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January 24, 2010

Ayalon: Hezbollah testing antiaircraft missiles

Deputy foreign minister meets in Jerusalem with UN special coordinator for Lebanon, warns him Shiite organization getting supplies of advanced weapon systems

Roni Sofer
Published: 01.24.10, 17:27 / Israel News

Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon met Sunday afternoon with Michael Williams, the United Nations' special coordinator in Lebanon. The two discussed the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the Second Lebanon War.

Ayalon warned that Hezbollah fighters were training in Syria and that the Shiite organization was getting supplies of advanced antiaircraft missile systems.

January 23, 2010

Saudi Undersecretary Abdullah Al-Mousa: warns Saudi students in US not to beat their children as against the law there

“We advised those who intend to take their families with them to bear in
mind the laws of where they’re going and avoid any form of violence against
their children,” Al-Shammari said.

Security 'no big deal' for Saudi students in US
Saudi Gazette - 23 January, 2010

The Deputy Higher Education Minister for Foreign Scholarship Programs at the
Ministry of Higher Education has said that the media has been making “too
big a deal” over increased security at airports in the United States.

“Saudi students in the US have not undergone any special or personal
searches at airports,” said Undersecretary Abdullah Al-Mousa Friday. “The
media’s blowing it all up out of proportion.”

Al-Mousa said the recent meeting of students on the fifth phase of the
scholarship program to acquaint them with various practical and cultural
aspects of what awaits them in their study destinations abroad would prove
effective, based on the experience of previous orientation-style preparation

Adviser to the King Abdullah Scholarships Program Wael Al-Hadrami said he
was pleased with the 98 percent student attendance at the meeting. The
nature and characteristics and laws of each country were discussed
individually,” Al-Hadrami said.

Muhammad Al-Shammari from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the meeting
provided essential information on how to avoid and manage problems and make
contact with embassies.

“We advised those who intend to take their families with them to bear in
mind the laws of where they’re going and avoid any form of violence against
their children,” Al-Shammari said.

January 22, 2010

MERF Appearence

For those who would like to hear me on the radio, I am very pleased to announce that I will be having a weekly appearance on the Middle East Radio Forum, the show is hosted By William Wolf.

The time of the show is 3pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific, 10pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

You can listen to the show by going to the MERF web page

January 21, 2010

“US Threatened Fateh of Boycott Should It Reconcile With Hamas”

Rajoub: “US Threatened Fateh of Boycott Should It Reconcile With Hamas”
Thursday January 21, 2010 06:05 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News

Deputy-head of the Central Committee of Fateh movement, Jibril Rajoub,
stated that the movement and its presidents, Mahmoud Abbas, were threatened
on boycott by the United States should they achieve reconciliation with the
rival Hamas movement.

The statements of Rajoub came during an interview with the Al Sabah Tunisian

The former head of the Preventive Security Forces in the West Bank added
that during unity talks with Hamas, Fateh movement was threatened by several
United States officials who said that signing a deal with Hamas would lead
to a siege on Fateh and its Authority in the West Bank.

He also called for a larger Turkish role in the Palestinian-Israeli peace

Rajoub further stated that when Egypt proposed reconciliation and talk
between Fateh and Hamas, his movement, despite some reservations on the
Egyptian proposals, approved holding talks with Hamas but as the talks where
ongoing under Egyptian mediation, the United States threatened to boycott

He added that the movement decided to accept the Egyptian proposals and to
reject the “provocative American pressures and threats”.

“We are still willing to hold talks with Hamas”, Rajoub added, “We are not
part of any foreign agenda, we are a Palestinian movement working for
Palestine and its cause”.

He also welcomed the international delegates visiting the Gaza Strip and
breaking the siege, and called on Europe and the United States to open
dialogue with the Hamas movement as it is an important part of the
Palestinian people and that Hamas cannot be ignored.

He called for unity with Hamas and all factions, and added that Hamas’s gate
to regional and international recognition can only be achieved through unity
and under the umbrella of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).

As for peace talks with Israel and the expected 14th visit of the US Middle
East Envoy, George Mitchell, Rajoub stated that Fateh movement will not
accept to resume peace talks with Israel before it stops its violations, the
illegal settlement activities and the construction of the Annexation Wall.

He added that talks cannot be held with Israel while it is ongoing with its
violations in East Jerusalem, the destruction of homes and the ongoing
efforts to change its demography.

“The visit of Mitchell, and others, will not change anything on the ground”,
he stated, “We will continue our political maneuvers and efforts to raise
awareness to the cause, and achieve justice”.

He further states that Turkey is a regional power that can affect the
situation in the Middle East, and is playing an essential role in the

January 20, 2010

"Moderate" Fatah terror cell planning large attack inside Israel detained in
Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA 19 January 2010

Yisrael Hayom correspondent Shlomi Diaz reports in the 18 January edition
that a joint IDF-ISA operation in Nablus found a Fatah terror cell in Nablus
planning to carry out a major attack inside Israel. The cell had three
handmade explosive devices.

It should be noted that Nablus is one of the showcase cities under PA
security control.

January 19, 2010

PA Honors Mass Murderer

PMW Bulletin: Abbas: PA honoring murderer of 37 Israeli civilians like Israel honoring Min. Rehavam Zeevi

PMW Bulletin
Jan. 19, 2010
Palestinian Media Watch

Abbas equates PA's naming of square
after terrorist killer,
with Israel's naming road after terror victim

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
p:+972 2 625 4140 e: pmw@palwatch.org

f: +972 2 624 2803 w: www.palwatch.org

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has defended the PA's decision
to name a square after a terrorist killer, comparing it to Israel's decision
to name a road after an Israeli victim of terror.

Last week, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu protested to the US about the PA's
continued incitement to hatred and violence. Israel's protest was prompted
by Palestinian Media Watch's exposure of a birthday celebration sponsored by
Abbas, and the naming of a square in Ramallah. Both were in honor of the
terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who was responsible for the deaths of 37 Israeli
civilians when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus in 1978.

The PA Minister of Culture, Siham Barghouti, subsequently defended this
terrorist glorification. Now Abbas himself has defended it, comparing the
PA's naming of the square after Mughrabi to Israel's naming a road after
Rehavam Zeevi, the Israeli cabinet minister who was murdered by Palestinian
terrorists. Abbas refers to Mughrabi's bus hijacking and murder of 37
civilians as "military activities," and compares her to Zeevi, who was an
officer in the Israeli army before entering politics.

The following are Abbas's words in defense of honoring terrorists:

"They [Israel] say about me that I carry out terrorist activities. What are
those terrorist activities? That I search for those who sell land in
Jerusalem and chase them. Of course I chase them, and I shall continue to do
so. Is that a crime? [Israel says,] 'Does he [Abbas] not know that they [the
PA] named a square after Dalal Mughrabi and he [Abbas] personally went [to
the ceremony]?' - Of course I did not go myself, but I do not deny [the
naming]. Of course we want to name a square after her. Okay, what about
[murdered Israeli cabinet minister Rehavam] Zeevi? They [Israelis] named a
road after him [in the Jordan Valley], near brother Saeb [Erekat, the chief
Fatah negotiator], and so on. What is it [that Israel wants]? That we
renounce our history? How? We... carried out military activities; can I then
later renounce all that we have done? No, I don't renounce it."

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 17, 2010]

January 18, 2010

Jordanian sources say Iran ordered attack on Israeli convoy

The Jerusalem Post Internet Edition

Jan. 19, 2010

Last week's failed attempt on the lives of Israeli diplomats in Jordan was apparently carried out on instructions from Teheran, sources close to Jordan's General Intelligence Department (GID) revealed on Monday.

The sources said the GID was investigating the possibility that the explosives used in the attack had been smuggled into the kingdom by Iranian diplomats.

The attack itself was apparently carried out by local al-Qaida supporters who received money and explosives from Iran, the sources said.

On Monday, Al-Arabiya reported that an Amman taxi driver was arrested on suspicion of involvement in the bombing.

According to the sources, the GID believes that the attack came in response to the killing of Iranian scientist Prof. Massoud Ali Muhammadi in Teheran last week. Ali Muhammadi was killed by a remote-controlled bomb on a motorcycle.

On Monday, Iran's Interior Minister Mostafa Muhammad Najjar vowed to take revenge on Israel over Ali-Muhammadi's assassination.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused Israel of being behind the assassination, which he said had been carried out in "Zionist style."

The sources in Amman pointed out that the attack on the Israeli diplomatic convoy had been carried out in a way similar to the assault on the slain Iranian professor.

"We can see Iran's fingerprints on the roadside bombing," the sources said. "The investigation is continuing in various directions."

Israel has been on high alert in recent weeks ahead of the second anniversary of the assassination of Hizbullah terror mastermind Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus.

A number of attempts by Hizbullah to avenge Mughniyeh's February 2008 killing have been thwarted, including a plot last year to bomb Israel's embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, and the Israeli defense establishment is concerned that Hizbullah will make an effort to strike an Israeli target ahead of the anniversary.

Security officials are also considering the possibility that the attack may have been carried out by al-Qaida or one of its affiliates, or a Palestinian terrorist group.

Last year three Hamas activists were sentenced in Jordan to five years in prison for conducting surveillance of the Israeli Embassy in Amman.
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Shut Up and Wait

Shimshon insubordinate soldier discharged

In unprecedented move, IDF dismisses soldier under clause of 'bad conduct' after showing no remorse for waving sign against settlement evacuation at Western Wall induction ceremony
Hanan Greenberg

IDF stepping up war on insubordination: Ynet has learned that a soldier involved in carrying a sign urging disobedience at the Western Wall induction ceremony was dismissed from the military after refusing to express remorse over his actions. The decision was made by a senior personnel officer following a recommendation from a command committee.

The political protest of recruits in the Kfir Brigade's Shimshon Battalion in October caused a storm, which also led to Defense Minister Ehud Barak's unprecedented decision to sever ties with the Har Bracha Hesder Yeshiva. The Military decided to take a firm stance, with Monday's move being the most severe against a single soldier.

During the October induction ceremony, a group of cadets raised a sign that read "Shimshon won't evacuate Homesh". Those behind the deed took pride in their decision and showed no remorse. Kfir Brigade Commander Colonel Oren Abman removed two of the soldiers from the hesder unit and they were even tried to some 20 days detention.

Soldier refused to commit won't repeat act (Photo: Miri Tzach)

These steps did not deter other soldiers from the brigade from taking similar action. Last week Colonel Gadi Agmon, commander of the Meitav Induction Base, decided for the first time to remove two Nachshon Battalion soldiers involved in waving a similar sign just one month later from the hesder unit.

In accordance with the recommendations of Central Command chief Avi Mizrahi, Agmon also decided to remove one of the soldiers involved in the sign-waving incident at the Western Wall from the hesder unit. The soldier will now be forced to serve a regular 36-month military term.

His comrade, on the other hand, refused to show any sign of regret or understanding of the severity of his actions, and refused to commit that he would not repeat them. In this case Agmon ruled that there was no room to keep the soldier in the army, and he is to be discharged, unprecedentedly under such circumstances, for "bad conduct".

This clause is general reserved for soldiers with serious disciplinary problems such as deflection and violent offences. A discharge certificate with this clause is meant to "brand" the soldiers as they enter civilian life, and prevent them from receiving the benefits received by soldiers who complete full service.

Military sources told Ynet that soldiers must be able to distinguish what is permitted from what is forbidden, and when they err, they must take responsibility for their actions. "When a soldier chooses the path of demonstrating insubordination and does not see the severity of his actions – there is no place for him in the army," an IDF source said.

This only means that soldiers must be smarter in the way they refuse to throw Jews from their homes.

Refuse the order in a way that will allow you to still fight for Israel as a combat soldier.

In the USA when I was a cop we had the blue flu. That's right call in sick when you are not.

Don't get in their face at this point in time and back the establishment into a corner just shut your mouths and bid your time.

Praise for Israeli mission in Haiti: 'Only ones operating'

Israeli field hospital earns accolades as only aid mission able to do complex surgery in devastated country. CNN reports other missions transfer patients to Israeli base. ABC reports on young woman giving birth there
Yitzhak Benhorin

The valiant work of Israel's rescue mission to Haiti has been widely covered in the Israeli press. Now it has earned praise from a surprising source: On Monday, US media broadcast items praising the assistance provided by Israel, and one reporter even sent a letter of thanks to Israeli representatives in New York.

CNN reported that Israel is the only state so far to have sent a field hospital equipped with all that is required for surgical operations. Doctors from various missions send patients requiring surgery to Israel's makeshift hospital, particularly those whose condition is critical, the news network said.

According to the report, other field hospitals contain no more than stretcher beds and medical teams who administer first aid, and they are not prepared for complex surgery.

Resourcefulness saves baby's life

ABC praised the Israeli mission which had assisted a birth using a complicated procedure. The network's reporter, himself a trained doctor, came across a woman on the point of giving birth. First he tried to assist, but when he got into difficulties he remembered the Israeli field hospital, called the Israeli consulate in New York and was directed to the IDF camp.

"I understood that they were looking for the Israeli mission," said Joel Lion, Israeli consulate spokesman. "I called the military attaché in Washington to get the address of the mission… then, via Blackberry, I managed to get the coordinates and direct them there."

When they arrived at the hospital, the young woman was taken in and eight hours later a healthy baby was born.

ABC reported extensively on the story, and even sent a letter of thanks to the Israeli representative in New York. "They were very moving moments. It was amazing to be party to saving life and bringing a baby into the world. And most amazing was that it was all directed via a cell phone," said Lion. "We will pass on the expressions of thanks to the doctors and the wonderful staff at the Israeli field hospital in Haiti."

They're waiting for the Israeli surgeons

More than 100 injured patients require surgery, but are unable to get it anywhere except at the Israeli field hospital in Port-au-Prince. The doctors are unable to meet the demand, and meanwhile the patients lie in tents, administered with painkillers, and cry for help. "They'll die within 24 hours if they don't get operated on," a reporter said.

Criticism against the US mission was voiced in the ABC item. The US, it said, had sent staff for a field hospital, but they had still not received the instruments required for surgery. The equipment was supposed to arrive by the weekend, but will get there only Monday night, it seems. Only then will the US be able to set up its field hospital.

The White House said that more than 250 doctors and nurses have been sent so far to Haiti by the US Department of Health. A US ship, to be used as a floating hospital, is also on the way from Baltimore to the earthquake-torn country. The ship, with 600 doctors and nurses as well as medical equipment is due to arrive within two days.

Former US President Bill Clinton is also due to arrive Monday, to encourage rescue efforts.

Roni Sofer also contributed to this report

January 17, 2010

IDF in Haiti

IDF Spokesperson January 16th, 2010

IDF Medical and Rescue Team has set up a Field Hospital, Beginning to
Rescue and Treat hundreds

The IDF Medical and Rescue Team has arrived in Haiti, set up a field
hospital in Port-Au-Prince and is beginning to treat patients there. In
addition, the forces are locating and rescuing survivors trapped in ruined
buildings, including many who were injured during the collapse of the UN

The field hospital is prepared to receive dozens of ambulances evacuating
injured children from the different disaster struck areas. Between Friday
night and Saturday, dozens of truckloads of medical and logistical equipment
were unloaded and the field hospital set up.

The Israeli delegation landed in the capital of Port-Au-Prince yesterday
evening and has located itself in a soccer field near the air port. Upon
arrival, C4I teams deployed communications infrastructure in preparations
for the hospital's establishment.

Two teams, comprised of search and rescue personnel and canine operators
from the IDF canine unit were sent out on rescue missions. The first team
was sent to the Haiti UN headquarters in order to assist in rescuing

The rescue teams are working in cooperation with local authorities in order
to reach disaster struck areas where survivors can be located and assisted.

The delegation is scheduled to stay in Haiti for a minimum of two weeks.
Further stay will be assessed at the end of this period.

To watch a video of IDF forces operating in Haiti, go to:
To get photographs of IDF operating in Haiti, go to:
www.idfspokesperson.com .
For online updates regarding IDF Medical and Rescue Team in Haiti go to:
@IDFinHaiti on twitter.

January 16, 2010

The Jerusalem Post Internet Edition

'Meir Dagan is the Superman of Israel'
Jan. 16, 2010

Without Mossad director Meir Dagan, the Iranian nuclear program would have been successfully completed years ago, Egyptian daily Al-Ahram claimed in an op-ed published Saturday.

"Over the past seven years, he has worked in silence, away from the media," the op-ed read. "He has dealt painful blows to the Iranian nuclear program … he is the Superman of the Jewish state."

Among the steps taken by Dagan against Teheran, Al-Ahram listed diplomatic action to embarrass the Islamic republic, action to fuel opposition protests, assassinations and covert attacks against nuclear facilities.

The op-ed stressed that while the Mossad under Dagan's leadership achieved many bold victories against Syria, Hizbullah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, it never took responsibility for its operations, but wisely chose to wait for the other side to declare that they had taken place.

In 2009, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu extended Dagan's term as Mossad head by one year, citing critical developments in the region and growing threats to Israel.

January 15, 2010

MERF Appearence

For those who would like to hear me on the radio, I am very pleased to announce that I will be having a weekly appearance on the Middle East Radio Forum, the show is hosted By William Wolf.

The time of the show is 3pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific, 10pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

You can listen to the show by going to the MERF web page

Nasrallah: War will change region's face

Hezbollah leader slams Israeli 'threats,' vows to defeat IDF in case of renewed hostilities on Lebanese border; Israel in trouble, Nasrallah says, promises 'great victory' in case of war

Girding for battle? Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has vowed Friday to "change the face of the region" in the event of renewed conflict with Israel.

The Hezbollah leader said he was addressing perceived "threats" by the Jewish state. On Tuesday, Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak warned Lebanon and Hezbollah against any attempt to challenge the calm currently in place at the Lebanese-Israeli border.

"Faced with the threats that you hear today (...), I promise you that if another war breaks out with the Zionists…we will defeat the enemy, achieve a great victory and change the face of the region," Nasrallah said in a speech broadcast on a large screen.

The Hezbollah leader was addressing the "Forum of Arab and international support for the resistance" at the Unesco Palace in Beirut, which is hosting delegations from various nationalities.

'Israel in real trouble'

Nasrallah said the future of the region was "strength, dignity, and freedom," while slamming "Israel, occupation, hegemony and arrogance."

"Israel is in real trouble," he said, claiming that the IDF had been defeated by a "handful of resistance fighters and jihadists" and charging Israel with beating the drums of war.

Last month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was holding the Lebanese government responsible for any attack against its territory, calling Hezbollah a "real Lebanese army."

If the IDF fights like it did last time Nasrallah is correct.

But their is no chance that the war would be fight as inept as the Second Lebanon war was.

We have a real Chief of Staff of the IDF not some IAF general that has zero insite into what a ground war is all about.

January 14, 2010

Bomb targets Israeli diplomats in Jordan

Terror attack in Jordan: Roadside bomb detonated near Israeli diplomatic convoy en route to Israel Thursday afternoon, Foreign Ministry confirms; no casualties reported in attack, Jordanian authorities launch investigation
Roni Sofer

Terror attack in Jordan: A roadside bomb was detonated Thursday afternoon near a secured convoy carrying Israeli diplomatic staff in Jordan, the Foreign Ministry says.

No casualties were reported in the attack. The bomb targeted Israel's ambassador to Jordan Danny Nevo, al-Jazeera reported. However, the envoy was not in the vehicles.

According to a Jordanian source, Jordanian troops arrived at the site of the attack immediately after the blast. The forces accompanied the Israeli diplomats to a nearby military base and later escorted them to the Israeli border, following initial assistance and a brief questioning session.

The convoy, which included four embassy staff members and two security guards, was traveling to Israel from Jordan's capital Amman at the time of the attack.

Embassy staff continued on their way following the blast, which took place about 20 kilometers (roughly 13 miles) from the Allenby Bridge crossing point between Israel and Jordan.

Jordan's security authorities have launched an investigation into the attack, while Israeli security officials monitor the situation. Officials are looking into the possibility that more than one bomb was detonated in the attack

Ongoing threat

The Foreign Ministry updated Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who is currently in Cyprus, about the attack.

Israel's diplomatic officials in Jordan face an ongoing terror threat in the neighboring country. Less than a year ago, a Jordanian court sentenced three Hamas members to five years in prison after convicting them of engaging in surveillance operations outside Israel's embassy in Amman.

However, diplomats are not the only Israelis facing danger in Jordan. A year ago two Jordanian citizens were indicted for planning to murder an Israeli businessman who owns a factory in the city of Irbid. The two, Loay Shehadah, 37, and Mohammed Odatallah, 36, were charged with attempted murder and possession of illegal weapons.

According to the indictment, the two were seeking to murder Jews in Jordan.

January 13, 2010

Free Gaza activists to make third run

Published yesterday (updated) 13/01/2010 13:48

Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Free Gaza Movement will send at least six boats into
the besieged Strip in an attempt to break Israel's blockade, a statement
released by the organizers said on Tuesday.

The flotilla will include two boats donated by a Turkish NGO, in addition to
a cargo ship purchased with donations from Malaysia and will be loaded with
cement, water filtration systems and paper "all essential reconstruction
materials denied entry to Gaza by Israel," the statement said.

In August 2008, the Free Gaza Movement sailed two boats into Gaza without
Israeli or Egyptian permission and was the first of international aid
convoys seeking to draw attention to Israel's siege on the Strip which began
with Hamas' takeover in 2007. As a result, limited amounts of humanitarian
and medical aid have been allowed through Gaza's borders with Israel, which
are sporadically opened.

The movement further organised four more successful initiatives into Gaza
since. "Of course we will face Israel's illegal naval blockade. But we have
broken through it before and we will do it again."

"This blockade constitutes an act of collective punishment, a crime
prohibited under international humanitarian law. Gaza's man-made and
internationally perpetuated crisis is set to deepen as Egypt builds an Iron
wall 30 meters deep and 20 meters high on the southern Rafah border, closing
off the final route for Palestinians to get basic supplies,"

The six-boat flotilla is expected to dock in Gaza in spring 2010.

I have not changed my mind.

Israel should have sunk these boats with the very first attempt to sail to Gaza. If we had then their would not be this attempt to sail six boats this spring to aid the terrorist of Gaza.

January 12, 2010

Iranian nuclear physicist killed in bombing

Professor Massoud Mohammadi, described as 'staunch supporter' of 1979 Islamic Revolution, dies in explosion of bomb-rigged motorcycle outside house in Tehran. Iranian state broadcaster IRIB says bomb planted by "Zionist and American agents'

A professor of nuclear physics at Tehran University was killed Tuesday by a bomb-rigged motorcycle parked outside his home in Iran's capital, state media reported. Iranian state broadcaster IRIB blamed Israel and the US for the bombing.

Massoud Mohammadi had just left his house on his way to work when the explosion went off, state-run Press TV said.

The blast shattered the windows of his home in northern Tehran's Qeytariyeh neighborhood and left the pavement outside smeared with blood. The semiofficial ISNA news agency quoted Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi as confirming the killing.

Neither report said whether Mohammadi was connected to Iran's nuclear program, which the West suspects is aimed at developing a nuclear weapons capability.

The Press TV report described Mohammadi was "a staunch supporter" of the 1979 revolution that toppled the shah and brought Islamic clerics to power.

Meanwhile, Iran's state broadcaster IRIB said the bomb was planted by "Zionist and American agents", without giving a source for the information.

"The assassination of Mr Massoud Mohammadi, a nuclear scientist and a committed and revolutionary Tehran University professor, was detonated by a remote control," IRIB said on its website.

"As a result of the bomb planted by Zionist and American agents two cars and a motorcycle were severely damaged and the windows in the surrounding residential units were shattered," it said. Iran usually refers to Israel as the "Zionist regime."

The Associated Press contributed to this report


I hope this was Israel and I hope and pray that many more involved in Iran's rush for weapons of mass destruction will soon join him.

January 11, 2010

U.S. to store $800m in military gear in Israel
By Amos Harel - Haaretz Last update - 03:13 11/01/2010

The U.S. Army will double the value of emergency military equipment it
stockpiles on Israeli soil, and Israel will be allowed to use the U.S.
ordnance in the event of a military emergency, according to a report in
Monday's issue of the U.S. weekly Defense News.

The report, written by Barbara Opall-Rome, the magazine's Israel
correspondent, said that an agreement reached between Washington and
Jerusalem last month will bring the value of the military gear to $800

This is the final phase of a process that began over a year ago to determine
the type and amount of U.S. weapons and ammunition to be stored in Israel,
part of an overarching American effort to stockpile weapons in areas in
which its army may need to operate while allowing American allies to make
use of the ordnance in emergencies.

The agreement was signed by Brig. Gen. Ofer Wolf, who heads the Israel
Defense Forces' technology and logistics branch, and Rear Adm. Andy Brown,
the logistics director of U.S. Army European Command.

The United States began stockpiling $100 million in military equipment in
Israel in 1990, 12 years after it first began storing weapons within the
territory of key allies, starting with South Korea.

An American defense official told Defense News that the U.S.-Israel
agreement reflects the Obama administration's continued commitment to
Israel's security and the understanding that changes in U.S. economic
conditions and inflation have limited the weapons available to Israel.

The deal allows Israel access to a wider spectrum of military ordnance, and
the U.S. official said his government was considering which forms of
military supplies would be added to stores in Israel. Missiles, armored
vehicles, aerial ammunition and artillery ordnance are already stockpiled in
the country.

The agreement is expected to aid Israel in its effort to bolster its weapons
stockpiles for use in an emergency. Israel's stores of aerial and artillery
ammunition were depleted during the Second Lebanon War in 2006, nearly
reaching levels the IDF considers dangerously low.

January 10, 2010

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights LTD (non profit)

Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons
Misuse Use of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Forces

Field Update
10 January 2010

Bombs Detonated in Pharmacy and two Coffee Shops in the Gaza Strip

In the past 4 days, unknown persons detonated bombs in a pharmacy and two
coffee shops in the Gaza Strip. Such attacks are part of the state of
security chaos and proliferation of weapons in the occupied Palestinian

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 06:00 on
Sunday, 10 January 2010, unknown persons detonated a bomb at the Khalil
al-Rahman Pharmacy, which belongs to Shadia Farouq Abu Saqer and is located
in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, the door
of the pharmacy and all glass windows inside were destroyed. The police
initiated an investigation of the attack.

Earlier, at approximately 01:00 on Saturday, 09 January 2010, unknown
persons detonated a bomb in a computer gaming cafe belonging to Hamed Saleem
al-Dabbas in the Sheikh Hammouda area of al-Qarara village, northeast of
Khan Yunis. The contents of the cafe, including 10 computers and their
accessories, were destroyed. The police initiated an investigation into the

In the same context, at approximately 19:15 on Wednesday, 06 January 2010,
unknown persons detonated a bomb inside Tal al-Qamar coffee shop, which is
located in the al-Maqqousi housing project in the north of Gaza City and
belongs to Deeb al-Bal'awi and Rami al-'Ajrami. The coffee shop was
damaged; police initiated an investigation into the attack.

PCHR strongly condemns these attacks, which are part of the sate of security
chaos and proliferation of weapons plaguing the occupied Palestinian
territory. PCHR calls upon the Attorney-General to investigate the attacks
and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Public Document
For more information please call PCHR office in Gaza, Gaza Strip, on +972 8
2824776 - 2825893
PCHR, 29 Omer El Mukhtar St., El Remal, PO Box 1328 Gaza, Gaza Strip.
E-mail: pchr@pchrgaza.org, Webpage http://www.pchrgaza.org

US Consulate sued by former employee

Yaakov Katz , THE JERUSALEM POST Jan. 9, 2010

Alleged terror ties are at the heart of a lawsuit the US Consulate in
Jerusalem is fighting; it is being sued for NIS 250,000 by a former employee
who the consulate discovered had ties with Hamas.

The plaintiff is Azam Qiq, who worked at the diplomatic mission until 2006
as a mechanic. His father was Hassan Qiq, the former head of Hamas in
Jerusalem, who died in 2006.

Azam Qiq was hired by the consulate in 2003 and underwent a background check
by its security teams. According to court documents obtained by The
Jerusalem Post, during his hiring interview, Qiq said he had never been
arrested or interrogated by the Israeli police.

For the next three years, Qiq worked in the consulate motor pool and was a
good employee. He even received two awards from then counsel-general Jacob
Walles for his exemplary service.

That changed in February 2006, when his father, Hassan, passed away.
According to the consulate's response to the lawsuit, filed with the
Jerusalem Labor Court, senior Hamas officials attended Hassan's funeral,
which was lined with Hamas flags.

Six months later, the consulate learned of Qiq's father's identity. Attached
to the consulate's response to the lawsuit was a flyer Hamas put out after
Hassan's death.

"Believers of God and the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas consider as a
grand master, teacher and educator Prof. Hassan Suleiman Qiq, member of the
Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine and a member of the founding of the Islamic
Resistance Movement Hamas," the flyer read.

Hassan Qiq was known by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and was part
of the focus of an investigation that brought down Hamas's Jerusalem branch
and ended in 2007.

A month later, Azam Qiq was arrested in the middle of the night by the Shin
Bet and was accused of hiding a suitcase with documents pertaining to Hamas
finances in his house. His brother Ziad, who was an adviser to the Hamas
minister in charge of Jerusalem, was also arrested at the time. According to
the court documents, Azam Qiq confessed to having stored the suitcase in his

The consulate also later discovered that he had been arrested twice
previously - once for throwing stones in 1988 and another time for joining
an illegal organization in 1989, for which he served a month in
administrative detention.

Qiq was fired by the consulate in September 2006.

In 2007, he filed a lawsuit against the consulate and the US government for
unlawful dismissal and demanded close to NIS 250,000 in compensation. He
claimed that his dismissal was not done in accordance with law, and that he
did not receive severance pay.

The consulate, in its response, claimed that it had no choice but to fire

"We cannot exaggerate in emphasizing the sensitivity of having access to the
consulate's motor pool, which doesn't just service consulate workers but
also serves VIPs who come frequently to Jerusalem on official US government
business," read the response filed with the court.

Asked about the Qiq case, a consulate representative said, "We cannot
comment on internal personnel issues."

Qiq also refused to answer questions about the case.

In related news, tension between the defense establishment and the consulate
remains high, following an incident in November during which a US convoy
blocked a West Bank crossing and one driver allegedly tried to run over an
Israeli guard.

According to a detailed, official Israel Police description of the incident,
obtained exclusively by the Post, which reported on it two weeks ago, the
drivers refused to identify themselves or to 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.

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,
the Foreign Ministry and the regional security officer at the US Embassy in
Tel Aviv, Dan Power.

According to new information obtained by the Post, at the meeting, Laas
asked Ben-Yishai how could he be certain when opening the door to a
consulate car at a checkpoint that the guard was not a settler or mentally
unstable and would not give the passengers in the vehicle the "Rabin
treatment," in an apparent reference to the assassination of prime minister
Yitzhak Rabin in 1995.

Participants at the meeting were reportedly shocked by the comment, which
today, two months later, continues to resonate in police corridors.

In response, the consulate representative said, "We cannot comment on
meetings with foreign government officials. The US Consulate General in
Jerusalem values its professional and collegial relationship with Israeli
authorities. Our staff meet on a regular basis to discuss crossing
procedures, to adjust to the changing needs on the ground, and to ensure
effective communication."

The representative also denied police assertions that the consulate driver
tried to run over a checkpoint guard and that the drivers made indecent
gestures at female guards.

January 08, 2010

Mitchell: Mideast stagnation endangers US aid

On eve of visit to region, American special envoy threatens Israel with sanctions if it fails to advance peace talks, two-state solution. Secretary of State Clinton says working to restart negotiations 'without preconditions'
Yitzhak Benhorin

WASHINGTON – On the eve of his visit to the Middle East, US special envoy George Mitchell threatened that his country would freeze its aid to Israel if the Jewish state failed to advance peace talks with the Palestinians and a two-state solution.

Mitchell clarified in an interview to the PBS network that the United States would use incentives or sanctions against both sides.

Running out of Time
US Mideast envoy: 2 years or less for peace talks / Reuters
George Mitchell says he plans to return to region in next few days, hopes to make progress on political, security and economic tracks of peace process
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According to American law, Mitchell said, the US can freeze its support for aid to Israel. He added that all options must remain open and that the sides must be convinced about what their important interests are.

The US envoy noted that some progress had been made and that his country would continue its efforts to resume the negotiations.

Good cut us off from your money please.

It will be good for Israel not to be tied to the pro Arab Obama administration.

So again please cut Israel off.

MERF Appearence

For those who would like to hear me on the radio, I am very pleased to announce that I will be having a weekly appearance on the Middle East Radio Forum, the show is hosted By William Wolf.

The time of the show is 3pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific, 10pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

You can listen to the show by going to the MERF web page

January 07, 2010

UN says Israel agrees to compensate it over Gaza

Damage caused to UN property by IDF during operation cast lead will be reimbursed, according to UN spokesman

Israel has agreed in principle to reimburse losses the United Nations suffered during the Gaza war a year ago, a UN spokesman said on Thursday.

Spokesman Martin Nesirky declined to give a figure or other details of the accord. A UN inquiry last year put the cost of damage to UN property in Gaza during the December 2008 - January 2009 conflict at over $11 million, almost all of it caused by Israeli forces.

Another UN official who asked not to be identified said $10.5 million was "the figure that has been bandied about, but nothing has been finalized."

Israel said it attacked Gaza to end rocket launches by Palestinian Hamas militants into Israel, and that damage to UN premises was caused unintentionally when its troops responded to Palestinian fire. Israel, however, agreed to consider a UN compensation request sent in July.

"Agreement has been reached in principle on the terms of an arrangement under which Israel would make a payment to the United Nations," Nesirky told reporters.

The United Nations is awaiting a "green light" from the Israeli government on the deal and expects it "imminently," he said. "When that green light is given, an agreement will be formalized between the United Nations and Israel and a payment will be made."

Nesirky said the issue had come up during a telephone conversation on Tuesday between UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

UN officials said the compensation related primarily to property since there had been no UN loss of life.

The main damage to UN property in Gaza came on Jan. 15 when Israeli shells, some containing the incendiary substance white phosphorus, hit a compound of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), badly damaging a warehouse and training center. Several UN-run schools were hit in other strikes.

The terrorist use the UN as cover to move terrorist and weapons.

Now we are going to pay the UN for hitting their terrorist headquarters. I just can understand how far we have fallen.

7 mortar shells fired from Gaza

Most of shells fired towards southern Israel in two separate barrages land between Kerem Shalom crossing, Eshkol Regional Council. Popular Resistance Committees' military wing claims responsibility; Kerem Shalom crossing shut down

Ilana Curiel
Published: 01.07.10, 09:02 / Israel News

Seven mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip on Thursday morning. Most of them landed between the Kerem Shalom crossing and a community in the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no reports of injuries or damage. Three additional shells landed in Gaza.

The Popular Resistance Committees' military wing, the Salah al-Din Brigades, claimed responsibility for the firing.

The firing began at around 7:45 am. Three mortar shells landed near the Kerem Shalom crossing, and another on Palestinian territory. One shell hit the Eshkol Regional Council. A second barrage was fired shortly afterwards, with two shells landing in the Eshkol Regional Council.

Immediately after the firing, the residents of Kibbutz Kerem Shalom were asked to enter fortified area, where they stayed for about half an hour. One of the residents told Ynet, "I hope this is only a specific incident, but we are not so naïve to believe that there won't be another battle. In any event, this is routine."

Kibbutz secretary Zohar Ronen told Ynet, "We are always prepared. Not so long ago it was our daily routine, so we are unfazed by this morning."

An Israel Defense Forces official said the army held an evaluation of the situation following the incidents and decided to close the Kerem Shalom crossing to traffic.

January 05, 2010

Egged cancels settlement bus route after fire bomb attack

By Chaim Levinson, Haaretz Correspondent
Last update - 21:03 05/01/2010

Egged bus company on Tuesday notified Neguhot residents in the West Bank
that the bus route to their settlement would be canceled, after Palestinians
hurled a Molotov cocktail that moderately wounded a woman on one of their
buses two weeks ago.

"The settlement is amazed that Egged has decided to stop the bus route to
our area," the residents said in a statement, adding that "instead of
strengthening the settlement's residents who live on the front line, Egged
has chosen the easy way out and retracted its responsibility."

Neguhot is a secluded settlement south of Mount Hebron, with only one road
leading into it.

About two weeks ago a teenage woman from the settlement was moderately hurt
when a Molotov cocktail was hurled at the Egged bus she was traveling on
from Kiryat Gat to Neguhot.

Egged has until now provided transportation to the settlement twice a day,
but has decided to stop immediately, saying they do not have an armored bus
needed to protect their passengers in the area.

"We don't need to go there," said Egged CEO Miki Levy. "It's on a hill, it's
a problematic area, only three to four people take the bus and we lose money
on that line.

"After the recent incident we received a letter that stated that sending
unprotected busses to the area is against protocol, and I'm not going to
armor my buses for five people," he added.

$500 offered for murdering IDF soldier

Jan. 5, 2010

An e-mail sent to many Israelis by an unidentified address Tuesday morning called for the murder of an IDF soldier in return for US $500, one year after last winter's Operation Cast Lead. A link to a possibly Palestinian Web site (http://www.kku4u.info), since taken down, revealed further details: The money would be sent via Paypal to any individual who killed an IDF soldier, documented the act and provided information about the soldier's identity to the Web site's administrators.

Recipients of the message who ventured onto the site were met with images of IDF soldiers and murder instructions written in Arabic and broken English, along with an incentive - "Get $ 500 dollars against killing an Israeli soldier" - presented in big red letters.

Suggested "tools of murder" included a pistol and a knife. "Go to the whereabouts of the victim … kill the victim," the site instructed, stressing the importance of moving "with caution" and wearing a "face cover."

The next step, according to the Web site, would require those who wished to receive the money to "take a picture" of the soldier's body just before "pulling out quickly."

While it is unknown if the site was a private endeavor or a message sent on behalf of a terrorist group, organizations such as Hamas and Hizbullah have been known in the past to use the Internet to advance their causes.

The initiative was described by the site's administrators as a solution to the issue of unemployment in Israel.

Although the site's domain was registered to a phone number in Israel, it was unclear whether it was indeed based there.

The administrator's e-mail address, i.am.hitler.2099@gmail.com, was used last year to send anti-Israel messages describing the demise of the Jewish state and urging recipients to "guarantee a high return" by spying on Israel. "Because the Muslims love death, many Muslims will go to Palestine to fight," the message had read. "Rockets will fall on your head at any time."
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Iraq to sue Israel over destroyed reactor

Iraqi MP says UN resolution backs suit against Israel for bombing Tammuz nuclear reactor in 1981
Roee Nahmias

An Iraqi parliament member said Tuesday that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki plans to sue Israel for damages done to his country following its destruction of the Tammuz nuclear reactor.

The Air Force bombed the site in 1981. Now, 29 years later, al-Maliki has instructed the Foreign Ministry in Baghdad to clarify with the UN whether it would be possible to extract compensation from Israel.

An Iraqi source told the German DPA that MP Mohammad Naji said UN Resolution 487, approved after the strike, allowed his country to sue Israel.

"Al-Maliki's appeal follows an answer received from the UN Secretariat by the government of Iraq on November 25, which says Iraq has a right to demand compensation for the damage Israel did to it with the attack on the reactor, through a neutral committee which will assess the extent of the damage," the report says.

Naji estimated that Baghdad would complete the suit very soon. In an interview with the Iraqi al-Sabaah, he said a number of parliament members were leading the initiative and "trying to carry out international decisions on the matter".

Every time you think you have seen it all something comes along to prove you wrong.

I guess next the Germans are going to sue Israel because they have psychological issues that came from murdering 6,000,000 Jews.

January 04, 2010

Nice Doggie

Last update - 23:56 04/01/2010
Are IDF dogs trained to pounce all who say 'God is great' in Arabic?
By Jonathan Lis, Haaretz Correspondent

The Israel Defense Forces has denied allegations that it trains its canines to attack anybody heard saying Allah Hu Akbar, Arabic for 'God is great.'

Israeli Arab MK Ahmed Tibi on Monday told the Knesset plenum that at a canine unit ceremony held the day before, parents of the soldiers witnessed demonstrations proving these allegations.

"IDF dogs are trained to pounce and attack any Arab who shouts Allah Hu Akbar, as a Pavlovian reaction," said Tibi. "So here I say: Allah Hu Akbar. Are there any dogs here to attack me?"

Speculations of such practice were exposed first by Israel Radio's military correspondent, Carmela Menashe.

Responding to the allegations, the IDF said in a statement: "One of the canine unit's many capabilities is to train the dogs at locating the enemy when dressed both in uniform and as civilian. This is an ability that has proven itself in many cases.

Too bad Tibi does not open his mouth around IDF K-9's.

What does he want our dogs to be trained to attack when hearing Japanese?

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