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January 31, 2009

Kassam rocket hits Ashkelon region


JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST Jan. 31, 2009
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Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip fired a Kassam rocket at Israel on
Saturday morning, the third since both Israel and Hamas declared cease-fires
on January 18.

The rocket landed in an open area near a kibbutz in the Ashkelon area.

There were no reports of casualties or damage in the attack.

Prior to the rocket landing, 'Color Red' sirens sounded in the area,
prompting residents to seek shelter.

On Thursday, a rocket was fired at the Sha'ar Hanegev region, and on
Wednesday another landed in the Eskol region. Both rockets landed in open
areas, causing no casualties or damage.

January 30, 2009

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.

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FM Livni was apartment sitter in Paris for the Mossad


Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 22 July 2008 [Redistributed on 30 January 2009 when
Kadima campaign broadcast featured that she "served in the Mossad"].

Israel Television correspondent Ayala Chason revealed this evening on the
Mabat Television News program that FM Tzipi Livni served as an apartment
sitter in Paris for the Mossad. Chason explained that it is standard
procedure for people to live in apartments used by the Mossad overseas so
that they have normal use (electricity, etc.) and thus don't get attention.

Chason noted that Livni took a Mossad course towards the end of her service
to become an agent, but she opted out of the course at the very end of it in
order to marry and then left the Mossad.

Chason observed that while she could not definitively say that Livni never
acted as an agent while in Paris that this would be in contravention of the
Mossad operating procedures that requires people to first complete the
course.

January 29, 2009

Haaretz-Dialog poll: Yisrael Beiteinu overtakes Labor


Thursday, January 29, 2009


25 [29] Kadima headed by Livni
14 [19] Labor
28 [12] Likud
10 [12] Shas
15 [11] Yisrael Beteinu
03 [03] "Jewish Home" (previously NRP)
05 [06] Yahadut Hatorah
05 [05] Meretz
00 [00] Green Party
02 [07] Retirees Party
09 [10] Arab parties
00 [00] Meimad
00 [00] Strong Israel (Efraim Sneh)
04 [06] National Union (reconstituted)
00 [00] Green Leaf (legalize marijuana)

Haaretz-Dialog poll: Yisrael Beiteinu overtakes Labor
By Yossi Verter Haaretz Last update - 07:14 29/01/2009
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1059737.html

January 28, 2009

Kassam rocket lands in western Negev; no casualties or damage reported

JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST Jan. 28, 2009
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A Kassam rocket fired by Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip on
Wednesday morning landed in an open field in the western Negev.

No casualties or damage were reported.

January 27, 2009

IDF: Hamas didn't carry out attack – but is responsible

Ambush on IDF patrol near Kissufim crossing executed by pro-Iranian militant group whose extremism outstrips even Hamas. Army stresses that even if Hamas didn't carry out the attack, it authorized it
Hanan Greenberg

The attack on an IDF force patrolling the Gaza border earlier on Tuesday was carried out by a cell belonging to the Worldwide Jihad. An IDF tracker serving with the Gaza Division's southern brigade was killed and three additional soldiers were seriously wounded. The name of the tracker, a Bedouin from Rahat, is being withheld at the request of his family

An Islamist group affiliated with Al-Qaeda calling itself the 'Jihad and Tawhid Brigades' claimed responsibility for the attack. The group delivered the announcement to the Ramattan news agency, which distributed the footage.

The IDF believes that the cell behind the attack is an extremist pro-Iranian group, which espouses a militant ideology that surpasses even Hamas' positions in its opposition to Israel. The group receives direct support from Tehran, but is connected in various ways to Hamas as well.

The army says that even though the attack was executed by this group, Hamas was involved and at the very least gave its consent to the plot.

Later in the afternoon the IAF targeted one of the perpetrators of the attack in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis. Hussain Abu Shamia, a prominent operative belonging to the Worldwide Jihad, was confirmed injured in the strike. However military officials believe that Israel must broaden its response to the attack in order to deliver a stronger message to Hamas that Israel will not tolerate such violations of the ceasefire.

The army has prepared a number of options for retaliatory action and is now waiting for a green light from the political echelon.

Military sources estimates that Hamas will continue using other organization to operate through in an effort to minimize Israel's response against its ranks and infrastructure but rather only against the smaller armed groups in Gaza. Senior officials said on Tuesday evening that they see Hamas as solely responsible for the attack, and have no intention of playing along with its scheme to evade responsibility.

January 26, 2009

Carter: Hamas can be trusted

Former president, in interview with NBC, claims Palestinian group 'adhered to ceasefire', adds 'ME peace not possible without Hamas involvement'

Yitzhak Benhorin
Published: 01.26.09, 19:17 / Israel News

Hamas can be trusted, former US President Jimmy Carter said Monday, in an interview on NBC's 'Today' show. Carter spoke with NBC's Meredith Vieira about his perspective on the Middle East conflict, and his new book, "We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land."

According to the former president, Hamas never deviated from their commitments as per the ceasefire agreement. He said that, during his meetings with Hamas leaders in Damascus and Gaza, he was promised that Hamas would honor agreements between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israel, as long as they were supported by public referendum.

Jimmy, do the world a favor and drop dead already.

Because you are nothing more than a Jew hating bigot that would love to see Israel destroyed, so when you drop dead I will not shed a tear.

Netanyahu: Likud-led government wouldn't build new settlements

By Barak Ravid Haaretz Last update - 08:17 26/01/2009 www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1058760.html

A Likud-led government would not build new settlements in the West Bank but
would allow for natural growth, Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu told
Quartet envoy Tony Blair Sunday, in an apparent attempt to calm the
international community before this week's arrival of George Mitchell, the
newly appointed U.S. envoy to the Middle East.

"I have no intention of building new settlements in the West Bank,"
Netanyahu told Blair in a meeting Sunday. "But like all the governments
there have been until now, I will have to meet the needs of natural growth
in the population. I will not be able to choke the settlements."

Netanyahu also said he plans to work to advance negotiations with the
Palestinians quickly and to focus on economic development.

"Every moment of stagnation isn't good, and I plan to deal with the
Palestinian issue very intensively," he said.


This is the true face of Bibi, he is not conservative. He never has been and never will be he is two faced and a liar.
He talks a good game but when it comes down to it he is now different than Olmert, Barak or Livini.

We are lead by Cowards,Scum and Traitors, one and all.

January 25, 2009

Hamas offers Israel year-long truce

Islamist group figure Ayman Taha tells reporters in Cairo his delegation rejected Israeli proposal for year-and-a-half long ceasefire with only partial opening of border, countered with offer for year-long truce including opening of all border crossings
Ali Waked and AP

As a Hamas delegation discussed a materializing ceasefire Sunday with Egyptian Intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman, a spokesman for the organization in Gaza reiterated its stark rejection of a long-term truce with Israel.

Radwan spoke after Egyptian officials, including Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit, announced Cairo was preparing to proceed to the next step in truce talks between Hamas and Israel, attempting to render it a long term agreement.

Hamas official Ayman Taha told reporters in Cairo that his delegation was briefed by the Egyptians on an Israeli proposal for a year-and-a-half long truce with only partial opening of the border, which they rejected.

Hamas countered the proposal with one including a year-long truce and the opening of all border crossings, which Taha said must now be discussed with leaders in Damascus.

The issue of new system to monitor the border crossings is key to preserving the cease-fire, and Israel, the United States and Egypt are trying to work out security arrangements to ensure Hamas does not smuggle weapons into the strip before any opening.


'We began to return what we'd lost'

Taha told journalists after the talks that the Islamist group was open to Turkish observers being part of the monitoring system, alongside the Europeans stipulated in a 2005 agreement on the border crossings.

That agreement, supported by Egypt and Israel, also stated that the borders should be controlled by members of Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas' presidential guard.

Radwan's response was a restatement of a speech by Hamas representative in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan, who said the Palestinian organizations were justified in smuggling arms into Gaza.

"No one has the right to prevent the Palestinians from equipping themselves with weapons as long as the occupation continues," he said.

Hamdan added that the organizations had already launched their rearmament immediately upon the declaration of a short-term ceasefire, and said Palestinians in the West Bank should do the same.

He said Hamas had smuggled arms into the Strip during the IDF's operation, and that the organization would not "surrender to any dictates".

"From the first day of the ceasefire we began to return what we'd lost and to improve what we have in our hands," Hamdan said. "No ships, planes, or technology and satellite imagery will prevent the weapons smuggling."

He said the smuggling required "a lot of sacrifice and martyrs and people lost," but that weapons were arriving and would "continue to arrive".

January 23, 2009

Study: Conflict has cost Middle East $12 trillion


Unless the region's conflicts are resolved, the costs will continue to mount, said the study by India's Strategic Foresight Group, backed by governments or other agencies in Norway, Qatar, Switzerland and Turkey.

"The choice they have to make is the choice between the danger of devastation and the promise of peace," said Sundeep Waslekar, the group's president and one of the report's authors.

The figures are all the more striking as global recession and slowdown forces governments to scramble for billions of dollars to shore up banks and economies.

The study looks at the costs of the failure to conclude peace after the 1991 Madrid conference - an attempt by the international community to start Israeli-Arab peace talks in the wake of the Gulf War - negating many of the region's advantages in location, resources and education.

The report looks at conflict in the entire region from Iran to Egypt, including between Israel and its Arab neighbors, the war in Iraq, tension between Iran and Israel and al-Qaeda's activities in the Middle East. It also includes rivalry between the Palestinian organizations Hamas and Fatah.

Much of the discussion at Friday's presentation of the report centered on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the aftermath of Israel's 22-day assault on the Gaza Strip that killed 1,300 Palestinians, wounded 5,000 and left thousands homeless. Israel lost 10 soldiers and three civilians.


Half as rich
The report estimates the opportunity costs of conflict in the region at 2% of growth in gross domestic product. It implies peace combined with good governance and sound economic policies would allow some countries to grow at 8%.

Some costs - emotive ones such as the deaths of children and political intangibles such as the loss of America's credibility - are difficult to quantify in monetary terms, but the study tracks them.


One conclusion is that individuals in most countries are half as rich as they would have been if peace had taken off in 1991.

Incomes per head in Israel next year would be $44,241 with peace against a likely $23,304. In the West Bank and Gaza Strip they would be $2,427 instead of $1,220.

For Iraq, income per head next year is projected at $2,375, one quarter of the $9,681 that would have been possible without the conflicts of the past two decades.

One intangible cost is the loss of human dignity. The study points to some economic consequences by calculating that negotiating checkpoints to and from Ramallah in the West Bank has cost Palestinians 100 million person hours since 2000.

All countries in the region are suffering from conflict, Waslekar said.

If instability drives the price of oil back to $100 a barrel once the recession ends, it would wipe out all the gains from trade liberalization of the past 20-30 years, he said.

"Considering the enormity of the costs evidenced in this report which have direct or indirect negative consequences for the whole world, the urgent necessity of a stronger international engagement is inescapable," said Thomas Greminger, a senior Swiss diplomat who worked on the study.

MERF Appearence

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PA Official Says End of Gaza Operation was Premature

Reported: 10:42 AM - Jan/23/09

(IsraelNN.com) Israel made a "big mistake" by ending Operation Cast Lead without bringing down the Hamas regime in Gaza, according to a Palestinian Authority (PA) official in Ramallah quoted by the Jerusalem Post on Friday. The official added, "The fact that Hamas is still in power is bad for all."

While Hamas and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction talk reconciliation, both sides are taking harsh measures against each other. The PA has arrested a number of Hamas members in Judea and Samaria while accusing Hamas of killing and wounding Fatah members in Gaza. Hamas sources say that some detainees being held in PA security installations have had been "brutally tortured" by their interrogators

January 22, 2009

'Armed men seize Jordanian relief cargo in Gaza'

By Hani Hazaimeh Jordan Times 21 January 2009
http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=13669

AMMAN - Anonymous armed men captured a 13-truck convoy laden with foodstuff
donated by Jordanians after entering the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official
told
The Jordan Times Tuesday.

Neither the convoy's drivers nor the trucks, which entered Gaza at the Karm
Abu Salem crossing, are Jordanian, said the official who spoke on condition
of anonymity.

The drivers were released; the hijackers drove the trucks.

The shipment was unloaded from a Jordanian convoy after it crossed into the
Palestinian territories and then carried by non-Jordanian trucks rented by
UNRWA into Gaza.

The Palestinian Authority official said: "This is not the first incident of
this kind. We have learned that the food items, which were supposed to be
given to Gazans for free, were being sold in the marketplace in Gaza City."

On Monday, an 11-truck convoy carrying food items from Kuwait was also
seized at gunpoint, he added.

The Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation spokesperson denied he was
informed of any hijacked aid convoys.

Government officials in Amman did not know about the case or were not
available for comment.

UNRWA spokesperson Sami Mshasha told The Jordan Times on the phone from
Jerusalem that he was not aware of any hijacked aid convoy, being busy with
arrangements for the visit of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to Gaza.

Mshasha said he would follow up on the report, but remained unavailable
despite repeated attempts by The Jordan Times to contact him.

January 21, 2009

Stupid

Barak declares victory as IDF completes Gaza withdrawal Jan. 21, 2009 YAAKOV KATZ and Herb Keinon , THE JERUSALEM POST

Defense Minister Ehud Barak declared victory as the IDF completed its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday putting an official end to Operation Cast Lead against Hamas.

"We won in a big way," Barak told Channel 2. "Hamas was dealt a blow it never imagined and will be quiet now for a long time."

Barak also said that he believes the military operation in Gaza, "in more ways than one, possibly increased the chances that we can make progress on Gilad Schalit."

Gaza smuggling routes operational again
Jan. 21, 2009
BRENDA GAZZAR and AP , THE JERUSALEM POST

Smuggling into Gaza from Egypt is underway again, only days after the end of the IDF operation against Hamas.

AP Television News footage showed Palestinian smugglers Wednesday filling a fuel truck with petrol that came through a cross-border tunnel from Egypt. The footage also shows workers busy clearing blocked tunnels and bulldozers carrying out other repairs.

One of the stated goals of the IDF offensive was to stop the smuggling through the hundreds of tunnels under the border. The goods coming through have included a steady flow of rockets and other weapons.


How stupid do you think we are you Coward, Scum and Traitor, Barak.

I don't care what you did in the unit raids into terrorist held cities, rescue of hijacked aircraft don't matter today.

Today you lie to our face and think we are stupid enough to buy what you are selling, we are not that stupid you are stupid if you think we are.

Yoni Called It Again


Arab parties win disqualification appeal

High Court overturns Central Elections Committee's decision to bar Balad, United Arab List-Ta'al form participating in nearing elections
Aviad Glickman

The High Court of Justice overturned the Central Elections Committee's decision to disqualify the Arab parties, Balad and United Arab List-Ta'al from taking part in the next Knesset race.

The Central Elections Committee explained its decision by saying that since neither party recognized Israel as the Jewish homeland; they were not eligible to bid in the nearing general elections.

Twenty-six of the committee's members were in favor of barring Balad from the elections, while 21 supported the decision to ban United Arab List-Ta'al.

Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, appealed the decision with the High Court of Justice, on behalf of both parties.

Wednesday's appeal was heard before a nine-judge panel, as required by law: The petition filed by United Arab List-Ta'al on its disqualification was granted unanimously; while Balad's appeal was granted by a majority of eight, with Justice Edmond Levy objecting.

Attorney General Menachem Mazuz, who was asked to prepare a brief on the matter for the court, said Monday that he saw no grounds to prevent the Arab parties from taking part in the elections.

Mazuz' further noted that the decision to disqualify the Arab parties was based on "flimsy evidence."

Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List-Ta'al) welcomed the decision: "We have beaten fascism. This fight is over but the battle is not. Racism has become a trend in Israel… the court's decision has righted a wrong by Kadima and Labor."

Balad Chairman, MK Jamal Zahalka reiterated the sentiment: "This decision is a blow to Lieberman and the fascist Right, as well as to Kadima, the Likud and Labor, which stood by the disqualification.

"Balad stands by its platform. The court's decision is a victory to the Arab public and to anyone who seeks democracy… we call on everyone to back the notion of 'a people state' and a life of equality bar discrimination."



Democracy verse the status of a Jewish State.

I have no problem with Arabs being in the Knesset since our founding fathers allowed Arabs living inside the borders of Israel to be citizens, and we must stand with that decision. But with citizenship in Israel their must come restrictions since we are a nation that has been at war since before we were a nation.

I don't care if you are a Jew or an Arab if you call for the destruction of the State of Israel, you should not be allowed in the Knesset.

Remember I called this when the Knesset banned these two parties, both of which call for the destruction of Israel, that the High Court would over turn the will of the Knesset.

January 20, 2009

Hamas fires 8 mortar shells

Terrorists testing Israel: Mortar shells launched from central Gaza, land in Palestinian areas

Hanan Greenberg
Published: 01.20.09, 20:27 / Israel News

Shaky ceasefire in Gaza: Palestinian terrorists fired eight mortar shells from the central Gaza Strip Tuesday, the army said. However, it appears all shells landed in Palestinian areas, possibly due to a malfunction.

In one case, the Air Force spotted a mortar near a refugee camp and targeted it.

IDF officials are closely monitoring developments in the Strip and estimate that the shells were fired by Hamas and other terrorist groups that are attempting to "generate" several terror attacks daily.

Army sources told Ynet that terrorists resorted to mortar fire, rather than a more potent attack, as not to prompt a harsh IDF response, while still maintaining a certain level of terror activity. The IDF said that the mortar attacks constitute a violation of the Gaza ceasefire and that the army will convey an unequivocal message to Hamas that such attacks are unacceptable and would not be disregarded.



I just can't understand how the Palestinians could break the truce. This is so unlike our partners for peace to break the truce.
Maybe one day we can be more like our enemy, instead of the wimps that we have become.

January 19, 2009

Fatah=Hamas, Hamas=Fatah

The Jerusalem Post Internet Edition

Fatah: We also fought Israel in Gaza
Jan. 19, 2009
Khaled Abu Toameh , THE JERUSALEM POST

Fatah's armed wing, the Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, announced on Monday that its men in the Gaza Strip fired 102 rockets and 35 mortars at Israel during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip.

The group also said that its snipers shot and wounded three IDF soldiers and detonated six explosive devices against the Israeli troops during the invasion.

This was the first time that Fatah had confirmed that its members had been fighting alongside Hamas during the war. But it's not clear whether the decision to involve the armed Fatah group in the battles was taken by the faction's leadership in the West Bank.

When the military offensive began, some Fatah officials publicly called on their men in the Gaza Strip to participate in the fighting against the IDF.

The Aqsa Martyrs Brigades revealed that Ali Hijazi, one of its top commanders who was in charge of cells that fired rockets at Israel, was killed during the operation.

The group said that most of its rocket and mortar attacks were carried out in cooperation with members of Islamic Jihad's armed wing, the Al-Quds Battalions.



This is Fatah the peace makers the moderates, President Bush it is too late for you to learn, I pray President Obama learns what I have said all along. Fatah = Hamas, Hamas = Fatah.

As for Israeli leaders, you know what you are: Cowards, Scum, and Traitors for allowing the lie that Fatah is involved with any notion of peace to be told as the truth.

January 18, 2009

"Victory"

Israel has declared victory and a cease fire, never mind the 14 rockets and 3 mortars fired into Israel resulting in two wounded since the "victory" was proclaimed by our leaders.

Our leaders are fools and are laying the foundation, for the next destruction of Israel and massive suffering and death of Jews.

They seek protection from our enemies by countries, which are not our friends and will do little or nothing to protect Jewish lives.

Our leaders feel no guilt or shame at the loss of life on both sides that achieved nothing. To kill our enemy is part of war, but to kill our enemy without gaining victory and security is immoral. To kill our boys in a campaign that gained nothing is so wrong, that I can't understand how our leaders can ever look our soldiers in the eyes again, much less those of us that have given our sons to the IDF.

This "victory" is worse than our "victory" over Hezbollah in 2006.

I don't know how many more "victories" like this Israel can stand.

I call on all Israeli's to boycott the election next month since all our leaders are the same, Cowards, Scum and Traitors to the Jewish people and Israel.

Am Israel Chai

January 17, 2009

Can't We Protect Ourselves

Cabinet Okays Unilateral Truce; Hamas Continues Rocket Fire Tevet 21, 5769, 17 January 09 11:13 by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

(IsraelNN.com) The government approved a unilateral truce Saturday night as Hamas continued to attack. Two Cabinet ministers, Finance Minister Ronnie Bar-On (Kadima) and Industry Trade and Labor Minister Eli Yishai (Shas) voted against the decision. Rafi Eitan (Pensioners), Minister for Pensioners' Affairs, abstained although he previously threatened to resign if the government okayed a ceasefire without the return of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.

Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told a press conference that the Cast Lead counterterrorist operation has achieved gains beyond expectations in the three weeks since it began. He pointed out that Hamas rocket fire has been reduced and that the IDF has wiped out most of the group's long-range arsenal.

However, he warned residents of southern Israel not to expect an immediate end to rocket attacks.

Minutes after he spoke, Hamas attacked the Be'er Sheva area with a rocket that exploded in an open area. Several minutes before he spoke, Hamas carried out its threat not to halt attacks and fired on Ashkelon and Ashdod, where one home sustained a direct hit. No one was physically wounded, but several people were hospitalized for treatment of shock.

The house sustained heavy damage, and power was knocked out in the neighborhood.

The Prime Minister said that four countries - Germany, France, Italy and Britain - have committed to sending personnel to stop smuggling of weapons into Gaza. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said his army will send warships to patrol the Gaza coast.

He held out an olive branch to the Palestinian Authority, saying that Israel considers the Gaza region part of a future Arab state to be created within Israel's current borders.

Hamas earlier rejected the expected unilateral ceasefire, stating that "resistance and confrontation will continue" until the IDF withdraws from Gaza.

The government truce calls for the IDF to remain in the area but not to attack effective 2 a.m. Sunday (7 p.m. Saturday EST), but allows soldiers with complete freedom to retaliate if Hamas continues to attack.



Once again the weak leadership of Israel seeks others to provide for Israel's security.

We need the armies of Germany, France, Italy and England to protect us.

Has the IDF been put out of business?

Can't we protect ourselves?

This Is Immoral


IDF estimates Hamas will continue rocket fire in coming days

'We are preparing for the possibility that Hamas didn't get the message and that we'll be forced to resume the offensive and perhaps intensify it,' source close to Defense Minister Barak says
Roni Sofer

While Israel's unilateral ceasefire in Gaza went into effect at 2 am Sunday, the security establishment estimates Hamas will continue to fire rockets and mortars toward the country's southern region in the coming days to prove that they "have the "last word in the conflict.

Earlier Defense Minister Ehud Barak told reporters that IDF forces will remain deployed in Gaza.

"We are holding our fire, but will remain vigilant," he said, "we've met our military objectives and are now holding our fire, but Hamas may fire at the forces and the home front. The army will remain deployed in Gaza and is prepared to continue and even expand the operation if needed. Israel's citizens must also be prepared."

Senior Hamas figures have already declared that the Islamist group will not be laying down its arms just yet.

Group spokesman Fauzi Barhoum said that "a unilateral ceasefire does not mean an end to the aggression and siege, which also constitute components of war. Therefore, this means the resistance is not over yet," while Hamas representative in Lebanon Osama Hamadan said that "If the Israeli military continues its existence in the Gaza Strip, this is a wide door for the resistance against the occupation forces."

Israeli military officials have postulated that Hamas will hold its fire within three days

This is what I have been afraid of, Israel stopping the job before it really achieved anything.

So all the human life that has been lost on both sides has been for nothing.

This is immoral.

On the other hand if it would take 500,000 Palestinian dead to stop the rockets this would be a moral war and one that I would support.

January 16, 2009

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/

Turn Up The Pressure on Gaza

3 lightly hurt in rocket attack on Kiryat Gat

Palestinian gunmen in Gaza continue to target southern Israel despite IDF presence: Two rockets explodes in Kiryat Gat for first time, injuring three people; another projectile directly hits Ashdod factory; no injuries reported

Tova Dadon
Latest Update: 01.16.09, 14:35 / Israel News

Two rockets fired by Palestinian gunmen in northern Gaza exploded in the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Gat for the first time Friday afternoon. Three people sustained minor injuries in the attack, while at least two others were treated for shock. Severe damage was caused to shops located in close proximity to the landing site.

One of the rockets landed near a large medical facility, but none of its patients were hurt.

A short while later a rocket landed in Ashdod, directly hitting a factory. There were no reports of injury, but damage was caused to the structure. Another projectile fired from Gaza at around 3 pm landed in the yard of a house in the southern city; no injuries or damage were reported.

False alarms were heard in Beersheba and Ashkelon.

The attacks on Israel began in the early morning hours, when five rockets fired from Gaza landed in open areas in the Negev's Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported.

We are in day 21 and Hamas has struck has reached out to strike targets at even greater distance than they have in the past.

It is time for Israel to escalate the operations in Gaza even more.

The mission must remain no more rockets from Gaza being fired into Israel.

Analysis: Security kingpin held Gaza in iron grip


Friday, January 16, 2009


Khaled Abu Toameh , THE JERUSALEM POST Jan. 15, 2009
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1231950868535&pagename=JPArticle%2FShowFull

The death of Said Siam is not only a blow to Hamas morale, but also a
personal setback for Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and Mahmoud Zahar, the
group's "foreign minister."

The two lost not only a longtime friend, but also the man who was in charge
of their personal security. In addition, Siam's main task was to ensure the
stability of the Hamas regime and thwart any attempt by Fatah to regain
control of the Gaza Strip.

Siam was considered by many Palestinians to be the movement's "defense
minister." In his capacity as minister of interior in the Hamas government
headed by Haniyeh, the 50-year-old Siam was in charge of all of the security
forces and armed groups operating in the Gaza Strip.

Siam, who won the largest number of votes in his constituency during the
January 2006 parliamentary election, was first appointed interior minister
in the Hamas government sworn in by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
Abbas.

But Siam clashed with the Fatah security chiefs in the Gaza Strip, who
refused to operate under his jurisdiction and instead reported to Abbas.

In response, Siam established his own security force, known as the Executive
Force, which served as another Hamas armed group in Gaza. The Force, which
consisted of more than 12,000 gunmen, reported directly to Siam, and its men
often clashed with rival Fatah policemen.

Siam resigned when Fatah and Hamas decided to form a national unity
government in line with an agreement reached in Mecca under the auspices of
the Saudi ruling family.

When the Fatah-Hamas coalition collapsed a few months later, Siam returned
to his former post.

In the summer of 2007, he played a major role in the Hamas takeover of the
Gaza Strip. Fatah operatives and leaders continued to regard him as a fierce
enemy after they were forced to flee to Egypt and the West Bank.

Siam, a former school teacher who graduated from a college in Ramallah, was
first arrested by Israel in 1988. He was sentenced to four years in prison
for security offenses and membership in a terror organization.

In 1992 he was among some 400 Hamas members Israel deported to southern
Lebanon in response to the kidnapping and murder of a Border Police officer.

Siam also spent some time in Palestinian Authority prison after the PA was
established in 1994.

The Fatah leadership in Ramallah considered Siam its No. 1 enemy, especially
after he announced that Hamas had seized documents in a formerly
Fatah-controlled security headquarters that proved the PA had been
collaborating with Israel against Hamas and other Palestinian factions.

Siam also enraged the Fatah leaders by threatening to publish documents that
were seized by Hamas and showed that the PA security forces had been spying
on the PA leadership and some Arab countries.

As in the case of Nizar Rayyan, another senior Hamas representative killed
by Israel during Operation Cast Lead, it was hard on Thursday to find words
of sympathy for Siam among Fatah members or the PA leadership in the West
Bank.

On the contrary, a number of Fatah and PA officials privately expressed
relief over the killing of Siam and said that his absence from the scene
would pave the way for reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.

Siam was seen as the No. 2 Hamas man in the Gaza Strip, and some of his
supporters considered him the future successor to Haniyeh.

January 14, 2009

Fighting escalates as Gaza truce nears


Jan. 14, 2009
Yaakov Katz , THE JERUSALEM POST

Fighting escalated in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday as the IDF tightened its grip on Gaza City, pushed deeper into the Shati refugee camp and killed close to 30 Hamas gunmen.

The combat continued despite predictions in the defense establishment that a cease-fire would be implemented in the coming days.

Senior officials in the defense establishment, including Defense Minister Ehud Barak, believe the military operations have exhausted themselves and that the time has come for a cease-fire. The assessment in the IDF is that the extensive damage caused to Hamas has restored Israel's deterrence.

"Israel has shown that it is no longer afraid of a confrontation with Hamas," a top defense official said Wednesday. "It will take Hamas years to recover from this operation."

It is unclear whether Israeli forces will immediately withdraw from Gaza once a cease-fire is in place. Egyptian and Palestinian officials were widely quoted as saying that IDF troops would remain in place for 10 days and until details on border security are worked out.

On Wednesday, Israel showed no signs of slowing its offensive, striking some 60 targets, including weapons caches, rocket launchers and some 25 smuggling tunnels.

Twenty-two soldiers were wounded. Six were lightly wounded in the northern Strip when a house collapsed on them, and several others were wounded when an anti-tank missile hit a paratroopers force near Gaza City. The air force later bombed and hit the Hamas cell behind the attack.

Two officers were moderately wounded during clashes with Hamas gunmen in the Gaza Strip overnight Tuesday, including Lt.-Col. Avi Balut, commander of the 101st Battalion of the Paratroopers Brigade.

While Hamas is still trying to smuggle weapons into Gaza from Sinai, the IDF believes it has knocked out close to 70 percent of the tunnels under the Philadelphi Corridor. Rocket attacks have also been on a decline, with less than 20 Kassams, Grad-model Katyushas and mortar shells hitting Israel throughout the day.

"Hamas is severely weakened," a top IDF officer said. "Hamas still exists, but its offensive capabilities have been severely weakened."

In one incident in Gaza City on Wednesday, paratroopers near the Shati refugee camp encountered two suicide bombers on their way to blow themselves up next to the troops. One of the bombers was killed as he ran toward the troops and the other was found during searches of a home. Bullets fired at him detonated the belt, but no soldiers were injured.

In a different area of Gaza City, an Engineering Corps force discovered 20 Katyusha rockets inside a home. The rockets were destroyed in a controlled explosion.

January 13, 2009

Jordanian Gunman Opened Fire at Border Guards in Eilat


Tevet 17, 5769, 13 January 09 10:12
by Hana Levi Julian

(IsraelNN.com) An unidentified gunman opened fire at an Israeli Border Guard patrol from the Jordanian side of the border north of Eilat early Tuesday morning.

The Border Guards returned fire. No one was injured in the incident, the first such shooting in more than a decade.

According to Radio News 10, a Jordanian soldier shot at the Israeli Border Guard jeep as it made its way around the Yitzchak Rabin Border Crossing between the two nations.

Israel and Jordan have had a peace treaty in place since 1994. Relations between the two countries have been friendly even further back, although official contacts were generally kept under wraps. However, tensions in the area have been high recently due to Israel’s military operation in Gaza.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Office said the identity of the gunman was unclear.

According to a worker at the Arava Border Crossing, the terminal was immediately closed. “We don’t know when it will reopen,” she said.

On Sunday, there was a similar shooting incident on the border between Syria and Israel, when a lone gunman from the Syrian side fired a number of bullets at a vehicle belonging to IDF soldiers who were doing some engineering work in the area. No one was injured in the incident, although the vehicle was damaged.

Last week, an old age home sustained a direct hit after unidentified terrorists launched a Katyusha attack on northern Israel from Lebanon. Four of the missiles were fired at Nahariya, lightly injuring two people and sending a number of others into severe emotional trauma. The IDF returned fire.
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U.S. arms shipment to Israel canceled due to Gaza conflict


By Reuters Last update - 08:51 13/01/2009
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1055098.html

A U.S. military plan to ship munitions from a Greek port to a U.S. stockpile
in Israel has been canceled due to the conflict in the Gaza Strip, the
Pentagon said on Monday.

The United States Navy's Military Sealift Command issued a tender on
December 31st for a ship to deliver 325 standard 20-foot containers of
ammunition on two separate journeys from the Greek port of Astakos to the
Israeli port of Ashdod in mid-to-late January.

Air Force Lt. Col. Patrick Ryder, a Pentagon spokesman, said the Greek port
had been considered as a possible location from which to transfer ammunition
from a larger ship coming from the U.S.

But the request to shippers had now been canceled due to safety concerns at
the final destination related to the conflict in Gaza, Ryder said. Israel's
military offensive in the Gaza Strip seeks to halt rocket fire by Hamas
militants aimed at southern Israel.

"The trans-shipment ... via the Greek port of Astakos will not take place,"
Ryder said.

"I can confirm that the U.S. munition shipment has been delayed and that
EUCOM (U.S. European Command) is developing an appropriate course of action
to deliver the items to the U.S. stockpile in Israel," he said.

"I have no information to provide on timelines or possible routes for
obvious reasons of operations security."

The Pentagon said on Friday the shipment was intended only for the U.S.
stockpile and not to provide ammunition to Israel, a close U.S. ally and
major buyer of U.S. military equipment, for the conflict in Gaza.

The U.S. military hired a commercial ship to carry a much larger consignment
of ordnance in December from the United States to Israel. Ryder said that
shipment was also for the U.S. stockpile in Israel.

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Critically Wounded Officer Went to War Day after Wedding

Tevet 17, 5769, 13 January 09 03:41
by Yehudah Lev Kay

(IsraelNN.com) IDF officer Aharon Karov was critically wounded Monday night in Gaza by a blast from a booby trap. Karov was married only a week and a half ago to Tzvia Mordechai, and the morning after his wedding, he was off to war.

Aharon, who is from the Samaria community of Karnei Shomron, is a second lieutenant in the Paratroopers Brigade. He commanded a company in ground fighting in North Gaza until being injured. Before joining the army, Aharon studied in a yeshiva (school for religious study) in Netzarim, one of the Jewish communities destroyed in the 2005 Israeli Disengagement from Gaza.

Aharon's family has asked that the public pray for his recovery. His Hebrew name is Aharon Yehoshua Ben Chaya Shoshanna.

Two and a half weeks ago, before Operation Cast Lead began, Aharon received leave from his unit to attend the traditional Sabbath celebration before his wedding. On the morning of that Saturday, the air force began bombing Gaza. Aharon had just finished the Sabbath prayers and sat down to eat lunch when his commanders decided to call him back to base in case a ground offensive in Gaza began.

The following week, Aharon was in the army preparing for the ground offensive set to begin any moment. On Tuesday evening his commanders decided to allow him to go home to prepare for his wedding on Thursday night. Aharon and Tzvia were married as planned, but the next morning the IDF already called Aharon back to base. By Saturday evening the army had begun its ground offensive, and with them, Aharon Karov in command of his Paratrooper company.

On Monday night, Aharon was wounded critically and two other soldiers moderately from a blast within a booby trapped home in Northern Gaza. Searches of the home after the blast uncovered another explosive device and a Hamas military vest.

Aharon's father, Rabbi Zev Karov, explained how a newly married groom could make such a sacrifice. "According to Jewish law, in a war of self defense even a newly married groom must fight," he explained. "More than that, [Aharon] is a commander who knows his soldiers, has prepared them, and knows what must be done. He couldn't just leave them on their own." Karov added that, "The bride was at first shocked, but then she understood that sometimes personal interests must be second to the common good."
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January 12, 2009

3 troops lightly hurt by gunshots near Hebron

Terrorists open fire at military vehicle in Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba. IDF searches village of Jabel Johar, where gunshots are believed to have been fired from

Efrat Weiss
Published: 01.13.09, 01:54 / Israel News

Three Israel Defense Forces soldier were lightly injured Monday night from gunshots fired at a military vehicle in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, near the West Bank city of Hebron.


The three were evacuated to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem for medical treatment. The IDF began searching the Hebron village of Jabel Johar, where the gunshots are believed to have been fired from.


An inquiry into the incident revealed that four troops had been sitting in an IDF jeep in Kiryat Arba's industrial zone, when they were suddenly fired on from the village of Jabel Johar. Three of the soldiers were lightly hurt by shrapnel. The fourth soldier was treated at the Kiryat Arba clinic and was not evacuated to the hospital.


Since the start of Operation Cast Lead 18 days ago, Central Command officials have voiced their fear that terrorists would attempt to target civilians and soldiers in the West Bank. The IDF has boosted its activities and deployment in the area.

Arab parties disqualified from elections

Central Elections Committee determines Balad, United Arab List-Ta'al parties ineligible to run in February 2009, on grounds that they don't recognize the state and call for armed conflict against it. Tibi: This is a racist country
Aviad Glickman

The party lists for the Arab parties Balad and United Arab List-Ta'al have been disqualified from running in Israel's upcoming elections in February, the country's Central Elections Committee ruled Monday, following a heated meeting.

Balad was disqualified by a vote of 26 to three, with one abstention, while 21 committee members voted in favor of disqualifying the United Arab List-Ta'al, with eight members voting against and two members abstaining. The Central Elections Committee is comprised of members of all party factions.

During the meeting, MK Ahmad Tibi (UAL-Ta'al) addressed the ongoing operation in Gaza, saying, "we object to targeting civilians and you are committing genocide in Gaza. You're murdering children."

MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beiteinu) responded by saying, "We thought you were a friend of Israel and therefore we didn't question your party list. Where were you for the past eight years when Sderot was under attack?"

Representatives of the Arab parties walked out of the committee meeting when a vote in favor of their disqualification appeared imminent. Shortly afterwards, there was a heated confrontation between Tibi, along with Balad Chairman Jamal Zahalka on one side, and MK David Tal (Kadima).

"You drink Palestinian blood. You are a racist," Zahalka said to Tal. "You went to war as an elections campaign strategy," added Tibi. "Every vote for Kadima is a bullet in the chest of a Palestinian child."

Tibi later told the press in response to the decision that "this is a racist country. We are accustomed to these types of struggles and we will win." Tibi had expected the support of the eight Kadima members of the committee.

"This decision strives for a Knesset without Arabs that will only lead to the increased solidarity between the Arab public and its leadership," he added.

Zahalka likewise said that he is not surprised by the decision "because the vote was taken for political motives due to the war atmosphere... The committee members sought to increase their popularity at our expense on the backdrop of the elections."

"Labor representatives bent to pressure that was exerted on (Defense Minister and party chairman) Ehud Barak," Zahalka claimed.

On the other side of the spectrum, Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman MK Avigdor Lieberman said, "Now that it has been decided that the Balad terrorist organization will not be able to run, the first battle is over."

Lieberman added, "The next battle is making Balad illegal because it is a terrorist organization whose objective is harming the State of Israel."

Yisrael Beiteinu is one of three separate parties that petitioned the Central Elections Committee over the past several weeks to disqualify Balad, the others being the Jewish Home party and Itay Furman, a former member of the Shinui party.


A test for the High Court

All three motions claimed that Balad must be disqualified on grounds that it does not recognize Israel as the Jewish homeland, and that it advocates an armed conflict against it. Israel's High Court of Justice, in the past, has overturned votes to disqualify Balad from national elections that were based on similar grounds.

"The High Court of Justice is the body to make a final decision. We're used to these types of struggles and used to winning them and I'm sure the decision by the Central Elections Committee will only increase solidarity for the Arab parties," Tibi said.

As of Sunday night, Balad had not decided whether it would appeal to the High Court, but did threaten to boycott elections if the decision is not overturned.

"If Balad, at the end of the day, is disqualified, it will create a deep rift between the State and the Arab population," a party representative said.

Labor Secretary-General Eitan Cabel told Ynet that the party had not planned on voting in favor of Balad's disqualification, but the fact that Zahalka "sat there and said the party was in daily contact with Azmi Bishara" made him change his mind.

"Labor's conduct in this affair was patriotic," he added, "we had to make a statement that the Balad heads cannot be permitted to incite against Israeli democracy and act against it."

Meretz MK Zahava Gal-On slammed Labor and Kadima for backing the disqualification, saying the parties were "conducting their election campaign not only on the backs of the Palestinians in Gaza, but also on the backs of the Israeli-Arabs. This is cheap politics."

The HaBayit HaYehudi party responded to the election committee's decision by saying, "We hope that the High Court justices have learned the lessons from the Bishara episode and won't overturn the election committee's decision because this will aid Hamas and Hizbullah open a branch in the Knesset," said the party.

The Yesha rabbinical council praised the decision, saying, "The parties are a fifth column in the State of Israel." The council also said that disqualifying the parties is not sufficient and that "the right to vote must be denied to all those supporting terror against the Jewish people."

Sharon Roffe-Ofir, Efrat Weiss, and Kobi Nahshoni contributed to this report



Long over due.

How can a country survive having political parties in the government that call for the destruction of the State?

But the High Court of Israel a den of ultra left wing vipers will over turn this action by the Knesset.

January 11, 2009

Spin

Last update - 18:02 11/01/2009 MI Chief: Hamas hurt in Gaza, but group unlikely to surrender By The Associated Press

Two of Israel's top defense officials said Sunday that Hamas' infrastructure and personnel have been badly damaged by Israel's offensive on the Gaza Strip, but felt certain the group would fight on.

Military Intelligence chief Major General Amos Yadlin told the Cabinet on Sunday that the Islamist organization's ability to fight has been hurt by the devastating assault Israel launched Dec. 27.

He said Hamas was now suffering from ammunition shortages and has been hard hit by the deaths of senior militants.

But despite this, Yadlin said the group is not expected to raise a white flag. Shin Bet security service chief Yuval Diskin told the Cabinet that many Gazans were furious with Hamas for bringing a disaster on Gaza.

The officials' comments Sunday were relayed to the press by Israel's Cabinet secretary, Oved Yehezkel.

Yehezkel also told reporters that Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip were hiding in foreign diplomatic missions in an effort to elude Israeli forces.

"The leaders of Hamas and the armed wing are hiding in bunkers, hospitals and foreign missions," Yehezkel said, basing his information on an intelligence briefing received by ministers.

He did not name the missions. Few countries have diplomatic missions in Gaza and even Egypt has withdrawn its staff.

The United Nations says it keeps Hamas militants out of the schools, clinics and other institutions it runs there.

Hamas leaders went to ground and cut communications with journalists when Israel launched its 16-day-old war on Dec. 27 with air strikes on their homes and many other targets.

Even the spokesmen for the Islamist movement have become hard to reach, frequently changing their mobile telephone numbers, but occasionally responding to text messages - if the increasingly unreliable network provides a signal.

"Fear is the last thing we could be accused of," Hamas parliamentarian Mushir al-Masri said on Sunday. "Martyrdom is our dearest wish, but God has ordered us not to pose ourselves as easy prey for our enemies."

Israel has assassinated many Hamas leaders in the past, notably its Gaza chief and spiritual leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, and his successor, Abdul-Aziz al-Rantissi, in 2004.

Since then, Hamas has kept the identity of its Gaza leader a
closely guarded secret.

Fatah-affiliated Web site: Senior Hamas military commanders fled to Egypt
An Internet site affiliated with Fatah reported Sunday that top ranking members of Hamas' military have escaped to Egypt.

According to the report, some of the most senior commanders of the military wing, including Ra'ad al-Atar, commander of Hamas' military wing in Rafah, and Mohammad Sanwar, commander of Azz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades in Khan Yunis and one of the militants reportedly behind the abduction of Israel Defense Forcers soldier Gilad Shalit, managed to flee to the Sinai town of el-Arish.

According to the report, other Hamas seniors, including Yichi al-Abassi, a member of the Hamas government in Gaza, also crossed into Egypt. The report has not been verified by Israeli sources.



Has the fighting in Gaza hurt Hamas, yes of course.

However Israel has defined the mission as an end to the shooting of rockets out of Gaza into Israel.

Today 22 rockets were fired out of Gaza including a Grad that hit Kiryat Malachi, Hamas also has started to fire anti aircraft missiles at Israeli aircraft.

Sorry General, sounds like spin to me.

Israel must fight on to insure we meet the goal of the mission. No rockets ever fired again out of Gaza.

Israelis fired upon from Syria


Syrian opens fire at group of Israeli civilians, soldiers repairing border fence, then flees the scene; no injuries or casualties reported, but vehicles were damaged. Israel files complaint with UN

Hagai Aharon
Published: 01.11.09, 17:05 / Israel News

A Syrian on his side of the border opened fire at a group of Israeli civilians and soldiers who were making repairs on the Israeli side of the border fence, it was cleared for publication Sunday. The shooter then fled the scene.


There were no casualties, but vehicles were damaged. Security forces are combing the area on the Israeli side of the border. Israel also submitted a complaint to the UN force responsible for the area.

January 09, 2009

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.

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Poll: 76% oppose truce without Shalit, 90% operation should be continued until Israel reaches all of its goals


Friday, January 9, 2009

War and Peace Index shows Jewish public supports Gaza operation, objects to
ending it if kidnapped soldier is not released as part of agreement, even if
rocket fire stops. Arab public conveys opposite views
Ynet Published: 01.09.09, 12:17 / Israel News
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3653393,00.html

A majority of the Jewish public in Israel opposes a ceasefire in Gaza
without kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit's release, according to the monthly
War and Peace Index poll conducted about a week and a half after the start
of Operation Cast Lead.

Beyond the decisive support for the Israel Defense Forces' operation, the
public also backs the raid's continuation even if Hamas holds fire under
certain conditions.

The respondents were asked, "If a ceasefire agreement with Hamas could be
reached, but without including Gilad Shalit's release, do you believe Israel
should or should not sign such an agreement?" About 76.5% gave a negative
answer, while only 17.5% responded positively.

Asked whether Israel should or should not halt its military activity in the
Strip if Hamas is ready to stop firing on southern communities in exchange
for the opening of the crossings, 80% responded negatively. In other words,
the majority of the public believes Israel should not halt its operation
even if Hamas accepts such an offer.

Before the recent days - which saw additional IDF casualties, and many
casualties among the Palestinian and UN workers - the operation was
supported by a sweeping majority of the Jewish public: 94% of the Jewish
public said they support or very much support the operation, 92% said they
believe it benefits Israel in terms of security, and a clear but smaller
majority believes the operation helps Israel diplomatically as well.

About 92% of the population justifies the Air Force strikes in Gaza despite
the damage caused to infrastructure and the civilian population's suffering.
The decision to send in ground forces was also widely supported, with 70%
saying this was a necessary move.

Barak leads trust index

Asked whether the operation must be continued, a vast majority of the public
shares the same opinion, with 90% of respondents saying the operation should
be continued until Israel reaches all of its goals.

This support was accompanied by the estimate of 70% of the public that the
chances of the operation achieving all of its goals are high or quite high,
and that the government has a clear plan of action as to ways to continue
the operation (75%).

The wide support for the ongoing fighting seems to be fed largely by the
public's positive estimates today in regards to the IDF's fighting abilities
(93%) and the southern communities' stamina (87%).

In light of the wide support, it's not surprising that the leaders linked to
the operation receives relatively high trust scores, although there are
differenced between the different officials.

IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi leads the trust scale with 85%. This is
likely because the IDF is considered "above" the political arena.

Ashkenazi is followed by President Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Ehud
Barak (62%), and by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Opposition Chairman
Benjamin Netanyahu (53%). Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is located at the
bottom of the trust scale with only 44%.

The findings from a similar survey held among Israel's Arab citizens paint
an opposite picture on almost every question. For example, 85% of the Arabs
oppose the operation; 93% believe Israel should halt it based on an
agreement which would include Hamas ceasing the rocket fire in exchange for
opening the crossings; and 80% believe Israel should sign a ceasefire
agreement even if it fails to include Shalit's release.

The War and Peace Index is conducted by the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace
Research. Published monthly since 1994, it is run by Prof. Ephraim Yaar and
Prof. Tamar Hermann. The current telephone survey was conducted by the B.I.
and Lucille Cohen Institute for Public Opinion Research at Tel Aviv
University between January 4 and 6, and was compiled of 593 Israeli citizens
representing the various adult sectors in Israeli society. The sampling
error is 4.5%.

Report: Military Intelligence knew Gaza disengagement would hurt security but reported what Sharon wanted to hear

Double game
By Akiva Eldar Haaretz 9 Janaury 2008
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On Monday, February 9, 2004, members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and
Defense Committee waited tensely for an analysis by the director of Military
Intelligence (DMI), Major General Aharon Ze'evi-Farkash. The surprising plan
put forward by the prime minister, Ariel Sharon, to pull the Israeli army
out of Gaza and evacuate all the settlers, had stirred a furor among the
Knesset and the Israeli public. The Prime Minister's Bureau was well aware
that Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon had called the plan a "prize for
terrorism" in internal discussions. Sharon's staff hoped that the DMI, who
is responsible for Israel's national-security evaluation, would be
noncommittal in his assessment of the plan.

Ze'evi-Farkash did his best: "A unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip
will be construed by the Palestinians as surrender to terrorism," he said.
"That is liable to be a catalyst for intensified terrorist attacks." He
later added, "The evacuation [of the Israelis from] the Gaza Strip may
actually restrain terrorism."

Right-wing MKs immediately passed on what the DMI had said to reporters,
emphasizing the first part of his analysis, of course. The next day's papers
noted that the senior officer's remarks "had heightened the tension between
the Prime Minister's Bureau and the defense establishment."

On Tuesday, April 20, Ze'evi-Farkash again appeared before the committee.
This time he was more optimistic about the withdrawal. "There is a high
probability that terrorism in the Gaza Strip will decrease," he said, adding
that in the West Bank, in contrast, the motivation to perpetrate terrorist
attacks would grow.

A PowerPoint presentation prepared by the Intelligence Branch entitled
"Fashioning a Convenient Long-term Political, Security and Economic Reality
for Israel" lauded the advantages of disengagement and downplayed the
attendant risks. The presentation predicted that the disengagement would
destroy the purveyors of terrorism and weaken the support of external
elements, such as Hezbollah, for their Hamas brethren.

In September the DMI was more unequivocal. "I think that after the
disengagement the trend in Gaza will be to restrain terrorism," he told the
daily Ma'ariv in a Rosh Hashana interview. "Similarly, those acting against
us will want to show that they are not operating from areas Israel has
already left and therefore will move their major activity to Judea and
Samaria in order to bring about a withdrawal there, too, by means of the
same terrorism..." And to ensure that his words would not be construed to
mean that he agreed with the evaluation that withdrawing from Gaza under
terrorism would encourage "the elements" - meaning Hamas - to continue their
terrorist activity, the DMI concluded the sentence with the words "in their
opinion."

At the end of the year, Military Intelligence invited Dr. Matti Steinberg, a
former Shin Bet security service adviser on Palestinian affairs, for a
meeting as the MI prepared its annual situation appraisal.

"I tried to take advantage of the meeting to talk about the danger of
ignoring the negative implications of the disengagement," Steinberg says. "I
warned that a unilateral withdrawal from Gaza would weaken Abu Mazen
[Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas] and strengthen Hamas."

Steinberg's impression was that the officers were inattentive to assessments
that were not consistent with the upbeat analysis MI had presented to the
political echelon. Ze'evi-Farkash and the head of the research unit in MI,
Brigadier General Yossi Kuperwasser, removed the subject from the agenda.
The intelligence appraisal for 2005 stated: "Completing the evacuation will
afford Hamas a significant achievement in the short term, but in the long
term will increase the pressure on the organization to restrain terrorism
and enable security calm in the Gaza Strip, and also to become part of the
government, while the legitimization of terrorism from Gaza erodes."

A document entitled "Army and Society in the Limited Conflict," drawn up by
the Israel Defense Forces in 2005 in conjunction with the Israel Democracy
Institute, states: "Whereas the hope of the political echelon was that the
disengagement would allow Israel to 'buy time' for a more pragmatic
Palestinian leadership to emerge, the military echelon tended to prefer a
withdrawal under an agreement, due to security and other considerations. For
example, the withdrawal was liable to be construed as a prize for
terrorism."

One of the authors of the document was Zionit Kuperwasser, from the office
of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories and the
spouse of the head of research in MI, the unit that had backtracked from the
assessment that a withdrawal without an agreement would be "a catalyst to
intensify terrorist attacks."

In September 2007, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who was an ardent advocate
of the unilateral disengagement, took part in the UN General Assembly
opening session in New York. By then Hamas was in full control of the Gaza
Strip and its depots were filled with hundreds of rockets and missiles. In
an interview with television journalist Charlie Rose, Livni explained that
Israel and the Palestinian Authority were making an effort to reach a peace
agreement, as "we cannot just throw the key to the other side of the border
and hope for good"; and to dispel any possible doubt about what she was
referring to, she added, "look at the situation in the Gaza Strip."

Mistaken conception

There is no way of knowing what would have happened if intelligence had
warned the government and the Knesset about the implications of throwing
Gaza's key to Hamas. Would Livni, Ehud Olmert and Haim Ramon, who pushed
hard for disengagement, have taken to heart a warning that the Gaza Strip
would become a Muslim Brotherhood state? And if so, would they have been
able to dissuade Ariel Sharon, who was determined to leave Gaza without an
agreement?

Be that as it may, the hard question remains: Why did MI not tell the
government and the Knesset loudly and clearly that the disengagement might
well pave Hamas' road to power and to control over Gaza? Was this a
professional glitch, or a case of tailoring assessments to fit politics?

MI's credibility and reliability in the critical years between the 2000
intifada and the 2005 disengagement continue to trouble Colonel (res.)
Ephraim Lavie. Since his 2002 retirement from the Palestinian section of
MI's research unit, a section he headed for four years, the reticent Middle
East expert, who is now the director of the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace
Research at Tel Aviv University, has been knocking on every possible door.
He is demanding a thorough investigation of how the Palestinian sector
intelligence assessment was presented to the decision makers and the public.

Lavie had a rich career in the intelligence unit 8200, as Arab affairs
adviser to the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories and
in MI's research unit. In 1997 he graduated cum laude from the National
Security College. After leaving the IDF he entered academia and recently
completed a doctoral thesis on Palestinian society. In an April 2004 letter
to Ze'evi-Farkash, Lavie wrote: "The conception underneath the 'no partner'
approach became a model with grave national implications. Its consequences
are manifested in the unilateral disengagement plan for Gaza and in the
construction of the separation fence in Judea and Samaria." Lavie added that
he had discovered, from conversations with former Shin Bet and Mossad
espionage agency personnel, that their organizations had also seen the same
disparity between oral and written doctrine, which had helped deepen the
mistaken conception.

In response to a previous letter on the same subject, Ze'evi-Farkash wrote
to Lavie that he felt "a sense of missed opportunity on your part for not
having expressed these views when you felt the disparities were coming into
being." He added: "There is no need for us to examine the validity of your
viewpoint. We believe you wrote from a subjective viewpoint, it is true, but
with sincerity and clarity, and this is indeed your perception of the
developments." Ze'evi-Farkash suggested to Lavie that he approach the
"relevant parties," namely his predecessor as DMI, Amos Malka, and the
former head of the MI research unit, Amos Gilad.

It was not until 2008 that the internal investigation was conducted, under
the tutelage of the current DMI, Major General Amos Yadlin. Its findings,
which are being publicized here for the first time, are that MI suffers from
knowledge gaps, a dearth of resources and a lack of group thinking, and that
it speaks in two voices. The written voice is intended for internal control
and potential commissions of inquiry; the oral voice, which is not
documented, is for the senior political level. The report found that as long
as the political echelon rejected the idea of a unilateral disengagement
because it would be "withdrawal under fire," MI's research unit produced
papers in a similar vein. However, when the political level decided to go
ahead with the disengagement, the research unit wrote: "A unilateral
disengagement will pose a challenge to Hamas and place a wall in front of
[Palestinian leader Yasser] Arafat."

Lavie described the "two voices" syndrome in a November 2003 letter to the
DMI, headlined "Failures in the Work of Intelligence Regarding the
Palestinian Issue." The "oral doctrine" is documented in the minutes of
General Staff and cabinet meetings where senior MI officers gave briefings.
In these closed forums (though much of the content finds its way into the
media) MI officers provide assessments that are close to the leaders' views
but often deviate from internal written assessments.

"This situation leaves the researchers with the very unpleasant feeling that
the written assessments lack all influence and are meant mainly for
[possible future] commissions of inquiry. The result is that the expensive
work of collecting material and the professional analyses by dozens of
officers and noncoms go down the tubes," Lavie wrote.

According to Lavie, the voices diverged even farther during the run-up to
the disengagement. "This is both a substantive and an ethical problem," he
says. "It allows the DMI and the head of the research unit to say 'We told
you so' and to 'cover themselves' no matter what direction reality takes:
the direction indicated in the unit's written work, or the direction
presented to the leadership. The result, as indeed occurred, is that the
entire system is liable to be tilted toward a mistaken conception that
carries a very steep price for the nation."

The internal investigation found that, regardless of its position on the
implications of the disengagement, all the papers produced by the MI
research unit predicted a tie between Hamas and Fatah in the January 2006
Palestinian Authority election, or at most a tiny advantage for Hamas. In
November 2005, two months before the election, the research unit wrote that
the opening of the Rafah crossing and the Fatah primary had improved that
faction's situation. A month later, the unit was a bit more cautious, taking
note of "an atmosphere of uncertainty and high volatility." It warned that
the feeling of despair was causing Mahmoud Abbas to contemplate retiring
from politics.

Along with unsubtle hints about the politicization of Military Intelligence,
the internal investigation indicates the existence of a series of structural
and professional problems, which were instrumental in MI's failure to
produce correct assessments of the Palestinian sector in general and Hamas
in particular. These included a shortage of experienced Arabic-speaking
researchers and insufficient use of materials provided by the office of the
Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories and academic
experts. Young researchers tend to focus on specific events and have
difficulty identifying long-term social and political processes such as
Islamization and the rise of Hamas.

Self-fulfilling analysis

Another internal report, drawn up by MI in February 2006, noted that the
research unit had been two years late in noticing that Hamas might become an
alternative to the Palestinian Authority and had failed to discern the
political implications of this organization's rise to power and political
ambitions. This report stated that the tardiness was due to the perception
of Arafat as the be-all and end-all.

MI did not only assist the political echelon by disseminating optimistic
forecasts about the likely aftermath of a unilateral withdrawal from Gaza,
the status of Hamas and the danger of rocket fire. The research unit also
described the famous letter sent to Prime Minister Sharon by U.S. President
George W. Bush on April 14, 2004, which was intended to present a certain
quid pro quo for the Gaza withdrawal, as a "historic and precedent-setting
declaration by President Bush ... a substantive change in the position of
the United States regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

However, the control department of MI, seeking to tone down the enthusiasm,
argued, "the declaration is no more than a collection of trivial
statements." Indeed, in a counter-document, the department stated that the
final outcome would be the opposite of what the political echelon
anticipated, as the Palestinians would view the disengagement declaration as
a commitment that they would get territories without having to give anything
in return.

Dr. Steinberg said MI also ignored his analysis, which stated explicitly
that the Bush letter did not represent any sort of achievement for Israel
and that its only "contribution" was to intensify the feeling of the
Palestinians that the United States was ignoring them.

The internal investigation shows that MI also failed in evaluating the road
map in 2003. The research unit persuaded the DMI to convey a message of
reassurance to the political echelon, the gist of which was that the road
map was only a tactical move by Bush, intended to muster Arab support for
the war in Iraq, and that after the war everyone would forget about it. When
it turned out that Washington expected Israel to take the road map
seriously, Sharon adopted the disengagement idea, in order to avoid a
confrontation with Bush.

According to Lavie, the conception that left room solely for unilateral
moves and a policy of brute force did not originate with Sharon. Since the
failure of the Camp David summit in July 2000, when Ehud Barak adopted the
"no partner" theory, the research unit, then under Amos Gilad, supported
describing Israel's response to the intifada as a "war of no choice," a war
preplanned by Arafat for ideological reasons.

Kuperwasser, in an article for the online bulletin of the Israel
Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center, reiterates this approach,
citing military moves by the PA and militant declarations by Arafat and
Fatah leaders. In response to allegations of bias in the research unit's
assessments, Kuperwasser claimed that if the written and oral versions were
in fact incompatible, this was not a deliberate failure "but obviously
reflects an administrative problem that needs to be addressed."

The 2008 internal investigation contradicts this view. On August 29, 2000,
shortly after the Camp David summit, the research unit stated in its
situation appraisal that Arafat continued to prefer the negotiations as the
way to advance his strategic goals, and he was convinced that violence would
not help his cause at that stage. On August 30 the unit advised that Arafat
was restraining the crisis and continued to adhere to the Oslo process. In
an unprecedented step he also issued instructions to prepare public opinion
to accept an agreement that would include compromises. On September 19 the
MI suggested that in the coming period the Palestinians would not try to
challenge bluntly the validity of the interim agreements, as they wished to
play out the negotiations.

On September 27, 2000, when Prime Minister Barak allowed Sharon to visit the
Temple Mount, the research unit urgently submitted an "intelligence
compendium" in which it warned that in light of the religious and political
sensitivity of the site, "violent confrontations are liable to develop with
our forces." Three days later the intelligence researchers stated: "Arafat
is not interested in an all-out confrontation, which is liable to pull the
ground from under him." A 2004 investigation of "Ebb and Tide" (the official
name for the operation to quell the second intifada), conducted by MI's
Palestinian desk, found unequivocally that the second intifada erupted as a
"popular protest" because people wanted to let off steam and vent the anger
that accumulated due to the failure of negotiations and the inability to
extract political achievements from Israel. Arafat encouraged the popular
activity in order to extricate himself from his plight after he rejected the
Israeli offers at Camp David, and to compel Israel to walk an extra mile by
demonstrating the price it would have to pay, or alternatively, to create
chaos that would take the conflict to an internationalization.

Ami Ayalon, who headed the Shin Bet until April 2000, confirms there was no
intelligence document asserting that Arafat planned the intifada. "On the
contrary," Ayalon says, "I know that documents that were seized in Operation
Defensive Shield [in 2002] and analyzed by the research department of the
Shin Bet prove that the intifada took even senior Fatah leaders by surprise,
including Marwan Barghouti and Kadura Fares, who were very close to Arafat.
It was only a few days after it erupted that they met to examine how it
could be exploited for political purposes."

What Ayalon says is consistent with public statements made by his successors
at the Shin Bet. Both Avi Dichter and Yuval Diskin have stated that the
intifada was a grass-roots uprising and was not planned from above.
Brigadier General (res.) Yossi Ben Ari, who was then the head of the
Palestinian desk at the Mossad, also supported this view.

In a November 2003 document, Lavie wrote: "In General Staff think-team
discussions, headed by the chief of the strategic division and with senior
representatives of General Staff bodies, it was understood that defining
Arafat and the PA as 'terrorist elements' was the directive of the political
echelon, even if it did not declare this explicitly and did dictate this to
the army."

He emphasized that while any government policy vis-a-vis the Palestinians
was legitimate, the research unit's oral backing for government policy was
faulty both professionally and ethically, and noted that the unit's written
analyses were presenting completely different assessments, based on reliable
intelligence material. Lavie described this as "biasing intelligence
research and adjusting it for the leadership." No less.

Self-justifying evaluations

In an article he published in the Intelligence Center bulletin, Lavie wrote
that the assessment that "there is no one to talk to and nothing to talk
about" was mistaken. The criterion for that assessment, he found, was the
Palestinians' rejection of the Israeli approach to negotiations. When Israel
resorted to force due to this assessment, Lavie says, it annulled every
distinction between Hamas and Fatah and created a governmental void that
ultimately corroborated the assessment. Instead of presenting and evaluating
the adversary's capabilities and intentions, he wrote, in order to provide
the policymakers with optimal tools to make decisions, the MI research unit
became an instrument in the politicians' propaganda campaign.

Lavie maintains that MI did not analyze the implications of how the IDF
suppressed the intifada. It did not warn against turning the PA into an
empty vessel, or against creating a governmental vacuum that could be filled
by terrorist elements and foreign parties such as Iran and Hezbollah. Nor
did it warn about the population's support for continuing the struggle.

Moreover, the reality that took shape in the territories due to the mistaken
evaluation and the military policy ostensibly justified the evaluation, thus
paving the way for more of the same policy, which ultimately caused immense
strategic damage.

According to Lavie, intelligence's main failure in this regard is that since
Camp David, MI has ignored the connection between Israel's acts and their
implications for the Palestinian arena. The "no partner" approach, the fact
that no distinction was made between terrorist elements and the general
population, the destruction of the Palestinians' center of government in
Operation Defensive Shield and the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza - all
these developments contributed directly to strengthening Hamas, to its
election victory and takeover of the Gaza Strip, and the fading opportunity
for two states for two peoples.

In an article in a new Intelligence Center book marking 60 years of Israeli
intelligence, Brigadier General (res.) Gadi Zohar also takes note of the
serious defects in MI's evaluations of the Palestinian arena. Zohar, who was
head of the MI terrorism desk from 1985 to 1987, and headed the West Bank
Civil Administration at the beginning of the 1990s, writes: "In the second
intifada, which erupted in the wake of the failure of Camp David and Taba
[the January 2001 summit], military intelligence played an active role aimed
at helping the military echelon and the state leadership realize a policy
irrespective of professional research bodies' evaluation."

Zohar, too, believes that the heads of the research unit "developed and
advanced the 'no partner' theory and [the notion] that 'Arafat planned and
initiated the intifada' even though it was clear at that time that this was
not the researchers' reasoned professional opinion." He accuses the
politicians of sending those in uniform to back their policy positions, and
intelligence research of meeting the challenge. "There is no other subject
that suffered over the years like the Palestinian arena, due to the tension
between public opinion and the political leadership, and the duty of
intelligence personnel to provide unembellished objective intelligence."

More than 35 years after the Yom Kippur War, the military and political
conceptions continue to feed off each other, and Israelis and Arabs continue
to kill each other.

January 08, 2009

IDF unveils Hamas map seized in Gaza


Jan. 8, 2009
Yaakov Katz , THE JERUSALEM POST

Soldiers from the Paratrooper's Brigade operating in the northern Gaza Strip uncovered a map prepared by Hamas that shows how the terror group prepared for the IDF's incursion by deploying different types of bombs as well as snipers throughout the town of al-Atatra.

The map is handwritten and is based on a bird's-eye view of the town, likely taken from Google Maps. On the map, Hamas split up the town into three different sectors - red, blue and green. On the map, Hamas highlighted several important sites such as mosques, a gas station and a fuel depot.

"Inside the map, the terrorists also marked sniper positions, as well as the location of roadside bombs, anti-tank bombs and landmines," Chief Intelligence Officer Brig.-Gen. Yuval Halamish said Thursday.

The map was discovered by soldiers from the Paratroopers Brigade during operations in al-Atatra and was translated in the field and used by the troops to avoid casualties.

Halamish said that the map showed how Hamas does not hesitate to use civilian infrastructure for its terrorist activity. On the map, a brown dot is marked next to a mosque representing a nearby sniper position.

"This is a civilian area and you can see on the map how Hamas booby-trapped the entrance to homes in order to hit the IDF," Halamish said. In another case, a large explosive device was marked on the map next to a gas station. Had it been detonated it would have likely destroyed the gas station as well, killing and wounding civilians who live in the area.

In another case, Halamish said that soldiers discovered a mannequin dressed like a soldier at the entrance to a home. Had soldiers entered the home, the mannequin would have exploded, collapsing the floor and causing the troops to fall into a tunnel where they would have been abducted by Hamas operatives.

U.S. Spies Throughout Israel: Report

U.S. Spies Throughout Israel: Report
Middle East Newsline December 15, 2008
www.menewsline.com/article-2247-U-S-Spies-Throughout-Israel-Rep.aspx

TEL AVIV [MENL] -- The Israeli intelligence community has determined that
the United States conducts intense espionage efforts in the Jewish state.
A book by a government-financed institution asserted that the United
States has been engaged in human and electronic surveillance of Israel. The
book, titled "Masterpiece: An Inside Look at Sixty Years of Israeli
Intelligence," said U.S. espionage agencies operate from the U.S. embassy in
Tel Aviv and target Israelis as well as strategic facilities.
"The United States has been after Israel's non-conventional capabilities
and what goes on at the decision-making echelons," the book, published by
the Israel Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center," said.

IDF soldier killed by sniper fire in Gaza


Staff - Sergeant Amit Robinson, 20, of Kibbutz Magal apparently killed by Palestinian sniper fire during joint operation carried out by infantry, Armored and Engineering Corps forces in northern Gaza Strip
Hanan Greenberg

It was cleared for publication Thursday evening that Staff - Sergeant Amit Robinson, 20, of Kibbutz Magal was killed during the army's activity in northern Gaza.

Robinson, a soldier in the Armored Corps, was apparently killed by Palestinian sniper fire. He is the seventh IDF casualty since the ground incursion into the Hamas-controlled territory was launched, and the eighth since the beginning of Operation Cast Lead.

Robinson was killed during a joint operation carried out by infantry, Armored and Engineering Corps forces. During the activity snipers opened fire at the soldiers, killing Robinson and lightly injuring another soldier, who was evacuated to Beersheba's Soroka University Medial Center for treatment.

Robinson belonged to the Armored Corps 71st battalion, the same battalion to which kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit belonged. The battalion's forces have been operating in the Strip since the ground incursion began on Saturday.

Palestinian sniper fire poses a major threat to IDF forces in Gaza. Army officials said Hamas is resorting to sniper fire and the launching of anti-tank missiles in order to avoid face-to-face combat or encounters with armored military vehicles.

Earlier Thursday Major Roee Rosner, 27, from Holon was killed and another soldier sustained minor injuries during an operation in the central Gaza Strip.

The incident took place near the Kissufim crossing. Rosner, a company commander, and another serviceman, were wounded when an anti-tank missile was fired by Palestinian gunmen at a building their force, which is part of the IDF's Haruv Company, was entering.

At least two Lebanon rockets hit north Israel; Hezbollah denies involvment

Last update - 17:05 08/01/2009

By Jack Khoury, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service

At least two Katyusha rockets fired from south Lebanon exploded in northern Israel on Thursday morning, leaving two people lightly wounded and a number of others suffering from shock.

The rockets struck the Nahariya area at around 8 A.M., one of them scoring a direct hit on the roof a nursing home in the city.

A Hezbollah minister in Lebanon's Cabinet has denied any involvement by the militant group in the firing of the rockets. In 2006, Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon fired almost 4000 rockets at Israel during the Second Lebanon War.

Labor Minister Mohammed Fneish told The Associated Press that Hezbollah was not aware of the rockets targeting Israel Thursday.

Israel Defense Forces troops immediately fired five artillery shells at Lebanon in response to the rockets, an Israeli security source said. A military spokesman said Israel aimed "a pinpoint response at the source of fire."

About two hours after the attack, the rocket alert sounded again and two more Katyushas were reported near Nahariya. After an initial investigation, it became clear that the alert had been a false alarm.

This was the first instance of Katyushas being fired from Lebanon onto Israeli territory since the Israel Air Force began its offensive against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on December 27.

The Lebanese government decried the attack as a clear violation of the latest United Nations cease-fire resolution and said it was determined to find out who had fired the rockets.

"Prime Minister Siniora regards what happened in the south as a violation of the international resolution 1701 and something he does not accept and Siniora called for an investigation into the incident," his office said in a statement.

Information Minister Tareq Mitri said he did not believe the Islamist Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran and engaged in a month-long war with Israel in 2006, was behind the attack.

"Hezbollah assured the Lebanese government that it remains engaged in preserving the stability in Lebanon and respects Security Council resolution 1701," the head of Mitri's office, Toufic Yannieh, quoted the minister as saying

Henry Carmeli, the manager of the Nahariya nursing home hit in the rocket fire, told Haaretz that the elderly residents were in the dining room waiting for breakfast at the time of the attack.

"The fact that all of the seniors were there saved many lives, because we saw that the strike caused heavy damage to the rooms on the second floor [where the residents sleep]," said Carmeli.

Carmeli added that many of the residents suffered shock and one sustained a broken leg.

Shlomi Regional Council head, Gabi Na'aman, told Channel 1 that local residents have been told to open their bomb shelters and that school has been canceled.

Lebanese security sources said that schools in south Lebanon were closed, however, due to fear of Israeli reprisal.

Intelligence officials had warned about possible rocket attacks from Lebanon prior to the Israel Defense Forces air and ground offensive was launched in Gaza almost two weeks ago.

In recent days, the IDF had raised its alert level on the northern front, based on information that the warnings will be realized.

No claims of responsibility for rocket fire.

No organization has yet claimed responsibility for the rocket fire. Based on past experience, it appears likely that a Palestinian organization, inspired by but not connected to Hezbollah, fired the rockets.

Lebanese security sources said they felt it was unlikely Hezbollah fired the salvoes. Hamas sources in Lebanon denied involvement.

Hezbollah has operated similarly during previous periods of escalation: In the past, it has allowed the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader Ahmed Jibril to take the lead in staging attacks against Israeli or American targets.

Israel has been preparing for the possibility of Hezbollah igniting a second front, saying it would retaliate massively.

The cabinet also had a northern front in mind when it approved a call-up of thousands of IDF reservists last week.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Wednesday warned that should Israel attack Lebanon, it would suffer an even greater defeat than the one he claimed it suffered in 2006.

"We are prepared for every possibility and are ready for all aggression... The Zionists will discover that the war they had in July was a walk in the park if we compare it to what we've prepared for every new aggression," Nasrallah said, referring to the Second Lebanon War.

January 07, 2009

Poll: 70%:20% continue battle, Labor 17 Likud 32 Meretz 6 Nat'l Union 2 up, Kadima 25 unchanged


Before operation: "Right" 66 seats "Left" 45 seats Arabs 9 seats
On second day of operation "Right" 57 seats "Left" 53 seats Arabs 10 seats
On fourth day of operation "Right" 61 seats "Left" 49 seats Arabs 10 seats
6 January "Right" 63 seats "Left" 48 seats Arabs 9 seats

Poll #1 Telephone poll of a representative sample of 514 adult Israelis
(including Israeli Arabs) carried out by Maagar Mohot Survey Institute
(headed by Professor Yitzchak Katz for Israel Television Channel 2 "Mishal
Cham" program 6 January 2009.

Poll #2 Telephone poll of a representative sample of 505 adult Israelis
(including Israeli Arabs) carried out by Maagar Mohot Survey Institute
(headed by Professor Yitzchak Katz for Israel Television Channel 2 "Mishal
Cham" program 30 December 2008 - 4th day of operation in Gaza.

Poll #3 Telephone poll of a representative sample of 502 adult Israelis
(including Israeli Arabs) carried out by Maagar Mohot Survey Institute
(headed by Professor Yitzchak Katz for Israel Television Channel 10 during
the day of Sunday 28 December 2008 - the second day of the operation in
Gaza.

Poll #4 Telephone poll of a representative sample of 511 adult Israelis
(including Israeli Arabs) carried out by Maagar Mohot Survey Institute
(headed by Professor Yitzchak Katz for Israel Television Channel 2 "Mishal
Cham" program 23 December 2008
[19% undecided/other replies .]

Current Knesset seats in [brackets].

#1 #2 #3 #4
25 25 28 25 [29] Kadima headed by Livni
17 15 16 11 [19] Labor
32 31 30 31 [12] Likud
10 10 10 12 [12] Shas
10 10 10 13 [11] Yisrael Beteinu
04 04 02 05 [03] "Jewish Home" (previously NRP)
02 01 00 00 [06] National Union (reconstituted)
05 05 05 05 [06] Yahadut Hatorah
06 05 07 06 [05] Meretz
00 02 01 01 [00] Green Party
00 00 00 00 [00] Social Justice (Gaydamak Party)
00 02 01 02 [07] Retirees Party
09 10 10 09 [10] Arab parties
00 00 00 00 [00] Meimad
00 00 00 00 [00] Strong Israel (Efraim Sneh)

[The biggest shift is among Kadima and Likud supporters]

If the IDF operation in Gaza continues a number of weeks should Knesset
elections be postponed or held on 10 February as set?

6 January
Total: Hold elections 40% Postpone 41% Don't know/Other replies 19%
30 December
Total: Hold elections 48% Postpone 37% Don't know/Other replies 15%

According to how planning to vote in 2009 elections:
6 January
Labor: Hold elections 41% Postpone 35% Don't know/Other replies 24%
30 December
Labor: Hold elections 46% Postpone 40% Don't know/Other replies 14%
6 January
Kadima:Hold elections 33% Postpone 53% Don't know/Other replies 14%
30 December
Kadima:Hold elections 45% Postpone 40% Don't know/Other replies 15%
6 January
Likud:Hold elections 41% Postpone 45% Don't know/Other replies 14%
30 December
Likud:Hold elections 63% Postpone 24% Don't know/Other replies 13%

Should the IDF continue the battle in Gaza or has the time come for a
ceasefire?
6 January Continue 70% Ceasefire 20% Other replies 10%
30 December Continue 81% Ceasefire 10% Other replies 9%

Results for 6 January according to how planning to vote in 2009 elections
Labor: Continue 59% Ceasefire 23% Other replies 18%
Kadima: Continue 82% Ceasefire 10% Other replies 8%
Likud: Continue 94% Ceasefire 3% Other replies 3%

Moral Or Immoral

Cessation of IDF activities in Gaza to facilitate humanitarian activities


7 Jan 2009
(Communicated by COGAT - Coordination of Government Activities in the
Territories, Ministry of Defense)

Following the decision of the Israeli political echelon, as of today
(Wednesday, 7 January 2009) the IDF will refrain from fire throughout Gaza
City for a period of three hours, in order to enable a "humanitarian
respite" for the people within the area of operation. This activity is
scheduled to be implemented on a bi-daily basis. During this time, the
Palestinians will be able to acquire basic necessities, replenish stock and
seek aid from the various international organizations operating within the
Gaza Strip. Today, Wednesday, the IDF will halt all fire in Gaza City from
13:00-16:00 (1:00-4:00 pm).

The second component of the humanitarian effort will enable approximately 80
trucks carrying medicine, medical supplies and basic food commodities to
pass into Gaza via the Kerem Shalom crossing and approximately half a
million liters of heavy duty diesel are scheduled to pass through the Nahal
Oz terminal, as well as 60,000 liters of fuel to be transferred for the
first time by truck via the Kerem Shalom crossing.



This is not an act of humanity it is immoral.

Allowing goods into Gaza can only prolong the combat unless due to international pressure the Cowards, Scum and Traitors that lead Israel stop before Israel solves the problem of rockets from Gaza.

60,000 liters of fuel allowed into Gaza today, how many Molotov cocktails can this fuel make?

In war you seek to kill your enemy and destroy his infrastructure in the most massive way possible so that your soldiers can win victory and then return home. Allowing aid in has strengthened Hamas.

Income from Gaza tunnels some $650 million a year

Residents of Rafah are concerned by damage done to cash cow tunnels that lead to increased employment and prosperity in city, especially or tunnel owners and merchants. According to Palestinian research institute, tunnels contributed to worsening poverty in Gaza, but played important role in dealing with blockade
Gil Feiler, Doron Peskin

The residents of Rafah have been worried since the start of Operation Cast Lead, in no part because of the economic downturn that could result from damage to the tunnels used for smuggling good from Egypt. It is no secret that the tunnels have been a source of prosperity for this Gaza city for the past two years, and there is great concern that future security arrangements will limit their use.

Economic figures from the tunnel business were published last month by a research institute in the Gaza Strip. According to these statistics, unemployment figures in Rafah reached 20% in December 2008, as compared to 50% in December 2007. The workforce in Rafah is estimated to stand at about 18,000 people.

Expansion of the tunnel business attracted workers from all over the Strip, some of whom were looking for employment and others for commercial purposes. This was quickly translated into a marked increase in economic activity in the city, including both in merchandise supply in stores and in new restaurants and coffee shops springing up.

According to the Palestinian figures, the increase in the number of tunnels since Hamas has risen to power has been astronomical. By the middle of 2007, some 20 tunnels were open in Rafah, while only a year later upwards of 500 tunnels were in operation.

Most of the tunnels were dug within a limited 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) area along the Gaza-Egypt border in the neighborhoods of Tel Zareb, Brazil, and al-Abur, where the ground allows for such digging.

The length of the tunnels usually ranges from 200 meters (0.1 miles) to 1 kilometer (0.6 miles). Digging a tunnel takes weeks, or even months, depending on its length. The cost of digging per 1 meter of tunnel is about $100. Sources in Rafah know that the higher the cost of digging a tunnel, the higher the appetite of the tunnel owners for higher revenues, a fact that usually trickles down in price to the average consumer.


Interests across the border

Resident of Rafah are hoping that the tunnel industry will survive Israel's current military operations in the Strip because of interests that they have across the border with Egyptian merchants along the Gaza border.

Economic groups in the Gaza Strip claim that income created as a result of smuggling via the tunnels averaged about $30 million a year until 2006 and reached $650 million the first year Hamas came to power. These massive sums found their way into the pockets of the tunnel owners and the Hamas government.

Alongside the deep concern in Rafah, many other in the Strip won't be losing much sleep when the said tunnel economy is laid to rest. The Palestinian research institute that published the study on the tunnels noted that they played a central role in deepening the poverty in the Strip, mainly due to the high prices that average consumers were forced to pay for simple goods as a result of the black market created by the greed of shop owners and tunnel owners.

According to this same research institute, ever since Hamas came to power, there has been a marked increase in the number of children begging for handouts in the streets. However, the researchers noted that despite their negative effects on the Gazan economy, "the tunnels played an important role in dealing with the blockade."


Dr. Gil Feiler is founder and managing director of Info-Prod Research (Middle East) Ltd. , and Doron Peskin is head of research



How can this be?

The UN has gone on the record that the situation in Gaza is a humanitarian crisis even before the IDF started operations.

The truth is almost always 180 degrees from any thing the UN says.

January 06, 2009

Soldiers Kill Suicide Bomber in Gaza

Reported: 20:13 PM - Jan/06/09

(IsraelNN.com) Soldiers killed a suicide bomber in Gaza fighting as the IDF lost two more soldiers, bring to six the number of troops who have fallen in the 11-day counterterrorist operation. One soldier was killed in a clash with Hamas terrorists at the beginning of the ground incursion Saturday night.

Three others were reported killed in two incidents of friendly fire, and it was cleared for publication Tuesday afternoon that a fourth soldier also died.

IDF: Mortars Fired from School

Reported: 20:25 PM - Jan/06/09

(IsraelNN.com) The IDF said Tuesday evening that mortars were fired from the school which was hit by IDF fire Tuesday and collapsed, killing 42 Arabs. The IDF also said that most probably a secondary explosion from explosives within the building added to the destruction.

The school in question was operated by the UNRWA and served as a shelter for many Gazans. The UNRWA has asked for an investigation of the incident.

Arab Woman Tries to Stab Soldier

Reported: 22:23 PM - Jan/06/09

(IsraelNN.com) An Arab woman tried to stab a soldier in Hevron Tuesday. The incident occurred near the Cave of the Patriarchs.

The soldier was not injured and the woman was arrested. Earlier in the day an Arab was arrested in the same spot for hiding a knife in a Hamas flag.

80 Truckloads of Aid Headed for Gaza on Tuesday

Reported: 09:51 AM - Jan/06/09

(IsraelNN.com) The Defense Ministry allowed 80 truckloads of humanitarian aid to be sent to Gaza today.

The trucks - bearing food, medicine, and other aid - are scheduled to deliver the aid to the Kerem b'Yavneh crossing, where Gaza, the rest of Israel and Egypt meet.

Hamas Rocket Chief Believed Eliminated by Air Force

Reported: 10:45 AM - Jan/06/09

(IsraelNN.com) The Israel Air Force believes it eliminated the head of Hamas's rocket system on Tuesday morning in an effort coordinated with the Shin Bet Israel Security Agency.

Air Force jets blew up a house occupied by senior terrorist Iman Ziam, who set up the system and was commander of Hamas artillery forces in Gaza. According to nana/10, It is not clear if he was hit.

January 05, 2009

Gaza: 3 soldiers killed, 20 injured in friendly fire incident

Friendly fire in northern Gaza claims lives of three soldiers, leaves one critically injured, three in serious condition; 24 others sustain minor injures
Hanan Greenberg

Cleared for publication: Three IDF soldiers were killed and 20 others were injured, one critically and three seriously on Monday evening, in a friendly fire incident in northern Gaza.


Among the fatalities were two officers and a soldier. Colonel Avi Peled, commander of the Golani Brigade sustained minor injuries in the incident.

The injured were rushed to the Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba, Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem and the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva. All of the families have been notified.

According to the IDF Spokesman's Unit, the grave incident occurred when a tank accidentally fired a live round at a building which the troops, who were on patrol in the area, were in.

IDF explored the possibility that the building collapsed due to the detonation of explosives in it – an option which was ruled out as the details of the incident unfolded.

The extraction of the injured forces was done under IDF artillery fire, meant to provide cover for the rescue teams.

Three IDF soldiers killed, one critically wounded in Gaza blast


Last update - 03:30 06/01/2009

By Amos Harel, Fadi Eyadat, Yanir Yagna, and Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondents

Three Israel Defense Forces soldiers were killed and about 20 others were wounded, one critically, in the most serious incident so far in 10 days of Operation Cast Lead.

IDF battalion commander Colonel Avi Peled was lightly wounded in the incident, but managed to direct the evacuation of all the wounded troops and call in artillery fire and IAF air strikes on enemy targets before evacuating himself from the scene.

The number of Palestinian dead Monday was estimated at about 100, although no official figure has been given.

The IDF tightened its hold Monday over the outskirts of the built-up area of Gaza City as it traded fire with Hamas militants.

The major firefight started at around 6:30 P.M. Monday in the Sajaiyeh neighborhood in east Gaza City. According to preliminary information gathered by the IDF, Hamas attacked with mortar shells that exploded near the troops.

Troops then apparently took shelter behind the wall of a building, after which a large explosion took place. While the building might have been booby-trapped by the Palestinians, it is also possible that the explosion was the result of another mortar shell.

Twenty soldiers were wounded in the blast, 12 of them seriously. One was evacuated by helicopter to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer.

Another officer was slightly wounded, but refused to be taken for treatment. He oversaw the evacuation of the wounded until it was completed. Three hours later he came for treatment to Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva. Evacuation took place under heavy helicopter and artillery cover fire.

Hamas responded with additional mortar fire. In one of the strikes, near the border, two Israelis were wounded, one of them moderately.

Sajaiyeh, together with its adjacent neighborhoods, has been considered a Hamas stronghold for several years.

Sources in the IDF said the advance of the forces into the Strip forced the rocket-launching teams to retreat somewhat, with Sajaiyeh identified as main launch location. Practically no launches were seen from areas in which the IDF had taken control.

Still, over 40 Qassam and Grad rockets were fired Monday from Gaza at southern Israel striking Ashkelon, Ashdod, Sderot, Kiryat Malakhi, near Ofakim, Netivot and Be?er Sheva. Hamas also fired rockets at the area between Ashdod and Gedera. A number of people in Sderot were treated for shock, and in Ashdod a rocket nearly destroyed a kindergarten. Inside Gaza, eight soldiers were slightly injured in other incidents in the Strip yesterday.

Over the past two days there have been at least two cases in which soldiers have been injured in 'friendly fire,' one by machine gun fire and one during the detonation of an explosive device.

Monday was the third day of the ground phase of Cast Lead. Sources in the General Staff said the day was spent 'expanding and deepening' control by forces on the ground. The IDF is now surrounding Gaza on the three land sides and maintaining a sea blockade. The Gaza Strip has also been sliced in two in the area where the Israeli settlement of Netzarim once stood.

IDF troops are going out on ambushes and attacks known as 'response-stimulating' operations.

The General Staff estimated 100 Palestinians were killed Monday in five battles at various locations around the Strip. However, it appears that a large number of the dead were civilians.

The IDF arrested at least 80 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip Monday.

The infantry forces advanced yesterday under cover of heavy artillery and helicopter fire.

The Israel Air Force continued Monday to bomb tunnels on the border at Rafah, to prevent their renewed use by Hamas as supply tunnels along the Philadelphi Route.

A few of the approximately 80 Palestinians arrested by afternoon yesterday admitted in their initial interrogation to membership in Hamas. They were transferred to temporary detention facilities inside Israel.

According to reports from the Strip, extended firefights took place Monday in the Zeitun area as well as the northern strip, not far from the former Palestinian Authority liaison offices. The IDF bombarded the area heavily.

Over the past 24 hours, two Palestinian families were killed. In the Shati refugee camp the parents and five children of the Abu Aisha family were killed. In the Zeitun neighborhood, the seven members of the Salmuni family were killed. In another incident, a pregnant Palestinian woman and her four children were killed.

Poll: Labor, National Union on the Rise

Tevet 9, 5769, 05 January 09 10:13 by Maayana Miskin

(IsraelNN.com) The latest poll from Channel 2, conducted as the IDF's Cast Lead operation continues in Gaza, shows the Labor party gaining significantly. The party, which was recently slated to receive fewer than 10 seats, is now in third place with 15 seats. Labor is led by Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

Labor's gains appeared to be at the expense of parties further left on the political spectrum. The combined Meretz-new leftist party, which was expected to gain two seats for a total of seven, is now expected to receive only five seats, the same number it currently enjoys. The Meimad-Greens coalition is not on the political map at all.

Likud is still in the lead over Kadima, but enjoys only a small margin with 31 expected seats to Kadima's 28. Those surveyed gave Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel is Our Home) 13 seats, the same number it received in previous polls.

The hareidi-religious Shas and United Torah Judaism (UTJ) parties both lost seats in the poll, with Shas at nine seats and UTJ at four. The parties currently have 12 and six seats respectively.



So the operation is working just as Barak and Livni wanted it too.

Is the Israeli public really so stupid?

'We lost our homes for nothing,' says reservist from former Gaza settlement

By Nir Hasson Haaretz Last update - 05:25 05/01/2009
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1052596.html

Three years after being evacuated from settlements in the Gaza Strip, some
of the evacuees are now returning - in uniform.

Aharon Cruz, a paratroops officer, lived in Netzarim for two years before
the disengagement. On Sunday, he and his unit, to which he had been recalled
a mere day after his wedding last Thursday, were back at the settlement's
ruins in central Gaza.

"On one hand, there's a feeling of 'what did we leave for?'" said his
father, Rabbi Ze'ev Cruz. "On the other hand, there's joy that he is
returning to a place he knows."

The ground operation has aroused strong feelings among the evacuees. Some
see it as a first step toward returning to their former homes. But most
simply want to shout "we told you so!" And the feelings are intensified
among those who have sons serving in Gaza.

"It's a very difficult feeling," said Ami Shaked, former chief security
officer of the Gush Katif settlement bloc, whose son is a paratrooper. "This
is the first war in which my son is defending me instead of me, him."

But beyond that, "everything we said then has come true. What is happening
today reopens the wounds. The thought arises that perhaps we shouldn't have
given in; perhaps we should have been more insistent, ratcheted up the
struggle another notch. But that's history."

Yossi Neuman, a reserve officer in Southern Command who once lived in Neve
Dekalim, was called up over a week ago. His son Itai, a tank commander,
called him yesterday from the ruins of Netzarim.

"It's a destructive feeling," Neuman said. "I'm here on an emergency call-up
and my son is fighting for what we once had. We said missiles would haunt
Ashkelon and they said we were delusional. We lost our homes and our lives
for nothing, for nothing at all in exchange. And in the end, we're returning
to fight there."

For many evacuees, the feelings were heightened by the news that the son of
Zvika Bar-Hai - a West Bank settler who was one of the leaders of the fight
against disengagement - was seriously wounded on the first day of the ground
operation.

But the army's return to Netzarim was particularly emotional for former
residents of that settlement. "I got text messages that said 'stop
everything, we'll soon be back,'" said one, Itzik Vazana. "We're hoping for
the day when we return. I think we've come a long way from the expulsion
until today. We've made a big circle, and in the end, we're returning to
Netzarim. Tomorrow morning we won't return to the settlement, but it's a
process that will ripen slowly."

"It's a stab in the heart," added another, Eliyahu Ozen. "Today it is clear
that when I lived in Netzarim, I was the country's flak jacket. Today, I
live with the feeling that I did my job. Too bad they didn't want it any
more."

Wounded Soldier Carried Orange Flag on Way to Gaza Battle

Tevet 9, 5769, 05 January 09 05:01 by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

(IsraelNN.com) Dvir Bar-Chai, one of the Golani soldiers who was badly wounded in Gaza, was an activist for Gush Katif before the expulsion three years ago. He was carrying an orange flag to raise on the ruins of the destroyed site of Jewish homes when a terrorist fired a mortar shell at his unit. He now is in intensive care, and his condition is stable.


One of 20 soldiers who were hit by the shell, he now is in serious but stable condition at Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva. Difficulties in evacuating him left with a serious loss of blood, and his condition initially was considered life threatening.

Dvir is the son of southern Hevron Hills Regional Council chairman Tzviki Bar-Chai. Both father and son were active in the campaign against Disengagement program, which resulted in the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif, northern Gaza and parts of northern Samaria. The government plan also brought about the withdrawal of all IDF forces from Gaza.

The soldier, a member of the famed Golani 51 Brigade that years ago was commanded by IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, took the flag with him after a visit home on Friday, explaining to his parents he wanted to place it on the land where he fought for a Jewish presence in Gaza.

He wanted to raise the flag on the ruins of Gush Katif before he was hurt shortly after his unit entered Gaza on Saturday night, his father said. "He was home on Friday and said, 'Dad, I need to find an orange flag. A foolish decision was made, and I hope that this statement will reach the hearts of the entire public.'"

The expulsion was heralded by calls from many politicians, including then-Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres, that Jews never again would return to the area.

The wounded soldier is one of many, including several who were expelled, who have returned to Gush Katif in uniform.

Rabbi Zev Cruz, father of a paratroop officer who was expelled from Netzarim, reached the site of the destroyed community during the ground assault against Hamas terrorists. His father said that his son had mixed feelings about returning to Netzarim.

The officer said he asked himself why the government decided to force Jews out of the area, but he also was happy to return to his former home grounds.



G-D Bless him and grant him a speedy recovery.

January 04, 2009

Hamas: We're using PA arms to battle IDF

The Jerusalem Post Internet Edition


Jan. 4, 2009
Khaled Abu Toameh , THE JERUSALEM POST

Hamas representatives claimed on Sunday that their militiamen were fighting against IDF troops in the Gaza Strip with weapons confiscated from the Palestinian Authority in the summer of 2007.

They said Hamas had managed to lay its hands on all the weapons that Israel, the US and other countries had given forces loyal to PA President Mahmoud Abbas. Hamas had also seized dozens of armored vehicles used by Abbas's security forces, they added.

After its men took full control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, Hamas announced that it had seized tens of thousands of rifles and pistols, including heavy machine guns, night-vision goggles and bulletproof vests, as well as vast amounts of ammunition.

Sources close to Hamas also claimed that dozens of members of the rival Aksa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of Fatah, had volunteered to fight alongside Hamas units.

The sources added that gunmen belonging to other armed factions were also involved in the fighting. They included members of Islamic Jihad, the Popular Resistance Committees and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

The Aksa Martyrs Brigades announced that Fatah gunmen were involved in the fighting in several areas, including Beit Hanun, Beit Lahiya and the outskirts of Gaza City, adding that its men had also succeeded in detonating an explosive charge near an IDF vehicle in the center of the Gaza Strip. It said five Fatah men had been wounded, two seriously. It did not say whether its men were fighting together with Hamas.

Meanwhile, jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti sent his greetings on Sunday to Hamas's militiamen and to all the gunmen involved in the fighting against the IDF.

"Fatah and its men are an integral part of this battle and in confronting the aggression," he said in a message from Israeli prison, where he is serving five life terms for his involvement in armed attacks against Israelis during the second intifada.

Barghouti urged all Palestinian factions to put aside their differences and unite their ranks to fight against the IDF in the Gaza Strip.

"The Israeli aggression is directed against all the Palestinians and their cause," the Fatah leader said. "This is the time to join forces in combating the Israeli occupation."

Reports about Fatah gunmen involved in the fighting came despite allegations that Hamas had placed dozens of Fatah activists under house arrest and killed others out of fear that they would exploit the IDF operation to undermine the Hamas government.



Can anyone who really understands the Middle East be surprised?

Of course the political leaders of Israel and America are in shock that these weapons are being used in the fighting.

January 02, 2009

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/

Wonderful

Israel to treat more injured Gazans Jan. 2, 2009 Judy Siegel-Itzkovich, AP and jpost.com staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

The Erez crossing to the Gaza Strip will be will be opened on Sunday for injured Palestinians to enter Israel for medical treatment, IDF spokesman Peter Lerner said Friday.

Over 400 Palestinians have been killed and some 1,700 wounded since the beginning of IDF Operation Cast Lead last Saturday. The offensive targets Hamas in the Strip.

Earlier in the week, a seven-year-old Gaza boy who suffered a serious head wound in IAF air strikes was rushed through the Erez Crossing and taken to Schneider Children's Medical Center in Petah Tikva.

The boy, whose transfer was facilitated by the Peres Peace Center, was in critical condition in the intensive care unit on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, which favors the transfer of Gaza civilians hurt in the bombings, said the Palestinian Authority is unwilling to pay for their medical care in Israel because Hamas is responsible.

The PHR-Israel has urged the PA to facilitate such transfers immediately and argue later about who would finance the treatment to save their lives.
Three other wounded children were also transferred via the Erez Crossing, with help from UNRWA.

Twenty Gazans suffering from serious illnesses unrelated to the fighting were allowed through on Wednesday for treatment in Israeli hospitals.



Wonderful, Jews having mercy on our enemy.

Jews giving aid to children trained by their TV to hate and murder Jews.

Of course this is done by the Peres Peace Center, Peres the pimp for the Palestinians who has lined his own pockets with untold wealth pimping for our enemy. Who expressed shock that they are shooting missiles from Gaza into Israel.

Would America have done the same during World War Two?

The Real Story About Gaza

IAF hits house of another top Hamas terror operative Jan. 2, 2009 Yaakov Katz, Jpost.com staff and AP , THE JERUSALEM POST

There was no sign of respite in IAF air raids on the seventh day of Operation Cast Lead on Friday, as aircraft destroyed the Gaza homes of more than a dozen Hamas terror operatives, a day after one of the group's top five leaders, Sheikh Nizar Rayyan, was killed in a northern Gaza air strike.

In the latest strike, The IAF hit the house of top Hamas terror operative Imad Akel on Friday afternoon.

It was unclear if Akel was home at the time, but secondary blasts were heard, indicating the presence of weapons and explosives in the home, the IDF said.

Palestinians reported that another of the houses struck belonged to former Hamas refugee minister Atef Adwan.

The air force also bombed the home of Hamas terror operative Muhammad Ma'tuk in Jabalya, northern Gaza, the army said.

The IDF said that the house was used as an arms warehouse and weapons lab, and also contained an opening to a tunnel used by Hamas.

Palestinians and Israeli defense officials said that prior to the air strikes, the IDF either warned nearby residents by phone or fired a warning missile to reduce civilian casualties. IAF aircraft also dropped leaflets east of Gaza giving a confidential phone number and e-mail address for people to report locations of rocket squads. Residents appeared to ignore the leaflets, stepping over them as they passed by.

Most of the targeted homes Friday belonged to Hamas terror chiefs and appeared to be empty at the time, but one man was killed in a strike that flattened a building in the Jabalya refugee camp in northern Gaza. Separate air strikes killed two other Palestinians, according to Gaza Health Ministry official Dr. Moaiya Hassanain.

IAF aircraft also fired missiles as five smuggling tunnels under the Philadelphi Corridor. The IDF confirmed hitting the tunnels.

In addition, the IAF responded swiftly to the morning's attacks on Ashkelon, striking the terror cell responsible for firing four Grad rockets at the city.

Fear of IAF attacks led to sparse turnout at Friday's communal prayers at mosques throughout Gaza, but thousands of people attended a memorial service for Rayyan. Throngs of people prayed over the rubble of his home and the destroyed mosque nearby.

Overnight Thursday and early Friday, as Operation Cast Lead entered its seventh day, IAF and naval forces attacked some 20 Hamas targets throughout the Gaza Strip.

The army said that among the sites targeted was a mosque in Jabalya used as a terror hub by Hamas. The IDF said in a statement that the mosque was used as a storage site for a large amount of Grad missiles and additional weaponry.

The strike set off a lengthy series of secondary explosions and a large fire, caused by the munitions stockpiled in the mosque, continued the statement, adding that the mosque was also used as a center of Hamas operations, as a meeting place for its terror operatives and a staging ground for attacks. The mosque was identified with Rayyan.

Also targeted in the overnight and early morning strikes were: the headquarters of the Hamas military wing, a vehicle transporting anti-aircraft missiles, a tunnel used to smuggle weaponry, rocket launchers loaded and prepared for use, as well as weapons manufacturing and storage facilities, said the army.

The IDF reiterated that it would continue to target infrastructure used by Hamas and
other Gaza terror organizations, and would not hesitate to strike those involved both directly and indirectly in attacks against Israelis.

More than 400 Gazans have been killed and some 1,700 have been wounded since Operation Cast Lead began on Saturday, Gaza health officials said. The number of terrorists and civilians killed is unclear, but Hamas said around half of the dead are members of its security forces and the UN said more than 60 are civilians.

Meanwhile, following Rayyan's death, Ismail Radwan, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, called on Hamas's armed wing to harm "Zionist interests" everywhere, Israel Radio reported.

The attack on Rayyan's Jabalya home liquidated him and wiped out nearly his entire family. All four of his wives were killed along with eleven of his dozen children.

His one surviving son told Al-Jazeera that the children were aged 1-16. He said he was not expecting the air force to be targeting his father.



All of these homes were empty because just as Israel did decades ago in Lebanon we called the terrorist and warned them to get out.

We then bomb empty buildings.

This is all a game and the leaders of Israel do not have the courage to really fight a war until we win.

For if Israel were ever to obtain victory over our enemies then the focus of the Jewish people would be on how corrupt our leaders really are.

I pray to G-D that the IDF does not go in on the ground, risking our boys for this obscene game that Barak, Livni and Olmert are playing in an effort to keep the hard left in power after the next election.

January 01, 2009

IDF Spokesperson January 1st, 2008

Israel Air Force Attack on the House of Nizar Rian


Israel Television Channel 2 reported that Israel warned Rian on the phone to evacuate the building with his family but Rian opted to stay with his family in his house.

Israel Air Force Attack on the House of Nizar Rian

The IAF attacked the house of Nizar Rian, a senior Hamas terror operative,
in Jabaliya. The attack was carried out based on IDF and ISA intelligence.
Many secondary explosions were identified as a result of the attack, thus
proving that the house was used for storing weaponry. It was also used as a
communications center. In addition, a tunnel was located under the house and
was used for the escape of terror operatives.

I have verified this from several sources as being true.

In short Israel did not want to kill this terrorist scum, we were only able to do so because he refused to heed our warning.

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