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May 31, 2010

Weapons From "peace Activits"




Bibi, Barak and Gabi, should be forced to watch this video until they summon the courage to resign.

How dare you do this to our boys.

Let us not forget that a soldier sits a hostage in Gaza.

But since we are Israel none of these so called leaders are going to resign.

Enough of this, it is time for action.

Parents that want a strong Israel must group together and stand against the criminal actions of our leaders that put our boys at risk.

Predictable Israeli fiasco

Avi Trengo calls for Barak’s dismissal over miserable handling of Gaza-bound flotilla
Avi Trengo

The Gaza-bound protestors would not dare behave that way vis-à-vis the Turkish, American, or even Italian Navy. Despite Israel’s immense power, the Jewish State repeatedly finds itself in situations where it refrains from using its force wisely.

In a previous article, I urged Defense Minister Ehud Barak to weigh his steps carefully and utilize the Gaza flotilla in order to secure a diplomatic achievement: End what is mistakenly referred to as “the Israeli occupation of Gaza.” However, Barak was too arrogant. He thought he could have the cake and eat it too, thereby ordering the IDF to adopt an impossible policy: Stopping the flotilla using force, while doing it without using force. We see the result before us now.

So how would any other navy enforce a naval blockade? First, a clear warning in English: Turn back or we shall fire. Next, A shot across the bow – a last warning to show the seriousness of our intentions. Finally, firing at the vessel’s propeller, in a bid to paralyze the ship’s sailing and steering capabilities.

Only then, and only after allowing the ship to be tossed from side to side under the sun, the time would come for taking over the vessel using massive force: Clearing away the decks using water hoses, splashing oil on its windows, ramming into the vessel, and finally staging the takeover.

This is how any self-respecting Navy would conduct itself. However, there is only one problem here: The utilization of force and fire, which is precisely what Barak wanted to avoid. He feared the images, and therefore ordered the takeover to get underway at early morning hours, much before the ships crossed into Gaza’s territorial waters.

What did you expect, Barak?

The approach chosen by Barak is weak and conveys a sense of a weakness. This was the case in previous military clashes, for example, during the period of time ahead of Operation Cast Lead. Barak threatened to seal off the Gaza Crossings, but opened them a day later.

Israel needs a defense minister who can decide when to use force and when not to use it. Israel needs a defense minister who would order the army to use the kind of force that conveys deterrence. It makes no sense to send Navy commandoes to carry out such operation – this is not the mission they were trained for.

When Israel conveys a sense of weakness is it any wonder that a mob would charge at a commando and attempt to lynch him? What were you expecting, Barak? What kind of impossible mission did you send these troops to carry out?

In the face of this weakness, various organizations are daring to rise up against Israel at this time. The continuation of the Barak policy invites provocations on the part of Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, and even Arab Israelis. What exactly will Barak do if the next aid mission to Gaza is accompanied by the Turkish Navy? Will Barak launch a war against Turkey? We already know the answer.

Recipe for regional disaster

The result of using force in the wrong case and to the wrong extent and the outcome of ordering soldiers to conduct themselves “sensitively” create the complete opposite – Israel loses its deterrent power, Israeli troops are perceived as weak, and when they encounter real distress the immediate response is the utilization of violence that makes us look very bad.

Yet what looks like Israeli brutality and stupidity has strategic implications: It creates a situation whereby Israel would not be able to use its force effectively. In the long run, it’s a recipe for regional disaster.

Yet Barak is not the only guilty party. We also have a confused Israeli government (thanks to Netanyahu) and the sense within the Arab world that the US is abandoning Israel (thanks to Obama.) Those who wish to fully grasp the implication of such dangerous combination can look at what happened at sea this morning. And this is merely the preview.

However, it’s not too late yet. Netanyahu can announce the immediate dismissal of Ehud Barak. He is at fault for the incident. Netanyahu can also announce a change in Barak’s policy of a Gaza blockade: A final and real disengagement from the Gaza Strip. If Egypt wishes to impose a siege on Gaza, it’s not Israel’s business.

Just like we do not impose a blockade on Syria or on Lebanon, we shall know where the limits of our power lie, and when we choose to use it, we won’t do it with one hand tied behind our back. Meanwhile, it would also be good to make President Obama aware of where his policy is leading to.

Shame Part 2

A brutal ambush at sea

Ron Ben Yishai recounts bloody clash aboard Gaza-bound vessel: The lacking crowd-dispersal means, the brutal violence of ‘peace activists,’ and the attempt to bring down an IDF helicopter
Ron Ben-Yishai

Our Navy commandoes fell right into the hands of the Gaza mission members. A few minutes before the takeover attempt aboard the Marmara got underway, the operation commander was told that 20 people were waiting on the deck where a helicopter was to deploy the first team of the elite Flotilla 13 unit. The original plan was to disembark on the top deck, and from there rush to the vessel’s bridge and order the Marmara’s captain to stop.

Officials estimated that passengers will show slight resistance, and possibly minor violence; for that reason, the operation’s commander decided to bring the helicopter directly above the top deck. The first rope that soldiers used in order to descend down to the ship was wrested away by activists, most of them Turks, and tied to an antenna with the hopes of bringing the chopper down. However, Flotilla 13 fighters decided to carry on.

Navy commandoes slid down to the vessel one by one, yet then the unexpected occurred: The passengers that awaited them on the deck pulled out bats, clubs, and slingshots with glass marbles, assaulting each soldier as he disembarked. The fighters were nabbed one by one and were beaten up badly, yet they attempted to fight back.

However, to their misfortune, they were only equipped with paintball rifles used to disperse minor protests, such as the ones held in Bilin. The paintballs obviously made no impression on the activists, who kept on beating the troops up and even attempted to wrest away their weapons.

One soldier who came to the aid of a comrade was captured by the rioters and sustained severe blows. The commandoes were equipped with handguns but were told they should only use them in the face of life-threatening situations. When they came down from the chopper, they kept on shouting to each other “don’t shoot, don’t shoot,” even though they sustained numerous blows.

‘I saw the tip of a rifle’

The Navy commandoes were prepared to mostly encounter political activists seeking to hold a protest, rather than trained street fighters. The soldiers were told they were to verbally convince activists who offer resistance to give up, and only then use paintballs. They were permitted to use their handguns only under extreme circumstances.

The planned rush towards the vessel’s bridge became impossible, even when a second chopper was brought in with another crew of soldiers. “Throw stun grenades,” shouted Flotilla 13’s commander who monitored the operation. The Navy chief was not too far, on board a speedboat belonging to Flotilla 13, along with forces who attempted to climb into the back of the ship.

The forces hurled stun grenades, yet the rioters on the top deck, whose number swelled up to 30 by that time, kept on beating up about 30 commandoes who kept gliding their way one by one from the helicopter. At one point, the attackers nabbed one commando, wrested away his handgun, and threw him down from the top deck to the lower deck, 30 feet below. The soldier sustained a serious head wound and lost his consciousness.

Only after this injury did Flotilla 13 troops ask for permission to use live fire. The commander approved it: You can go ahead and fire. The soldiers pulled out their handguns and started shooting at the rioters’ legs, a move that ultimately neutralized them. Meanwhile, the rioters started to fire back at the commandoes.

“I saw the tip of a rifle sticking out of the stairwell,” one commando said. “He fired at us and we fired back. We didn’t see if we hit him. We looked for him later but couldn’t find him.” Two soldiers sustained gunshot wounds to their knee and stomach after rioters apparently fired at them using guns wrested away from troops.

2 errors

During the commotion, another commando was stabbed with a knife. In a later search aboard the Marmara, soldiers found caches of bats, clubs, knives, and slingshots used by the rioters ahead of the IDF takeover. It appeared the activists were well prepared for a fight.

Some passengers on the ship stood at the back and pounded the soldiers’ hands as they attempted to climb on board. Only after a 30-minute shootout and brutal assaults using clubs and knifes did commandoes manage to reach the bridge and take over the Marmara.

It appears that the error in planning the operation was the estimate that passengers were indeed political activists and members of humanitarian groups who seek a political provocation, but would not resort to brutal violence. The soldiers thought they will encounter Bilin-style violence; instead, they got Bangkok. The forces that disembarked from the helicopters were few; just dozens of troops – not enough to contend with the large group awaiting them.

The second error was that commanders did not address seriously enough the fact that a group of men were expecting the soldiers on the top deck. Had they addressed this more seriously, they may have hurled tear-gas grenades and smoke grenades from the helicopter to create a screen that would have enabled them to carry out their mission, without the fighters falling right into the hands of the rioters, who severely assaulted them.

Shame again all I can say is shame.

Sending our boys into danger armed with paintball guns.

Is this the same nation that did the raid on Entebee?


A commando who spoke to reporters on a naval vessel off the coast, identified only as "A," said he and his comrades were taken off guard by a group of Arabic-speaking men when they rappelled onto the deck.

He said some of the soldiers were stripped of their helmets and equipment and thrown from the top deck to the lower deck, and that some had even jumped overboard to save themselves. At one point one of the activists seized one of the soldiers' weapons and opened fire, the commando said.

A high-ranking naval official displayed a box confiscated from the boat containing switchblades, slingshots, metal balls and metal bats. "We prepared (the soldiers) to deal with peace activists, not to fight," he said. Most of the dead were Turkish, he added. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100531/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_israel_palestinians


Our leaders sent our boys unprepared into danger once again.

That Israeli navy commando's Israeli SEALs had to jump to the sea to get away from the enemy, makes me want to cry.

Our leaders are destroying the IDF.

May 30, 2010

Report: 2 killed, 50 injured in Gaza sail

Israeli Navy attacks six vessels carrying pro-Palestinian activists and aid to blockaded Strips. Turkish media report at least two people killed, dozens injured. IDF soldier stabbed on board. Some p of injured evacuated on boats, helicopters; Israeli hospitals prepared
Roee Nahmias

Two people were killed and 50 were injured early Monday as the Israeli Navy took over the ships taking part in the aid sail to Gaza, Turkish media reported.

An IDF soldier was moderately injured during the raid after being stabbed in the stomach. Three injured people were evacuated by helicopter to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.

According to an IDF source, "The sail's participants were not innocent and used violence against the soldiers. They were waiting for the forces' arrival."

The NTV network has been broadcasting images of injured passengers on board one of the ships since the morning hours. Some were evacuated on boats and helicopters.

The al-Jazeera network reported that hundreds of soldiers took over the vessels taking part in the sail simultaneously.

According to a reporter on one of the ships, the Israel Defense Forces raided all vessels from the sea and air at the same time and informed all of the passengers that they were under arrest.

The Israeli vessels, the report said, attacked the flotilla in international waters with aerial reinforcement, using gas. A Qatari television channel broadcast live the dramatic images from the ships, with Hamas spokespeople giving interviews and vowing to punish Israel for "the new crime".

The images showed Commando soldiers with their faces covered. A fighter in uniform, wearing a gas mask, tried to block the camera with his hand, while more and more troops raided the ship after sliding down from a helicopter using a rope.

The NTV network showed Commando fighters hanging down from ropes onto the ships' decks. One of the images showed a military doctor treating one of the injured.

At around 4 am, the live broadcast from one of the six ships was disconnected. The broadcast was resumed an hour later and the ship began calling out for help and announced to the Navy that there were injured people aboard.

Passengers: Don't attack us

One of the passengers on the ship called out to the Navy vessels, "Don't attack us. We are unarmed civilians. There are injured people onboard."

The calls were first made in English, and were later joined by Knesset Member Hanin Zuabi (Balad), who called out to the ships in Hebrew.

Senior Hamas member Ismail Raduan responded to the IDF takeover on the vessels sailing to Gaza, saying that "this is state-sponsored organized terror. We are calling on the international community to do something.

"These are crimes against humanity and against our Palestinian people. We call on all members the Arab and Muslim people to launch protests of rage of solidarity."

Three Israeli naval craft left a Haifa naval base just after 9 pm on Sunday and approached the "Freedom Flotilla" after dark, according to the Twitter page of Free Gaza, one organization participating in the flotilla.

Two hours later, Israel Radio broadcast a recording of one of the missile boats warning the flotilla, which is carrying humanitarian aid and pro-Palestinian activists, not to approach Gaza.

"If you ignore this order and enter the blockaded area, the Israeli navy will be forced to take all the necessary measures in order to enforce this blockade," the radio message continued.

The six-ship convoy carrying aid for Palestinians set sail for Gaza Sunday afternoon in defiance of an Israeli-led blockade of the impoverished territory and warnings that it would be intercepted. The ships, led by a Turkish vessel with 600 people on board, departed from international waters off Cyprus.

Ali Waked and Ahiya Raved contributed to this report

Because Israel did not attack this when it was one boat, the threat grew.

Now we have had our commandos attack this flotilla and their may be dead.

If we have killed people that were not using deadly force to repel the commandos this incident is going to blow up in our face.

Why are we cursed with cowards, scum and traitors for leaders?

Terrorist May Go Free While Shalit Remains Hostage

Shalit: Terrorists will be freed even if Gilad never returns

Father of IDF soldier abducted four years ago declares time for words over, State must save son from death sentence

Aviad Glickman
Published: 05.30.10, 19:27 / Israel News

"After four long and exhausting years, we are not prepared to accept the tired cliché that our activities and our demand that the government fulfill its obligations towards Gilad hinder or impede the negotiations over his release," Noam Shalit said Sunday at an Israel Bar Association conference in Eilat.

Shalit, father of the abducted IDF soldier held in the Gaza Strip, declared he would not keep silent any more: "We are not prepared to accept the bargaining over the life of our son, a young man of flesh and blood."

Shalit, who was a special guest at the conference together with his wife Aviva, said that four years was enough time to set in motion everything the State of Israel could do.

"A state that can send military teams to save foreign citizens in Haiti, thousands of kilometers away, and I'm happy about this, proud of such deeds – such a state is supposed to be able to save a soldier held as a hostage just a few kilometers from its borders," he said. "We knew how to do this in the past."

Shalit slammed the government for being overly concerned about releasing murderers and terrorists: "For four years they've been telling us repeatedly that meeting the kidnappers' demands will encourage further abductions, as if the motivation of the various terror groups to kidnap Israelis here and abroad will disappear at once if we don't make the deal – and Israelis will be able to wander freely around the streets of Gaza, Nablus and Baalbek."

"It's hard for me to say," he continued, "but if the government fails this time too, and Gilad never comes home, this will not prevent the release or deportation of murderers and terrorists, however dangerous they might be."

With these facts set before the parents of Israeli soldiers, I have to ask why should we send our children to the IDF?

With the criminal behavior of multiple Israeli governments in the case Of Gilad Shalit in addition to the witch hunt carried out by the prosecutors officer of the IDF against combat soldiers.

I have to say something that I never thought I would say I am glad that my combat soldiers duty is soon coming to an end.

Why should a parent give their son to a combat unit in the IDF when our boys have zero backing from the generals and political leaders of Israel?

The peace process is destroying Israel's ability to fight to save Jewish lives and the future of Israel is at risk.

Gaza flotilla trying to dupe Israeli Navy?

Organizers say ships carrying humanitarian aid, pro-Palestinian activists have finally set sail for Hamas-ruled territory, but Israel says vessels advanced for short while and stopped. Palestinian MP urges international community to 'protect these boats from Israeli threat'

Ron Ben-Yishai, AFP
Published: 05.30.10, 19:02 / Israel News

The organizers of a flotilla of ships carrying activists and aid for the blockaded Gaza Strip said it finally steamed south from Cyprus Sunday afternoon, heading for a fleet of Israeli naval vessels determined to stop them.

However, the IDF said the ships advanced for a short while and then stopped. Israel suspects the organizers are trying to deceive the Navy in order to reach Gaza's shores without being stopped.

May 28, 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 3pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific, 10pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

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

Think 1948, Not 67

2nd Lebanon War x7

Tons of explosives rain on Tel Aviv, refugees flee the cities, a population panicky, hospitals overwhelmed – last week IDF drilled according to frightening scenario
Hanan Greenberg

The headline of the newspaper Tafnit Bahadashot, in white letters on a red background, was alarming: "First chemical attack on Israel – dozens dead, hundreds injured."

The article went on to say that Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba was overwhelmed by the pressure and even those who weren't injured were under severe shock. The following day the paper reported on five missiles that fell almost simultaneously on Tel Aviv, whose residents took themselves abroad or to tent cities.

These special editions weren't seen by the general public. Only certain people who took part in the Home Front exercise "Turning Point 4" got to see them. The writers and editors of the paper, as well as the writers of the fictitious website, were the exercise's directors in an attempt to imagine the public and media chaos that would erupt if their horrendous scenarios were to develop.

Speaking Out

While most people are keeping their eyes on developments in Iran, the security forces turned their attention to the octopus' other tentacles – missiles and rockets in the immediate vicinity. These, with logistic support, training and instruction in the field, make Syria, southern Lebanon and the Gaza Strip far more threatening – closer, in terms of time and geographic distance, than the potential nuclear threat from Iran.

"What we saw this week was not just for show or some imaginary scenario," said a security source who had taken part in the extensive drill. "We may certainly have to cope with such an attack that we have never experienced before, particularly on the home front."

The drill's clock began ticking on the 15th day of fighting. Two weeks earlier, a fictitious "senior Hezbollah figure" was assassinated, which led to an almost immediate deterioration on all fronts, particularly in the north. The next clash could indeed develop in this way – only one small spark is required to set off a major conflagration. This week the IDF's offensive capabilities were not addressed – not even missile interception capabilities.

Of course the IDF will use all capabilities to reduce the number of victims, but one glance at the newspaper is enough to understand what will happen here: Three subheadings describe the chaos, the flight from the cities, and the temporary closure of the international airport due to serious damage to the runways. More than 200 tons of explosives were fired at Israel in the exercise, nearly three times the quantity fired in the summer of 2006.

Escalation in the next round of violence is dependent on the other side too: A war on three fronts, which was the scenario for the drill, would result in hundreds of deaths on the home front and unprecedented chaos. The tension will make population management extremely difficult. Black body bags in mass graves – such images cannot be passed over easily.

Missiles will empty the greater Tel Aviv area (Gush Dan), destroy major traffic arteries, and lead to a shortage of basic necessities in the periphery which will have to cope with refugees, leading to complete social collapse. Hospitals will not cope with the numbers of wounded, many will be dependent on aid organizations and volunteers whose numbers will go down as the situation continues, the education system will collapse, banks will struggle to function. And we haven’t mentioned strategic installations, some containing dangerous materials.

In short: A frightened and paralyzed society, with feelings of frustration and despair projected from the home front to the battlefront.

Great unknown: Population behavior

Whether a war breaks out next summer or not, Israel faces an enormous challenge. "Turning Point" was intended mainly to drill the command chains, systems and organizations to deal with hundreds of thousands of refugees, rescue victims from beneath collapsed hospitals, evacuate pensioners, clear areas of chemicals, and – at the same time – to know how to operate a special television studio under the Home Front command, and control messages to the population as much as possible.

Even the operation of some 2,600 sirens on Wednesday had a purpose in checking the preparedness of the system. Of less significance was the number of citizens who gave up ten minutes of their time to get inside shelters. Next year the drill will be carried out in the evening, as a way of increasing awareness.

By then, the Home Front is expected to have completed new preparations for warnings against missiles bearing non-conventional warheads, which will be different from the oscillating siren heard last week.

IDF officers who know the field well said that in addition to the important drills and preparations, there is still one great unknown: The population's behavior. And on this subject, it seems citizens are unsure what is expected of them.

"We can envision a scenario like a Lebanon war three or four times greater than the last Lebanon war, and if Syria joins, then six or seven times greater. And as if that wasn't enough, Hamas and organizations in Gaza can also take part," one officer tried to sum up the threats.

The IDF is familiar with public opinion, according to which war is not some imaginary scenario, but still people are not aware of the possible extend of a war (as the stock exchange and real estate markets testify). The drill scenario is likely to be seen as an exaggeration.

"Just this week we heard people speaking against what may be expected here," one officer said. "Many think that if there's a war, it'll be a rerun of the Lebanon war, or something like that."

But things are a little different, according to those in the know who are coping with the usual dilemma: The fear of creating panic alongside the need to prepare the population.

Yet despite the extreme scenarios, the security services are also trying to keep things calm. The processes undergone by the Home Front during the last three years will moderate all the scenarios described here.

"Though it may not stop a missile, we will know how to deal with such a situation and reduce the number of losses," an officer said. "If people leave one city for another, we'll be there and know how to set up the place for this scenario. Basically, we need to get better and be there for the people."

The war if it comes this summer will not be an easy war by all accounts.

Think 1948 not not 1967, but we have only ourselves to blame.

Through the "peace" process the political leadership and the general staff of the IDF have taken what was once a sword with a razors edge and has dulled it.

May G-D have mercy on us and grant us victory at as low a cost as possible.

May 26, 2010

IDF says will stop flotilla, but transfer supplies to Gaza

Military launches PR counterattack against humanitarian ship convoy; says will arrest passengers, transfer cargo to Strip
Hanan Greenberg

The IDF on Wednesday announced its plan of action vis-a-vis the "break the siege" flotilla making its way to the Gaza Strip. The convoy, organized by activists from around the world, is slated to arrive to the Gaza shores during the upcoming weekend.

According to its plan, the IDF will alert the participating ships, within different ranges, and urge them to turn around. If the vessels continue to advance – its passengers will be detained by the navy and returned to their countries in accordance with the Ministry of Interior.

The IDF also decided it will transfer the humanitarian supplies carried on the ships to the Gaza Strip, after they undergo a security check.

As part of the military preparation, the navy carried out an exercise intercepting ships and arresting passengers.

Navy Commander Major-General Eliezer Marom said the navy forces will use measures to protect the soldiers' lives and ensure that there were no terrorist elements or explosives on the ships.

Marom said he instructed the forces to act sensibly and avoid provocations, adding that the IDF had no intention of harming the hundreds of passengers on board these ships.

PR counterattack
Prior to making the announcement, IDF launched a PR counterattack against the international flotilla. Head of Gaza's Coordination and Liaison Authority, Colonel Moshe Levi convened a press conference and said that there was no shortage in food and supplies in the Strip.

"The planned flotilla to Gaza is a provocative act that is unnecessary under the existing conditions in the Gaza Strip, where the humanitarian situation is good and stable," he said, adding that Israel allows many products into the Strip, and only limits those that might serve the Hamas in advancing terror activities.

According to the security establishment's data, 100 trucks enter the Strip daily. In recent months, these trucks transported over 1,200 tons of medical supplies, 155 tons of food, 2,900 tons of clothing and footgear and about 17 million liters (about 4.5 million gallons) of diesel fuel.

The security establishment reiterated that it did not restrict the entrance of supplies into the Strip, noting that it only restricts materials that might be used by Hamas for terror activities.

"We do not know of a shortage in any department, and allow bringing in different equipment, as well as export out agricultural produce. Of course whatever can serve the Hamas in strengthening its military is not allowed in," said col. Levi during a journalists' briefing at Erez crossing.

Transfer the goods to Gaza, I am going to be sick.

Do we deserve to have our own country?

I am not sure.

We sure don't act like we want our own country.

May 25, 2010

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel stiffs Israel for private family meal at Eilat restaurant

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Emanuels Feast in Eilat – Israel Foots Bill
by Gil Ronen IsraelNationalNews.com Published: 05/23/10, 11:20 PM / Last
Update: 05/23/10, 11:29 PM

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and his family dined on seafood at
an Eilat restaurant and left the bill for the Israeli Tourism Ministry,
according to reports in Israeli media. The report was met with consternation
by MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari of the National Union, who wants the bill sent
back to Emanuel.

Emanuel is in Israel on a private visit, not an official one, with his
parents, wife, children and other family members, to make preparations for
his son's upcoming Bar Mitzvah. Upon arrival in Israel Friday, the Emanuels
headed for Eilat, where they dined on seafood at a restaurant. After the
(unkosher) meal, which included cheviche (citrus marinaded seafood),
calamari (fried squid), various fish, salads and hamburgers, the bill was
handed over to a Ministry of Tourism representative who accompanied the

Ben-Ari fired off a letter to the Attorney General in which he said: "I was
amazed to hear that following the sumptuous meal at the 'Boston' restaurant
Emanuel handed the bill to a Ministry of Tourism representative who was
present. In my humble legal opinion there is no possibility of making the
State of Israel pay for such a meal, as part of a private visit by the White
House Chief of Staff and his family.”

"The public coffers are not up for grabs and the fact that the gentleman
[Emanuel] sponsors anti-Semitic policies in the White House is certainly no
justification for digging into the public coffer at the expense of the old
lady in the corridor of the hospital,” Ben-Ari added – in a reference to the
shortage of hospital beds in Israel, which is attributed to budgetary

"I ask you, sir, to immediately cancel the debiting of the Ministry of
Tourism's account and to promptly send the bill directly to Mr. Emanuel's
private home,” he added.

It is not known where the Bar Mitzvah ceremony will take place. Nationalists
have said that they will prevent Emanuel from celebrating at the Kotel
(Western Wall). There have been reports that the ceremony will be held at
the Robinson's Arch part of the Wall, which is slightly removed from the
public area and which serves those of the Reform and Conservative
communities who wish to hold prayer services that differ noticeably from
traditional ones, as only traditional services are allowed at the public
part of the Wall.

The media-savvy Emanuel made no attempt to keep his family's culinary
experience in Eilat -- at the expense of the Israeli taxpayer -- from
becoming known to the Israeli media and even posed for a picture with the
restaurant's chef. The event might therefore be interpreted by some as a
deliberate message by Emanuel, in keeping with a line of theatrically
insulting messages to Israel delivered by the White House since it came
under Emanuel's direction. The most notorious of these was the photograph
released by the White House of President Barack Obama speaking to Israeli
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with his feet propped up on his desk and
the soles thrust at the camera.

Fate of Gaza flotilla remains vague

Navy prepares to block fleet of 9 ships as IDF awaits PM's orders.

As the Navy prepared to stop a flotilla of international aid ships which will try to reach the Gaza Strip later this week, the military waited to receive final instructions from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, defense officials told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

In the past, Israel has threatened - as it is doing now - to stop boats from reaching the Gaza port, then allowed them through the IDF-imposed sea blockade. Netanyahu has made no comment on the matter, remaining purposely vague to keep the organizers guessing as to Israel's true intentions.

Israel prepares for protest flotilla
'Most Cast Lead damage not repaired'

Though vague on whether the boats would be allowed to land, officials in Jerusalem were unequivocal in stating that what interests the organizers is not human rights in Gaza, but rather bashing Israel.

The Navy is preparing an operational plan to stop the flotilla of nine ships – loaded with hundreds of international activists and thousands of tons of supplies – which are scheduled to try and break the sea blockade on Gaza by anchoring in the newly-expanded port later this week.

In addition, the IDF has established a joint taskforce together with the Israel Police, the Foreign Ministry and the Prisons Service to coordinate efforts to stop the flotilla and manage the potential media fallout.

The Foreign Ministry and office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories have in recent days launched a media campaign to stress that the supplies the ships are carrying are unnecessary and that Israel – together with various international organizations – already transfers these supplies to Gaza via land crossings.

The police and Prisons Service will be on standby to deal with the potential arrest of the activists, if such a move will be necessary.

'Shops all over Gaza are bursting with goods'

One official pointed out that the flotilla, billed as an effort to bring humanitarian supplies into Gaza, comes at a time when the Financial Times, in a story it ran on Monday, wrote that the 200 to 300 smuggling tunnels from Egypt into Gaza "have become so efficient that shops all over Gaza are bursting with goods."

According to the FT report, "branded products such as Coca-Cola, Nescafé, Snickers and Heinz ketchup – long absent as a result of the Israeli blockade – are both cheap and widely available. However, the tunnel operators have also flooded Gaza with Korean refrigerators, German food mixers and Chinese air conditioning units. Tunnel operators and traders alike complain of a saturated market – and falling prices."

Netanyahu spokesman: They're the opposite of human rights activists

Netanyahu's spokesman Mark Regev said, "These people call themselves human rights activist, but they are the opposite. They have nothing whatsoever to say about the human rights of Israeli civilians who have been on the receiving end of Hamas rockets for years. They have nothing whatsoever to say about the human rights of Palestinians who live in Gaza under the jackboots of the Hamas regime that oppresses women, Christians, and gays - a regime that has brutally suppressed all political opposition, destroyed independent media, closed down internet cafés, and has even made it illegal for a male hairdresser to cut the hair of a woman."

Regev pointed out that in the past the leaders of this movement have come to Gaza and "eagerly had their photographs taken with Hamas leaders. Some human rights activists," he said.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said that existing land crossings were more than capable of meeting Gaza's needs

According to Palmor, 15,000 tons of supplies enter Gaza each week, including meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, milk powder, baby food, wheat and other staples. In addition, he said, building materials are allowed in when monitored by international organizations who ensure that the materials will not be commandeered by Hamas for the fortification of bunkers.

Palmor said the organizers of the flotilla are aware that land crossing remain the most efficient way of transferring goods in the region. But, he said, "they are less interested in bringing in aid than in promoting their radical agenda, playing into the hands of Hamas provocations. While they have wrapped themselves in a humanitarian cloak, they are engaging in political propaganda and not in pro-Palestinian aid."

May 24, 2010

Home Front drill attracts dozens of foreign spectators

Some 100 representatives from 30 countries arrive in Israel to observe Turing Point 4 exercise
Hanan Greenberg

A record number of representatives from foreign militaries, interational organizations, government ministries and emergency units arrived in Israel this week to observe and take part in the Home Front Command drill, "Turning Point 4."

Some 100 representatives from 30 countries - including the US, Japan, China, Brazil, India, Germany and France - came to learn from Israel's emergency layout. In addition, envoys from the United Nations, European Union, NATO and the US's Federal Emergency Management Agency visited Israel to observe the drill.

"Several months ago we distributed invitations to countries and organizations for the drill via government ministries and emergency units," Kobi Wimisberg, head of the visitors directorate in the National Emergency Management Authority told Ynet.

"Professionals in the emergency field showed great interest," he noted.

Wimisberg added that he did not receive any unusual requests from countries which do not hold diplomatic relations with Israel, such as Iran.

He explained that military forces have become more and more involved in handling emergency situations prompting great willingness on the part of foreign representatives to observe the comprehensive exercise.

"The drill features all ranks, from the decision making rank to conduct at kindergartens during emergency situations," he added.

The foreign guests also held an un-related tour of Israeli sites such as Jerusalem's Old City and Yad Vashem. Later this week they are scheduled to visit the Home Front Command headquarters in Sderot, attend a chemical drill in the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa and observe a rescue exercise.

Unprecedented operation

Despite attempts to calm tensions in neighboring countries, Israeli officials continued to describe the drill as an unprecedented operation of international proportion.

"This is a one of a kind exercise in the world," Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai said Monday. "Israel is the only country which simultaneously drills security forces, hundreds of local authorities, dozens of organizations and thousands of volunteers," he added.

The exercise prompted Hezbollah to raise alertness and recruit several thousand operatives for that end.

Home Front Command chief Major-General Yair Golan commented on the Lebanese reponse on Monday and said, "Israel should not take the commotion surrounding it or the reactions from Lebanon too seriously."

He further added, "There is nothing calmer than the drill, this is how a serious and mature nation conducts itself - by staring threats straight in the face."

Bought And Sold

Police: Indict FM in 'ambassador affair'

National Fraud Unit recommends charging Lieberman for obstruction of justice following information that he obtained copy of classified information from investigation against him from former envoy to Belarus
Eli Senyor

The police have recommended indicting Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and former Israeli Ambassador to Belarus Zeev Ben-Arieh. The police said Monday that the file had been transferred to the State Prosecutor's Office, which will decide whether to file the indictments.

An aide to the foreign minister dismissed the police's announcement, saying that "past experience shows that the police's hasty recommendations speak for themselves, so there is no reason to get excited."

Lieberman was questioned by the police three months ago on suspicions of obstruction of justice and breach of trust, following information indicating he obtained a copy of classified information from an investigation held against him.

The former ambassador– who served until the affair was revealed as the legal advisor in Lieberman's office - confessed to police that he received and passed on the sensitive documents to Lieberman in October 2008. According to the investigators, Ben-Arieh responded to all of their questions.

Police sources told Ynet that the investigation yielded solid information according to which Lieberman's conduct could not be interpreted in any other way. "There is strong evidence in this case. Lieberman received, in practice, the core details of the investigation against him – before being summoned."

Sources at the Nation Fraud Unit's Lahav-443 squad said that the police managed to reach Ben-Arieh within a short time, and that he confessed to the suspicions. He told the investigators that he had transferred the investigation material to Lieberman, strengthening the evidence against the foreign minister.

The top police brass was said to be stunned after National Fraud Unit investigators revealed the Lieberman was aware of the ongoing leg of the investigation in Belarus.

"Our entire Belarus probe was transparent to him," a police source told Ynet. "This wasn’t just a single document, but a series of papers revealing the whole of the investigation."

According to police suspicions, during the period Lieberman was serving as a Knesset member, Ben-Arieh received a request to transfer a document directly and discreetly from the Justice Ministry in Jerusalem to the authorities in Belarus regarding Lieberman's investigation.

The document was first handed to the Justice Ministry by Israel Police. It contained a request for legal assistance from the certified authorities in Belarus and outlined significant details regarding the investigation, including issues for which assistance was requested.

The ambassador reportedly copied the classified information detailed in the request ahead of Lieberman's visit to Belarus a year and a half ago. He then informed Lieberman of the request and illegally passed it on to him when the two met during the said visit.

Corruption has become common place in Israel, nobody seems really bothered by the Ministers and Prime Ministers that have been bought and sold.

It makes me wonder, if they can be bought and sold on so many different levels. Maybe they have been bought and sold when it comes to the so called peace process.

We know of former high ranking officials that are partners with high ranking Palestinians in businesses that were purchased with the billions of dollars that were diverted from aid to the Palestinian people and entered the Swiss bank accounts of Arafat and his inner circle.

So have our leaders sold the future of the Land of Israel and the Jewish people to the highest bidder?

May 23, 2010


IDF to ease West Bank restrictions
60 road blocks to be opened, simplified entry for business, tourism.

The IDF has announced a series of steps designed to help Palestinians in the West Bank, IDF spokesperson announced Sunday.

The statement follows a Sunday evening meeting between Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrachi, commander of the Central Command, Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, head of the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria, and PA officials.

Passage procedures of Palestinian businessmen to or from the West Bank will be simplified, and tourists will be permitted to pass through all entry points to Bethlehem. In addition, 50 Jewish tour guides are to be granted entry to Bethlehem and Jericho.

The IDF is also slated to remove Sixty road blocks in the West Bank, open the Daharia checkpoint south of Hebron and the Keidar road for unrestricted Palestinian movement.

Arab Israelis will be granted entry to the city of Tulkarem on weekends via checkpoint 104, and through all seam zone entry points to the West Bank.

The IDF statement ends with a reaffirmation of its commitment to fighting terrorism while liaising with the Palestinians in order to maintain an acceptable routine.

Why ?

What have the Palestinians ever done to show they want peace?

Why does Israel bend over backwards?

What has it given us since this peace stupidity started at Camp David through Oslo, only dead Jews and a fifth column in Israel called the left wing.

Palestinian stones injure Israeli woman; husband opens fire

Woman sustains mild injuries when Palestinians throw stones at taxi
travelling near Qalqilya; her husband fires several shots at nearby olive
Shmulik Grossman YNET Published: 05.22.10, 22:05 / Israel News

An Israeli woman sustained mild injuries Saturday evening when Palestinians
threw stones at the taxi she was riding in along with her husband near the
village of Azoun, located southeast of Qalqilya in the West Bank.

The woman was treated at the scene and then evacuated to Meir Hospital in
Kfar Saba.

IDF soldiers who were alerted to the scene reported that the woman's husband
fired several shots at a nearby olive grove and threw stones at a passing
Palestinian vehicle. There were no reports of injury from the Palestinians,
but police said they will launch an investigation into the incident.

Saturday saw three other incidents in which Palestinians threw stones at
Israeli vehicles in the West Bank, but there were no reports of injury.

Also Saturday, about 20 Palestinians hurled stones at the security fence
surrounding the community of Karmei Tzur, south of Bethlehem. IDF forces
responded with tear gas. The Palestinians dispersed shortly thereafter.

In another incident, some 30 Palestinians gathered near the village of
Burin, southwest of Nablus, and threw stones at IDF soldiers, who fired tear
gas in response.

There were no reports of injury in either incident.

May 21, 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 3pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific, 10pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

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

Kaouk: If Lebanon is attacked Israelis “will find no place to hide.”

Hizbullah prepares for IDF drill
Kaouk: If Lebanon is attacked Israelis “will find no place to hide.”

Hizbullah is moving forces in anticipation of the IDF’s planned weeklong civil defense drill, which starts Sunday, the group's commander in south Lebanon, Nabil Kaouk, said Friday.

The drill includes a new scenario – a Hizbullah attack on Israel’s national water carrier.

“A few thousand Hizbullah warriors will not be able to go and vote in next week’s round of local elections,” he said.

Kaouk said Hizbullah forces will be prepared for all eventualities and warned that if Lebanon is attacked, “Israelis will not be able to find any place to hide,” from Hizbullah’s retaliatory attack.

Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah is expected to give a speech this afternoon mainly on the internal situation in Lebanon, but is likely to refer to regional tensions as well.

The chance of war this summer is very high.

With 75%-90% of reserve soldier refusing to do reserve duty, I am afraid these soldiers will pay dearly in their blood for not doing reserve duty. Let me be clear the State is also guilty because mant reserve soldiers instead of training for war are being used in Judea and Samaria which is wrong. It is wrong to use reserve soldiers in Judea and Samaria, the role of reserve soldiers is to fight against external enemies.

May 20, 2010

Israel prepares for protest flotilla

By YAAKOV KATZ The Jerusalem Post 20/05/2010 02:30

9 ships plan to break the Gaza Strip blockade next week.

The IDF is gearing up to stop a flotilla of aid ships that is directed at
breaking the blockade on the Gaza Strip next week.

Two ships, one named for international activist Rachel Corrie who was killed
in Gaza in 2003, sailed from Ireland to Cyprus where they will join another
seven boats scheduled to set sail for Gaza next Thursday.

The ships will carry hundreds of international peace activists as well as
some 10,000 tons of construction material, medical equipment and school
supplies. While the Free Gaza movement claims that the flotilla is needed to
provide Palestinians in Gaza with basic supplies, the IDF pointed out on
Tuesday that it had, in the past week, allowed over 14,000 tons of supplies
into the Gaza Strip.

On Monday night, Foreign Ministry officials met with ambassadors from
Turkey, Greece, Ireland and Sweden and informed them that the ships would be
stopped on their way to the Gaza Strip. Defense Minister Ehud Barak has
instructed the Navy to prepare for the operation, which due to the large
number of vessels will require the participation of a large naval force.

The Israeli Navy has in the past stopped international aid ships from
reaching the Gaza Strip. Last June, a ship from Cyprus that included a Nobel
laureate among its passengers, was stopped en route to Gaza and towed to the
Ashdod port.

Meanwhile Wednesday, Hamas sped up work it is doing on the Gaza port to
expand it ahead of the flotilla’s arrival.

The project is funded by a Turkish NGO, and according to a report by the
Quartet, work is carried out daily by 40 workers who put in 18-hour days.
The first phase of the expansion is slated to be completed by the arrival of
the ships and includes increasing the depth of the port basin to 8 meters.

The second phase of the project is expected to be completed in two months
and includes increasing the depth of the entire port. The third phase will
be aimed at turning the Gaza sea port into a tourist attraction for local
residents. According to the Quartet report, most of the raw materials for
the expansion work comes from recycled rubble of buildings destroyed in the
Gaza Strip.

May 18, 2010

Hezbollah holds 'Jihad tours' for students

Militants teach students to fire rockets after tour of south Lebanon. 'It's like Disneyland,' says one
News agencies

Just days before the tenth anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon, Hezbollah hosted hundreds of students at what it called 'The Land of Islamic Resistance'.

For many of the Muslim and Christian young people it was the first visit to southern Lebanon. "We want our students, whether they are Hezbollah members, supporters or rivals, to see the land that Israel occupied for 22 years," said group member Mohammad Taleb.

Lessons on rocket, missile fire (Photo: AFP)

"We want young people to know of the achievements made by the resistance and show them how wrong Israeli occupation is. This land was liberated by thousands of resistance fighters who fought every day in order to return the land to their people."

Many of the students were wide-eyed at a meeting with Hezbollah's militants. "It was like being in a movie," said Grace, a Christian Lebanese student. "I respect these young men, who liberated my land. I don't see them as terrorists, as the West describes them."

The militants, on their side, showed their guests how to fire rockets and anti-aircraft missiles. "These young people give us strength," said one gunman after the demonstration.

The students also toured the area of the Beaufort, and planted a Hezbollah flag near the village of Maroun al-Ras, the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Second Lebanon War.

"It's surreal," said a French student who took part in the tour. "It's like Disneyland. I never expected to see such things."

Responding to claims that Syria had provided the group with Scud missiles, Taleb was unapologetic and said Hezbollah would never lay down its arms. "We will keep our weapons because they will help us deal with Israel if it attacks Lebanon again," he said.

May Miss USA can make an appearance.

Meet Miss USA Contestant’s Hezbollah “Martyr” Family

EXCLUSIVE: Meet Miss USA Contestant’s Hezbollah “Martyr” Family

By Debbie Schlussel

Yesterday, I told you about Rima Fakih, the Hezbollah-supporting Shi’ite Muslim “representing” Michigan in Sunday’s Miss USA pageant. As I told you, Miss Michigan USA Rima Fakih’s relatives are top officials in terrorist group Hezbollah, and many have been Hezbollah and Harakat Amal [Shi'ite Amal terrorist group, allied with/part of Hezbollah] “martyrs” against Israel. (And as I also told you, don’t worry about bikinis and almost no clothes worrying Hezbollah. The Islamic terrorist group has touted Fakih all over the place, including on Al-Manar because it believes she will further the Hezbollah cause. The Islamic concept of deceiving infidels–taqiyyah–is employed here, just as Mohammed Atta employed it when he patronized strippers and prostitues, drank alcohol in bars, and gambled in Vegas–most of that against Islamic law.)

Miss Hezbollah USA: Rima Fakih’s Cousin, Mahmoud Fakih Was “Martyr” for Amal/Hezbollah

Well, here’s the list of some of Miss Michigan USA’s close relatives and cousins and who they are:

* Ali Fakih, top official of Hezbollah;

* Haidar Fakih, top official of Hezbollah;

* Alhaj Mahmoud Fakih (pictured above), a high profile military leader/commander with Amal, who was killed by the Israeli Defense Forces when he tried to foment numerous terrorist attacks on them.

* Osman Abd Alnabi Fakih from Maidoun in the Bakaa Valley, Lebanon–Hezbollah/Amal terrorist killed by Israel, after he tried to attack it.

* Ibrahim Mohamed Fakih from Altairy, Lebanon–Hezbollah/Amal terrorist killed by Israel, after he tried to attack it.

* Ali Said Fakih from Kafra, Lebanon–Hezbollah/Amal terrorist killed by Israel, after he tried to attack it.

* Yousef Ali Fakih from Barish, Lebanon–Hezbollah/Amal terrorist killed by Israel, after he tried to attack it.

Here are some Hezbollah and Amal terrorists killed by Israel after trying to attack Israelis, all from Miss Michigan USA’s Hezbollah-stronghold hometown of Srifa, Lebanon:

* Kassem Mohamed Jaber from Srifa.

* Ali Hasan Farhat from Srifa.

* Ali Ahmad Nazal from Srifa.

* Osama Ramadan Hamoudy from Srifa.

* Mohamed Ahmad Ramadan from Srifa.

May 17, 2010

Stop The Ships

* Published 19:22 17.05.10
* Latest update 19:22 17.05.10

Israel to Europe: Stop your citizens from sailing to Gaza with aid
Israel to deport Turkish volunteer arrested by Shin Bet for allegedly belonging to outlawed Islamist group organizing aid boat to Gaza.
By Jack Khoury and Barak Ravid

Israel warned a number of European states that it would not permit leftist-organizations planning to sail to the Gaza Strip with international aid to complete their mission.

The director of European affairs for the Foreign Ministry, Naor Gilon, met separately with envoys from Turkey, Greece, Ireland and Sweden to convey the message that any of their citizens intending to set sail for Gaza would be stopped before they could reach the coastal territory.

Describing such mission as provocative and in violation of Israeli law, Gilon told the diplomats: "Israel has not intention of allowing these sailboats in Gaza."

The Foreign Ministry message essentially entails that anybody who tries to sail to Gaza with aid, or who tries to transfer goods into the Hamas-ruled territory, must do so in accordance with procedure.

The diplomats promised to pass the message along to the appropriate sources, said the Foreign Ministry, with some even offering to help prevent their citizens from attempting the mission.

Earlier Monday, Israeli security forces released a Turkish national arrested this month for allegedly belonging to an outlawed Islamic group, and were set to deport him later in the day.

Izzet Shahin, a volunteer for the Turkish NGO Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), was arrested in the West Bank by the Israel Defense Forces and was then transferred to the Shin Bet for investigation.

IHH, who had been organizing a Gaza aid boat planned to depart at the end of the month, was outlawed in Israel a few years ago.

According to the IHH website, the organization had been organizing a "major initiative…to deliver aid via the sea to the Gaza Strip, which has been under an embargo for over three years."

"Hundreds of concerned people will set out on 10 ships in May to take over 5,000 tons of relief aid and materials to Gaza," the website statement said,

What is Israel going to do to stop these ships?

It would have been much more simple to go after this group before the first ship sailed.

Israel must act to end this threat, by what ever means necessary.

May 16, 2010

War Without Victory Is Immoral

Israel may let Chomsky into W. Bank
Ministry to check with IDF, denied entry "a misunderstanding."

The Interior Ministry denied entry to Jewish American linguist Professor Noam Chomsky – one of Israel's fiercest opponents – on Sunday and turned him back from the Allenby Bridge Border Crossing at the Jordan Valley, but indicated by press time Sunday night that it may reverse its decision and allow Chomsky to speak at the Bir Zeit University near Ramallah.

"We are checking with the IDF's Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Interior Ministry Spokeswoman Sabine Haddad told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday evening. "If COGAT gives us the all clear, we will grant him entry," she added.

Haddad said the initial decision to deny Chomsky entry was down to a "misunderstanding," and denied claims that Chomsky's name was on a black list of individuals prohibited from
entering the country. She confirmed he was questioned for a number of hours before being denied entry by the Interior Ministry's Immigration and Border Authority.

Speaking from the Jordan Valley, Chomsky told Channel 10 TV, "I've often spoken at Israeli universities."

In 2009, following Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, Chomsky said, "supporters of Israel are in reality supporters of its moral degeneration."

I support Israel and I support keeping this self hating Jew out.

Chomsky should only be let into Israel for a trial for treason against the State and the Jewish people.

"Moral Degeneration" is when Israel fails to respond to threats against her people.

Bombing Gaza and fighting as it was done in 2009, I agree with Chomsky was immoral. It was immoral for we sent our children to die without victory being our goal.

War without victory is immoral.

May 14, 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 3pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific, 10pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

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

Limited construction goods to enter Gaza

Published yesterday (updated) 13/05/2010 22:14

Gaza – Ma'an – Two of the Israel/Gaza terminals will open on Thursday, what
will likely be the final day of crossings operations for the week,
Palestinian liaison officials were informed early the same morning.

Crossings officer Raed Fattouh said he was told to expect approximately 130
truckloads of goods, including 5 truckloads of plastic pipes for the coastal
waters, one truckload of goods for the power authority, one truckload of
cement for aid agencies and 2 truckloads of iron girders and gravels.

Fattouh said much of the construction was for repairs to the Al-Quds
Hospital, in the southern Gaza City neighborhood of Tel Al-Hawa, which was
severely damaged when Israel ground forces entered the Gaza Strip in the
second week of January. Fighting focused for several days on the middle and
upper-middle class neighborhood, as Israeli troops effectively cut the Strip
in two with a large military presence, with reports of direct fire on
civilians fleeing the hospital where hundreds had sought refuge.

The goods for the reconstruction project will enter at the southernmost
crossing, Kerem Shalom, along with limited quantities of domestic-use gas
and industrial diesel, Fattouh said.

Via the only crossing equipped for bulk goods transfer, Fattouh said 118
truckloads of wheat and animal feed will enter at Karni, located just south
of Gaza City.

Aid and comfort for the enemy is the only way to look at this.

This is just stupid to allow anything into Gaza, they received a Jew free Gaza and repaid Israel with kidnapping, rockets and terrorism.

Palestinians say settlers killed Palestinian youth

Sources in West Bank say local Jews shot teen to death after their car was stoned; IDF says cause of death unclear

Shmulik Grossman, Ali Waked
Published: 05.14.10, 07:48 / Israel News

Israeli settlers shot dead a 15-year-old Palestinian youth in the West Bank overnight Thursday after their car was pelted with stones, Palestinian security sources said.

The IDF confirmed that the teen's body had been found, but said the cause of death remains unclear at this point. Village resident and journalist Samer Shalaby said other youths who were with the boy said they were throwing stones and came under fire from one or more settlers.

According to a Palestinian source, witnesses said Ayssar Yasser, from the village of Mizra el Sharquieh, near Ramallah, in the north of the West Bank, was shot and killed after the settlers opened fire when their car was stoned.

Israeli police also confirmed the boy's death and said they were investigating the cause. Spokesman Gili Elhadad said police received reports of stone-throwing and gunshots in the area and are looking into both. The incident took place on Highway 60 at around 7 pm.

An Israeli army source confirmed that shots had been fired in that neighborhood after stones were thrown at the cars of Israeli civilians, but was not able to say if there had been victims.

The Palestinians said the teen's body was found a few hours after the shooting near a field that belongs to his family. According to them, the body was discovered not far from the site of a confrontation between a group of young Palestinians and a settler on Highway 60. They said the settler stepped out of his vehicle and fired a number of shots.

So what a terrorist is shot and killed.

I can only hope and pray that the Israeli police investigate and not turn the life of the person who fired to defend themselves into a living hell. The police in Israel in the past has not been very sympathetic to Jews that have fired in self defense.

May 13, 2010

Spy V Spy

Israel must stop harassment of human rights defender
12 May 2010

Amnesty International has called on the Israeli authorities to end their
harassment of a human rights activist whose week-long detention by the
Israeli authorities was extended today.

Ameer Makhoul, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, was arrested in a dawn raid
at his home in Haifa, northern Israel, by the Israeli security services and
police on 6 May. He has been charged with "contact with a foreign agent" on
the basis of “secret evidence”.

"Ameer Makhoul is a key human rights defender, well-known for his civil
society activism on behalf of the Palestinian citizens of Israel," said
Philip Luther, Deputy Director of Amnesty International's Middle East and
North Africa Programme.

"His arrest and continued detention smacks of pure harassment, designed to
hinder his human rights work. If this is the case, we would regard him as a
prisoner of conscience call for his immediate and unconditional release.”

Ameer Makhoul has been denied legal advice throughout his detention. The
doctor at the prison where he is held has informed his lawyer that he is
suffering from pains in his head.

On the morning of his arrest, Ameer Makhoul was taken to Petah Tikva
interrogation centre and, at a hearing the same day, his detention was
authorized for six days. Today it was extended until 17 May.

According to Ameer's wife, Janan Makhoul, during the raid on their home,
security forces confiscated mobile phones, laptops, a camera, and documents.

The same morning, members of the Israeli security forces also raided the
office of the association Ittijah in Haifa, where Ameer Makhoul works.

Ameer Makhoul had already been banned from travelling for two months on 21
April by the Israeli Minister of the Interior Eli Yishai, who said at the
time that Ameer Makhoul’s exit from the country “poses a serious threat to
the security of the state”.

The Palestinian activist was only made aware of the ban when he attempted to
leave Israel on 22 April, where he was scheduled to begin a series of
meetings with civil society activists in Jordan.

When Amnesty International spoke to Ameer Makhoul in late April he expressed
his concern that the travel ban was part of a broader pattern of state
repression against the peaceful political activities of Palestinian citizens
of Israel, justified under "security concerns".

In January 2009, the Israeli Central Election Committee banned the National
Democratic Assembly (NDA), a party which currently holds three seats in the
Israeli parliament and calls for Israel to be "a state for all its
citizens", and the United Arab List, which has four parliamentary
representatives, from standing in Israel’s general elections under the claim
that the parties supported terrorism and "did not recognize Israel's
existence as a Jewish and democratic state".

The Committee’s ban on the two parties was subsequently overturned by the
Israeli High Court.

On 24 April, Omar Said, an activist with the NDA was detained by the Israeli

Initially a gagging order was imposed on the Israeli press to prevent
reporting of Ameer Makhoul’s and Omar Said’s detentions.

The lifting of the order led to reports in the Israeli media on Monday that
the arrests of both men related to accusations of spying and contact with a
foreign agent from Lebanese group Hizbullah.

Ameer Makhoul has been the General Director of Ittijah, which works on
behalf of the Palestinian community in Israel, since its foundation in 1995.

He is also the chair of the Public Committee for the Defence of Political
Freedom within the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee in Israel.

"In the unlikely event that there are genuine grounds to prosecute Ameer
Makhoul he should be charged with recognizable criminal offences and brought
promptly to trial in full conformity with international fair trial
standards," said Philip Luther.

So Israel must not arrest Arabs for spying, what a load of rubbish.

Spy for our enemies and you should get a fair trial and then if found guilty. Be executed rather than be a tool that can be used against Israel in the next exchange of terrorist for hostages.

IDF officer allegedly stole arms for criminals

Police eavesdrop on arms deal between suspects and Israeli Arab underworld figure.

An IDF noncommissioned officer and two civilians were arrested on Wednesday by the Israel Police and Military Police for allegedly stealing IDF arms and planning to sell them to underworld criminals.

The officer, 32, from Ashkelon, was arrested along with two men, aged 33 and 20, from Modi’in and Lod, respectively, on suspicion of stealing grenades and thousands of ammunition rounds.

The Modi’in suspect allegedly stored the arms in his home, and was en route to selling the weapons when he was arrested by officers from the Central District’s Central Unit, which led the investigation.

Police had launched an undercover investigation in recent weeks, and said they had eavesdropped on an arms deal between the suspects and a known Israeli Arab underworld figure in Lod.

May 12, 2010

What Will It Be?

US warns against Jerusalem house demolitions

Washington responds to internal security minister's declaration that razing orders against east Jerusalem structures will be implemented in coming days. 'If either side takes significant actions during the proximity talks that we judge would seriously undermine trust, we will respond to hold them accountable,' State Department official says
Yitzhak Benhorin

WASHINGTON – An American administration official on Wednesday responded to an Israeli minister's declaration that house demolitions in east Jerusalem would be resumed soon, saying "we call on both sides to avoid inflammatory actions in Jerusalem."

Responding to a question presented by Ynet, the State Department stressed that the United States would hold accountable any party sabotaging the proximity talks, as explained last week in an unusual statement by special Mideast envoy George Mitchell.

"As you know, the first round of proximity talks was concluded last weekend," the official added. "Both parties are trying to move forward in difficult circumstances, and we commend them for that.

"As we have said, if either side takes significant actions during the proximity talks that we judge would seriously undermine trust, we will respond to hold them accountable and ensure that negotiations continue."

The administration officials clarified that actions aimed at sabotaging the talks would not interfere with the American determination to continue advancing the negotiations.

"Our policy on Jerusalem remains unchanged. The status of Jerusalem is an issue that should be resolved in permanent status negotiations between the parties. This underlines the importance of making progress in the proximity talks to enable the parties to move to direct negotiations that will resolve this and other issues once and for all."

Jews get ready to choose Jerusalem or the USA.

What is more important to you, Jerusalem undivided the capitol of Israel or having the USA like you.

Give me Jerusalem and if the price is giving back my American passport then so be it.
America and must find a new place to live then so be it.

What will it be?

May 11, 2010

Weekly Summary of Humanitarian Aid Transferred into the Gaza Strip

IDF Spokesperson and CoGAT Update:
Over the last week, between May 2nd and May 8th, a total of 714 truckloads,
consisting of 17,060 tons of humanitarian aid were transferred into the Gaza
Strip from Israel via the various crossings.

Additionally, 370 medical patients and accompanying individuals from the
Gaza Strip crossed into Israel and the Judea and Samaria region for medical
treatment and 93 Palestinians entered Israel for other various reasons. 191
staff members of international organizations crossed into the Gaza Strip,
and 192 crossed from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

The following goods were among those transferred to Gaza:
1,535,777 liters of Heavy-Duty-Diesel fuel for the power station.
293,796 liters of diesel fuel for transport.
917 tons of cooking gas.
76 truckloads of fruits and vegetables.
91 truckloads of wheat.
33 truckloads of meat, chicken and fish Products.
39 truckloads of dairy products.
112 truckloads of animal feed.
26 truckloads of hygiene products.
48 trucks of clothing and shoes.
30 trucks of Sugar.
7 trucks of medicine and medical equipment.
1 truckload of milk powder and baby food.

Again, I must ask why?

Would we have sent aid to Nazi Germany in 1941, I don't think so. So why are we allowing aid into Gaza.

I don't understand this at all, giving food and supplies to our enemy.

But there in lies the problem our leaders don't view the Palestinians as our enemy, more like a minor inconvenience.

Tell that to the people that get rockets dropped on them on a daily basis.

PM marvels at Ethiopian aliah story

Netanyahu issues heartfelt greeting on eve of Ethiopian Immigrant Day.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a heartfelt greeting Tuesday on the eve of Ethiopian Immigrant Day, calling the story of the community’s desire to return to Jerusalem "the essence of our people's dreams and prayers."

"Decades ago, Ethiopian Jews left their homes in the dead of night. They went to the Land of Israel. They went to Jerusalem. They organized secretly, in small groups, left all their belongings behind and began their own exodus to Jerusalem," he said. "They marched for long weeks, sometimes longer, with babies on their backs, children holding their grandparents' hands. They went north, toward the horizon, in the direction of the Land of Israel. They suffered from hunger. They were robbed and attacked. Four thousand members of the community were unable to realize their dream and were buried along the way to the Land of the Patriarchs."

Netanyahu called it "a marvelous story" that expresses the "longing of generations of Jews."

The prime minister pledged to continue to act to reduce and overcome the difficulties in the Ethiopian community

"The State of Israel is committed to advancing the Ethiopian community and vanquishing, once and for all, the phenomenon of discrimination," he said.

Remembrance day for members of the Ethiopian community who perished en route to Israel was set for Jerusalem Day, and Netanyahu explained the reason behind this decision.

"This is the day our capital was liberated from the yoke of foreign occupation, the day on which we were united with the eternal city of the Jewish People," he said. "No day is more fitting for us to remember the members of the community who perished en route to Jerusalem, those who so much believed in the dream – to the point that they were ready to die for it.

"Next year in the rebuilt Jerusalem!"

May 10, 2010

Poll of Israelis: 73% no matter what Israel does, the world will keep being very critical of it.

73% say that no matter what Israel does or how far it goes toward resolving
the conflict with the Palestinians, the world will keep being very critical
of it.

Poll: Obama to blame for US-Israel crisis
War and Peace Index survey shows 48% of Israelis believe US president
managing relations with Israel poorly or very poorly, but clear majority
defines ties between the two countries as very good or good; UK seen as less
friendly than in the past
Ynetnews Published: 05.09.10, 23:55 / Israel News

Despite the ongoing tension between Washington and Jerusalem, a clear
majority – 61% – of the overall Israeli public defines the relations between
the two countries as very good or good (in the Arab sector the rate of those
who view these relations as good is considerably higher—79%), this according
to a War and Peace Index survey.

At the same time, the poll showed, those defining the relations as “very
good” (14%) are considerably fewer than those who deem them “moderately
good” (47%). This finding is consistent with the prevailing view – 46% –
that these relations have recently deteriorated. Thirty-four percent think
they have remained the same, while only 14% see them as having improved (the
rest do not know).

Which of the two leaders – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or US President
Barack Obama – does the public hold responsible for the deterioration in the
two states’ relations? There are indirect indications in the answers to a
question on how these two leaders are managing US-Israeli relations.
Assessments of how Prime Minister Netanyahu is handling the issue are
relatively favorable: the majority – 56% – give him a good or very good
grade for managing these relations (33% give him a poor or very poor one
while 11% do not know). President Obama, in comparison, gets a good or very
good grade from only 43% of the respondents, while 48% give him a poor or
very poor grade on managing his relations with Israel (9% do not know).

Is President Obama perceived, then, as hostile to Israel? The findings show
that this is not the case; the prevailing view is that he is pragmatic
toward Israel, and friendly toward the Arab world. To the question: “In your
impression, what is President Obama’s attitude toward Israel?” 43% replied
that it is pragmatic-neutral, 34% that it is very friendly or friendly,
while 17% defined his attitude as hostile or very hostile toward Israel (6%
did not know).

Regarding the Arab world, though, the distribution of the answers to the
same question for the overall public was: 55%, very friendly or friendly;
32%, pragmatic-neutral; while only 6% saw Obama’s attitude as hostile or
very hostile (7% did not know). It should be noted that in the Arab public
the picture is the opposite: 64% think President Obama is friendly or very
friendly toward Israel while only 44% say the same about his attitude toward
the Arab world.

The survey also examined the Israeli public’s estimation of a number of
countries’ degree of friendliness or hostility toward Israel. A clear
ranking emerges: as in the past, the United States tops the friendly
countries (66.5%), it is followed by Germany (about 52%), much lower are
France (about 39%) and, after it, Britain (about 32%), which in the past was
second to the United States in perceived degree of friendship toward Israel,
and far behind comes Russia with only 19% viewing it as friendly.

An interesting though not surprising finding is that the overwhelming
majority of the Israeli public sees no connection between Israel’s conduct
and the criticism of Israel in the world. Indeed, 73% say that no matter
what Israel does or how far it goes toward resolving the conflict with the
Palestinians, the world will keep being very critical of it.

Interestingly, among the voters for each and every party the poll found a
majority (the smallest, as expected, was for Meretz voters at 55%) that
holds this view. Nevertheless, as in the past, this time too the survey
found that a clear majority of the overall public – 64% – thinks it is very
urgent or urgent for Israel that the talks with the Palestinians resume.
Here segmentation by parties showed especially large majorities among voters
for Kadima, Meretz, and Labor – 87%, 80%, and 77%, respectively. A smaller
majority was found for Likud voters – 61%, while for the rest of the parties
only a minority sees resuming the talks as urgent.

As for whether Binyamin Netanyahu genuinely wants and is taking real
measures to reach an agreement with the Palestinians, the public is divided.
The rate that agrees with this (45.5%) is only slightly higher than the rate
that does not (43%). In the Arab sector, a sweeping majority of 72% goes to
the naysayers. A segmentation by voting in the 2009 elections shows that
those most sure of Netanyahu’s intentions are Shas voters – 83%, followed by
National Religious Party (Mafdal) voters at 75% and Likud voters at 72.5%.
Among Labor voters the rate is 51%, and the most non-believing are Meretz
voters at 15%.

The War and Peace Index is written by Prof. Tamar Hermann and Prof. Ephraim
Yaar, and funded by the Evans Program for Conflict Resolution Research of
Tel Aviv University and The Israel Democracy Institute. The telephone
interviews were conducted by the B. I. Cohen Institute of Tel Aviv
University on 3-4 May 2010, and included 518 interviewees who represent the
adult population of Israel (including the territories and the kibbutzim).
The sampling error for a sample of this size is 4.5%.

May 09, 2010

Yitzhar yeshiva razing order reinstated

Civil Administration announces reinstatement of razing order originally issued in 1999 against Od Yosef Chai yeshiva building in settlement near Nablus. Site became center of clashes between IDF, settlers in recent months
Shmulik Grossman

The Civil Administration has announced the reinstatement of a razing order, which had originally been issued in 1999, against the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva in the settlement of Yitzhar, near Nablus.

Right-wing elements were quick to denounce the decision and blame Defense Minister Ehud Barak of "embarking on an uncompromising attack on the Land of Israel's Zionist settlers."

Yitzhar has become a center of bitter clashes between IDF soldiers and local settlers and yeshiva students in recent years. The clashes escalated since the Gaza pullout and most recently the government's construction freeze in the West Bank.

An IDF soldier and a Border Guard soldier were injured three months ago after being pelted with stones hurled at them by Yitzhar residents, some of whom were veiled. The incident occurred during an IDF drill simulating a terrorist attack or an infiltration into the community.

A short while prior to the incident an army vehicle transporting the Shomron Brigade and Battalion commanders was attacked with stones and paint bottles following the distribution of freeze orders.

Knesset Member Arieh Eldad (National Union) commented on the announcement and said that Barak and the Civil Administration have "declared war on the Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria.

"Only those whose narrow political interests could benefit from the expected bloodshed could play with fire in such a way," he said.

Up until a decade ago the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva operated in the compound around Josef's Tomb in Nablus. The yeshiva eventually moved to Yitzhar after Palestinians took over the site.

Nothing good will come from this.

Once again we have some of the most radical elements in the settler camp coming into conflict with the IDF.

The settlers in Yitzhar have done things in the past that are just stupid like attacking IDF units on a terrorist attack drill, among other acts of violence and vandalism against the soldiers of the IDF and their vehicles.

While on the other hand what does the State gain by pushing on this issue at this time, nothing.

So I call on both sides to think before they do something stupid that will have Jews hurting other Jews or worse.

ZOA OpEd - Obama - No Interest In Ending Palestinian Incitement

Contact Morton A. Klein at: 917-974-8795 or 212-481-1500

By Morton A. Klein, National President
Daniel Mandel, Director
Center for Middle East Policy
Zionist Organization of America

Friday, May 07, 2010

Polls in the last month have shown that Americans, American Jews and
Israelis all disapprove of President Barack Obama’s policies towards Israel.
One reason for the disapproval that emerges in these polls is that the Obama
Administration pressures and criticizes Israel, while giving Mahmoud Abbas’
Palestinian Authority (PA) a free pass.

Such perceptions happen to be well-founded: for example, the Obama
Administration has almost entirely ignored Palestinian incitement. On the
few occasions it has paid it any account at all, it has finessed and
whitewashed it.

On June 4, 2009, President Obama delivered an address in Cairo directed to a
worldwide Muslim audience. While he criticized Holocaust denial and hatred
of Jews in the Muslim world, Obama said nothing about these in relation to
the PA. Indeed, the word “incitement” did not pass his lips.

Criticized for ignoring this issue, Obama and Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton alluded to by name it in some subsequent statements, but in none did
the Administration indicate that the PA was responsible for the incitement
or if and how the PA might be penalized for its continuation.

On the contrary: when Obama referred to the problem of Palestinian
incitement in his speech at Buchenwald on June 5, 2009, he even praised
Abbas for having made some “progress” in dealing with it – implying that
Abbas and the PA were part of solution rather than the problem.

In August 2009, Fatah held a conference in Bethlehem which reaffirmed Fatah’s
refusal to accept Israel’s existence as a Jewish state, glorified terrorists
living and dead by name, praised the “armed struggle,” insisted on the
so-called ‘right of return,’ and rejected an end of claims in any future
peace agreement with Israel. Abbas himself declared “We maintain the right
to launch an armed resistance.”

How did the Obama Administration react? With silence.

Later, when urged by Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) to take up the issue with
Abbas, Secretary Clinton issued a flat-earth denial, saying that the Fatah
Conference showed “a broad consensus supporting … negotiations with Israel,
and the two-state solution” and that contrary statements by unnamed
“individuals” at the Conference “did not represent Fatah’s official
positions.” This blatant untruth was even more disturbing for coming from
Clinton who, as senator from New York, had once been outspoken about the
imperative to end PA incitement.

In January 2010, when terrorists from Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a
recognized terrorist group, murdered an Israeli, Rabbi Meir Chai in a
drive-by shooting, the PA did not condemn the murder; but it did condemn the
subsequent killing of the terrorists by Israel. Abbas himself sent
condolences to the families of the three terrorists; PA prime minister Salam
Fayyad personally visited the terrorists' families; and Mahmoud Al-Aloul,
member of the Fatah Central Committee, also praised the dead terrorists as
heroes. But the Obama Administration said nothing, even when specifically
informed of these events by the Israeli government.

Similarly, when PA TV broadcast a sermon from Nablus’s Bourin Mosque on
January 29, in which Jews were declared “the enemies of Allah and of His
Messenger … Enemies of humanity in general” and Muslims exhorted to murder
them with the words “The Prophet says: ‘You shall fight the Jews and kill
them,” the Administration continued to say nothing.

In March, Obama Administration publicly condemned Israel for announcing a
program of building Jewish homes in eastern Jerusalem during Vice-President
Joseph Biden’s visit. It failed however to condemn – or indeed say anything
at all – about something else that occurred during Biden’s visit: the PA
naming a public square in Ramallah after Dalal Mughrabi, the leader of the
1978 coastal road bus hijacking, in which 37 Israelis, including 12
children, were slaughtered.

When at last Secretary Clinton provided the Administration’s first
criticism of the obscene glorification of Mughrabi by Palestinians several
days later, it was only to whitewash and protect Abbas, Fayyad and the PA by
incorrectly suggesting that it was “a Hamas-controlled municipality” that
had initiated the event. Adding insult to injury, Clinton actually praised
Abbas and Fayyad for their strengthening of “law and order.”

At the time of these remarks, the PA was actively instigating violence in
and around Jerusalem. Here, too, Clinton avoided any mention of the PA in
referring to the disorders, speaking only of unidentified “instigators.”

The conclusion is inevitable: the Obama Administration is not interested in
Palestinian incitement and sees it as its brief to protect the PA from
exposure as sponsors of violence and purveyors of hate. Phillip Crowley,
Assistant Secretary of State, said last month that the Administration “will
continue[!] to hold Palestinian leaders accountable for incitement.” Abbas
and Fayyad must be quaking in their boots.

Swastikas sprayed on Ethiopian's gravestone in Beersheba

Woman's family says hate slogans, including 'Death to niggers,' were written in Russian; vandals not caught
Ilana Curiel

Unknown vandals spray-painted swastikas and hate slogans, including "Death to niggers," on the gravestone of a woman of Ethiopian descent in Beersheba.

On Sunday the woman's family filed a police complaint and said the hate slogans on the headstone were written in Russian. Police are focusing the investigation on immigrants from countries that belonged to the former USSR.

It remains unclear when the grave was defaced, but police estimate it occurred sometime over the past few weeks.

Last week, members of the Ethiopian community protested against racial discrimination in the city's Otzar Chaim kindergarten.

The demonstrators claimed the kindergarten has two separate classrooms – one for children of Ethiopian descent, and another for the others.

I call on the police to catch these thugs and then the court must send them away for longest possible time period and then a few more years.

This is a racial assault that you can bet was done by none Jews from the former Soviet Union against some of the best people in Israel, the Ethiopian Jews.

May 07, 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

More Sweat Now, Less Blood Later

Security and Defense: Taking to the streets
By YAAKOV KATZ The Jerusalem Post 07/05/2010 15:46

Narrow alleys, enemies posing as civilians and schools doubling as
storerooms for weapons – urban warfare is an IDF nightmare.

Not many periods resemble this year in terms of military buildup among
Israel’s enemies. A quick glance along the borders demonstrates just how
significant the current trend is – Hamas is re-arming at an unprecedented
rate in the Gaza Strip; Hizbullah is doing the same in Lebanon; and Syria is
also training its forces in guerrilla tactics in the event of a future war.

What will spark this future war is unclear, but IDF officers joke about how
they will have to cancel their overseas vacation plans this summer. One
possibility is an IAF strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, which will likely
lead to conflict with Hizbullah, Hamas and possibly Syria. Another
possibility is that Hizbullah will succeed – after many failed attempts – to
avenge the 2008 assassination of its military commander, Imad Mughniyeh, in
Damascus. If it shoots down an El Al plane or blows up an embassy, Israel
will likely feel compelled to respond.

Conflict could also erupt if Israel decides to attack a Syrian weapons
convoy to Hizbullah. This comes amid news that Syria has transferred an
unknown number of Scuds as well as hundreds of M600 missiles. The
Syrian-made M600 – which has a solid propellant and is a clone of the
Iranian Fateh-110 – has a range of 250 km., a 500 kg. warhead, and is
equipped with a sophisticated guidance system, giving Hizbullah
unprecedented accuracy.

On the ground, the common denominator between all three fronts is the
urbanization process that is taking place. While Syria retains its tanks and
artillery, its recent investments have been in its commando units, antitank
missiles, rapid deployment capabilities and the construction of ghost towns
along the border to trap IDF troops.

Hizbullah has done the same. In the Second Lebanon War in 2006, the IDF
encountered an enemy both entrenched in civilian infrastructure and heavily
deployed in what it called “nature reserves,” forested areas where Hizbullah
dug bunkers and set up Katyusha launch sites.

Based on current intelligence, the situation has gotten worse. Hizbullah is
almost completely stationed inside cities and villages throughout Lebanon. A
future war will be fought not in the hills but in the narrow alleys and
streets of Bint Jbail, Maron a-Ras and Hirbet Selm.

Hamas is no different. Following Operation Cast Lead, it underwent an
extensive internal inquiry, together with its Iranian patrons, and decided
to increase its dependence on civilian infrastructure. If Hamas fighters hid
in a dozen hospitals during Cast Lead, the number is likely to be double in
the next war. If it fired rockets from a dozen schools, the number next time
will likely be triple that.

Tasked with preparing IDF units with the future urban warfare it faces is
the Ground Forces Command (GFC), currently headed by Maj.-Gen. Sami
Turgeman, a veteran tank commander and until last year commander of Division
36, the IDF’s mobilized division on the Golan Heights.

Immediately after the Second Lebanon War, the IDF embarked on a process
which culminated six months ago in the approval by the General Staff of a
new operational doctrine for ground forces. Other IDF branches, like the air
force and the navy, are currently in the process of writing their own
operational doctrines.

The document, authored by a number of senior officers and overseen by
Brig.-Gen. Ilan Peretz, one of Turgeman’s deputies, essentially serves as
the reference for the military on how it should prepare its infantry,
armored, combat engineering and artillery forces for a future war, either
asymmetric or conventional.

“The document is our compass,” a top GFC officer recently told The Jerusalem
Post. “We analyzed what the nature of the next war will be and what we need
to do to get ourselves ready for it.”

Urban warfare, for example, has two innate difficulties. First, the closed
quarters makes it easier for the enemy to conceal its positions and
weaponry. As a result, it is difficult for the military to collect
intelligence. It is also difficult for a conventional military to accurately
distinguish between civilians and fighters who wear civilian clothing.

Therefore, the GFC recently decided that urban warfare training would be
mandatory for all its units – whether infantry, armor or combat engineers –
in their basic training.

“We don’t train for specific missions, but we create the capability the
soldiers will need to effectively carry out any type of mission they
receive,” the senior GFC officer said.

With the demand for the increase in training has also come the need for
additional IDF urban-warfare training centers.

Currently equipped with close to 20 facilities – the largest at the Tze’elim
base in the Negev – the IDF will increase that number by close to 50 percent
by next year and is currently building new facilities at the Golani and Kfir
infantry brigade training bases.

The IDF is also constructing a mock village in the Combat Engineer training
base in the Negev that is modeled after urban areas in the Gaza Strip and
southern Lebanon where, according to the IDF, Hamas and Hizbullah have
booby-trapped homes and built underground passageways stretching dozens of

Another decision was to create brigade combat teams (BCTs) made up of a
combination of infantry, armor and combat engineers like the forces that
fought in the Gaza Strip during Operation Cast Lead. All combat units are
part of BCTs, so while the commander of the Paratroop Brigade, for example,
is only in charge of his four battalions on a daily basis, in the event of a
war or large-scale operation, his brigade will take in tanks and engineering

“The name of the game is interoperability,” the officer said. “This way the
commanders already know how to operate together and how to effectively
utilize the wide variety of forces under their command.”

For large-scale operations which involve the air force, each brigade
commander will receive an air liaison officer. This officer has his own
armored personnel carrier and enters the area of operations with the BCT and
serves as the brigade commander’s main air consultant.

“The brigade commander can say that he needs a specific target destroyed,
but doesn’t know which bomb or aircraft to use,” the officer said. “This is
what the liaison’s job is.”

To meet operational requirements, the GFC has recommended to the General
Staff that training regimens be increased from 13 weeks every two years to
17 weeks. The target date is next year.

This is fine for the standing army the 18-22 year old soldiers serving their mandatory three years of service.

But what about the 90% of reserve soldiers that are not even serving according to one report.

If these soldiers don't sweat now in training they will bleed later. Do not use reserve soldiers for duty in Judea and Samaria, train them for war.

If we are forced to go to war it will be the reserve soldiers that save Israel and will pay the price for lack of service with their blood.

May 06, 2010

Chomsky, scientists: Technion develops death tech

Senior academics from Tel Aviv University, Weizmann Institute, and other top institutions around world denounce Boston Science Museum's sponsorship of Israeli exhibit, calling it propaganda campaign. 'This is an attempt to distract from Israel's war crimes and human rights violations,' they say
Yitzhak Benhorin

WASHINGTON – Professors from Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute have signed a letter along with other academics world-wide denouncing Boston's Museum of Science for co-sponsoring and hosting a week-long exhibit surveying ground-breaking Israeli innovations and inventions in the fields of clean energy, medicine, and technology.

The academics claim that the exhibit, known as Israel Innovation Week (IIW), is an Israeli attempt to "deflect attention from its atrocious human rights record and fundamentally discriminatory policies."

The museum, which is considered one of the most highly regarded in the US, opened the exhibit on Sunday with an event attended by many members of the city's heavy-hitting academic community. Many were also invited to speak alongside Israeli experts.

The exhibit included displays on Better Place, an Israeli company responsible for manufacturing electric vehicles and displays presented by the Foreign Ministry detailing its agricultural aid programs offered to developing countries.

However, this display of Israeli pride was received with little enthusiasm among some members of the academia, including Jewish linguist Noam Chomsky, and faculty members hailing from Israeli institutes of higher education – Dr. Kobi Snitz from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Prof. Rachel Giora and Dr. Anat Matar, bother from Tel Aviv University.

"IIW is far from an innocent educational endeavor. It is part of a propaganda campaign by the State of Israel to present itself as a beacon of progress in a desert of backwardness and deflect attention from its atrocious human rights record and fundamentally discriminatory policies," the letter claimed.

The letter protested the show of Israeli technology in part because it is, according to the signatories, inseparable from what they call Israel's aggression.

For instance, they labeled the Technion, a source of many of Israel's technological innovations, "an institution with a long track record of developing technologies of death used by Israel’s military. These include remote-controlled bulldozers for demolishing Palestinian homes and drones for picking off Palestinians from the air."

The letter blasted Better Place, the electric vehicle project initiated by Shai Agassi, for hiring "Maj. Gen. Moshe Kaplinsky, who oversaw the indiscriminate flooding of southern Lebanon with cluster bombs in 2006, as CEO of its Israel branch."

The letter concluded: "Science and technology should be used to benefit humanity, not to destroy it. IIW represents a betrayal of this principle. As concerned scientists, we condemn this misuse of science and technology to serve the public relations machine of the State of Israel."

The Consul General of Israel to New England Nadav Tamir responded to the letter: "From our perspective, this is proof of the event's success and the importance of such an exhibit in a location so central to science and technology."

Self hating Jews it seems to be a week full of them. FRom these idiots to the ultra orthodox that met with President Ahmadinejad, G-D save us from these traitors.

Anti-Zionist Rabbis Meet Ahmadinejad in New York

News number: 890215134518:11 | 2010-05-05Politics

TEHRAN (FNA)- A number of prominent Jewish religious leaders met with
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his visit to New York.

President Ahmadinejad, heading a high-ranking delegation, was in New York to
take part in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference at the UN

At the meeting with the anti-Zionist rabbis, President Ahmadinejad stressed
that supporting the rights of the oppressed people against the arrogant
powers sets a priority for the Islamic Republic of Iran.

He also reiterated Tehran's support for minority rights, and added, "We have
always underlined the rights of minorities in Iran and we are supporting
their rights."

During the meeting, Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, spokesman of Neturei Karta
International thanked Ahmadinejad for the stances adopted and declared by
Iran in the NPT review conference.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran have always been a defender of the right and
despite the false propaganda launched by the western median, the government
of Iran is a friend of the world nations," Weiss stressed.

Neturei Karta (Aramaic for "Guardians of the City") was founded nearly 70
years ago in Jerusalem by Jews who opposed the drive to establish the state
of Israel, believing only the Messiah could do that. Estimates of the
group's size range from a hundred thousand to less than a million.

In recent decades its members have shown up to protest at international
conferences and pro-Israel rallies.

The Israel regime and its Zionist supporters all across the world have
carried out violent attacks on Neturei Karta rallies and gatherings and have
killed and wounded many of these anti-Israeli Jewish rabbis.

Syria gave advanced M-600 missiles to Hezbollah, defense officials claim

Syria gave advanced M-600 missiles to Hezbollah, defense officials claim
Army intelligence worried by Lebanese militants' growing rocket arsenal -
but says Syria has a genuine desire to strike a peace deal with Israel.
By Jonathan Lis and Amos Harel Haaretz Published 10:47 05.05.10 Latest
update 10:47 05.05.10

Syria has delivered advanced M600 rockets to Hezbollah militants in Lebanon
within the past year, Israeli defense officials said on Wednesday.

The M600, a Syrian copy of the Iranian Fateh-110, has a range of 300km and
carries a half-ton warhead. If fired from southern Lebanon it would be
capable of hitting Tel Aviv.

Latest claims of arms transfers to Lebanon follow recent accusations by
President Shimon Peres that Syria Hezbollah gave long-range Scud missiles,
capable of inflicting heavy damage on Israel's cities.

Other government figures, including Defense Minister Ehud Barak, have since
avoided repeating the claims and it is unclear whether Damascus could have
delivered the 44-foot liquid-fueled missiles, handling which requires
complex logistics, undetected.

Yet doubts over the Scuds have not masked growing fear in the Israeli
defense establishment over Hezbollah's rapidly expanding arsenal. On Tuesday
the army's head of intelligence research, Brigadier General Yossi Baidatz,
told the Knesset that the Scud transfer was the "tip of the iceberg".

"Even today Hezbollah has missiles of all ranges types, including
solid-fueled rockets that have a longer range are extremely accurate,"
Baidatz told the Knesset's foreign affairs and security committee.

Baidatz warned that arms transfers were not sporadic but reflected long-term
policy in Tehran and Damascus

"Syria and Iran carry out weapons transfers on a constant and structured
basis in way that can't be described as simple smuggling – the transfers are
official and well-organized," he said.

He added: "Hezbollah's long-range rockets allow them to position launchers
deep within Lebanese territory and cover ranges far greater than we aware of
in the past.

The militant group was far stronger today than in 2006, when it fought a war
with Israel, Baidatz said.

"Hezbollah in 2010 is very different to Hezbollah in 2006 in terms of
military capability, which has advanced a great deal," he said. "Hezbollah
is now regarded by the Syrians as a component of their defense

But despite strong backing for Hezbollah, Syria remained keen to strike a
peace deal with Israel, Baidatz said.

"A political settlement with Israel is high on Syria's list of priorities
and intelligence shows a will to reach an agreement – but on their terms,
meaning a return of the Golan Heights and American involvement" he said.

Baidatz said that Syria's President Assad was willing to embrace sweeping
changes – but did not trust the administration of Prime Minister Benjamin

"Military intelligence believes Syria could radically alter its role – but
Assad feels that political progress with the current Israel government is
impossible and has therefore avoided confidence-building measures."

May 05, 2010

UNSC powers back nuke-free ME

US says comprehensive regional peace is key to a WMD-free zone.

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council said they support a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East, according to a unanimous statement circulated during a conference aimed at strengthening nonproliferation.

Without mentioning Israel by name, the group voiced support for the “full implementation” of a 1995 resolution intended to free the Middle East from nuclear arms. “We are committed to a full implemented of the 1995 NPT resolution on the Middle East and we support all ongoing efforts to this end,” the statement read. “We are ready to consider all relevant proposals in the course of the Review Conference in order to come to an agreed decision aimed at taking concrete steps in this direction.”

The statement also stressed “serious concern” over the Iranian nuclear program and urged all countries to sign and adhere the 1970 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

Three countries are not party to the NPT, including India, Pakistan and Israel, which is widely believed to possess a nuclear arsenal. “We urge those state that are not parties to the treaty to accede as non-nuclear-weapon states and pending accession to the NPT, to adhere to its terms,” the five countries wrote.

Coming on the third day of a month-long NPT review conference, the statement spoke to competing interests: The US came into the conference pushing for tough measures against Iran, while in speeches the Arab states have increasingly focused on Israel’s presumed nuclear arms and their desire for Israel to sign the NPT as a non-nuclear weapon state.

Even while signing the statement – along with China, France, Russia and the United Kingdom – US officials stressed, however, that current circumstances in the Middle East would not allow for the immediate implementation of the 1995 resolution. “Making progress on a Middle East free of WMD will become all the more difficult if Iran continues to raise concerns in the region and beyond about the nature of its nuclear program,” a US official said.

The US, one of the original sponsors of the 1995 resolution, said comprehensive regional peace is key to a WMD-free zone. “It is unlikely that this will occur before Iran demonstrates that it has come back into compliance with its NPT and IAEA safeguards obligations,” a US official said.

Israel is going to come under intense international pressure to admit if we have nukes or not.

If we admit to having nukes then Israel will be pushed to give up the weapons, if we say we have no nukes then we will be forced to submit to searches for the missing nukes.

ISA: Decrease in number of terror attacks in April

Jonathan Urich IDF Spokesperson 05 May 2010 , 10:34

ISA records a dramatic drop in terror-related incidents in April compared to
the previous month: 56 attacks, compared with 125 in March. Lowest number of
attacks since the beginning of the year in the Judea and Samaria region

During April 2010, the number of terror-attacks in Israel dropped
drastically compared to the previous month: 56 attacks, compared with 125 in
March – according to an Israel Security Agency (ISA) report published on
Tuesday (Mar. 4). Moreover, the number of terror attacks returned to a
level comparable to the level it was in February, 53 attacks.

The decrease in the number of attacks is particularly evident in the
Jerusalem area (6 attacks, compared to 27 in March) and the Judea and
Samaria region (25 attacks, compared with 62 in March). In the Gaza Strip,
the decline was more moderate: 25 attacks, compared with 36 in March.
However, the report indicates an increase in mortar fire attacks this
month – 10 attacks, during which 18 mortar shells were launched, compared to
5 attacks, during which 6 mortar shells were launched, in March.

To be noted, the Judea and Samaria region showed a record low in the number
of attacks since the beginning of the year: 25 attacks, compared with 62
attacks in March, and 37 attacks both in January and February.

Parallel to the decrease in the number of terror-related attacks, there has
been a decline in the number of casualties from terror attacks. During the
month of April, one Israeli civilian was injured as a result of hurled
stones/objects in the Samaria region, compared to March when 3 were killed
and 4 wounded.

May 03, 2010

Congress has power to produce change in Obama’s Mideast policy

Does Jerusalem get it?

Yoram Ettinger

The assumption that Israel is facing an imperial and an omnipotent American president, who supposedly benefits from a health reform-driven political tailwind, is refuted by the April 21-22, 2010 Quinnipiac University Polling Institute findings. The Institute is quoted often by the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and FOX.

The poll findings document an all time low approval rating of President Obama (45% compared with 65% in January, 2009), while support for Israel is very high, especially among secular and religious Christians. American voters view the Jewish State as a positive domestic – and not only international – issue, which is more popular than the president.

The poll results confirm that the political dividend from the healthcare reform dissipated. Voters do not trust Obama (40%:55%) in handling health and the economy. They accord Congress, which is controlled by Democrats, a 20%:70% disapproval rating.

Other polls indicate that independent and middle class voters – who were critical during the November 2008 Obama and Democratic victories – are deserting Obama. The strongly-supportive Obama voting bloc shrank to 30% from 40% in January 2009, while the strongly-opposing Obama voting bloc expanded to 40% from 14%. Charlie Cook, the leading Washington political consultant, joins most pollsters, projecting a devastating Democratic defeat in the November 2010 Congressional election.

Democratic legislators are aware that their life expectancy (running every 2 or 6 years) is different from the president’s own life expectancy (running every 4 years). They are not willing to sacrifice their own political future on the altar of President Obama’s agenda. They are concerned that the transformation of Obama from a “Coattail President” to an “Anchor Chained President” could demote them, in November 2010, from the majority to a minority status on Capitol Hill.

Therefore, some of them announced retirement, some contemplate retirement, some urge the president to refrain from visiting their districts and states and some express reservations about Obama’s legislative initiatives. Slackened Congressional support could transform Obama into a lame duck president.

Presidents don’t control Congress

In contrast to the Israeli and European political systems, US Presidents constitute only one third of the US government, alongside the other two thirds: the Legislature and the Judiciary. American presidents do not control Congress. In fact, they are severely constrained by an elaborate system of “checks and balances” and “separation of powers” (which do not exist in other democracies), by a relatively short-term DC residency (4 or 8 years), compared with the relatively long-term DC residency of the 800 pound Congressional gorillas (20, 30 and 40 years) and by the “Power of the Purse,” which is vested in Congress.

According to the Quinnipiac April 22, 2010 poll, American voters support President Obama’s national security policy (although with a slim majority), but for one issue: Israel!

Overall foreign policy gets a 48%:42% support, the war in Afghanistan – 49%:39% support, counter-terrorism – 49%:41% support, nuclear disarmament – 48%:37% support and Iran – 44%:43% support.

However, 44%:35% oppose Obama’s policy on Israel and the Palestinians, 57%:13% support Israel over the Palestinians and 66%:19% expect the president to demonstrate strong support of Israel. The February 19, 2010 Gallup poll documents a higher level of support for Israel, in spite of White House policy, “elite” media critical coverage, university campuses’ hostility and the UN and European double standard and anti-Semitism.

Israel a role model

The foundations of American support for the Jewish State date back to the 17th century (there are more sites bearing Biblical names in the USA than in Israel!). This support is based on shared values, joint interests and mutual threats. Most Americans appreciate patriotism, tradition, Judeo-Christian values (the Bible), defiance of nature and human odds, counter-terrorism and democracy. The Jewish State is perceived as a role model of such values. Moreover, public support for the Jewish State constitutes one of the few consensus issues in the increasingly polarized American society.

US legislators are aware of the worldview and sentiments of their constituents, who constitute the major axis of US democracy. Therefore, House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer, co-sponsored a letter that rebuked the president’s attitude toward Israel and earned signatures of 75% of House Members. Therefore, the senior Democratic senator from New York, Chuck Schumer, is urging President Obama, to improve his policy toward Israel, lest he be challenged by Senate Democrats. And, therefore, the Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, Howard Berman, suggested that the president refrain from highlighting Jerusalem and the settlements.

The closer the November 2010 Congressional election, the lower the presidential approval rating, the harsher the public criticism of Obama, the more vulnerable the incumbents, the more independent (of the president and of their party) grow the legislators and the more defiant they will be of the president (while complying with their constituents), especially on the issue of the Jewish State. For most voters and legislators the Jewish State is a “Motherhood, apple pie and the flag” issue.

It was Congress - in defiance of the Administration - which terminated US military involvement in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Angola and Nicaragua and provided Israel with a generous package of mutually-beneficial cooperation following the 1991 First Gulf War. It is Congress which is capable of producing a change in the current Administration policy toward the Jewish State and force it to synch with the American people.



May 02, 2010

IDF: Only 25% do reserve service

Prime minister appoints team to look into ways to favor reserve soldiers in private sector, following data showing they are rejected by workplaces
Roni Sofer

Brigadier General Shuki Ben Anat, the Israel Defense Forces' chief reserve forces officer, participated in the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday and presented the ministers with troubling figures.

"There are in Israel about 400,000 potential soldiers for reserve service," he said, "but only 100,000 of them serve 10 days or more."

He stressed, however, that "not all of them are dodgers, as the army has its own selection process."

Ben Anat took part in the meeting in honor of the IDF's "Reserve Force Day". He told the ministers that many senior reserve officers interested in working in the private sector prefer not to include their military service details in their CVs, for fear that they would be rejected due to their reserve duty.

"Regiment commander fail to mention that they are regiment commanders, and company commanders fail to mention that they are company commanders. I know a company which nearly won the defense minister's award, but did not receive the award after we discovered that it had fired regiment and company commanders. There is a serious problem in this field."

Following these statements, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed Justice Minister Yaakov Ne'eman, Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai and Director-General of the Prime Minister's Office Eyal Gabay to submit recommendations on favoring reserve soldiers in the private sector within 60 days.

"We must favor those who bear the biggest burden in order to guarantee our security," he said.

How can we win the next war when only 25% do their reserve duty?

Did we not learn the lesson of the Lebanon 2 war when we found our reserve soldiers were not up to the task?

Israel must jail everyone that fails to do their reserve duty. The IDF must train our reserve soldiers for the next war and not use them in Judea and Samaria to watch the Palestinians.