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December 25, 2009

Israel: US Consulate car tried to run over checkpoint guard
Dec. 25, 2009
Yaakov Katz , THE JERUSALEM POST

A dispute is rumbling between Israel and the US Consulate in Jerusalem after a US diplomatic car allegedly tried running over a Defense Ministry security guard recently at an IDF checkpoint in the West Bank. The car had been stopped after the occupants refused to present identification papers.

Israel is also furious that one of the consulate cars was found to have transported a Palestinian without permits between Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The identification of American diplomats from the consulate at IDF checkpoints has been a major sticking point for several years.

In January 2008, the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria filed complaints with the Foreign Ministry after both US Security Coordinator Lt.-Gen. Keith Dayton and then-consul-general Jacob Walles refused to roll down their windows or open their car doors and show identification papers at a checkpoint.

However, Israel's ire reached a new level after an incident on November 13 in which a five-car convoy of consulate vehicles with diplomatic plates arrived at the Gilboa crossing.

According to a detailed official Israel Police description of the incident obtained exclusively by The Jerusalem Post, the drivers refused to identify themselves or open a window or door. The drivers, according to the report, purposely blocked the crossing, tried running over one of the Israeli security guards stationed there and made indecent gestures at female guards.

The entire incident was documented by cameras at the crossing.

Following the incident, the head of the police's Security Department, Lt.-Cmdr. Meir Ben-Yishai, convened a meeting on November 18 at police headquarters in Jerusalem with the regional security officer at the consulate, Tim Laas. Also present were officials from the Defense Ministry and the Foreign Ministry, and the regional security officer at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, Dan Power.

According to a protocol of the meeting, obtained by the Post, Ben-Yishai said he assumed the drivers of the consulate vehicles had received permission to act the way they had. He said that in the future, if a diplomatic car did not stop and identify its passengers "immediately," it would not be allowed to pass the checkpoint.

Ben-Yishai described additional violations by consulate workers, and referred to at least one case in which a female Palestinian without appropriate documentation was found in a diplomatic car. Defense officials told the Post that there had been other similar cases in the past.

"We view this as an attempt to illegally transfer someone," Ben-Yishai said, according to the official police protocol.

Ben-Yishai also said the drivers of the cars, from east Jerusalem, hid their Israeli identity cards and put stickers over their names on their consulate-issued identity cards, since, as they claimed, "they are in a diplomatic vehicle and cannot be touched."

He added that police had filed a complaint with the Foreign Ministry and were conducting their own investigation to identify the driver who had tried running over the Israeli security guard.

While Power apologized for the incident and tried
smoothing things over, Laas angered Ben-Yishai, according to the protocol, when he said it was unacceptable for "simple guards" to inspect senior diplomats.

Laas said the communication needed to be between the guard and the driver, since "we can't know who the guard is."

This was understood by those present as
indicating his lack of trust in Israeli guards.

"This situation is being misused, and as proof in the latest incident, they refused to identify themselves and even tried smuggling a Palestinian without permission," Ben-Yishai said, according to the protocol. "The security guards at the crossings are licensed and are authorized by me, and that is how they should be treated. They are not 'simple guards‚' as Tim Laas called them."

Laas claimed that the Palestinian woman who had been in the car served as a translator for Dayton and the consul and that she had been returning with the team to Israel. He said it was possible that there had been a mishap with her papers.

Concluding the meeting, Ben-Yishai set new procedures under which consulate cars would need to undergo complete inspections if only a driver were present. If diplomats are inside the vehicle, they must open the door and present their identification papers.

A spokesperson from the consulate said that consulate policy was not to comment on internal meetings with Israeli officials.

"In regards to the checkpoints, we enter and exit from the West Bank many times a day through checkpoints controlled by the government of Israel without incident, and consulate officials and drivers always carefully follow the procedures that have been established and agreed to by US and Israeli governments for entering and exiting the West Bank," the spokesperson said. "Any problems that have occurred with checkpoints have been a result of misunderstanding and miscommunication, and we are in regular contact with the government of Israel regarding those procedures to avoid miscommunications in the future."

In response to the claim that the consulate cars had illegally transported Palestinians, the spokesperson said, "Any allegations that we are illegally transferring people are completely untrue, and as stated earlier, it is in our best interest that we follow the rules so that people who participate in US-funded programs can participate, and it would not be in our best interest to illegally transfer people."
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December 23, 2009

Apology Not Accepted


Carter: Grandson's race not reason for apology

Former US president denies apology to US Jews due solely to grandson's decision to launch political career


WASHINGTON - Former US President Jimmy Carter insists that his letter of apology addressed to US Jews published on Monday was not simply due to the fact that his grandson has decided to launch a political career and run for the Georgia state senator.


The former president's grandson, Jason Carter, 34, an Atlanta-area lawyer, is considering a run to fill a seat covering suburban DeKalb County should the incumbent, David Adelman, be designated ambassador to Singapore.


News of the young Carter's political ambitions has led some to suspect the former president's motives behind his apology were insincere.

But Carter senior told the Jewish Telegraph Agency in an interview published Tuesday that ethnic electoral considerations were not reason enough to reach out to the Jewish community, although he did not outright deny that it was a factor.

"Jason has a district, the number of Jewish voters in it is only 2%," he said, chuckling.

The senior Carter, who is not a popular character in Israel, enraged the American Jewish community in the past with various statements made in his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."

In the book, Carter blamed Israel for impeding the Middle East peace process via settlement construction, further claiming such a policy will lead to apartheid. The publication of the book caused 14 Jews to quit their jobs at the Carter Center in 2006.

Since then Carter has been trying to restore relations with the Jewish public. He hoped to appear in synagogues or Jewish community centers to explain himself and apologize, but his efforts were rejected.

He therefore decided to publish his letter of apology in a Jewish news agency around the holiday season, in hopes of reaching the public.

In a statement following his grandfather's letter, Jason Carter said: "While I was very happy to see my grandfather's letter, it was completely unrelated to my campaign. The letter is a product of discussions with some of his friends in the Jewish community that have been going on for a long time. I, like many others, see this as a great step towards reconciliation."

I do not accept your apology, if I accepted your apology that would mean I would have to accept the apology of other Jew hating individuals.

So since I will not accept the apology of the leadership of Iran or the PA why should I accept yours?

December 21, 2009

Poll: 55% of Israelis see settlers as modern-day Maccabees

Majority of Israelis, including 51% of secular public, views settlers as Hasmoneans of our time. Following them on the scale of likeness to Maccabees are social activists and IDF officers
Ynet

They feel like the media and the public are hostile towards them, but now are finally receiving their cross-sectorial medal of honor. A joint Ynet-Yesodot poll revealed that a majority of the public – including 51% of the seculars – believe that the settlers are "the Hasmonean counterpart" of our times.

The poll, conducted in honor of Hanukkah, also asked who Israelis see as the modern-day Hellenists and what the Maccabees would think about Israel today.

The poll was conducted by Panels Institute on a sample representative of the adult Jewish population in Israel of 498 respondents. The maximum sampling error is 4.4%±.

To the question "Who are the Maccabees of our day?", 55% responded "the settlers," 20% chose the social activists, 13% chose IDF officers, 6% chose members of Knesset, and 6% chose environmental activists. In an analysis of those who chose the settler response according to religious affiliation, shows 50% of haredim, 51% of the seculars, 58% of the traditionalists, and 69% of the religious believe that the settlers are the modern-day Maccabees.

And who are the Hellenists of the 21st Century? Thirty percent believe "those who insert words from foreign languages into Hebrew or those who name their children Latin names." Some 28% said that those who want to make money at any price are the modern-day Hellenists, while 26% said people who are brand-conscious. Another 16% responded that people who watch a lot of television are manifestations of modern-day Hellenism.

Breaking down the results according to shows that seculars were most likely to indicate the desire to be famous (31%). Traditionalists were most noted the use of Latin names and words (32%). The religious public emphasized chasing after brands (31%), and haredim indicated watching television (44%) and the source of Hellenism in today's society.

Maccabees and State of Israel

The Hasmoneans were known, among other things, for secretly violating the laws of the Greek regime that forbade upholding the Torah's commandments. A clear majority of the respondents (59%) said they would participate in legal protests such as demonstrations and media spokesmanship when faced with State laws and orders antithetical to their beliefs and values.

On the other hand, 18% said they would not do anything "because it wouldn't have an effect." Some 8% said they would involve international bodies in order to revoke the laws, while 4% said they would partake in illegal and violent protest. Some 11% said they do not know how they would react.

Most of the religious affiliations preferred legal protest as their prime path of action: 66% of religious, 59% of traditionalists, 58% of seculars, and 39% of haredim.

In conclusion, the respondents were asked to estimate "what would the Hasmoneans think of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state?" Some 33% responded that the Hasmoneans would think this type of country is ideal. Some 25% said the state would be considered a symbol of Hellenism in the eyes of the Hasmoneans because its laws are not based on halacha. Some 21% said the Hasmoneans would accept the State having no other choice. Another 21% did not respond.

The haredim and the religious believe the State of Israel would be seen by the Hasmoneans as a symbol of Hellenism (67% and 42% respectively). Traditionalists believe they would come to terms with the State having no other choice (31%), and the seculars said the Hasmoneans would see the State as ideal.


'No sense in coercion'

Shoshi Becker, educational director of Yesodot Center for Torah and Democracy said, "Every Jew must aspire to promote Hebrew law, but coercing keeping the commandments on a large public that does not desire to do so certainly is not possible.

"I would like to send the words of the late Rabbi Shaul Yisraeli as a message to our generation. He claimed that there is no sense in forcing commandments on a secular person with the laws of the State if this is not likely to bring him to perform them out of empathy in the future."

To the haredi and religious public who believe that the State of Israel would be perceived as a symbol of Hellenism in the eyes of the Hasmoneans, Becker reminded, "The Hasmoneans waged their struggle because they were prevented from upholding the commandments of their religion, while a democratic country is built on freedom of religion, which is mostly granted in the State of Israel."

Settlers taken aback by IDF's freeze enforcement plan

Many settlement residents surprised to learn of extent of force to be exercised in freeze's second phase. 'We never expected this response from the army,' says Revital Ofen, Yitzhar resident who thwarted attempted infiltration to her house by terrorist. 'Under what right do they limit my ability to use communication means?' says Shimon Cohen of Beit Aryeh
Daniel Edelson

Many settlers were surprised Sunday morning to learn of the military's operational plan to enforce halt construction orders issued as part of the government decision to freeze settlement expansion. They were alarmed to discover the extent of preparation detailed in the document.

One such resident was Revital Ofen, 37, of the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar. A year ago a terrorist tried to infiltrate her house. She thwarted the attack by closing the shutter on his hands forcing him to retreat. Upon the publication of the freeze enforcement plan Ofen said that even the terrorist's attack didn’t surprise her as much as the "attack from the inside" did.

"We were aware of our neighbors' murderous nature all along, but we never expected the army's response," she said.

Nevertheless, she maintained that having endured the painful process of the Gaza pullout, the settlers would also get through the current freeze enforcement plan.

"What could be worse than that expulsion and destruction? I won't even bother reading the entire order. This land's pioneers have been treated this way for some years now, but we're not here because of the government, and we won’t leave because of it either.

"This is our land, we built our home ourselves and no one will tell us to destroy it. We are Zionists, but the systems are rotten and we reached this state due to lack of values. The people voted for the Right and it has strengthened along the years but the government keeps turning to the Left. We shall keep doing what we do until the systems come to their senses," she said.

"I honestly don't know what they want from us," said Shimon Cohen, 59, a resident of Beit Aryeh. "At the time Sharon decided to change the outline plan and enter us into the green line and people came here on that basis. The construction in Beit Aryeh is completely legal with all the necessary permits.

"The Israel Land Administration gave us grounds to sell, people took mortgages, they wanted us to enlarge the community and allow more residents in. They'd better deal with the communities whose building is illegal first. How are we different than Caesarea?"


'Violation of civil rights'

Cohen stressed that Beit Aryeh is a moderate and mostly secular community and therefore its residents find it hard to come to terms with being part of the freeze plan. "Cellular screening? Not contacting the media? It's a violation of civil rights, it's my legitimate right and anyone else's to own a telephone and Internet line. Under what right do they limit my ability to use communication means?

"Other than that, people need it for business. On the one hand you freeze construction and on the other you prevent private business?"

Zehava Tamir, 27, a resident of the Kedumim settlement said that the IDF's plan was laughable. "There's a feeling that someone is panicking, it sounds like they're stressed by us and I wonder why we're such a threat to them.

"Currently we're abiding by the law, our protest is legitimate; we filed a petition with the High Court of Justice against this warrant together with three other families, since we started construction prior to the order. We don’t feel any need to build illegally, right now we're trying to adhere to the law," she said.

Tamir noted that the State is only reminded of them on two extreme occasions. "Either there are military actions and our sons are fighting in the battlefield or we're made into enemies. They are trying to turn a creative productive group into the enemy and that legitimizes extremists," she said.

Nevertheless, Tamir doesn't consider the IDF an enemy and even sympathized with the soldiers. "I know how hard it is for the soldiers and I wish the army wasn't involved in this since it's not their job."

Naama Lanir contributed to this report

December 20, 2009

Barak Is A Liar

IDF prepares to raze structures as part of settlement freeze's second phase

Judea and Samaria Brigade to head operation in which West Bank communities with illegal structures will be isolated; soldiers will intervene only if violence breaks out. Plan also calls for swift legal action against rioters. Settler leaders: Plan sinister, Barak war criminal
Efrat Weiss

The IDF Southern Command is formulating a plan for the implementation of the second phase of the West Bank construction moratorium, which will include the razing of illegal structures in Jewish settlements, Ynet learned on Sunday.

The Border Guard, Shin Bet, Judea and Samaria District Police, the Air Force and a special police unit are expected to take part in the operation, aimed at enforcing the cabinet's recent decision to halt construction in the West Bank for a period of 10 months in order to jumpstart peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.

The operation will be headed by the IDF's Judea and Samaria Brigade.


According to the plan, any settlement in which illegal structures are located will be sealed off, and media crews will be prohibited from entering. Traffic to and from nearby settlements will be blocked.

IDF soldiers will not participate in the demolitions themselves, but will intervene should any violence break out. Security forces have also been instructed to prepare for incidents involving live fire, though IDF officials who are drafting the plan have mentioned that there was no concrete intelligence indicating that such a scenario is plausible.

The second phase of the construction freeze also calls for swift legal action against rioting settlers, particularly against those suspected of assaulting security personnel or damaging military equipment.

Ahead of the demolitions, large security forces will be deployed on the understanding that "force paralyzes." The plan also calls for the forces to utilize the element of surprise.


The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said, "The military is carrying out the government's instructions."


Settler groups were quick to criticize the plan. "This is a military trial against the settler population, and it will trample on its most basic human rights," the Human Rights Organization of Judea and Samaria stated. "Seeing as the construction freeze is aimed at appeasing the Americans – it should be mentioned that the US government would never resort to such measures against its civilian population. We call on the (Israeli) government to come to its senses, before it loses the right to be called the only democracy in the Middle East."

The Shomron Settlers' Committee said in response, "The war plan formulated by the defense establishment against the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria and against the hesder yeshivas, to which the best IDF soldiers belong, makes Defense Minister Ehud Barak a war criminal, with (Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu's backing.

"Barak is wasting millions (of the taxpayers' shekels) to advance his status among Israel's Left instead of investing in the development of the Galilee, Negev and West Bank," said the committee.

Shomron Regional Council head Gershon Mesika called Barak's plan "sinister," while Knesset Member Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) said it constitutes a "declaration of war on the settlers by the Likud-led government."

"The IDF's job is to fight the enemies. Anyone who changes the military' objective is tearing the nation apart and destroying the country," he said.


Barak is a liar.

In the past weeks he said we can not involve the IDF in politics.

What does he think he is doing?

It is time to fight back and fight back hard.

Likuid members of Knesset what matters more to you, your seat in the Knesset or Judea and Samaria?

Go against Bibi and force him to stop.

Parents of combat soldiers call on your sons to sit down and to go on strike, if the future of Israel is important to you.

Soldiers the time to get sick is now, in the police in America it is called the Blue Flu.

Religious young men about to join the IDF if 100% of you ask not to join the IDF and refuse to join the IDF this policy will end.

Do we deserve to keep Judea and Samaria now is the test.

December 18, 2009

Peres says shocked by Auschwitz sign theft

President meets with Polish prime minister in Copenhagen, tells him 'Arbeit Macht Frei' notice stolen from Nazi concentration camp carries 'a deep historic meaning for the Jewish people and the entire world and serves as a memorial for more than one million murdered Jews.' Tusk vows to make every effort to locate criminals

Ronen Medzini
Published: 12.18.09, 16:51 / Israel News

President Shimon Peres met Friday with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk in Copenhagen and urged him to find and return the infamous 'Arbeit Macht Frei' (work sets you free) sign, which was stolen earlier from the Auschwitz concentration camp.

The president's office reported that he expressed the "deep shock" of the State of Israel's citizens and the Jewish people worldwide following the incident.

Tusk said that "the sign theft is an extremely serious incident and is painful to us just like it is painful to you."

Peres stated during the meeting that "the State of Israel and the entire Jewish people ask you to take the required steps in order to capture the criminals and return the sign to where it belongs."

He noted that the sign "has a deep historic meaning, both to the Jewish people and to the entire world, and serves as a memorial for more than one million Jews murdered in that camp."

December 17, 2009

The Big Lie

Will Rabbi Melamed cave in?

Barak says he's determined to penalize yeshiva; 'Insubordinate rabbi' says he may change stance
Kobi Nachshoni

Rabbi Eliezer Melamed says he will agree to condemn military insubordination should such statement be endorsed by a rabbi convention this coming Sunday.

The rabbi came under fire after refusing to condemn recent displays of insubordination, ultimately prompting Defense Minister Ehud Barak to penalize the rabbi's hesder yeshiva by ending its special arrangement with the IDF.

In a column written by Rabbi Melamed and slated to be published this week, the rabbi reviews the entire affair and offers his views on the subject. However, it is unclear whether capitulation on Melamed's part will avert the penalty imposed on his yeshiva.

In his article, the rabbi says that he has not endorsed statements rejecting insubordination because "it would be improper for one to endorse a Torah position he was forced or pressured into." He also argues that Defense Ministry officials would have presented such endorsement as "relegation of the Torah to Barak's rule."

However, the rabbi also clearly states that he fundamentally supports other rabbis' declaration that rejects insubordination.

To conclude, Rabbi Melamed makes it clear that as for the time being he is part of the hesder yeshiva establishment, he agreed to authorize the forum of all yeshiva heads to make the decision on whether to condemn insubordination on his behalf.


Barak: I will not yield

The IDF will be going forward with the decision to end the special arrangement with Rabbi Melamed's Har Bracha Yeshiva, Israel's top defense officials said Wednesday afternoon.

In a meeting with head of the hesder yeshiva union, Rabbi Haim Drukman, Minister Barak and his Deputy Matan Vilnai made it clear that their decision to penalize Har Bracha over Rabbi Melamed's endorsement of insubordination will be implemented.

Earlier Wednesday, Ynet learned that rabbis were considering a "calculated risk" to resolve the situation – declaring that all hesder yeshivas will pull out of the deal with the IDF should Har Bracha be left out. Such move would aim to prompt Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to get involved in the affair.

Barak's office said that during Wednesday's meeting, Rabbi Drukman stated that hesder yeshivas view military service as one of their basic values, and that this was unconditional.

"The IDF will remain outside the political debate, and there is no compromise here," Barak said. "The decision regarding an end to the arrangement between the IDF and the Har Bracha Yeshiva still stands."

Barak urged the heads of other hesder yeshivas to allow Har Bracha students to join their ranks, so they can "continue serving the IDF and the State with dedication and loyalty."

Hanan Greenberg contributed to the story

The big lie here is that the IDF is outside the political debate.

The left has included the IDF in the debate for years if not since before the State was born.

Rabbi Eliezer Melamed stick to your guns, stay the course with religious boys making up to 70% of some of the combat units for the first time we have power.

Use the power, what is the IDF going to do if our sons don't serve?

Replace them with some hard core left wing long haired freak with pierced nipples from Tel Aviv.

Give me a break.

If we want to save Judea and Samaria for Jews today is the time to act.

Get the religious Zionist community to say no more. No more will our sons serve a system that is hell bent on destroying Jewish life in the Land that G-D gave us.

Rabbi's be tough stay the course save us from the left like Bibi that want to hurt the future of Jews in Israel.

December 16, 2009

Border police and settlers clash

The Jerusalem Post Internet Edition

Dec. 15, 2009
Yaakov Lappin and Tovah Lazaroff , THE JERUSALEM POST

A border policewoman was moderately wounded and three settlers were arrested at the Tzufim settlement on Tuesday during a violent clash, which broke out as civil administration officials confiscated a bulldozer.

It is the most serious incident of violence between settlers and security forces since the 10-month moratorium on new settlement construction began at the end of November.

Watch footage of clashes between settlers, security forces in Tzofim:

Two other policemen were lightly hurt in the incident, as were 11 settlers.

Judea and Samaria Police said 60 youths blocked the entrance to Tzufim in Samaria, burning tires, placing large rocks and sitting on the road.

The Border Police said that violence broke out when they tried to remove the activists.

A border policewoman was assaulted by settlers and sustained moderate injuries, police allege. She was taken to the Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba for treatment.

Three people were arrested for allegedly assaulting police officers. Two of the suspects are believed to have attacked the policewoman.

The suspects were taken to the Samaria police station for questioning.

But settlers contend that the civil administrators were allowed to enter the settlement peacefully, and that the trouble began only when they tried to confiscate a bulldozer that was working on a sewage project.

One settler, Yitzhak Basel of Tzufim, said the project had the proper permits and that the "objective of the operation was simply to provoke."

The project is permitted and the work did not begin yesterday, said Basel.

"We told them that we were working according to the law, and they were not willing to listen; they simply brought more forces," said Basel.

Only when all dialogue failed, he said, did area residents block the road. The incident, which began around 2 p.m., he said, lasted for four or five hours.

A video, which the settlers shot and which was posted on YouTube, showed Border Police clearing away a number of wooden maroon picnic tables that had been placed in their path.

In some instances settlers also sat on the tables and had to be dragged away. In one shot, Border Police can be seen pulling a settler to the ground.

"There has never been anything like this here," said Tzufim resident Seymour Levert.

He arrived in the settlement at around 5:30 p.m., after the incident had already been under way for several hours. A truck was sitting on the road and the kids had blocked it, he said.

He charged that the police "beat the crap" out of 14- and 10-year-old children.

One settler charged that it was a settler who had led the operation for the Border Police.

Resident Gila Slonim said that when she came home from work around 5 p.m., the gate was closed and she could not drive in.

"I left the car and walked in. I saw the bulldozer in back of a huge truck. It was backing into people full force. It was the most frightening thing I had seen in my life," Slonim said.

Then the truck tried to move forward and people moved to the front and tried to block it from that direction, she said.

There was some attempt at negotiations, which failed, she said. Police then pulled people off the road.

"There was a lot of violence and beating up of women and children," she charged.

She added that her settlement was quiet and law-abiding.

Located in Samaria, 1.8 km. from the green line, Tzufim was created in 1989 and is home to 1,200 people.

Border police and settlers clash

The Jerusalem Post Internet Edition

Dec. 15, 2009
Yaakov Lappin and Tovah Lazaroff , THE JERUSALEM POST

A border policewoman was moderately wounded and three settlers were arrested at the Tzufim settlement on Tuesday during a violent clash, which broke out as civil administration officials confiscated a bulldozer.

It is the most serious incident of violence between settlers and security forces since the 10-month moratorium on new settlement construction began at the end of November.

Watch footage of clashes between settlers, security forces in Tzofim:

Two other policemen were lightly hurt in the incident, as were 11 settlers.

Judea and Samaria Police said 60 youths blocked the entrance to Tzufim in Samaria, burning tires, placing large rocks and sitting on the road.

The Border Police said that violence broke out when they tried to remove the activists.

A border policewoman was assaulted by settlers and sustained moderate injuries, police allege. She was taken to the Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba for treatment.

Three people were arrested for allegedly assaulting police officers. Two of the suspects are believed to have attacked the policewoman.

The suspects were taken to the Samaria police station for questioning.

But settlers contend that the civil administrators were allowed to enter the settlement peacefully, and that the trouble began only when they tried to confiscate a bulldozer that was working on a sewage project.

One settler, Yitzhak Basel of Tzufim, said the project had the proper permits and that the "objective of the operation was simply to provoke."

The project is permitted and the work did not begin yesterday, said Basel.

"We told them that we were working according to the law, and they were not willing to listen; they simply brought more forces," said Basel.

Only when all dialogue failed, he said, did area residents block the road. The incident, which began around 2 p.m., he said, lasted for four or five hours.

A video, which the settlers shot and which was posted on YouTube, showed Border Police clearing away a number of wooden maroon picnic tables that had been placed in their path.

In some instances settlers also sat on the tables and had to be dragged away. In one shot, Border Police can be seen pulling a settler to the ground.

"There has never been anything like this here," said Tzufim resident Seymour Levert.

He arrived in the settlement at around 5:30 p.m., after the incident had already been under way for several hours. A truck was sitting on the road and the kids had blocked it, he said.

He charged that the police "beat the crap" out of 14- and 10-year-old children.

One settler charged that it was a settler who had led the operation for the Border Police.

Resident Gila Slonim said that when she came home from work around 5 p.m., the gate was closed and she could not drive in.

"I left the car and walked in. I saw the bulldozer in back of a huge truck. It was backing into people full force. It was the most frightening thing I had seen in my life," Slonim said.

Then the truck tried to move forward and people moved to the front and tried to block it from that direction, she said.

There was some attempt at negotiations, which failed, she said. Police then pulled people off the road.

"There was a lot of violence and beating up of women and children," she charged.

She added that her settlement was quiet and law-abiding.

Located in Samaria, 1.8 km. from the green line, Tzufim was created in 1989 and is home to 1,200 people.

December 15, 2009

You Are My Enemy

I refuse to be your enemy
By Bradley Burston
Tags: Israel News, Human Rights

This is where the war ends.
It begins here.
It begins in a city which practices what Jerusalem preaches
And what Jerusalem, with its vicious holy men, betrays:
God's work.

I have seen the future. It was last Friday,
in the faces of thousands of people marching in the street
in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
in the face of a little girl dancing on the shoulders of her father
to music played on a pensive oud and a goblet drum
and to music played on a jacked electric guitar and a trombone

"It's true," says my wife, looking at the crowd, straight and gay and Jew and Arab and citizen and foreign worker and refugee, devout and atheist, care giver and victim of domestic violence:
"God doesn't make mistakes."

There was every reason to skip this march for human rights.
It was supposed to rain.
No one was likely to show up.
My foot was broken.

But when the crowd began to move
From the square where Yitzhak Rabin sang publicly for the first time, and was then killed,
What they began to chant
Changed everything:

"Yehudim, Aravim - M'sarvim L'hiyot Oyavim"
Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies

This was a march about what is wrong with Israeli society
But it was an expression of what is right with it.

A woman, elderly, religious, watches the mysterious, uncategorizable mingling of tribes straggle past her down the street. The signs speak of the rights of lovers to marry, of Africans who have cheated genocide to make a new home, of Gilad Shalit to return to his. Of the right to share the Holy Land between two peoples, for the sake of, and despite, the two peoples' many quarrelsome sub-tribes, camps and splinters.

As we pass, the woman on the sidewalk asks "Are you people trying to kill my country?"
My 15-year old daughter answers without hesitation. "Has v'shalom." Heaven Forbid.

I want a word with the people - my people and theirs -
Who treat land as sacred, and people not theirs, as dirt:
My war with you is over.
My enemy today is the word Never.

This is where it begins.
Not the Jerusalem of murderous faith and a vengeful God
But in a city which faces God because it faces the world.
"This is a taste of the World to Come," my wife says, the crowd swaying to music, other peoples and their own.

A year from now, at the second annual Israeli march for human rights, there will be still more people. More people who, in their songs and their movement and in their self-respect, will be saying,
"This country is too young to die.
I declare the war is over."
Next year in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.

You may refuse to be my enemy but understand you ignorant misguided leftist fool.

You are my enemy.

You are a greater enemy than the Arabs, Arabs I know how to deal with.

You are a Jew, that has the common sense of a brain dead moron. You are the useful idiot that Lenin spoke of.

What should I do with you and your kind?

You are my enemy, you are destroying my country and I don't know how to deal with you.

If only the Americans would offer unlimited green cards to Israeli's, maybe we could get rid of you.

Want To Bet

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Haniyeh: Hamas will liberate Palestine
Dec. 14, 2009
AP, Khaled Abu Toameh and JPost.com staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

In a long, defiant speech on Monday afternoon, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said that gaining control of the Gaza Strip was "just a step toward liberating all of Palestine."

"This movement liberated the Gaza Strip with the help of the militant factions," said Haniyeh, referring to terrorist groups operating under the umbrella of Palestinian resistance.

"Brothers and sisters, we will not be satisfied with Gaza," he declared. "Hamas looks toward the whole of Palestine."

Israel Radio quoted Hamas sources as saying that captured IDF soldier St.-Sgt. Gilad Schalit would only see the light of day when Israel acquiesces to the terrorist group's demands and frees the prisoners whose release it has demanded.

Tens of thousands of Hamas supporters thronged downtown Gaza City Monday to mark the 22nd anniversary of the group's founding. Gaza was decked out in Islamic green, with Hamas flags fluttering from rooftops, lampposts and cars. Some parents dressed small children in combat fatigues and green Hamas headbands.

The crowd packed an outdoor square where a huge banner draped over the wall of a building showed a picture of Jerusalem's main Islamic shrine and photos of senior Hamas figures.

Leaders made impassioned speeches, bands played and scout troops marched in processions.

"Gaza is free. Gaza is steadfast," shouted an all-male singing troupe, whose members wore military camouflage. Haniyeh exuberantly waved Palestinian and Hamas flags to the crowd as he took the stage.

The group called on the Palestinians to expect "surprises" during the rally, sparking speculation that its leaders may exploit the event to announce a prisoner exchange agreement with Israel.

Hamas' radio and TV stations exhorted Gazans to attend the mass rally after Muslim midday prayers.

Want to bet?

You will join a long list of those that wanted to destroy us.

Please G-D have mercy on Am Israel and give us the leaders that have the courage to destroy our enemies.

December 14, 2009

False Report

Youths stone IDF in Yasuf

Palestinians say clashes break out over torched mosque during MK Talab El-Sana's visit to area. Residents reportedly hurl stones at IDF soldiers, who respond with rubber bullets, teargas. IDF says force only fired shots in the air

Ali Waked
Published: 12.14.09, 12:23 / Israel News

Clashes broke out between residents of the Palestinian village of Yasuf and IDF forces in the area of the mosque that was torched on Friday, Palestinian sources reported.

According to the Palestinians, the clashes broke out during a visit by United Arab List –Ta'al MK Talab El-Sana activists from his party. The MK visited the site in a show of solidarity.

The IDF and Border Guard denied the Palestinian reports. The IDF said a military jeep entered the village to patrol it, and upon its exit, stones were hurled at the. The force responded with gunshots in the air and there were no injuries.

The Palestinians, however, claim that the soldiers fired rubber bullets and teargas at the stone throwers.


From my son on the ground in Yasuf, this is a lie on the side of the Arabs.

It is quite and has been quite all day.

December 13, 2009

Hero Thrown To The Wolves

Lt. Malul convicted of assaulting Palestinians

Court finds company commander guilty of beating Palestinian detainees during interrogation

Hanan Greenberg
Published: 12.13.09, 12:22 / Israel News

A military court has convicted Lieutenant Adam Malul, a former deputy company commander in the Kfir Brigade, of aggravated assault.

Malul was charged with assaulting a number of Palestinian detainees along with Staff Sergeant A of the Shimshon Battalion. His sentence will be determined at a later stage.

Judges who deliberated Malul's case stressed that he had crossed a red line and that his actions were unacceptable. The lieutenant said he was disappointed with the verdict, and that the court had failed to provide an alternative course of action for soldiers to rely on, on occasions in which proper conduct is unclear.

The prosecution claimed that the incident occurred in September of 2008, when a group of soldiers under Malul's command detained a group of Palestinians while patrolling the West Bank.

One of the soldiers butted a Palestinian with his helmet and kneed him in the stomach as the commander looked on, the prosecutor told the court. The same soldier also beat and pushed two other Palestinians who tried to stop him.

The prosecution told the court that the commander then ordered a bodily search of dozens of Palestinians, and during interrogation hit one of them in the head while the soldier kicked him. The two were said to have acted aggressively towards all of the detainees.

GOC Central Command Gadi Shamni said three months ago at the trial that clear guidelines had been established for soldiers serving in the West Bank, and that "it is prohibited to beat Palestinians during interrogation".

Malul later criticized the commander, saying that he was out of touch with actual occurrences in the field.

"There are people who get their hands dirty every day in order to defend the state's security. I am willing to do that, but I expect to be supported and not to be thrown to the wolves," he said.

Useful Idiots

Rabbis prohibited entry to Yasuf

IDF stops rabbis desiring to assist in reconstruction of torched mosque from entering Palestinian village

Kobi Nahshoni
Published: 12.13.09, 14:37 / Israel News

The IDF prevented a delegation of religious-Zionist rabbis and social activists from entering the West Bank village of Yasuf Sunday, where a mosque was torched on Friday.

The rabbis had arrived in order to donate Koran books to the mosque, but these had to be taken into the village by a Muslim representative due to IDF fears that a conflict would break out if rabbis were allowed to enter the village.

The rabbis waited at a central West Bank junction while soldiers blocked them from proceeding into the village.

After a few hours the IDF released a statement saying the visit had been properly coordinated and that the rabbis would be allowed in within hours, but by then it was two late and the parties left the area.

Earlier the army had stated that the delegation was denied entrance by the IDF chief of staff's office due to security concerns.

Rabbi of Tekoa Menachem Froman said the halacha prohibits doing harm to religious sites. "This deed was a serious religious crime," he said, adding that mutual respect between Jews and Muslims could bring peace.

"If we keep hiding our heads in the sand and denying that the conflict (with the Palestinians) is religious, we will never get anywhere," Froman said.

He also condemned similar acts on the Palestinian side, such as the torching of Gush Katif synagogues and the desecration of Joseph's Tomb in Nablus.

"They also do worse things such as murder Jews," he said. "I'm not saying they are pacifists but enmity exists on both sides," the rabbi added.

Governor of the Salfit region, Munir Abbushi, met with the rabbis at the junction and told them, "The torching of the mosque was a racist act. We are in favor of true peace, and I thank you for coming to identify with us on the torching I hope we can live in this country as two states."

I do not support or condone the burning of a mosque.

I also condemn useful idiots such as Rabbi of Tekoa Menachem Froman, who had to go crying to our enemy.

The Arabs as the Rabbi pointed out have destroyed many Jewish places of worship and even murdered thousands of Jews.

I would point out that the Arab governor, stated the goal of the Arabs is two states.

So Rabbi Froman who you going to run crying to when the IDF wants to throw you out of your home in Tekoa in Gush Etzion.

Maybe your Palestinian friends will let you be their pet Jew.

G-D forbid the IDF throws any more Jews from their homes.

So some stupid person burns a mosque, condemn it .

But to go there and look for a photo op and saying mutual respect will bring peace just shows how stupid you are.

Then to top it all off you bring risk to the IDF soldiers and the Border Police officer that are at Yasuf to try and keep the peace by your going to the village. It could have easily flared into violence again when these useful idiots appeared.

My son is on the scene there at Yauf and has been since Friday early, so don't dare risk his safety and those he serves with so you can go cry to our enemies, how bad the Jews are.

Maybe if we had a government for Jews of Jews maybe people would not get so crazy that they feel they have to do something anything no matter how wrong it is to feel they have some power over their own future.

December 11, 2009

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IDF: 30 'war crimes' cases 'baseless'
Dec. 11, 2009
Yaakov Katz , THE JERUSALEM POST

The IDF has completed a review of the 36 "most serious" cases of alleged war crimes as cited by Judge Richard Goldstone in his damning report on Operation Cast Lead, and concluded that 30 of them are "baseless accusations," The Jerusalem Post has learned. The other six were found to relate to genuine instances, where operational errors and mistakes were involved.

The IDF is currently finalizing a report in response to the allegations leveled by the Goldstone mission on behalf of the United Nations Human Rights Council. It is expected to be completed and submitted to Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi for review in the coming weeks. The army has yet to decide what it will do with the report and whether it will be released to the public.

The IDF has, however, already launched a diplomatic campaign to present some of the results of its probe.

On Wednesday, Military Advocate-General Brig.-Gen. Avihai Mandelblit met in New York with representatives of 10 different countries, as well as with officials from the UN secretariat and the Obama administration, to present some of Israel's findings.

In November, Ashkenazi appointed former IDF chief intelligence officer Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yuval Halamish as the "project manager" for coordinating IDF work on the report with other government offices.

One of Halamish's first tasks was to oversee the ongoing 28 Military Police investigations and ensure that they were moving along swiftly. IDF sources said Thursday that the investigations were almost completed and the results would likely be included in the report.

Another integral part of the army's counter-Goldstone report is the chapter on the humanitarian efforts that the IDF made during the three-week operation. This part was recently completed by Gaza Coordination and Liaison Administration head Col. Moshe Levi and submitted to the General Staff for review.

The 36 cases being reviewed were mentioned in the Goldstone report as representative of the IDF operation.

"We chose those 36 because they seemed to be, to represent the most serious, the highest death toll, the highest injury toll," Goldstone said in a PBS interview in October. "And they appear to represent situations where there was little or no military justification for what happened."

The review of these cases was overseen by Col. Ro'i Elkabetz, chief of operations in the IDF's Southern Command, in conjunction with the Israel Air Force.

While Goldstone never made the specific list public, NGO Monitor compiled a list of the incidents based on the report.

They include an air strike on Gaza's main prison, attacks on a flour mill and several mosques and chicken farms, and specific cases of families that claimed to have been targeted by the IDF.

Elkabetz recently completed his review of the cases and submitted his conclusions to OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant. In the coming weeks, the final report on the 36 cases will be submitted to Halamish and will be added to the IDF's final report.

E.B. Solomont contributed to the report.

December 10, 2009

Hamas preparing 'offensive' tunnels

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Dec. 10, 2009
Yaakov Katz , THE JERUSALEM POST

Israel is likely to face advanced Iranian weaponry, long-range rockets, large missile silos and dozens of kilometers of underground tunnels connecting open fields with urban centers in the event of a future conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, according to the latest Israeli assessments.

Since Operation Cast Lead ended almost a year ago, Hamas has increased its weapons smuggling and today operates hundreds of tunnels along the Philadelphi Corridor. It has smuggled in dozens of long-range Iranian-made rockets that can reach Tel Aviv as well as advanced anti-aircraft missiles and anti-tank missiles.

Hamas is believed to have a significant number of shoulder-launched anti-tank missiles and 9M113 Konkurs, which have a range of four kilometers and are capable of penetrating heavy armor.

In addition, Hamas is believed to have today a few thousand rockets, including several hundred with a range of 40 kilometers and several dozen with a range of between 60 and 80 km. Intelligence assessments are that Hamas smuggled the missiles into the Gaza Strip through tunnels, possibly in several components.

Iran already supplies Hamas with 122mm Katyusha rockets that are smuggled into Gaza in several pieces and then assembled by Hamas engineers.

One of the main lessons Hamas learned from Cast Lead was the need to reinforce its defenses and as a result has invested efforts in digging additional tunnels, which connect open fields with homes belonging to key operatives as well as command centers.

The idea is to enable freedom of movement for the operatives between different battlefields, which it found difficult during Israel's ground offensive in Gaza earlier this year.

Hamas has also increased its use of civilian infrastructure, particularly mosques, which the terror group already used quite extensively for storage and launching rockets during the operation. Hamas is believed to have taken control of almost 80 percent of the mosques in Gaza, using them to store weapons and set up command-and-control centers.

Hamas, is "padding" itself as well by setting up its command centers in large apartment buildings. This way, it believes, the IDF will not attack them by air, and will need to send ground forces deep into the population centers, where it will lose its technological advantage.

In addition, Hamas is hoping to increase the effectiveness of its rocket capability during a future conflict and has created large missile silos.

Hamas has also recently increased its efforts to dig what the IDF calls "offensive tunnels" close to the border with Israel, which the terror group could use to infiltrate into Israel and kidnap soldiers.

These tunnels are believed to be of strategic value for Hamas, which would only use them for large-scale attacks and high-value targets.

December 09, 2009

Checkpoint Saves Lives Once Again

Border Guard forces arrest Palestinian carrying pipe bombs

Palestinian youngster arrested at checkpoint north of Jerusalem after Border Guard forces discover he was carrying six improvised pipe bombs. Sapper dismantles devices, man turned over for questioning

Efrat Weiss
Published: 12.09.09, 16:50 / Israel News

A 20-year-old Palestinian man was arrested Wednesday at the Qalandiya checkpoint after he was caught carrying six improvised pipe bombs.


The young man arrived at the north Jerusalem checkpoint at around 3 pm. He aroused the suspicion of Border Guard forces stationed there that upon a search of his possessions found six small pipe bombs, and proceeded to arrest him. A sapper was called in to dismantle the devices.

But wait checkpoints are bad they are evil, at least that is what Obama and the State Department along with the Eu and UN think.

Knesset adopts referendum bill

Sixty-eight MKs vote in favor of 'continuity law' allowing Israeli parliament to continue legislative discussions on bill obligating national referendum on withdrawals. Labor Chairman Barak supports motion despite opposing bill
Amnon Meranda

The Knesset on Wednesday afternoon adopted a 'continuity law' allowing the Israeli parliament to continue legislative discussions on a bill obligating referendum on withdrawals from the Golan Heights or east Jerusalem.

Sixty-eight Knesset members voted in favor of the motion, including Labor Chairman Ehud Barak and Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer who have expressed their objection to it. Twenty-two MKs voted against the bill and one lawmaker abstained.

Earlier Wednesday, MK Yariv Levin (Likud), chairman of Joint Committee for Discussion on the Referendum Bill, called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on to force all Labor Party Knesset members to vote in favor of a referendum bill.

"The Labor Party is being hypocritical, when last month it required all cabinet ministers to vote against the bill because it was appealed by Minister (Dan) Meridor. Now that the government decided to adopt the bill, Labor must be required to support it as well," said Levin.

"If the Labor ministers are not committed to the government and coalition's decisions, they should not expect the Likud's Knesset members' support in matters important to them.

The Knesset is expected on Wednesday to adopt a 'continuity law' allowing the Israeli parliament to continue legislative discussions on a bill obligating referendum on withdrawals from the Golan Heights or east Jerusalem.

Labor Chairman Ehud Barak said that the party's MKs would vote in favor of the bill in case of a no-confidence vote, as demanded by the Meretz faction.

He expressed two reasons for his objection to the law: "First, It imposes unnecessary constraints on the prime minister when negotiating with Syria, and creates a wrong impression in the world that Israel is a peace refuser. The second reason is that a referendum is a complicated legislative matter which somewhat contradicts the structure of the parliamentary regime."

On Tuesday, the Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs rejected the appeal submitted by Minister Dan Meridor against the referendum bill by a majority of five to two.


The bill proposes that should the government and the Knesset pass a decision to withdraw from territory under full Israeli sovereignty, such as the Golan Heights or east Jerusalem, that the issue be brought to a national referendum within 180 days of being passed by the Knesset. Only a vote of 80 members of Knesset or more will nullify the need for a referendum.

Labor officials admitted Tuesday that the new situation was problematic for the party. According to Labor Barak's associates, the party opposes the "continuity law" and the defense minister plans to appeal to the prime minister on the matter. The party members may be absent from the vote, although the ministerial committee's decision binds the entire coalition.

Opposition leader Tzipi Livni (Kadima) is expected to vote against the bill, saying she believes "a government is elected for the purpose of decision making – not for the purpose of placing these decisions back in the hands of the public."

The bill has also angered Arab Knesset members. MK Talab El-Sana (United Arab List-Ta'al) said that "the prime minister is sacrificing peace and giving in to the right. The message the government is sending is that Israel is not interested in peace and sanctifies the occupation, leading the region into a dangerous and unnecessary war."

Attila Somfalvi and Sharon Roffe-Ofir contributed to this report

Begin: 'US administration not even like Carter's'
Dec. 9, 2009
Gil Hoffman , THE JERUSALEM POST

US President Barack Obama's views on the issue of West Bank settlements are more challenging for Israel than those of former president Jimmy Carter, Minister-without-Portfolio Bennie Begin said in a meeting with Likud activists from Judea and Samaria at the Knesset Tuesday.

Begin, whose father, former prime minister Menachem Begin, made peace with Egypt during Carter's presidency, made the comments just two weeks after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu censured Culture and Sport Minister Limor Livnat for calling the Obama administration "horrible."

"This administration is not even like that of Carter - and we realized, in retrospect, who he was," Begin told the activists. "It is unlike the administrations that preceded it, which came to certain understandings regarding construction in Judea and Samaria. This administration says all construction is illegitimate."

Begin made reference to Obama's June 4 speech to the Muslim world in Cairo, in which he declared that "the United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements."

He said that Carter referred to settlements as "not only an obstacle to peace, but also illegal."

According to Begin, while legality is a technical issue, legitimacy is a matter of political policy, and therefore Obama's views are more problematic for Israel than those of Carter.

"Carter did not maintain that Jews have no legitimate right to live in the towns and villages of Judea and Samaria," Begin said.

In a conversation with The Jerusalem Post, Begin stressed that on many issues, the Obama administration had been "very helpful to Israel and deserves to be recognized for it." But when it came to settlements, "the differences between Israel and the US are great and regrettable."

He said that ever since the Cairo speech, he had made similar comments in public forums in the United States and in the Knesset.

In a November 26 speech to Likud activists in Beersheba, Livnat had said that the "horrible" Obama administration had put Netanyahu through "a campaign of tribulations."

Netanyahu's office quickly denied any connection to Livnat's comments, saying in a statement, "The statements attributed to Livnat don't reflect the prime minister's opinion in any way."

Also on Tuesday, Begin said that normal life must go on in the settlements in spite of the 10-month moratorium on new Jewish West Bank construction and he promised to try to ease some of its restrictions.

Begin, who voted in favor of the moratorium and is a member of a special governmental committee that deals with issues relating to the freeze, visited the Beitar Illit settlement to try and assess the impact of the decree.

Upon hearing of the financial hardships caused to families which now stand to lose money on construction projects, he said, "No one intended to freeze [normal] life. It is my intention to work to restore the authority [which the moratorium] stripped from the local authorities [in the settlements]." he added that the planning process for new construction should continue because it was not reasonable to freeze that as well. His statements were released to the press by the Beitar Illit spokesman's office.

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.
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Druse 'Zionist' youth demand equal treatment from state


Dec. 8, 2009
Haviv Rettig Gur , THE JERUSALEM POST

A gathering of self-described Druse Zionists on Tuesday sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu demanding that the state fulfill decades-old promises to the Druse minority.

At the Druse Zionist Youth Congress, held Tuesday in the northern Druse town of Daliat al-Carmel, some 350 young members of this religious and ethnic minority sent a letter to the prime minister demanding that promises from the 1980s to equalize state funding for Druse and Jewish towns in the Galilee be implemented.

"Our message is that despite the deafness of government ministries and prime ministers - except Yitzhak Rabin, rest his soul - there is no better state for Druse in the world and no better friend to Israel and the Jewish people than the Druse," Yusef Nasradin, chairman of the Druse Zionist Council, told The Jerusalem Post.

The event took place at Daliat al-Carmel's Yad Labanim, a building that commemorates the town's fallen IDF soldiers. Unlike other Arabic-speaking minorities in Israel, the Druse elected in the 1950s to submit to the draft. Druse soldiers have since attained every IDF rank except chief of the General Staff.

"We want benefits for Druse villages that match what Jewish towns receive of the same size and locations," said Nasradin. "We also need help providing work for about 80 percent of Druse women who work from home, and we need to solve some issues related to [the budgets of] our local councils."

The letter speaks for some 1,700 Druse youth who are members of the Druse Zionist Council.

"We, Druse youth from the villages of the Galilee and the Carmel," the letter reads, "have gathered today…to express our identification with the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and as a state that grants equal rights to all its citizens without regard to religion, race or gender, as is stated in the Declaration of Independence.

"As youth that will soon enlist in the IDF and who identify with the values of the State of Israel," it continues, "we ask you [Netanyahu] to take active steps toward a true integration of the Druse community in the civil and public structures of the State of Israel."

Israel, the letter says, "has not yet fulfilled its obligation to guarantee complete equality for the Druse community in Israel."

The letter cites "discrimination in budgeting" and the poor infrastructure in Druse population centers, and ends with a vow by "us, the next generation of Druse leadership in Israel," to work toward "erasing all discrimination and creating an infrastructure for real equality."

"This is a call to the prime minister to be much more militant in pushing for equal funding for Druse regional councils," according to Moshe Ben-Atar, chairman of the Israel Zionist Council.

"The Druse are fed up with years of talking about their importance and their contribution. The want equal resources and all the benefits that they deserve," he added.

The letter, copies of which are being delivered to the entire cabinet and to President Shimon Peres, specifically notes government decision 373 from February 1986, which according to Nasradin is a 23-year-old government order to equalize state funding for Druse regional councils with that of Jewish towns in the area.

Decisions in support of Druse equality are not lacking, says Nasradin, but these decisions are not implemented.

Tuesday's Druse Zionist Youth Congress is one of several sectoral conferences preceding the National Zionist Youth Congress slated for late December in Ashdod.

Some 120,000 Druse live in Israel, mostly in villages in the Galilee. There are estimate to be some one million Druse worldwide.
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I support the Druze 100%. Israel must do a better job of taking care of our friends.

More Druze have fallen in battle on a per ca pita basis than Jews.

December 08, 2009

'Iran can now produce nuclear bomb'

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Dec. 7, 2009
JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

Iran now has the technical capability to build a nuclear bomb and the only thing separating it from the bomb is the decision to go ahead and build one, said Brig.-Gen. Yossi Baidatz, head of Military Intelligence's research division, on Monday.

Speaking at the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Baidatz said Iran had successfully enriched 1,800 kilograms of uranium, enough to build over one bomb.

Baidatz also said that Iran had been upgrading its missile arsenal, and that it had developed missiles with the capability of carrying nuclear weapons that could reach Israel.

Prime Minister Binaymin Netanyahu also addressed the Iranian nuclear threat at the committee meeting. The prime minister said that preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear capabilities was Israel's "central problem."

"In the last year, two things have happened," he told the FADC. "Iran has advanced its military nuclear program, and the international community has lost its legitimacy."

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Terrorist nabbed after 7 years in hiding
Dec. 8, 2009
JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

An Islamic Jihad operative suspected of involvement in a series of terror attacks, including transporting two suicide bombers to Kfar Saba in 2002, was arrested in a joint IDF-Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) operation in Nablus overnight Monday.

Twenty-eight Israelis were wounded in the attack, three of them seriously.

A year later, the man, Salah Bukhari, dispatched another suicide bomber to perpetrate an attack which was foiled at the last moment, the Shin Bet said.

He was also allegedly involved in several shooting attacks and in the planting of bombs.

Bukhari has been in hiding for some seven years and was caught in a hideout during Monday night's operation.

He was transferred for interrogation.

J'lem: Tires slashed in protest of freeze

Graffiti sprayed in French Hill neighborhood saying, 'Danger, construction site'. Vandals slash tires of residents' vehicles, leave notes saying, 'If we are frozen, we will freeze your lives as well'. Police suspect rightists against settlement freeze behind acts

Efrat Weiss
Published: 12.08.09, 11:14 / Israel News

Slashed tires and graffiti against the settlement freeze – These are the acts of vandalism residents of Jerusalem's French Hill neighborhood awoke to Tuesday morning.


Police sources told Ynet they suspect right-wing activists are behind the deeds, and said, "This is a serious incident which will be pursued in full until the suspects are detained."


Residents of the capital's Lehi Street filed complaints with the police on Tuesday that their vehicles' tires were slashed. Police forces arrived at the scene to find some 20 cars with slashed tires parked along the street.


Notes condemning the settlement construction freeze were found on the cars' windshields. In addition, graffiti was found on walls in the area with the words: "Danger, construction site".


Police immediately launched an investigation into the incident. Police sources said, "We view the matter of damaging civilians' vehicles as a serious one. An intensive investigation has been launched."

This was a stupid act.

This does not help our cause and only makes the right look like a bunch of lawless hoodlums.

December 07, 2009

Fifth Column

MKs clash over construction freeze

When MK Talab El-Sana criticizes settlers' behavior during Finance Committee session on construction halt MK Ariel calls him 'fifth column'. In response, El-Sana says: Up yours'

Zvi Lavi
Published: 12.07.09, 14:06 / Israel News

The construction freeze in settlements is causing friction not only in the West Bank, but in the Knesset as well. A harsh exchange of words broke out on Monday during a special Finance Committee session on the financial costs of the freeze.

An argument broke out when United Arab List – Ta'al MK Talab El-Sana condemned the settlers behavior and said they are "occupiers, and all they do is complain and want compensation."

National Union MK Uri Ariel was enraged by El-Sana's comments and called out to him: "You are a fifth column". In response, El-Sana said, "If you don't like it – up yours. You can go abroad, and I am willing to pay for your plane ticket."

I wish that the Israeli government would stand for something.

How can Israel survive with a fifth column in our Knesset?

Will the day come when we are not cursed by mistakes from the past and be able to remove the fifth column from the Knesset?

Resist

Attempt to deliver freeze orders fails once more

Civil Administration officers trying to serve construction halt orders at West Bank settlement of Ma'aleh Levona driven away by angry residents. 'This is sheer provocation and we will have no part in it,' says community's secretary
Efrat Weiss

Settlers residing in the West Bank community of Ma'aleh Levona, north of Ramallah, prevented Civil Administration officers and security forces from entering the settlement and serving construction halt warrants.

Monday's attempt to serve the warrants met dozens of settlers who rallied at Ma'aleh Levona's entrance and prevented the Civil Administration officers from entering it.

The officers eventually left the area. Several of the settlement's youth, yelling: "We won't give in to the freeze", threw mud at their vehicle.

"This is sheer provocation and we will have no part in it," Ma'aleh Levona's secretary Yael Hashash told Ynet.

"We will not allow what happened in Gush Katif to happen again. It starts with a settlement freeze and goes on to bar construction. I think this is the beginning of the end."

According to Hashash, the State has put the settlers in an impossible position: "The law should be applied equally. We're defending our home, and this is our home – not Tel Aviv. There is no reason to treat us as criminals."

Also Monday, Civil Administration officers arrived at Gush Etzion settlements of Bat Ayin and Tekoa, to serve construction halt orders. No incidents were reported in those areas.

What is wrong with you people living in Bat Ayin and Tekoa?

You don't like your homes?

You don't want to stay living there?

Every Jew that lives in Judea and Samaria as well as every Jew that believes we as Jews have a right to live the the heartland of biblical Israel should fight this.

If every Jew would have gone to Gaza that believed in our right to settle Israel had gone there ready to do what it took to keep the Jews in Gaza, we would still have Jews living in Gaza. We must resist through non violent means but we must resist.

December 06, 2009

Good Money, After Bad

World Bank gives Palestinian Authority $64 million

Bank says goal of donation is to boost Fayyad's plan to set up institutions for a state within two years
Associated Press

The World Bank has given $64 million to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank to help it prepare for statehood.


Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad signed the agreement on Sunday. World Bank official Shamshad Akhtar says the goal is to boost Fayyad's plan to set up institutions for a state within two years, though talks with Israel are stalemated.

A World Bank delegation visiting the West Bank and Gaza Strip will also look for ways to ease entry of construction materials into Gaza.

Last winter Israel launched a three-week military offensive there to stop daily rocket fire, causing widespread destruction. Israel refuses to let building materials into Gaza, fearing they would end up in the hands of Gaza's Hamas rulers.

When will the world ever learn after the multiple billions of dollars that have gone down the Palestinian rat hole to give them more money is beyond belief.

Maybe Mrs. Arafat is having some cash flow issues in the high fashion houses of Paris.

Maybe Shimon Peres needs to pimp some more for the Palestinians.

Tea-parties, Israeli-style

Normally law-abiding citizens resisting Netanyahu’s misguided policy
Moshe Dann

In response to PM Netanyahu’s declaration prohibiting Jews from building in Judea and Samaria, a grass-roots resistance movement is beginning to emerge.

Generally averse to confrontations and violence, Israeli Jews would prefer boring demonstrations and prayers. Numbed by the illusion that elections mean democracy, they tend to obey constituted authorities.

Moreover, the "freeze" on Jewish building and its strict implementation exposes the hypocrisy of Israel's legal and judicial system. If the police and army can be mobilized to enforce the prohibition against Jews, why can't they be used to stop vastly more illegal Arab buildings?

The continuing trauma of Israel's withdrawal from Gaza, however, was over the expulsion of only 10,000 Jews. Now, PM Netanyahu's seemingly futile gesture to appease President Obama threatens 300,000 residents of Judea and Samaria, thousands of families waiting to build homes in this area and has implications for 250,000 residents of new neighborhoods in Jerusalem, like Gilo, Givat Zeev, Har Homa, and Pisgat Zeev.

Drawing the line around Jerusalem and a few large settlements, moreover, blurs the historical and strategic importance of the rest of the Land of Israel to the Jewish people.

Connected to relatives and friends throughout Israel, the "settler" network is extensive; that means virtually the entire country is affected, in one way or another. The result has been a spontaneous rebellion, led by heads of local communities who, under normal circumstances, would duly follow orders. Instead, they are organizing resistance to PM Netanyahu's edicts.

I refer to these restrictive orders as those of Netanyahu, rather than “the government,” since they were approved only by an inner "security cabinet," rather than the entire cabinet. It seems clear that the fear was that these orders would not be approved by the full cabinet, let alone by Knesset.

This brings striking clarity to the nature of what many call, generously, "Israeli democracy." That a few people can implement decisions contrary to their electoral promises and, in Netanyahu's case, against the mandate of the political party which he leads is hardly new. Such actions, while they may be legal, strike at the heart of what a democratic system is all about and the issue of accountability.


What’s the point?

One might be willing to cut the PM some slack, give him the benefit of the doubt, if what he proposes would accomplish something – anything! But he himself dismissed such thoughts, pleading that a building freeze is only temporary, and an attempt to "jump-start negotiations." The US is biding its time, planning to demand an extension; the PA has rejected this ploy outright.

So what's the point? As a meaningless gesture, it serves no one and antagonizes everyone. Like trying to sell fools gold on the commodity exchange, it's an embarrassment that creates doubt about any kind of reliability.

Having initiated a disastrously unpopular policy, there is little Netanyahu can do to assuage those who oppose him; nor can he back down citing public pressure. He might turn to the opposition, Kadima, for support, but that would further alienate him from his own constituency. And he can crack down on those who resist – as he is doing.

All of this may become even more complicated and volatile if Netanyahu decides to release 1,000 Arab "Palestinian" killers ("activists," "militants") who are likely to fuel a new wave of terrorism.Nearly 25 years ago, under PM Shimon Peres and DM Yitzhak Rabin, a similar prisoner exchange strengthened terrorists and led to violence against Israel. There is nothing to assume this won't happen again

Resistance to Netanyahu's policies by normally law-abiding folks in Jewish communities throughout Judea and Samaria may signal the emergence of new political bloc within Likud, as frustration becomes more widespread. The prospect of new elections is not thrilling, but there is an emerging alternative to the political leadership that now exists.

If Netanyahu hunkers down and tries to ride out the resistance, he will have to enforce his policies, or rescind them. Either way, he has lost the trust of many of his most loyal supporters and displayed an appalling lack of political awareness.

If politics is the art, or business of making the best of poor choices, Netanyahu may have made a serious mistake in thinking that he could satisfy President Obama at the expense of the people who elected him.

This is not only a test of his political wisdom, but of his moral leadership as well. Caught between competing demands, his choices gauge his strength of character. At very least he must make a reasonable case for what he does. Don't count on it.

The author is a writer and journalist living in Jerusalem

December 03, 2009

Call Bibi's Bluff

Settlers, police clash in Talmon

Security forces disperse protestors blocking entrance to settlement; one woman detained

Efrat Weiss
Published: 12.03.09, 16:34 / Israel News

Settlers and security forces clashed Thursday in the West Bank community of Talmon over the implementation of the government's decision to halt settlement construction.

The settlers said two women were hurt while clashing with police officers; one woman was detained during the incident.

Dozens of residents, including women and children, blocked the entrance to Talmon and prevented security forces from entering. The residents also used their vehicles in order to prevent entry; police proceeded to hand out reports to vehicle owners and forcefully dispersed the protestors.

Residents said two women were beat up by police officers; one of them was detained, while the other was reportedly hurled to the ground and required medical treatment.

Meanwhile, Civil Administration officials said they have handed out construction freeze orders to more than 100 settlements so far. Earlier Thursday, Civil Administration inspectors arrived as the settlement of Kedumim, where they encountered more than 100 residents who blocked the entrance to the community.


Settlers also prevented officials from entering the settlement of Karnei Shomron.


Keep up the good work.

Bibi will fold if you keep the pressure on.

Bibi is the biggest bluff, so call his bluff and watch him fold his tent and run away.

Good Job Guys

Terror attack in Beit El thwarted

IDF forces operating in West Bank uncover three explosive devices. All three detonated by military sappers
Efrat Weiss

Military forces stationed in the West Bank are currently assisting Civil Administration officers' in enforcing settlement freeze orders, but their war on terror continues. On Thursday, two attacks were foiled by troops near the West Bank settlement of Beit El.


Thursday's operations saw IDF forces locate and disarm two explosive devices near the settlement. A third device was found near Beit Omer, along with a set of IDF uniforms supposedly meant to be used as a disguise.

Soldiers patrolling neat Beit El located the two devices – one weighing 11lbs and the other at six – on a road marked for security forces' use only. Both devices were detonated by military sappers.


Earlier, a two-pound explosive device was found near Beit Omer, just south of Gush Etzion. It too was detonated by military sappers.


"These incidents illustrate that there is still motivation to carry out terror attacks on the ground. They also stress the importance of allowing the military a free hand in this area," a military official said


According to military data, while attacks in the form of hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails are ongoing in the West Bank, the use of firearms and explosive devices has been rare in recent months.

December 02, 2009

Bibi Who Loves Ya, Not Yoni

CBS: Public building in W. Bank down 60%
Dec. 2, 2009
JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

Public building starts in the West Bank have dropped some 60 percent since Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took office, according to Central Bureau of Statistics figures quoted in an Israel Radio report Wednesday.

The data showed that between the months of April and September 2009, only 132 housing units were approved, compared to 330 in the same period last year, during former prime minister Ehud Olmert's term in office. Between April and September 2007, the figure was 370.

Between the months of July and September this year, only four public units were actually built, according to the CBS data.

In terms of private construction, Israel Radio cited data showing a sharp rise over the last quarter. During the first quarter of Netanyahu's term, some 200 private housing units were approved, whereas in the following quarter the figure jumped to 530 units.

Responding to the data, Peace Now secretary-general Yariv Oppenheimer said, "Settlers don't have anything to complain about."

Referring to the recently announced ten-month moratorium on new building in West Bank settlements, Oppenheimer said that there were enough construction projects approved for this period.

Do you still love Bibi?

Still think he is a hawk?

Still think he is a good PM?

Olmert was better than Bibi when it comes to building in Judea and Samaria.

Big Surprise

The Jerusalem Post Internet Edition

NGO report: B'Tselem tops European funding list
Dec. 2, 2009
BRIAN BLONDY , THE JERUSALEM POST

Human rights organization B'Tselem heads the list of Israeli NGOs receiving funding from European governments.

According to a new report published by NGO Monitor and the Institute for Zionist Strategies, 16 Israeli NGOs received a total of NIS 31.5 million in European funding between the years 2006 and 2009.

B'Tselem, HaMoked and Yesh Din each received at least NIS 8.5m. in European funding, lead by B'Tselem, which received over NIS 12m. during that period, the report found.

These details emerged from a conference on the impact and transparency of European governments held at the Knesset on Tuesday afternoon.

"For over a decade European governments have been manipulating Israeli politics and promoting demonization by funding a narrow group of favored non-governmental organizations," said NGO Monitor's president Gerald Steinberg.

Representatives from B'Tselem, HaMoked and Yesh Din were not present during the proceedings, and only Dr. Gershon Baskin of the Palestinian-Israeli Peace NGO Forum, an unlisted Israeli NGO, addressed the conference. Steinberg said of the 20 NGOs listed in the report, all chose to decline invitations.

B'Tselem and other such group are supports of terrorist and they weaken Israel.

The leaders and member should be arrested for treason and the group declared enemies of the Jewish people.

Democracy is not a license for traitors to side with our enemies.

Joke Of The Day

The joke of the day from Israel Shimon Peres the Pimp for the Palestinians who has raised untold amounts of money through his peace center, which by the way is incorporated in the Cayman Islands so no one can find out how much money it holds.

Today addressed the opening session of the State Prosecutors Convention.

He told the convention Israel is not a corrupt country.

Maybe he is correct Israel is not corrupt just himself and our leaders are corrupt.

The Problem Is?

Man who ran over terrorist suspected of attempted murder

Footage shows husband of woman stabbed in Kiyat Arba gas station last week repeatedly run over motionless terrorist with his Mercedes; suspect held under house arrest
Ronen Medzini

The husband of a woman who was stabbed at a Kiryat Arba gas station last week is suspected of attempted murder, after video footage of the incident showed him repeatedly running over the terrorist with his Mercedes.

The woman and another man sustained mild wounds in the attack, while the terrorist was evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital with critical injuries.

The footage showed the husband, Dudi Mizrahi, driving his car into the gas station and running over the terrorist. He then backed up and ran over the terrorist, who remained motionless after being shot by an off-duty soldier, once again.

The husband repeated the act a number of times. In the video, people can be heard in the background yelling, "No! No! David, stop!"

The car finally came to a complete stop on top of the terrorist, and security personnel proceeded to pull him out from under it.

Police said Tuesday that he is suspected of attempted murder and is currently being held under house arrest in Kiryat Arba.

"The man was arrested for suspicion of attempted murder," Samaria and Judea (Shai) District Police said, "Following his interrogation, the investigation material was transferred to the Prosecutor's Office."

The terrorist remains hospitalized at Hadassah in serious but stable condition. The Israelis who were injured in the attack have already been released from the hospital.

So what is the problem ?

A husband whose wife was stabbed runs over the terrorist, so what.

I am glad that he did not kill the terrorist because then the Cowards, Scum and Traitors running Israel would charge him with murder.

But let me say this loud and clear Israel has lost it's way.

In the good old days the terrorist would have been killed and that would have been the end of it.

Bring It On

Settlement council head detained over protest

Beit Aryeh residents clash with Civil Administration inspectors arriving to enforce construction freeze; council head arrested on suspicion of disrupting police officer's work, security officer injured. Clashes reported in settlement of Elon Moreh as well
Ynet reporters

Beit Aryeh Regional Council head Avi Naim was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of disrupting a police officer's work, after blocking the entry to the West Bank community together with other residents. The community's security officer was lightly injured in the incident. A clash also erupted in the settlement of Elon Moreh, near the West Bank city of Nablus.

The settlers, who are protesting the government's decision to freeze the construction in settlements for 10 months, tried to prevent the entry of Civil Administration inspectors arriving enforce the building freeze.

Naim was taken in for questioning at the Binyamin region police station. He was also treated by a Magen David Adom crew at a Border Guard base after complaining of pains in his chest.

Bentzi, a local resident, said that "this is and has always been a law-abiding community. There never was any unauthorized construction here."

Elon Moreh residents said they had blocked the entry of security forces and Civil Administration representatives by sitting on the ground. They were evacuated by the security forces. A Civil Administration official said that the forced had entered the community, handed out freeze orders and even confiscated building material despite the obstructions.

"The residents were organized and sat on the road near the gate, and then the police began beating them," said local resident Benny Katzover, one of the founders of the Gush Emunim movement.

"They evacuated the people, threw them out and entered the community. There is a construction site here, but they didn't go there. Instead, they gave the order to a person building two guesthouses and left," he said, vowing to continue the protest activity in the coming days.

In response, the settlers launched a protest march towards Joseph's Tomb in Nablus. They said army forces were chasing them in an attempt to prevent them from arriving at the heart of the Palestinian area.

Sagi, a local resident, told Ynet that the settlers have been operating a communications network to organize protest activities. "There is an operations room, and when a suspicious movement is spotted, a report goes out immediately. We have managed to inform several communities about the arrival of inspector, and they entry was prevented."


Security officer: They acted like animals

Speaking from the Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, where he was hospitalized, Naim slammed the security forces who arrested him.

"It was a real life-threatening danger," he accused. "The soldiers came with a purpose, their plan was to arrest the council head as a lesson for all to see. After failing yesterday, they arrived with reinforced forces – dozens of Border Guard and police officers.

"I didn't do anything and they just threw me into a jeep. They treated me like a criminal, when all I did was to come and talk to them," the council head continued. "The worst thing was that when I was in the ambulance and the paramedics wanted to transfer me to the hospital quickly, the police delayed me… Only when I got the council's legal advisor involved they agreed to evacuate me. It was a real life-threatening situation."

Bnayahu Sharabi, Beit Aryeh's security guard, was injured in the clash and was hospitalized at the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva with a leg injury.

"It was a massive assault, I don’t understand why," he said. "They attacked the council head and I arrived to tell them to stop, tried to talk to them without provoking them, but they shoved me. I fell on the floor, I cried for help, but none of the cops tried to help me. I was unconscious for a few seconds."

Sharabi sounded shocked. "I work with these guys on a daily basis, but this time they acted like animals. The only explanation I can find is that they received an instruction of 'at any cost.' There was a major there, wearing uniform, who ordered them to act brutally and incited them."

The Yesha Council issued a statement supporting Naim, adding that "the Yesha Council leaders and the regional council heads will continue to lead the struggle against the settlement freeze, will continue to build the land and are willing to pay the price involved in this."


'I let whoever I want in'

In Shilo, residents were also ready for the inspectors' arrival and blocked all entrances to the community. "Only our friends are allowed to enter," said Yona Tzoref, 61, who has been living in the community for more than 30 years.

"I am here to keep guard. It's my right not to let the inspectors enter. No law has been violated like in the Gush Katif expulsion. This is a cooperative society, our territory, and I only let whoever I want in, just like I decide who to let into my house."

Civil Administration inspectors began distributing construction freeze orders earlier this week. On Tuesday, dozens of residents of the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba managed to drive the inspectors away.

Heads of the Judea and Samaria regional councils decided Tuesday not to allow Civil Administration representatives into local construction sites.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed Tuesday that the construction freeze in the settlements was "temporary".

"This is a one-time decision and it is temporary. We will go back to building at the end of the freeze," he said, stressing that the freeze did not apply to 500 West bank housing units that had already been approved or to public structures such as schools and synagogues, which he said would be built throughout the 10-month period.

As I have posted I support the Jews living in Judea and Samaria on this. They must use non violent methods to stop or slow down the anti Jewish work of the government and it's stooges.

Members of Yassam the government goon squad formed in the civilian police to fight Jews who oppose the Oslo "peace" accords broke the leg of a security officer during the confrontation.

Let all construction be stopped Jewish and Arab and then you must obey the law.

But Bibi does not have what it takes to issue such an order. This order would mean a fight between the IDF and the Palestinians.

I say bring it on.

Chinese Jews Return Home

Jews from China are returning to their homeland.

I can't even put into words what I feel about this, for those that doubt that G-D still works on behalf of the Jewish people I would say this proves other wise.

I am not ashamed to admit my eyes teared up a little as I watched the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edhtdoPukk0

December 01, 2009

Samir Kuntar: Israel will give in to Hamas' demands

Murderer released in exchange for bodies of two Israeli soldiers assures Palestinians, 'Enemy's government will consent to names demanded by resistance organizations and to number of prisoners'

Ali Waked
Published: 12.01.09, 13:03 / Israel News

Samir Kuntar, the Lebanese who murdered the Haran family in Nahariya and was later released from Israeli prison in exchange for the bodies of captured soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, learned from his own experience just how much Israel is willing to pay for the return of its captured soldiers.

He assured the Palestinians that Israel will ultimately capitulate to the demands being put forth by the organizations holding captured soldier, Gilad Shalit.


Kuntar, who made the hajj to Mecca, spoke with an Islamic Jihad online reporter in Saudi Arabia: "The prisoner swap deal will be an honorable deal. The enemy's government will consent to the names demanded by the resistance organizations and to the number of prisoners. But the organizations need to stand their ground, be insistent, and not agree to any concession because concessions will draw additional concessions."


Kuntar addressed the prisoners currently jailed in Israel with a recommendation that they be patient. "I spent 30 years in jail, and I ultimately got to see freedom," he said.

I am afraid Kuntar may be right.

I would love to see Israel kill him now that he is out and about. But I don't see that happening very soon.

Resist Inspectors

Settlers drive building inspectors away

Dozens of Kiryat Arba residents confront Civil Administration inspectors arriving to halt construction works in Jewish settlement, force them to leave. Defense Minister Barak tours area, says 'government decisions must be implemented, and this one will be fully enforced'
Ronen Medzini

Dozens of Kiryat Arva residents clashed Tuesday morning with Civil Administration inspectors, who were trying to halt construction works in the Jewish settlement near Hebron and confiscate tools, and forced them to leave the area. The residents claimed that the works were authorized and began several months ago.

Among the protestors was Kiryat Arba Council head Malachi Levinger, who said, "We would like them to disappear to where they came from." Levinger added that "A group of 15 people arrived here. They stood in the area for nearly an hour, and when they realized that we won't allow them to work, they left shamefacedly. Here the works continue even more vigorously."

Right-wing activist Baruch Marzel concluded, "It was a great victory for us. At first they were planning to bring in a tractor, and we began shouting at them, 'Racist people, take off the uniform you are wearing.' At a certain stage they began evaluating the situation and I heard the division commander say that Kiryat Arba is not Tekoa and that they can't arrive with such a force.

"We hope we have conveyed the message that this is how the racist inspectors must be dealt with following Bibi Netanyahu's decrees. If they are so smart, let's see them implement it in Umm al-Fahm or the nearly village."

The Kiryat Arab residents were trying to prevent the evacuation of building materials in a local construction site. "There are only few passive comments. People here are crying for their homes," the council head said.

Right-wing activist Itamar Ben-Gvir also arrived at the community. "We have begun chanting and blocking them with our bodies," he said. "We shouted at them, 'You are racist! Look at the amount of illegal Arab construction. You haven't issued one order.' The IDF is the Israel Defense Forces, not the anti-Israel forces."

Gush Etzion Council head Shaul Goldstein was making his way at the time to the Har Gilo settlement in order to try to prevent the building instructors from entering the community.

Goldstein told Ynet, "I heard the inspectors were supposed to come here and I will definitely stop try to delay their entry. The message I would like to convey to the ministers and government is that their decision to freeze construction is as severe, in our eyes, as the decision to evacuate Gush Katif. This is an irreversible move which may badly damage the Jewish settlement in the area.

"I would like to remind them of their promises before the elections. They should open their eyes. I would also like to tell the inspectors that this job is for Peace Now snitches, not for people holding official positions in the State of Israel. They are invited to sit down, see the community and talk, rather than come to the area like a group of informers."


'Trying to disrupt freeze'

Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan told Ynet, "All red lines have been crossed here. We are engaging in a serious battle against the decision. The resistance is definitely planned.

"Not only will we not cooperate, we will also exert efforts to disrupt the freeze. One of the ways is disrupting the inspectors' entry into the communities, without violence of course. This situation in which reserve forces are recruited to fight young couples building their homes is stooping to the lowest level."

On Monday, Civil Administration inspectors encountered several places in which building freeze orders were violated. In five cases, they decided to confiscate construction material, including in Ariel, and trucks were towed.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited the Judea and Samaria Division on Tuesday morning, spoke to reserve soldiers stationed in the area and held a discussion on ways to implement the government's policy in regards to building starts in the area.

"I am here to see the activity being taken to implement the government's decision on suspending new construction in the Judea and Samaria for 10 months. The IDF, and particularly the administration systems, the police and Border Guard, are preparing to ensure that this decision is implemented," he clarified.

He stressed that "government decisions must be implemented and this one will be fully enforced in a way that will guarantee a dialogue with the settlers. The Judea and Samaria leadership is a responsible, patriotic and Zionist leadership, which has passed many tests. I hope and believe that we will pass this test as well, implementing the government's decision."

The discussion held by the defense minister was attended by Amos Gilad, head of the Defense Ministry's Diplomatic-Security Bureau, Deputy IDF Chief of Staff Major-General Benny Gantz, Central Command chief Major-General Avi Mizrahi, Judea and Samaria District Police Commander Hagai Dotan, Coordinator of the Government's Activities in the Territories Major-General Eitan Dangot, head of the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria Brigadier-General Yoav Mordechai, representatives of the defense establishment and other IDF commanders.

Tal Rabinovsky contributed to this report


I almost never agree with the extreme far wacky right in Israel.

But this time they are correct, the one sided building freeze must be fought.

If the government said all construction in Judea and Samaria was halted Arab and Jew alike, then it is fair and must be obeyed.

But one sided freeze is stupid and immoral and must be fought.

Keep the inspectors out, by using non violent methods, make the government rescind it's order.