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November 30, 2010

Police delegation in Haiti wraps up ‘life-changing’ mission


By YAAKOV LAPPIN
01/12/2010
“Every time we enter a refugee camp, small children approach us, and our medic treats them," deputy head of the delegation tells 'Post.'

When the 14-member Israel Police delegation arrived in Haiti three-and-a-half months ago at the invitation of the United Nations, the officers hoped their main job would be to protect residents and help rebuild a local police force.

Most of the time, that is precisely what the Israeli officers did. But they did other things, too.


“Every time we enter a refugee camp, small children with injuries approach us, and our medic treats them, though we are not medics,” Supt. Ron Krig, 33, deputy head of the delegation, told The Jerusalem Post by phone from Port-au-Prince on Tuesday.

In addition to bandaging wounds, giving their own lunches to locals and distributing water bottles, officers paid for children to go to school.

“A boy told us his family didn’t have the $30 for the annual school fee. We paid for his and friend’s fee. These are small things,” said Krig, who commands the Border Police’s Barak Unit in Israel.

“We give the schoolboys our food, which they sell to others and use the money to pay for notebooks and school uniforms,” he said.

The officers were stunned by the catastrophic situation of so many Haitians nearly a year after January’s massive earthquake.

“You can’t learn from the media what it’s like here, until you arrive yourself. The poverty, the suffering of the people. The dependence on the UN. These things are difficult to grasp,” Krig said.

Those desperate conditions, along with anger at the Haitian government, helped precipitate a wave of riots across the country three weeks ago, ahead of the national elections this past Sunday. The Israeli cops, like their international counterparts, found themselves in the thick of things.

Ch.-Supt. Meir Namir, 45, who heads the delegation, said the rising tensions had been evident before the riots broke out.

“When we first got here, our patrols were very warmly greeted at the refugee camps,” he said.

“But recently, the tone has changed. Complaints against the UN force and the local government became very aggressive.”

And then the violence erupted.

“It was like a wildfire. It began in the North and spread southward to the capital,” added Namir, who commands the police’s naval unit in Israel.

The UN sent the Israeli officers northward to help quell the disturbances, and they remained in the eye of the storm for a week.

“There was rock-throwing, Molotov cocktails and even shootings,” Namir said.

Officers arrived at a number of murder scenes in which machetes had been used, and found one victim whose body had been stripped and dragged by a vehicle.

“The feeling here has changed. We came to help the people; we did not come to use force.

And yet we found ourselves having to use riot-dispersal means. The feeling was very unpleasant, because we are in their home. I come from somewhere else. At the end of the day, we were enforcing the law in their home,” Namir said.

Still, Krig said, “the love for the State of Israel among the local population never waned. The children who were treated by Israeli medics or given water by the officers remember who helped them. Everywhere you go, when you say you’re from Israel, you are showered with warmth.”

Both officers also said they were moved by the warm relations between the Israeli and Italian police delegations, which share a base in Port-au-Prince.

“On Rosh Hashana, the Italians took an Israeli flag and sewed it to an Italian flag in the dining room. The Italians have a wonderful police force; these are first-class officers. It was an absolute pleasure to work with them. We enjoyed a real bond,” Krig said.

Looking ahead to their return home, scheduled for December 10, the men said their experiences had changed them for life.

“On a personal level, this has caused me to be grateful to be born into a different reality, and to value my country very much. I’m sorry to say it, but you can’t avoid such a feeling,” Namir said. “It has caused me to value life so much more.”

What most saddened him was the perception that many Haitians he came across “don’t always value their own lives. This was the most painful thing for me. They see themselves as the bottom rung of the pyramid.”

He added, “There is hope for this place, but the road is long. These people must be invested in.

“I can take satisfaction in the fact that Israelis are doing much for the Haitian people, like establishing hospital units and a limb-replacement center. Even if it is a little, it is a light.

Many other countries are helping as well. We must not give up or despair.”

Krig said the mission had brought him enormous pride in his country and police force.

“I can say with certainty that we have nothing to be ashamed about regarding our police, our army and our country,” he said. “I return a prouder Israeli and a prouder police officer.”

Google Earth reveals Star of David on roof of Iran Air HQ

iran star of david.jpg


By JPOST.COM STAFF
30/11/2010
Building was constructed by Israeli engineers prior to Islamic Revolution; Iranian officials incensed, call for Jewish symbol's removal.

Iranian government officials were angered by the revelation that a Star of David can be seen on the roof of the headquarters of Iran Air, the Islamic Republic's national airline, Al Arabiyya reported on Monday. The Star of David was discovered in a satellite image of Teheran airport taken by Google Earth.

Upon learning of the existence of the Jewish symbol through local media reports, the government officials called for its immediate removal.

The Iran Air building upon which the Star of David was found was constructed by Israeli engineers prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution which ended diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Israel enjoyed good relations with the Iranians during the pre-revolution reign of Shah Mohamed Reza Pahlavi. Local media in Iran mentioned that there were regular flights between Teheran and Tel Aviv and Israel even sold weapons to the Shah's army.

In August, Iranians were outraged to find a Star of David on the roof of a building in Teheran's Revolution Square.

I think this is so funny. The next Star of David will be on the side of a missile taking out many locations in Iran.

November 29, 2010

Due to technical issues resulting from the snow storm we had last week, I have been without internet. But it is fixed and I will start blogging again in the morning.

November 25, 2010

Settlers rebuild razed memorial

Mother of fallen IDF soldier slams demolition of unauthorized monument in his memory
Yair Altman

Hours after security forces razed an unauthorized monument in memory of IDF soldier Avner Hezi Kfir, about 200 settlers arrived at the site in order to rebuild the memorial.

In a rally held at the site, Kfir's former comrades, relatives, and public figures vowed that the new monument would be bigger and more impressive than the one demolished earlier Thursday.

Kfir, who served as a combat medic, was killed in a Lebanon battle in 1997. His relatives and comrades built the memorial about two years ago.

The bereaved mother, Sarah, delivered an emotional speech at the rally and said she was touched to see the people who arrived to support and encourage the family at their difficult hour.

"When I came in here this morning and saw the ruins…I experienced Avner's loss for a second time; I lost the only memory left of him," she said. "At the same time, all the support and the great embrace we received from all of you gave us vitality. Thank you for giving us strength."

Rabbi Eliyakim Lebanon, who attended the rally, urged the defense minister and prime minister to personally arrive and provide explanations to the family.

"Look in the eye of the bereaved mother and please do explain to the father, brothers and sisters the amazing necessity that required the demolition of a memorial for a fallen soldier," he said. "Explain how this small site stopped the peace process and bothered anyone."

Every officer and soldier in the IDF that was involved in destroying this memorial to a fallen soldier should feel shame for what they did.

The politicians that gave the order to tear it down, should also feel shame but they are politicians so shame is beyond their ability to feel.

May the new memorial be allowed to stand and may it ease the pain of the mother of Avner Hezi Kfir,

Exposing the human rights facade


By G. STEINBERG The Jerusalem Post OpEd November 25 2010
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=196659

The people and institutions that claim to uphold human rights and democracy
are in fact nullifying these core moral principles.At 87, Robert Bernstein,
founder of Human Rights Watch, began his second life. Thirty- three years
after he founded Helsinki Watch in 1976, which evolved into HRW and became
one of the most influential human rights organizations in the world, he
disowned his earlier creation. In October 2009, in an explosive column
published in The New York Times, Bernstein denounced HRW and its leaders for
distorting and exploiting human rights to attack democracies, and for
playing a central role in turning Israel into a “pariah state.”

Now, Bernstein has gone further in working to reverse the moral failures of
HRW and the wider network of highly politicized groups that use the façade
of human rights to attack moral principles. Delivering the Goldstein Lecture
on Human Rights at the University of Nebraska at Omaha [published in full on
page 13 of today’s Jerusalem Post], he contrasted Israel’s democratic values
with their notable absence in the Arab regimes and Iran. But most of HRW’s
human rights accusations are directed at Israel. Bernstein demonstrated that
these “human rights organizations, including the one I founded,” as well
Amnesty International, the Carter Center and other groups, are leading the
political war against Israel by working closely with corrupt UN frameworks.

His involvement in free speech grew out of his background as a book
publisher. In the 1970s, he went to the Soviet Union to negotiate copyright
issues, and met the dissident scientist Andrei Sakharov and his wife, Yelena
Bonner. Bernstein encouraged Sakharov to write an autobiography, and
provided support as he came under increasing harassment, including exile to
Gorky. (Natan Sharansky was jailed and sent to the gulag for his work with
Sakharov.) The Soviet regime revoked Bernstein’s visa in a failed attempt to
end this support.

This was the beginning of Helsinki Watch, which grew into HRW.

After the Cold War, Bernstein turned his attention to human rights issues in
China, leaving HRW in the hands of cynical leaders who played a leading role
in exploiting human rights principles to attack Israel. As the assault grew,
amid the carnage of Palestinian terror bombings that killed more than 1,200
Israelis, Bernstein returned to an active role, joining HRW’s Middle East
North Africa Advisory Board and observing its cynical manipulation of moral
rhetoric.

He quickly noted the close cooperation between HRW and the UN Human Rights
Council, which was “so critical of Israel that any fair-minded person would
disqualify them from participating in attempts to settle issues involving
Israel.” The UNHRC sought out “prominent Jews known for their anti-Israel
views,” such as Richard Falk. (Falk had written an article comparing Israel’s
treatment of Palestinians to Hitler’s treatment of Jews in the Holocaust.)
When Israel objected, HRW “leaped to his defense, putting out a press
release comparing Israel with North Korea and Burma in not cooperating with
the UN.”

The text defending Falk was written by Joe Stork, deputy director of HRW’s
Middle East Division. As Bernstein reminds us, Stork had been an editor of a
notorious pro-Palestinian newsletter before being hired by HRW.

Most of HRW’s accusations against Israel were not based on the 1948
Universal Declaration of Human Rights but on subjective interpretations of
the laws of war, the Geneva Conventions and international humanitarian law.
But HRW has “little expertise about modern asymmetrical war.” Noting that
Israel was responding to terror attacks from Iran’s non-state proxies –
Hizbullah and Hamas – Bernstein relates the ways in which HRW’s reporting on
this conflict consistently “faulted Israel as the principal offender.”

At first, Bernstein, like most journalists, diplomats and academics, was
“inclined to believe what Human Rights Watch was reporting.

However, as I saw Human Rights Watch’s attacks on almost every issue become
more and more hostile, I wondered if their new focus on war was accurate.”

THE BLOW that led a reluctant Bernstein to break publicly with his
organization was HRW’s central role in promoting Richard Goldstone – one of
executive director Kenneth Roth’s closest allies and an HRW board member –
to lead the UN’s assault following the Gaza war.

“Human Rights Watch has been by far the biggest supporter” of this campaign
to “bring war crimes allegations against Israel – based on [Goldstone’s]
report.”

As Bernstein observed, HRW has ignored “many responsible analyses
challenging the war crimes accusations made by Goldstone,” as well as
detailed refutations of HRW’s own reports, which were filled with
unverifiable and false claims.

Referring to the unresolved Marc Garlasco affair, Bernstein noted that “a
military expert working for Human Rights Watch who seemed to wish to contest
these reports was dismissed and... is under a gag order. This is
antithetical to the transparency that Human Rights Watch asks of others.”

And he recalled that when HRW’s Sarah Leah Whitson went to Saudi Arabia in
2009 to raise funds by selling its support for Goldstone’s attacks on
Israel, it is doubtful that she discussed textbooks published by the Saudis
calling Jews “apes and pigs.”

Bernstein’s painful accounting regarding the organization he founded has of
course been summarily rejected by this corrupt humanrights priesthood and
its acolytes. As a result, the people and institutions that claim to uphold
human rights and democracy are in fact accelerating the tragic destruction
of these core moral principles.
===============
The writer heads NGO Monitor (www.ngomonitor.org) and is professor of
political science at Bar-Ilan University.

November 24, 2010

Air Force is more accurate in urban warfare

Commander of GOC Army Headquarters explained in a conference on Tuesday
(Nov. 16) that the solution to urban warfare is stronger cooperation between
forces and corps

Bamahane magazine 24 November 2010 , 13:07

“The Air Force is more accurate in urban warfare,” said Commander of GOC
Army Headquarters, Maj. Gen. Sami Turgeman, in a conference about urban
warfare which took place in Beit Hatotchan in Zichron Ya’akov on Tuesday
(Nov. 16). “The challenge before us is combat against terrorist
organizations in developed areas,” explained the Maj. Gen. “As a result, our
on-the-ground attacks are not accurate enough and do not always present the
best solution.”

Maj. Gen. Turgeman explained that the IAF has limitations as well. With
that, he said there has been significant improvement in the level of
precision of Air Force fire in the past four years.

According to Head of IAF Chopper Squadron, Brig. Gen. David Barki, IDF fire
reached a level of precision of 36% in the Second Lebanon War, compared to
Operation Cast Lead which saw much higher precision of 91%.

“In terms of precision in IDF fire, the army has improved greatly. Today’s
conflicts, however, pose new challenges those planning our movements on the
field didn’t face before,” stressed Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen.
Gabi Ashkenazi, in the conference. “Because of the type of enemy we face,
the importance of action on the battlefield and of prior intelligence has
increased dramatically. We will not be able to go to battle just by being
prepared for combat and knowing the region. When the time comes, we will
need background intelligence.”

Maj. Gen. Turgeman explained that the solution for urban warfare is stronger
cooperation between air and ground forces. “Strength in combat along with
soldiers on various parts of the field will ameliorate the difficulties in
regions such as Lebanon, the Gaza Strip and others,” added the Maj. Gen.

November 23, 2010

Money Well Spent

Cabinet Approves NIS 85 Million Western Wall Development Plan
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

The Cabinet this morning (Sunday), 21.11.10, approved a plan for the
continued development of the Western Wall plaza and its environs, and the
implementation of construction work at an investment of NIS 85 million over
five years. The goal of the plan is to preserve – and improve accessibility
to – archaeological findings, upgrade physical and transportation
infrastructures, and hold educational activities for students and soldiers.

The plan, for 2011-2015, is a direct continuation of the five-year plan that
was approved by the Cabinet in 2004. These investments have led to a major
increase in the annual number of visitors to the Western Wall, which
according to Israel Police estimates, has grown from two million people to
eight million in 2009.

The Western Wall is the most visited site in Israel. In addition to those
who visit it in order to pray, it also serves as an historical site for
visitors and a heritage focus for educating students and soldiers. Thus, it
is necessary to meet the traffic needs of private vehicles and public
transportation, create access routes for emergency vehicles, increase access
for the handicapped and provide for the flow of visitors on weekdays and
holidays.

The plan will be administered by the Prime Minister's Office and will be
implemented via the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. It will be financed
by the Interior, Transportation, Tourism, Public Security and Education
ministries, as well as by the Israel Land Administration.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that, "The Western Wall is the Jewish
People's most important heritage site. We are committed to developing and
maintaining it so that it may continue to the focus of visits and a source
of inspiration for millions of visitors, tourists, young and old, from
Israel and around the world."

November 22, 2010

Jews have no right to Western Wall, PA 'study' says


By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
22/11/2010
Official paper by published by PA Ministry of Information claims Al-Buraq Wall, as it is known to Muslims, constitutes Waqf property owned by an Algerian-Moroccan Muslim family.

The Western Wall belongs to Muslims and is an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Haram al-Sharif [the Noble Sanctuary], according to an official paper published on Monday by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Information in Ramallah.

The paper, which has been presented as a “study,” was prepared by Al-Mutawakel Taha, a senior official with the PA Ministry of Information to “refute” Jews’ claim to the Western Wall.

RELATED:
PA slams NIS 85 million Kotel development project
'Abbas didn't agree to let Israel control Kotel'

In the past, PA leaders and officials had also denied Jews’ right to the Kotel, insisting that the Temple Mount had never stood in the area.

The new paper claims that the Western Wall, or Al-Buraq Wall as it is known to Muslims, constitutes Waqf property owned by an Algerian-Moroccan Muslim family.

It claims that there isn’t one stone in the wall that belongs to the era of King Solomon.

The “study” also found that the path next to the Wailing Wall was never a public road, but was established only for the use of Muslims living in the area or making their way toward the mosques on the Temple Mount.

“The Zionist occupation falsely and unjustly claims that it owns this wall which it calls the Western Wall or Kotel,” Taha, who is also a renowned Palestinian poet and writer, wrote in his project. “The Al-Buraq Wall is in fact the western wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

He added that the Jews had never used the site for worship until the Balfour Declaration of 1917. “This wall was never part of the so-called Temple Mount, but Muslim tolerance allowed the Jews to stand in front of it and weep over its destruction,” he wrote.

“During the British mandate in Palestine, the number of Jews who visited the wall increased to a point where the Muslims felt threatened and then there was the Al-Buraq Revolution on August 23, 1929, where dozens of Muslims were martyred and a large number of Jews were killed.”

The author, who is affiliated with PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction, emphasizes that over the past few decades Jews had failed to prove that the wall had any connection to their religion.

“Many studies published by Jewish experts have affirmed that there is no archeological evidence that the Temple Mount was built during the period of King Solomon,” the paper added. “One can only conclude that the Al-Buraq Wall is a Muslim wall and an integral part of the Aqsa Mosque and Haram Al-Sharif. No one has the right to claim ownership over it or change its features or original character. Also, no one has the right to agree with the occupation state’s racist and oppressive measures against history and holy sites.”

The PA ministry’s study also warned that “no Muslim or Arab or Palestinian had the right to give up one stone of the Al-Buraq Wall or other religious sites.”

Please let this be the end of the so called "peace" process.

They say they will never give up on the Temple Mount and even the Kotel and we better not give up either. So let's end the game that goes against Israeli interest.

Israel needs to make one last offer for peace to the Arabs, peace for peace. We should offer to treat the Palestinians better than any Arab country would. This offer should have a time limit.

If the time expires then Israel should go to war and bring the PA leaders to their knees. Abbas should be tried and executed for the part he played in the murder of Israeli athletes in Munich. The Arabs that refuse to live inside Israel and by this I include Judea and Samaria should be sent to Jordan.

Will Justice Be Served

Ethiopian teen attacked at mikveh

Racism in Bnei Brak: Worker curses boy at entrance to ritual bath, calling him 'stinking black person,' then follows him home and physically attacks his family. 'I slapped him but good,' he tells police
Artzi Halfon

The discrimination and deprivation felt by the Ethiopian community has reached ritual baths: A Bnei Brak resident barred a 13 year old Ethiopian teen from going into the mikveh recenty, claiming the boy was a "stinking kushi" (a derogatory Hebrew term for black people). He then hit the boy, his brother and his aunt.

The boy arrived at the mikveh two weeks ago to undergo the ritual purification ceremony, but was met by an employee who would not let him pass.

The worker verbally attacked him, saying "don't come in, you stink, you're a stinking kushi". When the teen refused to back down, the man took hold of him and punched him in the face.

During his interrogation, the worker did not deny that he hit the teen. He told police officers: "I slapped him but good".

The injured teen ran away in the direction of his home as the man ran after him. The teen's 15-year-old brother was waiting at the entrance to their home, and tried to prevent the man from continuing his attack on the teen. But then the man started hitting the big brother, and even threw a brick at him.

When the boys' aunt arrived at the scene to help them, after hearing them cry for help, the man hit her in the head and kicked her.

After police were called to the scene, the attacker claimed in his defense at the Dan Region police headquarters, that he was the one who was attacked by "a bunch of Ethiopians". His version of events wasn't accepted, and an indictment request was filed with the Tel Aviv Magistrate Court.

You racist scum.

I would say you should be ashamed but by your own actions you have proven to be a man with no honor and no Torah. You attack children and a woman, big tough guy.

I know you are dressed in black and think yourself to be pious, but the Pope thought the same thing when he helped Nazi's escape justice.

I pray that you go before a judge in this world that will throw the book at you and give you the maximum time allowed for assaulting these three people.

The three Ethiopians you attacked based on the color of their skin are better people than you can ever hope to be.

I wish I could have the honor of meeting you one day, I don't think you would have the courage to attack me even as I point out how evil your beliefs are.

November 21, 2010

Analysis: Military court refuses to sacrifice 2 ex-soldiers


By YAAKOV KATZ
22/11/2010
Decision is clear blow to Military Advocate Mandelblit who was feared to be turning soldiers into scapegoats for Goldstone Report.

The Southern Command Military Court’s decision on Sunday to give two Givati soldiers a suspended jail sentence for using a Palestinian boy as a so-called “human shield” during Operation Cast Lead is a clear blow to Military Advocate General Maj.-Gen. Avichai Mandelblit and his team of prosecutors.

The military prosecution had asked the court to sentence the two soldiers – who served in the Givati Brigade’s elite Reconnaissance Battalion – to jail time, for asking the boy to inspect bags suspected of concealing improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

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Givati 'human shield' soldiers sentenced to probation

Instead, the court decided to slap the soldiers on the wrist by demoting them from staffsergeant to sergeant – which, since they have already completed their service, does not really matter – and to give them a three-month suspended sentence. In other words, no jail time.

There was no question that the soldiers made a mistake, which they confessed to. The question that was left for the court to decide was whether two soldiers placed in possibly one of the most complicated battlefields in the world should be punished harshly. The court’s answer was no.

For many though, there was a feeling that Mandelblit was being extra harsh with the two soldiers from the beginning, just by deciding to press charges against them, rather to allow an internal trial by their unit commander.

Behind Mandelblit’s decision was, firstly, a concern that the High Court of Justice would overturn his decision if the charge was perceived as too lenient. He had already been burned earlier this year on a different case, involving a battalion commander who appeared to have ordered a soldier to shoot a rubber bullet at a Palestinian protesting against construction of the security barrier near Modi’in. In that case, the court forced him to up the charge.

The other fear was that Mandelblit was turning these two soldiers into the scapegoats for the Goldstone Report.

While the IDF has investigated some 400 complaints filed after Operation Cast Lead in 2009 and questioned more than 600 officers and soldiers, 20 of them under caution, only 50 evolved into criminal investigations and only three led to indictments.

The most severe indictment so far involves a soldier – also from Givati – who allegedly opened fire at a Palestinian woman on what Military Police suspect were unjustified grounds. He could face serious time in jail if convicted.

In another case, another two Givati soldiers were sent to jail for stealing a Palestinian’s credit card during the operation and using it to withdraw cash from an ATM in Israel.

And, in what could develop into an indictment, the commander of the Givati Brigade during the operation, Col. Ilan Malka, is under investigation for authorizing the bombing of a home that killed 21 innocent civilians from the same family. There are suspicions that Malka knew that civilians were in the building at the time, a claim he has denied.

It is interesting that all of the cases involve soldiers from the Givati Brigade. This is not because the Givati Brigade is more ruthless than other IDF units but rather, since it has evolved into the military’s leading unit for the Gaza Strip, it was sent the deepest into the Gaza’s densely-populated refugee camps and neighborhoods during the operation.

When fighting in such a setting, it would be unreasonable to assume mistakes and misjudgments wouldn’t happen.

Israel still has a lot of explaining to do. While the IDF tends to dismiss the Goldstone Report as anti-Israel propaganda, it is not viewed as such around the world.

This does not mean however that soldiers, like the two sentenced on Sunday, need to pay the price for the entire country.

I am glad these two soldiers will not be sacrificed to appease the world. These two soldiers have suffered enough.

If justice were really to be served they would have been promoted.

Our sons' are fighting a dirty war to keep Jewish civilians from being murdered. Let them do their job and let's support them not persecute them to appease the world.

November 20, 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, 11AM Pacific, 9pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

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

November 18, 2010

Grad rocket explodes near Ofakim

Escalation in Gaza: For first time since July, and after assassination of two senior Army of Islam members, Palestinians fire Grad rocket into Israel. Rocket hits open area in Merhavim Regional Council; no injuries or damage reported

Ilana Curiel
Published: 11.19.10, 07:08 / Israel News

A loud explosion rocked the western Negev on Thursday night as Palestinian gunmen in Gaza fired a rocket into Israel. The rocket exploded in an open area in the Merhavim Regional Council.

This was the first Grad rocket to be fired from the Gaza Strip since July, and the first to hit the Ofakim area since Operation Cast Lead.

Earlier this month, the Israel Defense Forces assassinated two senior members of the al-Qaeda affiliated Army of Islam group.

'60 % of 18-year-olds will dodge draft by 2020'


By YAAKOV KATZ
18/11/2010
IDF's Manpower Division head addresses enlistment statistics; says increasing number of haredi men receiving exemption the cause.

Sixty percent of 18-year-olds will dodge the draft and not enlist into the IDF by 2020, head of the IDF’s Manpower Division Maj.-Gen. Avi Zamir warned on Thursday.

“The IDF still is a people’s army with fairly high motivation to serve but there is a crack in society and we need to prevent that crack from growing,” Zamir told reporters during a briefing marking the IDF’s November draft.


Zamir repeated statistics revealed earlier this month that already now 50 percent of Israeli men between the ages of 18 and 40 were not serving in the IDF, either in their mandatory service or in the reserves corps.

The main cause for the increase in draft-dodging numbers, Zamir said, was the increasing number of Haredi men who received an exemption from military service due to their ultra-Orthodox religious beliefs.

In 2006, the number of Haredi exemptions was 9.6 percent of the draft and in 2010 it climbed to 13 percent, approximately 62,500 men in comparison to 45,000 in 2005. By 2020, the number is expected to increase to 20 percent.

The city with the highest motivation to serve in the IDF is Modiin and its satellite community of Makabiam-Reut.

Tel Aviv took the 53 spot out of 67 cities in the number of men who enlist in the IDF which the Manpower Division ranked. With woman, Tel Aviv did slightly better and came in 27th place. Jerusalem and Bnei Berak were at the bottom of the list in both categories – men and women.

What a slanted article, on one hand Zamir blames the Haredi community for the large number of draft dodgers, but according to the article by 2020 Haredi will make up 20% of the exception to the draft.

The bigger question should be, who makes up the 80% exempted from the draft? Some will be unfit due to physical and mental issues.

But what of the others? The left wing that refuses to serve. Where is their tradition of service, it is dead, that's where it is. Now due to big named Israeli stars and left wing self hating Jews it is cool to dodge the draft. This is the big problem that Israel faces, a disconnect with the land and people of Israel by the left wing. At least the Haredi community knows the value of the Jewish people and our land.

November 17, 2010

ZOA: It's Troubling To See Jewish Leaders Defend Israel/U.S. Basher George
Soros Against Glenn Beck's Criticism

November 16, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Morton A. Klein
Phone: 212-481-1500
http://www.zoa.org/sitedocuments/pressrelease_view.asp?pressreleaseID=1968

Soros: 1944 (Nazi occupation) “was happiest time of my life … adventure …
fun”

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has expressed its concern over the
strong criticism that a number of American Jewish leaders and other
prominent Jews in recent days have directed at Fox broadcaster, Glenn Beck,
for his criticism of Israel/U.S.-basher, financier George Soros, regarding
his behavior in Nazi-occupied Budapest in 1944.

In that year, George Soros’ father obtained forged papers and bribed a
government official to save his son, George, then 14 years old, by taking
him in as his alleged godson under a falsified Christian identity. In this
capacity, George Soros accompanied his fake godfather on his appointed
rounds as a government official, confiscating property from Jews who were to
be deported to their deaths in Auschwitz. George Soros later said that he
felt no guilt, remorse or difficulty whatsoever for being in this situation.
In fact, he wrote in a forward to his father’s book, “these ten months [of
the Nazi occupation] were the happiest times of my life ... We led an
adventurous life and we had fun together.”

Regarding this circumstance, Mr. Beck said that Soros “used to go around
with this anti-Semite and deliver papers to the Jews and confiscate their
property and then ship them off. And George Soros was part of it. He would
help confiscate the stuff. It was frightening. Here’s a Jewish boy helping
send the Jews to the death camps. I am certainly not saying George Soros
enjoyed that, even had a choice -- I mean, he’s 14 years old. He was
surviving. So I’m not making a judgment, that’s between him and G-d.”

A number of American Jewish leaders condemned Mr. Beck for these remarks,
yet a 1998 interview with Soros conducted by Steve Kroft on ‘60 Minutes’
shows that Beck did not misstate the facts:

KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours
who swore that you were his adopted godson.

Mr. SOROS: Yes. Yes. [Ed. note: Right here, George Soros acknowledges the
accuracy of Beck’s statement]

KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from
the Jews.

Mr. SOROS: Yes. That’s right. Yes.

KROFT: I mean, that’s–that sounds like an experience that would send lots of
people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?

Mr. SOROS: Not–not at all. Not at all. Maybe as a child you don’t–you don’t
see the connection. But it was–it created no–no problem at all.

KROFT: No feeling of guilt?

Mr. SOROS: No.

KROFT: For example that, ‘I’m Jewish and here I am, watching these people
go. I could just as easily be there. I should be there.’ None of that?

Mr. SOROS: Well, of course I c–I could be on the other side or I could be
the one from whom the thing is being taken away. But there was no sense that
I shouldn’t be there, because that was–well, actually, in a funny way, it’s
just like in markets–that if I weren’t there–of course, I wasn’t doing it,
but somebody else would–would–would be taking it away anyhow” (‘Interview
with Steve Kroft,’ ‘60 Minutes,’ December 20, 1998).

The following is a sampling of anti-Israel, anti American statements by
George Soros:

· In the introduction to his father’s Tivadar Soros’ book,
Masquerade: Dancing Around Death in Nazi-Occupied Hungary, which Soros
himself wrote, Soros said of the months that he lived under Nazi occupation
“these ten months [of the Nazi occupation in 1944] were the happiest times
of my life ... We led an adventurous life and we had fun together.”

· “There is a resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe. The policies of
the Bush administration and the Sharon administration contribute to that …
It’s not specifically anti-Semitism, but it does manifest itself in
anti-Semitism as well. I’m critical of those policies. If we change that
direction, then anti-Semitism also will diminish” (Uriel Heilman, ‘In rare
Jewish appearance, Soros says Jews and Israel cause anti-Semitism (Bush
policies too!),‘ JTA.org, November 7, 2003).

· “‘The true motives for the Bush administration’s determination to
overthrow Saddam Hussein remain shrouded in mystery …Oil and Israel likely
loomed large in the administration’s policy deliberations, but these were
not the reasons publicly offered by Bush and his advisers for the invasion
of Iraq’ … In his chapter ‘The Iraqi Quagmire,’ a section on ‘the motives’
describes Israel as an ‘important consideration’” (Ira Stoll, “Soros Says
Israel Was Likely Motive For War,” The New York Sun, December 4, 2003).

· “‘He [Soros] also says that the Nazis, Israel, Arab terrorists, and
America after September 11 are all cases of ‘victims turning perpetrators’…
He writes that, ‘Under the Bush administration, the United States has also
become a victim-turned-perpetrator, although the American public would be
loath to recognize it’” (Ira Stoll, “Soros Says Israel Was Likely Motive For
War,” New York Sun, December 4, 2003).

· “The Bush Administration is actively supporting the Israeli
government in its refusal to recognize a Palestinian unity government that
includes Hamas” (George Soros, ‘On Israel, America and AIPAC,’ New York
Review of Books, Vol. 54, No. 6, April 12, 2007).

· I am not a Zionist” (George Soros, ‘On Israel, America and AIPAC,’
New York Review of Books, Vol. 54, No. 6, April 12, 2007).

· “Then came the blunder I am talking about. Israel, with the strong
backing of the United States, refused to recognize the democratically
elected Hamas government… no progress is possible as long as the Bush
administration and the Ehud Olmert government persist in their current
position of refusing to recognize a unity government that includes Hamas…”
(George Soros, ‘On Israel, America and AIPAC,’ New York Review of Books,
Vol. 54, No. 6, April 12, 2007).

· “I don’t think that you can ever overcome anti-Semitism if you
behave as a tribe; the only way you can overcome it is if you give up the
tribalness” (Connie Bruc, ‘The World According to Soros,’ New Yorker,
January 23, 1995).

· “NEWSWEEK: You say that the main obstacle to a stable and just
world is the United States. That’s a pretty strong statement.

George Soros: Yes, but it happens to coincide with the prevailing opinion in
the world … By declaring a ‘war on terror’ after September the 11th, we set
the wrong agenda for the world” (‘America the Dangerous?, ‘Interview with
George Soros, Newsweek, June 28, 2006).

“More recently, since September 11, Mr. Soros has made it his goal to burst
what he has called ‘the bubble of American supremacy.’ He has said that
having helped to liberate Communist countries, he now views America as the
gravest threat to world freedom” (Editorial, “Who Is George Soros?” Wall
Street Journal, November 10, 2003).

The Abu Ghraib affair was a “moment of truth” for the U.S. that “hit us the
same way as the [September 11, 2001] terrorist attack itself” (Peter
Wallsten, ‘Distaste for Bush Spurs Liberals to Push for Kerry,’ Los Angeles
Times, June 4, 2004).

· “‘When I hear Bush say, ‘You’re either with us or against us,” it
reminds me of the Germans.’ It conjures up memories, he said, of Nazi
slogans on the walls, Der Feind Hort mit (‘the enemy is listening’). ‘My
experiences under Nazi and Soviet rule have sensitized me” (Laura
Blumenfeld, ‘Soros’ Deep Pockets Vs. Bush,’ Washington Post, September 11,
2003).

· “The crisis now, the one that I’m predicting, the crisis of global
capitalism, latest version, is a political and military crisis,” an agitated
Soros told me. “It has been brought about by the exploitation of Sept. 11 by
the Bush administration to pursue its policy of dominating the world in the
guise of fighting terrorism” (Mark Gimein, ‘George Soros Is Mad as Hell,’
Fortune, October 27, 2003).

· “The Bush dream of American supremacy is both unattainable and in
contradiction with the principles that America has traditionally stood for.
It endangers our values as well as our security” (George Soros, ‘The Bubble
of American Supremacy: the cost of Bush’s War in Iraq,’ 2004).

In addition:

· Soros has also been a massive contributor to Human Rights Watch, to
which he pledged $100 million last month and which international law
authority Professor Anne Bayefsky has described thus, “Human Rights Watch
defended the U.N.’s ‘anti-racism’ Durban Declaration despite its blatant
discrimination against Israel and cast its lot with those who have painted
the defenders of Jewish self-determination as racists. HRW supported the
U.N.’s Goldstone report, a modern-day blood libel that claims Israel
‘deliberately’ aimed to murder Palestinian civilians under the guise of
defending its own people against Hamas terror. HRW championed the U.N. Human
Rights Council and strongly advocated U.S. membership, in the full knowledge
that the council has adopted more resolutions and decisions condemning
Israel than all the other 191 U.N. member states combined. Last year,
representatives of Human Rights Watch unashamedly traveled to one of the
world’s worst human-rights abusers, Saudi Arabia, to raise money by casting
the organization as an antidote to what they labeled ‘pro-Israel pressure
groups.’ Since HRW had, as [HRW founder Robert] Bernstein put it, itself
produced ‘far more condemnations of Israel . . . than of any other country
in the region,’ he rightly concluded that it had turned its back on its
founding mission and significantly diminished its moral force” (Anne
Bayefsky, ‘Soros’ Anti-Human Rights Agenda,’ National Review Online,
September 20, 2010).

· Soros is a major funder of J Street, an anti-Israel group which
supported the Goldstone Report and came out against sanctions against Iran.
Leaders of J Street understood just how anti-Israel was the reputation of
George Soros that they denied that Soros was a contributor. Only last month
did this fact come to light.

Syndicated columnist and broadcaster Dennis Prager has written, “What do
Karl Marx, Leon Trotsky, Noam Chomsky and George Soros have in common? They
were/are all radicals, born to Jewish parents, had no Jewish identity and
hurt Jews (not to mention non-Jews)” (Dennis Prager, ‘George Soros and the
Problem of the Radical Non-Jewish Jew,’ Dennisprager.com. February 27,
2007).

ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “It is painful, troubling and
disquieting to see Jewish leaders defending any actions by George Soros,
someone who has shown himself to be an active antagonist of Israel and the
U.S., whom he blames for the world’s troubles. But, unfortunately, this is
nothing new or unusual. It is painful to see Jewish leaders time and again
defend virulent critics of Israel – not only George Soros, but figures like
Yasser Arafat, of whom one Jewish leader said when Arafat received the Nobel
Peace prize that he ‘deserved it and earned it’ and even that Arafat’s use
of the term ‘jihad’ merely meant ‘jihad for peace.’

“Or anti-Israel figures like Desmond Tutu (whose vicious statements about
Israel the ZOA has previously listed), whom one Jewish leader defended when
Tutu was disinvited from speaking at a Minnesota university on account of
his record of virulent anti-Israel words and actions, thereby regaining a
speaking platform for Tutu. After ZOA exposed Tutu’s vicious hostility
towards Israel, students at the campus went to work and were able to get the
invitation rescinded. At that point, a Jewish leader called the president of
the university as well as publicly proclaiming that Tutu was merely a
‘harsh critic of Israel, not an anti-Semite’ and therefore should be allowed
to speak.

“Then there is also the case of Professor John Roth, who was appointed to
direct studies at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, but who had equated some
Israeli policies with Nazi policies) and had also urged Israel to stop
aliyah on the grounds that it provokes Arabs, but who was defended by many
Jewish leaders, rabbis and academics when his hostile record was exposed by
ZOA (and which finally led to Roth’s resignation).

“And at the drop of a hat, when the perennial Israel-basher Jimmy Carter
made a statement that they misconstrued being an apology, several Jewish
leaders immediately made statements like this is ‘the beginning of
reconciliation,’ ‘we must look at it seriously,’ and ‘Carter should be
congratulated an encouraged.’

“It is also readily apparent that George Soros shows a callous, indeed,
chilling lack of human empathy for the unspeakable fate of his Jewish
brethren in Hungary which he witnessed first-hand. This is noteworthy,
because this lack of empathy is also remarkably rare among those who
witnessed the Holocaust but were lucky enough to have survived it.

“I, myself, am the son of Holocaust survivors who met in a German Displaced
Persons camp, where I was born. I know from personal knowledge that my
father, whose parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and all eight siblings
were murdered by the Nazis, felt constant pangs of guilt about having
survived while his family, friends, Jewish neighbors and Jewish brethren
were murdered by the millions. Obviously, he bore no moral responsibility at
all but, like other survivors, could not escape feelings of guilt, for being
the sole survivor, which haunted and plagued my father to end of his life.
As attested to many times by clinicians who have studied Holocaust
survivors, it is a normal, understandable reaction of those in such
situations. It is deeply chilling that Mr. Soros never felt any grief,
horror, or guilt over the loss of so much of his Jewish brethren and
comfortably proclaims such.

“In light of Soros’ hatred of Israel and the United States; his continuous
efforts to harm them; the absence of any subsequent remorse and feeling as
an adult over the events he witnesses in Nazi-occupied Hungary as a 14-year
old; as well as the fact that Glenn Beck’s comments were essentially
accurate, George Soros merits no defense or sympathy from Jewish leaders. We
are truly puzzled that some Jewish leaders have chosen to defend this and
other Israel-bashers from their critics.”

November 16, 2010

Israel demands written US guarantees before freeze

Official says Netanyahu will not present Cabinet with American proposal for renewal of settlement construction moratorium until he receives written security guarantees. Officials: Tension over US refusal to promise not to demand another freeze
Attila Somfalvi

Israel has demanded the United States provide written security guarantees before it votes on whether to agree to freeze Jewish settlement building in the West Bank, an Israeli political source said Tuesday.

The official said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will present the offer to his Cabinet only upon receiving written guarantees which "reflect the understandings reached during his talks with Hillary Clinton in New York."

Bibi, you need to study American history to see what those written guarantees are worth.

I would suggest start with the history of the treaties made with Native American tribes.

November 15, 2010

Gaza Strip Weekly Crossing Report for November 7th to 13th, 14 Nov 2010

Posted on November 14, 2010 by Israel Defense Forces

For details:
http://idfspokesperson.com/2010/11/14/gaza-strip-weekly-crossing-report-for-november-7th-to-13th-14-nov-2010/

The Israeli Government, together with the IDF, coordinates the delivery of a
variety of humanitarian aid and development assistance to the civilian
population of the Gaza Strip on a daily basis. The following report details
cross-border activities for the second week of November 2010.

During this period, a total of 1,105 truckloads crossed from Israel,
carrying 25,108 tons of goods, humanitarian aid and development assistance
for Gaza’s civilian population.

In addition, 1,757,891 liters of Heavy-Duty Diesel fuel were transferred to
the Gaza Power Plant, and 678 tons of cooking gas were transferred into the
Strip. 315 patients and accompanying individuals exited Gaza for medical
treatment and 276 international organization staff members entered the
Strip.

November 14, 2010

Obama: Freeze renewal promising

US president commends Netanyahu for 3-month freeze plan while settlement leaders call on PM to 'come back to values of Likud', likening freeze to 1939 White Paper. Leaders say forum of Likud ministers to be established in order to oppose move

Yair Altman
Latest Update: 11.14.10, 22:04 / Israel News

US President Barack Obama on Sunday welcomed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to temporarily freeze West Bank settlement building, while settlement leaders convened for an emergency debate on ways in which to fight the plan.

"I think it is promising," Obama told reporters upon arriving in the United States after a trip to Asia. "We’ve been in contact with both the Israelis and the Palestinians to make sure that we use this opportunity to start negotiating as quickly as possible on some of the final status issues that would render the settlement issue moot," he added.

"I commend Netanyahu" for making such a constructive gesture, Obama said, adding, "It's not easy for him to do, but it signals he is serious. My hope is, is that he and President Abbas start negotiations immediately."

Bibi will do what he always has done. Cave into American pressure rather than stand for the Jewish people.

November 12, 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, 11AM Pacific, 9pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

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

Ariel Sharon moved home to his Negev ranch


By JPOST.COM STAFF AND JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
12/11/2010
Large police force accompanies former PM to Sycamore Ranch where specialized medical team will care for him; will return to hospital for tests.

Five years after falling into a coma caused by two strokes, former prime minister Ariel Sharon was moved back to his Negev ranch early Friday morning.

A large police force was involved in the drive down to Sharon's Sycamore Ranch.

Sharon will spend his first "vacation" from Sheba Medical Center at his ranch in the western Negev over the weekend. Security officials will keep him out of view during the transfer.

Hospital officials were tightlipped about the temporary release from Sheba’s rehabilitation department, but said that specialists from the medical center would accompany him this time.

During future "vacations," they will not, but the Sharon family will privately hire medical and auxiliary staffers. If the family and hired staffers are able to keep him stable at the ranch over several visits, he will remain there, a hospital spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Sharon, 82, went into a coma at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem in January 2006 and has since been in a vegetative state. The family purchased equipment for the ranch, where Sharon’s wife Lily is buried, that can monitor and maintain his condition around the clock.

Family friend Ra’anan Gissin said that most of the time Sharon breathes on his own, but sometimes he must be hooked up to an oxygen respirator.

Please G-D heal Sharon and let him repent and return to the office of PM to lead Israel again.

November 11, 2010

Bibi on Israeli Economy

10 Nov 2010
We're selling the software on chips and we're producing all sorts of
technological innovations. We've essentially become an export-driven,
high-tech economy.
Interview with PM Netanyahu on Fox Business Channel
PMO

DAVID ASMAN, CO-HOST: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the
U.S. this week. So we spoke to him about America's lackluster economy and
Israel's booming economy.

LIZ CLAMAN, CO-HOST: But first we asked him how big a threat Iran's nuclear
ambitions are to everyone's economy.

NETANYAHU: I think it would be a global threat, not merely a threat to the
stability of the Middle East, but a global threat because Iran's reach is
far and wide. I mean, look at what they're doing today. They're in the
Arabian Peninsula with a beachhead in Yemen. They're in Eritrea. They're in
Sudan, in Africa. They're obviously in Lebanon and in Gaza, we see them.
They're here in this hemisphere, in South America.

And this is what they're doing without nuclear weapons. So if they have
nuclear weapons, a nuclear umbrella, think of what they could be doing? And
the first thing they'll probably do is make a bid for Middle Eastern oil.

And that's going to affect the economies of the entire world. So this is not
just an Israeli problem. It's rightly seen more and more, by the United
States, by the major European countries, by us, and I can tell you, by many,
many Arab governments in our region...

ASMAN: The United Arab Emirates?

NETANYAHU: Many of them. This is the fundamental problem that faces the
world today. So I think the answer to that is, it has to be dealt with by
the international community, not merely for Israel's sake but for the sake
of the peace and prosperity of the entire world.

CLAMAN: Which leads to the question, is the U.S. supportive enough, from
where you stand? I was in Israel a year ago this summer for the Maccabiah
Games. And I was asking taxi drivers, people on the street, restaurant
owners, what do you think of President Obama? They don't like him because
they feel that he doesn't understand or he isn't supportive enough of the
Israel that matters most, and that is a democratic bastion in the middle of
the Middle East. Do you think President Obama is supportive enough when it
comes to the Iranian question?

NETANYAHU: I think there is fundamental misunderstanding about the close
nature between Israel and the United States. It is so close and it's
something that is mirrored by all leaders and by all governments, whether in
the United States or in Israel. I mean, it's very powerful. It is a powerful
bond and President Obama has expressed it more than once. We have had
security cooperation in the last year that people don't know about but I
think has surpassed all previous levels.

We have, I think, an understanding of the danger of the Iranian threat. And
I was very pleased to hear that the president has said that he is determined
to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. I think that's a very
important statement.

CLAMAN: As we look to become more fiscally austere, we now have a change in
our congressional House of Representatives. Now it will turn to the
Republicans for power. As they look to cut funding or increase it, they have
said - at least some members have said that they will only give money to the
Palestinians if the Palestinians acknowledge Israel as a Jewish state. What
do you think of that? And do you think that the Republican Congress is going
to be more friendly to Israel?

NETANYAHU: Look, the outgoing Congress was friendly to Israel. The incoming
Congress is friendly to Israel. I think basically that's a constant in the
relationship between Israel and the United States. We're dealing with a
government and I'm dealing with a president, I hope that we can get peace
talks back on track. And that the crucial thing to me is - the only way
you're going to conclude a successful peace negotiation is if you actually
engage in it.

And I'm disappointed with the fact that the Palestinian Authority has found
ways not to negotiate. to seek a detour, to somehow go to the U.N. or go to
the Security Council, or go elsewhere in avoiding the critical negotiation
that we have to engage in.

ASMAN: The economies of the Palestinian areas are nowhere near as vibrant as
the economy in Israel itself. Is there a way to include Palestinian
economies in the growth that Israel is now experiencing?

NETANYAHU: Yes. And we've been doing that. We haven't waited for peace. And,
by the way, look, peace is important on its own, and it is valued because we
don't want to go to war. I've been through a few of them. They're highly
unpleasant things, you know. And we value life and we want this peace to be
there. You know, people say, peace is good for the economy. Yes, the economy
is good for peace.

CLAMAN: The international recovery may be sputtering, but take a drive
through Israel's rapidly developing cities and you will see a very different
economic picture.

ASMAN: We asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu how his country
has powered through the global recession to leave other developing nations
in its financial dust.
You folks in Israel are growing at great guns. You're growing over 4 percent
right now. We have anemic growth rates in the United States. The president's
budget called for 4 percent growth. We're lucky to reach 2 percent this
year. How have you guys been growing so well?

NETANYAHU: Well, first of all, we're a speedboat and you're a cruise ship.
So there's a difference. So I can tell you that...

ASMAN: You can turn more easily.

NETANYAHU: Well, I can tell you as captain of a speedboat that we have
followed a certain policy that has been good for us but I don't pretend that
it is necessarily good for every country, especially one that is a fifth of
the world's economy. We're just, you know, a small niche economy. But what
we've done and what we've instituted is essentially turning Israel into a
high-tech free market economy.

And that is a fundamental change from where we were decades ago. We were
growing oranges and selling polished diamonds. And now we're selling the
software on chips and we're producing all sorts of innovations,
technological innovations. And we've essentially become an export-driven,
high-tech economy that has a very open marketplace. Not open enough. That's
actually our strategic opportunity for growth. That is, if you're lucky
enough to have a lot of bureaucratic controls, by removing them, you
actually get added growth. And that's the secret of what you do in an
advanced economy and you want to keep it growing after it has reached
$30,000 per capita income. That is our situation.

ASMAN: You're a supply-sider.

NETANYAHU: Well, as long as you open up your markets, you will probably
continue to grow.

CLAMAN: There are some people who would say, boy, we wish the U.S. would
figure that out, in fact making it a lot more easy for businesses to open up
operations here in the United States. We talk to CEOs of the high-tech realm
that you talk about, Intel, Applied Materials. When you drive from Jerusalem
through to Herzliya, you see all of those names, Microsoft, Yahoo. What is
it specifically that you're doing right to attract those businesses to open
plants there?

NETANYAHU: I think we enjoy the fact that we had a concentration of young
people who went through the military and received a technological education.
That created the potential. That potential could not be unleashed until we
made the Israeli economy more friendly to business.

And I had something to do with that, first as prime minister, again as
finance minister, and now again as prime minister. What we did was basically
follow three things. We controlled spending. We cut tax rates and projected
them in a very deliberate path into the future. And we removed obstacles to
competition.

And the combination of the three propelled our economy from a crisis of
contraction, about 1 percent contraction, to about 5 percent growth within
18 months. And it stayed that way more or less since, with a dip during the
height of the recent crisis. But essentially that's what we've been doing.
Now will that work for every economy? I don't know. It has worked for our
speedboat.

ASMAN: But it's interesting that some of the same debates happen in Israel
that are happening here. For example, you were told if you lower tax rates,
your deficit is going to increase. That didn't happen, did it?

NETANYAHU: No, it didn't happen. In fact, because we were at a very high tax
rate in a recessionary economy, and so...

CLAMAN: Anyway.

NETANYAHU: We were, yes. I didn't see any point of having high taxes that
we'll never collect. So we lowered the tax rates and we received a big
input. And I think it's very important to be competitive for us with other
small economies so that people know that they will make a profit.

ASMAN: Yes.

NETANYAHU: And that has helped us for sure. But it wasn't the only thing. A
lot of the changes that we did were very hard to do. I mean, they were
politically very, very difficult. As finance minister I raised the pension
age to 67. I haven't found a single voter who voted for me for that. And we
did a lot of other things. We did capital market reforms. We took away a
third of assets of our banks. We have large banks, a handful of them that
controlled most of the economy. And we took away the long-term savings from
those banks.

That was very tough. Cutting government spending doesn't make you popular,
believe me. It is very hard. So we did all of that. And the important thing
is we did it together. In other words, we did it at the same time. We did it
simultaneously. So the effect of the reforms bundled together is greater
than the sum of their parts. It's a very powerful growth stimulus.

November 10, 2010

Ayalon: Recognize Mizrahi Jews as refugees

Deputy foreign minister supports new initiative calling on Palestinians to recognize Jewish refugees from Arab lands, says topic must be discussed in any future negotiations
Ronen Medzini

The peace negotiations are at a standstill, but Deputy Defense Minister Danny Ayalon thinks there's another issue that must be included in any agreement reached with the Palestinians.

According to information obtained by Ynet, a new initiative promoted by the Foreign Ministry calls on Palestinians to "recognize Jews who exiled from Arab lands as refugees."

The initiative comes as a response to the Palestinians' demand for a "right of return" to the Land of Israel.

The initiative, which is expected to further obstruct the already deadlocked negotiations, was drafted by members of Jewish-American organization JJAC.

After discussing the initiative, Ayalon and National Security Council Chief Uzi Arad decided to hand the matter over to the Foreign Ministry's legal department.

According to the initial outline of the plan, Israelis hailing from Arab countries will be eligible to demand financial compensation for the property they left behind.

JJAC also suggested establishing funds that would help protect Jewish cemeteries, restore synagogues and return Torah scrolls to Arab countries, in addition to giving out research scholarships.

The initiative was launched several days after the publication of Ayalon's article titled "I am a refugee," in which he wrote, "As a descendant of a family forced out of Algeria, my father and I – and the millions of other Jews from families who were expelled from Arab countries after 1948 – are entitled to redress."

The article, which was published in newspapers across the globe, was also distributed in foreign embassies in Israel and consulates around the world.

"The issue of Jewish refugees from Arab lands has not been dealt with – not on the public level, or on the political and judicial level," Ayalon claimed.

"We must remember that more than 850,000 Israelis came from Arab lands without any property, and therefore they are considered refugees. It is definitely an issue that must be raised during our negotiations on a permanent agreement," he said.

Ayalon also noted that "Israel has absorbed some 900,000 Jews who have assimilated into society, while Arab countries left their refugees to live in subhuman conditions."

This issue must be stressed and should have been stressed a long time ago.

Silwan the neighborhood in Jerusalem where of late the Arabs have rioted because of Jews moving into homes that were bought from Arabs. But the hidden part of this story is that the whole area of Silwan was stolen from Yemenite Jews that lived there from about 1890 to 1948 when they were removed with force by the Arabs during Israel's war of Independence.

US accelerates funding to PA with $150 million transfer


By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER
10/11/2010
“This figure underscores strong determination of American people and this administration to stand with our Palestinian friends," Clinton says.

WASHINGTON – The US sped up delivery of $150 million in direct aid to the Palestinian Authority Wednesday, citing the need to fill an urgent budget shortfall.

“This figure underscores the strong determination of the American people and this administration to stand with our Palestinian friends even during difficult economic times,” declared US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in announcing the aid, which was taken from the $200 million the Obama administration plans to allocate to the PA in 2011.

So who's friend are you Israel's or the Palestinians?

We are at war so choose, don't straddle the fence, you will end up with a sore crotch and no friends on either side.


November 09, 2010

Thieves, Rapist, Child Molesters, Must Be The UN

Until 1996, nobody called Rachel’s Tomb a mosque
By NADAV SHRAGAI
08/11/2010
Analysis: UNESCO’s recent designation flies in the face of Jewish history, Islamic tradition and Ottoman confirmation.

On October 21, UNESCO (the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) declared that Rachel’s Tomb near Jerusalem is the Bilal ibn Rabah mosque – endorsing a Palestinian claim that first surfaced only in 1996 and which ignores centuries of Muslim tradition.

In a series of decisions condemning Israel, the UNESCO board called upon the government to rescind its decision in February to include Rachel’s Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron on Israel’s official list of national heritage sites. The sharp protests by Ambassador to UNESCO Nimrod Barkan to the UN body’s decision were expunged from the record by the chairman of the session, the Russian representative, on the pretext that they were too aggressive.

A scrupulous examination of testimonies and historical sources demonstrates that defining Rachel’s Tomb as a mosque does an injustice to facts and traditions anchored in both Muslim documents and Jewish sources, and constitutes distortion, bias and deception. As opposed to the Temple Mount and the Cave of the Patriarchs, which also serve as the location of mosques, Rachel’s Tomb never served as a mosque for the Muslims. The Muslim connection to the site derives from its relation to Rachel and has no connection to Bilal ibn Rabah, Muhammad’s first muezzin.

A Jewish holy site

Rachel’s Tomb is located on the northern outskirts of Bethlehem some 460 meters south of Jerusalem’s municipal boundary. The site has been identified for over 1,700 years as the grave of the Jewish matriarch Rachel. The copious literature of Jewish, Christian and Muslim pilgrims identifies and documents the spot as the place where Rachel is buried.

Many generations of Jews have visited the place for prayer, requests and entreaties. The site has become a sort of Wailing Wall to which Jews come to pour out their hearts and share their troubles and requests with the beloved matriarch, hoping to find solace and healing. Jewish tradition attributes unique and wondrous qualities to Rachel’s tears, and visitors to her grave ask her to cry and pray on their behalf.

According to the Book of Genesis, Rachel died when she gave birth to Benjamin: “And Rachel died, and was buried on the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.” In Jewish tradition, her tears have been identified, by authors, poets and biblical commentators with almost every disaster that befell the Jewish people.

Over hundreds of years, visitors to her grave have established the tie between Rachel and her burial place. “The house with the dome and the olive tree” became a Jewish symbol. An additional room that was attached to the original structure by Sir Moses Montefiore in 1841 has only enhanced the link. The depiction of Rachel’s Tomb has appeared in thousands of Jewish religious books, paintings, photographs, stamps and works of art.

Yet anyone visiting the site today will find it difficult to identify the image known to generations of Jews. The small, domed structure now sits within an armored concrete sleeve containing firing positions and defensive fortifications, and covered with camouflage netting. At the height of the second intifada, the government decided on September 11, 2002, to place the sacred compound inside the area of the Israeli security barrier in the Jerusalem area.

The Muslim link to Rachel

The Muslim link to the site derives from the figure of Rachel rather than from Bilal ibn Rabah, who is buried in Damascus. The accepted Muslim tradition that venerates Rachel identifies the site at the outskirts of Bethlehem as her grave. According to Muslim tradition, Rachel’s name comes from the word “to wander,” because she found her death on one of her wanderings and was buried on the way to Bethlehem. Rachel is alluded to in the Koran and other Muslim sources where, just as in Jewish sources, Joseph tearfully falls upon the grave of his mother, Rachel, when the caravan of his captors passes by the site.

For hundreds of years, the shape of Rachel’s Tomb resembled the grave of a vali (a Muslim saint). The building received its distinctive shape in 1622 when the Turkish governor of Jerusalem, Muhammad Pasha, permitted the Jews to wall off the four pillars that supported the dome and for the first time Rachel’s Tomb became a closed building. This was allowed by the Turkish governor to prevent Arab shepherds from grazing their flocks at the site. Yet according to one report, an English traveler claims this was done “to make access to it more difficult for the Jews.”

For centuries, Rachel’s Tomb was considered only a Jewish holy place.

The 16th-century Arab historian Mujir al-Din regarded Rachel’s Tomb as a Jewish holy place. Beginning in 1841, the keys to the place were deposited exclusively with Jewish caretakers who managed the site until it fell into Jordanian hands in 1948. In contravention of the armistice agreement, Jordan prevented Jews from accessing the site during all the years of its rule (1948-1967).

Following the Six Day War, Jews returned to Rachel’s Tomb, with millions of Jews from around the world having visited the site. According to Jewish tradition, Rachel died on the 11th day of the Hebrew month of Heshvan; in 2010, some 100,000 Jews visited Rachel’s Tomb on that day (October 19).

Harassment of Jews

For many centuries, Jews were compelled to pay protection money and ransom to the Arabs who lived in the area so they wouldn’t harm Rachel’s Tomb and the Jews who visited it. In 1796, Rabbi Moshe Yerushalmi, an Ashkenazi Jew from Central Europe who immigrated to Israel, related that a non-Jew sits at Rachel’s Tomb and collects money from Jews seeking to visit the site. Other sources attest to Jews who paid taxes and levies, and presented gifts to the Arab residents of the area.

Dr. Ludwig August Frankl of Vienna, a poet and author, related that the Sephardi community in Jerusalem was compelled to pay 5,000 piastres to an Arab from Bethlehem at the start of the 19th century for the right to visit Rachel’s Tomb. Other testimonies relate that in order to prevent damage to Rachel’s Tomb, payment was transferred to members of the Beduin Taamra tribe who lived in the area, who had also begun to bury their dead near the tomb during that era. There is a Muslim cemetery on three sides of the compound that mainly belongs to the Taamra tribe and the entire attitude of the Muslims to Rachel’s Tomb derives to a large extent from this tribe, which began burying its dead at the site during the 18th and 19th centuries due to its proximity to Rachel’s Tomb. The origins of the practice, as the Land of Israel researcher Eli Schiller writes, is the popular Muslim belief that “the closer that the deceased is buried to the tomb of a sainted personality, the greater will be his rewards in the world to come.”

Taxes were also collected from the Sephardi community in Jerusalem to pay the authorities for various “rights,” such as passage to the Western Wall, passage of funerals to the Mount of Olives, and for the protection of gravestones there, as well as payment to the Arabs of Bethlehem for safeguarding Rachel’s Tomb.

In 1856, 15 years after Montefiore had built another room to Rachel’s Tomb, James Finn, the British consul, spoke about the payments that the Jews were forced to pay to Muslim extortionists at some holy places including Rachel’s Tomb: “300 lira per annum to the effendi whose house is adjacent to the site of crying” [the Western Wall] for the right to pray there and “100 lira a year to the Taamra Arabs for not wrecking Rachel’s Tomb near Bethlehem.”

Jews expand the tomb in 1841

In 1841, Montefiore obtained a license from the Turkish authorities to refurbish Rachel’s Tomb and add another room to it, which changed its appearance and improved its formerly neglected status. A door to the domed room was installed and keys were given to two caretakers, one Sephardi and the other Ashkenazi.

Fourteen years previously, an official of the Sephardi kollels (religious study centers) in Jerusalem, Avraham Behar Avraham, laid the groundwork for Montefiore’s activity at Rachel’s Tomb when he obtained recognition for the status and rights of Jews at the site from the Turkish authorities. This was, in practice, the original firman (royal decree) issued by the Ottoman authorities in Turkey recognizing Jewish rights at Rachel’s Tomb.

The firman was necessary since the Muslims disputed ownership by the Jews of Rachel’s Tomb and even tried by brute force to prevent Jewish visits to the site. From time to time Jews were robbed or beaten by Arab residents of the vicinity, and even the protection money that was paid did not always prevail. Avraham Behar Avraham approached the authorities in Istanbul on this matter and in 1827 the Turks issued the firman that gave legal force to Rachel’s Tomb being recognized as a Jewish holy site. Additionally, in August 1830, the governor of Damascus sent a written order to the mufti of Jerusalem to implement the sultan’s order. And another firman was issued in April 1831. (See related story.)

Montefiore received the permit for building an additional room attached to the existing structure from the Sublime Porte in Constantinople. The permit, bearing the seal of the Sublime Porte, resided for many years in the museum named after Sir Isaac and Lady Edith Wolfson at Hechal Shlomo in Jerusalem. Many saw it, but it was then lost and quite possibly stolen.

We have no details regarding the conversations of Montefiore with the Turkish authorities on this topic. Nevertheless, one can assume that Montefiore arrived at an informal arrangement with the authorities on a modus for dividing the rights to use the additional room, the room that leans on the older structure from the south.

We can find support for this in the mihrab – a niche symbolizing the direction of prayer to Mecca that was built in the new room. Subsequently, Muslim dead were purified in this room on occasion.

Yehuda Burla, the son of Yehoshua Burla, the caretaker of Rachel’s Tomb, and his wife, Miriam, recount in their memoirs that the additional room was built so the Muslims would keep their hands off of the room marking the grave itself. The Jews who came to Rachel’s Tomb also used this room, either as a waiting room or as a prayer room, especially on those days when a large public had gathered at Rachel’s Tomb. In practice, in any event, presumptive ownership at the location was Jewish.

Shlomo Freiman, the last Ashkenazi caretaker of Rachel’s Tomb, documents in his diary the friction with the Muslims who from time to time attempted to purify their dead in the additional room until they desisted from the practice in return for a sizable amount of money.

How Rachel’s Tomb was Islamicized

Between 1993 and 1995, Palestinian groups committed terror and suicide attacks that killed 80 Israelis. In February 1996, the IDF feared that Rachel’s Tomb would furnish a convenient target for an attack of this sort, as it was situated on the main highway connecting Jerusalem and Hebron, with heavy Jewish and Arab traffic. Demonstrations of a nationalist Palestinian character erupted at Rachel’s Tomb as Muslims began to raise the argument that the site involved “Islamic soil.”

At the end of September 1996, the “Western Wall Tunnel Riots” broke out. After the attack on Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus and its fall to the Palestinians, hundreds of Arabs from Bethlehem and the Aida refugee camp attacked Rachel’s Tomb. They set on fire the scaffolding that was erected around the tomb as part of fortification work at the site and tried to break into the compound. Marching at their head was Muhammad Rashad al-Jabari, the governor of Bethlehem, an appointee of the Palestinian Authority. The IDF dispersed the demonstrators with gunfire and stun grenades. Scores were wounded, including Kifah Barakat, the commander of Force 17, the presidential guard of PA chairman Yasser Arafat.

With the outbreak of the second intifada in 2000, Palestinians again attacked Rachel’s Tomb, and for 41 days Jews were prevented from visiting the site due to shooting incidents.

The Muslims also escalated their rhetoric. They stopped calling the site “Rachel’s Dome,” as they had done for hundreds of years, and began calling it the Mosque of Bilal ibn Rabah. The Muslim religious authorities (Wakf) first began to employ this name in 1996, and it eventually took root in Palestinian national discourse.

Bilal ibn Rabah, an Ethiopian by origin, is known in Islamic history as a black slave who served the household of the prophet Muhammad as the person in charge of calling the Muslims to prayer five times a day – the first muezzin. Upon the death of Muhammad, he went to fight the wars of Islam in Syria, was killed there in 642 CE, and was buried in Damascus. The Palestinian Authority raised the argument that, according to Islamic tradition, the Islamic conquerors of the country called the mosque that was established at Rachel’s Tomb after Bilal ibn Rabah.

Yet the Palestinian argument ignores the presumptive ownership that the Jews acquired at the site for many hundreds of years and from the firmans that the Ottoman authorities issued awarding Rachel’s Tomb to the Jews at the beginning of the 19th century.

The Palestinian arguments ignore even the accepted Muslim tradition that venerates Rachel and identifies the site as her burial place. Prof. Yehoshua Porat termed the claim of a mosque at Rachel’s Tomb as mendacious. He noted that the place was known in Arabic as “Rachel’s Dome – a Jewish place of worship.”

For many years in official publications of Palestinian national bodies, there was no reference to any other name for the site, including in the Palestinian Lexicon issued by the Arab League and the PLO in 1984, or in the Al-mawsu’ah al-filastiniyah published in Italy by the Palestinian Encyclopedia organization after 1996.

The book Palestine the Holy Land simply relates that “At the northern entrance to the city [Bethlehem] the Tomb of Rachel appears, the mother of the matriarchs, who died while giving life to Benjamin.” The book The West Bank and Gaza – Palestine also fails to mention the location of Rachel’s Tomb as a mosque. Despite this, the deputy minister of religious trusts and religious affairs in the Palestinian Authority defined Rachel’s Tomb as an Islamic site.

On Yom Kippur 2000, six days after the IDF retreated from Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus, the official PLO newspaper Al-Hayat al-Jadida published an article indicating Rachel’s Tomb as the next Palestinian target. “Bethlehem – Rachel’s Tomb or the Mosque of Bilal ibn Rabah is one of the stakes that the occupation government and the Zionist movement drove into most of the Palestinian cities... This grave is spurious and was originally a Muslim mosque.”

During the second intifada, Rachel’s Tomb was attacked by gunfire both from the direction of the Aida refugee camp between Beit Jala and Bethlehem, as well as from the rooftops of houses to the west, south and east. Palestinian Authority forces, who were presumably in charge of preserving order and should have prevented violence, not only did not prevent it but took an active part in the fighting. At one point, 50 Jews found themselves besieged at Rachel’s Tomb while a gun battle between the IDF and Palestinian Authority forces was taking place around them.

On April 2, 2002, the IDF returned to Bethlehem in the framework of Operation Defensive Shield and remained there for a protracted time. A bomb was thrown at Rachel’s Tomb on April 10, 2005, and another on December 27, 2006, while on February 10, 2007, scores of Palestinians attacked the site with rocks.

The High Court of Justice has recognized the clear security need of defending this holy site. On February 3, 2005, it rejected petitions by Palestinians who wanted to change the route of the security barrier near Rachel’s Tomb, ruling that the current location of the barrier preserved the balance between freedom of religion and the local residents’ freedom of movement.

The writer is a senior researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, for whom this Jerusalem Issue Brief was written. www.jcpa.org

I was going to say once again the UN shows it bias. However I think it should read the UN still shows it's anti Jewish bias.

I have zero respect for the UN, if I had any prior to my involvement in Africa, it is safe to say today I have no respect for this international den of liars and thieves. But let us not leave out the rape of women and children in Africa by UN people.

Now they want to steal the heritage of the Jewish people . Just when you thought the theft of the UN could not be any bigger than oil for food program they watched over in Iraq.

November 08, 2010

Israeli who disrupted PM's speech: We were raised on human rights

Youngster who heckled Netanyahu during GA address in New Orleans says US Jews distancing themselves from community due to 'expectation of blind loyalty to Israel'
Yitzhak Benhorin

"When I got up to disrupt the prime minister's speech, he was speaking of the de-legitimization of Israel, and I yelled out that I am an Israeli and that it is the occupation, the Gaza blockade and the loyalty oath which delegitimize Israel," said Matan Cohen, one of five protestors who heckled Benjamin Netanyahu during his keynote address to the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly in New Orleans on Monday.


"We (protestors) decided every five-six minutes one of us would get up and yell. We were detained and later transferred to the custody of the Secret Service," he told Ynet.


Cohen is a member of Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization that works to achieve a "lasting peace that recognizes the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians for security and self-determination."


Cohen, 21, was one of the founders of Anarchists Against the Wall, an Israeli group supporting the Palestinian campaign against the construction of the West Bank security barrier. Four years ago, he was injured from a rubber bullet fired by security forces during an anti-fence rally in the West Bank.


He is currently enrolled at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, which became the first of any college or university in the US to divest from companies due to their involvement in the "Israeli occupation of Palestine."


"Israel's actions are the cause of its deteriorating status in the international community," Cohen said. "Many young Jewish Americans are distancing themselves from the community, which expects their blind loyalty to Israel.


"Netanyahu was expecting a supportive audience, but as Jews and Israelis we will not remain silent. An entire community that was raised on human rights will not turn a blind eye."

Traitors like this must be dealt with for they cause damage to Israel.

Put a few of them in prison for 20 years for treason and it will soon no longer be "cool" to be a traitor.

US 'disappointed' by plans for 1,345 east J'lem homes


By BY JONAH MANDEL, TOVAH LAZAROF AND AP
08/11/2010
Announcement is "counter-productive to resumption of direct negotiations efforts between parties," PJ Crowley says; issue set to be talking point between Netanyahu, Clinton in New York.

The United States is “deeply disappointed” that Israel has advanced plans to build 1,345 homes in “sensitive areas” of east Jerusalem, the State Department spokesman said on Monday.

Referring to the stalled Israeli-Palestinian talks, P.J. Crowley told reporters that the US views the announcement as “counter productive to our efforts to resume direct nego
“We have long urged both parties to avoid actions that could undermine trust, including in Jerusalem, and we will continue to work to resume negotiations,” Crowley said.

He added that the issue would be one of the talking points when US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets in New York on Thursday with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Israel has insisted that it has a right to build in all parts of Jerusalem, which it considers to be its united capitol.

Palestinians have demanded that Israel halt Jewish building in east Jerusalem, which they believe will be the capital of their future state.

The US and the international community have chastised Israel for its continued construction in east Jerusalem and have urged it to understand that such building negatively impacts the peace process.

The announcement that planning will go ahead for 1,025 housing units in Har Homa and 320 in Ramot comes when Netanyahu is in the US, where he is under pressure to halt settlement construction in the West Bank and in east Jerusalem.

While the homes in question have not been fully authorized, they have been approved by the local and district planning committees, which operate under the auspices of the Interior Ministry.

On Friday, the plans were deposited for public review, and as part of that process they were published in local media outlets.

The public has 60 days to present objections, after which the plans return to the district level for modifications. After that they will return to the local level for the purpose of issuing building permits, after which construction may begin.

The process can take years. The 983 units in Har Homa C and 42 in Har Homa B received their first approval in 2008. Another 320 units planned for Ramot were also presented to the public.

Interior Ministry official Efrat Orbach said the plans had been approved six months ago, but that for unspecified “technical reasons” the ministry only recently made them public for the appeals process. She denied the timing had anything to do with Netanyahu’s US trip and said it would take years before construction would begin.

Hagit Ofran, who head’s the Settlement Watch unit of Peace Now, called the timing “a calculated attempt by Netanyahu to torpedo peace talks and also avoid blame by forcing the Palestinians to be the ones to walk away from the negotiation table.”

Non-profit organization Ir Amim also weighed in, saying, “Once again the Israeli government is unilaterally dictating steps on the ground in east Jerusalem, which might eventually accumulate to a dramatic new reality, with severe implications regarding the political future of the city. We have no doubt that these implications did not escape the eyes of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who is visiting the United States now.”

The Jerusalem District Planning Committee on Monday also approved 32 new units in Pisgat Ze’ev. The next phase of that process is the public review, but it is unknown when that might happen.

“The District Planning Committee regularly receives plans for approval,” said a statement issued by the Jerusalem Municipality.

“Every request is debated as per the law¹s requirement solely from the planning aspect, as was in this case. The Jerusalem Municipality is continuing to build throughout the city for all the population.”

This is great news, no doubt timed for Bibi's visit to the USA.

When praise is due, praise I must give.

Great job Bibi, just keep it up.

November 07, 2010

Leftist Arson In Gush Etzion

arson near Bat Ayin.jpg

Zahar: Jews will soon be expelled from Palestine

07-11-2010,10:35
http://www.qassam.ps/news-3735-Zahar_Jews_will_soon_be_expelled_from_Palestine.html

Al Qassam website- Gaza- Senior leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement
"Hamas" Dr-Mahmoud Al-Zahar says Jews were kicked out by France, Britain,
Russia and Germany “because they betrayed, stole and corrupted these
countries."

The Jews will soon be expelled from Palestine that same way they were kicked
out by France, Britain, Belgium, Russia and Germany, Hamas leader Mahmoud
Al-Zahar said over the weekend.

“The only nation that received the Jews after they were expelled was the
Islamic nation, which protected them and looked after them,” Zahar said in a
speech in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip over the weekend.

Al-Zahar's declarations came out during the mark of the 54th anniversary for
Khan Younis Massacre committed by Israeli occupation soldiers in 1956 and
caused of killing more than 1200 Palestinians in Khan Younis city south of
Gaza Strip.

Dr-Zahar saluted the Egyptian martyrs who were killed in Khan Younis
massacre asserting that :"the gift Palestinian people wishes to send for the
sons of the Egyptian martyrs who were martyred in Khan Younis is praying two
rak'ahs in Al-Aqsa mosque very soon".

“But they have no place here amongst us because of their crimes. They will
soon be expelled from here and we will pray at the Aqsa Mosque [in
Jerusalem].”

Zahar confirmed that Jews were expelled in the past “because they betrayed,
stole and corrupted these countries.”

Zahar called for unity with Fatah as representatives of the two parties
prepare to hold another round of reconciliation talks in the Syrian capital
of Damascus this week.

“Let’s join ranks and speak in one voice,” Zahar said in his appeal to
Fatah. “Together, with blood, we could liberate our lands and holy sites.
You have tasted the bitterness of arbitrary negotiations.” He said that
Hamas was making “big efforts” to ensure the success of reconciliation talks
with Fatah.

Meanwhile, Ramadan Shallah, leader of Islamic Jihad, called on Palestinian
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to step down for abandoning the armed
struggle against Israel. Shallah was speaking in Damascus on the 23rd
anniversary of the establishment of his group.

“The negotiations [with Israel] have ended and there’s no alternative to
jihad and resistance,” Shallah said. “The present leadership of the
Palestinian Authority is not authorized to negotiate on behalf of the
Palestinians. If Mahmoud Abbas can’t adopt the option of Yasser Arafat
resistance, we recommend another option which is more honorable: to quit and
sit at home.”

The Islamic Jihad leader said that “Palestine is all ours and we won’t give
up one inch of it. We won’t participate in or accept any settlement that
limits our rights only to the 1967 borders.”

I wonder if he would like to make a wager on this?

We Jews are in Israel to stay and I mean including Judea and Samaria, plus of course all of Jerusalem.

November 05, 2010

MERF APPEARANCE

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

The time of the show is 2pm EDT, 11AM Pacific, 9pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

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

Operation Entebbe protocols revealed

From chilling announcement on hijacked plane to daring hostage-rescue mission in enemy country: Eight days of grueling discussions result in most important counter-terrorism military mission ever

Yedioth Ahronoth
Published: 11.05.10, 14:50 / Israel News

27.6.76: Cabinet meeting - 'We're in deep trouble'

Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin : "Before we continue I have an announcement: We lost contact with an Air France plane that took off in Lod. It was probably hijacked. There were about 83 Israelis onboard, 10 of them got off in Athens. Most were women and children."

(Security forum convenes at 4 pm)


Rabin: "The first thing we must do is declare that we view France as responsible for the lives of the Israeli passengers. They will ask, 'There are 73 Israelis onboard, what's the government doing about it?'"


Transportation Minister Gad Yaacobi: "I recommend not publishing any names and an Air France representative should be the one to deliver the news to the families at Ben-Gurion Airport."


Foreign Minister Yigal Allon: "We are in deep trouble."

Rabin: "We definitely are."


29.6: Cabinet meeting - 'Don't discussion mission now'


IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Mordechai "Motta" Gur: "The IDF has prepared a mission."


Rabin: "I suggest we don't discuss it here."


Defense Minister Shimon Peres: "We need to rally up the editors' committee (an informal forum comprised by the editors and owners of the main Israeli media) so they don't begin to speculate. They have already cooperated and not published the passengers' list."


Peres: "We are in a tough situation, but not the toughest thing that can happen to us."


Rabin: "I think it is the toughest."


30.6: Cabinet meeting - 'Operation impossible'

(The ultimatum: Free terrorists by 2 pm tomorrow, or hostages will be killed)


Rabin: "I want to say that any information leaked out today can end up costing lives. So I ask you to not behave normally regarding this issue."


Allon: "If we publish a statement saying we'll meet the terrorists' demands, they will say, 'If Israel accepts the possibility of surrender, what will the hyssop on the wall say?' The French will announce they aren't planning on surrendering to pressure. West Germany is completely rejecting the possibility. In a meeting between our Washington ambassador and the assistant to the secretary of state, he mentioned that their secret approach is known to us – not to give into demands or blackmail."


Rabin: "At this stage, I don't think a military operation is possible, because we don't have the ability to act without the consent of the countries involved. So what do we do? Attack Uganda? Not because of the IDF, but how would we even reach Uganda? The object is not to act militarily but to save people's lives. As of right now I can't see a way to do that. So, without befogging the issue, we are in distress. We aren't going to be surprised of the families start to pressure us."

(Security forum convenes at 12 pm)


Rabin: "A telegram arrived from Uri Lubrani (Israeli ambassador to Iran). He and Idi Amin Dada (president of Uganda at the time) both shared an experience where they were saved from a plane crash. Regarding this, we have a statement that will be read by Yigal."


Allon: "Lubarni writes, 'I want to offer myself as a messenger to Amin in Uganda, to try and get him to free all the hostages or trade myself in for them. I think we can try to play this card, especially with such a primitive person like Amin.'"


Rabin: "I suggest you tell him to try and get there."


Peres: "He is the Israeli ambassador to Iran. If, God forbid, they place their hands on him, he knows a lot of secrets."


(Rabin and Peres meet with IDF officials at 12:20 pm)


Gur: "We put together a team to look into all the military options, and Ehud Brog (later known as Ehud Barak, then-assistant to head of the Military Intelligence Directorate) is working with the Air Force and Navy."


Rabin: "An article about 'Heartburn' (military operation executed by the Mossad and Shin Bet during which Palestinian and German terrorists planning to bomb an El-Al airplane were captured in Nairobi), telling almost the entire story, written by a military correspondent in one of the newspapers, but it was disqualified. Everything was mentioned inside. The fact that we can't take a military correspondent, put him in jail and question him how he got this information – this is a catastrophe."


Gur: "I think we have to do it, no later than today."

(Meeting with the Editors Committee)


Rabin: "There is going to be an assembly today of all the family members, demanding the government begin negotiations. I've asked the radio and television stations not to interview them and not to publish this story. I think the extremists amongst them wished to protest near my house and outside the prime minister's building. One thing will be very severe – if the world finds out our government is pressured to surrender."


Maariv Editor-in-Chief Shalom Rosenfeld: "We can't prevent a feature article in the newspaper calling the government to surrender. It's a legitimate opinion, even though I reject it."


Davar Editor-in Chief Hannah Zemer: "Even in this case the government will surrender and not allow 77 Jews to blow up in an airplane."


Haaretz Editor-in Chief Gershom Schocken: "What's the make-up of the hostages?"


Rabin: "As far as Israel is concerned, I haven't checked the ethnicity. Anyway, it didn't interest me. Usually, people of scanty means can't afford to travel around the world. So one kind of people that don't have means and it doesn't matter what their ethnicity is – aren't there."


Schocken: "There are wealthy people of North African origin."


1.7, 7 am: Cabinet meeting - 'We are risking lives'

(Peres reads aloud from text of the conversation between Amin and Baruch Bar Lev, a former head of Israel’s mission that trained Ugandan soldiers in the early 1970s and a close friend of Amin – a conversation in which Bar Lev tried to convince Amin to free the hostages)


Yaacobi: "Last night around 11 pm, I met with the passengers' families. To their credit I must say that the mood was very calm and responsible. Most of them claimed that due to the special circumstances, an Israeli military operation is impossible so the only thing they demand is to begin negotiations."


Peres: "The problem isn't simply the families' claims. It should be made clear that negotiations and surrendering open the door to future terror attacks."


Rabin: "Who says?"


Peres: "I do."


Rabin: "I ask you to clarify yourself and explain tell us why."


Peres: "Until now, the Americans haven't surrendered because Israelis were a world class standard. If we surrender, there won't be any country in the world that will stand it. It will cause more and more pressure."


Rabin: "This is the situation at the moment: Without making a decision, that is a decision, including everything that comes with that, with all the question marks. We must remember that we'll be the first government to show willingness to enter into negotiations regarding exchanges."


Allon: "I am opposed to accepting the terror organization's terms, and I know this is a strong statement, because we truly are putting people's lives at risk, and they have proven before that in certain cases when the ultimatum wasn't answered – they carried out (their threat)."


Rabin: "I wish to clarify: We don't have time for evasions. The question is - are we fundamentally willing to enter negotiations or no? I ask the government members to not avoid answering this question."


Education Minister Aharon Yadlin: "Since anyone who saves an Israeli life is actually saving the entire world, and for pikuach nefesh (the preservation of human life) of those Israelis caught in this situation – I support any effort to save them, including negotiations."


Rabin: "They aren't willing to return them under these conditions, there is no point in announcing negotiations. If we do – what would we negotiate? Their non-return? Let's not run away from the issue."


Minister without Portfolio Yisrael Galili: "I suggest the government begin negotiations immediately in order to save the hostages, while showing readiness to free detainees. I don't suggest we elaborate which ones."


Rabin: "I second Galili's suggestion simply because of this: I'm not willing to explain to the public why we have traded 130 terrorists for corpses till this day, eight of which were part of hostile destructive activity including murder. And based on this, I don't wish to explain to the Israeli public or to anyone else why we can return corpses but not live people."


Peres: "Precedents aren't the problem. The problem is the future, the people's future and the future of Israeli airplanes and aviation. We should be concerned with the fate of the people here, of what will happen to the country and her status regarding hijacking, terror and so on, in addition to the fate of those taken hostage. For now, all of the terror organizations, aside from Wadie Haddad, have disagreed with hijacking, mostly because of Israel's strict and persistent stance."


Rabin: "This was a political decision made by the Fatah (the largest faction within the PLO, Palestinian Liberation Organization) to cease their operations abroad, had nothing to do with Israel's strict stance."


Peres: "If Israel had surrendered every time, the Fatah would have made the decision to continue its terror operations."


Rabin: "I wish to know whether anyone is opposed. I don't want any misunderstandings on this issue. I don't propose we discuss negotiations, but that the government authorizes the team to continue our attempts to release the hostages, including exchange of prisoners in Israel. We'll say 'prisoners', and that doesn't mean accepting the terrorists' terms. No numbers and no names. Those in favor of this offer raise your hands? It's unanimous."


1.7: Consultation - 'IDF not built for mission'

(Gur proposes conquering Entebbe with an option of landing the nearby Victoria Lake and beginning a wide-spread operation)


Peres: "If we surrender, Israel will look so wounded and ridiculed. And if we execute an imaginative military operation it could be huge all around. I have no doubt that the IDF can do it, but then we run the risk of people being killed."

Gur: "It's an operation that's nearly impossible to plan in two days."

Peres: "We can wait one more day."


Rabin: "I feel it might end up being a lot like the 'Bay of Pig', the biggest operation we've done so far. When I examine three different operation options – chances aren't great."


Gur: "We can't deny: The IDF isn't really built for operations in Entebbe."

Rabin: "I'm not complaining, I think we don't have military capabilities over there."

(Security forum convenes at 5 pm)


Peres: "We must ask ourselves whether we are willing to return all terrorists, without any exceptions."


Rabin: "What does that have to do with the mission?"


Peres: "It has a lot to do with it, since you're going to have to explain to the public why you were willing to kill them for X but not kill them for (Y)."


Rabin: "If I believe we had a chance to rescue them, I would support it regardless of the price."


Peres: "If there is a military operation, it's preferable. Until now, I admit that there's no concrete proposal, only ideas and imagination. The second proposal is complete and utter surrender. If we want to negotiate, we should send someone to Kampala (Uganda's capital)."


2.7, 12:15 pm: Consultation - 'No one will back us'

(Gur proposes a practical military plan for the first time.)


Allon: "It's a flight without aerial defense."


Rabin: "Without. The problem is interception."


Peres: "The advantage is the element of surprise."


Rabin: "I am still uncertain about this operation. We have never had so many hostages. The military information we have is the most limited we've ever had. This is going to be the riskiest operation I have ever known."


(Cabinet convenes at 2 pm)


Rabin: "Begin suggested that the government not get entangled in these reservations that we won't commit to the number of prisoners or their names, so we don't face yet another humiliating fold. I admit to accepting his proposal. We should know that from the moment they separate the hostages, it becomes Israel's problem. No one will stand with us. The decisions will be ours. The world couldn't care less. Best case, they'll be sympathetic, or not. We have no one to turn to but ourselves, and the decision isn't going to be made by anyone else but by Israeli government. We are conducting negotiations regarding the release of prisoners, but I don't recommend they start arguing about the numbers, 40 or 50. We didn't say – 'blood avenger', no. I wouldn't want to see this whole thing fail."


Peres: "Starting tomorrow we only have half a day left, and I recommend that all ministers be prepared to stay here for a while. Tomorrow is going to be a dramatic day."


3.7, 1 pm: Cabinet meeting - 'We've done all we can'
Rabin: "New information has come into play and as of today we have a military option."


Peres: "The heart wrenching question is whether we sure risk the lives of innocent unarmed civilians, and save the future of this country, or not. If we surrender, the respect for terrorism will grow, and encourage more operations like this, seeing as how it pays off. In the eyes of the world, Israel's honor will deteriorate, and so will her deterring capabilities. Countries around the world might understand our ways, but mock us in their hearts."


Gur (presenting the military plan): "To summarize: The operation risk is, as I see it, very calculated and can be taken. There is a possibility of injuries, just like in any other operation we've ever done to rescue civilians, but over all I think the circumstances are reasonable and a military operation can be done."

Industry and Trade Minister Haim Bar-Lev: "If they fail to refuel, how long is the flight?"

Gur: "They won't be able to return home."

Bar-Lev: "What about weather issues over there?"

Gur: "It's risky."

Minister Yosef Burg: "What if we find out they moved the hostages' location over night?"

Rabin: "The mission will be a complete and utter failure."

Peres: "It's an IDF operation like never before. This is the first Israeli military mission in history executed outside of Middle Eastern borders."

Rabin: "I admit that after receiving the data regarding the landing I calmed down a bit, relatively of course, because I'm not saying there aren't any risks."

Allon: "I support this mission. Questions have already been raised in this country, why did we act quickly in the Ma'alot attack when there were children from a certain ethnicity involved, whereas we were willing to settle when it came to people belonging to a different ethnic group."

Bar-Lev: "If we fail, we'll have about 300 Israelis in Uganda, including soldiers, and we have to know that. But even if we don't succeed, we've done all that we can."

Rabin: "We're going to execute a complex mission with expected injuries. Nonetheless, I recommend the government approve it, though not with a light heart."

(The mission was approved unanimously)


4.7: Cabinet meeting after operation

Commander of Operation Entebbe Major-General Yekutiel Adam: "There weren't any surprises. The Commander of the unit (Sayeret Matkal) Yonatan Netanyahu ran to the terminal, encountered a group of soldiers who open fire, as well as fire from above. A bullet hit Yoni's heart and he was killed."

Rabin: "His father, Professor Benzion Netanyahu, is the father of Revisionist Zionism, an historian and sociologist. His sons live in Israel but he is in the United States. We have to find him, he deserves to know from us and not the press."

Peres: "I want the government members to know that today we lost one of the greatest soldiers the Jewish people have ever had. Yoni and his brother both served in the same unit. They both risked their lives many times. He was one of the most wonderful people this country's ever had."

November 04, 2010

Poll of American voters: 5% support Palestinians, 56% Israel

POS NATIONAL SURVEY - POST ELECT
The poll was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and Greenberg Quinlan
Rosner Research for The Israel Project
November 2, 2010 N=1,000 Actual Voters Project: #10885 Margin of
Error = + 3.1%
http://www.theisraelproject.org/atf/cf/%7B84dc5887-741e-4056-8d91-a389164bc94e%7D/NOVEMBER_2010_VOTERS_NATIONAL_SURVEY.PDF?tr=y&auid=7303495

N2. And, thinking about the ongoing conflict between Israel and the
Palestinians in the Middle East, please tell me whether, in general, you
think America should be...
32% a strong supporter of Israel
25% a supporter of Israel
4% a supporter of the Palestinians
1% a strong supporter of the Palestinians
6% NEITHER, LEAN ISRAEL
2% NEITHER, LEAN PALESTINE
22% HARD NEITHER
6% DON’T KNOW
3% REFUSED

56% TOTAL SUPPORTER ISRAEL
5% TOTAL SUPPORTER PALESTINIANS

Thinking about the United States and its relationship with Israel...
N5. Which TWO of the following are the best reasons for the United States
to stand with Israel? Is it that...

First
24% Israel is our most important ally in the Middle East
19% Israel shares our values including the freedom of speech, religion,
press and the right to vote
12% Israel is a partner with the US in our fight against terrorism
10% God gave the land to the Jews who had lived there for thousands of
years
6% Israel is under threat from Iran, a country that wants to wipe Israel
off the map
7% Israel is working for peace for both sides
3% Israel works with America for alternative energy solutions that can help
to reduce our dependency on foreign oil
5% Israeli citizens are vulnerable to terrorist attacks
1% Israel uses innovation to help solve problems in the health care and
technology industries
10% DON’T KNOW/NOT SURE
4% REFUSED

Combined
38% Israel is our most important ally in the Middle East
35% Israel shares our values including the freedom of speech, religion,
press and the right to vote
25% Israel is a partner with the US in our fight against terrorism
17% God gave the land to the Jews who had lived there for thousands of
years
15% Israel is under threat from Iran, a country that wants to wipe Israel
off the map
11% Israel is working for peace for both sides
9% Israel works with America for alternative energy solutions that can
help to reduce our dependency on foreign oil
10% Israeli citizens are vulnerable to terrorist attacks
5% Israel uses innovation to help solve problems in the health care and
technology industries
16% DON’T KNOW/NOT SURE
5% REFUSED

N6. And, how committed do you think the Israeli government, led by Prime
Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu, is to reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians? Is it...

(AV)
16% VERY COMMITTED
48% SOMEWHAT COMMITTED
18% JUST A LITTLE COMMITTED
9% NOT COMMITTED AT ALL
8% UNDECIDED/DON’T KNOW
1% REFUSED

65% TOTAL COMMITTED
27% TOTAL NOT COMMITTED

(SAMPLE B ONLY)
N7. And, how committed do you think the Palestinian Authority, which
controls the West Bank and is led by President Mahmoud Abbas, is to reaching
a peace agreement with Israel? Is it...

(AV)11/10
5% VERY COMMITTED
26% SOMEWHAT COMMITTED
25% JUST A LITTLE COMMITTED
32% NOT AT ALL COMMITTED
11% DON’T KNOW
1% REFUSED

31% TOTAL COMMITTED
57% TOTAL NOT COMMITTED

November 03, 2010

IDF, Shin Bet confirm killing of Gaza terrorist

Hamas says Army of Islam commander killed in airstrike near police headquarters, but eyewitnesses say explosion occurred inside vehicle
Ali Waked

IDF strike: The IDF and Shin Bet confirmed on Wednesday that they were responsible for the explosion that killed Army of Islam commander Muhammad Jamal al-Namnam.

Al-Namnam's car exploded near a Hamas police station in Gaza City. The al-Arabiya network reported that one person was killed in the blast and another three were injured.

Al-Namnam was a senior field commander in the Army of Islam, one of the organizations affiliated with al-Qaeda in the Strip. He was involved in attacks against Israel targets and recently planned to carry out more attacks against Israeli and American targets through the Sinai Peninsula.

November 02, 2010

Moussa: 'Talks being held on UN-led peace process'


By JPOST.COM STAFF
02/11/2010
Arab League secretary general tells Fox News Radio that settlements are "make or break" issue; says Hamas in favor of Palestinian state.

Serious discussions are being held between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Arab League member nations on bringing Middle East peace talks directly to the United Nations, Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said in an interview with Fox News Radio on Monday.

Moussa said that the League will give the US a chance to break the current stalemate in negotiations, but that he sees no reason why the peace process should not be led by the UN.

The secretary general told Fox News, "This is year 20 of the peace process that started in Madrid in 1991. So after 20 years we have seen everything. We have seen a lot of promises and a lot of commitments oral and otherwise. We find that we cannot continue along the same path, building our position on whatever promises are coming from whatever direction."

He stressed that, "What we need is a serious commitment, a serious process, a time frame and no changes should be allowed within the occupied territories, which is the subject of the negotiations."

He said settlements were still the "make or break" issue in negotiations.

Asked whether the Palestinians will seek UN approval for a Palestinian state and whether the Arab League would back this decision, Moussa said, "I'll tell you in all candor that the prevailing view is that the peace process has failed...You have heard President Abbas before yesterday talking about a lot of alternatives. The first alternative in his opinion is to proceed on the path of negotiations but on the basis that we have explained - no settlements then the negotiations will go on."

"One of the most important alternatives is to get back to the United Nations. Back in 1991, after Madrid we were told that the best way was to have an honest broker that would help bring the two parties together with suggestions, with proposals, with maps with advice, to help the two parties move on. This did not happen. So why not think of bringing back the file to the United Nations?" Moussa said.

Asked what the most effective strategy for the Palestinians was - choosing between a UN resolution on settlements or asking the UN directly for recognition of Palestinian statehood - Moussa said that stating the settlements are illegal is important but that it is only a "reaffirmation of a position" and that the peace process had to be considered as a whole and not just one element of it.

"You heard the minister of foreign affairs for France, Kouchner, saying if there is no way to declare, to reach the establishment of the Palestinian state through negotiations, there is no way but to go to the Security Council and declare the establishment of a Palestinian state."

Regarding Hamas joining the peace process, Moussa said that its leaders have indicated on several occasions that they are in favor of a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders.

"If the situation continues there has to be a reconciliation. Hamas has declared they are not going to get in the way of Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] negotiating if he can come back with an offer for a referendum, then everybody can participate in this referendum."

Moussa also told Fox News that, "No Arab government can advise Abu Mazen to accept anything less than a viable Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital," and that Jerusalem is also a deal breaker issue.

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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 20:30

IDF Spokesperson Update

Seven wanted Palestinians were arrested overnight in a joint IDF-Israel
Police operation in Hebron. During searches inside their homes, forces
discovered two M-16 assault rifles, an M-1 rifle, a pistol, two shotguns,
two sniper rifles and a substantial amount of bullets, among other findings.
The Palestinians were taken for a police questioning.

November 01, 2010

Netanyahu: Don't let PA hold east Jerusalem ceremony

PM's instruction follows order signed byInternal Security Minister Aharonovitch stating PA officials forbidden from taking part in political activities within Israeli territory without permit

Ynet reporters
Published: 11.01.10, 21:36 / Israel News

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the security establishment on Monday to prevent the Palestinian Authority from conducting ceremonies and organizing events anywhere within the limits of the Jerusalem Municipality.


The instruction followed an order signed by Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch stating that Israeli law prohibits Palestinian Authority officials from taking part in political activities within Israeli territory without first obtaining special permission.


Aharonovitch's order came following reports that Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad was due to arrive in east Jerusalem on Tuesday to attend dedication ceremonies for two schools as well as a new road project.


About a year-and-a-half ago police succeeded in dispersing a number of small events held in east Jerusalem as part of the Palestinian Culture Festival, meant to declare the city "the capital of Arabic culture for 2009." More than 20 people were arrested, including Sheikh Raed Salah, the head of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel.

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