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July 30, 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

Grad missile lands in Ashkelon

Several people treated for shock; damaged caused to buildings, cars.

A Grad missile launched from the Gaza Strip landed in a central, residential area in the southern city of Ashkelon Friday morning.

Magen David Adom crews treated two people for shock.

The missile shattered numerous windows of the surrounding, multi-story buildings and vehicles in the area.

Ashkelon Mayor Benny Vaknin who arrived at the scene, said that the missile landed in the heart of a residential neighborhood and that Ashkelon citizens are unfortunately accustomed to such situations.

Vaknin emphasized that many educational institutions, schools and day-care centers in Ashkelon remain unprotected from rocket attacks and called on the defense ministers to continue efforts to reinforce vulnerable areas.

"I do not see how it will be possible for us to begin the school year with schools and day-cares left unprotected when a heavy cloud of lethal rocket and missile fire hovers above us," Vaknin said.

A committee of Ashkelon parents threatened not to send their children to school at the beginning of the year if their school buildings would not be fortified, Israel Radio reported Friday.

The "color red" alert system was heard across the city prior to the rocket landing allowing residents to enter protected areas.

Police were urging residents to remain indoors for fear of additional rockets or missiles.

In a closed meeting Friday morning, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced that Israel views the Grad missile attack in Ashkelon with harsh severity.

The Aza Din al-Kassem Gazan terror group claimed responsibility for the attack.

What does that mean" Israel views the grad missile attack ... with harsh severity?"

This week I am tired of people not speaking straight and also people whining.

Let me tell everyone in plain language what it means, it means Israel will do nothing about it, pure and simple.

July 29, 2010

ADL accepts Oliver Stone's 2nd apology

Director had complained about Jewish influence in US media.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has accepted Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone's second apology over comments he made in an interview to Britain’s Sunday Times, in which he downplayed the Holocaust, defended Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and complained about Jewish influence in the United States.

“I do agree that it was wrong of me to say that Israel or the pro-Israel lobby is to blame for America’s flawed foreign policy. Of course that’s not true and I apologize that my inappropriately glib remark has played into that negative stereotype," the director said.

In a statement released Wednesday night, ADL national director Abraham Foxman welcomed the apology, saying, “I believe he now understands the issues and where he was wrong, and this puts an end to the matter.”

Stone's publicist, Rubenstein Communications, released a previous apology on Monday, stating, “In trying to make a broader historical point about the range of atrocities the Germans committed against many people, I made a clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry and I regret."

The first apology came after Diaspora Affairs and Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein slammed Stone on Monday for the comments. Edelstein said that Stone’s statements to the newspaper were racist and anti-Semitic and made him sick.

“Beyond the ignorance he proves with his comments, his demonization of the Jewish people could be a sequel to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” the minister said. “When a man of Stone’s stature says such things, it could lead to a new wave of anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism, and it may even cause real harm to Jewish communities and individuals.”

In the interview, Stone said America’s focus on the Holocaust was a product of the “Jewish domination of the media.” He said his upcoming Showtime documentary series Secret History of America would put Hitler and Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin “in context.” “Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people, 25 or 30 [million killed],” Stone said.

When asked by the interviewer why so much of an emphasis had been placed on the Holocaust, Stone responded, “The Jewish domination of the media. There’s a major lobby in the United States. They are hard workers. They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f***** up United States foreign policy for years.”

Stone, who recently met with Ahmadinejad, said American policy toward Iran was “horrible.”

“Iran isn’t necessarily the good guy,” he said. “But we don’t know the full story!”

By contrast, Stone praised Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez as “a brave, blunt, earthy” man, who does not censor the Internet in his country.

Stone also raised an uproar when he defended Hitler at a press conference in January.

“Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it’s been used cheaply,” he said at the time. “He’s the product of a series of actions. It’s cause and effect.”

Simon Wiesenthal Center director Rabbi Marvin Hier responded then that “to talk about ‘placing Adolf Hitler in context’ is like placing cancer in context, instead of recognizing cancer for what it really is – a horrible disease, just as we must recognize Hitler as the ultimate expression of evil.”

Bloomberg contributed to this report

What ever happened to men being men.

I live in a world where men are fighters and have put their lives on the line.

These men live by a code of honor and their word means something.

I don't ever want to accept the world of Oliver Stone and the ADL, they both fill me with disgust.

In my world if a man said what Stone said he would stand by what he said, not give a PC apology that means nothing.

In my world the ADL would never accept a PC apology from a Jew hating punk like Oliver Stone.

The ADL feels much more comfortable chasing make believe bad guys, than standing up to a Stone. ADL think about this. Of the thousands of guys I come in contact with that own guns, lots of guns including "evil" assault rifles, not one is a threat to the Jewish people. But Stone with his mouth has caused so much more harm than all these guys and their guns and you accept his apology.

If this was two hundred years ago I would slap Stone in his face and demand he meet me on the field of honor.

July 28, 2010

Good For Defense Ministry

* Latest update 10:50 28.07.10

Israel refuses to pay medical bills for American-Jewish protester who lost eye
Emily Henochowicz was wounded by a tear gas canister in a demonstration following Israel's Gaza flotilla raid.
By Avi Issacharoff

The Israeli government is refusing to pay the cost of medical care for an American-Jewish activist who lost an eye when Border Police officers fired a tear gas canister at her during a demonstration.

Emily Henochowicz, who studying at the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem and also holds Israeli citizenship, took part in a protest on May 31, shortly after Israel killed nine pro-Palestinian activists in a raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

Dozens of activists took part in the protest against the Israeli blockade of Gaza next to the Qalandia checkpoint, south of Ramallah.

According to the IDF, demonstrators began to throw stones at the Border Police, after which the army responded by firing tear gas canisters.

According to Henochowicz, one policeman shot a canister directly at her face, shattering her jaw and causing her to lose her left eye. A Haaretz reporter witnessed the incident.

Following her her treatment at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, Henochowicz's father, who had traveled from the U.S., was handed a bill for NIS 14,000. Under advice from his lawyer, Michael Sfard, he asked the Defense Ministry cover the expense, but officials refused.

In justifying the refusal, the Defense Ministry claimed the tear gas was not fired directly at Henochowicz.

"The canister ricocheted at her after it rebound off a concrete barrier and changed direction - it was not shot directly at her," the ministry said in a statement drafted by lawyer Sharon Zimmerman. The statement also accused Henochowicz of putting herself at risk by voluntarily participating in a breach of the peace.

In response, Sfard said that as police were still investigating the incident, it was impossible for the Defense Ministry to judge exactly what occurred.

"Either way, even if wounding of my client was the result of negligence and not criminal intent -even then the State of Israel has a moral, ethical and legal obligation to pay for her treatment," Sfard wrote.

The Defense Ministry responded: "From our reports, we know that the Border Police acted in accordance with the law at the violent demonstration at Qalandia, and that the shooting of tear gas canisters at demonstrators was justified. Of course, we regret that Emily Henochowicz was wounded in her eye. But under such circumstances, the Defense Ministry does not cover the expenses of medical treatment."

My only complaint is the Defense Ministry said "Of course, we regret that Emily Henochowicz was wounded in her eye".

Let us tell the truth we don't care that she lost her eye. We care that she is so mixed up in her identity as a Jew that she is a traitor to her people.

I will pray you see the error of your way and come back to your people.

No More

Telephone poll of a representative sample of 500 adult Israeli Jews by
Geocartography and broadcast on Israel Television Channel 1 on 27 July 2010
on a program marking 5 years from the Israeli retreat from the Gaza Strip
[AL: the term "retreat" most aptly describes the move both in terms of how
it was carried out as well as how it was perceived by the Arab world].

Was the 2005 disengagement from the Gaza Strip the right thing to do?
Yes 25% No 54%

Would you support another unilateral withdrawal?
Yes 21% No 62%

Did the disengagement strengthen or weaken Israel's deterrence?
Weakened 55% No impact 28% Strengthened 8%

Since the disengagement has your support for the settlers changed?
Increased 39% Reduced 14% No change 32%

Would there be a civil war if another unilateral withdrawal was carried out?
Yes 50% Maybe 18% No 21%

Around the world in America and in Israel the people are waking up and telling the politicians, no more.

In America the cry is no more of our money and in Israel the cry is no more of our land.

In the end in both countries politicians that don't listen will suffer the same fate.

July 27, 2010

'Hamas considering a draft in Gaza'

Group official says recruitment would be voluntary at first.

GAZA CITY — Hamas's top security official in Gaza said Tuesday that he is considering setting up a bigger military force, first of volunteers and eventually of conscripts.

Such a step would further tighten Hamas's control of Gaza and deepen the rift between the Islamist group and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

Hamas now has a paid security force of 18,000.

Interior Minister Fathi Hamad raised the idea Tuesday at the inauguration of a new police building. He said his ministry is "open to the idea of voluntary recruitment and then going to conscription."

He gave no further details.

His spokesman Ehab Ghussein said that the ministry was looking for now at voluntary recruitment for a broad-based security force, but not a draft.

Getting ready for war are we. you seekers of peace that are the Palestinian people.

Why don't you give up terrorism and lay down your suicide bomb belts and let's make real peace for the sake of peace and future generations.

'If Hizbullah strikes, we hit Lebanon'

Barak issues warning against resuming rocket attacks from North.

The IDF will attack Lebanese government institutions if Israel is again subjected to rocket attacks, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in an interview with The Washington Post published Sunday.

He told the newspaper that since the Lebanese goverment is allowing Hizbullah to rearm, "we will not run after each Hizbullah terrorist or launcher. . . . We will see it as legitimate to hit any target that belongs to the Lebanese state, not just to Hizbullah."

Ahead of his visit to Washington today, Barak drew attention to this issue as well as his views on the Iranian nuclear threat and the actions currently being taken by the international community.

"There are differences about what could be done about it, how it should be done, and what [is] the timeframe within which certain steps could be taken," he told the newspaper.

The defense minister also reiterated his support for further sanctions against Iran, but said that there needs to be an awareness of the limitations.

"It's still time for sanctions," he said, though he added that "probably, at a certain point, we should realize that sanctions cannot work."

Addressing the peace process, Barak told The Washington Post that the government's will to move forward "is there. But, of course, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. We have to prove it in actions, in the negotiations."

Hizbullah sites in the government of Lebanon, so how can their be any question about hitting all of Lebanon.

If Hizbullah were to strike Israel as far as Israel is concerned it is an act of war by Lebanon, and must be responded to accordingly.

Not without my sister

Israeli's search for missing sister in Yemen provides glimpse into lives of fearful Jews

Advah Cohen
Published: 07.26.10, 19:40 / Israel News

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From his home in Beersheba, Yahya Marhabi still misses his hometown of Sana'a, Yemen. He left it nine years ago, but it is not the neighbors he misses, nor is it the air of constant fear.

Marhabi misses his sister, Lea (18), who disappeared several months ago.

Marhabi claims she was abducted, forced to convert to Islam and marry a Muslim. Some six weeks ago, he returned to Yemen to look for Lea, and saw firsthand how Jews were living in a country where al-Qaeda cells roam free.

Marhabi's concern for the Jewish community in Yemen, including his parents and brother who still live in Sana'a, does not give him a moment's rest. Lea, he said, was abducted from the Jewish quarter by Muslims, probably members of al-Qaeda.

"She was abducted just two weeks after marrying one of the Jewish men of the congregation. She was forced to convert to Islam and marry one of her abductors," he said.

Lea's Jewish husband, he continued, has since remarried, realizing chances of her return were slim. Marhabi, however, has vowed to find his sister.

"This was a hard blow for us. Not a day goes by that I don't think of her, try to figure out a way to help her, to bring her home," he said. "If I were there at the time of her abduction I would have done everything to bring her back, but it's not that simple now. There is little we can do – but we are doing it."

Did she or didn’t she?

Arab media paint a different picture: According to reports in the Palestinian News Agency, Lea eloped with a young Muslim man by the name of Aaron Salam, converted of her own free will and kept in touch with her family – at least long enough to make it clear she had no desire to come home.

The reports claim that the wedding was celebrated by the local elite, with dignitaries such as the president of Yemen, the deputy prime minister and other high ranking officials attending the ceremony. The report further alleged that the young couple eloped after the Marhabi family rejected the young man's offer of marriage.

"They made it look like she went willingly rather then she was abducted," Marhabi said, "But we know she was kidnapped and we pray that she comes back to us, by some miracle."

New reality in Sana'a

After four weeks of searching to no avail Marhabi returned to Israel. The Sana'a he left nine years ago, he said, is not the one he found, or even the one he remembered from his previous visit.

Today, he said, the story of the Jewish community in Yemen is one of a few hundred Jews, trying to survive amid a Muslim majority. The Jews currently living in the Yemenite capital essentially live in a ghetto; and in constant fear of violence, abduction and murder.

Al-Qaeda's grip on Yemen has grown considerably over the past few years. "The real change began a year ago, when the brother of the head of the Jewish community was murdered," said Marhabi.

The act prompted the president to order a well defined, closed off area be set for Jews in Sana'a.

"Life there is very hard. They barely leave the area. They have no freedom, they don't work and they are afraid of coming into contact with the Arab population. Only the men leave the area, and only in broad daylight, and usually only to go to the market. They also make sure to disguise all their Jewish markings, like skullcaps. If they are recognized as Jews, they are spat and cursed at."

The volatile situation, he added, even had Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh order armed troops to guard the Jewish quarter of Sana'a. "He made a personal trip to the area to reassure them, that they would be protected.

"He really doesn’t want any harm to come to any of them. He even gives them money, since they don't work," he said.

Jewish life in Sana'a is clouded by fear and uncertainty, said Marhabi. "There is no joy there. People there have no light in their eyes. They are very lonely – 185 Jews amid a huge Arab nation. There used to be such joy there. Contentment, despite the hardship. Now there is just fear. Al-Qaeda wants to eradicate the Jews."

To be or not to be

Some 18 families came to Israel from Yemen in recent months. Jews find it hard to leave despite the hardships, and Israel is currently trying to convince the remaining Jews to leave.

"There are several issues with coming to Israel," said Marhabi. "First, it's not easy to leave one's homeland. It's also a different world there, altogether.

"They are also afraid to leave, because they are afraid they will be left with nothing. The Arabs won't buy their property because they know it's only a matter of time before they leave Yemen anyway, leaving it behind for the taking."

The Jewish Agency is doing everything it can to bring Jews residing in Yemen to Israel, said Eli Cohen of the JA. "The connections we've made there and the support we give them will enable us to bring them here.

"We are trying to afford them the same way of life in Israel. They have been given (acclimation) grants and we're taking care of them. Israel is their natural home," he said. "We have been getting reports that al-Qaeda is targeting Jews and we advise them to leave. Jews no longer have anything in Yemen. The situation there will only get worse."

And what of Marhabi? For now he is using his Yemenite citizenship to visit the country every six months and assist in bringing the Jews stil living there to Israel

"I fear for my family and friends. We must bring them to Israel. Living by fear is no way to live. But we can't talk about it too much – it would put them in danger."

Danny Adino Ababa contributed to the story

July 26, 2010

'Jews dominate the media'

Director Oliver Stone makes anti-Semitic comments, supports Iran.

Diaspora Affairs and Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein slammed director Oliver Stone on Monday for giving an interview to the Sunday Times in which he downplayed the Holocaust, defended Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and complained about Jewish influence in the United States.

Edelstein said that Stone's statements to the newspaper were racist, anti-Semitic, and made him sick.

Reality Check: The joke's on Edelstein
ADL conference on anti-Israel rhetoric
New media need a new approach to anti-Semitism

"Beyond the ignorance he proves with his comments, his demonization of the Jewish people could be a sequel to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion," the minister said. "When a man of Stone's stature says such things, it could lead to a new wave of anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism, and it may even cause real harm to Jewish communities and individuals."

In the interview, Stone said America's focus on the Holocaust was a product of the "Jewish domination of the media." He said his upcoming Showtime documentary series "Secret History of America," would put Hitler and Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin "in context."

"Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people, 25 or 30 [million killed]," Stone said.

When asked by the interviewer why so much of an emphasis has been placed on the Holocaust, Stone responded: "The Jewish domination of the media. There's a major lobby in the United States. They are hard workers. They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f***ed up United States foreign policy for years."

Stone, who recently met with Ahmadinejad, said American policy toward Iran was "horrible."

"Iran isn't necessarily the good guy," he said. "But we don't know the full story!"

By contrast, Stone praised Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez as "a brave, blunt, earthy" man, who does not censor the Internet in his country.

Stone also raised an uproar when he defended Hitler at a press conference in January.

"Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it's been used cheaply," he said at the time. "He's the product of a series of actions. It's cause and effect."

Simon Wiesenthal Center director Rabbi Marvin Hier responded that "to talk about 'placing Adolf Hitler in context' is like placing cancer in context, instead of recognizing cancer for what it really is - a horrible disease, just as we must recognize Hitler as the ultimate expression of evil."

No Jew should ever go to his movies again, don't even watch them for free on TV.

Instead every Jew should call the channel that is showing one of his films and in a nice way say you are not going to watch the movies and why.

July 25, 2010

Raed Salah goes to jail for 5 months

Islamic Movement leader accompanied by 100 supporters, Arab MKs.

Islamic Movement leader Raed Salah began his incarceration Sunday, having been sentenced to five months in prison by a Jerusalem court for leading a violent demonstration and assaulting a police officer in the capital in 2007.

Salah was accompanied by some 100 supporters, including Arab MKs, to the jail. His sentence was reduced earlier this month from the original nine months when the Jerusalem District Court ruled that the initial sentence “was severe beyond appropriate measure.” At the same time, the court slammed Salah's actions as ultimately harming the right to demonstrate and to freedom of expression.

MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima) blasted Arab MKs for “taking a stance against peace” Sunday after he received reports that a number of his Arab colleagues accompanied Salah to prison earlier in the day.

“I would expect Arab society and its representatives in the Knesset to demonstrate responsibility in distancing themselves from Salah's actions,” said Schneller. “Salah is a figure who has made a goal of inciting against peace and ruining our chances at achieving it.”

Salah is no stranger to prison. His latest five-month sentence comes after he was convicted of a 2007 attack on a police officer during a Jerusalem protest. Salah was found guilty of assaulting and spitting on a police officer who was guarding a demonstration sponsored by Salah.

Around 100 people, including far-left activist Tali Fahima, accompanied Salah to the Ayalon Prison. Support for Salah, complained Schneller, proved that Arab Mks were, like Salah, not interested in reaching any final agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

In a press conference before he entered the prison, Salah warned that the second half of 2010 would be “a fateful year for the al-Aksa Mosque” and reiterated calls for his supporters to guard the Temple Mount site from alleged Israeli aspirations to turn it into a place of Jewish worship. Jerusalem, he said, and not his detention, should be the major issue of the day.

“It is clear that the Israeli establishment, through its various arms, always returns to the detestable logic of conquest,” said the Northern Front in a statement released Sunday. “The Israeli occupation carries out a crime against al-Aksa, but it is we who are being jailed. We greet the jail with satisfaction because it is the price of our stance for the blessed al-Aksa. On the other hand, we also greet the prison with anger because of the occupation and the crimes that [the Israeli establishment] has committed.”

Why did he only get five months?

He deserves 5 years.

What of the Israeli citizens both Arab and Jew that marched in support of Salah, should Israel allow such actions under the name of democracy?

I think not, democracy should not allow treason and terror in the name of liberty. For it then becomes anarchy and suicide.

July 24, 2010

I have been traveling and have been unable to post to my blog.

I now am at my location and will starting blogging Sunday.

July 16, 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

Poll: Most Americans back Israeli military action against Iran

Thursday, July 15, 2010

[ For poll table:
www.tipponline.com/images/stories/IBD/p07142010.png ]

56 percent of Americans support an Israeli strike to prevent Iran from
building nuclear weapons, according to a poll conducted by a U.S. research
By Shlomo Shamir and Haaretz Service Published 00:48 16.07.10

More than half of Americans support Israeli military action against Iran,
according to a poll released on Wednesday.

The poll was conducted by TIPP, the polling unit of TechnoMetrica Market
Intelligence, a U.S. research firm of both syndicated and custom Market
Research solutions.

According to the poll, 43 percent of U.S. Democrats approve of Israel taking
military action against Iran to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons,
while 40 percent disapprove. However, when Republicans were asked the same
question, 74 percent voiced approval while 17 percent disapproved. Among
independents, 56 percent approved of military action while 30% disapproved.

Overall, 56 percent of Americans approved a military strike, while 30
percent disapproved, according to the poll.

Meanwhile, the NewsMax website reported on Thursday that a separate Pew
Research poll showed similar results, with 66 percent of Americans preferred
a strike, while 24% objected to it. According to the Pew Research poll,
which included 22 countries last month, a majority in 16 of the states
preferred a military strike over tolerating a nuclear Iran.

Last week, The Washington Post reported that U.S. Senator John McCain said
that he did not believe Israel was considering military action against Iran
over its contentious nuclear program.

"I don't believe we are at the point of making that kind of decision, nor
is the Israeli government, given the state that Iran is in now as far as the
development of their nuclear weapons is concerned," McCain told reporters
after talks with Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and
Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

July 15, 2010

Ynet special: Jabotinsky had Hitler in crosshairs

British colonel's diary reveals how Revisionist Zionist leader planned to murder Nazi tyrant
Shlomo Nakdimon

In December 1939, four months after the beginning of World War II, Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky paid a visit to a retired 61-year-old British colonel.

The colonel, Richard Henry Meinertzhagen, served as an advisor at the War Office in London and knew Jabotinsky from his service in the British army in the Land of Israel after the Ottoman era in 1918.

The colonel documented his conversation with the Zionist leader in his private diary, which was published in London in 1959 as a book titled, "Middle East Diary, 1917-1956." Here is a short segment from the conversation:

Jabotinsky: I have brought a plan to bomb Hitler and the entire Nazi leadership.

Meinertzhagen: An ambitious plot.

Jabotinsky: An attainable one.

Meinertzhagen: Do elaborate.

Jabotinsky: A number of high-ranking Nazis in Munich must be assassinated. Their funeral will require the arrival of their senior comrades, including Hitler. Bombs containing 100 kilograms of explosives will be concealed in one of the coffins. As all the Nazis gather around the grave, 100 kilograms of bombs will explode and they'll all move on to the next world.

Meinertzhagen: Who will activatethe bomb system?

Jabotinsky: The Jewish gravedigger in Munich. He's a friend of mine.

The colonel, who was impressed by the plan, presented it to the Foreign Office in London. He concluded this chapter in one short line in his diary: The Foreign Office frowned and the Nazis were saved.

Brilliant military strategist

Monday marked the 70th anniversary of Jabotinsky's death, according to the Jewish calendar. He died on August 4, 1940, and his body – along with that of his wife Jeanne – was brought to Israel and buried on Mount Herzl on July 9, 1964, as specified in his will.

Jabotinsky was a writer and poet, one of the founders of the Jewish Self-Defense Organization in Odessa, and a delegate in Zionist congresses. He created the Zion Mule Corps, which fought against the Turks together with Joseph Trumpeldor. He established the Jewish Legion which fought against the Turks in the Land of Israel and was decorated for bravery for soldiering in the Jordan Valley in 1918. He was one of the founders of the Haganah organization and its commander in the Jerusalem riots. He established the Beitar movement and the Revisionist Movement. He was also an early leader of the militant Zionist underground organization, Irgun.

Colonel Meinertzhagen was an ornithologist and had a passion for bird watching. He liked to travel and was a political commentator and brilliant military strategist. His original diaries comprised 70 volumes and his 376-page book, which summarizes them, was translated into Hebrew by Aharon Amir. The publisher, Dr. Reuven Hecht, received an official thank-you note from Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion.

In 1920, Colonel Meinertzhagen predicted that a Jewish state would be established 30 years later. He began leaning towards Zionism thanks to Aaron Aaronson, one of the leaders of the Nili espionage network, which worked to end the Ottoman rule in the Land of Israel and was Meinertzhagen's main intelligence provider.

Passionate Zionist

The colonel met Jabotinsky for the first time in 1920, when the latter prepared to defend Jerusalem against Arab riots, but was arrested and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

Meinertzhagen turned to the army's chief commander in the Land of Israel, who said he could not intervene in the "work of justice". Meinertzhagen replied, "But you can intervene in the work of injustice." Jabotinsky's punishment was reduced to one year in prison.

They met once again on September 14, 1939, two weeks after the war broke out, and had lunch at the Carlton Hotel in London. The colonel characterized Jabotinsky as a passionate Zionist, a fighter, "undeterred but talented." This time, Jabotinsky presented two additional revolutionary idea, which he also suggested in letters to ministers in Winston Churchill's cabinet.

In December 1939, Jabotinsky suggested a plan to sabotage German oil rigs in the Danube River. According to the Meinertzhagen diaries, the plan was examined in the presence of a several British experts, was deemed successful and led to the destruction of many oil rigs. The diary did not say anything else about the matter.

Jabotinsky, Meinertzhagen wrote, was a wild and enthusiastic Zionist, a great revolutionist, and was always ready for action. He favored power and action over arguments and discussions.

Although Meinertzhagen supported the moderate line led by Chaim Weizmann, Jabotinsky's rival in the Zionist Movement, he did rule that Israel gained victory in 1948 thanks to Jabotinsky's group of Zionist fighters (the Irgun).

July 14, 2010

Jewish Terrorist

Police: 'Jewish terrorist' killed 3
Kahane activist says was 'framed by Shin Bet' for Palestinian murders.

An Israeli man was arrested on Tuesday night by Jerusalem police and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) in his home on suspicion of stabbing a number of Palestinian men to death in the late 1990s, attempting to murder at least five more Palestinians, and being in possession of illegal weapons.

The suspect, Haim Pearlman, of Givat Washington, has been described by security forces as a member of the outlawed Kach movement, and is said to have travelled in far right circles. He is married and has three children.

In 1998 and 1999, security forces allege, Pearlman went on a stabbing spree, killing three Palestinians in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Mea Sharim and Abu Tor.

He is also suspected of attempting to murder five additional Palestinians in the Jerusalem area.

Pearlman has fiercely denied all of the suspicions against him, and claimed in an interview recorded two days before his arrest and aired
on Channel Two on Wednesday night that he had been framed.

Pearlman's lawyer, Adi Keidar, told the Post on Wednesday, "In the coming days, we will expose the unacceptable and shameful techniques used by the Shin Bet against my client. My client has denied all wrongdoing."

Keidar added that he has been prevented from meeting with Pearlman for the time being.

"In the condition that I was in, I would have confessed to killing Arlozorov," Pealman said during the Channel Two interview. "The Shin Bet gave me money to feed them information six months ago," he added. Pearlman also accused his supposed handlers of encouraging him to commit acts of violence, and urging him to kill Sheikh Raed Saleh, the head of the Islamic Movement's Northern Branch, as part of the attempts to frame him.

The Shin Bet was not immediately available to respond to the allegations.

An associate of Pearlman told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that the Shin Bet lured Pearlman with cash payments to become an informer, but then cut links with him after realizing that the information he provided was worthless.

The associate added that audio recordings were made by Pearlman of alleged attempts by Shin Bet agents to urge him to kill Salah.

"He was a right-wing activist ten years ago, but since then has left. He couldn't get a teaching permit because of a past arrest during a disturbance related to the disengagement [from Gaza in 2005]," the associate said.

"He was in financial distress, so the Shin Bet exploited him. They gave him hundreds of shekels for meeting with them, and kept in regular touch with them, asking him to provide them with information," the associate added.

The associate said that after realizing the information Pearlman was giving was false, undercover agents were sent to Givat Washington to put up posters advertising a job. When Pearlman contacted the people who advertised the position, he realized they were Shin Bet agents, the associate said.

"They crossed the line, and tried to cause him to commit violent acts. These conversations were recorded by him. When the Shin Bet realized they were being recorded, they framed him, out of revenge," the associate claimed.

The associate claimed to have heard the recordings. "In one tape, an agent is heard saying, let's go to a village in the North... it's not a problem to take out Salah. You open fire on the vehicle... you have to empty out the cartridge... or you can plant a bomb," he said.

"Why was he arrested now, when the cases are more than ten years old?" he said. "There is no doubt this is revenge."

Pearlman appeared before Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, where his custody was extended by a day, despite attempts by the police representative to court to extend his custody by 15 days.

His next remand hearing will be held on Thursday at the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court.

Pearlman was arrested in the past for waving an Israeli flag on Temple Mount, but was acquitted.

He was also arrested for attacking an Arab man during the funeral of the Binyamin and Talia Kahane in 2000, who were shot dead in their vehicle by Palestinian terrorists while driving in the West Bank. Binyamin was the son of Rabbi Meir Kahane.

Let me be clear, this is not the Jewish way.

Murder is never justified.

Murdering random Arabs does nothing to strengthen Israel or the case of the settlers. Just the opposite is true these radical elements from the settler world that speak ill of Druze soldiers and police officer or committee acts of terror must be punished.

Tell Missy Elliot Thank You

Missy lands in Israel despite opposition
Petition urges Elliot to cancel; singer to visit Kotel, hike Masada.

US rap singer Missy Elliott arrived in Israel Wednesday ahead of her July 15 concert despite calls for her to cancel, because of the Israeli blockade over Gaza.

The Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) had urged Elliott to cancel the concert, and posted a petition on its website Tuesday asking users to do the same.

"Santana, Elvis Costello, The Pixies and other prominent performers have recently canceled concerts in Israel," read the website, "in solidarity with the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel in 2005.

"As a member of a visible minority, and someone who has long contributed to various social causes, Ms. Elliott may have a sensitivity to the plight of the oppressed." The website provided a form by which users could send an email to Elliott's manager.

The call for Elliott to boycott Israel followed a string of celebrities who have backed out of attending events in Israel after the international outcry over Israel’s attack on a Turkish-led flotilla that attempted to break the Gaza blockade on May 31.

Meg Ryan recently canceled an appearance at this year’s annual Jerusalem Film Festival and US alternative rock bank the 'Pixies' canceled their June 9 Tel Aviv show, a decision which followed earlier cancellations by the 'Klaxons' and 'Gorillaz.'

Only two weeks after British rock icon Elvis Costello told The Jerusalem Post that the only answer to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is “dialogue and reconciliation,” he decided to take himself out of the equation by canceling his two shows scheduled for June 30 and July 1 at the Caesaerea Amphitheater.

Costello posted an announcement on his Web site over the weekend explaining his decision to join the boycott of Israel. “There are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act that resonates more than anything that might be sung and it may be assumed that one has no mind for the suffering of the innocent,” he wrote.

Saying he could not imagine receiving another invitation to perform in Israel, Costello wrote that since the conflict was “actually too grave and complex to be addressed in a concert, then it is also quite impossible to simply look the other way… sometimes a silence in music is better than adding to the static.”

Elliott was reported to have arrived on July 14, a day early, to do some touring in Israel, including leaving a note at the Western Wall, and hiking Masada, and visiting the Dead Sea with her entourage.

David Brinn and Ruth Eglash contributed to this report

If her music is not your style it maybe something your children like so buy them a copy of her music to show our thanks.

July 13, 2010

Knesset revokes Zoabi's MK rights

Zoabi condemns 34 to 16 vote as 'punishing her out of revenge.'

After weeks of delay, the Knesset plenum voted 34 to 16 late on Tuesday night to strip MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) of some of her parliamentary privileges, following her participation in the Gaza flotilla aboard the MV Mavi Marmara.

A series of lawmakers, both Arab and Jew, complained that such a move endangered Israeli democracy, but Zoabi’s opponents argued that it was the freshman MK who constituted a threat to Israel.

In June, the Knesset’s House Committee voted seven to one to deny Zoabi the right to hold a diplomatic passport; her right to subsidized legal counsel in the event of criminal proceedings against her over her participation in the flotilla, or for any related future offenses; and any extra privileges she could enjoy as a member of Knesset traveling overseas. But while House Committee chairman Yariv Levin (Likud) planned to bring the vote to the plenum as quickly as possible, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin (Likud) delayed the vote while awaiting any indications from the attorney-general regarding criminal charges against Zoabi.

In the mean time, senior government officials – and international bodies, including the International Parliamentary Union – pushed Rivlin to delay the plenum approval of the committee decision as long as possible.

But with no answer from Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein regarding criminal charges, and with the Knesset’s summer recess slightly more than a week away, Rivlin said on Tuesday that he had no choice but to okay the decision for a plenum debate and vote.

During hours of debate, legislators on both sides of the issue played fast and free with impassioned rhetoric and Shas’s MK Nissim Ze’ev was expelled from the plenum after repeatedly being called to order.

“The debate today helps us to explain to the entire world about the discriminatory and racist attitude toward the Arab public,” complained Balad chairman Jamal Zahalka. “It also helps us reveal that in the Knesset, there are two types of MKs, regular MKs and Arab MKs.

“The Balad faction gives its complete support to MK Zoabi,” Zahalka continued.

“She exercised her right and her obligation according to our party’s platform to oppose and to act against the criminal siege of Gaza. Denying Zoabi’s rights is tyranny of the majority, which is the complete opposite of democracy.”

Although only two Likud cabinet members – Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Minister-without-Portfolio Yossi Peled – voted in favor of the House Committee’s decision to strip Zoabi of the privileges, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Gila Gamliel took the podium to explain why Zoabi’s actions undermined the democracy of which Zahalka spoke.

“I hear MK Zoabi defining herself as a Palestinian and I ask – if you are a Palestinian, why are you a member of the Israeli Knesset?” she asked Zoabi, who sat in silence with a slight smile across her lips through much of the debate.

“In Gaza and Ramallah, there is also a parliament, so why are you not a member of the parliament that defines itself as Palestinian? You take pride in your democratic and liberal values, but could it be that in a democracy, rights come together with obligations. You did not simply fail to carry out your obligations toward the citizens of the country as an elected representative, but you attacked them,” Gamliel said.

Even before she took the speaker’s podium to defend herself, Zoabi told Channel 2 that “[the Knesset] has no idea of what democracy is. I represent my views, my party’s views, and the views of all the Arab members of the Knesset.”

The Knesset, she complained, “was supposed to defend my right to express my opinions,” and “protect me from racism which targeted me for my views.” Her views, she said, represent a “global consensus” regarding Israel.

Ultimately, Zoabi and the Arab parties did not stand completely alone in their position that Knesset sanctions against the Balad MK constituted a slippery slope toward silencing opposition. In addition to Meretz MKs Haim Oron and Ilan Gilon, Coalition MKs Ghaleb Majadle (Labor) and Eitan Cabel (Labor) joined with Minister of Atomic Intelligence and Energy Dan Meridor (Likud) in voting against the House Committee’s decision. Rivlin and Minister-without-Portfolio Bennie Begin (Likud) both were present in the plenum but abstained in the vote.

Who Really Needs Protection?

Knesset revokes Zoabi's MK rights
Zoabi condemns 34 to 16 vote as 'punishing her out of revenge.'

The Knesset voted 34 to 16 to strip MK Haneen Zoabi of her parliamentary privileges Tuesday for her participation in the May 31 Gaza flotilla, which provoked a naval raid by Israel and left nine Turkish citizens dead.

Zoabi condemned the Knesset for "punishing [her] out of revenge."

As part of the decision, her diplomatic passport was revoked, and the state would not fund her legal fees.

The motion to strip her of privileges, initiated by MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union), was under discussion by the Knesset Tuesday. MK Yariv Levin (Likud) told Zoabi that "you don't have a place in the Knesset," and "you do not deserve Israeli citizenship."

In an interview with Channel 2 Tuesday night, Zoabi stated she expected the Knesset to revoke her privileges.

She said "[The Knesset] has no idea what democracy is here. I represent my views, my party's views, and the views of all the Arab members of the Knesset."

Zoabi said the Libyan aid ship, which is currently bound for Gaza, proved that "there is a world consensus that the blockade of Gaza is illegitimate." Zoabi said she supports the Libyan ship as well.

Zoabi condemned the Knesset, saying "you were supposed to defend my right to express my opinions," and "protect me from racism which targeted me for my views.

"I stand not only for my peoples' views, but for a global consensus."

In June, The House Committee of the Knesset voted seven to one to deny Zoabi her privilege to hold a diplomatic passport; her right to subsidized legal counsel in the event of criminal proceedings against her over her participation in the flotilla, or for any related future offenses; and any extra privileges she could enjoy as a member of Knesset traveling overseas.

My question is who is going to protect Israel from her treason.

Zoabi can not have it both ways being a Knesset member and then when she committees treason scream Israel is anti democratic.

Democracy does not mean you have to allow members of the legislative body of a country the freedom of treason.

My answer to her is accept Israel as the Jewish state and commit to the seven laws of Noah, or leave of your own free will.

If you choose not to do either of the above then you should be tried for treason and if found guilty be given the death sentence.

July 12, 2010

Settlers, have you no shame?

Op-ed: Druze soldiers don’t deserve to face wrath of settlers over building freeze
Rafik Halabi

Border Guard soldiers and liaison officials are sustaining more and more curses from the settlers over enforcement of the construction freeze order. A new leaflet distributed by the settlers accused Arab IDF soldiers of safeguarding the Palestinians. This, beyond being outrageous, reflects a racist, thuggish thinking and denies the possibility of civil equality in the Jewish state.

I always believed there is a contradiction between a nation-state and a democratic state if the dominant national component happens to be religion. This is the case in Iran, Pakistan, and also in the land of the settlers. Druze soldiers perform hard work bordering on the impossible, just like their Jewish comrades, while being cursed by both by the Palestinians, who accuse them of being traitors, and by the settlers, who tell them they should be put on a train and sent away.

These racists do not know that the IDF delegation to the death camps this year was headed by Brigadier General Mufid Ganem, and that one of the delegation members was Wajia Nasraldin, whose son Lutfi was the first casualty of Operation Cast Lead.

The nationalistic madness makes these settlers lose their mind. Police Major General Hussein Fares recounted how he was cursed during the disengagement operation, and how Druze officers in the liaison units face daily humiliation.

Seemingly, Druze soldiers should not be complaining, because this is how these “nutcases” treat Jewish soldiers too. Those who cut off olive trees, burn the fields of villagers, hurt children, and sow hatred do not understand the value of the land and are unworthy of settling it. Those who did not read the story of Kristallnacht cannot understand they are behaving like the German racists did.

Deep identity crisis

The Druze in Israel are not mercenaries – they perform mandatory military service in all units, including the most elite and secretive ones. Yet Druze youths currently face a deep identity crisis: Only few would define their identity as “Arab Palestinian,” despite their mother tongue, customs, and religion. Many lost their Arabic language and speak a language that is replete with Hebrew, and many others have already rejected their national identity. In their view, their Israeliness is beyond any doubt.

The Druze sector never launched a strike, even when its lands were “robbed.” Meanwhile, more than half Druze households make their livelihood via a salary or benefits of the defense establishment. Yet settlers like the ones who target the Druze merely boost the frustration and feeling that “now that the Druze did the dirty work there’s no need for them,” thereby boosting the identity crisis.

I do not accept the attitude that the settlers in question are just “bad weeds.” There is a whole field of them by now. I’m unwilling to accept that settler leaders cannot restrain them, and I don’t understand why IDF commanders merely whine instead of restraining these thugs.

The Jews in Israel cannot use terms like “brothers in arms” or “blood pact” only on memorial days. They cannot cry out every morning: “We have a Jewish and democratic state.” A democratic state must defend itself from those who aim to sow the seeds of fascism, because there is no Jewish state that isn’t democratic. A fascist state or district cannot be Jewish.

This is not the place to cry out over civilian injustice, discrimination, and government arrogance in respect to Druze land. Right now I’m only voicing the pain of the soldiers who perform their mandatory service. The percentage of Druze soldiers is greater than that of Jewish soldiers, while many of the settlers (and certainly the ultra-Orthodox) only carry arms to guard their homes, and in quite a few cases to exact revenge and hurt their neighbors. A little shame would do them good.

Rafik Halabi is a journalist

Any Jew that assaults or insults a Druze soldier or police officer, is committing an act that is against the Torah and an insult to all Jews that believe in the Torah.

I have heard people say such vile things so the settlers can please shut up and stop claiming these are false allegations.

If the Jewish people in Israel starts treating the Druze soldier or police officer with contempt by saying vile things to these soldiers and police officers while they do their job or worse assault them.

Then we must ask ourselves some serious questions, like what kind of people have we turned into and even we must ask ourselves do we deserve to keep our homeland?

We must honor the historical fact that more Druze have died for Israel on a per ca pita basis than Jews.

I for one honor what the Druze have done and ask they understand that not all Jews are this way and even not all settlers are this way.

Only a small minority of settlers acts as thugs and hooligans.

But we must prosecute these thugs to the fullest extent of the law, or a debit of honor that we owe the Druze will remain unpaid.

IDF probe: Army didn't have ‘Plan B’ for flotilla op

Maj.-Gen Eiland presents Ashkenazi 100-page report detailing findings of internal probe into 'Mavi Marmara' interception, says he found “operational mistakes” rather than “failures."

A series of operational and intelligence mistakes led to the botched raid in late May aboard the Mavi Marmara Turkish passenger ship that was trying to break the Israel-imposed sea blockade on the Gaza Strip, according to an internal military probe into the incident.

As expected, the report refrained from issuing personal recommendations against IDF officers although it did refer to a number of mistakes that were made by the most senior levels in the IDF.

In the raid by commandos from the Navy’s Flotilla 13 – known as the Shayetet – nine Turkish nationals were killed and 10 commandos were injured.

On Monday, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland, who headed the probe, presented a 100-page report to the IDF General Staff in which he listed a number of “mistakes” that he said were made in the planning stage of the operation.

In a briefing to reporters, Eiland, the former head of the IDF’s Planning Division and Israel’s National Security Council, said that he did not find negligence in the planning and implementation of the operation. He also made a clear that there was a difference between “operational failures” and “operational mistakes” and that he only found mistakes, not failures.

'Navy should have prepared a Plan B'

Eiland slammed the Navy for not preparing a “Plan B” for the operation and should have reconsidered rappelling commandos onto the Mavi Marmara’s upper deck after noticing from sea and air that there were several dozen acitivsts on board prepared to violently resist.

Eiland said that once the Navy ships sailed alongside the Mavi Marmara and saw the preparations on board for conflict, the top Navy command should have reconsidered its options and possible even delay the boarding of the ship.

“Once they saw that there were dozens of people on the deck, the rapelling of commandos down to the upper deck could still have been avoided,” the report concluded, adding that the Navy should have, as a result, prepared a “Plan B” for how to take command of the ship, which it did not.

'Slug dislodged from soldier's knee didn't come from Navy gun'

Eiland’s probe also found that shots were initially fired at the boarding commandos from weapons that the passengers likely had prepared before hand. The slug that was dislodged from the knee of one of the soldiers was of a different caliber than that which is used by the Navy.

He also detailed the events that led to the abduction of three commandos, who were thrown from the upper to the lower deck and were only recovered about 40 minutes later after they were spotted standing wounded on the ship’s bow and surrounded by a number of passengers. The Navy commandos opened fire from above, scared off the passengers enabling two of the wounded to jump into the water. The third, who was severely wounded, was then rescued by other commandos who jumped down to the bow from the upper deck.

According to Eiland, the Navy did not have technology that would have enabled it to stop the ship ahead of the operation without putting soldiers on board its upper deck to take control of the bridge.

“Such an option did not exist,” Eiland concluded in his report. During their work, members of Eiland’s panel met with a number of officials who offered ideas how to stop the ship without boarding it. According to the committee, it is possible to develop such a capability but it will take approximately two years.

Since the flotilla, the Navy has met with a number of companies and is pursuing technology that could be used to stop a ship in the future.

'MI should have designated IHH as a target'

Another mistake that Eiland found was that Military Intelligence did not designate Turkey or the Islamic organization IHH, which organized the flotilla, as a target for intelligence gathering. He said that this was justified up until 2010 at the time since Turkey was a friendly country to Israel and IHH, was like a dozen other radical Islamic organizations that provided financial support to Hamas.

In the beginning of the year though, Eiland claimed that MI and Israel’s other intelligence agencies should have designated Turkey and IHH as intelligence targets due to the deterioration in ties between the countries. He said that the Israeli intelligence community should have understood that it was dealing with an organization that was supported by the ruling political party in Turkey and prepared accordingly.

July 09, 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

Gaddafi charity to send Gaza aid boat

Published today 12:10 9 July 2010

Jerusalem - Ma'an/Agencies - A charity headed by the son of Libyan leader
Moamar Gaddafi is sending an aid boat from Greece to Gaza to break Israel's
blockaded of the coastal enclave, organizers told Agence France-Presse on

The cargo ship Hope will depart from Lavrio, 60 kilometers southeast of
Athens, the Libyan embassy reportedly said. "This is a humanitarian mission
expected to sail later on Friday," an embassy official told AFP.

The Tripoli-based Gaddafi International Charity and Development Association,
chaired by Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, the second son of the Libyan leader, said
it was sending a cargo ship "loaded with about 2,000 tons of humanitarian
aid in the form of foodstuff and medications," according to the news wire.

The ship will also carry "a number of supporters who are keen on expressing
solidarity with the Palestinian people in the plight amidst the siege
imposed on Gaza," the organization added in a statement.

The report follows news that an Iranian aid ship bound for Gaza was canceled
after was organizers termed "Israeli threats."

Several countries have vowed to send flotillas to the coastal enclave,
following an Israeli raid of a Gaza-bound fleet of boats carrying
humanitirian aid left nine Turkish nationals dead on 31 May.

Turkey has threatened to severe ties with Israel if its government fails to
apologize for the incident and allow an international, independent
commission to investigate the attack. Israel is currently conducting an
internal probe, which Ankara says will not suffice.

July 08, 2010

Preparing for 3rd Intifada

Disturbing book drafted by top Hamas prisoner outlines plan for future war on Israel
Ronen Bergman

"We must carefully examine the hostage's 'quality' – there is a difference between a married man and single man and between a father to children and a childless man. It's also important whether his parents are alive and there is a difference between Ashkenazim and Sephardim. …we saw that Ehud Goldwasser's wife managed to stir great empathy because of her status under Jewish law: A married woman whose husband is missing and whose fate is unknown….Goldwasser gained more media coverage at Eldad Regev's expensive, even though both of them were captured at the same time, because the media always looks for stories that can stir public emotions…"

The above quote is taken from a book titled "Resistance – A View from the Inside." The secret 200-page document was drafted by Mohammed Arman, a senior Hamas man jailed in Israel. The research work, referred to as "Hamas' war plan," was smuggled out of the Hadarim prison's most guarded wing and distributed among senior Hamas leaders, in order to prepare the ground for the "next phase" of Palestinian resistance.

In his document, Arman combined through analysis of terror activities in the Gaza Strip and West Bank with analysis of Israeli media's nature add Hamas' strengths and weaknesses in the West Bank. He demonstrated his arguments using hundreds of examples and quotes about issues ranging from the technology of tracking cell phones to words uttered by Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, and Ehud Barak, among others.

Yet Arman is no military theorist. He is very much a "field activist" who was among Hamas' most active West Bank commanders until his 2002 arrest. As such, his book is written as a practical guide for field activists. The document he produced is impressive, detailed, and mostly frightening, showing deep understanding of Israeli society's nature and its leadership.

The key points and innovations in the text include the following:

Rocket fire from the West Bank – Arman calls for existing combat methods to be exported from Gaza to the West Bank, while using collaborators among Arab Israelis. "We must acquire rockets, which will be a vital means for the next stage, in order to change the rules of play in the West Bank and mostly in areas bordering on 1948 land…even one person can acquire the needed materials for a rocket without raising suspicions and at very low cost, if we provide him with information on manufacturing methods. This is the role of resistance organizations," he wrote.

Throughout the book, Arman disparages what he views as the low endurance of Israel's home front.

"As we know, every person is scared of death, yet our enemy fears death more than anyone else…this prompts it to constantly consider abandoning the areas where rockets land," he wrote. "The occupation's political leadership can tolerate the rockets to a greater extent than civilians…many Zionists have alternate homes and passports in the countries of their origin."

Recruiting Arab Israelis – Arman devotes great attention to the role of Arab Israelis in the Palestinian struggle, with an emphasis on Jerusalem Arabs. However, he also says that the connection of Israeli Arabs to terror acts and groups should be blurred.

"The objective of the resistance within the 1948 areas and in Jerusalem is to harass the occupiers, disrupt their daily routine, and undermine their confidence," he wrote, adding that this should be done "in order to encourage migration and discourage immigration by harming the economy, scaring off wealthy individuals and cowards – without prompting international reaction that would support the occupation's acts against residents of these areas (Arab Israelis.)"

"We need those residents in the near feature, and therefore we cannot take this issue lightly and get them in trouble," he wrote. "The most effective means is popular war of road sabotage, arson, disrupting vital communications, and sowing fear among the Zionists without killing or even wounding them, with the exception of unusual cases."

The technological front – The impressive sources of information possessed by Arman include debriefings among prisoners. He notes that many terror cells were detained via the Internet.

"One activist who spoke with Gaza via a messenger program in Internet cafes was surprised when the intelligence services presented him with documentation of all the conversations he held in two months," Arman wrote. "The Internet is being monitored just like the phone, and even more thoroughly, because the intelligence services can easily gain access into any e-mail account and impersonate the other party to the conversation. Many cells were exposed that way."

Arman says that based on his inquiries, Israel's intelligence service are able to listen to any network, read any text message, and break into any computer or instant messaging program

More abduction operations – Much of the text is dedicated to analyzing abductions as a means for securing the release of Palestinian prisoners. Although Arman does not mention himself and members of his cell – who are candidates for release in the Shalit deal – he notes that resolving the prisoner issue via abductions is at the top of Hamas' agenda.

In these sections Arman harshly criticizes Israeli society, yet it appears he fails to understand its nature.

"Zionist society is a society of immigrants from all over the world who do not know each other, or even themselves," he wrote. "Every Zionist only thinks of himself…the view of the average Zionist in respect to prisoner swaps has nothing to do with morality, nationalistic feelings, or humanity, but rather, is based on fear that he too may be abducted one day. So he worries about himself first. This is the Zionist mentality."

Meanwhile, Arman stresses that Gilad Shalit is an "insufficient" bargaining chip for the Palestinians: "One abduction operation isn't enough. One soldier will not secure the objective."

Another criteria provided for abduction victims is their professional background and the knowledge they possess: "The Zionist entity is characterized by frequent government changes and is full of former generals, army chiefs, scientists, nuclear facility employees…Their value is the vital information in their head; information which the enemy closely safeguards."

In respect to abductions, Arman recommends that operations be carried out in the West Bank.

"We should know that abductions in the West Bank will draw implications and responses that are much milder than those in Gaza, as the entire West Bank is under the occupier's security responsibility… without an excuse to utilize brutal force against West Bank residents."

Arman adds that hostages should be held in "underground hideouts, far away from homes, or at a backyard where there is no security risk whatsoever…where no neighbor is suspected as being a collaborator of the occupation."

Adopting the al-Qaeda model – Throughout the document, Arman stresses the importance of independent activity by terror cells, a modus operandi utilized successfully by al-Qaeda and Global Jihad groups for years now. He calls for access to technical information and operational instructions online for activists interested in training themselves on using improvised, easy-to-acquire weapons.

"Popular, cheap, and widely available combat means must be developed…we should avoid scientific entanglements and refrain from referring to substances by their long and odd scientific names, but rather, use the names common in Palestine," he wrote.

Arman, who refers to himself as "the engineer behind the Hebrew University operation" has been sentenced to 36 life terms over his role in the university terror attack, among others. He is considered one of the five most senior Hamas prisoners whom the group wants released in the Shalit deal.

His first book, Death Engineers, which was also smuggled out of prison, was used by his Hamas successors as a mostly technical guide for carrying out murderous terror attacks. His latest book is dedicated to formulating policy ahead of embarking on a "long-term confrontation that will turn into a war of attrition."

A senior Israeli security official said Arman's book is very disturbing because it shows deep understanding of Israeli intelligence agencies' modus operandi, as well as Israeli society at large.

"Not everything in the book is accurate. In some cases he attributes to us capabilities we do not possess, while in other cases he underestimates us," the official said. "Yet as an action plan and an outline for war, the document can certainly serve as a very dangerous platform for what may happen in the West Bank in the future, should the plan he outlined by executed."

July 07, 2010

Knesset considers switching to free-range eggs

Speaker Rivlin responds positively to request from animal rights group Anonymous, hopes change can be made soon

Tzvika Brot
Published: 06.29.10, 08:30 / Israel Activism

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin is considering banning the use of factory-farmed eggs at the parliament's eateries and instructing them to use free-range and organic eggs instead, as is customary in many parliaments and state institutions around the world, Yedioth Ahronoth reported last week.

Free-range eggs are more costly than eggs that are laid in battery cages, but the Tel Aviv-based Anonymous organization asked the Knesset speaker to help send a message that the Israeli parliament is also concerned with animal rights.

"Free-range eggs are laid by hens that are not held in small cages their entire lives. The hens are free to roam around," Anonymous said in a letter to Rivlin.

"The other eggs come from battery cages, where hens are confined to small spaces where they cannot even stretch their wings or stand comfortably. Battery-caged hens are sometimes starved in order to increase their egg production," the animal rights group told Rivlin in the letter

The Knesset speaker told Anonymous that he has instructed Dan Landau, the Knesset's director-general, to check whether the change to free-range eggs can be made during the signing of the next contract with the owner of the parliament's eateries.

The threat from Iran must be over, and the Palestinians have stopped trying to steal our land. We have full employment and all our social problems are a thing of the past.

Which is why the Knesset has the time, energy and of money in the form of taxes to waste on such trivia.

July 06, 2010

'We're committed to peace'

PM calls for direct talks with Palestinians in White House meeting, Obama commends Israel on new Gaza policy, calls US-Israel relationship an "extraordinary friendship."

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu enterned the White House to meet with US President Barack Obama on Tuesday afternoon.

"We're committed to peace, I'm committed to peace," Netanyahu said. However, the Prime Minister pointed out that Israel wants security after a peace agreement, saying that the withdrawal from Gaza did not bring that.

"Peace is the best option," Netanyahu declared.

Netanyahu said that, in order to accomplish this goal, "Abbas and I need to move to direct talks."

"I believe the prime minister wants peace, two states living side-by-side in peace and security" Obama said. "We expect the proximity talks to lead to direct talks, and there will be a set of confidence-building measures."

Obama called the meeting "one more step in the extraordinary friendship between the US and Israel, which has grown closer and closer as time goes on."

Watching my Prime Minister and my President together today makes me sad.

Sad because Israel is still going down the "peace" road, when are we going to learn?

IDF indicts Cast Lead soldier

Soldier suspected of shooting and killing Palestinian woman.

IDF Military Advocate General Maj.-Gen. Avichai Mandelblit decided Tuesday to charge a soldier with manslaughter for allegedly shooting and killing a Palestinian woman during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip last year.

The incident took place on January 4 in Juhar a-Dik, near Gaza City, when a group of about 30 Palestinian civilians, including women and children, approached an Israeli military position. The group, according to several eyewitness accounts, was waving white flags.

At a certain point, one of the IDF soldiers from the Givati Brigade opened fire at a woman who was marching together with the group. A mother and daughter – 35-year-old Majda Abu Hajiji and her 64-year-old mother Salama were killed in the incident, although it is not clear which of them died from the Givati soldier's fire. The incident was later thoroughly investigated by B’Tselem and mentioned in the Goldstone Report.

During a military probe shortly following the incident, one soldier was picked out as responsible for opening fire at the group of civilians.

The IDF said on Tuesday that dozens of Palestinians, soldiers and IDF officers were interrogated and that “gaps were discovered between the description provided by the Palestinians to the soldiers' testimonies.” According to Palestinian testimonies, tank fire killed the Hajiji women, while the IDF investigation showed no tank fire in the vicinity. However, the investigation did uncover a Givati soldier who admitted firing at a woman who he feared endangered his life. While the military police cannot identify the specific woman that the soldier allegedly shot and killed, the MAG decided nevertheless to press manslaughter charges against the soldier.

A senior IDF officer said Tuesday that the Israeli penal code allows for charging a suspect with manslaughter, without a specific body being accounted for.

Mandelblit also decided to hold a disciplinary hearing for a battalion commander with the rank of lieutenant colonel who allegedly permitted troops to send a Palestinian into a home where terrorists were located. This was done in an effort to convince the terrorists to leave the home. The battalion commander, who was not present during the incident, gave his approval based on reports that he received from his soldiers that the Palestinian had asked the soldiers to allow him to enter the home in an effort to prevent the demolition of his home which was next door.

The MAG decided to press disciplinary and not criminal charges against the officer after reviewing the material collected during the investigation and due to the fact that the Palestinian had requested to enter the home to talk to the terrorists. On the other hand, Mandelblit till decided to hold a hearing for the commander since the use of human shields is a violation of IDF orders and a ruling of the High Court of Justice.

The IDF also announced Tuesday that Mandelblit had decided to launch a new criminal investigation into an air force bombing of a home in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City which was occupied at the time by close to 100 members of the A-Samuni family.

In two weeks, the IDF and the foreign ministry will present a revised and updated version of its reports on Operation Cast Lead to the United Nations, which will include all findings from these investigations.

I am so against these kinds of actions against IDF soldiers.

Did American go after her combat soldiers in WW2 when civilians were killed?

Of course not, for if America were going to prosecute their own soldiers for civilian deaths during the war every bomber crew would have been jailed.

Under the rules of engagement that currently exists in Israel the question must be asked, why should we give the IDF our sons?

July 05, 2010

Number of Terror Attacks in June Similar to that of May

IDF Spokesperson 05 July 2010 , 16:34

62 terrorist attacks were recorded during the month of June. Photo Archive:
IDF Spokesperson

The Israel Security Agency published data about terror attacks against
Israel during the month June

The Israel Security Agency monthly report highlights that 62 terrorist
attacks were recorded during the month of June, close to the number of
terrorist attacks recorded in May (63). Further data provided in the report
includes the fact that there was a drop in attacks in Jerusalem with 7
attacks this month as opposed to 14 attacks in May and an increase in
attacks in the Gaza Strip, with 34 attacks this month up from 32 last month,
and in the Judea and Samaria region, with 21 attacks this month as opposed
to 17 attacks in the previous month.

During the month of June, an Israeli policeman was killed and 2 other
policemen were injured in a shooting attack performed on the 14th of June
while the policemen were driving in their patrol vehicle south of Mount
Hebron. In addition, two soldiers from the Border Patrol Brigade were
injured on the 11th of June by a car that tried to run them over in
Jerusalem. This compares to the 6 people injured during the month of May
2010 (2 civilians and 4 security forces personnel) in shooting attacks in
the Judea and Samaria region, and near the border of the Gaza Strip, and by Molotov-cocktails attacks in Jerusalem.

During the last month, 14 rockets and 17 mortar shells were fired at Israel,
resulting in 22 hits. This compares to the 14 rockets and 7 mortar shells
fired during the month of May, resulting in 17 hits.

Put Up , Then Shut Up

'We must give US clear peace plan'
Barak says Israel needs to show Obama proposed borders.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday said Israel must present a clear peace initiative to the US, showing proposed borders between Israel and a future Palestinian state.

Speaking at the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Barak noted that "Israel must present Obama with a clear initiative that discusses drawing a border in Israel in a way that settlement blocs along the border will remain in our hands and have a solid Jewish majority for generations, but in a way that will enable the establishment of an independent and demilitarized Palestinian state."

Barak added that Israel must present an assertive political initiative to strengthen ties with the US and moderate Arab countries.

Barak, here is a plan, let Israel go to war with terrorist.

If the PA doesn't like this, then tough if they want to go to war with Israel then fine.

But let's be honest for once when we talk "peace" we loose. If we go to war and turn the IDF loose we win.

So let's turn the IDF loose and then just shut up.

July 04, 2010

Israeli sprays graffiti on Warsaw Ghetto

Activist paints pro-Palestinian slogans on revered Holocaust site.

Former Israeli Air Force captain and Israel boycott activist Yonatan Shapira spray-painted pro-Palestinian graffiti on the walls of the Warsaw Ghetto last week, Channel 10 reported on Sunday.

Shapira was shown on camera the previous Sunday spraying the slogans "Free all ghettos" and "Free Palestine and Gaza" on the walls of the Jewish ghetto in the Polish city - famed site of Jewish resistance to the Nazis - and then hoisting upon the wall a Palestinian flag on a rope with a bottle attached at the end that he threw over the other side.

Speaking for himself and a friend who assisted him in the endeavor, Shapira expressed pride in his work and the political statement it sought to convey.

"We think it would be great that when the next groups of Israeli kids come to visit the Warsaw Ghetto they will see that a bunch of Israeli and international activists have left behind a surprise for them."

Shapira added, "Gaza is the ghetto."

We are our own worse enemy.

I don't know what the answer is, but I know what the question is for both America and Israel.

How can we survive with such people living among us?

Gas masks distribution a failure

By JPOST.COM STAFF 07/04/2010 19:44

IDF Home Front Command head tells citizens to buy their own masks.

The distribution of gas masks to the general population has been a failure,
the head of the IDF Home Front Command, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan said on Sunday
at an event at the Institute for National Security Studies.

"Today, in comparison with secured protective rooms, there is not a budget
in place that covers distribution of the gas masks to the entire
population," said.

Golan expected that the government would only be able to provide up to 70
percent of the population with gas masks that are to be used in the event of
a major attack with unconventional weapons, as the Post reported in May.

Golan encouraged citizens with gas masks to go out and by their own.
"Sometimes it falls upon the citizen [to protect themselves] and not the
state," he said.

In the meantime, the IDF Home Front Command has prioritized distribution of
the masks to first responders and service providers who will have to provide
assistance to others hurt during any future attack.

The Jerusalem Post learned last month that the IDF Home Front Command was
working on a plan to develop a special siren for non-conventional missiles
that would sound in the event of a chemical or biological attack.

The possibility of using two different sirens during a future conflict – one
for conventional missiles and the other for missiles carrying
non-conventional warheads – came up during the nationwide civil defense
exercise that was held in May called Turning Point 4.

Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.

July 02, 2010

Again, Laugh Or Cry

Rivlin rejects criticism over MK Zoabi's treatment
Knesset Speaker says Israeli democracy passed 'flotilla test' with flying colors.

Amid ongoing delays in the scheduling of a key Knesset session to determine whether to strip certain parliamentary privileges from Haneen Zoabi (Balad), Speaker Reuven Rivlin (Likud) on Thursday penned a letter to the Inter-Parliamentary Union in which he defended the Knesset against allegations of limiting Zoabi’s freedoms.

One of the hottest controversies surrounding the freshman Balad MK – and engendering the criticism of the IPU – was the decision by the House Committee to strip Zoabi of a number of her parliamentary privileges as punishment for her participation in the “aid” flotilla that tried to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza.

In mid-June, the House Committee voted 7-1 to deny Zoabi a diplomatic passport; her right to subsidized legal counsel in the event of criminal proceedings against her over her Libya visit or her participation in the flotilla, or for any related future offenses; and any extra privileges she could enjoy as an MK traveling overseas.

But although House Committee Chairman Yariv Levin (Likud) said that he planned on bringing the committee’s decision for approval by the plenum immediately following the committee vote, Rivlin has been blocking the key vote that would put the punishments into effect.

Rivlin noted the delay in his response to the IPU complaint, explaining that he was giving the Attorney-General’s Office the opportunity to decide whether to open criminal proceedings against Zoabi.

With the Knesset summer session drawing to a close, Rivlin has decided that he has no choice but to bring the House Committee’s to the plenum for a vote. In his letter to the IPU, Rivlin said that the delay would at least ensure that “the final decision would not be taken under the influence of the strong emotions that erupted on both sides.”

Rivlin wrote the letter as response to a missive that he received from the IPU, which alleged that following her participation in the Gaza flotilla, Zoabi had been the victim of threats, parliamentary penalties and physical violence on the plenum floor while “no ruling party official has so far spoken out with regard to her right to life and security.”

Rivlin responded to the charges made by IPU Sec.-Gen. Anders Johnssen by telling the head of the international parliamentary organization that the events surrounding the Gaza flotilla were “a testing-point for Israeli democracy and I believe it passed the test with flying colors.”

Rivlin noted in the letter that, as Speaker, he acceded to Zoabi’s request to address the Knesset plenum regarding the events surrounding the flotilla’s boarding by IDF naval commandos because “despite the difficulties and searing criticism directed at her by many members, she had the right, like any Member of Knesset, to fulfill her mission and try to convince the house of her position.”

Rivlin added that, despite claims to the contrary, Zoabi ultimately did finish her address, notwithstanding the continued protests by other MKs.

Rivlin criticized Johnssen’s “anonymous source” on the subject for failing to note that he himself had given a number of interviews in the Israeli press in which he had defended Zoabi’s rights to air her opinions, even if they were well outside of the national consensus.

Who care what privileges Zoabi keeps or looses as long as she is allowed to stay in the Knesset.

She is a traitor.

She should be tried for treason and if convicted executed.

July 01, 2010

Laugh Or Cry, .... Or Fight

Date added: 6/30/2010

JERUSALEM -- In the latest flurry of more than 200 lawsuits, Palestinian
workers in Gaza are claiming compensation from 400 Israeli farmers expelled
from the Gaza Strip in 2005.

Palestinians, aided by the Yesh Din Human Rights Organization, are
continuing to file a flurry of lawsuits against Israeli farmers who were
expelled from Gush Katif in August 2005. They are suing in Israeli labor
courts for dismissal compensation and for compensation under the minimum
wage law.

"There are 400 farmers and at least 200 claims against them," Aharon
Chazut, chairman of the Gush Katif Framers Committee, said. "Every day
recently another one or two claimants are filing suit

Chazut said that many of the Palestinian claimants never worked for the
Jewish farmers.

"The onus of proof falls on the farmers and not on the Palestinian
claimants," Chazut said. "Some of the claimants never worked for us but you
have to prove that
they didn't work for you."

Chazut said that he was prepared to ignore the suits but the other
farmers decided to hire an attorney to represent them in court.

"They are law abiding citizens," Chazut said.

The original suit was filed by Zaber Mahmoud Sharab from Khan Yunis
against Yosef Shwartz of the Gan Or settlement in Gush Katif. In 2007, the
Beer Sheba Labor Court ruled against Sharab but he appealed to the National
Labor Court in Jerusalem and a decision is still pending.

Sharab's claim was rejected in the Beer Sheba labor Court because his
attorney, Ahmed Almalak, argued that his client be compensated by Shwartz
under the Disengagement Law. In the appeal to the National Labor Court in
Nov. 2009, a second attorney, Abed Taha, no longer argued that Sharab was
entitled to compensation under the Disengagement Law but said that since
Shwartz had received compensation under the Disengagement Law, Shwartz must
pay up.

"The employer received his compensation for his trees and chickens but
didn't take care of his workers," Taha said. "The right to claim under the
Disengagement Law is only for the respondent and so he turned to [the
government-run office dealing with compensation for the expellees] Minhelet
Sela...I ask the court not deny the rights of the plaintiffs to dismissal
compensation for the period that they worked for the respondent."

Shwartz's attorney Neil Smollett said that the original Disengagement
Law contained a clause making the government liable for any debts incurred
by individuals
directly from the Disengagement but this was deliberately left out in the
last reading of the law before it was passed by the Knesset.

"Here is the place to mention that the paragraph in the Disengagement
Law that was approved by the Knesset Finance Committee, a paragraph that
placed the onus on the state in the event that of any third party suits for
debts incurred directly from the disengagement, was erased from the law in
the third reading," Smollett said in his summation to National Labor Court.
"This irregular act was the result of the government objection to this
clause and so the expellees were left alone in this field. It is unnecessary
to point out the wide ramifications if it will be decided that the cessation
of employment due to the Disengagement Plan is the responsibility of the
employers and not of the State.

The original suits were for dismissal compensation but the Israeli Arab
attorneys for the Palestinians have also started filing suits against the
Jewish farmers for compensation under the minimum wage law.

"There are two parts to the suits," Smollett said. The first is
compensation for dismissal and the second are claims for minimum wages
resulting from a Supreme Court decision in 2006 [Givat Zeev case no.
5666/03] that said that the conditions of employment between an Israeli
employer and a Palestinian employee over the Green Line [1967 border line
between Israel and the territories] are according to Israeli law ... but
this change in the law was later than the evacuation of Gush Katif."

National Labor Court President Steve Adler gave the parties until Jan. 5
to submit their summations but the court presided over by justices Adler,
Yigal Selitman and Ronit Rosenfeld have yet to decide the case.

On June 15, retired Supreme Court Justice Yehoshua Matza announced the
findings of the committee that investigated the outcome of the government's
expulsion of 10,000 Jews from Gush Katif and the destruction of 25
settlements in the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria.

"The state failed, and its failure was absolute and abysmal," Matza

A second committee member, Prof. Yedidya Stern, also sharply criticized
the government for its handling of the expulsion.

"This is the worst violation of human rights in the history of the State
of Israel towards such a large population," Stern, said.

Are you kidding me?

Jews thrown from their homes and these farmers are removed by force from their farms, now are being sued by our enemy.

We do not deserve to have a State called Israel.

We allow these self hating Jews to side with the enemy in an effort to grind these Jews into the ground, and we allow it.

Is it not enough that these Jews were removed by force? No, it was not enough, so the Israeli government has violated it's own agreement with these people for compensation. But even this is not enough to destroy these people that were brave enough to live in Gaza sent there by the Israeli government. A government led by the left wing labor party.

Now the so called right wing Likuid is allowing our enemy to sue these brave Jews who had everything stolen from them by the Israeli government.

Will we remember a place called Israel when we like fools allow it to slip through our figures once again.

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