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March 31, 2010

Bring It On


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Fatah: Escalate popular intifada
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
01/04/2010
Protests aim to generate int'l pressure over settlements, security barrier.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction on Wednesday called for escalating the “popular struggle” against the security barrier and the settlements in the West Bank.

The call came as Palestinians expressed skepticism about a pledge by the recent Arab League summit in Libya to allocate hundreds of millions of dollars to boost the Arab presence in Jerusalem.

Veteran members of the Fatah Central Committee, including Nabil Shaath, Mahmoud al-Aloul, Muhammad Dahlan, Hussein al-Sheikh and Jibril Rajoub, said that the decision to escalate popular protests against the security fence and settlements was part of the faction’s political platform.

They said the Sixth General Assembly of Fatah, which met last year in Bethlehem for the first time in over 20 years, had endorsed “popular resistance” as a means of confronting Israel’s measures in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

Aloul, a former PA governor of Nablus whose son was killed in clashes with the IDF during the second intifada, said that the coming weeks would witness an upsurge in peaceful and popular protests in the West Bank.

He predicted that Israel would also toughen its measures against the protesters to foil the “popular resistance.”

Aloul said the IDF’s arrest of Abbas Zaki, a veteran Fatah leader, during a peaceful march on Sunday near Bethlehem against the settlements and the security barrier, indicated that Israel had begun taking the protests more seriously.

Security forces dispersed about 200 Palestinians and left-wing activists on Wednesday who were demonstrating on the “Palestinian side” of the Beitunya crossing, 14 km. north of Jerusalem, and threw stones at border policemen and IDF soldiers.

Three border policemen were lightly wounded and treated on the spot. Two demonstrators were arrested on suspicion of stone-throwing. The Beitunya crossing was closed to traffic.

The demonstrators were protesting the arrest of 10 senior Palestinian officials during the demonstration in Bethlehem.

Protesters tried to breach the roadblock in an attempt to reach the Ofer Prison, where the Palestinian officials – including Zaki and former Palestinian tourism minister Ziad al-Bendak – were being held.

Rajoub, for his part, emphasized that Fatah’s decision to step up the “popular resistance” did not mean that the faction had abandoned other options – an implicit reference to the “armed struggle” choice.

The former PA security chief said that Fatah was now working to develop and spread the models of the villages of Bil’in, Ni’lin and Nabi Saleh, where Palestinians and foreign activists have held weekly protests against the security fence.

Shaath, a former PA foreign minister, said that peaceful protests were now a popular demand to confront Israel’s policies in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

“We need to strengthen and back this option in the face of the Israeli occupation’s policies,” he said. “We can’t return to the negotiations unless Israel halts all settlement construction in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem.”

Shaath urged the US administration to pressure Israel to stop its policy of settlement construction, which, he claimed, jeopardized US interests in the region.

Some of the Fatah officials have decided to take an active role in the protests. Zaki was leading the demonstration near Bethlehem at which he was arrested.

The Fatah leaders expressed hope that the popular protests would erupt into a “peaceful intifada” which would eventually spark enormous international pressure on the government of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to withdraw to the pre-1967 lines.

PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, during his weekly radio address to the Palestinians, voiced support for the idea of waging peaceful protests. He said that the “popular resistance” had strengthened the Palestinians’ “national program.”

Fayyad also reiterated his call for boycotting settlement products, adding that the campaign was gaining momentum and becoming increasingly effective.

“The campaign to boycott goods and products of the settlements is the weapon the Palestinians are using to emphasize the fact that the settlements are illegal and in violation of international law,” he said. “The PA institutions are continuing to fulfill the instructions of our government to ban settlement products from entering the Palestinian market.”

Hamas condemned Fatah’s call for a popular intifada, saying the decision implied that Abbas’s faction had renounced the option of an armed struggle against Israel.

“This decision turns Fatah into one of many Palestinian civic institutions because it has abandoned the armed struggle option,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.

Omar Abdel Razek, a Hamas legislator in the West Bank, also accused Fatah of double standards, claiming that the Palestinian security forces in the West Bank were actually doing their utmost to prevent demonstrations against Israel.

“Abbas’s security forces are taking repressive measures against anyone who demonstrates in protest against Israel,” he charged. “Just this week we saw and heard how these security forces assaulted Palestinian journalists and protesters during an anti-Israel demonstration near Bethlehem.”

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Islamic Jihad organization also rejected the idea of waging a peaceful intifada against Israel. The two groups said the Palestinians should not abandon the option of armed struggle “as long as Israel continues to occupy Palestine.”


Meanwhile, Palestinians said they were not pinning any hopes on a pledge by the last Arab League summit to raise $500 million to support the Arab residents of Jerusalem.

They pointed out that similar promises in the past by the Arab countries had never been fulfilled.

“Every year we receive more and more promises,” said Hatem Abdel Kader, holder of the Jerusalem portfolio in Fatah. “The Arab and Islamic countries must wake up and take immediate and urgent steps to stop Israel from Judaizing Jerusalem.”

Hamas leader Ahmed Bahr said most Palestinians were “deeply disappointed” with the outcome of the Arab summit in Libya “because it did not carry anything new for them.”

Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, chairman of the Supreme Islamic Council, expressed hope that the Arab summit’s decision to support the Arabs of Jerusalem “would not remain ink on paper.”

If Bibi will back up the combat soldiers of the IDF, I would say bring it on.

But I have my doubts, so as a father of a combat soldier this threat worries me.

'Israel won't change nuclear policy'


By YAAKOV KATZ The Jerusalem Post 29/03/2010 00:51
www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=172014

Defense official: No plan to offer concessions regarding purported
capability.

Israel does not plan on offering any concessions regarding its purported
nuclear capability at the Nuclear Security Summit that US President Barack
Obama will host in Washington, DC, next month, a top defense official said
on Sunday.

The US and Russia announced on Friday that they would sign a new START
agreement that will reduce the nuclear arsenals in both countries by 30
percent. Following the signing of the agreement on April 8, Obama will host
the two-day Nuclear Security Summit, aimed at preventing rogue regimes and
terrorists from obtaining nuclear weapons.

According to the top defense official, Israel does not plan on announcing
any changes to its current policy of ambiguity when it comes to its nuclear
program.

"We will not change anything on this issue," the official said. "There is no
reason to wake up the bears."

Israel had initially been wary of the summit amid concern that it would be
asked to reveal details about its purported nuclear capability. Israel is
believed to have several hundred nuclear weapons, according to foreign
reports.

The Obama administration also debated whether to invite Israel to the
conference since it was assumed that Israel's presence there would put it
under pressure to put its nuclear program under international monitoring.

Not inviting Israel would have opened the administration to complaints it
would have received from mostly Arab countries about leaving Israel - the
only country in the Middle East purported to have nuclear weapons - out of
the summit.

In January, Israel was invited, and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has
confirmed that he will attend the summit in April.

March 28, 2010

Yoni Thoughts

my notes for my appearance on MERF on Sunday 24/03/10


We have seen the way President Obama treated Prime Minister Netanyahu during the recent visit.

It is clear that if Obama can't push the Prime Minister into doing what he wants him to do, then Obama would like to force regime change in Israel.

Bibi must, make up his mind if he wants to be the Prime Minister.

I have my doubts.

Bibi upon return to Israel had the rules of engagement for our soldier tightened. Our soldiers if they are in a bullet proof vehicle can no longer shoot at Palestinians that are throwing molotov cocktails at them, it is now even prohibited to fire warning shots in the air at stone throwing Palestinians.

I have learned that IAF pilots stationed in the south are prohibited from travel alone from Tel Arad to Beer Sheva because of the Israeli citizen Beduin shooting at Jewish cars.

Let us not forget the multiple dozens of Buses that came from the north and south full of Israeli Arabs wanting to riot at the Temple Mount along side there Palestinian brothers.

So here is my advise to Bibi.

1. Declare that due to the financial situation in America, Israel is canceling the aid from America

2. Israel must start of PR campaign with ads on American TV showing the value of Israel to America

3. Declare an end to the peace process and annex Judea and Samaria

4. Behind closed doors tell American Military and CIA we will no longer going to give intel to America if the administration is anti Israel . George the first and Webster

5. Tell all Israeli citizens that if Palestinians throw stones at them it is a crime not to return fire. Allow more Jews to own guns

6. Order the IDF to remove all illegal Arab building in all parts of Israel

7. Lastly order the Chief of Staff of the IDF to hit Iran as soon as possible using any and all of the weapons at the disposal of the IDF as the situation warrants.


I am not holding my breath for Bibi to do any of this because he has folded every time the going got tough.

March 26, 2010

MERF Appearance

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

The time of the show is 2pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific, 9pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

You can listen to the show by going to the MERF web page
http://www.middleeastradioforum.org/

Two IDF soldiers killed in Gaza clashes


By YAAKOV KATZ AND JPOST.COM STAFF
26/03/2010
Two others wounded, one seriously; at least 4 Palestinian terrorists killed; unusually, Hamas claims responsibility to 'ambush' of IDF troops.

Major Eliraz Peretz, 31, from Eli, deputy commander of the Golani Brigade's Battalion 12 and Staff Sergeant Ilan Sviatkovsky from Rishon Lezion, were killed in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday evening, the IDF announced several hours after clashes occurred near the town of Khan Younis there.

Peretz's brother Uriel was killed in 1998 in clashes with Hizbullah when the IDF was still deployed in Lebanon. The family has another brother serving in Golani's Battalion 13. The third brother participated in Operation Cast Lead last year.

Another soldier was seriously wounded in the incident and another one was lightly wounded. They were both taken to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba.

The clashes occurred as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and an inner circle of his ministers, known as the 'Septet', were meeting in Jerusalem.

The Prime Minister's Office issued a statement on Friday evening saying that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu "joins in the grief of the families of soldiers who died today protecting the state and hopes for the quick recovery of the soldiers who were wounded.

"This is a hard day for the State of Israel and for the Israel Defense Force," Netanyahu said.

In a hint of warning, the prime minister added "Israel's strong positions against those wishing to harm its civilians and soldiers - are well known."

The incident occurred when a team of soldiers from Golani's Battalion 12 entered the Strip around 2:40 p.m. after several men were spotted placing what seemed to be explosive devices near the Gaza border fence on Thursday night.

The force was then attacked with mortar shells and gunfire from inside the Strip, as well as an explosive device that went off nearby. In the fire exchange that ensued, at least four Palestinians were killed and several others wounded.

But the soldiers were not killed by the explosive device but by gunfire, when the grenade in one of the soldiers' vests was hit by a Palestinian bullet and exploded on his body.

The military was uncertain whether the incident was a prepared ambush or if the fire exchange began because the soldiers crossed the border fence into Gaza.

The IDF was using helicopters and mortar fire against the Palestinians, who reportedly belong to the Jaljalat, an extremist al-Qaida inspired group.

The group is not affiliated with Hamas.

But later on Friday evening, the Hamas Website said the group's gunmen were involved — a departure from the Islamic terror group's tendency over the past year to avoid confrontation with Israeli forces.

Hamas spokesman Abu Obeida told Hamas radio that IDF forces "fell into an ambush" set by Hamas terrorists east of Khan Younis. He did not elaborate. He said IDF troops entered 500 meters into Gaza "but our men preempted them."

He also said the action was taken in revenge to the killing of Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh, which Hamas pinned on Israel.

Islamic Jihad also claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that the attack was intended to kidnap a soldier.

March 25, 2010

IDF tightens rules of engagement


By YAAKOV KATZ
25/03/2010
Soldiers in West Bank not allowed to fire toward stone throwers.

The IDF Central Command has modified its rules of engagement in the West Bank, setting down more stringent guidelines regarding when soldiers are allowed to open fire at Palestinians, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

According to the new guidelines, soldiers are not allowed to open fire, even in the air, toward Palestinians who are stoning them. In addition, soldiers driving in an armored jeep are not allowed to shoot at a Palestinian who is about to throw a Molotov cocktail at them.

In the past, soldiers serving in Judea and Samaria were allowed to shoot at Palestinians throwing Molotov cocktails. They were also allowed to shoot in the air to disperse Palestinians throwing rocks.

Under the new rules of engagement, they are only allowed to open fire if the Palestinian is throwing a Molotov cocktail at a civilian car. To shoot in the air, soldiers need to first receive permission from high-ranking commanders, something not needed in the past.

The new regulations were instituted several months ago following the appointment of Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrachi as commander of the Central Command, and to the dismay of the IDF’s tactical level, which conducts hundreds of daily patrols throughout the Palestinian Authority, often coming under a hail of rocks and the occasional Molotov cocktail.

The decision to change the rules of engagement was made in line with IDF policy to avoid violence in the West Bank as part of Israeli efforts to bolster the PA.

“The fear is that violence, shooting and casualties will stymie Israeli and Palestinian efforts to improve the situation on the ground in the West Bank,” one defense official said on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, the Military Police began investigating the shooting of two Palestinians on Saturday near Nablus who were killed, likely by IDF troops, during a protest. The soldiers were supposed to only use rubber bullets.

On Monday, Brig.-Gen. Nitzan Alon, commander of the Judea and Samaria Division, established a team of medical and forensic experts to probe the clashes that led to the deaths of Useid Qadus, 16, who was shot in the head, and Muhammad Qadus, also 16, who died of a wound to the chest.

The IDF stressed that soldiers were under strict orders to use rubber bullets to disperse the demonstration on Saturday. On Sunday night, IDF officers met with PA security officials and reviewed the CT scan of Qadus’s head to see if they could determine the type of bullet that was used.

This is a wrong move by the IDF.

If we want to end the violence on the part of the Palestinians we should loosen the rules of engagement. Throw a stone a soldier should be able to return fire with what ever bullet he has loaded at the time. I don't care if it is a rubber bullet or a regular bullet.

Start shooting rioters and the riots will stop.

Let them get away with throwing stones and molotov cocktails, with no fear of being shot their will be more violence directed to our sons.

March 24, 2010

Maj. Gen. Galant to Hamas: IDF's response to Qassams may be surprising


IDF Spokesperson 23 March 2010 , 18:17

The head of the Southern Command Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant spoke about restoring
calm in the south. He also referred to the soldiers morality during
Operation Cast Lead and the recent investigation on the death of Soldier
Gavriel Cheptich.

The head of the Southern Command Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant, spoke today (Mar.
23) about restoring calm to the Southern communities and utilizing the
element of surprise against Hamas if need be.

Referring to the recent intensifying rocket attacks originating from Gaza,
Maj. Gen. Galant said that, "We hope this is a temporary event. Our response
is measured and calculated, based on our intention to facilitate the
continuation of the quiet and a normal life in the south. I suggest that the
enemy not repeat its mistake the way it misjudged our response in Operation
Cast Lead. The blood of the State of Israel's citizens will not be shed
without consequence," he added.

Moreover, Galant said, that the IDF will work to restore calm in the south,
"utilizing our capabilities including the element of surprise." He also
added that the achievement gained during Operation Cast Lead will not shape
the long term reality.

Later, Maj. Gen. Galant spoke about the moral behavior of soldiers during
Operation Cast lead saying that, "During Operation Cast lead, for every
three terrorists, one Palestinian civilian was killed in the fighting.
Senior Commanders of armies from countries that criticized Israel's morality
during Cast Lead have come here to learn exactly how we achieved such a
thing."

Additionally, Galant referred to the death of Staff Sergeant Gavriel
Cheptich saying that "We are looking into the details of the incident, we
will draw the necessary conclusions and lessons to see how to improve our
operations in the future."

Witch Hunt

Cast Lead warfare misconduct trial opens
By YAAKOV KATZ
24/03/2010
2 Givati soldiers accused of forcing Palestinian child to open suspicious bags.

The trial of two Givati soldiers accused of using a nine-year-old Palestinian boy to open bags to check if they were booby-trapped during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip last year began Wednesday with both defendants declaring their innocence.

One soldier said he felt hurt and betrayed at the very fact he was being tried. “Too bad things have come to this,” he said at the trial, adding that the State “needs to come to its senses, realize who is for it and who is against it. You work for the state and get stabbed in the back.”

According to the charge sheet that was filed by the Military Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday, the two soldiers – both staff sergeants - ordered a child to open bags which were suspected of being booby-trapped while searching a building in Tel al-Hawa, a neighborhood in the south side of Gaza City.

The two soldiers came under investigation before the Goldstone Report was released last September. The investigation was launched based on information revealed in a report compiled by a special United Nations representative appointed to investigate matters involving children and armed conflict as well as following a specific complaint filed by the Israeli branch of Defense for Children International.

“These are combat soldiers who were in a very difficult position and still acted in a highly moral fashion," the father of one of the defendants said. "The situation was of combat involving civilians. No one was hurt, and I think the military has blown this all out of proportion.”

“If the soldiers were at fault, it was no more than an error in judgment,” said Ilan Katz, a lawyer representing one of the soldiers. He added that the soldiers’ version is simple: they fought for two straight weeks, they were conducting a search, found some people with bags, asked someone of indeterminate age to open the bags, while opening an unopened bag themselves. No harm was done, the lawyer added.

Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to the report.

When will these anti combat soldier witch hunts end?

Chair bound commandos in the prosecutors office need to be told to shut up and leave combat soldiers alone.

March 23, 2010


Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Address by PM Netanyahu at AIPAC

Israel must always reserve the right to defend itself.
Jerusalem is not a settlement. It is our capital.
It's only under Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem that religious freedom for
all faiths has been guaranteed.
Leaders who truly want peace should sit down face-to-face.
Peace cannot be imposed from the outside. It can only come through direct
negotiations in which we develop mutual trust.
Palestinian Authority placed preconditions on peace talks, waged a
relentless international campaign to undermine Israel's legitimacy, and
promoted the notorious Goldstone report that falsely accuses Israel of war
crimes, continued incitement against Israel.
Experience has shown that only an Israeli presence on the ground can prevent
weapons smuggling.

Check against Delivery
22/03/2010
www.pmo.gov.il/PMOEng/Communication/PMSpeaks/speechaipac220310.htm

Members of the Obama Administration,
Senators,
Members of Congress,
Defense Minister Ehud Barak
Minister Uzi Landau
Ambassador Michael Oren,
Howard Kohr, David Victor, Lee Rosenberg Leaders of AIPAC,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

As the world faces monumental challenges, I know that Israel and America
will face them together.

We stand together because we are fired by the same ideals and inspired by
the same dream - the dream of achieving security, prosperity and peace.
This dream seemed impossible to many Jews a century ago.

This month, my father celebrated his one-hundredth birthday. When he was
born, the Czars ruled Russia, the British Empire spanned the globe and the
Ottomans ruled the Middle East.

During his lifetime, all of these empires collapsed, others rose and fell,
and the Jewish destiny swung from despair to a new hope - the rebirth of the
Jewish state.

For the first time in two thousand years, a sovereign Jewish people could
defend itself against attack.

Before that, we were subjected to unremitting savagery: the bloodletting of
the Middle Ages, the expulsion of the Jews from England, Spain and Portugal,
the wholesale slaughter of the Jews of the Ukraine, the pogroms in Russia,
culminating in the greatest evil of all - the Holocaust.

The founding of Israel did not stop the attacks on the Jews. It merely gave
the Jews the power to defend themselves against those attacks.

My friends,

I want to tell you about the day when I fully understood the depth of this
transformation.

It was the day I met Shlomit Vilmosh over forty years ago.

I served with her son, Haim, in the same elite unit in the army.

During a battle in 1969, Haim was killed by a burst of gunfire.

At his funeral, I discovered that Haim was born shortly after his mother and
father had been freed from the death camps of Europe.

If Haim had been born two years before, this daring young officer would have
been tossed into the ovens like a million other Jewish children.

Haim's mother Shlomit told me that though she was in great anguish, she was
proud.

At least, she said, my son fell wearing the uniform of a Jewish soldier
defending the Jewish state.

Time and again the Israeli army was forced to repel attacks of much larger
enemies determined to destroy us.

When Egypt and Jordan recognized that we could not be defeated in battle,
they embraced the path of peace.

Yet there are those who continue the assault against the Jewish state and
who openly call for our destruction.

They seek to achieve this goal through terrorism, missile attacks and most
recently by developing atomic weapons.

The ingathering of the Jewish people to Israel has not deterred these
fanatics.

In fact, it has only whetted their appetite.

Iran's rulers say "Israel is a one bomb country." The head of Hezbollah
says: "If all the Jews gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of
going after them worldwide."

My friends,

These are unpleasant facts, but they are the facts.

The greatest threat to any living organism or nation is not to recognize
danger in time.

Seventy-five years ago, many leaders around the world put their heads in the
sand. Untold millions died in the war that followed.

Ultimately, two of history's greatest leaders helped turn the tide.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill helped save the world. But
they were too late to save six million of my own people.

The future of the Jewish state can never depend on the goodwill of even the
greatest of men.

Israel must always reserve the right to defend itself.

Today, an unprecedented threat to humanity looms large.

A radical Iranian regime armed with nuclear weapons could bring an end to
the era of nuclear peace the world has enjoyed for the last 65 years.

Such a regime could provide nuclear weapons to terrorists and might even be
tempted to use them. Our world would never be the same.

Iran's brazen bid to develop nuclear weapons is first and foremost a threat
to Israel, but it is also a grave threat to the region and to the world.

Israel expects the international community to act swiftly and decisively to
thwart this danger.

But we will always reserve the right to self-defense.

We must also defend ourselves against lies and vilifications.

Throughout history, the slanders against the Jewish people always preceded
the physical assaults against us and were used to justify these assaults.

The Jews were called the well-poisoners of mankind, the fomenters of
instability, the source of all evil under the sun.

Unfortunately, these libelous attacks against the Jewish people also did not
end with the creation of Israel.

For a time, overt anti-Semitism was held in check by the shame and shock of
the Holocaust. But only for a time.

In recent decades the hatred of the Jews has reemerged with increasing
force, but with an insidious twist.

It is not merely directed at the Jewish people but increasingly at the
Jewish state.

In its most pernicious form, it argues that if only Israel did not exist,
many of the world's problems would go away.

My friends,

Does this mean that Israel is above criticism? Of course not.

Israel, like any democracy, has its imperfections but we strive to correct
them through open debate and scrutiny.

Israel has independent courts, the rule of law, a free press and a vigorous
parliamentary debate - believe me, it's vigorous.

I know that members of Congress refer to one another as my distinguished
colleague from Wisconsin or the distinguished Senator from California.

In Israel, members of Knesset don't speak of their distinguished colleagues
from Kiryat Shmona and Be'er Sheva. We say - well, you don't want to know
what we say..

In Israel, self-criticism is a way of life, and we accept that criticism is
part of the conduct of international affairs.

But Israel should be judged by the same standards applied to all nations,
and allegations against Israel must be grounded in fact.

One allegation that is not is the attempt to describe the Jews as foreign
colonialists in their own homeland, one of the great lies of modern times.

In my office, I have a signet ring that was loaned to me by Israel's
Department of Antiquities

The ring was found next to the Western wall, but it dates back some 2,800
years ago, two hundred years after King David turned Jerusalem into our
capital city.

The ring is a seal of a Jewish official, and inscribed on it in Hebrew is
his name: Netanyahu. Netanyahu Ben-Yoash.

That's my last name. My first name, Benjamin, dates back 1,000 years
earlier to Benjamin, the son of Jacob.

One of Benjamin's brothers was named Shimon, which also happens to be the
first name of my good friend, Shimon Peres, the President of Israel.

Nearly 4,000 years ago, Benjamin, Shimon and their ten brothers roamed the
hills of Judea.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The connection between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel cannot be
denied.

The connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem cannot be denied.

The Jewish people were building Jerusalem 3,000 year ago and the Jewish
people are building Jerusalem today.

Jerusalem is not a settlement. It is our capital.

In Jerusalem, my government has maintained the policies of all Israeli
governments since 1967, including those led by Golda Meir, Menachem Begin
and Yitzhak Rabin.

Today, nearly a quarter of a million Jews, almost half the city's Jewish
population, live in neighborhoods that are just beyond the 1949 armistice
lines.

All these neighborhoods are within a five-minute drive from the Knesset.

They are an integral and inextricable part of modern Jerusalem.

Everyone knows that these neighborhoods will be part of Israel in any peace
settlement.

Therefore, building in them in no way precludes the possibility of a
two-state solution.

Nothing is rarer in the Middle East than tolerance for the beliefs of
others.

It's only under Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem that religious freedom for
all faiths has been guaranteed.

While we cherish our homeland, we also recognize that Palestinians live
there as well.

We don't want to govern them. We don't want to rule them. We want them as
neighbors, living in security, dignity and peace.

Yet Israel is unjustly accused of not wanting peace with the Palestinians.
Nothing could be further from the truth.

My government has consistently shown its commitment to peace in both word
and deed.

From day one, we called on the Palestinian Authority to begin peace
negotiations without delay.

I make that same call today. President Abbas, come and negotiate peace.

Leaders who truly want peace should sit down face-to-face.

Of course, the United States can help the parties solve their problems but
it cannot solve the problems for the parties.

Peace cannot be imposed from the outside. It can only come through direct
negotiations in which we develop mutual trust.

Last year, I spoke of a vision of peace in which a demilitarized Palestinian
state recognizes the Jewish state.

Just as the Palestinians expect Israel to recognize a Palestinian state, we
expect the Palestinians to recognize the Jewish state.

My government has removed hundreds of roadblocks, barriers and checkpoints
facilitating Palestinian movement.

As a result, we have helped spur a fantastic boom in the Palestinian economy
(Coffee Shops, restaurants, businesses, even multiplex theaters)

And we announced an unprecedented moratorium on new Israeli construction in
Judea and Samaria.

This is what my government has done for peace. What has the Palestinian
Authority done for peace?

Well, they have placed preconditions on peace talks, waged a relentless
international campaign to undermine Israel's legitimacy, and promoted the
notorious Goldstone report that falsely accuses Israel of war crimes.

In fact, they're doing right now in the UN in the grotesquely misnamed UN
Human Rights Council.

I want to thank President Obama and the United States Congress for their
efforts to thwart this libel, and I ask for your continued support.

Regrettably, the Palestinian Authority has also continued incitement against
Israel.

A few days ago, a public square near Ramallah was named after a terrorist
who murdered 37 Israeli civilians, including 13 children. The Palestinian
Authority did nothing to prevent it.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Peace requires reciprocity. It cannot be a one-way street in which only
Israel makes concessions.

Israel stands ready to make the compromises necessary for peace.

But we expect the Palestinians to compromise as well.

But one thing I will never compromise on is our security.

It is hard to explain Israel's security predicament to someone living in a
country 500 times the size of Israel. But imagine the entire United States
compressed to the size of New Jersey.

Next, put on New Jersey's northern border an Iranian terror proxy called
Hezbollah which fires 6,000 rockets into that small state.

Then imagine that this terror proxy has amassed 60,000 more missiles to fire
at you.

Wait. I'm not finished. Now imagine on New Jersey's southern border
another Iranian terror proxy called Hamas.

It too fires 6,000 rockets into your territory while smuggling even more
lethal weapons into its territory.

Do you think you would feel a little bit vulnerable? Do you think you would
expect some understanding from the international community when you defend
yourselves?

A peace agreement with the Palestinians must include effective security
arrangements on the ground.

Israel must make sure that what happened in Lebanon and Gaza doesn't happen
again in the West Bank.

Israel's main security problem with Lebanon is not its border with Lebanon.
It is Lebanon's border with Syria, through which Iran and Syria smuggle tens
of thousands of weapons to Hezbollah.

Israel's main security problem with Gaza is not its border with Gaza. It's
Gaza's border with Egypt, under which nearly 1,000 tunnels have been dug to
smuggle weapons.

Experience has shown that only an Israeli presence on the ground can prevent
weapons smuggling.

This is why a peace agreement with the Palestinians must include an Israeli
presence on the eastern border of a future Palestinian state.

If peace with the Palestinians proves its durability over time, we can
review security arrangements.

We are prepared to take risks for peace, but we will not be reckless with
the lives of our people and the life of the one and only Jewish state.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The people of Israel want a future in which our children no longer
experience the horrors of war.

We want a future in which Israel realizes its full potential as a global
center of technology, anchored in its values and living in peace with all
its neighbors.

I envision an Israel that can dedicate even more of its creative and
scientific talents to help solve some of the great challenges of the day,
foremost of which is finding a clean and affordable substitute for gasoline.

And when we find that alternative, we will stop transferring hundreds of
billions of dollars to radical regimes that support terror.

I am confident that in pursuing these goals, we have the enduring friendship
of the United States of America, the greatest nation on earth.

The American people have always shown their courage, their generosity and
their decency.

From one President to the next, from one Congress to the next, America's
commitment to Israel's security has been unwavering.

In the last year, President Obama and the U.S. Congress have given meaning
to that commitment by providing Israel with military assistance, by enabling
joint military exercises and by working on joint missile defense.

So too, Israel has been a staunch and steadfast ally of the United States.

As Vice President Biden said, America has no better friend in the community
of nations than Israel.

For decades, Israel served as a bulwark against Soviet expansionism. Today
it is helping America stem the tide of militant Islam.

Israel shares with America everything we know about fighting a new kind of
enemy.

We share intelligence. We cooperate in countless other ways that I am not
at liberty to divulge. This cooperation is important for Israel and is
helping save American lives.

Our soldiers and your soldiers fight against fanatic enemies that loathe our
common values.

In the eyes of these fanatics, we are you and you are us.

To them, the only difference is that you are big and we are small. You are
the Great Satan and we are the Little Satan.

This fanaticism's hatred of Western civilization predates Israel's
establishment by over one thousand years.

Militant Islam does not hate the West because of Israel. It hates Israel
because of the West -

Because it sees Israel as an outpost of freedom and democracy that prevents
them from overrunning the Middle East.

That is why when Israel stands against its enemies, it stands against
America's enemies.

President Harry Truman, the first leader to recognize Israel, said this:

"I have faith in Israel and I believe that it has a glorious future - not
just as another sovereign nation, but as an embodiment of the great ideals
of our civilization."

My Friends,

We are gathered here today because we believe in those common ideals.

And because of those ideals, I am certain that Israel and America will
always stand together.

Text: PM Netanyahu corrects Secretary of State Clinton at AIPAC
Dr.Aaron Lerner - IMRA 23 March 2010

Secretary of State Clinton sent a clear message to Israel in her AIPAC
address that she and the Obama administration intend to continue with the
"automatic pass" policy vis-a-vis official Palestinian compliance.

That's "official" Palestinian compliance, since the verbiage can flow about
"Palestinians" in general - while taking great care never to associate the
criticism with the ruling Palestinian Fatah/PA leadership, this keeping
Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of his team squeaky clean.

This dangerously destructive policy, that encourages Palestinian
noncompliance, has a profound impact on the efficacy of third party
supervision.

Simply put, since we already know that the United States has a "automatic
pass" policy when it comes to official Palestinian compliance, it would be
reckless and irresponsible to agree to an arrangement that hinged on the
compliance assessment of the United States rather than leaving this
ultimately up to the sovereign State of Israel itself.

So here is the line in Secretary of State Clinton's address to AIPAC, in
which she bent over backwards to avoid criticizing the PA for an incident
that the PA postponed during VP Biden's recent visit to avoid a PR fiasco.
That's PA-Fatah postponed - not Hamas. But Mrs. Clinton's heavy blinders
shield her from this truth:

"When a Hamas-controlled municipality glorifies violence and renames a
square after a terrorist who murdered innocent Israelis, it insults the
families on both sides who have lost loves ones over the years in this
conflict."
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
AIPAC Conference March 22, 2010
www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2010/03/138722.htm

And here is how Prime Minister Netanyahu responded:

"Regrettably, the Palestinian Authority has also continued incitement
against Israel.

A few days ago, a public square near Ramallah was named after a terrorist
who murdered 37 Israeli civilians, including 13 children. The Palestinian
Authority did nothing to prevent it."

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
AIPAC Conference March 22, 2010
www.pmo.gov.il/PMOEng/Communication/PMSpeaks/speechaipac220310.htm

If anything, Mr. Netanyahu was generous in understating the involvement of
Fatah-PA. Its not that they did nothing to prevent it, they promoted it and
were intimately involved in it.

So now we come to an interesting challenge for friends of Israel - and
organizations that are friends of Israel.

Do they accept Mrs. Clinton's heavy blinders wording - and in turn the "see
no evil hear no evil speak no evil" approach towards the PA.

Or do they reject such obfuscation and call for Washington to put an end to
its "automatic pass" approach with the PA.

March 22, 2010

UNICEF supports Palestinian hate ad


A UNICEF-supported program's advertisement
features a giant ax splitting the Star of David

http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=1921

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

Donor organizations to the Palestinian Authority have been challenged for
years to prevent their well-intentioned contributions from being directed
towards hate promotion by the PA, its institutions and its NGOs.

This advertisement is another example of the misuse of UN funding. An ad by
a Palestinian youth organization, PYALARA, which is funded by UNICEF, shows
an axe destroying a Star of David. The UNICEF logo is right on the ad. The
large Star of David that has been destroyed has on it pictures of stars and
stripes, presumably representing the USA, and an additional smaller Star of
David.

The organization PYALARA (Palestinian Youth Association for Leadership and
Rights Activation) has been funded by UNICEF since the year 2000: "PYALARA
has been chosen by UNICEF as a major strategic partner in Palestine."
[PYALARA website]
www.pyalara.org/about.htm

On the axe that destroys the Star of David is the word: "Boycott!" in the
imperative tense. Youth are invited to watch the PA TV program calling for a
boycott of Israel. In the program the host acknowledges that they are aware
that the boycott is illegal but they have chosen to ignore this:

"We know that the Palestinian Authority is tied to a number of agreements
that prohibit it from completely boycotting Israel... we call upon all the
youth, to all the residents, to all businesses and stores, to completely
boycott the Israeli goods in their stores."

The program started as follows: "The program Speak Up has decided to
dedicate this program to a theme which is a national obligation upon each of
us - the topic of boycotting Israel in all ways."

[PA TV March 21, 2010]

The ad reads that the weekly youth program Speak Up is "produced in
cooperation with PBC (PA TV) with the support of UNICEF."

The following is information about PYALARA - Palestinian Youth Association
for Leadership and Rights Activation - from its website:

"PYALARA is registered as an NGO at the Palestinian Ministry of Interior
Affairs. We work closely with the Palestinian Ministry of Education,
Ministry of Information, and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, as well as
with Palestinian universities and colleges, a wide national network of
schools, and a good number of other NGOs in implementing projects with a
national and comprehensive outreach. PYALARA has been chosen by UNICEF as a
major strategic partner in Palestine... Since December 2000, PYALARA has
produced, with the support of UNICEF and the cooperation of Palestine TV, a
weekly two-hour TV program called Speak Up. An average of 300,000
Palestinian children and teenagers watch every episode."

Poll: Most Israelis support east Jerusalem construction
War and Peace Index finds that despite support for Ramat Shlomo homes, most
people don't believe Netanyahu was unaware of plan to announce them during
Biden's visit
Ynet Published: 03.22.10, 14:13 / Israel News
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3866367,00.html

Most Israelis do not believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was unaware
of the plan to announce the construction of 1,600 new housing units in east
Jerusalem at the time of US Vice President Joe Biden's visit, according to
the War and Peace Index.

The poll found that 62% of Israelis do not believe Netanyahu's disavowal of
knowledge, and 54% believe Israel must consider Washington's stance on the
expansion of settlements, even due to "natural growth".

However most of those asked by the survey supported the view that
construction in east Jerusalem should be treated like construction in Tel
Aviv, despite the harsh criticism launched at the government over the recent
diplomatic dispute with the US.

Only a quarter of those polled believe the construction project should not
have been approved, with 41% saying that only the timing was wrong. The
number of people supportive of the construction in Ramat Shlomo neighborhood
is twice that of its objectors.

In general, however, support of the government seems to have waned, with
just 34% desiring it to continue leading in its current form. Among Likud
voters, 56% support the current government, while among Labor voters 57%
want a government with Likud, Labor, and Kadima.

The poll also found widespread support for settlements. Despite the fact
that just 6% of those polled have lived or had family living beyond the 1967
borders, 47% objected to the evacuation of all West Bank settlements in
favor of an agreement with the Palestinians.

Among supporters of negotiations with the Palestinians, however, 48%
supported the evacuation of all settlements in exchange for an agreement,
while 75% of those opposed to the relaunching of talks objected to
evacuations.

A majority of 58% supported a partial evacuation of settlements, but 47%
agreed with previous governments' decisions to found settlements in the West
Bank, while 40% did not. The figures show a waning support for settlements,
as the same poll conducted in 2001 found that 61% agreed with the decision,
while just 28% did not.

Opinions were split on whether the government should offer compensation to
settlers willing to leave the West Bank of their own accord, with 49%
supporting the move and 42% objecting.

However there was a relative consensus on support for the two-state
solution. Only a small minority of 14% supported a plan founding a
bi-national state west of Jordan, in which Israelis and Palestinians would
have equal rights.

A majority of 66% supported the founding of a Palestinian state based on the
1967 borders with land-swaps allowing Israel to keep large settlement blocs.

Clinton: US commitment to Israel is 'rock solid'


By ASSOCIATED PRESS
22/03/2010
"As Israel's friend, it is our responsibility to... tell the truth when it is needed," Secretary of State to tell AIPAC in Monday speech, as allies continue to tone down crisis.

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is to assure Israel on Monday that the Obama administration's commitment to its security and future is "rock solid" despite a severe diplomatic dispute that emerged this month.

In remarks prepared for delivery to a pro-Israel group, Clinton defended recent harsh US criticism of Israel over a Jewish housing project on land claimed by the Palestinians. She said America must tell the truth to Israel but would give it credit when it was due.

"For President (Barack) Obama, for me, and for this entire administration, our commitment to Israel's security and Israel's future is rock solid," Clinton said.

Her comments come as US and Israeli officials try to ease one of the worst-ever crises between Washington and its top Mideast ally that erupted when Israel announced plans for new Jewish homes in east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as the capital of a future state.

The announcement was made while Vice President Joe Biden was visiting Israel and just a day after the administration hailed the beginning of indirect peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Those talks are now on hold.

Clinton called the announcement an insult that damaged President Barack Obama's attempts to relaunch stalled negotiations. On Monday, she stressed that the US is determined to achieve broad Middle East peace but said all parties, including Israel, must make difficult choices.

And, she said, the US had a duty to call Israel out if its actions hurt peace efforts.

"As Israel's friend, it is our responsibility to give credit when it is due and to tell the truth when it is needed," she said in a text of her speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee that was released by the State Department.

Related:
AIPAC hopes event may mend strained ties
Analysis: Healing the rift

Clinton has demanded that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who is to address the same group later Monday and see Obama on Tuesday, move to restore trust and confidence in the peace process, including a halt to projects in east Jerusalem.

Why is it always Israel that must take steps to restore confidence in the "peace" process?

Have the Palestinians ever done anything to show they want peace?

I wish Bibi would tell Obama thank you but no thanks keep your money and keep your hands off internal Israeli issues.

When the Arabs want to lay down their weapons their will be peace until then we are at war.

March 19, 2010

Bibi Please Don't Give In



Print Edition
Photo by: AP

'Gestures - yes, but not in J'lem'
By JPOST.COM STAFF AND JTA
19/03/2010
PMO sources: Israel won't change policy in capital; Clinton: US pressure paid off.

Israel is willing to be flexible towards the United States following a crisis that erupted between the two countries during Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel earlier this month, but will not give up on some core issues.

A source at the Prime Minister’s Office said Friday Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agrees to carry out goodwill gestures towards the Palestinians, but not in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu reportedly may agree, among other things to release Fatah prisoners as a gesture to the Palestinian Authority.

Earlier this week, Netanyahu reiterated that his government’s policy in Jerusalem is no different than the policy of previous Israeli governments.

Related:
By inflating R. Shlomo gaffe into crisis of faith, Obama encourages Israel’s enemies
White House puts the squeeze on Netanyahu's coalition

Israel's 10-month moratorium on settlement construction, which, when announced by Netanyahu, was hailed by Clinton as "unprecedented," explicitly did not include Jerusalem. It was wholeheartedly embraced by the Americans at the time.

Also Friday, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who at President Barack Obama’s behest gave Netanyahu a 43 minute dressing-down over the phone last week, told BBC that pressure against Israel paid off, and that Jerusalem will now be willing to compromise.

She presented the so-called ‘proximity talks’ with the Palestinian Authority as an achievement of US Middle East envoy George Mitchell. The talks are yet to begin, and the paradigm the US foresees would have Mitchell shuttling between Jerusalem and Ramallah as courier for both sides.

Clinton along with her colleagues in the Middle East Quartet – the US, UN, EU and Russia – issued a statement in Moscow on Friday that demanded Israel fully halt all construction for Jews in Jerusalem, including building necessitated by natural population expansion, while simultaneously not demolishing Arab homes in the capital. A large number of Arab houses are built without municipal permits.

Clinton told BBC that she believed some members in the Israeli government were operating against the government’s interests. She nevertheless claimed that Washington was not trying to meddle in Israeli politics.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman arrived in Brussels on Friday for talks with officials of several European Union nations after an official meeting between the EU and Israel was called off.

Lieberman struck a tough position against the Quartet’s statement, also dashing Clinton’s hopes that all ministers in the Israeli government would easily surrender to Washington’s steamroller.

Upon arriving in Brussels, Lieberman said that the Quartet’s statement ignores the fact that the foundations of peace must be set before peace can be achieved. Peace, he was quoted by Israel Radio as saying, is not something that can be forced upon two parties or saddled to an unrealistic timeline.

Lieberman reportedly said that such statements only made real peace between Israel and the Palestinian a more remote possibility.

In the US on Thursday, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, the largest synagogue movement in the county, called on Israel to enact a construction freeze in eastern Jerusalem.

He expressed his views during remarks to rabbis and members of URJ's board of trustees.

"There is also a substantive question of great importance that needs to be addressed: Should Israel continue to build now in East Jerusalem? I believe that it should not," Yoffie said.

Also on Friday Alon Pinkas, formerly Israel’s consul in New York, said the crisis between Israel and the US is deep and would not be resolved during Netanyahu’s visit to Washington next week.

Speaking to Channel 2, Pinkas said the crisis is comprised both of a personal antipathy the Obama administration harbors toward Netanyahu, dating back to his first term when Clinton’s husband was US president, but also a widening gap in policy.

Pinkas said a briefing to the CIA by US Army General David Petraeus, where the Centcom commander said Israel’s actions endanger US troops throughout the Middle East, was tantamount to Petraeus saying that Israel was “no longer an asset, and regards wider US interests in the Middle East may even be a burden.”

So is Bibi giving into pressure from the Americans?

It is too early to tell, but how about trying something new and telling the Americans no.

Stay out of Israeli internal affairs and by the way keep your money.

Can anyone remember any good will measures ever done by the Palestinians?

MERF Apperance

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

The time of the show is 2pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific, 9pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

You can listen to the show by going to the MERF web page
http://www.middleeastradioforum.org/

March 17, 2010

Travel

I will be flying from Africa back to the USA so I will miss posting for about 48 hours from now.

PM's brother-in-law: Obama anti-Semitic


By JPOST.COM STAFF
17/03/2010


Dr. Hagi Ben-Artzi, the outspoken brother-in-law of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, has accused US President Barack Obama of harboring anti-Semitism which "bursts out now and again.”

Speaking to Army Radio, Ben-Artzi said his brother-in-law was well aware of Obama’s opinions.

“It must be stated clearly and simply. Unfortunately, there is an anti-Semitic president in America,“ he said. "As a politician, who ran for presidency, he had to hide it, but from time to time, it bursts out from inside. It’s creating a difficult situation for Israel, but we won’t even consider giving up on our deep interests.”

Related:
PM's brother-in-law urges him to quit
Sharansky's ‘surprise’ prophesy realized

Ben-Artzi went on to say that it wasn’t that Obama wasn’t a friend of Netanyahu, he just wasn’t a friend of Israel.

“For 20 years he sat with the preacher Jeremiah Wright, who is anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli,” he said. “When an anti-Semitic president comes to power in America, it is our test, and we must say: ‘We will not give up. We are a 4,000-year-old people, while you will pass on and disappear in one or two years. Who will remember you? But Jerusalem will always be secure.'”

Ben-Arzi called on Netanyahu to continue along “the line of the seven prime ministers” elected since the Six Day War.

“The moment the Americans tried to get involved with something connected to Jerusalem, we told them one simple word: No!,” he said. “Jerusalem in the capital of the Israeli nation and the state of Israel, it’s complete and united. We will not give up on even one millimeter, and if you want make a crisis over that – then make a crisis.”

He said he had spoken to Netanyahu on Tuesday regarding the prime minister’s son’s victory in the National Bible Quiz for Youth, which he said was particularly symbolic.

“I told him, ‘Look how symbolic it is that your son participates and wins the Bible quiz, the subject of which was Jerusalem and its connection to the Israeli people, when you, the father, are facing such a stern test and are required to prove the strength of this connection," said Ben-Artzi.

Netanyahu quickly distanced himself from Ben-Artzi’s words.

His office issued a statement saying that it “isn’t the first time the prime minister totally disagrees with the remarks of Mr. Ben-Artzi."

Netanyahu’s media adviser Nir Hefez added that Netanyahu said that he was completely opposed to Ben- Artzi’s comments, and had a deep appreciation for Obama’s commitment to Israel’s security.

March 16, 2010

New PA TV kids' show wipes Israel off the map

http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=1894

by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
p:+972 2 625 4140 e: pmw@palwatch.org

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

A new children's show on official Palestinian Authority television is using
a map of "Palestine" that teaches kids that Israel doesn't exist.

The program, Chicks, includes a regular segment that introduces viewers to a
particular area of "Palestine." The map that PA TV has chosen for this
educational program includes all of Israel, yet is labeled "Palestine." A
second heading in English and Arabic next to the map reads, "Explore Your
Country."

[PA TV (Fatah), March 14, 2010]

Maps showing all of Israel as "Palestine" are an important element of the
PA's campaign that reinforces the message to Palestinians not to recognize
Israel.

Click here to see more examples from the PMW website of the PA's attempts to
portray a world without Israel.
http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=466

Hit Back Hard Now



Print Edition
Photo by: Ariel Jerozolimski

Palestinian unrest erupts in e. J'lem
By AP, JPOST.COM STAFF, ABE SELIG AND BEN HARTMAN
16/03/2010
Arab buses from North turned back; 10 Arabs arrested in capital; 2 cops wounded.

Dozens of masked Palestinians were hurling rocks at Israeli police and burning tires in the east Jerusalem neighborhoods Wadi Joz, Issawiya and Abu Tor on Tuesday morning. Ten Palestinians have been arrested so far on suspicion of stone-throwing and disruptions. In addition, a Jewish activist who attempted to enter the Temple Mount through the Mughrabi Gate was arrested after he attacked policemen barring his way.

A border policeman was lightly wounded by a rock thrown at him. He was evacuated for medical attention. Another policeman was lightly wounded by a rock that hit his leg.

Two buses of Arabs from the North on their way to Jerusalem on Tuesday were turned back by police, who suspected that the passengers were heeding the call to take part in unrest in the capital. One passenger was arrested after he attacked a policeman who boarded the bus.

Overnight Monday two Molotov cocktails were thrown at Jewish-owned Beit Yehonatan building in Silwan, causing light damage to the structure.

Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said police fired stun grenades to disperse dozens of protesters at one site. He said village elders helped end protests at another site.

Police presence is high after Hamas militants joined the Islamic Movement's call for a "day of rage" against Israel following its rededication of a synagogue in the Old City.

Monday’s rededication of the historic Hurva Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter brought police to brace for the possibility of renewed clashes with Muslims in the capital after PA officials this week called for them to gather on the Temple Mount.

On Sunday, top Fatah official and holder of its Jerusalem portfolio, Khatem Abd el-Kader, called on Palestinians to “converge on Al-Aksa to save it” from “Israeli attempts to destroy the mosque and replace it with the temple.”

In addition, dozens of busloads carrying hundreds of Israeli Beduin from the Negev will make their way to Jerusalem every day this week, to protest what they say are Israeli threats against the Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount.

The protests, organized largely by the Islamic Movement in Israel, will include busloads of protesters from the Galilee as well.

Rumors regarding the Hurva’s reconstruction, together with a request to ascend to the Temple Mount that was filed last week by a Jewish group that seeks to build the third temple there, have given way to warnings from PA officials and Muslim clerics in east Jerusalem and the West Bank that such “Israeli attempts” were all but inevitable.

Plans by Jewish groups to commemorate “International Temple Mount Awareness Day” on Tuesday have added to the tensions, although police have made clear that the Temple Mount is closed to all visitors and that only Muslim men above the age of 50 and Muslim women were being allowed to enter the compound.

Turn back buses what mistake.

These buses both from the north and the south must be stopped, every single person on the bus identified.

Those people on the bus that are Israeli citizens must be arrested for terrorism and treason.

If the Israeli response is not tough then this might spin out of control.

Hit them hard and cut this off before it blows up in our face.

March 15, 2010

Wall Street Journal: Why is Obama against Israel?

Day after political journalist Thomas Friedman slams Israel for authorizing east Jerusalem building, economic newspaper sides with Israel, criticizes Obama's foreign policy: 'When it comes to Israel, no trouble raising pitch'
Ynet

US newspapers also go head-to-head regarding the crisis between the US and Israel over the cabinet's approval of 1,600 housing units in east Jerusalem during US Vice President Joe Biden's visit. Leading political journalists in the US fall on opposite sides of the fence in their opinions of the affair.

The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed Monday scathingly criticizing well-known New York Times' journalist Thomas Friedman's assault on Israel published Sunday.

Friedman wrote that upon receiving notice of the east Jerusalem construction, Biden "should have snapped his notebook shut, gotten right back on Air Force Two, flown home and left the following scribbled note behind: 'Message from America to the Israeli government: Friends don’t let friends drive drunk. And right now, you’re driving drunk. You think you can embarrass your only true ally in the world, to satisfy some domestic political need, with no consequences? You have lost total contact with reality. Call us when you’re serious.'"

"Israel needs a wake-up call. Continuing to build settlements in the West Bank, and even housing in disputed east Jerusalem, is sheer madness… Israel’s planned housing expansion now raises questions about whether Israel will ever be willing to concede a Palestinian capital in Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem — a big problem," wrote Friedman.


Our friends are being disrespected

In response, the Wall Street Journal op-ed wrote that the Obama administration "has endorsed 'healthy relations' between Iran and Syria, mildly rebuked Syrian President Bashar Assad for accusing the US of 'colonialism,' and publicly apologized to Muammar Gadhafi for treating him with less than appropriate deference after the Libyan called for 'a jihad' against Switzerland."

However, when it comes to Israel, "the administration has no trouble rising to a high pitch of public indignation," wrote the article entitled "Obama's Turn Against Israel."

"Repeated apologies from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prevented Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—at what White House sources ostentatiously said was the personal direction of President Obama—from calling the announcement 'an insult to the United States,'" stated the opinion piece.

"Since nobody is defending the Israeli announcement, least of all an obviously embarrassed Israeli government, it's difficult to see why the Administration has chosen this occasion to spark a full-blown diplomatic crisis with its most reliable Middle Eastern ally… If Israel senses that the Administration is looking for any pretext to blow up relations, it will care much less how the US might react to a military strike on Iran.'

The financial newspaper took an opposite stance on West Bank settlements than that adopted by the Obama administration: "As for the West Bank settlements, it is increasingly difficult to argue that their existence is the key obstacle to a peace deal with the Palestinians. Israel withdrew all of its settlements from Gaza in 2005, only to see the Strip transform itself into a Hamas statelet and a base for continuous rocket fire against Israeli civilians."

"This episode does fit Mr. Obama's foreign policy pattern to date: Our enemies get courted; our friends get the squeeze. It has happened to Poland, the Czech Republic, Honduras and Colombia. Now it's Israel's turn," quipped the Wall Street Journal.

Useful Idiot

Israel demands peace from Palestinians as its own racism spreads
By Zvi Bar'el Haaretz Last update - 10:07 14/03/2010
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1156269.html

The Strategic Affairs Ministry never ceases to bring us peace of mind. How
nice to know that someone in Israel is monitoring Palestinian incitement,
ensuring they "create an environment of peace" and striving "to push them
toward a culture of peace". After all, what do we care about construction in
Jerusalem, Efrat or Ramat Shlomo, or about checkpoints, arrests, home
demolitions, the army's "neighbor policy," bone breaking, land appropriation
or the blockade of 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza?

All of these are minor issues compared with naming a square near Ramallah
after Dalal Mughrabi, a Palestinian woman who took part in a bloody terror
attack three decades ago, calling for confronting the occupation or
referring to suicide bombers as martyrs. These are the real threats to
peace. After all, according to the road map, the Palestinians are
responsible for ending incitement. After we have meticulously fulfilled
everything the road map required of us and completely frozen settlement
construction, it's now their turn.

Yossi Kuperwasser, the deputy director of the Strategic Affairs Ministry and
a generally bright man who once headed the Military Intelligence research
department, explains that there are several categories of incitement. These
include encouraging others to commit terrorist acts, demonizing Israel and
creating an atmosphere of hostility toward it. The fact that the occupation
persists in the Palestinian territories, and that any nation under
occupation will do virtually anything to rid itself of this arrangement, is
apparently missing from his consciousness.

In his view, when Palestinians get up in the morning they begin cursing
Israel and plotting its erasure from the map and school textbooks through
the noble acts of their martyrs. The members of the team tasked with
monitoring incitement disingenuously assert that there is no difference
between scrutinizing this kind of incitement and monitoring anti-Israel
rhetoric emanating from Europe or the United States. The difference,
however, is profound: Israel hasn't occupied France or Cleveland, or
destroyed a single home there.


This is just one more piece of evidence how out of touch the left is.

If the Israeli government does not keep tabs on Palestinian incitement then Jews will die, it is that simple.

These leftist idiots have forgotten that we are at war with the Palestinians and this thinking has infected everything in Israel. The government, the IDF have all forgotten that we are at war with the Palestinians.

Cabinet communique


The Cabinet instructed the Defense Ministry to build, maintain and operate a
barrier along Israel's international border with Egypt.
(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)
At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 14 March 2010:

1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:

"We look at this morning's newspapers and read all kinds of comments and
analyses. First of all, I suggest that we not get carried away - and that we
calm down. We know how to deal with these situations - with equanimity,
responsibly and seriously. There was a regrettable incident, that was done
in all innocence and was hurtful, and which certainly should not have
occurred. We appointed a team of directors-general to examine the chain of
events and to ensure procedures that will prevent such occurrences in the
future. Beyond this, I think we should suffice with the foregoing.

I also asked the ministers to do so at this time. And I do not think that
there is any reason to add any more. But it is of utmost importance to
understand that the State of Israel and the US have common interests and we
will act according to the vital interests of the State of Israel. These
interests also obligate us to decide on changing the situation within the
country."

2. Pursuant to Article 23 of the 1959 State Service Law (Appointments), the
Cabinet approved the appointment of Hagai Tannenbaum-Erez as defense
establishment comptroller, effective 1 April 2010, in place of Yosef
Beinhoren, who is concluding his duties.

3. The Cabinet approved the draft 2010 Planning and Construction Law, which
had been approved by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Thursday,
11 March 2010, decided to submit to the Knesset tomorrow (Monday), 15 March
2010.

Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser: The reform will shorten
the wearying bureaucratic process that Israelis and contractors must
currently undergo and will constitute an internal lever for economic growth.

4. The Cabinet instructed the Defense Ministry to build, maintain and
operate a barrier along Israel's international border with Egypt as a means
that has proven its effectiveness in preventing terrorist activity; the
smuggling of ordnance, people and drugs; and infiltration. The construction
of the barrier will conclude by mid-2013.

Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser:

The Cabinet approved the plan for constructing a barrier along Israel's
southwestern border, including the budgetary allocation.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that, "There is broad agreement that
we need to protect the State of Israel and its future as a Jewish and
democratic state. We cannot allow the current situation to continue. The
quantity of infiltrators will only increase, also given the economic
attractiveness of the State of Israel. This has security and demographic
consequences vis-à-vis illegal entry into the labor market, drug
trafficking, human trafficking, etc. Building a fence is a great and
important national necessity, as we look forward toward the future of the
State of Israel."

The plan is designed to prevent hostile terrorist activity, drug smuggling,
the smuggling of goods, illegal infiltrations and human trafficking.

It has been agreed that the barrier will consist of a fence and other means,
including warning measures. It will be built in accordance with the outline
of the ground in the various sectors. After it is completed, consideration
will be given to the possibility of building fences along other sections of
the barrier and even along the entire 240-kilometer length of the border
(from Kerem Shalom to Eilat). NIS 1.35 billion will be allocated to the
construction of the barrier in 2010-2013. Financing will be allocated
equally from the Defense Ministry budget and a supplementary budget to be
provided by the Finance Ministry.

5. In continuation of Article 11 of its 25 January 2009 decision and Article
2 of its 18 October 2009 decision, the Cabinet approved a plan to "bring
minds to Israel."

Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser:

The Cabinet approved a national plan to bring back Israeli scientists and
technicians who live abroad. The plan will create a center for excellence
that will emphasize the bringing in of outstanding researchers from abroad.
The Government views the bringing in from overseas of outstanding Israeli
and Jewish scientists and technicians as an important policy tool in raising
the level of excellence at institutions of higher learning and in
strengthening the supply of skilled workers in the economy. This is - inter
alia - in order to increase the State of Israel's potential for lasting
growth.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that, "We have an opportunity to
bring in scientists and technicians due to the relatively good situation of
the State of Israel and the less beneficial situation in other places. This
is an important core of know-how for growth and advancement in Israel and we
are working together with Education Minister Gideon Saar, Finance Minister
Yuval Steinitz, and Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver. I think that
this is a very important plan - to bring Israelis back to the country."

6. The Cabinet discussed formulation of a national plan to reduce the
emission of greenhouse gases in Israel.

7. The Cabinet discussed the continued development of the community of
Harish.

8. The Cabinet decided to continue financial support for administration and
maintenance of temporary housing sites for Gaza Strip and northern Samaria
evacuees in 2010.

March 14, 2010

STATEMENT REGARDING CIVIL SUIT IN THE MATTER OF RACHEL CORRIE


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Rachel Corrie was injured as a result of her prohibited action, for which
she is solely responsible, due to her considerable negligence and lack of
caution. She took part in hostile and violent illegal activity, and
intentionally and willingly put herself at risk, while she was present in
the Gaza Strip in general, and along the Philadelphi Corridor, in
particular, which were combat zones at the time and had been declared a
'closed military zone'.

STATEMENT REGARDING CIVIL SUIT IN THE MATTER OF RACHEL CORRIE
(Communicated by the State Prosecutor's Office, Tel Aviv District)

Proceedings regarding the suit submitted by the parents of Rachel Corrie -
an activist affiliated with the pro-Palestinian extremist International
Solidarity Movement (ISM), who was killed on 16.3.03, by an IDF bulldozer
along the Philadelphi Corridor - against the Defense Ministry began
yesterday (Wednesday), 10.3.10, in the Haifa District Court.

The State Prosecutor's Office (Tel Aviv District) is representing the
Defense Ministry.

In the defense statement submitted by the State Prosecutor's Office (Tel
Aviv District) to the Haifa District Court, the state requests that the suit
be dismissed outright. The driver of the bulldozer and his commander had a
very limited field of vision, such that they had no possibility of seeing
Ms. Corrie. Due to the dangerous nature of the Philadelphi Corridor and the
acts of terrorism that were being perpetrated on a daily basis against IDF
soldiers, there was a complete ban on leaving armored vehicles and,
therefore, there was no direction from outside the bulldozer.

It should be pointed out that the IDF thoroughly investigated the incident,
including a Military Police investigation, in the framework of which
considerable evidence was collected. The bulldozer driver and commander
were investigated by the Military Police and the unequivocal conclusion was
reached that they did not see - and could not have seen - Ms. Corrie due to
the bulldozer's limited field of vision. They were tested by polygraph and
found to be telling the truth.

The state further claims that the action described in the suit was "a
military action in the course of war" according to all criteria and that the
state is, therefore, exempt from responsibility for it. The security forces
were compelled to carry out 'leveling' work against explosive devices that
posed a tangible danger to life and limb, while exercising maximum caution
and sagacity and without the ability to foresee harming anyone.

Rachel Corrie was injured as a result of her prohibited action, for which
she is solely responsible, due to her considerable negligence and lack of
caution. She took part in hostile and violent illegal activity, and
intentionally and willingly put herself at risk, while she was present in
the Gaza Strip in general, and along the Philadelphi Corridor, in
particular, which were combat zones at the time and had been declared a
'closed military zone'.

Background

In light of then recurrent terrorist attacks along the Philadelphi Corridor,
in the framework of counter-terrorist operations, IDF D9R-class bulldozers
were active in leveling the ground in order to expose terrorists' potential
hiding places adjacent to the Corridor and to hit terrorist organizations'
ability to plant bombs.

On 16.3.03, at 14:00, the bulldozers began operations in the Rafah area.
Approximately one hour later, ISM activists arrived and began to disrupt the
IDF's work. The IDF tried to disperse the demonstration with loudspeakers
and demonstration dispersal measures such as: Stun grenades, tear gas and
even firing warning shots near the demonstrators. IDF attempts to disperse
the demonstration were unsuccessful and did not lead to the dispersal of the
demonstrators; work continued despite repeated and recurrent disruptions.
The decision to continue the work, despite the presence of civilians on
site, was made due to the vital nature of the mission and given the tangible
and future danger to soldiers' lives in the sector due to snipers if the
leveling work had been interrupted.

At around 17:00, Rachel Corrie began to move toward one of the two
bulldozers that were active in the area. The bulldozer, which was operating
according to procedure, moved forward and piled up construction waste and
dirt with its blade. When the bulldozer was approximately 20 meters away
from her, Ms. Corrie sat down on the ground in the belief or assessment that
the bulldozer would stop when it reached close to her. The bulldozer
continued to move forward and piled up dirt in front of it. When the dirt
pile reached the spot where she was sitting, Ms. Corrie began to climb up
the pile, apparently found it difficult to keep her balance and decided to
climb back down. Her leg caught on something and she fell and lay at the
foot of the pile. At the same time, the bulldozer continued to move very
slowly, directed from inside (according to procedure) in the direction of
the pile, which began to cover Ms. Corrie. Her activist colleagues reached
the bulldozer and began to gesture and shout to those operating the
bulldozer to stop. The operator of the bulldozer and his commander stopped
immediately upon seeing the young people, raised the blade and backed up.
After the bulldozer had backed up, Ms. Corrie was uncovered. She was lying
on the ground, still alive. She spoke to her colleagues and was evacuated
to hospital a few minutes later.

For further details, please contact Irit Kalman, at the State Prosecutor's
Office (Tel Aviv District), at iritka@justice.gov.il.

Hamas man behind deadly attacks nabbed

Security forces arrest Maher Odeh, a Hamas official in Ramallah in charge of cell that carried out terror attacks at Zerifin junction hitchhikers' station, Café Hillel in Jerusalem. In total, military wing under Odeh's command responsible for death of 70 Israelis during second intifada

Hanan Greenberg
Published: 03.14.10, 08:24 / Israel News

A joint force of IDF, Shin Beit and police officers arrested Saturday night Maher Odeh, a Hamas operative who headed a West Bank cell that was responsible for a number of deadly terror attacks including the Café Hillel bombing in Jerusalem and the suicide attack at the Zerifin junction hitchhikers' station in 2003.


Odeh has been wanted by Israel since the 1990s, and is considered one of the commanders of Hamas' military wing in Ramallah – an organization that killed 70 Israelis during the second intifada.


The 47-year-old father of four, who was born in Ein-Yabrud, northeast of Ramallah, is one of the founders of the Hamas movement in the West Bank city. He began operating in the early 1990s, when he formed the Hamas cell in his village, which was responsible for kidnapping and interrogating Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel, and seeking weapons to use in terror attacks.


In 1998, he was questioned by the Palestinians security forces and spent several months in a Palestinian prison. After his release he became one of the organization's most wanted men.


During the al-Aqsa Intifada, intelligence was obtained on Odeh revealing that he commanded and funded the Hamas cell in the West Bank village of Beit Liqya, which was responsible for the death of 10 Israelis. The cell was behind the bombing at the old bus station in Tel Aviv.


His arrest was made possible following precise intelligence obtained by the Shin Beit, and constitutes the final stage in efforts against the Hamas cell that operated in Ramallah during the second intifada and carried out several attacks leaving dozens of Israelis dead.

Since Israel refuses to give the death penalty to terrorist, I have mixed emotions.

It is a great thing that Maher Odeh has been arrested.

But let me be honest, so what.

How long will we hold him until the next good will "peace" offering by a future Israeli government to try to turn enemies into friends. Which has never worked in the past and will not work in the future.

It would be better if the IDF has killed this terrorist in the field.

But the way the chair bound commandos in the IDF prosecutors office are running around throwing Israeli soldiers in jail. It is better we just arrested Odeh as part of the IDF catch and release program.

March 11, 2010

MERF Appearance

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

The time of the show is 2pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific, 9pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

You can listen to the show by going to the MERF web page
http://www.middleeastradioforum.org/

Israeli POW Nissim Salem: Red Cross told me not to complain about torture

Israeli POW Nissim Salem: Red Cross told me not to complain about torture
Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 11 March 2010

In a live telephone interview this evening on Channel 2 news, Nissim Salem,
who had been captured in Bhamdoun on 4 September 1982 (Peace for Galilee
War), by the PFLP, said that when he told Red Cross officials that he was
being tortured the officials warned him not to complain. The Red Cross
officials explained that if they reported back his complaint that he was
tortured that they would never be able to visit him again.

Nissim Salem was released on 20 May 1985, as part of an exchange referred
to as the "Jibril Deal".

Weapons, What Weapons

UN humanitarian chief criticizes Gaza blockade

UN humanitarian chief warns of impending disaster if Egypt succeeds in blocking Gaza smuggling tunnels, says blockade is not helping Israel's security or weakening Hamas

Associated Press
Published: 03.12.10, 07:59 / Israel News

The UN humanitarian chief warned Thursday of an impending humanitarian disaster if Egypt succeeds in blocking the tunnels that pass under it's border into the Gaza Strip.

John Holmes said that as bad as the hundreds of tunnels that bypass the Israeli blockade are, Gaza would have difficult surviving if Egypt succeeds in blocking them because they are a conduit for badly-needed food, medicine and commercial goods.

He repeated calls for Israel to end its blockade of the Palestinian territory.

"If those tunnels were blocked, however undesirable they may be, and however undesirable the effect they're having on the Gazan society and Gazan economy, the situation without the tunnels would be completely unsustainable," said Holmes, who visited the region for four days earlier this month.

The tunnels are also widely believed to be used for smuggling cash and weapons to Hamas, which wrested control of Gaza from the Palestinian Authority in 2007 and refuses to recognize Israel. The Israeli government has repeatedly tried to shut the tunnels down.

What an idiot.

Not one word about weapons being smuggled into Gaza, he thinks the tunnels are for smuggling color TV, video games, and medicine.

He has proven he is on the side of the terrorist and anti Israel.

Are We Really This Stupid

2 troops charged with endangering Palestinian boy

Indictment charges Givati soldiers who fought in Operation Cast Lead with overstepping authority, conduct unbecoming on suspicion they asked nine-year old Palestinian to open bags thought to contain explosives
Hanan Greenberg

A second indictment has been filed against soldiers who fought in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead, this time accusing two Givati Brigade troops of asking a nine-year old Palestinian boy to open bags suspected to contain explosives.

The indictment is the first to make accusations regarding conduct having to do with combat. The previous indictment charged two soldiers, also from Givati, with looting of a credit card.

But an army official told Ynet Thursday that these indictments were only the first two in a series of charges regarding infractions committed during Cast Lead. "Soon additional, more serious indictments will be filed," he said.

The two staff sergeants are being charged with overstepping authority and conduct unbecoming, and are set to stand trial at the Southern Command's military court. The charges are considered light and do not carry a criminal record. The maximum penalty for overstepping authority is one year in prison.

Military police began investigating the incident in June of 2009, before the Goldstone Report was published. Officials say the investigation, like a number of others, is still ongoing.

More than 30 probes have been launched against soldiers since the Gaza offensive ended in the beginning of 2009. Half of the cases have been closed by the military prosecution, while the other half are nearing their termination and await a decision on whether indictments will be filed.

A special team led by Lieutenant-Colonel Gil Maoz, who heads the military police's southern district, is conducting investigations into claims regarding unlawful fire, injuring and endangering of innocent civilians, and disobeying orders.

Dozens of officers and soldiers have been summoned to give testimony or receive warning at the military police's headquarters in recent months, some of them already having been discharged from the IDF.

A military official said the testimonies had revealed other infractions, some committed by commanders. "In places where the incident exceeds the boundaries of reason we will file indictments," he said.

"But we can clearly state that we are talking about a number of specific incidents, some of them serious and others not, and not about lawlessness in relation to war crimes and the like."

The official added that he understood the complaints of many soldiers who said they felt humiliated by the interrogations and the fact that their commanders did not provide support, but that the probes had to be carried out.

Dozens of Palestinians were also summoned to the Erez crossing, where they provided testimonies as well.


'No justification for trial'

Colonel (Res) Ilan Katz, former deputy judge advocate general, criticized the IDF for the accumulating indictments against soldiers. "There is nothing in a mistake of judgment committed by these two soldiers that justifies placing them on trial, especially not a criminal trial that carries a criminal record. This is not a case of abuse or looting," he said.

"What occurred in Gaza was a real war and no less. Though no tanks or smart devices were used against us the soldiers were still in mortal danger."

Katz believes the Goldstone report is to blame for the sudden peak in charges, which he claims harm soldiers' ability to fight. He also accused the army of poor public relations.

"I believe the army failed to represent a correct picture of most of the incidents in which civilians were injured because it did not lead a public relations campaign to show that in these incidents soldiers were in danger of losing their lives," he said.

"Now, in order to satisfy those who condemn the operation and its outcomes they have found scapegoats in the forms of two soldiers in obligatory service who at best used mistaken judgment, even if the results could have been serious."

Last year Ynet revealed that two soldiers who fought in Gaza were arrested on suspicion of looting. The investigation revealed that the troops had stolen a Palestinian man's credit card and used it to purchase goods worth around $400.

Are we really this stupid?

We are going to put on trial two soldiers for telling a Palestinian boy to open up the bag he was carrying to see if it held a bomb. Remember they did this during a war.

I really wish the religious right in Israel who's sons make up the vast majority of combat soldiers would get it's act together.

Today it is these two son's on trial, who's son will go to trial next. Trial to appease the world, the chair bound commando's AKA the lawyers in the IDF and the Palestinians.

When are we going to say enough no more. You can not have our sons if you are going to subject them to abuse.

We know our son's are putting their lives on the line, we accept this.

But to try to send two soldiers in prison for telling an enemy child to open his bag to see if it contained a bomb is no reason for these soldiers to have to go through this and face maybe a year in prison.

Now for the two soldiers that looted throw the book at them.

Court: No jail for soldier convicted of assault

Military court rules former Kfir Brigade deputy commander sufficiently punished during detention, decides not to demote or imprison him for beating Palestinians
Hanan Greenberg

Lieutenant Adam Malul, former deputy company commander of the Kfir Brigade, who was convicted of assaulting a number of Palestinian detainees, will not be demoted or imprisoned for a further period.

The military court ruled that the 64 days Malul had been in detention and the 32 days under house arrest were sufficient punishment. His mother, Ruthi, burst into tears upon hearing the ruling.

The judges noted that though Malul's behavior was unacceptable, and despite the breakdown of command, the fact that the violence was not extreme should be taken into account. It should also be remembered, they said, that he had contributed five years of his life to the IDF.

Upon leaving his trial, Malul said, "I feel today is a small victory after a difficult year. The judges understood I had no intention of hurting innocent people, but was acting with the objective of achieving an operational goal."

This is great news the only crime committed was what the IDF did to this fine officer.

We put our sons on the line to protect us and then when they do it a bunch of chair bound commando's, turn on them.

I am very happy that Adam will do no more jail time.

March 10, 2010

Ashkenazi raises over $20m. at IDF fundraiser in NY



By E.B. SOLOMONT JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
11/03/2010
Hundreds of protestors march outside the $1000-a-plate gala at the Waldorf-Astoria.

NEW YORK – There was scarce evidence of the global recession at a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser for the IDF in New York City on Tuesday night.

Even as protestors outside the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel decried the guest of honor – Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi – donors pledged six-figure sums, topping $20 million by the end of the night. Inside a glittering ballroom, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces staged a theatrical show that tugged on the heartstrings – and purse strings – of the nearly 1,400 in attendance.

On the heels of a trip to Washington, where he met with top US officials, Ashkenazi emphasized the threat of Iran’s nuclear program and called on the international community to stop the Islamic regime.

“All options should remain on the table,” he said.

But outside, a coalition of left-leaning groups led hundreds of protestors in a single-file march around the perimeter of the hotel. Clad in black, they hoisted signs emblazoned with the words, “War crime,” “End the siege on Gaza” and “Israeli war criminals feast at the Waldorf.”

“Everyone feels that Operation Cast Lead was an outrage,” said Dorothy Zellner, of Jews Say No!, which mobilized early. “As a Jew, I can’t tolerate that the country that did this claims it is doing it for me.”

But inside, Ashkenazi played up the humanity and moral compass of Israeli soldiers. He highlighted IDF success stories of the past year: its interception of the Francop, a ship carrying 650 tons of weapons and explosives, as well as Israel’s response to the earthquake in Haiti.

“But our soldiers do much more,” he said. “They demonstrate respect for human dignity and value human life, regardless of the enemy’s cruelty.”

Despite the relative calm of the past year, stemming from “deterrence” attained during Cast Lead and the second Lebanon war, he said, Israel faces complex threats.

“As commander of our soldiers, I tell you upon this stage: We will [overcome] those who seek our destruction,” he said. “We will win thanks to our soldiers’ courage and because of their moral compass.”

The rich program, which also featured an Ethopian-born soldier and a doctor who served in the Israeli field hospital in Haiti, struck a carefully orchestrated tone and stayed on message. In a video message, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Iran threatens Israel openly and called for “sanctions with teeth.” Following Ashkenazi, 25-year-old Tal Shabbat, a soldier gravely injured three years ago, took the stage and said he fought to recover because “you live once.”

Via satellite from Israel, Navy officers explained their dangerous Francop mission. And many were moved to tears when Guy Banai, the deaf father of a fallen IDF soldier, addressed the audience through an interpreter, telling them that his son had been his connection to the outside world, his “right hand.” Exempt from combat duty, Liron Banai chose to serve in combat and died after his jeep was hit by a roadside bomb in Gaza. His father struggled to convey the “darkness” of the past two years without his son.

“I’m proud of Liron, I’m proud of our soldiers, I’m proud of our army and I’m proud of our country,” he said.

As dinner plates were cleared, speeches gave way to a main event: spirited, public pledges, earmarked for education, recreational facilities and other projects.

The first donor to step up offered $200,000. A cascade of dizzying sums followed: $500,000 from Iranian Jews in New York, $270,000 from a donor in honor of his 15 children and grandchildren, $1m. for education and $3.5m. from a fellowship of Evangelical Christians.

The crowd whooped when designer Elie Tahari donated $100,000, and people jumped to their feet to fete a US marine who made the relatively small donation of $1,000.

“I realize how important it is to defend a country and take care of your own,” the marine, Todd Bowers, said, donating his savings in memory of Liron Banai.

Still, critics outside the dinner were not happy about where the money was going.

“The idea that there’s a 501c3 non-profit that raises money for a foreign army seems a little odd,” said Nancy Kricorian, coordinator of CODEPINK in New York, who said “there was something about Cast Lead that was a turning point for us.”

Amid a strong police presence – including uniformed officers and canine patrol – a smaller counter-protest gathered across the street from the Waldorf. They carried their own signs, such as “Israel exists and we are here to stay” and “Free Gilad.”

“I do feel sorry for the innocent civilians,” said Rachel Shorr, a sophomore at Yeshiva University who wrapped herself in an Israeli flag. But she indicated the need for Israel to defend itself, and pointed out that civilians in Sderot are assaulted by rocket attacks.

“It’s important to show my presence and support Israel any way I can,” she said.

Chief of Staff: "Ready for any threat - from near and far"

IDF Spokesperson 10 March 2010 , 13:15
Jonathan Urich

On Tuesday evening, the Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi,
during his visit to the United States, spoke at the annual dinner hosted by
the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF). "I am telling you from this
stage: We will triumph over those who seek to destroy us. We will win thanks
to the courage of our soldiers and their moral compass," said Chief of the
General Staff in his speech, at an event held at New York's Waldorf Astoria
Hotel.

In his speech, Lt. Gen Gabi Ashkenazi emphasized that "Iran was the main
threat to world peace, and gradually attempting to harvest regional
instability through its proxies: Hezbollah, Hamas and other terrorist
organizations. Therefore the international community must stop the Iranian
nuclear program for its own sake.
"All options should remain on the table. We are developing advanced weapons
and technologies and increasing the number of military exercises and
training, while raising reserve troops' readiness for war. We are doing this
to be ready for any threat - from near and far," he added.

Close cooperation between the IDF and the U.S.

On Tuesday morning (Mar. 9), the Chief of the General Staff attended several
short work meetings in Washington, during which he met with senior officials
at the White House, Senate and Pentagon including a meeting with National
Security Advisor Jim Jones. In addition, he met with U.S. Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, who recently visited Israel.
The meeting lasted about an hour and a half, and focused on the Iranian
threat.

During his speech at the FIDF dinner in New York, Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi
referred to the close cooperation between the IDF and the U.S. army and
noted that one
example of our successful cooperation was the Juniper Cobra 10 - an exercise
which tested the missile defense system collaboration. He continued by
stating that "these steps reflect significant progress in expanding the
dialogue, cooperation and readiness of the two armies."

UN Sapper Unit to Enter Gaza Tomorrow under IDF Coordination

IDF Spokesperson March 9th, 2010


The IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, has authorized
a United Nations sapper unit to enter the Gaza Strip tomorrow, March 10th,
2010, in order to neutralize unexploded ordinance that remained following
Operation Cast Lead.

The team will enter the Gaza Strip through the Erez crossing under the
Coordination and authorization of the Coordinator of Government Activities
in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot.

The activity's main goal is to prevent harm to Gaza's residents. It is
scheduled to last a few months, during which explosions may be heard in the
area of the Gaza Strip.

March 09, 2010

Palestinians: New homes torpedo talks

Decision to construct 1,600 housing units in east Jerusalem liable to undermine negotiations, destroy US efforts to renew talks, PA presidential spokesman says

Ali Waked
Published: 03.09.10, 20:10 / Israel News

Palestinian Presidential Spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeina said Tuesday evening that the District Committee for Planning and Construction's decision to approve construction of 1,600 housing units in east Jerusalem's Ramat Shlomo neighborhood torpedoes negotiations.


In a special notice, Abu Rudeina said, "The decision to build 1,600 units – settlement units in occupied Jerusalem – is a dangerous decision, liable to torpedo negotiations and make US efforts (to renew talks) fail before they have even started."

Tough Guy- Ha

Israel pardons 77 former Fatah fighters
Published today 09:55 9 March 2010
www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=267204

Nablus - Ma'an - Israel has agreed to remove 77 former Palestinian fighters
from its list of "wanted" men, as a continuation of its amnesty program,
Palestinian sources said.

Officials in the Palestinian Authority were handed a list on Monday night,
naming the men who received a pardon, nearly all of them former fighters in
the Fatah-affiliated Al-Aqsa Brigades in the West Bank.

All of the men on the list are "wanted" by Israel. At some point in the past
five years they signed a pledge renouncing the use of violence and turned in
their weapons. At that point the men signed themselves into PA police
custody and lived for the most part in a Nablus-area jail until their
amnesty agreements were finalized by Israel.

Without the deal, the men feared for their own and their families' safety;
they were the target of night raids and incursions. The three men executed
by Israeli forces in Nablus on 26 December were also former Fatah fighters,
but had been granted amnesty by Israel three to six months before their
homes were invaded and they were shot point-blank range in front of family
members.

Only ten of the 77 men received a total pardon, allowing them to live at
home and travel freely throughout the West Bank and outside of the country.
Nineteen were given a minimal pardon, allowed to move freely in the West
Bank during the day but required to sleep in the prison. Forty-six were
granted a partial pardon, and will be able to move freely in the West Bank,
but not pass its borders, are permitted to sleep at home, but will be
required to check in at the detention center periodically.

Their names are as follows:

Totally pardoned:

1. Muhammad Al-Khalili - Nablus
2. Thafer Eran - Nablus
3. Bassam Abu Shallal - Nablus
4. Ragheb Al-Qaddoumi - Nablus
5. Karim Abu Issa - Nablus
6. Nidal Ahmed - Ramallah
7. Rebhi Al-Asmar - Ramallah
8. Jamal Shaniatah - Bethlehem
9. Ali Ibrahim Sabah - Tulkarem
10. Ahmad Nazzal - Jenin

Minimal pardon:

11. Ramzi Marqa - Nablus
12. Ashraf Zureiq - Nablus
13. Ammar Ahmad Akob - Nablus
14. Hani Adel Ahmad Mahmud - Nablus
15. Thiab Samih Hajja - Nablus
16. Said Shaker Masha - Nablus
17. Amjad Anabtawi - Nablus
18. Thaer Nadeem - Nablus
19. Khalid Hantash - Ramallah
20. Fadi Jawabra - Ramallah
21. Tareq Abu Wazna - Ramallah
22. Ibrahim Abu Thahir - Ramallah
23. Ahmed Obaid - Ramallah
24. Luay Ghosheh - Ramallah
25. Mahmud Abu Labdeh - Qalqiliya
26. Tahseen Swedan - Qalqiliya
27. Mahdi Abdul-Rahman Mansour - Kafr Qallil (Nablus)
28. Ammar Abu Al-Hayyat - Nablus
29. Mo'taz At-Taryaqi - Nablus
30. Mohammad Melhem - Far'a (Nablus)

Partial pardon

31. Jabri Al-Kurdi - Nablus
32. Yousef Hajjaj - Nablus
33. Wazir Issa - Nablus
34. Sanad Mansour - Nablus
35. Mahdi Abu As-S'oud - Nablus
36. Yacoub Shaqqura - Nablus
37. Kayed Al-Masri - Nablus
38. Abbas Al-Azizi - Nablus
39. Akram Abu Leil - Nablus
40. Azmi At-Taqtouq - Nablus
41. Dia At-Titi - Nablus
42. Mohammad An-Nadi - Nablus
43. Mu'tasim Abdel-Gawad - Nablus
44. Khalid Darwish - Nablus
45. Tareq Adas - Tulkarem
46. Samer Al-Ashqar - Tulkarem
47. Osama Abu Seif - Qalqiliya
48. Ahmad Awad - Nablus
49. Taha Ahmad Faraj - Jenin
50. Rabi As'os - Jenin
51. Mahmud Tzaza'ah - Jenin
52. Fuad Atiq - Jenin
53. Khalid Njas - Ramallah
54. Suleiman Howari - Ramallah
55. Walid Ali Dar Abed - Al-Bireh
56. Bilal Al-Ahmar - Bethlehem
57. Shadi Abu Jeries - Bethlehem
58. Ahmad Al-Mansi - Bethlehem
59. Mahmud Jibran - Bethlehem
60. Mahmud Al-Halabi - Ramallah
61. Nasser Radwan - Qalqiliya
62. Khalid Mater - Qalandiya
63. Anas Qarayrah - Ramallah
64. Zaher Sabeh - Bethlehem
65. Mohammad Hamdan - Jericho
66. Monis Ar-Rimawi - Ramallah
67. Mohamad Salem - Bethlehem
68. Mohammad Groof - Jericho
69. Bashar Ghanem - Tulkarem
70. Jehad Suleiman - Qalqiliya
71. Odeh Mubarak - Tulkarem
72. Mahmud Metwally - Qalqiliya
73. Mohammad Asos - Jenin
74. Samir Tubasi - Jenin
75. Ibrahim Shqiran - Jenin
76. Samer Farhat - Jenin
77. Ramzi Abid - Kafr Than (Nablus)

I am so angry.

I have to be careful what I write, my blood pressure has shot through the roof, I am sure with this news.

So now we have 77 terrorist that no longer live in fear of justice, or revenge.

So now we have 77 terrorist that can travel freely throughout Judea and Samaria. Even worse they can travel into Israel itself.

Does anyone want to bet that within a years time at least 20% of these pardoned terrorist will again be active terrorist.

No terrorist should ever be granted a pardon.

How can Bibi allow such a thing to happen and still call himself conservative?

Oh that is right he is not a conservative he can only talk tough for the America TV, but act tough is beyond his ability to do. He really should do an ad on TV, I am not really the Israeli Prime Minister but I did stay at such and such hotel last nigh.

Tough guy only in his fantasy.

March 08, 2010

PA source: Israel told us, 'fight violence or we will'


By Avi Issacharoff and Amos Harel


Israel has conveyed messages to the Palestinian Authority over the past few days that it must contain the popular protests that have recently erupted in the West Bank, stop PA officials from participating in them and keep them from turning violent, Palestinian sources told Haaretz.

They said Israel also told the PA it must reduce incitement regarding the Temple Mount and Jerusalem and curtail its campaign against the use of Israeli products.

Israeli officials said that if the PA does not cut down on the incitement and keep the protests and boycott campaign in check, Israel will reduce cooperation with the PA and increase its arrests in Palestinian-controlled areas, the Palestinian sources said.

Over the past few months, arrests by Israel in PA areas have declined, and the Israel Defense Forces has been limiting the entry of troops into those areas.

The messages to the PA were delivered during several conversations between senior Israeli security officials and their Palestinian counterparts, as well as by political figures. The Palestinian sources said Shin Bet security service chief Yuval Diskin had discussed the matter with the PA official responsible for civil matters in the West Bank, Hussein al-Sheikh.

The PA has sponsored several rallies in the villages of Bil'in and Na'alin, west of Ramallah, some of which have been attended by PA officials. In recent weeks, the PA has also backed protests in the village of Nebi Salah, north of Ramallah, and in Umm Salamuna in the Bethlehem region. Palestine Liberation Organization officials are prominently involved in clashes in the Jerusalem area and have come out against what the PA describes as the Judaization of Jerusalem.

In addition, PA President Mahmoud Abbas has spoken out sharply against the inclusion of Hebron's Tomb of the Patriarchs and Rachel's Tomb, near Bethlehem, in a list of Jewish heritage sites.

The PA has so far done nothing to curtail the protests and as of Sunday, had conveyed no message to its grassroots activists to maintain a lower profile at upcoming rallies.

Sources in the Israeli security establishment say they sense that the PA is taking an active part in organizing popular protests in the West Bank. Security sources say that at this point a third intifada does not appear imminent. However, the sources say, the PA could lose control if it gives the protesters too much leeway.

Mitchell to meet Abbas on Monday

The PLO executive committee on Sunday announced its support for indirect talks with Israel on a final-status agreement, mediated by U.S. special envoy George Mitchell, for a four-month period.

Mitchell is to meet in Ramallah on Monday with Abbas and the chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat.

On Tuesday, Mitchell will meet with Abbas and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Palestinians are pessimistic about the chances for the success of renewed talks in light of Israel's harsh stands on several issues.

Posted by Avi Issacharoff and Amos Harel on March 8, 2010

Ministry of Defense allows construction in Beitar Illit for safety issues.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
08/03/2010


Israel authorized the construction of 112 new apartments in the West Bank despite a pledge to slowdown settlement building, the government disclosed Monday — a decision that enraged the Palestinians a day after they reluctantly agreed to resume peace talks.

Word of the new construction in Beitar Illit came amid a flurry of activity by the US to try to salvage peacemaking.

US Vice President Joseph Biden is due to land later Monday on the highest-level visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories by an Obama administration official. Washington's special envoy to the Mideast, George Mitchell, is also meeting with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Jewish construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem is a particularly sore point with the Palestinians because it challenges their claims to lands they want for a future state.

Under heavy US pressure, Israel agreed in November to restrict building in the West Bank to some 3,000 apartments whose construction was already underway. But it rejected any curbs in east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want for their future capital.

The government said at the time that exceptions to the slowdown could be allowed, and on Monday, the Ministry of Defense said an exception was made in the case of the ultra-Orthodox Beitar Illit because of what it termed safety issues.

On Sunday, Palestinian leaders agreed to hold US-brokered peace talks with Israel for four months, ending a 14-month breakdown. In so doing, they backed off from a demand that Israel freeze all building in the West Bank and east Jerusalem before they would return to the negotiating table.

On Monday, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat accused Israel of trying to undermine the talks even before they began.

"If the Israeli government wants to sabotage Mitchell's efforts by taking such steps, let's talk to Mitchell about maybe not doing this (indirect talks) if the price is so high," Erekat said.

Israeli anti-settlement watchdog Peace Now also questioned Israel's motives. "The Israeli government is welcoming the (US) vice president by demonstrating, to our regret, that it has no genuine intention to advance the peace process," said the group's settlement expert, Hagit Ofran.

Israel accepted the indirect talks last week. It is not clear when the talks will officially begin.

The Palestinians broke off the talks after Israel launched Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip in December 2008, aimed at stopping years of rocket attacks on Israeli towns.

I don't care what security blanket the Israeli government needs to give the go ahead for building in Judea and Samaria.

I will admit that I would find it refreshing if the government had said very simply this is Jewish land and we are going to build on it. But since people of character and conviction are absent in any number in the Knesset. I will take what I can get.

March 07, 2010

Erdogan: Heritage sites will never be Jewish

Turkish prime minister says Rachel's Tomb, Cave of Patriarchs will forever be Islamic sites
Roee Nahmias

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan joined the Palestinians and various Arab states in criticizing Israel for its heritage plan, which includes sites located in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

"Al-Aqsa mosque, the Cave of Patriarchs, and Rachel's Tomb will never be Jewish sites, but rather Islamic ones," Erdogan told Palestinian reporters Sunday.


It is too bad the general were arrested before they could over throw this government. I am afraid that Turkey will move away from being a friend and end up as an enemy.

Which is too bad as I like Turkey and the Turkish people.

March 06, 2010

15 police hurt in Temple Mount clashes


By JPOST.COM STAFF 05/03/2010 14:01
www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=170314

Police restore order after Arab youths hurl rocks at Kotel worshipers.

Fifteen policemen were lightly wounded in their attempt to restore order on
the Temple Mount after Arab youths emerging from Friday prayers started
hurling rocks down onto those worshiping at the Western Wall.

Having restored calm with the use of stun grenades, police left the Temple
Mount compound in cooperation with the waqf to allow older worshipers to
leave.

Last Sunday, Jerusalem's Old City erupted in violence as clashes between
Arab rioters and security forces broke out on the Temple Mount and spread
into the alleyways of the Muslim Quarter and the east Jerusalem neighborhood
of Ras el-Amud. Four policemen were wounded and upwards of a dozen Muslim
protesters were reportedly hurt during the clashes.

The repeated clashes in Jerusalem follow Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's
announcement incorporating the Cave of the Patriarch's in Hebron and
Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem onto Israel's list of national heritage sites.

March 05, 2010

MERF APPEARANCE

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

The time of the show is 2pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific, 9pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

You can listen to the show by going to the MERF web page
http://www.middleeastradioforum.org/

March 03, 2010

Syria offers Hezbollah greater support than ever


Syria is transferring weapons to Hezbollah that it did not dare to hand over
before, Senior IDF intelligence official tells Knesset committee Tuesday; PM
Netanyahu: Iran creating false impression, we're not seeking confrontation
with Syria
Amnon Meranda Published: 03.02.10, 17:16 / Israel News
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3856875,00.html

Syria is crossing previous red lines in supplying Hezbollah with weapons,
handing over arms that it never before dared transfer to the Lebanese terror
group, the head of the IDF's research division of Military Intelligence
says.

"Syria is handing over to Hezbollah components that it would not dare hand
over before," Yossi Baidatz told the Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs
Committee Tuesday.

Addressing the Hezbollah threat, the senior IDF official said the group was
facing a dilemma between its Jihadist identity and commitment to Iran on the
one hand and Lebanon's domestic arena on the other hand.

"For that reason, although it has maintained the quiet and is uninterested
in a clash, it attempts to carry out a revenge attack for Mugniyah's death,
especially against Israeli targets abroad," Baidatz said. "Simultaneously,
it continues to build up its strength for a confrontation against Israel,
deploys its members broadly throughout south Lebanon but also deeper, and
accumulates advanced weapons - long-range missiles, anti-aircraft missiles,
and anti-tank missiles, with Iran's and Syria's assistance."

'Iranian regime won't collapse soon'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also addressed the issue, noting that
"there is a process of military buildup and very methodical provocation by
Iran."

"We are not seeking any kind of confrontation with Syria. The talk about us
preparing for an offensive against Syria is unfounded," the PM said. "This
false impression is being created by Iran."

Baidatz added that "Iran continues to tighten its ties with the radical
axis."

"Just look at the three-way meeting held in Syria," he said. "It included
the commander of Iran's revolutionary forces, who are responsible on behalf
of Iran for supplying weapons to all terror groups at all regions."

Also in respect to Iran, Baidatz said that hopes for an imminent collapse of
the Ayatollah regime are premature.

"The potential for something taking place within the Iranian population
exists, but there's a great distance between the riots we saw and the
regime's collapse," he said. "The Iranian regime is not about to collapse,
and those who expect that Iran will soon collapse will be gravely
disappointed."

Prosecution demands more jail time for officer who beat Palestinians

'Lieutenant Malul abused his power, belittled the military and its function,' prosecution claims. Convicted officer: I did not enter village to show how tough I am; grey area exists in army protocol
Hanan Greenberg

The military prosecution on Wednesday demanded that a former deputy company commander in the Kfir Brigade be handed an additional prison sentence, fined, and demoted for beating Palestinians during an IDF operation in the West Bank in 2008.

Next week the court is expected to sentence Lieutenant Adam Malul following a lengthy trial on his case, which included testimonies from both the commander of the Kfir Brigade, Colonel Itai Virov, and Major General Gadi Shamni, who served as GOC Central Command at the time of the incident.

Malul claimed that a grey area exists in army protocol that allows commanders to make certain decisions regarding use of force in the field, but the judges decided to convict him of abuse.

However the prosecution was not satisfied and continued to heap criticism on Malul's behavior. "He made use of the power he had over innocent people without any reason, and took advantage of his position and their silence," Military Prosecutor Major Shelly Nachum said.

"He did not express regret for his actions and we feel these actions belittle the military and its function… He not only trampled the rights of innocent passersby he decided to interrogate, but also IDF values that take on additional importance in dealings with the local population. In his attempt to shake off responsibility he trampled the values of rule of law in the state."

The prosecution further claimed that Malul attempted to degrade the soldier who reported him to Military Police and used the media throughout the legal process to try and influence him. The prosecution demanded that Malul serve additional jail time despite the fact that he had already spent two months in prison and another month under house arrest.

Attorney Shemi Cohen, for Malul, called the prosecution's conduct towards his client vindictive. "(Malul) is an outstanding officer who was forced to leave the army following the incident," said the lawyer.

Malul told the presiding judges that he had no intention of harming Palestinians. "I did not enter the village to prove how tough I am and hurt innocent people. I was looking for weapons and for a man who opened fire on a Jewish community.

"I was told that this is the way it works. Someone might be doing the exact same thing as we speak," he said, "It is important for me to serve my country and contribute. I still love this country."


I do not know this officer, but someone I am close to knows him and has served beside him.

My friend tells me this is a fine officer being railroaded.

The IDF will not keep fine officers serving if this is the way they treat them.

Leftist Scum


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39 army raids, 28 arrests: Just another day in the West Bank
By Amira Hass


"The year 2009 was the quietest for Israelis from the security point of view and the most violent for the Palestinians from the point of view of attacks by settlers in the West Bank." Just as he was saying this - as an example of one of the absurdities that characterize the political situation - Palestinian Agriculture Minister Ismail Daiq received a phone call from the Jenin district to inform him that five artesian wells in the village of Daan had been destroyed that morning. One person was shot and wounded in the abdomen when he tried to lift the pump to save it from damage. This was not an attack by settlers but a raid by the army.

And that wasn't the only routine event on Wednesday, February 24. The negotiations affairs department of the Palestine Liberation Organization collects information daily from all the districts of the occupied territories (Gaza and the West Bank, as well as Jerusalem) and publishes it in a daily situation report by the Palestinian Monitoring Group. For the sake of convenience, the report categorizes the events and then provides details for each district.

That Wednesday, a total of 212 occupation-related incidents were recorded. Examples include: four physical assaults (which took place in the West Bank, and included civilians being beaten in Nablus and Jerusalem); one injury (a civilian hurt in a clash in Daan); eight military shooting attacks (two of which took place in Gaza, two were in the midst of raids, and one came from a military outpost; 39 army raids (one in Gaza); 28 arrests; and 12 detentions at checkpoints and in residential areas. The items on the checklist include home demolition (none that day), the leveling of agricultural land (one, in Gaza), and construction of the separation wall (at 22 locations).
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The report also includes categories for property destruction (seven cases, including the destruction of wells and crops); checkpoint closure (eight cases at five checkpoints, including instances of impeded access); mobile ("flying") checkpoints (23); permanent closure of village access roads (seven); closure of main roads (40, (including four in Bethlehem and 14 in Hebron, and the village of Jaba east of Ramallah); closure of main crossing points (four, including the permanent blockade of Gaza); disruptions at school (three cases, including the throwing of two tear gas canisters); violence on the part of settlers (one, in Sheikh Jarrah); demonstrations (one, in Hebron). The checklist also includes Palestinian attacks (none on that day).

The philosophy behind the situation report is clear. An "event" is not just a fatality, assault, shooting or demolition. It is something that entails permanent damage, and stems from the policy of imposing closures, building the wall and maintaining the blockade of the Gaza Strip. But even without these occupation-related items, the vast majority of the incidents are not made known to the vast majority of Israelis.

No statistics can express the emotional and social distress that accompanies every event and non-event, such as the incarceration of 1.5 million people inside the Gaza Strip or the fact that tens of thousands still have not been able to reconstruct homes that were damaged during the Israel Defense Forces offensive in the winter of 2008-2009. Even without asking, it is possible to know that the reason for the destruction of the wells in the Jenin district is that they were dug "without a permit." But the sovereign that destroys is also the one that controls the water resources and decides on an unequal division of water between Palestinians and Israelis. The statistics do not include the practical difficulties that stem from this discrimination or the permanent insult it creates.

In 2009, Israel destroyed 225 Palestinian homes in the West Bank and uprooted 515 Palestinians from their homes, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported. Thousands more in Area C and in Jerusalem live in constant fear that their homes will be destroyed and they will be uprooted from their places of residence.

How does one count fear? Like the fear that was felt in the homes of some 700 minors the IDF arrested in 2009. The Palestinian branch of Defence for Children International represented 218 of these minors. Forty were released, 28 on bail and 12 without conditions. Seven minors were kept in administrative detention - that is, they were detained without a trial. A total of 192 were brought to trial, of whom 23 were aged 12 or 13, and 46 were 14 or 15. The majority - 123 minors - were aged 16 or 17.

Sentences of less than six months were imposed on 121 of those arrested - 63 percent - while 31 of them received sentences of between six months and a year, and 32 were sentenced to between one and three years. Eight of the minors were jailed for more than three years.

The majority (117) were sentenced for throwing stones, 33 for possessing and throwing Molotov cocktails, 11 for being members of a banned organization, eight for conspiring to kill, seven for possessing and hiding explosives, and 16 for possessing and manufacturing weapons.

For the moment, let us not discuss the arrests and trials of the military system, which is said to be a way of maintaining law and order but actually maintains the occupation. Let us put aside, for now, the fact that in military tribunals it is often advisable to admit to offenses the defendant did not commit, since the detention time while the proceedings are underway might end up being longer than the actual sentence for the alleged offense.

But how is it possible to quantify the personal and collective rage expressed by the stones being thrown and created by Israel's military tribunal system?

Any news item we report that deals with Israeli rule over the Palestinians is misleading. It creates the impression that whatever has been reported is all that has happened on the Palestinian side and that otherwise everything is normal, or even flourishing. Any news item that is published in Israeli papers is a sign of what is missing, what no one wants to know.

I am so tired of leftist scum crying for our enemies.

Maybe the reason 2009 was so quite was due the hard dangerous work our police and military do every day in Judea and Samaria.

It doesn't matter where you are America where leftist scum cry for the rights of the criminals while ignoring the pain of the victims.

Or Israel where leftist scum cry for the rights of our enemy, while ignoring the pain of the victims.

Let me be clear I want the police and IDF to do what ever thy have to do to keep Israel safe.

March 02, 2010

Scum Of The Earth

High Court hears citizenship law petition

State says 81 Palestinians with direct ties to suicide attacks sought Israeli citizenship
Aviad Glickman

No less than 11 Supreme Court justices sat Tuesday in a rare hearing in the court's main chamber. They discussed petitions to the High Court to nullify a law that prevents Palestinians married to Arab Israelis from gaining legal status in Israel.

At the beginning of the discussion the prosecution's counsel, Attorny Yochi Gensin, presented figures from 2007 showing that 632 Palestinians who received initial permits to unite with their Israeli partners were tied to terrorism. Out of these, 273 had direct ties to terror.

Tuesday's High Court hearing (Photo: Noam Moscowitz)

Notably, in most of these cases the attacks did not materialize as the Shin Bet was able to thwart them.

At the time of the ruling, handed down by the High Court more than three years ago, 27 Palestinians who were in the midst of the family reunification process had direct ties to suicide attacks, a state representative said. Some 155 Israelis were killed in these attacks.

Another 54 Palestinians with connections to suicide attacks have since the ruling submitted requests to receive Israeli citizenship.

Attorney Gensin said that ever since the said ruling, some 1,000 family reunification requests are received a year. If the law had not been passed, the numbers would reach 3,000 applications a year with 600 of them for people with direct ties to terrorism, he said.

After the prosecution presented the figures on terrorist attacks in 2006, Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish asked the prosecution: "This shows that the Shin Bet is worthy of high esteem for its ability to thwart (terrorist attacks). However, how is this relevant to the discussion?"

Justice Asher Grunis also had difficulty with the same issue: "You need to provide examples of the actual utilization of a person with Israeli residency, not potential."


'Anti-democratic law'

Following the statements made by the prosecution, Attorney Dafna Holz-Lechner, representing one of the petitioners, former MK Zahava Gal-On, claimed that the law is mere window dressing since, according to her, nothing is more permanent than the so-called temporary provision.

Attorney Sawsan Zaher, representing the Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Legal Rights in Israel, said that there is no other country in the world with such "anti-democratic" law. To this, Justice Elyakim Rubinstein responded: "There is no other country in the world in a security situation such as ours." Chief Justice Beinish added: "We have a unique reality."

Following the discussion, Gal-On said to Ynet: "The State again is trying to instill fear in the court, and is providing unclear and irrelevant statistics. I, too, am afraid of terrorism, but the State needs to create balances."

A representative from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, which also petitioned the High Court's ruling, Attorney Oded Feller, said: "The State Prosecutor's Office has been having this tongue-in-cheek discussion for years as it relates stories about national security and even provides figures that no one is capable of checking. A democratic country takes risks. If we let a person live with his family, it will be possible to examine each one individually."


So here we have Arabs with ties to terrorism and murder that marry Israeli Arabs and now want citizenship.

We have three groups of people involved with this case.

1. The terrorist themselves.

2. The Israeli Arabs that marry the terrorist.

3. The Jews that are the lawyers or belong to the leftist groups that bring the suit against the State.

Group One, is easy to deal with. Israel should have a death penalty for those involved in terrorism.

Group Two, is it about love or are these Israeli Arabs showing their true colors and wanting to assist terrorist.
I think they are assisting terrorist and must pay a price.

Group Three, Cowards, Scum and Traitors all and if they had any honor or love of their fellow Jews they would either change their views, or blow their own brains out.

I might be able to understand groups one and two but group three is filled with the scum of the earth.

March 01, 2010

Nothing In Or Out


Published yesterday (updated) 28/02/2010 21:37
www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=264888

Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli authorities permitted the transfer of fuel through
the Kerem Shalom crossing into Gaza on Sunday, Palestinian border crossings
official Raed Fattouh said.

Limited quantities of cooking gas and industrial fuel were delivered through
the border crossing, despite its closure by Israeli authorities for the
duration of the Jewish holiday Purim, Fattouh said.

The Israeli government announced the closure of all of Gaza's commercial
goods crossing beginning 25 February and ending 1 March.

Why we still let gas and other things into Gaza is beyond me.

We left Gaza they fire missiles into Israel close the place down nothing in or out of Gaza, period.

You wanted us out you have it now enjoy Gaza.