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January 31, 2011

Grad rockets hit near Netivot, Ofakim

For first time since Egypt riots began, rockets fired from Gaza towards south Israel; four suffer shock. 'We're terrified; we have no shelters,' resident says

Ynet reporters
Published: 01.31.11, 22:48 / Israel News

Tensions in Egypt appear to be spreading to Gaza: Grad rockets fired from the Hamas-ruled territory Monday night landed near the southern Israeli cities of Ofakim and Netivot.

During the rocket attack on Netivot- the first attack on Israel since the mass protests against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak began a week ago – four people suffered from shock, and damage was caused to a road and a parked car.

The rocket landed near a residential neighborhood.

Another Grad hit the Ofakim area a few minutes later, but there were no reports of injury or damage.


Israel agrees to some Egyptian troops in Sinai

As anti-Mubarak protests rage on, Israel allows two Egyptian battalions - about 800 soldiers - into Sharm el-Sheikh area for first time since 1979 peace treaty. Officials: Move aimed at preventing arms smuggling to Gaza

Associated Press
Published: 01.31.11, 17:07 / Israel News

Israeli officials said Monday that they have agreed to let Egypt move several hundred troops into the Sinai Peninsula for the first time since the countries reached peace three decades ago.

With street protests threatening the Egyptian regime, the officials say that Israel allowed the Egyptian army to move two battalions - about 800 soldiers - into Sinai on Sunday. The officials said the troops were based in the Sharm el-Sheikh area on Sinai's southern tip, far from Israel.

This is the wrong move.

Israel has jumped when it should have waited to see what the outcome of the unrest in Egypt will be.

Israel has now allowed Egyptian troops to move into the Sinai, how can we say no if they want to move in with more troops?

Israel should have moved into the Sinai with the IDF to stop smuggling of weapons into Gaza.

January 30, 2011

Rutgers bars Jews from anti-Zionist gathering (pro-Israel programs planned)

#1 BRAVE NEW SCHOOLS

Rutgers bars Jews from anti-Zionist gathering
Public event suddenly closed to all but supporters by campus police
By Alyssa Farah WorldNetDaily
Posted: January 29, 2011 :10 pm Eastern
http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=257241#ixzz1CUykzRmC

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers University campus police tonight barred some
400 Jewish students and their supporters, including some Holocaust
survivors, from attending what was billed as an anti-Zionist gathering at
the state school tonight.

The student-sponsored event was announced with an open invitation
campus-wide, and Rutgers policy is for all student activities to be open to
the public.

However, when the sponsoring organizations of "Never Again for Anyone" saw
they were outnumbered by Jewish students and their supporters by about
4-to-1, they asked campus policy to bar students wearing kippas – and
eventually limited attendance to known supporters of the International
Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Americans for Muslims in Palestine and the
Middle East Children's Alliance.

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Pleas to university officials from the Jewish students and their supporters
for access to the event went unheeded.

"They started charging money as soon as they saw Zionists outside," said
Rabbi Akiva Weiss.

Rutgers campus police said they could not provide a statement as to why the
public event would turn away 400 members of the public. One officer said
they were called in late and weren't really sure what was going on.

When the Jewish students, led by Aaron Marcus, were denied entry, they
gathered in the lobby and sang religious songs in Hebrew.

"We wanted to protest this event because as the children and grandchildren
of victims of the Holocaust we believed it to be absolutely absurd to
compare Israeli act of self defense to the viscous, systematic murder of
millions of Jews, Catholics, Gays, Gypsies, Russians and others," Marcus
said.

Members of the New Jersey branch of Young Americans for Freedom were in
attendance to protest the discrimination against Jewish students.

The program at Rutgers is part of a national tour purporting to promote
peace and justice for Israel and surrounding lands.
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Alyssa Farah is a WND editorial assistant.

#2 Federations aid Rutgers Hillel's pro-Israel efforts
Debra Rubin NJJN Bureau Chief/Middlesex The Jewish Exponent January 27, 2011
http://www.jewishexponent.com/article/22770/

Rutgers Hillel executive director Andrew Getraer said, "We need to combat
this extremism and delegitimization of Israel."

The state's Jewish federations have pledged $10,000 to Rutgers Hillel for a
series of pro-Israel events.

Aimed as a response in part to recent pro-Palestinian activities on campus,
the events will include a Jan. 31 forum on United States-Israel relations
featuring Reps. Frank Pallone (D-Dist. 6) and Leonard Lance (R-Dist. 7) and
Israeli deputy consul general Shlomi Kofman.

The events are intended to highlight Israel's democratic values and the
country's importance to the United States and New Jersey as a trading
partner and ally.

"We have pledged to help them, and our immediate concern is providing
support for its Israel advocacy program," said Jacob Toporek, the executive
director of the New Jersey State Association of Jewish Federations. "We've
had conversations with someone from the governor's office about what's
happening. We are involved and we are engaged."

The Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County is commiting $2,000
towards the Israel advocacy program for the spring semester. "We feel
strongly that we need to provide the resources for our students to respond
effectively and immediately," said Gerrie Bamira, the Middlesex federation's
executive director.

The partnership announced on Jan. 25 is one component of a campaign to
counter a series of events organized by BAKA: Students United for Middle
Eastern Justice, a Rutgers University student organization. BAKA has
supported efforts to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza, holding events that
have featured nationally prominent speakers deeply critical of Israel and
its role in May's deadly flotilla incident.

The latest event -- cosponsored by BAKA, Journalists for Human Rights, and
Psi Sigma Phi men's multi-cultural fraternity -- was held Jan. 20 on the
College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick to commemorate the second anniversary
of the "Gaza massacres" during Operation Cast Lead. It drew 54 people,
according to the campus newspaper, The Daily Targum.

In December, a "Palestine Culture Festival" was held on the university's
Douglass campus to raise money for the Palestine Children's Relief Fund of
Rutgers University. It featured a panel discussion on the Gaza conflict and
was cosponsored by the Arab Cultural Club, BAKA, and the Center for Middle
Eastern Studies.

"We need to combat this extremism and delegitimization of Israel," Hillel's
executive director, Andrew Getraer, told NJJN. "We are once again being
targeted as we were last semester where it seemed as if there was an
anti-Israel event every week or at least every other week."

Toporek said the association asked Getraer to speak to a meeting of
federation executives in December about the Mideast debate on campus, after
which they voted unanimously that advocacy "should take a higher priority."
Hillel was also asked to submit a three-year plan and budget for its
pro-Israel campaign, which is being reviewed.

'Morally outrageous'

The first counter event, featuring Lance and Pallone, is billed as a Rutgers
University student leadership dinner. Scarlet Blue and White, a student
organization launched last semester as a multi-ethnic and religious
pro-Israel student coalition, is sponsoring the event along with Rutgers
Hillel, the State Association, the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey,
and the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County.

"Hillel is a great organization, but obviously we're all Jews," Liran
Kapoano, a senior history and political science major from Somerset and a
founder and president of Scarlet Blue and White. "I wanted to do something
that was religion neutral."

Kapoano said the student organization is also planning an event featuring
American politicians with expertise in science and technology to speak to
students on how Israeli trade and technological advancements benefit the
American economy. Kapoano welcomed the assistance of the State Association,
which has helped him make connections with political and Jewish community
leaders.

Getraer is concerned about another event to be held on Jan. 29 on the
Douglass Campus, sponsored by American Muslims for Palestine, the
International Anti-Zionist Jewish Network, and the Middle East Children's
Alliance. The program, Never Again for Anyone, is being held in conjunction
with the United Nations International Day of Holocaust Remembrance.

"They will have speakers who will equate Israel's treatment of Palestinians
to the Holocaust and genocide, which is morally outrageous," said Getraer.
"It not only trivializes the victims of a true genocide, the Holocaust, but
it defames the Jewish State of Israel and the Jewish people."

January 28, 2011

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
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The Game Is Over

Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan,Albania, Lebanon,Yemen.

Something is happening and it has the possibility of being a game changer.

Too long America has backed evil tyrants in exchange for cheap oil, that may be coming to an end. The people rise up and the tyrant is gone, more than likely they will meet an end similar to the Romanov's .

But then what?

Do the people of Egypt, Tunisia,Jordan,Lebanon and Yemen take to the streets to demand Jeffersonian democracy or do they just want to get rid of the tyrants.

It is clear to me they just want to get rid of the tyrants . If these countries rid themselves of their tyrants look for the Saudi's and oil emirates to also go.

In Egypt the military may take over running the government, only because the Muslim Brotherhood may feel they are better off in some sort of power sharing with the army.

But make no mistake in all of these governments in the end these countries will be ruled by Islamic fundamentalist allies of Iran.

This would be a huge game changer for both the USA and Israel.

For America it will mean the end of relatively cheap oil and this would have a negative impact on the American economy. It will also mean America will have only one ally in the Middle East, Israel.

For Israel it will mean an end of the peace game and a return to whole scale war with nation states and not fighting with the Palestinians and other terrorist.

January 27, 2011

Partner For Peace, Ha

Abbas gives $2000 to family of terrorist killed this month trying to murder Israelis

PMW Bulletin

Jan. 27, 2011
Abbas gives terrorist's family $2000
http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=4554

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
p:+972 2 625 4140 e: pmw@palwatch.org
f: +972 2 624 2803 w: www.palwatch.org

Earlier this month a Palestinian terrorist attempted to attack an Israeli
checkpoint. Carrying two pipe bombs, he ran towards the Israeli soldiers,
screaming "Allahu Akbar" - "Allah is Greater" - and was shot and killed
before he could detonate the bombs.

Yesterday Palestinian Authority Chairman Abbas granted "the relatives of the
Shahid" $2000:

"The governor of the Jenin district, Kadura Musa, has awarded a presidential
grant to the family of the Shahid (Martyr), Khaldoun Najib Samoudy, during a
visit that took place yesterday in the village of Al-Yamoun. The governor
noted that the grant is financial aid in the amount of $2000 that the
President [Mahmoud Abbas] is awarding to the relatives of the Shahid, who
was recently killed as a Martyr at the Hamra checkpoint by the Israeli
occupation forces."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah) Jan. 25, 2011]

Partner for peace, yeah right but of course this is the same Abbas that wrote the checks for PLO terrorism for 40 years.

January 26, 2011

Text: Secretary Clinton leaves Egyptian regime hanging

Well, first, let me say clearly the United States supports the aspirations
of all people for greater freedom, for self-government, for the rights to
express themselves, to associate and assemble, to be part of the full,
inclusive functioning of their society. And of course, that includes the
Egyptian people. I think that what the President said last night in the
State of the Union applies not only to Tunisia, not only to Egypt, but to
everyone. And we are particularly hopeful that the Egyptian Government will
take this opportunity to implement political, economic, and social reforms
that will answer the legitimate interests of the Egyptian people. And we are
committed, as we have been, to working toward that goal with Egyptian civil
society, with the Egyptian Government, with the people of that great
country...With respect to the Egyptian Government, I do think it’s possible
for there to be reforms, and that is what we are urging and calling for. And
it is something that I think everyone knows must be on the agenda of the
government as they not just respond to the protest, but as they look beyond
as to what needs to be done economically, socially, politically. And there
are a lot of very well informed, active civil society leaders in Egypt who
have put forward specific ideas for reform, and we are encouraging and
urging the Egyptian Government to be responsive to that.

Secretary Clinton Remarks With Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh After
Their Meeting

Remarks With Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh After Their Meeting

Remarks
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room

Washington, DC

January 26, 2011
http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/01/155388.htm

January 25, 2011

Just One More Good Old Boy

Begin: Don’t probe MK Zoabi over Gaza flotilla

Likud minister says Arab-Israeli lawmaker hurt Israeli-Arab relations by joining 'instigator' Raed Salah aboard Turkish vessel last May, but says Knesset should not be used as court
Ynet

Addressing calls to launch an investigation against Arab-Israeli Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi (National Democratic Assembly) for her participation in a Gaza-bound flotilla last May, Minister Benny Begin said he was against the "systematic use of the Knesset as a court of law."


Begin told the plenum Tuesday that while he is against stripping Zoabi of her rights as an MK, "joining the instigator (Raed Salah) aboard the (Gaza-bound) ship was a small symbolic act that pushed Israeli-Arab relations a few years back."

Salah is the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel.


Begin's comments came in response to a no-confidence motion submitted by Arab factions over the government's policy, which they claim "encourages racist legislation."


The Likud minister said that over the past few years he has become more attentive to the Arab-Israelis' difficulty to accept Israel's definition as a Jewish state, adding that he has adopted a "more objective" definition of Israel as "the state of the Jewish nation, not the state of Jews in the Diaspora, only the Jews who live here. "


Begin said his definition is accepted "by the majority of this House," and added that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considers co-existence a "basic principle of Israeli reality."

I am so sorry to hear Begin talk this way,it seems he has lost his way.

Let us remember he walked away from the Knesset because of the corruption in it.

He came back to try and do some good and now it appears he is just one more of the good old boys.

Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi is a traitor for her actions associated with the flotilla.

S. TA residents protest African migrants at Barak's home


By BEN HARTMAN
25/01/2011
Most of the protesters came from the depressed neighborhoods of southern Tel Aviv where the majority of the migrants in the city reside.

Shouting “Barak wake up!” and “We want security now!” over a hundred protesters gathered outside Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s house in north Tel Aviv on Tuesday, to protest what they called Barak’s reluctance to take action to stop the influx of African migrants across Israel’s porous southern border with Egypt.

Most of the protesters came from the depressed neighborhoods of southern Tel Aviv where the majority of the migrants in the city reside. Many of the protesters related that the influx of migrants has made the social services and quality of life in their neighborhoods decline rapidly, and has brought with it a step rise in crime.

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Hatikvah resident Ariel Zechariya, 51, said the demonstration was held outside of Barak’s residence because the defense minister “is responsible for the security of Israel and the protection of the border and we believe he isn’t doing his job.”

“This is not the responsibility of the police; the defense of our country’s national borders is the responsibility of the army.”

Zechariya, a lifelong resident of Hatikvah, long a disadvantaged district of Southern Tel Aviv, described the neighborhood as “a weak area to begin with, and now they’re bringing in more and more people who don’t have anything to eat.”

Zechariya said landlords are buying up houses in the neighborhood in order to turn them into high-occupancy residences for African migrants forced to live in inhumane conditions.

“The conditions are unbelievable; you or I wouldn’t live in these houses. These [the migrants] are people just like you and I and you see the way they’re living here, without work, without food, it’s a situation that leads to crime.”

One of the organizers of the demonstration, 29-year-old Yaniv Israelov, said the protest was held because the government is not doing enough to deal with the growing number of African migrants in Israel.

“Every day the concentration [of refugees] grows in south Tel Aviv, threatening our personal security,” Israelov said Tuesday.

A life-long resident of South Tel Aviv’s Shapira neighborhood, Israelov said residents are suffering harassment and violence at the hands of “infiltrators”, mentioning the case of an 84-year-old woman who told police she was hit over the head and mugged by a foreign migrant outside her home in the Hatikva neighborhood earlier this month.

Israelov said that while the neighborhood is safe during the day, people are afraid to leave their homes at night, when he said, the migrants drink alcohol and cause disturbances.

Israelov added that the migrants “aren’t to blame, it’s the government’s fault, they aren’t dealing with the issue. They aren’t checking who these people are, anything, they just take them and throw them in South Tel Aviv.”

Israel must act against this and seal our borders.

Nothing good can come from letting these people into Israel, it will turn landlords into slum lords in an effort to make more money. Employers will not pay the illegal aliens a proper wage.

Lastly these people practice black magic called juju and it will rot our souls if we let it take root.

January 24, 2011

Pro-Palestinian groups plan largest Gaza flotilla ever


By YAAKOV KATZ
24/01/2011
Convoy of ships is expected to arrive in Gaza on the anniversary of the Israeli raid on the "Mavi Marmara," in May.

International pro-Palestinian groups are preparing a massive flotilla of ships to the Gaza Strip in the spring to coincide with the first anniversary of the Israeli operation to stop the Mavi Marmara in late May, organizers said on Monday.

The convoy of ships will be named “Freedom Flotilla 2” and is expected to include delegations from close to a dozen different countries as well as ships, for the first time, from the United States and Canada. According to the organizers, the different groups are currently in the process of collecting funds, purchasing vessels and recruiting volunteers.

On Sunday, the Turkel Committee submitted its report to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and cleared the government and the Israel Navy of wrongdoing when using lethal force to stop the Mavi Marmara from breaking the Israel-imposed sea blockade on the Gaza Strip last May.

Dror Feiler, an Israeli-Swedish musician and artist who lives in Stockholm – and one of the organizers behind the flotilla – said that the flotilla would try to reach Gaza on May 31, the same day that the Israel Navy stopped the Turkish flotilla last year.

The coalition behind the new blockade-busting effort includes the Turkish IHH and the Free Gaza Movement, both of which were involved in the May flotilla. It is demanding “an immediate and complete lifting of the closure, including a lifting of the travel ban as well as the ban on exports from Gaza.”

According to Feiler, the new flotilla will include activists from Norway, Spain, the US, Canada, Italy, Holland, Indonesia and Malaysia.

“The sea is not always predictable but our goal is to get there the same day or at least close to the same day as the last flotilla,” he said. “Our objective is to get Israel to lift the sea blockade over Gaza and we will keep on trying until we succeed.”

Huwaida Arraf, one of the heads of the Free Gaza movement which organized the last flotilla with the Turkish IHH organization, said that Freedom Flotilla 2 would be “non-violent” but would make every effort to reach the Gaza Strip.

“We are aware that Israel has attacked us in the previous times without justification. Their blockade is illegal and just because they threaten to use force does not mean that we need to stay silent,” Arraf said. “This is a non-violent action. The people of Gaza have the right for freedom and if Israel wants to use force against us and kill people like they did last time then let that be out there for the whole world to see.”

January 23, 2011

Soldier on 'Marmara': 'I thought I was going to die'

flotilla weapons.jpg


By YAAKOV KATZ
23/01/2011
Israeli Navy commando testifies to Turkel committee about an attack by a violent mob wielding clubs and bars aboard the flotilla ship's deck.

"I thought I was going to die, it was much worse than what we call a danger to your life,” an Israeli Navy commando who was severely beaten and kidnapped by the violent mob aboard the Mavi Maramara Turkish passenger ship last May said in testimony revealed on Sunday.

The testimony was revealed by the Turkel Committee’s report submitted to the government on Sunday as well as in a report published by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC).

Identified as Soldier A. in the report, the Navy commando described how he was immediately lynched upon landing on the Mavi Marmara’s upper deck after fast-roping down from an Israeli helicopter.

“Before my feet hit the deck about 10 men jumped on me and started beating me with clubs, iron bars, their fists and anything else they could find. They beat my whole body, but they focused especially my head and face. I have to make it clear that at that point I wasn't armed,” the soldier was quoted as saying in the report. “That was when I knew my life was really in immediate danger.”

Soldier A. was thrown over the side of the upper deck to the ship’s bottom level and broke his arm upon landing. After landing, he said, another mob started choking him while driving fingers into his eyes in an attempt to gouge them out.

“At that point they acted like they were fighting an enemy and had come to kill him, that is, kill me. I kept waiting for the blow to my head that would kill me,” he testified, adding that he was later hospitalized with skull fractures and two cranial hemorrhages.

Another command, identified as Soldier B. said that he encountered a frenzied mob with “insane eyes full of hate.”

All the people surrounding me were hitting me as hard as they could, especially my head. They were in a frenzy, screaming 'Allahu akbar' ['Allah is great'] over and over. They were hitting me all over,” he said.

According to the soldier, after he was taken down to the lower levels of the ship, he was told in English that they planned to kill him.

“They dragged me down a ladder, two men, one above and one below… while they were dragging me by my pants they started coming off and my shirt hiked up. I saw that there was massive bleeding and I could see my intestines spilling out of my stomach,” he said.

January 21, 2011

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/

January 20, 2011

Turkel panel to say IDF acted in self defense during Gaza flotilla raid

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* Latest update 22:33 20.01.11

The Israeli Commission, charged with investigating the events surrounding the Gaza flotilla of May 2010, will make its report public next week.
By Barak Ravid

The Turkel Commission investigating the events surrounding the Gaza flotilla of May 2010 is expected to determine that the actions of the commando unit that took control of the ships did not contravene international law, and that the IDF soldiers on the Mavi Marmara acted in self-defense when they killed nine Turkish citizens.

The Israeli commission will submit the first part of its findings to Prime Minister Netanyahu on Sunday, after which they will be made public on Sunday afternoon. The commission's two international observers, Canadian Ken Watkin and Irish David Trimble, concurred with the findings of the commission.

Nine Turks were killed when Israeli commandos boarded one of the vessels heading to Gaza in defiance of an Israeli naval blockade. Israel has maintained that the marines opened fire after being attacked by activists wielding knives and clubs.

The first part of the Turkel Commission's report will deal with the legality of the naval siege that Israel is enforcing on the Gaza Strip, and its applicability to the rules of international law. The report will also include a summary of the actions that the IDF conducted to enforce the naval siege, and the actions and identities of the organizers and participants of the flotilla.

After the first half of the report has been submitted, the commission will continue its work for an additional number of months until it has completed the second half of the report. This second part of the report will deal with creating consistency between the current Israeli system for monitoring and investigating violations of the international conventions of warfare with international standards.

The second half of the report will also deal with the process of how decisions regarding the military takeover of the flotilla were arrived at on the political level.

January 19, 2011

PC Rubbish

IDF Terminates Military Career of Soldier Involved in Hebron Incident
(Subsequent to Official Investigation)

GOC Central Command, Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi, has officially concluded the
investigation of the arrest operation in Hebron on January 7th, during which
five active Hamas members were arrested and civilian Amr Qawasme was
regrettably killed

Maj. Gen.Mizrahi concluded that the initial firing at Qawasme was done
following a suspicious movement that caused the soldier to feel that his
life was threatened, especially having known about the actions of Wael
Bitar, a senior Hamas operative who was the main suspect of the arrest
operation. Maj. Gen. Mizrahi concluded that this firing was executed in
accordance with IDF rules of engagement.

Maj. Gen Mizrahi has also been presented with the results of the inquiry
into the matter of a second soldier, who, having watched the first soldier
firing at Qawasme, began firing at him as well. Maj. Gen. Mizrahi concluded
that while the second soldier did feel threatened, he acted unprofessionaly.
Therefore, Maj. Gen. Mizrahi has ordered that the soldier's military term be
terminated.

The IDF deeply regrets the death of Amr Qawasme.

To be Attributed to Security Sources:

On the night of January 7th, following to the release of five Hamas
militants from the Palestinian prison in Hebron, a special squad from the
"Duvdevan" counter-terrorism elite unit was called in for an arrest
operation in the city of Hebron. Among the militants, who were part of the
Hamas military infrastructure in the Hebron region, was Hamas senior
operative Wael Bitar. During the operation, the five aforementioned
militants were arrested.

Wael Bitar collaborated with the executor of the double suicide bombing in
Dimona on February 2008, Shehab Natshe. This terror attack resulted in the
death of an Israeli woman and the injury of ten other Israeli civilians.
After the targeting of Shehab, Wael Bitar led the planning of additional
suicide bombings which were thwarted by the IDF. In September 2008, Bitar
was arrested by the Palestinian Authority Security Forces.

The "Duvdevan" unit is a professional, elite unit specializing in close
combat, camouflage and assimilation into hostile territory in order to
capture terror operatives in complex areas and thwarting terror attacks
before they are executed. During 2010, the unit executed sixty four such
operations, this with no casualties or injury to uninvolved civilians.

So Maj. Gen. Mizrahi you found that the second soldier felt his life was threatened but you still are going to throw him out of the IDF.

General, you are a PC idiot!

The fact that you concur that the second soldier felt his life was threatened, should have been the end of it. Why throw this soldier out of the IDF, but for leftist PC feel good rubbish..

You should be thrown out of the IDF for failing to remember your primary responsibility is your soldiers.
You are either trying to win points with the Palestinians or leftist political parties in the Knesset.

So what is it you want ? To go into business with one of the leaders of the PA after you retire or do you want to sit on your rear end in the Knesset and get fat off the free food?

January 18, 2011

I actually feel sick over this.

Palestinians raise flag at Washington office

'It's about time flag that symbolizes struggle of Palestinian people for self-determination and statehood is raised in US,' chief PLO envoy says during ceremony

Associated Press
Published: 01.18.11, 22:04 / Israel News

Palestinians on Tuesday raised their flag over the PLO diplomatic mission in Washington for the first time, as Palestinians push for international recognition that complicates the Obama administration's efforts to restart stalled Mideast peace talks.

At a brief ceremony, the Palestinian's chief envoy to the United States, Maen Areikat, hoisted the red, green, white and black banner outside the PLO General Delegation office. He said he hopes the symbolic act would help win support for independence with or without a peace deal with Israel.

"We are proud to see the flag," Areikat said. "It's about time that this flag that symbolizes the struggle of the Palestinian people for self-determination and statehood is raised in the United States. We hope that this will help in the international efforts to provide recognition for the Palestinian state."

I say we let neo nazi's open an office in D.C. and let them fly the swastika.

For me these two flags are the same, with one difference.

I knew some of the victims of today's Nazi's, the Palestinians.

I actually feel sick over this.

Thanks to all the Jews that voted for Obama, may G-D judge you fairly since I know I can't.

January 17, 2011

Dagan backtracks: Iran may have nukes by 2015

Outgoing Mossad chief backpedals after being criticized by PM for saying Islamic Republic would not have nuclear bomb by 2015. 'It is important for us to learn the lesson of North Korea,' he says

Roni Sofer
Published: 01.17.11, 22:13 / Israel News

"It is estimated that Iran will have nuclear capability by the middle of the decade, maybe earlier – by 2014," outgoing Mossad chief Meir Dagan told the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday.

Last week Dagan was criticized by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for saying Iran would apparently not manufacture a nuclear bomb by 2015.

On Monday he said, "The Iranian nuclear challenge will stay significant. This or that timetable won't change the fact that Iran is striving to achieve military nuclear capability, and in certain scenarios can shorten the time" it takes to have nuclear weapons.

"It is important for us to learn the lesson of North Korea, which wasn't taken care of properly and didn't get attention from the international community," Dagan said.

The outgoing Mossad chief mentioned other challenges that Israel may face in the future, including the possibility of the establishment of a Palestinian state and its implication on the war against terror.

As for Hezbollah, Dagan said the Shiite group remains a significant threat due to its stockpiles of weapons and its ability to attack highly populated areas of Israel, adding that Israel also have to deal with the threats of global jihad.

The Israeli intelligence community "will need to deal with these challenges, and in my estimation it will do so successfully," he said.

AMERICA PRESSURES ISRAEL PLENTY

Leslie H. Gelb
AMERICA PRESSURES ISRAEL PLENTY
FOREIGN POLICY JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/01/02/unconventional_wisdom?page=0,6

Scholars, pundits, propagandists, and journalists have created two dangerous
pieces of conventional wisdom about the Middle East: that Israelis, not
Palestinians, have been the main stumbling block to peace, and that the
United States has failed to use its influence to pressure Israel for serious
compromises. Both propositions are largely untrue. If uncorrected, these
myths could make both Palestinians and Israelis feel irretrievably wronged
and unwilling ever to negotiate in good faith.

Israel has a long and compelling history of making major concessions to
Arabs. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat went to Jerusalem in 1977, and less
than two years later, Israel agreed to return the entire Sinai Peninsula,
booty of a war it did not start and an act of territorial generosity
unprecedented in modern history. Israelis negotiated with Palestinian leader
Yasir Arafat, whom they rightly considered a terrorist. At the end of U.S.
President Bill Clinton's administration, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak
offered the Palestinians several key concessions, including more than 90
percent of the West Bank. After the Annapolis initiative put forward by
George W. Bush's administration, one of Barak's successors, Ehud Olmert,
upped the offerings considerably: more of the West Bank, a sliver of Arab
East Jerusalem for a Palestinian capital, and a land swap to give the new
Palestinian state a land link to Gaza. Olmert even privately accepted "the
right of return" to Israel for a certain number of Palestinian refugees. To
both generous proposals, the Palestinians said either no or nothing.

In return, the Israelis received little, and the Palestinians insisted on
more of everything. Their rationale was that they needed further concessions
to compensate for Israeli demands limiting the size and capability of
Palestinian security forces. These restrictions, they said, would undermine
the very feasibility of a sovereign Palestinian state. The Israelis argued
that they needed these added protections because Israel could not count on
Arabs to accept Israel's existence. They cited the Palestinians' rejection
of a Jewish history in Israel and even any Jewish connection to the Temple
Mount in the heart of Jerusalem. For good measure, the Palestinians still
refuse to recognize Israel as a "Jewish state." Nor do the Palestinians
acknowledge that when Israel departed Gaza in 2005, it uprooted 9,000
Israeli settlers. In return, Israel got rockets and a terrorist enclave run
by Hamas.

At each step in this tortuous negotiating process, the United States has
pushed and pulled Israel toward concessions, but received little or no
credit from the Arab side. Sometimes this pressure has been public, as in
President Barack Obama's recent scolding of Israel over its West Bank
settlements, but more often it has been private. Yet Arabs have not wanted
to credit Washington's role as a peacemaker because they think the United
States is capable of exerting even more pressure on Israel. Nonetheless, the
American role has been real and substantial.

Israel has only made this world of misperceptions worse. It has explained
its concessions badly, if at all. Consider, for example, how Israeli
governments refuse to tout their history of concessions on the West Bank for
fear these would be taken as starting points in ongoing negotiations.
Apparently, Israelis would rather look guilty than weak.

Israelis certainly deserve criticism for continuing their West Bank
settlements. But they deserve credit for their concrete efforts to make
peace. And so does the United States. Yet the myths prevail, and dangerously
so.

Leslie H. Gelb is president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, a
former senior U.S. government official, and a former columnist for the New
York Times.

Egypt warns West to stay out of Arab affairs


Published yesterday 16 January 2011 22:18 by Mona Salem
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=351688

CAIRO (AFP) -- Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit warned Sunday the
West to stay out of Arab affairs, days after US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton urged Arab leaders to work with their peoples to bring reforms.

And in separate remarks, Cairo's top diplomat downplayed fears that a
Tunisian-style popular revolt could spread to other Arab countries, calling
it "nonsense."

Abul Gheit made the comments in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh where
Arab foreign ministers are preparing for an economic summit to be held on
Wednesday.

Egypt, he said, proposed to Arab League chief Amr Mussa that the summit
issue a statement concerning "attempts by some Western and European nations
to interfere in Egyptian and Arab affairs."

"We hope that the summit will adopt Egypt's proposal which would be a
message from the Arab to the Western and European world saying 'Do not dare
interfere in our affairs," he was quoted as saying by the official MENA news
agency.

MENA said he was responding to a question from one of its journalists who
asked if the summit could adopt a common position concerning Western bids to
interfere in Arab affairs.

On Thursday, Clinton urged Arab leaders to work with their peoples to
implement reforms or see extremists fill the void, warning the "region's
foundations are sinking."

The region's peoples "have grown tired of corrupt institutions," Clinton
told Arab counterparts in Qatar attending the Forum for the Future, a 2004
US initiative aimed at promoting such partnerships.

"In too many places, in too many ways, the region's foundations are sinking
into the sand. The new and dynamic Middle East that I have seen needs firmer
ground if it is to take root and grow everywhere," she said.

Clinton said the region's leaders "in partnership with their peoples" have
the capacity to build a bold new future where entrepreneurship and political
freedoms are encouraged.

"It's time to see civil society not as a threat but as a partner," she said.

"Those who cling to the status quo may be able to hold back the full impact
of their countries' problems for a little while but not forever.

"Others will fill the vacuum," if leaders failed to offer a positive vision
to give "young people meaningful ways to contribute," Clinton warned.

Abul Gheit also dismissed the notion that people in the Arab world could be
inspired by Tunisia, where violent protests forced president Zine El Abidine
Ben Ali to abandon his post.

"The talk about the spread of what happened in Tunisia to other countries is
nonsense. Each society has its own circumstances," Abul Gheit told reporters
in Sharm el-Sheikh.

"If the Tunisian people decide to take that approach, it's their business.

"Egypt has said that the Tunisian people's will is what counts," said the
foreign minister.

"Those who imagine things and seek to escalate the situation will not
achieve their goals.

"The most important thing is the will of the Tunisian people. Nobody is
resisting it," Abul Gheit added.

After 23 years of iron-fisted rule, Ben Ali caved in to violent popular
protests and fled his country on Friday, becoming the first Arab leader to
do so.

Governments in the Middle East are increasingly uneasy about the situation
as opposition groups seek to take advantage of the upheaval in the north
African country.

Abul Gheit's remarks also come as Egypt has faced international criticism
following legislative polls in November and December amid accusations of
fraud, and for its handling of its Coptic Christian minority after a deadly
New Year's Day bombing of one of their churches.

January 16, 2011

Honor

PA to US: Determined to seek UN anti-settlement resolution
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
16/01/2011
Erekat declares that that PA will ask UN Security Council to declare settlements illegal, despite Washington's opposition; PA will attempt to circumvent US veto power.

The Palestinian Authority has turned down a request from the US to refrain from seeking a UN Security Council resolution condemning settlements, Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat declared on Sunday.

The PA has announced that it would present to the council a draft resolution that condemns settlements as illegal.

The US Administration has been putting pressure on the PA to refrain from going to the Security Council out of fear that such a move would have a negative impact on efforts to revive the stalled peace talks.

“The Americans don’t want us to present anything to the Security Council,” Erekat said. “But we made it clear to them that, for us, the Security Council was a gate to international legitimacy.”

The PA is determined to seek the resolution from the Security Council in spite of Washington’s opposition, Erekat stressed in a radio interview.

The PA envoy to the UN, Riad Mansour, is expected to hold consultations on Monday with other representatives in New York to set a date for presenting the draft resolution to the council, he added.

Erekat said that the PA was holding discussions with several countries, including the US, about the proposed draft resolution. “We don’t want this resolution to be met with a US veto by the US or any other party,” he said. “We will continue trying [to seek a UN Security Council resolution] even if there is a veto.”

Erekat reiterated the PA’s refusal to make any “undignified” concessions, holding the Israeli government fully responsible for the collapse of the peace talks. “The Israeli government has chosen settlements over peace,” he claimed. “They bear responsibility for the failure of the peace process; this policy will lead to more violence, chaos, extremism and bloodshed.”

He said that the US Administration should stop treating Israel as a state that is above the law and back international legitimacy instead of threatening to use the veto at the Security Council.

PA negotiator Nasbil Sha’ath reaffirmed the PA’s refusal to resume the peace talks unless Israel halted all settlement construction, including in east Jerusalem.

He said that in light of the absence of peace talks and the armed struggle option, the Palestinians were now facing four options: a non-violent popular struggle, seeking international recognition of a Palestinian state, achieving national unity and building state institutions.

Sha’ath predicted that within three months all 34 Latin American countries would recognize a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with east Jerusalem as its capital.

“We don’t intend to negotiate about the land, but about drawing the border,” he said. “We won’t give up any part of the Palestinian territories, especially Jerusalem.”

Honor demands from the USA, only one response.

A cutting of all ties to the Palestinians.

No funds must be allowed to be transferred to the Palestinians.,

The USA must also tell them by moving forward with this action they will run head on into a USA veto in the Security Council and American support for Israel to annex Judea and Samaria and that the USA declares Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish state and move the American Embassy to east Jerusalem.

January 14, 2011

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/

IDF collecting settlers' weapons

Hebron Brigade commander orders Jewish residents to return arms received from army in light of relative calm in territories in recent years. 'This isn't Switzerland,' says enraged settler
Akiva Novick

The Judea and Samaria Division has decided to collect hundreds of weapons handed to West Bank settlers by the army in light of the relative calm in the territories in recent years, infuriating settlement leaders.

At the start of the al-Aqsa Intifada, more than a decade ago, the settlers received weapons from the army to help defend their communities.

IDF officials have also expressed their fear that settlers may take the law into their own hands and fire at Palestinians approaching the communities' fences.


Hebron's Jewish residents will be the first to be affected by the move.

The security coordinators in Hebron, South Mount Hebron and Kiryat Arba have been instructed by Colonel Guy Hazut, commander of the Judea Brigade, to collect the military weapons from the settlers and hand them over to the army.


'Reckless decision'

The settlers, as expected, are enraged by the new move. "This is a reckless decision which is part of a culture of improvised solutions," a leader of one of the Jewish communities in the area told Yedioth Ahronoth.

"Two weeks before the murder of policeman Shuki Sofer (in June 2010), the Judea Brigade commander said that terror attacks in the area were a matter of the past. We mustn't get confused – this isn't Switzerland."

The settlement head rejected the IDF's claim that the move was crucial in light of weapon thefts in the area. "There is no calm where terrorists steal weapons. And anyway, much more weapons are stolen in the IDF, even from the vehicles of senior commanders."

Right-wing activist Itamar Ben-Gvir, who lives in Hebron, slammed Colonel Hazut. "It looks like he believes settlers are only good for serving in the army, but not for protecting themselves. We are being abandoned."

A military source explained that the Judea and Samaria Division planned to collect thousands of weapons from the entire area under its control, and not just from the Hebron area. "We must remember that the past two years have seen a significant calm. Obviously, we'll return the weapons to the residents if needed, but under supervision."

The IDF Spokesperson's Office clarified Thursday that the weapons being collected are not in use and that the move is aimed at fighting weapon thefts and in light of evaluations of the security-related situation.

This is why I thank G-D America has a thing called a Constitution which gives me the right to own guns.

Israel is less free because Jews, Druzes and other who have served can't own guns.

So when Jews are attacked their blood will be on Colonel Hazut head, but so what the Jews will still be dead or injured.

January 13, 2011

Lieberman and the Naked Emperor

by Prof. Efraim Inbar

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 125, January 13, 2011

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman takes a blunt approach
to politics, one that is often met with resistance at home and abroad. But
despite his not-very-diplomatic style, Lieberman's views on issues like the
"peace process" and the Israel-Turkey relationship are representative of a
large majority of the Israeli public, and his assessments are often right on
the mark.

We are inundated with critical reports of the strident statements made by
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. He is, reportedly, damaging
Israel’s international image. Obviously, political correctness is not one of
his main concerns. It has to be acknowledged, however, that Lieberman's
not-very-diplomatic style, while uncomfortable, also involves more than a
little truth-telling.

To a certain extent, Lieberman is playing domestic politics, trying to
position himself as leader of the Right. Issues he has raised, such as the
oath of allegiance, the conversion bill, and foreign funding of human rights
NGOs indeed smack of populism and are simplistic remedies to complex
problems. And his bluntness has repeatedly forced Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu, a very eloquent representative of the Jewish state, to issue
clarifications in order to distance himself from the enfant terrible of
Israeli politics. Netanyahu prefers the image of a statesman and a
responsible politician.

Yet, Lieberman is often telling the naked truth. Let's consider his
"provocative" and "irresponsible" statements on the Palestinians and the
Turks.

The chances of reaching a comprehensive agreement in the near future with
the Palestinians, within 12 or 36 months, are indeed nil, as Lieberman has
pointed out. The Palestinian Authority is not willing to make any
concessions in peace negotiations on Jerusalem or on refugees. It rejects
recognition of Israel as a Jewish nation-state. Lieberman is correct also in
pointing out that the PA lacks any legitimacy to close a deal with Israel.
Abu Mazen’s corrupt regime relies on Israeli bayonets to defend it from
Hamas. This is what Lieberman has said, and he is correct in his assessment.

Moreover, his views reflect the sober assessment of a large majority of
Israelis. Even large swaths of the Israeli Left agree that there is no
Palestinian partner for a full peace.

So why is it so terrible to tell the truth?

Similarly, Lieberman’s evaluation of the behavior of the current Turkish
government is right on the mark. Turkey, under Prime Minister Tayyip
Erdogan, has not missed an opportunity to pick a fight with Israel over the
past two years, and there is nothing Jerusalem can do but wait for better
times. Erdogan-led Turkey is not interested in good relations with Israel,
primarily because under his helm Turkey is distancing itself from the West
and displaying a greater Islamic coloration in its foreign policy.
Anti-Semitic sentiments also fuel the hostility toward Israel. Israelis
agree with Lieberman’s refusal to be a "punching bag for Turkey." Thus, it
makes no sense to apologize and pay compensation to those who sent IHH
terrorists to help Hamas-ruled Gaza.

Actually, Lieberman’s assertion that it is Turkey which owes Israel an
apology seems more logical. This probably makes sense to most Israelis, who
witnessed the brutal treatment of Israeli naval commandos on the Turkish
ship at the hands of so-called “peace activists.”

Similarly, Lieberman's promotion of a loyalty oath is well in synch with
majority Israeli opinion. Israeli Arab leaders have become increasingly
vocal and violent in their support for Palestinian irredentism – and Israeli
Jews want to see them checked. Most Israelis instinctively feel, as well,
that the Ultra-Orthodox-controlled Rabbinate is much too narrow and
unwelcoming in its approach to Russian-Israelis who want to convert to
Judaism.

Another bingo for Lieberman.

Lieberman’s attack on left-wing NGOs being fifth columns is also striking a
responsive chord among many Israelis that are fed up with Israel’s use of
force being portrayed systematically as a human rights violation. After all,
the IDF is making consistently great efforts to behave admirably moral.

The truth is often unpleasant. As a result, the seemingly noble and
relentless search for an unavailable peace formula is preferred by many to
acceptance of the bad news that there is no chance to end the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict soon. Incredibly generous Israeli concessions
by Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert did not bring about peace because of the
Palestinians' insatiable appetite.

Nevertheless, entrenched formulas and paradigms are difficult to discard.
The inertia of the “peace process” and the sunken costs are not conducive to
taking a fresh look at a 17-year-long failure to bridge the differences
between Israelis and Palestinians.

Similarly, the realization that diplomatic maneuvers or clever formulas
cannot fix relations with a Turkey that has chosen to side with radical
Islam goes against unfounded optimism. The possibility that ignoring reality
is more dangerous than pursuing unrealistic policies does not always
register.

Lieberman is not off the mark in pointing out that the flow of foreign money
to Israeli NGOs is a serious issue that needs to be squarely dealt with.
This is necessary particularly because some of these NGOs are blatantly
biased with a clear Israel-demonization agenda hidden behind a human rights
discourse.

This Israeli government understands the depressing reality, though a cool
assessment will probably dictate going along with falsehoods to please the
world. After all, telling the truth might push Israel into greater
isolation. Lying is what the world expects of Jerusalem, and in the short
run at least, such lying probably best serves Israel’s interests. In the
longer run, however, political correctness may prove extremely costly.

Lieberman is having none of this. He is enjoying the role of the boy who
exposed the sham behind the Emperor’s new clothes. But in contrast to the
naïve boy in that well-known fable, Lieberman is a shrewd politician. The
emphasis on naked truth suits his search for votes. After all, truth has
certain appeal among Israeli voters.

This is Israel’s dilemma. Who represents the better and wiser diplomatic
course: Netanyahu or Lieberman?
========================

Efraim Inbar is Professor of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University and
director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. This article first
appeared in the Jerusalem Post newspaper on January 12, 2011.

January 12, 2011

Norway's FM slams Lieberman over NGO remarks


By HERB KEINON
12/01/2011
Store tells 'Post' it's "dangerous" to link organizations to terrorism, says FM's messages are "a worrying sign," is very concerned.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store censured Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Wednesday for his sharp criticism of NGOs, telling The Jerusalem Post it was "dangerous" to link these organizations to terrorism.

In the harshest comments to date from a leading European statesmen regarding the establishment of a parliamentary committee to investigate funding of the NGOs, Store said, "When leading politicians go out and compare and link NGOs to terror, I think it is very dangerous. These messages have enormous impact and create suspicion, mutual suspicion, and a climate that democracy should not have. I think it is a worrying sign." Lieberman on Sunday charged leftist NGOs with "aiding terror groups." Store, on a two day visit, told the Post he was "very concerned" about the recent Knesset action on the NGOs.

"Israel is the democracy in this region," he said. "A vibrant civil society, with organizations that say things which we don't like as governments, is part of democracy, it is a test of a strong democracy." Norway is significant donor to some 18 NGOs operating in Israel and the PA – such as the Palestinian Central Bureau for Statistics, the Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizen's Rights, and the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee -- and the issue came up during a meeting Lieberman and Store held in Jerusalem Tuesday evening.

But what if NGO's are in fact supporting terrorist?

Where does democracy end and suicide begin?

I know from hands on with these leftist groups that they aid and abed terrorism. It is past time for Israel to go after these groups that are wolves in sheep clothing.

January 11, 2011

Egypt recalls Vatican envoy over pope remarks

Cairo says pope's call to protect Coptic Christians following New Year's Day church bombing 'unacceptable interference in its internal affairs'

AFP
Published: 01.11.11, 19:30 / Israel News

Egypt is recalling its Vatican envoy for consultations over remarks by Pope Benedict XVI on Coptic Christians seen as an "interference" in its affairs, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.


The action follows "new statements from the Vatican concerning Egypt which are considered by Egypt as unacceptable interference in its internal affairs," the ministry spokesman said in an apparent reference to remarks concerning Copts.


The pontiff has expressed repeatedly his solidarity with the Copts and called on world leaders to protect them in the aftermath of a New Year's Day church bombing that killed 21 people as worshippers emerged from midnight mass in Alexandria.


A day after the attack on the Al-Qiddissin (The Saints) church, the pope appealed for the "concrete and constant engagement of leaders of nations," in what he termed a "difficult mission."


At his New Year's Day mass, Benedict underscored that "humanity cannot display resignation in the face of negative forces of selfishness and violence, it cannot get accustomed to conflicts which claim victims and endanger the future of people."


On Sunday Benedict again voiced solidarity with Egypt's Copts -- two days after they marked their Christmas, celebrated on January 7.


"I salute the Coptic faithful present here to whom I renew my expression of closeness," the pope told thousands of people gathered in Saint Peter's Square.


Benedict has already come under harsh criticism for speaking out for the Copts.


'Misunderstandings in communication'

Egypt's top Muslim cleric, Ahmed al-Tayeb, criticized the pope's call on world leaders to defend the Copts as interference in his country's affairs.


"I disagree with the pope's view, and I ask why did the pope not call for the protection of Muslims when they were subjected to killings in Iraq?" the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, the oldest Islamic seat of learning and Sunni Muslim authority, told a news conference on January 2.


The Vatican immediately rejected the accusation, saying the head of the Roman Catholic Church had shown solidarity with the Coptic community as well as concern for the consequences of the violence for the Christian and Muslim population.


"Therefore we cannot see how the pope's approach to bring everybody to accept non-violence can be considered meddling," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said.


"I think there are misunderstandings in communication but I don't think we should play up the imam's statement."


Lombardi said the Vatican referred to "an attack against a Christian church and therefore we are concerned about Christian minorities but that does not mean that we will justify or minimize violence against the faithful of other religion."

January 10, 2011

Livni: 'An evil wave has been sweeping over the country'


By JPOST.COM STAFF
10/01/2011
Kadima leader, human rights groups slam Lieberman's comments saying left-wing groups "help terrorists"; MK Dov Hanin: "If we do not protect democracy now - there will be no democracy to protect us later."

The Kadima faction on Monday stated that it will oppose the proposal to establish a parliamentary commission of inquiry to investigate the funding and activities of left-wing organizations.

Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni said in an official statement: "An evil wave has been sweeping over the country. The Netanyahu-Lieberman government fans the flames of fire, either alone or in partnership with some Knesset members. I object to the activity of these [left-wing] organizations, and will criticize them while acting against foreign interference, but we have a duty to stand up against this wave. Stopping this evil wave is not only the duty of the left but of all those who are committed to Israel and its values."

Livni you are a traitor and an idiot.

The evil in Israel is those individuals, organizations that work against the IDF and police to provide security for the Jewish people.

If you work with the Palestinians to weaken Israel then that is the evil that must be fought against by all means possible including using deadly force to remove the threat from Israel.

Proposed bill could allow expulsion of left-wing activists


By REBECCA ANNA STOIL
09/01/2011
MK Yariv Levin recruiting additional co-sponsors for initiative that would forbid foreigners defined as enemy agents from entering Israel.

Less than a week after the Knesset voted to establish a parliamentary inquiry committee to examine left-wing organizations’ foreign funding, MK Yariv Levin (Likud) prepared on Sunday to introduce a bill that would allow the Interior Ministry to deport or prevent the entry of foreign activists who harm Israel’s security or image.

Levin is preparing the measure together with attorney Hila Cohen of the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel. Although it is not clear when it will be officially filed with the Knesset secretary, the bill is fully drafted, and Levin is recruiting additional co-sponsors for the initiative.

It is not clear how much support the initiative will garner, but after the recent vote on MK Fania Kirschenbaum’s (Israel Beiteinu) inquiry-committee measure, the bill may enjoy strong momentum in its advance through the Knesset.

The bill would authorize the interior minister “to forbid entrance to Israel or to expel from Israel people defined as enemy agents who harm Israel’s security or image,” the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel said.

It details specific types of activities defined as harming Israel’s security, including denying the existence of the Holocaust, boycotting Israel or Israeli products, and working to hold international court proceedings against Israeli citizens because of activities carried out while serving in Israel’s security organizations.

In the bill’s current form, the interior minister would be authorized to forbid violators from spending time in Israel.

“In each and every generation, there are those who rise up against us to destroy us, and as the State of Israel, the state of the Jewish people, we must act and do everything that we can do to prevent and isolate these phenomena in Israel and in the world,” the bill’s introduction reads.

“Today, there is no legal basis whatsoever that allows the state to act and to express its desire to not give legitimacy to those who act to negate – through initiatives, organization, funding or practical acts – the justification for the existence of the State of Israel, and also Israel’s actions taken for the defense, the security and the welfare of its citizens,” the measure’s drafters explain.

The legislation “is designed to deal with all kinds of agents who are not citizens, immigrants or qualified to be immigrants” who engage in activities including “fund-raising, organizing protests, and incitement,” Cohen told The Jerusalem Post.

The interior minister would be allowed to deport foreign activists already in Israel, or deny entry to those trying to enter Israel, for either a limited period or permanently.

The bill is a proposed amendment to the law detailing the parameters for legal presence in Israel.

Organizations could also be placed on the list of non-welcome entities, meaning that the organizations’ leaders would all be barred from entry.

The legislation also delineates an appeals process by which parties who feel that they have been unfairly blocked from entry could appeal the interior minister’s decision.

“This bill is critical because such activities have become very common,” Cohen said.

“At least Israel, if it cannot prevent them from doing what they do overseas, can at least make this statement that Israel will not let people do it within its borders. Israel must say that we are not willing for people to take these actions.”

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel criticized the proposal on Sunday evening.

“From online reports concerning Levin’s planned bill it seems this is another legislative attempt by the current Knesset to silence critical voices, and falsely label all criticism as illegitimate positions that undermine the very existence of the state,” ACRI spokeswoman Ronit Sela said.

“Those familiar with the work of the Interior Ministry know that its unofficial policy to date is to discourage visitors who hold critical views of Israel’s policies from attempting to enter the country. Were this harmful procedure to become a law, it would serve as a clear warning sign of the declining state of our democracy by the hands of members of Knesset who disregard democracy’s basic values and human rights.”

I support this bill groups from the outside such as ISM should be banned from Israel, I will even say it's leadership should be targeted with lethal force.

They support the enemies of the Jewish people and Israel and they must pay the price for this.

January 09, 2011

Cabinet Approves Plan to Promote Military and Civic Service in the Ultra-Orthodox Sector


(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

The Cabinet today (Sunday), 9.1.11, approved a plan to promote military and
civic service in the ultra-orthodox sector so as to double the number of
ultra-orthodox young men who enlist in the IDF, national security service
and national civic service.

According to the plan, the number of draftees will reach 4,800 by 2015
(2,400 for military service and 2,400 for civic service). It was also
agreed that the IDF would create additional combat frameworks in order to
absorb the ultra-orthodox.

In order to meet this goal, the Government will allocate an additional NIS
130 million in order to create new and unique frameworks for draftees from
the ultra-orthodox sector, and NIS 70 million per annum for developing new
civic service frameworks.

The decision also determines that the age at which ultra-orthodox young men
without children may be enrolled in regular civic service, as an alternative
to military service, will be 26.

Prime Minister Netanyahu also decided to significantly increase and
strengthen the "Shahar" project for the ultra-orthodox population, in which
ultra-orthodox young men serve in IDF technological frameworks for a period
of approximately two years and are trained to enter the civilian labor
market. The Prime Minister, along with the Finance; Industry, Trade and
Labor; Defense; and Science and Technology ministries, also decided to
formulate a program to assist ultra-orthodox young men serving in the IDF
and in civic service, in integrating into the labor market after their
service.

During the discussion, worrying data were presented which indicated that
without a change, within 20 years, the proportion of ultra-orthodox in the
potential labor force would rise from 6% to 17%, even as approximately 60%
of ultra-orthodox Israelis are currently defined as poor. There is a
prominent correlation between military and national service and integration
in the labor market; 80% of veterans of the ultra-orthodox unit in the IDF
Nahal Brigade are integrated into the labor force.

Prime Minister Netanyahu noted that this was an unprecedented and important
decision that will increase the number of ultra-orthodox young men in the
military and in civic service, encourage their integration into the labor
force and help create a more just sharing of the burden in society: "We will
not allow a growing proportion of the ultra-orthodox public to be exempt
from service ostensibly due to 'full-time religious studies.' The State of
Israel cannot endure this; therefore, today, I have submitted this change,
which will start an opposite process, just as I did when the rate of public
expenditure was too high and was liable to wreck the economy."

Demolition of Shepherd Hotel in east J'lem begins


By MELANIE LIDMAN
09/01/2011
Construction on Jewish neighborhood in Sheikh Jarrah gets underway at site that was built by former mufti of J'lem, Haj Amin al-Husseini.

The demolition of the Shepherd Hotel, located in east Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, started at dawn on Sunday after a drawn-out battle over construction rights that drew international condemnation from US President Barack Obama and other leaders around the world over the past few years.

The hotel, which was built in the 1930s by the former mufti of Jerusalem Hajj Amin Al Huseini, was bought in 1985 by right-wing millionaire Irving Moskovitz, who has bankrolled other controversial Jewish housing projects in Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Moskovitz, partnering with the Ateret Cohanim organization, plans to turn the complex into 20 apartments for religious Jewish families.

January 07, 2011

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/

Unleash

1 IDF soldier killed, 4 injured along Gaza border
By JPOST.COM STAFF
01/07/2011 20:19

Terrorist cell ambushes paratrooper patrol; injured soldiers transferred to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba; clash follows Hamas call to "unleash the resistance"; Palestinians report artillery, IAF fire into Strip.

Four soldiers were injured by gunfire along the border fence of the central Gaza Strip Friday evening.

According to preliminary reports, a cell of terrorists was situated along the fence near Kibbutz Nirim and opened fire on IDF soldiers from the Paratroopers Brigade with automatic weapons and mortars.

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Palestinian sources reported that the firefight lasted 20 minutes and that tank shells were fired, according to AFP. There was no word of Palestinian casualties.

The cell apparently waited in ambush for an IDF patrol and opened fire when the patrol passed by. An officer in the Southern Command told Channel 10: "We are still learning the details of the event. The soldiers were transferred to the trauma center at Soroka Hospital [in Beersheba] where their condition will be determined."

The officer continued, "From initial details, it seems that we are dealing with a planned ambush by a terrorist cell that intended to observe IDF forces operating in the area where the incident occurred." He added that additional forces were quickly called to the location.

Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported that IAF helicopters fired missiles into the Strip in response to the incident, which the IDF spokesperson declined to confirm or deny.

Responding to reports of suspicions that some of the soldiers were injured by friendly fire from another unit operating in the area, the IDF spokesperson said that the possibility is being investigated along with several other scenarios. The spokesman noted that an investigation has not yet been carried out.

Earlier Friday, a protest took place in the Gaza Strip over the death of 66-year-old Omar Kawasmeh, who was mistakenly killed during an IDF arrest raid in the West Bank city of Hebron Thursday night. During the Gaza rally, Hamas official Ismail Radwan made a call "to unleash the resistance to respond to [the death]," Ma'an reported.

Also on Friday, the PFLP claimed responsibility for firing a mortar shell into Israeli territory. The shell landed in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries were reported.

So go ahead and unlease the resistance.

If Bbi unleashes the power of the IDF how long do you think you will last?

I hope you do unleash, so we can unleash. Let's go for it, I am not afraid of you nor should Am Israel be afraid of you.

January 06, 2011

Too Good To BeTrue Or Is It

Mossad Killing All Muslim Nuclear Scientists
News number: 8910150633 11:55 | 2011-01-05
http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8910150633

TEHRAN (FNA)- Israeli spy agency's (Mossad) direct involvement in the
assassination of elites in the Middle-Eastern countries was recalled after
new reports unveiled Mossad's direct role in the assassination of Iranian
nuclear scientist Majid Shahriari.

According to a report posted on IranNuc.ir website on Wednesday, the Israeli
spy agency has a long record in assassinating Arab and Muslim scientists in
collaboration with its US and British counterparts (CIA and MI6).

The report revealed the names of several Arab scientists who were
assassinated by Mossad, including Yahiya Amin al-Mashd and Samireh Mousa
(Egyptian scientists), Samir Najib, Nabil al-Qolaini, Nabil Ahmad Folayfel,
Mostafa Ali Moshrefah (known as the Arab World's Einstein), Jamal Hamdan,
Saeed Sayyed Badir, Salvi Habib, Ramal Hassan Ramal (Lebanese physicist),
Hassan Kamel Sabbah (Lebanese physicist known as the Arab World's Edison).

Global attention was redirected to Mossad's terror plots for assassinating
the nuclear scientists of the Islamic world after Iranian professor Majid
Shahriari was killed by the Israeli spy agency in Tehran late in 2010.

Two Iranian university professors Fereidoon Abbasi Davani and Majid
Shahriari were assassinated in separate terrorist bomb attacks here in
Tehran on November 29 with the latter killed immediately after the blast.

Recent media reports said that Mossad leaders have recently convened in a
meeting in a neighborhood North of Tel Aviv and discussed the agency's
latest operations in Tehran, including the assassination of Shahriari.

Another Iranian university professor and nuclear scientist, Massoud Ali
Mohammadi, was also assassinated in a terrorist bomb attack in Tehran in
January 2010.

Also later in December, Iraq's young nuclear scientist, Mohammad al-Fouz,
was gunned down in the country's capital city of Baghdad by Mossad.

He had released his new uranium enrichment formula in a number of western
journals.

Earlier reports had shown Mossad's involvement in the assassination of more
than 350 Iraqi nuclear scientists as well as more than 300 university
professors, and the attack on Mohammad al-Fouz was the most recent case in a
chain of attacks carried out in recent years.

January 05, 2011

Beilin: Pardon Katsav

Former justice minister tells Army Radio 'real punishment' for ex-president 'is not to be separated from society but rather to remain on his street.' Gal-On: A rapist's place is in prison
Associated Press

A former Israeli justice minister on Wednesday said ex-President Moshe Katsav should be pardoned to spare Israelis the sight of a former head of state serving jail time for rape.


Katsav's conviction last week has riveted the nation, with nearly unanimous scorn for the disgraced politician and wall-to-wall praise for the legal system that proved itself egalitarian by bringing him to justice.

But some voices are starting to emerge questioning the sweeping verdict - saying the judges essentially dismissed Katsav's denials and chose to believe the complainant's version - and asking what kind of punishment is appropriate for the country's former head of state.


Yossi Beilin, a former justice minister who once led the dovish Meretz Party, said Katsav's public humiliation was enough of a punishment and would serve as a powerful deterrent to other officials. He said it was not in the public interest to see a former symbol of the state behind bars.


"He obviously deserves a heavy punishment, but the question is whether we also deserve that punishment when the country is being portrayed all over the world as a country whose president is like this," Beilin told Israel's Army Radio.


"I think the real punishment for Moshe Katsav is not to be separated from society but rather to remain on his street, to look into the eyes of those close to him, to look into the eyes of his grandchildren and to know that everyone knows the truth."


The proposal was quickly lambasted by women's rights advocates.


"A rapist's place is in prison," said former lawmaker Zahava Gal-On.


'Court not willing to intervene'

A pardon would have to come from Katsav's successor as president, Shimon Peres, whose office has refused to discuss the scenario.


Last week, a Tel Aviv court ruled that Katsav twice raped a woman who worked for him when he served as tourism minister in the 1990s, and assaulted and harassed two other woman who worked for him when he was president, from 2000 to 2007. The scathing ruling called him "manipulative" and said his testimony was riddled with lies. He faces between four to 16 years in prison for the offenses.


Katsav attorney Zion Amir said he would announce whether he intends to appeal the verdict after sentencing, which is expected to be delivered within the next two months. Amir said Katsav and his team would not be making any other comments until sentencing takes place.


Experts seem to agree that a successful appeal is highly unlikely.


Israel's Supreme Court traditionally only overturns convictions based on the interpretation of the law. It usually does not challenge the factual findings of lower courts that heard testimonies and questioned witnesses.


Emanuel Gross, a criminal law professor at Haifa University, said the court "is not willing to intervene in any way whenever it gets to fact finding."


The ruling, reached after 18 months of closed door hearings, has been perceived locally as a victory for the Israeli legal system and women's rights. But it was also striking in its extremely categorical language, despite the lack of physical evidence and the apparent reliance on testimony, from the victims and from other witnesses who testified to similar behavior.



Katsav's legal troubles began late in his presidency when he complained in 2006 that a female employee was trying to blackmail him. The woman went to police with her side of the story, detailing a series of alleged sexual assaults. Other women then came forward with other complaints.


He resigned a year later, two weeks before his seven-year term expired. Katsav has alleged he was a victim of a political witch hunt, and his legal team says the public climate against him influenced the judges' ruling.


Prosecutors initially agreed to a plea bargain that would have required him to admit to lesser charges of sexual misconduct and kept him out of jail. But Katsav rejected the plea bargain at the last minute in 2008 and vowed to clear his name in court.


At the time, prosecutors said they offered the plea because the evidence may not suffice for a conviction.


Law professor Uriel Procaccia said that raises questions over how the final verdict was so definitive.


In light of the uncertainty, Procaccia wrote, "I find it hard to join the chorus celebrating (Katsav's) disgrace and cheering his conviction."



So the message is if you are President of Israel you can rape women?

Katsav should sit a long time in prison for this, which is only because we don't have the death penalty for rape.

January 04, 2011

MK: Mizrahi Jews source of religious radicalism

Labor Knesset Member Daniel Ben-Simon speaks in conference on Moroccan Jewry, slams National Union MK Ben Ari saying 'had he lived in Germany he would have joined Nazis'
Ilana Curiel

Knesset Member Daniel Ben-Simon (Labor) slammed MK Michael Ben Ari (National Union) Tuesday and said that had he lived in Germany he would have joined the Nazi party. Ben-Simon also criticized the Mizrahi Jews in Israel and said they were a source of religious radicalism and nationalism.

Are you kidding me?

Of course Jews that know the truth about Arabs and know Torah are the problem.
In a conference at the Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba regarding the Moroccan Jewry, Ben-Simon said: "Who is Michael Ben Ari? A Mizrahi by mother and father, a devout Kahanist. Had he lived in Germany he would have been lining up to join the Nazi party." He then added, "This is not our Sephardic heritage."


MK Ben Ari is known as a right-wing activist who is one of the leaders of the campaign to deport foreigners from Israel and separating Jewish girls from Arab men. He also endorsed the rabbis' letter calling Jews not to rent and sell apartments to Arabs.


Ben-Simon also criticized the Mizrahi Jews in Israel. "I'm telling you, the nationalistic religious radicalism is coming from the Mizrahi sectors. American academics ask me – why is it that the Moroccans are the most extreme? I go to Morocco for a conference and there is the deputy Moroccan foreign minister asking me 'Where is this extremism coming from?' and I have to defend myself all the time as though we have a gene of radicalism."


MK Michael Ben Ari said in response: "Nazis are those who wanted to annihilate the Jewish people. It's a pity Ben-Simon finds himself, and not for the first time, teaming up with those who hurt the State of Israel. Ben-Simon with his actions will destroy us and joins our worst enemies. In these circumstances he is better off being quiet and not trying to get media attention off of my back."

January 03, 2011

Netanyahu slams Palestinians’ new 'three no’s'


By HERB KEINON AND REBECCA ANNA STOIL
04/01/2011
PA leadership saying no to recognition of Israel as Jewish state, no to dropping the demand for a ‘right of return’ and no to vital security arrangements, PM tells FADC.

Israel has an “arsenal of possible responses” it can deploy in response to a unilateral Palestinian declaration of statehood, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday.

Netanyahu, who did not spell out what steps Israel would take, said he preferred “not going” down that unilateral path “because it is a negative direction.”


The prime minister said he had spoken recently with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera in an effort to prevent Santiago from recognizing a Palestinian state – something a number of Latin American countries, such as Brazil, Argentina and Ecuador, have done in recent weeks. Uruguay announced that it would recognize Palestinian statehood in 2011.

According to the prime minister, such recognition distances negotiations and makes peace more unlikely, because it strengthens the Palestinians’ sense that they can get what they want without negotiations.

Netanyahu bewailed what he said had become the Palestinian “three no’s”: No to recognition of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, no to dropping their demand for a Palestinian refugee “right of return,” and no to agreed-upon security arrangements on the ground. The prime minister was making a reference to the Arab League’s Khartoum Resolution of September 1, 1967, and its “Three No’s”: “no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it.” Netanyahu, who informed the MKs that White House senior adviser Dennis Ross was due back later this week, said the Palestinians had shown no willingness to compromise on either substantive or procedural issues. They have shown “no movement,” he said.

He reiterated what he said last week during a Channel 10 interview, that coalition considerations would not prevent him from pursing a peace agreement if he thought one was possible.

“No coalition agreement will prevent reaching an agreement with the Palestinians,” promised Netanyahu. “On the first day of this government, I asked [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas to hold direct negotiations and received no response.”

He added that “Israel is continuing to advance the peace process, but the Palestinians have not moved one millimeter.

“We crossed our Rubicon; the question is, will the Palestinians?” he went on. “Are they ready to stand before their public and advance peace? They went into talks around the end of the building moratorium, but the only topic that they discussed was the continuation of the freeze.”

Following the end of the building freeze in September, the Americans suggested an additional three-month freeze, , Netanyahu said.

“We had talks with the Americans about what we wanted in return. The truth is that we were ready to do it again, contrary to reports that Israel refused to extend it. Ultimately it was the Americans who backed down from the talks - and rightly so, I think, because in the past all the conversations with the Palestinians were about continuing the freeze and not about the key subjects,” he said.

Answering a question from MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) regarding progress on the planned Palestinian city of Rawabi, outside of Ramallah, the prime minister said, “I think that it is a positive step. The Palestinians are building constantly, but this time it is a visible project that all the world can observe. It is a city that will be part of the future Palestinian state, and we are looking into easing restrictions on transit surrounding the city.”

Asked about the Syrian track, Netanyahu said Israel was open to talks with Damascus as long as there were no “preconditions.” The problem with the Syrians, he said, was that they demanded Israel give up everything before they would even enter talks.

“We are ready and willing to hold negotiations with Syria,” the prime minister declared during the meeting. “The problem is that Syria wants us to give the whole territory [the Golan Heights] as a precondition for talks.”

Netanyahu said there was no lack of countries that had volunteered their services as intermediaries with the Syrians, including the Americans, Germans, French and Bulgarians.

The prime minister made clear in the meeting that Israel had no intention of apologizing to Turkey for the Mavi Marmara incident, although it was willing to express regret over the loss of life. He emphasized that he “saw an opportunity with Turkey during the [Carmel] fire,” and that contacts were continuing with Ankara.

“We are not interested in a continuation of the deterioration of the relationship,” he said – adding, however, that Israel would not accept a formula for putting the ties back on track that would imply that IDF soldiers were guilty of wrongdoing.

Opposition leader Tzipi Livni attacked Netanyahu after he said that since 1995, he had supported a two-state solution. The prime minister said that he had spoken during a Likud central committee meeting in support of establishing a “state-minus” in a demilitarized area of the West Bank.

“It is amazing how you describe an alternate reality, and claim that it is the truth,” charged the Kadima chairwoman. “It is strange that you fall back upon 1995 when in 2002, you announced in the Likud central committee, ‘Yes to a Jewish state means no to a Palestinian state, and we must say no.’”

Livni went on to accuse Netanyahu of causing damage to the nation’s security interests.

January 02, 2011

PA official: Chile, Uruguay to recognize Palestinian state


By JPOST.COM STAFF
02/01/2011
Ecuador will join Brazil in welcoming a Palestinian Embassy, Riyad al-Maliki says; Chilean president to visit West Bank.

Chile and Uruguay will soon join the ranks of South American countries recognizing a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, Israel Radio quoted a Palestinian Authority official as saying.

Senior PA official Riyad al-Maliki said that Chile will recognize the Palestinian state in the coming weeks. He added that Chilean President Sebastián Piñera plans to visit the West Bank within the next three months.


Maliki said that Paraguay was also expected to recognize the Palestinian state, with Uruguay following in March.

According to Maliki, a Palestinian embassy will be opened in Ecuador, who has already announced its recognition of a Palestinian state.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday laid the first stone of what is set to become a Palestinian embassy in Brazil.

At the beginning of December, Brazil and Argentina recognized the state of Palestine based on borders at the time of Israel's 1967 conquest of the West Bank.

The Foreign Ministry came out against Argentina and Brazil's decision to recognize a Palestinian state.

“Recognition of a Palestinian state is a violation of the interim agreement signed by Israel and the Palestinian Authority in 1995, which established that the status of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip will be discussed and solved through negotiations.

“All attempts to bypass negotiations and to unilaterally determine issues in dispute will only harm the trust of the sides and their commitment to agreed upon frameworks for negotiations,” the statement read.

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