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August 16, 2009

Yoni's Out Of Internet Contact

I will be out of the country in a location that does not have internet. I should be back blogging at the end of September

August 14, 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 3pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific, 10pm 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 MERF web page

Hamas crushes 'al-Qaeda uprising'

At least 13 people killed, scores wounded in battles between Hamas forces, al-Qaeda followers in Strip; unconfirmed report says suicide bomber blew up amidst Hamas men. Earlier, radical cleric pledges allegiance to Bin Laden
Ali Waked

Mayhem in Gaza: After hours of fighting Friday, Hamas' security forces were able to crush an uprising by gunmen associated with al-Qaeda, in the wake of a provocative speech by a local imam critical of Gaza's current rulers.

At least 13 people were killed in the clashes and more than 80 were reportedly wounded.

Earlier, the leader of the radical Salafi faction in Gaza, Abdul Latif Musa, slammed Hamas' conduct as not sufficiently Islamic, as he declared the Strip an "Islamic emirate" and pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

Following fierce gunfights, eyewitnesses reported that Hamas was able to take over most rebel strongholds. Friday night, Hamas forces reportedly bombed the last stronghold, where Imam Musa and his men were apparently barricaded.

According to one report, the commander of the al-Qaeda faction's military wing, Abu-Abdullah al-Suri, may have been killed in the attack.

'Ideological deterioration'
Unconfirmed reports said a Musa loyalist blew himself up within a group of Hamas men near the mosque where the radical cleric spoke earlier. According to other reports, Hamas members, some of them masked, were pursuing more Salafi loyalists in the Strip.

Hamas Spokesman Sami Abu-Zuhari addressed the fierce clashes in Rafah, characterizing the views presented by the Salafi faction as "ideological deterioration."

"This group has no connection to any outside organization," he said. "No element or group has the authority to take the law into its own hands, and those who do not respect that will be dealt with by the security establishment."

Meanwhile, members of the Salafi group, Jund al-Ansar Allah, said they were completely loyal to Musa and warned against any attempt to undermine the Islamic emirate he declared.

According to other reports, the secretary general of the Popular Resistance Committees was leading mediation efforts between the warring factions.

August 13, 2009

Abbas slams Qureia accusations

Abbas slams Qureia accusations, welcomes ex-officials back into fold
Published yesterday (updated) 13/08/2009 22:08

Bethlehem - Ma'an - The "Fatah movement will face any split" Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas said at a press conference one day after the
controversial announcement of the 19 elected members of the Central
Committee for the party.

Speaking from the presidential compound in Ramallah, Abbas praised the
integrity of the elections, following accusations from ousted Central
Committee member Ahmad Qureia and on-the-outs Fatah member Farouq Qaddoumi
that the elections were "unclean" and the conference rigged.

The vociferous rejection by Qureia of the election results, coupled with
uncertainty around the Gaza delegates' reaction to what some say is a lack
of representation on the Central Committee, and Qaddoumi's rejection of the
conference entirely, have lead to questions around a possible split in the

Responding to the possibility Abbas said "Fatah cannot have a split Abu à la
Quriea ; we will not even think about it." Abbas dismissed the leader's
comments saying "he has every right to say what he wants," and offered a
conciliatory mention that "those who failed in these elections will find
their places in other departments inside the movement."

Much of Abbas' speech was, in fact, conciliatory. At one point he addressed
ousted Central Committee members Ahmad Quriea, Intisar Al-Wazir, Nasser
Yousef, and Hakam Balawi, and praised them for the historical role they
played in the party and the difference they have made to Fatah.

Fatah's commitments

On the immediate focus for the party Abbas outlined the party's commitment
to the Arab Peace Initiative, and an immediate end to the Israeli occupation
of areas in the 1967 borders. He reiterated Fatah's commitment to realizing
UN resolutions 194 and 262, and to securing a Palestinian state with
Jerusalem as its capital.

A Palestinian state, he added, would include all of the prisoners currently
in Israeli facilities, which he said would be a precondition to show Israeli
seriousness and commitment to the process. "Palestinians are sticking to the
legitimate resistance option under the international law," he also stressed.

Abbas said he would reject any offer of a Palestinian state with temporary
boundaries, forced resettlement of Palestinians or suggestions for an
"alternative homeland" saying, "we do not have a home land but this one, we
will not give it up at whatever sacrifices we have to offer."

Arab countries support Fatah and the Palestinian Authority, Abbas stated,
noting he would make use of the Arab support to increase pressure on Israel
to come to a just solution. He also noted he had no problem with a
relationship with Iran, saying he welcomed the idea.

August 12, 2009

Yoni Supports Druze In The IDF

Rabbi Aviner: Non-Jews shouldn't serve in IDF

Following resignation of Druze officer Brigadier-General Imad Fares over traffic accident scandal, prominent Religious Zionism rules, 'Maimonides said explicitly – only Jews in the IDF.' Druze are loyal soldiers, he adds, but should do national service instead
Kobi Nahshoni

While the country is abuzz with the resignation of Brigadier-General Imad Fares over a traffic accident his wife was involved in while driving his military-issued vehicle, some religious circles question of the halachic legitimacy of non-Jews serving in the Israel Defense Forces.

He based his religious ruling on a statement made by Maimonides: "A person who is Jewish is connected to the nation. A person who is not Jewish does not have a connection like that of the Jew."

Rabbi Aviner addressed the issue in a recorded rabbinical discussion published on the website Maale after visitors to the site brought up the scandal in which Brig.-Gen. Fares is embroiled. The website visitors asked the rabbi what the halachic viewpoint is on non-Jewish serving in high-ranking positions in the IDF.

"The Rambam (Maimonides) says explicitly – only Jews in the IDF," responded the rabbi. "It is not the proper order that non-Jews serve in the army."

He explained that though Druze serving in the military are loyal to the State and dedicate their lives to it, "questions of this sort cannot be decided upon in an individual, inductive, or limited manner. The question is all-inclusive: Are there or aren't there non-Jews in the IDF?"

Rabbi Aviner said that alternative positions should be granted to non-Jews: "National service is most certainly allowed and obligatory."

The rabbi emphasized that his halachic ruling is not meant "to disrespect the great appreciation or the recognition of the good of all the non-Jewish soldiers who dedicate their lives to the IDF and are even killed (in service)."

He added, "Of course, we won't come and change the structure of the IDF, but a question was asked in principle. Such is the answer, and the answer is clear."

This is wrong.

I hate to say it but the Rabbi and Maimonides are wrong the Druze are not just any non Jews they are a special case. They have proven to be more loyal to the Jewish State than at least 1/3 of Israeli's. They have shed more blood for Israel on a per-capita basis than even us Jews.

The day Israel removes the Druze from the IDF is the day I mail back to Israel all my Israeli documents and will then sell all my property in Israel. For unless the sun doesn't rise in the morning I feel the Druze will always be willing to lay down their lives more readily in defense of Israel than the 1/3 of left wing Jews that we put up with just because they happen to be born from a Jewish mother.

Having said all that General Imad Fares was wrong and must pay the price.

August 11, 2009

Terrorists who fought U.S. in Iraq make way to Gaza

By Amos Harel Haaretz 11 August 2009

Dozens of Islamic terrorists have entered the Gaza Strip over the past year
and are operating there in the framework of extremist organizations
identified with the "Worldwide Jihad." The terrorists are Sunni Muslims,
many of whom have taken part in the fighting against American forces in
Iraq. So far, as much as is known, these terrorists have been involved in a
relatively small number of attacks.

Various groups inspired by Al-Qaida and other similar organizations are
responsible for the relatively recent attempts to launch terror attacks from
Gaza. Two months ago the Israel Defense Forces and Shin Bet security service
prevented an attempted attack which involved sending booby-trapped horses to
the Erez crossing point. An extremist splinter group was behind the failed
terror attack, but despite the reports in the Palestinian press, Israel did
not identify the involvement of any foreign terrorists in the attack.

The flow of foreign terrorists to Gaza will gradually increase, defense
officials forecast, as the friction between the extremist Sunni groups and
U.S. forces in Iraq diminishes in advance of the expected American
withdrawal. Israeli officials are of the opinion that Hamas is not
particularly interested in having these foreigners enter the Strip since
they do not act under Hamas instructions and are identified with even more
extremist and uncompromising ideologies than Hamas itself.

Good News From Israel

Found in 30% of all human cancer tumors, the Ras protein literally "drives cells crazy," says Prof. Yoel Kloog, the dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University. Prof. Kloog was the first in the world to develop an effective anti-Ras drug against pancreatic cancer, currently in clinical trials. Now, new research published in the June issue of the European Journal of Pharmacology shows that the drug might be able to slow the progression of diabetes as well.

Prof. Kloog's student Adi Mor of TAU's Department of Neuro-biochemistry and Sackler School of Medicine has modified Prof. Kloog's anti-Ras FTS compound to develop what could be the first tablet-based treatment for children and adults with Type 1 diabetes. Early results show that FTS is effective in restoring insulin production in animal models ― which could spell an end to the daily needle injections endured by diabetics.

"Our anti-Ras compound has shown very positive results in inhibiting diabetes," says Mor. And given the drug's history FTS has already passed toxicity studies for other diseases and disorders it has the potential to fast-track through FDA regulatory hurdles, skipping straight to Phase II clinical trials. A new drug for diabetes could be ready in as little as five years' time.

Helping the immune system do its job

Previous studies by Prof. Kloog's lab found that the FTS compound is effective against autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and lupus, "but the mechanism of its effects on immune cells was not well understood," says Mor. "I wanted to see if there was a connection between Ras and the regulation of the immune system, and if so if FTS could help regulate it to prevent or slow diabetes."

Through treating cells with the Tel Aviv University FTS compound, Mor was able to find and isolate an important immune system regulator protein called Foxp3. This protein keeps T cells in the immune system in check.
Contact: George Hunka
American Friends of Tel Aviv University

August 10, 2009

Parnters for What

Two mortar shells fired at the Erez crossing during a patient transfer from
the Gaza Strip to Israel. IED found on Palestinian boy.
IDF Spokesperson 10 August 2009 , 08:55

Two mortar shells were fired at the Erez crossing in the Northern Gaza Strip
on Sunday evening (Aug 9). The mortar shells fell close to the crossing
inside Palestinian territory, during the transport of a Palestinian cardiac
patient from Gaza to an Israeli ambulance that would bring the patient to an
Israeli hospital for treatment. There were no casualties and no material
damage was caused.

During the afternoon, IDF forces uncovered an improvised explosive device
(IED) in the belongings of a Palestinian boy at the Awarta crossing, south
of Nablus. The IED was detonated in a controlled manner by Border Police
sappers, and the Palestinian boy was taken for questioning by security

August 09, 2009

Fatah's approved political platform: won't abandon option to kill Israelis

Fatah moves 'to remove, defeat occupation'
Khaled Abu Toameh , THE JERUSALEM POST Aug. 9, 2009

Fatah's sixth General Assembly on Sunday approved a political platform that
emphasizes the Palestinians' right "to resist occupation in all forms."

The conference, meeting in Bethlehem for the fifth straight day, also
endorsed a resolution that defines Fatah as a "national liberation movement
whose goal is to remove and defeat the occupation."

In a statement, Fatah said that despite its commitment to a just peace, "we
won't abandon any of our options, and we believe that resistance, in all
forms, is a legitimate right of occupied people in confronting their

The statement also stressed the Palestinian refugees' right to return to
their original villages inside Israel.

Tayeb Abdel Rahim, a senior Fatah operative and aide to Palestinian
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, said Fatah will continue to be a
liberation movement as long as it hasn't achieved the aspirations of the

He reiterated Fatah's decision not to resume peace talks with Israel unless
the Israeli government halted settlement construction, accepted the
two-state solution and fulfilled all its obligations in line with the
various agreements signed with the Palestinians.

Abdel Rahim said Fatah was committed to the peace process, but there would
never be a permanent solution without the release of all the prisoners from
Israeli jails.

Also Sunday, more than 2,000 delegates began voting for new members of
Fatah's key decision-making bodies, the Central Committee (21 seats) and the
Revolutionary Council (120 seats).

Ninety-six candidates were running for seats on the committee, while 617
presented their candidacy for the less important Revolutionary Council.

More than half of the candidates running for the Central Committee are known
as representatives of Fatah's old guard. The committee has long been
dominated by veteran officials who have stubbornly blocked the emergence of
a new leadership.

Among the old guard operatives seeking seats in the committee are many
former Yasser Arafat loyalists such as Nabil Sha'ath, Saeb Erekat, Sakher
Bsaisso, Ibrahim Abu Dakka, Ahmed Abdel Rahman, Abu Maher Ghnaim, Ahmed
Qurei (Abu Ala), Ismail Abu Jaber, Tayeb Abdel Rahim, Intisar al-Wazir (Umm
Jihad), Jibril Rajoub, Hakam Balawi, Rafik Natsheh and Rouhi Fattouh.

For the first time in 20 years, several young guard Fatah activists have
also presented their candidacy as members of the Central Committee. They
include Muhammad Dahlan, Marwan Barghouti (in an Israeli prison serving five
life sentences for five murders and 40 years for an attempted murder), Husam
Khader, Muhammad Hourani and Kadoura Fares.

Elections for the two bodies were originally scheduled for Friday, but were
postponed following a row over the participation of Fatah representatives
from the Gaza Strip in the vote.

Hamas has banned some 400 Fatah members from leaving the Gaza Strip to
attend the conference. Some Fatah delegates complained that Hamas had
confiscated their cellular phones and personal computers to prevent them
from casting their ballots.

However, Fatah leaders said that their colleagues in the Gaza Strip did
participate in the voting on Sunday afternoon, but refused to say how they
did so.

Some of the delegates expressed disappointment that the conference was
concluding its meeting without a detailed report about Fatah's financial and
administrative conduct.

Husam Khader, a Fatah legislator from the Balata refugee camp near Nablus,
said the failure to present such a report reflected his faction's

The Fatah leadership justified the absence of a report by saying that
Abbas's opening speech at the conference was sufficient.

Some Fatah officials said that the conference paved the way for the
establishment of new Fatah-controlled institutions that would function
separately from the PA.

Abbas Zaki, the PA representative to Lebanon, said that these institutions
would actually serve as a government alongside the government of Salaam

Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday was critical of the positions
expressed at the Fatah General Assembly in recent days, saying at the start
of the weekly cabinet meeting that "the rhetoric coming from Fatah and the
positions being expressed are grave and unacceptable to us."

"Still," he said, "it must be understood that there is no solution in the
Middle East other than a comprehensive [peace] deal, which includes us and
the Palestinians."

Fatah's sixth General Assembly has issued several hard-line resolutions,
saying it would not renew peace negotiations with Israel until all
Palestinian prisoners are released from Israeli jails, all
settlement-building is frozen and the Gaza blockade is lifted. It also vowed
to struggle against Israel "until Jerusalem returns to the Palestinians void
of settlers and settlements" and pinned the blame for the 2004 death of
Arafat on Israel.

Barak called on Abbas to enter serious negotiations with Israel and on the
US and President Barack Obama to lead the way for peace in the region.

Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.

August 08, 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 3pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific, 10pm 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 MERF web page

August 07, 2009

Zubeidi: Unity should be regained by power and force if necessary

Published today (updated) 07/08/2009 18:56

Bethlehem - Ma’an - Palestinians should regain unity with Gaza even if
strength and power is used former Al-Aqsa Brigades fighter Zakariya Zubeidi
said during a speech to the Sixth Fatah Congress in Bethlehem Thursday.

“If we fail to achieve this, leaders should give their places up so a new
generation can lead the Palestinians to victory,” he said in his speech,
which was received with a standing ovation by conference delegates.

He called on Fatah delegates to develop a “clear struggle program” and
organize “popular, serious commitment” to a resistance movement during a
speech he delivered Thursday night.

The speech Zubeidi delivered was a critical assessment of the party, with
frank statements that made clear where he hoped the movement would go in the
coming years. “During 18 years of negotiations [under Fatah]” he said, “no
hope has been created.” He conintued, “what has been created is an extremist
Israeli society that is now behind the opposition to peace…Palestinians must
be prepared to take on the responsibility of protecting the land.”

Controversy surrounded Zubeidi’s presence at the conference during its first
day, with the prominent former fighter, who renounced the use of violence in
an “amnesty” deal with Israel which saw the state end their pursuit of the
man, being denied entry into the congress. Registrars told him his name was
not on the list, sparking harsh reactions from other former fighters and
rumors that the conference was being manipulated to excise those who might
promote resistance activities.

August 06, 2009

Fatah: Israel behind Arafat's death

Five years after former Palestinian leader's death, Fatah Congress unanimously concludes Israel was behind it, set up inquiry commission to probe matter
Ali Waked

The Fatah Congress on Thursday unanimously concluded that Israel was behind the death of former PA President Yasser Arafat. The congress decided to set up a Palestinian inquiry commission to probe the matter.

The members of the commission will be appointed at a later date, but Arafat's nephew, Nasser al-Kidwa is expected to head to commission.

The congress also called for an international commission to investigate the circumstances of Arafat's death.

Arafat died in the end of 2004. In October of that year his physical condition dramatically deteriorated, and shortly afterwards – with Israel's authorization – he was transferred to a French military hospital.

The former Palestinian leader spent two weeks in isolation in the hospital, and was received visits only from his wife Suha and a few aides, under tight security. The lack of credible information on Arafat's condition led to various rumors, and his death was announced a number of times.

On November 12, a hospital spokesperson announced that Arafat was dead.

Another topic debated in the congress is the absence Fatah's Gaza-based delegates, who were unable to attend the Bethlehem meet due to Hamas restrictions.

The commission is inclined to vote on the various Fatah institutions without them, even thought the decision will affect their participation. The few Gaza delegates in attendance, headed by Mohammad Dahlan, were enraged by the decision and nearly stormed out of the meeting.

Dahlan further said that if such a vote takes place, he will withdraw his candidacy for some of the movement's institutions.

Dahlan and the other Gaza delegates are demanding that those unable to attend the congress would be allowed to vote in a time and place set by the Fatah Central Committee,

The congress later discussed several issues concerning Fatah and the Palestinians in Lebanon.

August 05, 2009

'Israelis forced my sister to carry out attack in 1978'

coastal road attack.jpg

Coastal Highway Massacre. Entire families killed (Photo: IDF Spokesman Unit)

In exclusive interview with Ynet, sister of Dalal Mughrabi, whose cell carried out deadly attack that led to Litani Operation, says 'the objective was not to kill civilians, but to reach the Knesset and demand the release of Palestinian prisoners'; adds: I feel the same pain that Gilad Shalit's family feels
Ali Waked

"I'm still proud of my sister. The Israelis should not preach to us about morals or humanity, said the sister of Dalal Mughrabi, who commanded the cell that carried out the 1978 attack on Israel's Coastal Highway, which left 35 people dead and more than 70 injured.

Dalal and her Palestinian Fedayeen unit of eleven members arrived from Lebanon and landed on an Israeli beach.

During the attack, Dalal was killed by IDF fire.

The massacre prompted Israel to launch the Litani Operation against armed Palestinian organizations in Lebanon.

Speaking to an Israeli news outlet for the first time, Rashida Mughrabi, 52, told Ynet, "I have no regrets about what my sister did. The Israelis are the ones who forced her to carry out the attack because they expelled us and stole our lands. They caused us a great injustice by turning us into a nation of refugees, and, if it weren't for the occupation, Dalal would never have carried out the attack. Maybe she would have raised a family and pursued a career."

Rashida, who splits her time between Lebanon and Tunisia, is currently in Bethlehem for Fatah's sixth general congress.

"This is my first time in Palestine, and I can't put into words how I felt when I first set foot in the homeland," she said.

"Dalal did not (enter Israel) with the intent to kill. She came with a group of fighters who entered territory that was taken from them in order to free (Palestinians), but the intervention of the occupation's army led to the (end result)," said the sister.

"The objective was not to kill civilians, but to reach the Knesset and demand the release of Palestinian prisoners."

Rashida continued to say, "We don't like to kill. On the contrary, our religion forbids it, although the law does give us the right to fight the occupation to regain our freedom. It is the Israelis who purposely harm civilians; the entire world and all the international organizations determined that they used innocent civilians as human shields. At the very worst, Dalal may have taken civilians hostage, but she did not plan on killing them.

"The Israelis are champions at distorting the truth and preventing people from recognizing it. Even now they are doing it by changing the names of our streets and villages," she said, referring to Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz recent decision to change roadside signs across Israel's highways so that the all names appearing on them in English and Arabic would be a direct transliteration of Hebrew.

"If I have any regret, it's that I didn’t take part in the operation because Abu Jihad refused to have two sisters participate in the same operation," said Rashida.

"I feel the same pain that (kidnapped soldier Gilad) Shalit's family feels. They are not more human than we are. Shalit was an occupying soldier, and the whole world is intervening to advance his release while 11,000 Palestinian prisoners and thousands of fighters' bodies, including that of my sister, do not interest anyone. I want my sister's remains back just as much as Shalit's family wants its son returned."

The Mughrabi family's roots are in Jaffa, and Rashida is certain that she will eventually visit the coastal city. "Even if I am hanged, I'll never recognize Israel, and if the Fatah congress votes on the resistance article (in Fatah's charter), I'll vote against revoking our right to resist as stated in the charter.

"Given the opportunity I'd return to my home, my father's home. It is true that I was born 10 years after the occupation, but I've imagined our home (in Jaffa) so often that I'll now how to reach it on my own," said Rashida.

In a message to Israelis, Rashida said, "Get out of our land and let us live. All of the land is ours, and if the Israelis choose to live with us we will not oppose it. They are welcome to live with us, but not as occupiers."

One Side Is Serious

Aug 5, 2009 Palestinian Media Watch

Terrorists who killed 37 Israeli civilians applauded as heroes by Fatah
conference delegates
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Palestinian Media Watch:
p:+972 2 625 4140 e: pmw@pmw.org.il
f: +972 2 624 2803 w: www.palwatch.org

Fatah leaders responded with loud applause when two terrorists who committed
the worst terror attack in Israel's history were referred to as heroic
Martyrs by former PA Prime Minister Abu Alaa, at the opening ceremony of
Fatah's Sixth General Conference:

"We have in our midst the hero Khaled Abu-Usbah, hero of the operation
[terror attack] led by the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi [loud applause
from the audience]. We salute him and welcome him. And [we salute] the hero,
the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal. [He shouts:] All the glory! All the glory! All
the glory! All the sisters here are Dalal's sisters." [PATV (Fatah), Aug.
4, 2009]
Click here to view the Fatah conference applauding the terrorists

Dalal Mughrabi and Khaled Abu-Usbah are seen as Palestinian heroes for
having carried out the bus hijacking in 1978 in which 37 Israeli civilians,
12 of them children, were murdered.

Former Prime Minister Abu Alaa (Ahmad Qurei), who read the statement, is the
current Chairman of Fatah Department for Recruitment and Organization.

We let this scum live and then we take for a given that Israel will survive.

Their is a war going on and only one side is serious.

August 04, 2009

No moderate Palestinians

Time has come for Israelis to relinquish unattainable peace dream
Shaul Rosenfeld

On Tuesday we saw the opening of Fatah’s sixth convention. With the kind assistance of Israel, which as always believes that Palestinian moderates are good for it, thereby granting Abbas’ request to allow the entry of representatives from Lebanon and Syria; perhaps so that they imbue the convention with their moderation and vision in respect to the notion of a new Middle East and the Jewish State’s place within it.

The fact that the draft decision to be submitted to the convention calls for objection to defining Israel as a Jewish State, the opening of a strategic channel vis-à-vis Iran, a tougher struggle against the settlements, the security fence, and the Judaization of Jerusalem – through limited violent means – and the implementation of the right of return is apparently not supposed to weaken the resolve of those who work day and night to secure an agreement with the Palestinians.

After all, for the past 15 years we were required, time and again, to recite the spirit of the verse: “Where there is no peace and revelation, the people cast off restraint.” Yet “as destiny would have it,” Israel had been haunted by calamities precisely when it put its faith in Scandinavian peace visions and Palestinian swindlers, who did wonders with false promises custom-designed for their innocent Israeli interlocutors.

Against this backdrop it would be good to recall the words uttered by Abbas, who back in 1999 said in an interview with al-Sharq al-Awsat that “all the conflicts within Israeli society were exposed in the wake of the peace process…all we need to do is prompt the Israelis to fully believe that we, the Arabs, really want peace…that will bring them out of their tanks and fortresses.” And complete faith, as we know, is an essential ingredient around here. Especially for some Israelis who are regularly called upon to interpret the “peace language” of our “moderate partners,” which as we know are very different than the radicals.

Palestinian demands haven’t changed
As we recall, first there were Shimon Peres and the Oslo apprentices, who found it difficult not to endorse Nobel Prize Laureate Yasser Arafat’s dedication to “peace of the brave.” Regardless of his speeches and learned explanations about the deception inherent in the deals with Israel, the illegitimacy of the Jewish State, his loyalty to the way of the martyrs, his commitment to the phased elimination of Israel, or the importance of the armed struggle, Arafat’s defense attorneys in Israel ceaselessly kept on clearing up the Palestinian leader’s name.

“He wants to help us curb terror. Hamas and Jihad are getting in his way,” said Peres at the time, even if this interpretation of events was fir for superb raw material for a sad parody on the new Middle East.

“What, don’t we have dreams? So they can have dreams too,” Peres said at the time when he could no longer face up to the Palestinian denials, thereby granting a kosher certificate to the not-so-hidden desires of the Palestinians in respect to us. However, the Palestinian president was a man of action too, and between hate speeches about Israel he also directed attacks, winked to Hamas terrorists, smuggled arms and wanted suspects in his private helicopter, and turned the revolving door policy into a glorious Palestinian vision.

Only after he went too far, and the reports about this partner’s “peace acts” accumulated into a pile that could no longer be swept under the rug, Peres agreed to make a far reaching statement for his standards, arguing that Arafat is wrong. As if Arafat’s activity did not constitute an authentic expression of his worldview, but rather, an error that happened to taint his acts and speeches.

And when the first president bid us farewell in 2004, and was replaced in Ramallah by the second president, many of Arafat’s tireless defense attorneys were willing to admit that it was indeed difficult to deal with him, and perhaps he wasn’t the ideal partner, with the bold ones among them even “daring” to shift him to the group of the “bad guys.”

Of course, all of this did not prevent them from mentioning in the same breath that with Abbas it’s a whole different story, as an agreement can be finalized with him. The tiny problem is that even without a kaffiyeh and a handgun, and with a new president filled with great “moderation” and “goodwill,” the Palestinian demands remained the same as during the first president’s era.

“The Palestinian Authority rejected an Israeli offer for an agreement that included Palestinian concessions on the issues of Jerusalem and the refugees,” Abbas said in November 2008, not before pledging allegiance to the way of the martyrs and a few years after declaring that “Israel made its’ gravest error by signing the Oslo Accord.”

So now, upon the opening of the new Fatah convention, with the organization’s most moderate figures such as Mohammad Dahlan admitting that “the Fatah Movement never recognized Israel,” and with the basic demands of most of its members being impossible even for many within Israel’s leftist camp – we would do well to ask whether it isn’t better to reconcile ourselves already to the shattered peace dream, instead of yet again subjugating ourselves to its unattainable mirages.

August 03, 2009

53% of the Jewish public supports encouraging Arabs to emigrate from Israel

Monday, August 3, 2009

Poll: 77% of 'Soviet' olim support Arab transfer
Survey conducted by Israel Democracy Institute focuses on integration of
immigrants from former Soviet Union into Israeli society after 20 years of
aliyah. 2009 Democracy Index finds immigrants tend to be more hawkish,
believe less in Israeli democracy, and are much more pessimistic.
Ynet Published: 08.03.09, 14:35 / Israel News

The 2009 Democracy Index, published by the Israel Democracy Institute on
Sunday, reveals marked differences between the immigrant population from the
former Soviet Union and the general population in Israel.

The IDI's 2009 Democracy Index was handed to President Shimon Peres Monday.
The survey was carried out in March 2009 on a sample representative of the
adult population in Israel of 1,191 respondents. The respondents were
interviewed in three languages: Hebrew, Arabic, and Russian. The sampling
error is 2.8%.

Around half of the public feel that they are unable to influence government
policy, but almost 80% feel that they are able to change things in different
frameworks in which they live, work or study. It should be emphasized that
among immigrants the sense of influence is the lowest, with more than 40% of
them feeling that they have no ability to change things within any of these

The Israeli public believes in freedom of expression as a general value, but
for the most part refuses to allow harsh criticism to be expressed against
the state. 74% support “Freedom of expression for everyone, regardless of
their opinions.” However, 58% agree that “political speech should not be
permitted to express harsh criticism of the state of Israel.” This is a
significant increase as compared to 48% in 2003.

Growing support for denying Arabs' rights

53% of the Jewish public supports encouraging Arabs to emigrate from Israel.
77% of immigrants support this idea, compared with 47% of the veteran
public. 33% of veteran Jews are accepting of the inclusion of Arab parties
in the government, by comparison with 23% of immigrants.

Only 27% of respondents objected to the statement that there should be “a
Jewish majority in decisions relating to the fate of the country,” by
comparison with 2003, when 38% objected to this statement. These figures
indicate relatively broad support for decreasing the political rights of
Israel’s Arab minority.

54% of the general public (Jews and Arabs) agrees that “only citizens who
are loyal to the state are entitled to benefit from civil rights” (56% of
the veterans, 67% of immigrants and 30% of the Arabs). 38% of the entire
Jewish public believe that Jewish citizens should have more rights than
non-Jewish citizens (43% of the veterans hold this belief, versus 23% of
immigrants). In addition, 41% of veteran Jews are of the opinion that
“Israeli Arabs face greater discrimination than Jewish Israelis,” compared
to 28% of immigrants holding this view.

FSU immigrants more hawkish

The use of violence: 33% of immigrants from the FSU think that political
violence is legitimate, as compared to 35% of Israeli Arabs and 22% of
veteran Israelis. Among the general public, the greatest legitimacy is given
to the use of political violence by young people aged 18 to 30, at 27%.

Evacuating settlements: 48% of Israelis are not prepared to evacuate any
settlements within the framework of a permanent agreement; 37% are prepared
for the evacuation of isolated settlements; and 15% are prepared to evacuate
all the settlements over the green line.

The position of the immigrants from the FSU is more hawkish than that of the
general Jewish public: 64% are not prepared for settlements to be evacuated
in the framework of a permanent agreement; 30% are prepared for the
evacuation of isolated settlements; and 6% are prepared to evacuate all the

Desire to live in Israel

In the 31-40 age group (parents of children up to the age of 18), 80% of
veteran Israelis are certain that they want to raise their children in
Israel, compared to only 28% of immigrants from the FSU. 92% of the veterans
have some degree of desire to see their “children or grandchildren live in
Israel”, as compared to 74% of immigrants.

In light of the weight that the immigrant population gives to security
issues, it is possible that one of the explanations for these findings is
that more than half of the immigrants from the FSU live in peripheral
settlements in the north and south, which have suffered from an insecure
security situation and have lived under considerable threat in recent years.

Only 50% of immigrants aged 18 to 30 are certain that they want to live in
Israel, by comparison with 77% of veteran Israelis in this age bracket. In
the older age group, the percentage of immigrants wanting to live in Israel
is comparable to that of veteran Israelis.

Among immigrants from the FSU, there is a significant reduction in the
percentage of people who are certain that they want to live in Israel. This
trend is particularly notable among young people, with only 48% of
immigrants up to the age of 40 being certain that they want to live here (as
compared to 59% in 2007). A decrease in the desire to live in Israel was
also characteristic of young veteran Israelis at the end of the Second
Lebanon War, but this group has seen an impressive recovery, and as of 2009
the level has returned to pre-2006 figures (80%).

Both immigrants and veterans cite security and economic conditions as the
primary reasons that they would leave the country, although 81% of
immigrants—as opposed to 59% of veteran Israelis—claim that the security
situation is the main reason for wanting to leave Israel.

Approximately half of Israelis feel that the important condition for being
“really Israeli” is to be born in Israel.

August 02, 2009

Period End Of Story

Sunday, August 2, 2009 Terrorist murderer Israel allowed to attend Bethlehem conference hopes Fatah returns to terror

Guerilla leader urges restoration of Fatah’s revolutionary past
Published today (updated) 02/08/2009 18:27

Bethlehem – Ma’an Exclusive – “I have waited 30 years to come back to
Palestine, and I won’t leave. I will wait until I get a Palestinian ID card
so I can bring back my wife and children,” said Khalid Abu Isba, one of two
Palestinian fighters who survived the famous attack on a beach in north of
Tel Aviv on 11 March 1978.

In the city for Fatah’s upcoming convention, Abu Isba was speaking during an
interview at Ma’an’s Bethlehem office.

The operation that made him famous was led by the legendary female fighter
Dalal Al-Mughrabi. Al-Mughrabi’s name is synonymous with the 1978 attack,
which is today a symbol of an earlier era when the Palestinian movement was
led by refugees living in Lebanon and other places of exile, struggling to
retrieve the homeland they lost in 1948.

The Palestinians who carried it out called the attack the “Martyr Kamal
Udwan operation,” after the PLO chief of operations killed in an Israeli
commando raid on Beirut in April 1973. The Israelis called it “Coastal Road

Palestine, Abu Isba says, is the homeland for which he sacrificed in the
1978 operation that saw him injured and detained. During that operation, 13
Palestinian fighters hijacked an Israeli bus, and fierce battle erupted
between them and Israeli forces. Thirty five Israelis were killed as well as
all the Palestinian fighters except Abu Isba and another named Hussein

Both were injured and detained by Israeli forces. After spending seven years
in prison, both were released in a prisoner exchange deal in 1985 between
Israel and The Popular front for the Liberation of Palestine- General
Command led then by Ahmad Jibreel.

Abu Isba says he was worried Israel would not allow him to come to Palestine
to partake in sixth Fatah conference in Bethlehem. For reasons that may
never be known, Israeli authorities allowed the former guerilla leader to
cross into the West Bank this weekend.

Yet Abu Isba is returning to a Palestine, and a Fatah, that have changed
dramatically in the three decades since the raid on the coast road. Inside
the occupied territories, his movement has become closely identified with
the Oslo peace accords and its offspring, the hapless bureaucracy of the
Palestinian Authority. A weak Palestinian “sovereignty” has returned to a
few square kilometers of the homeland, but the rest has been annexed,
splintered, and subdivided over the Olso years. Fatah is embroiled in a
bitter power struggle with Hamas. It is a movement also seeking to reconcile
its past as a resistance movement with its present state.

While visiting Ma’an, however, Abu Isba seemed happy to be back in one
corner of Palestine. He says he is happy with the young Palestinian
generation. “For your sake, young people, we sacrificed, and we will
continue to,” he said.

”Bring back the Fatah of the revolution”

Asked about his expectations for the Fatah conference, he said, “After the
conference is finished, Fatah should continue with change, close the ranks,
and restore Fatah’s dignity.”

The veteran fighter said he hoped his movement would return to a program of
popular resistance.

“We hope the conference will bring back the Fatah of the revolution, the
Fatah of Abu Ammar [Yasser Arafat] and the Fatah of sacrifices after waiting
20 years since the fifth conference,” he added.

Abu Isba applauded the decision to increase the number of delegates to the
conference to 2,260 highlighting that more delegates are still needed in
order to cover all the regions where Fatah is active. He pointed out that
Fatah in Jordan and Lebanon need to have more representatives in the
conference. He mentioned that late Palestinian president Yasser Arafat had
increased the number of delegates to the fifth conference 20 years ago.

With regards to Hamas’ refusal to allow Fatah delegates from Gaza to leave
to Bethlehem, Abu Isba said, “Hamas plans to thwart Fatah conference to tell
the world that Fatah is unable to lead the Palestinian people.”

“They [Hamas] try to impose religion by force, thus, the Palestinian people
in the beloved Gaza Strip will rebel. If Hamas was confident about its
strength, and popularity, they would have accepted president Abbas’ call for
elections,” he added.

Commenting on the Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip last
winter, he said, “Hamas did not achieve anything in that war. They continued
to slam Egypt for refusing to open the Rafah crossing during the war without
considering that Egypt wanted to avoid displacing the Palestinian people. …
Hamas is not ready to stage a coup in the West Bank, and if they stage a
coup, they will then start criticizing Jordan for not opening the Allenby
Bridge,” he added.

He said that Hamas lauds Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi, who is in prison in
Israel for his actions during the Second Intifada, “But once the man is
released and starts playing a role in PA [Palestinian Authority] politics,
Hamas will have prepared accusations [against him] in advance.”

With regards to Fatah leader Farouq Qaddoumi’s recent accusations that
President Mahmoud Abbas was being involved in an assassination of Yasser
Arafat, he said, “If he [Qaddoumi] had such information, why did he remain
silent for five years? His silence is complicity. There must be
international sides who planned these accusations with Qaddoumi.”

Please refer to my post of Tisha B'av.

Instead of letting Khalid Abu Isba into Israel Israel should kill him.

Period end of story, instead we may face the end of Israel if we don't change our ways.

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