was also informed despite the Sabbath.

'This is the expression of our right to self defense'
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said in a statement: "Until now we have shown restraint. But today there is no other option than a military operation. We need to protect our citizens from attack through a military response against the terror infrastructure in Gaza."

"This is the expression of our basic right to self-defense," she explained.

"Israel left Gaza in order to create an opportunity for peace. In return, the Hamas terror organization took control of Gaza and is using its citizens as cover while it deliberately targets Israeli communities and denies any chance for peace.

"We have tried everything to reach calm without using force. We agreed to a truce through Egypt that was violated by Hamas, which continued to target Israel, hold Gilad Shalit and build up its arms."

I have no problem with air operations in Gaza but I want us to choke Gaza to a point of weakness before we put our sons in on the ground.

To feed the Arabs of Gaza as we have done this last week and then put our sons in on the ground against a fed enemy is immoral as it places our sons at greater risk.

Starve the enemy, don't allow the enemy to have water to drink use everything as a weapon against your enemy before you put your son's at risk.

December 26, 2008


Israel transferring humanitarian aid to Gaza

Despite continued mortar fire on western Negev, Israel agrees to open two main cargo crossings into Gaza as part of policy of avoiding humanitarian crisis in Strip. Forty trucks begin delivering medicine, fuel, cooking gas and vital goods
Hanan Greenberg and AP

Israel has allowed trucks carrying humanitarian aid to enter Gaza Friday morning, despite continued mortar fire on Israel's southern communities.

The army said the first of an expected 40 trucks have started to deliver medicine, fuel, cooking gas and other vital goods on Friday to Gaza. Israel's Defense Ministry agreed to open the three main cargo crossings into Gaza as part of its policy of avoiding a humanitarian crisis there.

The aid was transferred through the Kerem Shalom, Nahal Oz and Karni crossings. Palestinian workers at the Gaza fuel terminal said that a limited shipment of fuel has been delivered to the main power station in the Strip.

The move comes ahead of an expected Israeli incursion into Gaza to stop rocket launchings from the coastal strip.

The crossings into Gaza were scheduled to be opened earlier in the week but were shut after Gaza militants bombarded Israel with the heaviest barrage of rocket fire since before an Egyptian-mediated truce took effect in June.


If the people of Gaza did not support the actions of the terrrorist, they could put an end to the rockets in an instant.

If every person in Gaza was suffering bad enough they would rise up and kill the terrorist to put a stop to the rocket fire into Israel.

But they are not suffering enough, so they don't.

I would not allow food, gas, medicine or anything into Gaza, I would use the cutting off of supplies as a weapon in order to weaken our enemy and bring them to their knees to allow Israel to win a victory over this sick society at the lowest cost to our soldiers possible.

December 25, 2008

We lost our killer instinct

Why does IDF fear Gaza war? Guy Bechor explains why our army lost its urge to fight
Guy Bechor

How can we explain the amazing fact that the great IDF is avoiding a clash in Gaza like fire? That it prays every morning for the “lull” to continue and that Palestinian organizations do not mean what they say?

Regrettably, the IDF has not changed, and just like what happened in the Second Lebanon War, it simply does not wish to fight. When there was no other choice, it sent the Air Force to do the job vis-à-vis the fortified Hizbullah, even though the General Staff had a detailed plan for a ground incursion. Today, when there is no choice, they send the Air Force to strike in Gaza, in what is a standard, dull response lacking any inspiration or thinking.

Back in Lebanon, as is the case now, we did not see an army that safeguards civilians, but rather, we saw civilians safeguarding the army whose soldiers are put away in their bases as if they were made of chocolate. And when, heaven forbid, a new recruit base is damaged by Qassams, they evacuate it, while leaving the civilians in the area.

How did our army lose the “killer instinct” that its commanders used to possess once upon a time? Why is the performance we see so mediocre and uninspiring? Why is our General Staff lethargic? How could it be that an army that enjoys an annual budget of NIS 50 billion (roughly $13 billion) in 2007 fails to function? Why do we invest 17% of our national budget in inaction and lack of deterrence? Isn’t it a waste of money?

Recipe for restraint

In order to understand these grim results, we must examine the reasons for them, and correct the problem quickly:

* Over-legalization curbed the army’s personal initiative. Why should anyone risk the prospect of facing humiliating commissions of inquiry, head-rolling, and a termination of one’s career? After all, any confrontation would lead to an inquiry anyway. No senior commander is willing to take such risk. The person who today controls the army is not the chief of staff, but rather, the attorney general.

* A restraint in the form of “human rights” organizations whose objective is not necessarily in Israel’s favor has been limiting the army in the past two decades. They fundraise abroad and make a living by harassing the army. Everyone knows those groups. With the High Court of Justice’s enforcement, it turns out that their effect in dwarfing the military was deterring, and even lethal.

* Israel’s public opinion views everything today through the prism of casualty figures – this is the only indication of military success or failure. The army does not wish to embark on war or a clash because it knows that a war exacts casualties. The army does not fear the enemy, but rather, it fears the mothers, the screaming talkbackers, the verdict of the street, and the journalists who view the dismissal of a general as a professional achievement.

* The mental privatization process undergone by Israeli society in the past decade, and not for the better. We see excess of individualism, whereby only the individual is of interest to us, rather than the State or the army.

The chief of staff is aware of all of the above. He knows that sinking into Gaza’s refugee camps would again turn society against him and against the IDF. The army knows that it does not enjoy true backing on the home front, in today’s Israel where “I” rules and where social solidarity had been cast away. They fail to understand that today it’s Sderot, but tomorrow it will be Tel Aviv.

A voracious media, zero tolerance for casualties, suicidal individualism, good people who leave the army because of its declining prestige, and the lawyers who lie in wait – these are the factors that prevent the IDF from operating. This has not about Hizbullah or Hamas. Today, the IDF does not look ahead in fear; rather, it looks back, to the home front, with much greater fear. Its gravest fear is to simply be left all alone.

The IDF is no longer the “people’s army.” It is an army that fears the people.

I agree 100% with this article.

But I would add that this is the direct result of two things first the peace process and second the reuslt of leaders that want to please and not lead.

December 24, 2008

Do Not Risk Our Sons

IDF preparing for Gaza op

Massive rocket and mortar fire on Negev deems military action against terrorists almost 'inevitable'. IDF: Our goal is to make Hamas come to a decision that the attacks must cease
Hanan Greenberg

After more than 40 rockets and 20 mortar shells hit Israel Wednesday, causing dozens of people to suffer from shock as well as extensive damage to homes and places of business, the IDF has begun to prepare for a military operation. The operation will go forth according to all stipulations unless Hamas ceases its fire.

Military officials said the IDF would enter Gaza when the weather and other factors allowed for the operation to go forth. It will be conducted mostly through air strikes. The officials said Israel did not intend to recapture Gaza, but merely to put pressure on the terror organizations

An IDF official said Wednesday that "our goal is to make Hamas come to a decision that the fire must stop, and this goal can be accomplished by a military operation, which is unpreventable in the current situation." Other officials said many of the preparations for the operation had already been completed.

"An operation can be carried out in many ways," one official said. "There is a wide selection of tools we can use, and we don’t have to use them all at once."

No time limit

IDF officials have insinuated that in any case an operation in Gaza would be gradual and also be dependent on the other side's response.

"Military pressure will eventually force Hamas to reach decisions, and from our standpoint the most important decision would be to stop firing toward Israeli communities," one official said.

In the period leading up to the ceasefire between Israel and the armed Palestinian groups, which expired five days ago, senior IDF officers said they felt helpless in the face of the incessant rocket attacks, and these days one would be hard-pressed to find an army official who is against taking action against Hamas.

The military predicts that any operation in the Strip would prompt massive rocket fire toward the western Negev and possibly toward areas that have yet to sustain Qassam attacks. Officials also postulate that Hamas may attempt to carry out a "quality" terror attack, which it has been training for during the lull.

Simultaneously, the political echelon will ask that the UN Security Council and the international community to give the IDF ample time to see the operation through. Currently the operation does not have a time limit.

On Thursday Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni will head to Egypt for a meeting with President Hosni Mubarak, who will try to dissuade Israel from implementing its decision to operate in Gaza.

Israel has reached a decision to deal Hamas a severe blow in Gaza, and, barring a major change in the Islamist group's stance, is merely waiting for the most opportune time to strike.

Roni Sofer contributed to the report

I am against this attack on Gaza if the stated goal is only to make Hamas come to the decision to stop attacks on Israel. This is not worth risking a single soldiers life over.

The goal should be nothing less than victory, total defeat for our enemies. Crush them to the point they will never even throw a rock at a Jew again, much less shooting rockets and mortars into Israel.

Do not risk my son, nor any ones son for such a stupid mission.

December 23, 2008

Barak allows transfer of food, humanitarian supplies to Gaza
JPost.com staff and AP , THE JERUSALEM POST Dec. 23, 2008

Despite continued firing of Kassam rockets at the Negev by Palestinian
terrorists on Tuesday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak will allow a shipment of
food and humanitarian supplies to residents of the Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

Barak made the decision in response to calls from the international
community regarding the humanitarian situation in the Strip.

Basic food, medicine, petrol and cooking gas will be transferred to Gaza
through the Karni and Kerem Shalom crossings.

Five Egyptian trucks containing humanitarian supplies will also be allowed
passage into the Strip, an initiative of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's
wife, Suzanne Mubarak.

Throughout Tuesday, terrorists in Gaza fired six Kassam rockets at the
western Negev, after a day-long informal cease-fire.

Two of the rockets hit an open area in the Eshkol region and one landed near
Sderot. The other three rockets landed in the Sha'ar Hanegev region, one
near an educational facility. No one was wounded and no damage was reported
in the attacks.

On Tuesday night, IDF troops killed three Palestinian terrorists near Netiv
Ha'asara, just north of Gaza.

The terrorists were apprehended during an attempt to plant an explosive
device near the Gaza perimeter fence, and were shot and killed in the
exchange of fire that followed.

A grenade was thrown at IDF troops by the terrorists, but no soldiers were

On Monday, two Hamas officials said the group had agreed to a 24-hour
cease-fire. It came after a warning from Egypt that Israel would begin
assassinating Hamas leaders if the rocket attacks continued.

The brief cease-fire was also linked to a transfer of aid from Egypt,
scheduled to arrive in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.

A Hamas spokesman announced Tuesday that the rocket fire on the South would
resume as soon as the aid arrived in Gaza via the Kerem Shalom crossing,
Israel Radio reported.

Egypt's Foreign Ministry had initially denied the reports that it had asked
Hamas to temporarily hold its fire as a condition for transferring the aid.
Islamic Jihad also denied that a 24-hour truce was in place.

Earlier Tuesday, senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar was quoted as saying that
his group was willing to extend the temporary cease-fire if Israel abides by
the terms agreed upon in June.

Speaking to the Egyptian newspaper Al-Aharam, Zahar said Hamas would hold a
"situation assessment" to discuss the 24-hour truce. "If [we see] that the
cease-fire has had good results, it's likely that the truce will continue,"
he said.

On Monday afternoon, Gaza gunmen fired at IDF soldiers patrolling the
security fence near the Sufa crossing, seemingly in violation of the
informal truce. The troops returned fire. No one was wounded and no damage
was reported.

In addition, soldiers arrested two Palestinians near Kissufim who had
crossed the Gaza fence. They were transferred for interrogation.

Also Monday afternoon, three Kassam rockets fired by Gaza terrorists hit
southern Israel. One struck the Eshkol region, while two hit the Sha'ar
Hanegev area. No one was wounded and no damage was reported.

Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report.

Poll: Likud 37 Kadima 26 Labor 9-10

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

#1 Telephone poll of a representative sample of adult Israelis (including
Israeli Arabs) carried out by Geocartography apparently on 22 December and
broadcast on Israel Television Channel 1 Populitica on 23 December.

#2 Telephone poll of a representative sample of adult Israelis (including
Israeli Arabs) carried out by Geocartography apparently on 24 November and
broadcast on Israel Television Channel 1 Populitica on 25 November.

Results expressed in Knesset seats. Current Knesset seats in [brackets].
#1 #2
34-34 37 [12] Likud
08-09 11 [12] Shas
10-10 08 [11] Yisrael Beteinu
06-06 08 [06] Yahadut Hatorah
06-06 04 [09] "Jewish Home" (previously Nat'l Union/NRP)
64-65 68 Total Right Bloc

09-09 08 [05] Meretz
26-26 25 [29] Kadima headed by Livni
09-10 07 [19] Labor
02-02 03 [00] Green Party
00-00 00 [07] Retirees Party
46-47 43 Total Zionist Left Bloc

10-10 09 [10] Arab parties *

Do you have confidence in Defense MInister Ehud Barak?
Yes 24% No 51% So-So 17% No opinion 8%

Do political consideration influence the response of te Government of Israel
to the Rrocket fire from Gaza?
Yes 68% No 21% Don't know 11%

December 22, 2008

You Get The Government You Deserve

Ashkenazi: Current reality unacceptable JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST Dec. 22, 2008 www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1229868808386&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Against the backdrop of rising tensions in the Gaza Strip some four days
after the expiration of the cease-fire agreement between Israel and
Palestinian factions, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen Gabi Ashkenazi said
that the current reality is unacceptable.

Speaking to Army Radio on Monday morning, he said, "It's impossible to
accept a reality where Gaza-belt residents are getting wounded. Hamas is
responsible for this, and we will deal with them."

"The IDF is prepared for every possible operation that could be required in
the Gaza Strip. I present the different options to the political echelons,
and we'll do what we're ordered to do," he went on.

Ashkenazi also commented on Hamas's weaponry, saying, "Hamas is always
trying to improve the range and quality of its missiles. [Shin Bet (Israel
Security Agency) head Yuval Diskin's comments on Sunday] didn't tell us
anything we didn't already know. We're regularly keeping track of the type
and quality of Hamas's weapons."

Diskin had told the cabinet Sunday that the terror group now has weapons
with the ability to reach "Kiryat Gat, Ashdod and the outskirts of

Throughout Sunday, 19 rockets fired from the Strip hit the western Negev, as
well as at least three mortar shells. One person was lightly wounded in the
barrage, and a rocket scored a direct hit on a Sderot house, causing
extensive damage. Another rocket struck near Ashkelon.

The Israel Air Force continued targeting Kassam rocket launchers in Gaza in
response to the attacks. Palestinian sources reported late Sunday night that
four Palestinians, including a child, were lightly-to-moderately injured in
an IAF strike west of Gaza City.

The IDF confirmed that IAF helicopters had targeted at a rocket launch

Earlier Sunday, IAF aircraft scored direct hits on two Kassam launchers that
had been prepped to fire.

According to Palestinians, another IAF another strike on Sunday afternoon
injured a woman near Gaza City, but the IDF denied this attack.

But as in all democracies the military answers to the civilian government. We all know that the current leaders of Israel are Cowards, Scum and Traitors and they will do nothing until the last possible second, then they will do the absolute minimum to keep from being voted out of office.

You get the government you deserve.

December 20, 2008

Latest Free Gaza ship docks; fifth since August

Saturday, December 20, 2008
Latest Free Gaza ship docks; fifth since August - Israeli Navy demand ignored

Date: 20 / 12 / 2008 Time: 09:35

Gaza - Ma'an - A ship of civil society activists from around the globe
arrived in the Gaza Strip from Larnaca Port in Cyprus Saturday morning after
being accosted by Israeli warships.

The craft, the SS Dignity, pulled into Gaza Port at 8:00 am after the
Israeli Navy threatened to board and remove two Israelis from the boat.

"We know you have Israelis on board, so either turn back, or we will board
and take them off," said a voice on the ship's radio, the Free Gaza Movement
said in a statement.

"We are going to Gaza," Huwaida Arraf, the delegation leader, reportedly

Neta Golan, one of the Israelis on board and a co-founder of the
International Solidarity Movement stated, "Countries that commit crimes
against humanity often hide those crimes from their own people. Israel is
doing exactly that by not allowing Israelis to come in to witness what they
are doing in our name."

The Dignity also carried two envoys from the Eid Charity of Qatar who are
going to Gaza to "assess the tragedy there." They will return with concrete
proposals on what Qatar can do "to help alleviate Israel's collective
punishment of the 1.5 million Palestinians."

"This is just the beginning. We are delighted that we are finally able to
see the shores of Gaza and be the first Arab envoys to arrive. We will see
how we can work together to help relieve this terrible situation in Gaza,"
said Alaze Al-Qahtani.

"Everyone said it couldn't be done, that we would never be able to get to
Gaza. But we have now arrived for the fifth time," Darlene Wallach said.

"Now, other ships, especially cargo ships, need to follow in our wake,"
Wallach added.

The ship, carrying two members of the Qatari People's Initiative, is the
fifth Free-Gaza voyage to join what Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC)
member Al-Khudari has called the "ships' uprising."

Al-Khudari added that more such ships would follow, such as a Lebanese
vessel and a European parliamentarians' ship, which is due to arrive early
in January 2009.

December 19, 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, 12 noon in 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/

December 17, 2008

Resign Or Be Fired

Jurists tell Barak: Don't shell Gaza population centers By Amos Harel Haaretz Last update - 04:28 17/12/2008 www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1047267.html

Israel should not use artillery fire to target rocket-launching militants in
the Gaza Strip if the fire is aimed at populated areas, the defense
establishment's legal adviser recently told Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

"Artillery fire is permissible only in relatively open areas," Ahaz Benari
wrote in the legal opinion. "Artillery fire at urban areas is problematic,
if the assessment is that the chance that the shell will hit the launchers
is relatively low, while the risk that many civilians will be hurt is

Barak and Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi have previously expressed doubts
about an extensive Israel Defense Forces operation in Gaza now. Benari's
opinion appears to be backed by leading military prosecution officials,
though Attorney General Menachem Mazuz has yet to express a firm opinion on
the matter. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has promised to hold a cabinet
meeting on the issue shortly.

Benari wrote the legal opinion December 7, after cabinet ministers called
for a reexamination of the steps Israel is using to counter Qassam fire. The
opinion reviews international law on the matter and finds that while there
is no wholesale ban on artillery fire at sites from which rockets were
launched, the fire should be aimed at military targets and be able to
distinguish between the target and civilians or civilian property.

The opinion also states that if damage to civilians or their property is
expected as a result of the artillery fire, the IDF must make sure the
damage is not much greater than the expected military benefit - an
expression of the legal principle known as proportionality.

Meanwhile, Palestinian militants in Gaza fired seven Qassam rockets and
mortar shells on southern Israel yesterday, causing no injuries. Defense
officials said last night that even though Hamas leaders are saying the
cease-fire with Israel will not be extended past Friday, the organization
has not completely given up on continuing the lull.

The IDF developed a detailed procedure for artillery fire in Gaza in 2006,
which approves shooting only in open areas and mandates that a distance be
kept from buildings. But the IDF halted its use of artillery fire altogether
after accidentally killing 18 Palestinian civilians in the Gaza town of Beit
Hanun in November 2006, even though the artillery fire was meant to target
open areas.

The legal opinion also addressed the creation of ghost towns in Gaza,
involving the eviction of Gazans from their homes in areas Palestinian
militants use for launching rockets, as an Israeli response to the rocket
fire. Benari said international law allows Israel to warn the residents of
the intended IDF artillery response and evacuate a particular area for a
short time. But even then, he said, the IDF cannot engage in carpet bombing,
which would lead to the intended massive destruction of property that does
not constitute a legitimate target. He said Israel must also take into
account that some civilians will remain in the area even if they are advised
to leave.

So the terrorist can shell Israel with the support of the population of Gaza and the IDF hands are tied by lawyers.

I just don't have words to show my anger over how sick the decision making process has become when it comes to think about how to best defend the Jewish people.

If we would have operated this way in 1948 Israel would never have been born we would have been defeated.

Turn the IDF loose with one objective victory and tell the Chief of Staff if you can't produce resign or be fired.

'Iran could attack US with nuclear bomb'

The Jerusalem Post Internet Edition

Dec. 17, 2008
Associated Press , THE JERUSALEM POST

Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned Wednesday that if Iran acquires a nuclear weapon, it could try to attack the United States.

Barak said the world should press Iran to stop it from building nuclear weapons.

He spoke at a conference of the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University.

He said, "If it built even a primitive nuclear weapon like the type that destroyed Hiroshima, Iran would not hesitate to load it on a ship, arm it with a detonator operated by GPS and sail it into a vital port on the east coast of North America."

Indicating the possibility of a military strike, Barak said, "We are not taking any option off the table, and we recommend to the world not to take any option off the table, and we mean what we say."

December 16, 2008

Must Read Book

I have just finished reading Dr. Steven Carol's book on the Middle East "Middle East Rules of Thumb", my first impression is, where was this book 30 years ago.

In 30 years of living in the Middle East I have been a constant student of my enemy, for to know my enemy is the first step towards my victory over my enemy.

It is too bad that so many involved in the leadership of Israel have never really taken the time to learn who their enemy is and I include in this former Prime Ministers who are veterans of Israel's most elite unit.

They learned the mechanics of how to fight the enemy. but never the insight to give Israel the victory that it needs.

Dr. Carol's book however has value that goes well beyond the scope of the conflict involving Israel and our neighbors.

This book should be required reading for every member of the United States military that will serve boots on the ground in the war on Islamic terrorism and even more important for members of the American intelligence agencies.

Lastly every person with an interest in the current conflict be they Christian, Jews or as we have seen in the latest attacks in India, Hindu should read this book to help understand the war we are in and will be involved with for the next 100 years .


If The Shoe Fits

bush with shoe.jpg

Gazans rally in support of Bush shoe protest

(Video) Journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi, who hurled shoes at outgoing US president in Iraq, sparks wave of support in Strip. 'There's nothing better than this shoe to summarize what the Arab world thinks about this foolish president,' Gaza rally organizer tells Ynet
Roee Nahmias

The protestors expressed their full support for al-Zeidi's act and called for his immediate release. During the demonstration, they hurled shoes at a picture of Bush and burned flags of the United States and Israel.

Abu Abir, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees, told Ynet that the journalist represents everything the Arabs think about Bush.

"In his act he expressed what each and every person in the Arab world thinks and wishes to do. There are people who have made the pages of history in their heroic acts by sacrificing their body in suicide bombings or through scientific inventions.

"This hero Iraqi journalist has made the pages of history by throwing shoes in Bush's face. This is undoubtedly the most outstanding event to take place in 2008, and there's nothing better than this shoe to summarize what the Arab world thinks about this foolish president."

A petition calling for al-Zeidi's release has been distributed on the internet on behalf of the Hadash party.

Al-Zeidi was held Monday in Iraqi custody for investigation and could face charges of insulting a foreign leader and the Iraqi prime minister, who was standing next to Bush. Conviction carries a sentence of up to two years in prison or a small fine — although it's unlikely he would face the maximum penalty given his newfound cult status in the Arab world.

The journalist's brother, Dargam al-Zeidi, said that his brother did not plan the act in advance and acted "spontaneously".

In an interview with the American CNN network, al-Zeidi said his brother "represents millions of Iraqis interested in humiliating Bush the tyrant." He added that his brother despised "the material American occupation" and "the ideological Iranian occupation".

The brother and other people familiar with the journalist said his reports on the daily suffering of the Iraqi citizens had a great impact on him. According to Dargam al-Zeidi, most of his brother's reports dealt with widows, orphans and other poor people.

He would sometimes break into tears, the brother said, and end his reports with the words "reporting from occupied Baghdad."

Who will purchase shoes?

Meanwhile, the shoe-throwing incident continues to make headlines in the Arab world. The London-based Arabic-language al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper reported Tuesday that Ali al-Sabari, an independent Iraqi parliament member, offered to purchase the shoes for $25,000, while a Saudi businessman offered some $10 million for the same pair of shoes.

Meanwhile, Attorney Firas al-Jabouri, an expert in internal law, announced Monday that he was establishing a legal committee of some 100 lawyers to defend al-Zeidi.

"We immediately formed a front of some 100 lawyers specializing in international law in order to maintain the safety of journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi and have him treated like a prisoner of war. We'll chase them everywhere and provide him with protection," he said.

Multiple Shiite demonstrations were held in recent days in the Iraqi cities of Baghdad Najaf and Basra calling for al-Zeidi's immediate release. Meanwhile, many in the Arab world have expressed their joy over Bush's "humiliation".

The incident quickly infiltrated the internet with a slew of clips ridiculing the US president. Some of the animation videos show al-Zeidi throwing bombs, balls or cakes at Bush.

In the Arab culture, turning a show sole and hurling a shoe are considered acts of humiliation. Thus, Palestinians can be seen stepping on Israeli flags or waving their shows at pictures of hateful world leaders at anti-Israeli and anti-West demonstrations.

If President Bush continues to push for the creation of a State for these people that cheer on the shoe throwing piece of scum then President Bush will have prooven the people of Gaza correct.

He is a foolish President and has no idea of what the real world is like in the Middle East.

President Bush try to walk a mile in the shoes of the Jewish people before you want to build a terrorist State on our land.

December 07, 2008

I will be traveling over the next day and as a result will not post for the next 30 hours.

Police Scuttle Yafo-Gaza Sailing

(IsraelNN.com) Police Sunday morning nipped in the bud an attempt by Arab activists, including Arab Knesset Members, to sail to Gaza from Yafo (Jaffa), adjacent to Tel Aviv, in an attempt to challenge Israeli authority over coastal waters in the region. The action forestalls a confrontation with the Navy as the government takes action to stop ships from docking at Gaza.

Activists have said the boats are laden with food and medicine, but the government fears that the boats will be used to smuggle explosives and weapons into Gaza. Israel's agreement with the Palestinian Authority three years ago, when the IDF withdrew from all parts of the Gaza region, stated that Israel retains sovereignty over the air space and coastal waters until the Palestinian Authority can control terror. The Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza took control away from the Fatah-led PA more than a year ago.

December 05, 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, 12 noon in 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/

December 04, 2008

State prosecutor closes Leumi case against Olmert

Lador decides evidence gathered in case of sale of Bank Leumi's controlling shares does not warrant filing charges against prime minister, says Olmert's involvement in questionable bid minor
Aviad Glickman

State Prosecutor Moshe Lador decided Thursday to close the Bank Leumi case against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

The Leumi case centered on suspicions that Olmert, while being the locum tenens for the finance minister in Ariel Sharon's government, used his influence to make sure an Australian businessman, Frank Louie, won the bank's privatization tender.

After a lengthy investigation, the police recommended the case be closed.

"The manner in which Olmert conducted himself in this case, according to the evidence gathered, indicate that his actual involvement in the events was minor," said Lador's final brief, adding that the evidence at hand fail to substantiate any of the suspicions in the case.

The investigation, added the brief, did not answer all the questions regarding Olmert's conflict of interests in the sale of the bank's controlling shares, but nevertheless, the State Prosecutor's Office could not come up with any evidence which would support a criminal indictment.

'Every effort made'

The police findings in the case were studied by a special legal team, which included Lador, his deputy, the deputy attorney general, and the head of the State Prosecutor's Office's financial division.

Several months ago, the police were called on to supply the team with additional information to the case file. Attorney General Menachem Mazuz was not involved in the decision, since his sister, Yemima Mazuz, was a top legal counsel in the Treasury.

Olmert's communications director, Amir Dan, said that "from the onset of this case two years ago, the prime minister said that it would be closed, but he still found himself under daily, vicious attacks.

"It would have been wiser to wait patiently before declaring his guilt so bluntly. The prime minister is sure that the other cases against him will have a similar result."

A police statement said that the case entailed various investigative procedures, and that while some of the people involved were deposed, others were questioned under advisement.

The police, added the statement, searched the offices of the various lawyers who handled the bid, as well as the Finance and Industry, Trade and Labor ministries; and gathers various documents from investment banks, the Bank of Israel, communications companies and law firms.

The Department also held deposed witnesses in the US and Australia, all in the effort to get to the bottom of the case.

Is it possible for a corrupt Israeli politician to be indited.
Can we hold our heads high and be proud of the State of have created.
Should American Jews make aliyah and move to Israel.
If 500,000 American Jews moved to Israel the influence on the system would be dramatic. For Americans have a strong history of involvement as citizens with the government , where as the Jews from the Soviet Union or the Arab countries, which these two groups make up the majority of the Jewish population of Israel have a history of zero involvement with their governments in their prior places of residency.


Settlers to Ethiopian troops: Niggers don't expel Jews

Border Guard officers of Ethiopian descent report rising number of racially motivated verbal attacks from Hebron youths; Druze officers also suffer racist remarks
Danny Adino Ababa

Not only do they serve long and tiring hours in the reserve forces, and not only are they forced to deal with violent clashes with settlers, but now, Border Guard officers of Ethiopian descent are also faced with rising racism.

"Niggers don't expel Jews! This isn't what we brought you to Israel for!" are just some of the degrading slurs Border Guard officers reported hearing from masked settlers.

During the violent clashes between Israeli forces and settlers in Hebron on Tuesday "a bunch of veiled people started yelling at us: Who are you to expel us from our home? An Ethiopian does not expel a Jew! A nigger does not expel a Jew!" one Border Guard officer of Ethiopian descent recounted.

"I just didn't know what to do with myself," he said.

Officers 'deeply offended' by remarks

And it turns out this was not the only such incident to take place. Another officer reported that while arriving to make an arrest about a week and-a-half ago, a group of youths verbally attacked him saying, "Who told you to come and evacuate us? You Ethiopians. What are you, this State's niggers? Olmert's niggers?"

The officers said they were deeply offended by these remarks, but stressed that the ones making them were settler youths coming from outside of Hebron, and not the residents of the Jewish settlement or Kiryat Arba, who have treated them with respect.

Border Guard sources reported that racist remarks were also made against Druze soldiers. "We knew that this would happen so we instructed our officers in advance," said a source.

"We harshly condemn those extremists that bring a bad name to an entire public by using racial slurs against Border Guard fighters that spend night and day protecting residents of the West Bank.

"As part of the preparations for the mission the fighters were instructed to ignore such comments and carry out their mission with the utmost professionalism."

I am ashamed of the punks.

I support Jews living in all of the land that G-D gave us, I do not support the words these punks have directed at these Ethiopians.

How can we allow these punks to take a holy cause the settling of the land of Israel and defile this mitsvah by being such scum.

We know we lost the Second Temple because of sinat chinam, baseless hatred of your fellow Jew.

If our forefathers who had a higher level of knowledge of the Torah than we could ever hope to, lost the Second Temple because of sinat chinam. What chance does this generation have for keeping Judea and Samaria if we have allowed our children to grow up to be such scum and punks.

The Jews of Judea and Samaria, no in my opinion not only them but all the Jews who care about Israel's future must resist the efforts of the corrupt leadership to give our land to our enemies but we cannot sink to such shameful behavior.

December 03, 2008

Arab MKs to sail to Gaza

Arab Knesset members decide to take action, say they want 'Gaza babies to smile for a day'
Sharon Roffe-Ofir

A ship carrying Arab Knesset members and humanitarian aid, including medicine, food, and toys will be departing from the Jaffa Port Sunday and heading to the Gaza Strip.

"The Feast of Sacrifice will be held Monday, and we wish to see Gaza babies smiling for at least one day," said Zahi Nujaidat, of the Committee against the Siege, which initiated the move.

The ongoing Gaza blockade stirs great interest among Arab Israelis, and in recent days a large quantity of donated good was collected at many communities nationwide. Arab parties in Israel also held rallies to protest the situation under the Islamic Movement's auspices. Several Arab Knesset members attended the demonstrations.

The MKs, including Mohammad Barakeh and Ibraim Sarsur, said Israel is starving Strip residents, yet on Wednesday they decided to shift from words to actions.

"The decision was taken in the face of the critical situation of babies, women, and the elderly in the Strip," Nujaidat said. "This situation does not allow us to sit by idly in light of the chutzpah of the Israeli government, which doesn't care about the lives of Gazans."

Most Arab Knesset members are expected to sail on the ship, along with the Islamic Movement's Northern Branch Head, Sheikh Raed Salah.

"We hope the ship will mark our contribution to ending the siege," Nujaidat said. "The Feast of Sacrifice will be held Monday, and there are hundreds of families in Gaza that have nothing to eat…we hope that the goods we'll be bringing mitigate their ongoing pain, even if a little."

In recent months, three ships were able to reach the Gaza Strip despite Israel's blockade. The pervious ships were carrying foreign activists and parliamentarians.

Israeli-Arabs plan to go to Gaza by boat

Dec. 3, 2008 AP and Yaakov Katz , THE JERUSALEM POST

Leaders of Israel's Arab community say they'll head to Gaza on a boat laden with humanitarian aid to defy their government's blockade of the territory.

Zahi Nujeidat, a spokesman for Israel's Islamic Movement, said dozens of Arab Israelis will set sail Sunday from the Israeli port of Jaffa. It is the first such aid shipment sent from Israel.

So far, international activists have made three successful boat trips from Cyprus to Gaza. However, Israel's navy turned away a Libyan vessel earlier this week. Despite the blockade, more ships plan to set sail, including from Qatar.

Israel and Egypt imposed a closure on Gaza after militant group Hamas seized power in June 2007.

The Navy turned away th Al Marwa on Monday, ending the first effort by a sovereign country to break the blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory.

The boat was stopped as it approached Gaza after leaving Port Said in Egypt on Sunday. The Navy radioed the vessel and ordered it to turn back, officials said, noting that force was not used.

In Gaza's small port, spectators, journalists and dozens of porters had assembled to await the arrival of the Libyan ship.

A senior Libyan government official told the Associated Press that the ship would return to Libya.

"The Israeli warships are making it difficult for the ship to reach the Gaza coast, in spite of the fact that this is a civilian ship sent to help Palestinians during the siege," the official said.

Why don't we all just take boats to Gaza.

Last summer when I said the first boats must be stopped this is the reason why.

December 02, 2008

Ship hired by Jordan Islamists to sail to Gaza December 20

By DPA Last update - 23:11 02/12/2008

A group of Jordanian Islamists will set sail for the Gaza Strip from the
Jordanian port of Aqaba on December 20 with the aim of breaking the siege of
the Palestinian territory, the leader of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood
movement announced Tuesday.

The decision was announced at a press conference attended by leaders of the
Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood movement and its political arm, the Islamic
Action Front (IAF).

The Brotherhood's leader, Hammam Saeed, said that the inhabitants of the
Gaza Strip were being exposed to "a tragedy as represented by an appalling
and inhuman blockade that had reached new proportions by preventing them
from performing pilgrimage."

Gazan Muslims have been prevented from performing their obligatory
pilgrimage, or Hajj, duties due to the ongoing blockade of Gaza and
infighting between Hamas and Fatah, the two rival Palestinian factions.

Saeed urged Egypt to reopen the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt
in order to allow thousands of pilgrims to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform
hajj rituals at the Grand Mosque of Mecca, due to begin on Saturday.

The Brotherhood leader also unveiled a series of activities and
demonstrations to be launched throughout the country in the run-up to the
ship's sailing on December 20.

On Monday Israeli authorities turned back a Libyan ship carrying
humanitarian aid that had been bound for Gaza.

Earlier this year several vessels with foreign pro-Palestinian activists on
board succeeded in docking at Gaza's seaport.

Qatari charity seeks to defy Gaza blockade

Agence France-Presse - 02 December, 2008 www.gulfinthemedia.com/index.php?id=445381&news_type=Top〈=en

A Qatari charity said on Monday it plans to ship one tonne of medical aid to
the Gaza Strip this week in a bid to defy an Israeli blockade on the tiny
Palestinian territory.

"We intend to send a boat in a symbolic gesture, carrying a tonne of medcine
to our brothers in Gaza," said Abdallah al-Nimaa, vice president of the
pro-Islamist Qatar Charity Organisation.

Nimaa told AFP the ship is to sail from Doha on Friday although he expects
the Israeli authorities to stop the vessel from reaching Gaza, where most of
its 1.5 million people depend on foreign aid.

"We expect Israeli warships to bar the Qatari aid ship, however we are
determined," he said, adding that the organisation did not request an
Israeli permit.

The announcement came as Israeli warships barred a Libyan ship carrying
3,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid from reaching Gaza, forcing it to divert
towards Egypt.

Israel sealed off its crossings with Gaza -- the impoverished territory's
main gateway for food and humanitarian aid -- as well as its maritime
borders after the Islamist movement Hamas violently seized power there in
June 2007.

If Israel had only taken care of business last summer when the first two yachts full of friends of terrorist were dealt with in a forceful way none of this never would be happening.

December 01, 2008

Arab League warns Israel of attacking Gaza Strip

Arab League warns Israel of attacking Gaza Strip
Kuwait News Agency - 01 December, 2008

The Arab League warned Israel on Sunday against launching a military
operation in Gaza Strip, saying Israel will ignore all limits during its
upcoming elections.

The League's Assistant Secretary General for Palestine Affairs Ambassador
Mohammad Sabeeh told KUNA the Israeli threat of a large-scale imminent
military operation on Gaza means more "Israeli stupidity in exposing the
Palestinian people to more tragedies." Israeli will not be the winner in
such an aggression, but will be the biggest loser, especially that it
imposed an unjust siege on Gaza Strip that is witnessed by international
organizations that say Israel is committing war crimes and crimes against
humanity, he said.

"Does Israel want more such crimes?" he wondered.

Sabeeh said all disasters and tragedies in Palestine were the result of
Israeli occupation and settlement-building that caused tension and despair
among the Palestinians, leading to the tragic situations and conflicts.

He pointed out that the Arab League began implementing the decisions of the
irregular meeting of Arab foreign ministers that stressed the importance of
supporting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas until the end of the
Palestinian elections so that Israel does not claim there is no Palestinian
side to hold talks with.

He called Arab countries to provide urgent aid to the Palestinian people,
noting that the aid could be delivered to Palestine through Egypt and Jordan
in coordination with the League.

The League did not receive any notification about aid from Arab countries
yet, although some of them announced they will send ships of aid to the
Palestinian people, he said.

He praised the announcement by Qatar of sending aid to Gaza Strip, where
there is shortage in medicine and food.

Meanwhile, Sabeeh said Abbas had told Egypt and the League that he supports
unconditional inter-Palestinian talks.

The Arab League official said Arabs never considered imposing punishments on
the Palestinian side that hinders negotiations, emphasizing that the
punishments already imposed on the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West
Bank are enough.

He stressed that all Palestinian sides are encouraged to continue talks to
reach unity.

Read my answer below, enough said.

Get Tough

Monday, December 1, 2008 Libya slams Israel for blocking boat to Gaza

Libya slams Israel for blocking boat
YAAKOV KATZ, Herb Keinon and Shelly Paz , THE JERUSALEM POST Nov. 30, 2008

Libya condemned Israel on Monday for preventing a Libyan boat from breaking
the blockade against the Gaza Strip, calling the IDF a "terrorist, Zionist
army" for taking such action.

In a statement released by the official Libyan news agency, the country said
that Israel had sent two navy ships, a fighter jet, and a submarine to force
the boat to turn around.

Independent Palestinian lawmaker Jamal Khoudari said the ship was carrying
food, medicine, blankets and powdered milk, and after docking in Egypt, was
set to sail from a Libyan Port to Gaza on Monday.

"This ship is coming to Gaza to help the Palestinian people who are under
siege," Khoudari told The Jerusalem Post by phone from Gaza. "This ship is
safe and will help us since it is carrying food and medicine. There is no
reason to stop it."

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak met Thursday
night to discuss the ship and according to officials, decided not to allow
it to arrive in Gaza. The Israeli Navy has been put on high alert and ships
have been given orders to stop the boat as it enters Israeli waters.

"We will treat this boat different than the earlier ones that were allowed
into Gaza," one official said. "Libya is a hostile state to Israel and what
guarantees do we have that the boat is not carrying weapons and explosives
for Hamas?"

Senior Foreign Ministry officials said a decision on whether to allow the
boat in would only be taken when it approached Israel's territorial waters.
A spokesman for Olmert declined comment.

Since September Israel has allowed into the Gaza Strip three boats chartered
by the US-based Free Gaza movement that set sail from Cyprus.

Meanwhile, Barak decided to keep the crossings into the Gaza Strip closed on
Monday after the Kassam landed in Sderot, sending one person into shock.
Another rocket landed in an open field, causing no harm.

Again no boats should be allowed into Gaza and nothing should be allowed to enter Gaza or leave Gaza.

As long as Israel receives fire from Gaza it should be sealed.

Then Israel should warn the Arabs of Gaza that one more attack will result in the invasion of Gaza by the IDf and the expelling of every living thing from Gaza at the end of the return of the IDF.

The Israeli government should then beg forgiveness from the Jews that were thrown from their homes and ask them to return and pay them the funds still owed them so they can rebuild Gaza into a productive place that will once again grow something other than terrorism.

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