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March 31, 2011

ISRAELI ARMY TRAINS AGAINST JEWISH SETTLERS


Israeljustice.com
Date added: 3/31/2011
http://www.israeljustice.com/news2.asp?key=203

JERUSALEM -- Israel's military continues training to counter Jewish
resistance in the face of the government's decision to demolish at least
three Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria in 2011.
Defense officials said that military exercises using live fire against
Jews living in communities in Judea and Samaria would continue, Middle East
Newsline reported on March30.
"The Defense Ministry has ordered the military to prepare to fight
Jewish gunmen who resist the demolition of their homes in the West Bank,"
Middle East Newsline said. "They [officials] said the military has been
training for a range of scenarios in which Jews employ firearms or knives
against soldiers and police."
Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai, a former deputy chief of staff,
said the training simulated the use of lethal measures against Jewish
civilians deemed threats.
"The Israel Defense Forces trains for scenarios that may happen," Vilnai
said. "It is our duty to prepare soldiers for complex, non-routine
situations."
Reserve soldiers who participated in the exercises and are residents of
Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria criticized the scenarios that dealt
with Jews like terrorists.
"Soldiers are trained to fire at those firing at them," Vilnai told the
Knesset on March 9. "Knives have been pulled out before -- and not just once
or twice -- to be used on car tires. I am not sure it will not go further
than tires."
Vilnai did not cite any cases of Judea and Samaria Jews firing toward
Israeli soldiers or police. But in February 2011, police, backed by the
military, fired plastic and rubber bullets toward Jews during a demolition
operation at Havat Gilad in northern Samaria.
In one simulation exercise, a Jewish resident of the northern Samaria
held a knife to a soldier. The exercise ended with the Jew being shot to
death.
"Scenarios have an effect on public trends of thought," Knesset Speaker
Reuven Rivlin said.
Vilnai said the military exercises against the Judea and Samaria Jews
would continue.
"I was trained to, whenever someone threatens me with a weapon, do
everything in my power to escape," Vilnai said. "I have been threatened
eight or nine times, and the fact is that I am standing here while those who
threatened me are not."

March 29, 2011

PA accuses Israel of trying to 'bully' UN


By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
29/03/2011
Abbas says international community can no longer tolerate Israel's 'arrogance' and 'disrespect' for international laws.

The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday accused Israel of trying to “bully” the United Nations following reports that the Israeli government had threatened to take unilateral steps if the UN recognizes a Palestinian state.

The PA leadership in the West Bank also dismissed as unacceptable Israeli threats to cut off ties with the PA if Hamas is joins a Palestinian unity government.

The PA has said that it would ask the United Nations Security Council or General Assembly to recognize a Palestinian state on the pre-1967 lines in September.

Nimer Hammad, political advisor to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, accused Israel of practicing “political thuggery” against the UN.

He said that the international community could no longer tolerate Israel’s “arrogance” and “disrespect” for international laws.

Hammad said that there was a worldwide consensus regarding the need to “end occupation and establish a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders.”

Also Tuesday, the PA rejected statements by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu regarding efforts to achieve unity between Hamas and Fatah.

Netanyahu said that the Palestinian Authority “is thinking of unification with Hamas and peace agreements with Hamas. I have one thing to say to them – you can’t have a peace agreement with Israel and the Hamas.”

Netanyahu added that the PA would have to choose between the two – “chose peace with Israel, abandon the Hamas.”

Abbas’s spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, dismissed the threat as unacceptable and accused Israel of intervening in an internal Palestinian affair. He said that Palestinian national unity was a “red line” for the PA.

Abu Rudeineh claimed that Netanyahu was searching for excuses to avoid conducting peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

The spokesman also brushed aside Israeli warnings about a unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state by the UN.

He said that the number of countries that recognize Palestine is bigger than those who don’t. He added that all West bank settlements would be dismantled “sooner or later” as they were in the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinians are slowly attempting to build a case so they can use the new doctrine of the UN "responsibility to protect".

The truth is Israel needs protecting based on how many rockets and mortars but facts will have nothing to do with international intervention, if it comes.

This is why I am hoping this doctrine fails 100% in Libya and is discredited and thrown on the trash heap of history.

March 28, 2011

Yoram Cohen named new Shin Bet Chief

Prime Minister Netanyahu names intelligence organization's 12th director Monday, opts for religious candidate. Cohen to replace Yuval Diskin, who will end six-year term in May
Ronen Medzini

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named Yoram Cohen the next Shin Bet director Monday evening.

Cohen will take over for Yuval Diskin, who has served in the position for the past six years.

In Monday's announcement, which was televised for the first time in Israel's history, Netanyahu said that Cohen "joined the Shin Bet over 30 years ago and has served in a variety of positions.

He rose to the rank of deputy chief, where he served for three years. Yoram has been on the forefront of Shin Bet operations during these years, and especially over the past few years."

The new Shin Bet chief, added the prime minister, "Is someone who has been in the filed. He has grown from it and knows it.

"I am convinced he is also familiar with the challenges we face. I am convinced he possesses the abilities, the experience and the leadership necessary to meet these challenges. I am sure everyone joins me is wishing Yoram the best of luck in his new position. His success will be ours."

Diskin, who has been in office for the past six years, is set to retire in May.

Cohen, who will serve as the intelligence organization's 12th chief, will take office during a tumultuous time in the Middle East, especially on the Palestinian front.

Cohen (51) is religious and resides in Jerusalem. He spent his military service with the Golani Brigade and joined the Shin Bet in 1982. he started his career in the organization as a security officer and a field coordinator in the Ramallah and Binyamin sectors. He was later named head of the Judea District anti-terror division.

I am very happy Cohen is religious.

But the proof is in his actions will he allow the Israeli government to issue more pistol permits to Jews?

The further proof will come when he cuts down on the anti Jewish section of the Shin Bet.

Jordan teetering on civil war, local analysts say


By DAVID E. MILLER / THE MEDIA LINE
28/03/2011
Violence in weekend’s demonstrations, which left one dead and 120 wounded, viewed as watershed moment in the kingdom's history.

Jordan's social cohesion is quickly unraveling, local experts warn, following violent demonstrations in the kingdom and an obtuse government response to public demands for change.

One protester was killed and 120 wounded in the bloodiest demonstrations yet to take place in the kingdom since popular protests began sweeping through the Middle East in January.

"The King must intervene and come up with a political initiative accepting the demands of the protesters, including constitutional reform," Fahed Al-Khitan, a political columnist with Jordan's Al-Arab Al-Yawm, told The Media Line. "If reform does not take place, the sense of animosity could lead to clashes between citizens."

'Abbas would give up US aid to reconcile with Hamas'


By JPOST.COM STAFF
28/03/2011
Adviser to PA president says "Palestinians need American money, but if they use it as a way of pressuring us, we are ready to relinquish that aid"; Abbas asks PLO to convene Constitution Committee.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is willing to give up hundreds of millions of dollars of US aid if that is what is necessary to forge a reconciliation deal with Hamas, the Associated Press quoted his adviser as saying on Monday.

Azzam Ahmed stated that "the Palestinians need American money, but if they use it as a way of pressuring us, we are ready to relinquish that aid."

How can it be that the Palestinians are ready to give up American aid to stay true to themselves and Israel isn't.

Once again I call on Israel to stop taking American aid which will give Israel great PR in the USA.

The termination of aid would also allow freedom in Israeli actions against Palestinian terrorism.

March 25, 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 3pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific, 10pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

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

American Military Targeting Israel


JERUSALEM – Could President Obama's decision to sidestep Congress and strike Libya as part of an international coalition put the U.S. on a military collision course with Israel?
While the prospect of American or Western forces confronting Israeli troops may seem remote, one Middle East policy expert is warning the precedent set by Obama in agreeing to target Libya opens the door to other possible United Nations-backed confrontations, including perhaps one day with Israel.
"Particularly concerning is the prospect that what we might call the Gadhafi Precedent will be used in the not-to-distant future to justify and threaten the use of U.S. military forces against an American ally: Israel," writes Frank Gaffney Jr., president of the Center for Security Policy.
In a piece this week entitled "U.N. intervention into Libya an ominous precedent for Israel," Gaffney spells out a possible scenario whereby an international coalition, including the U.S., could militarily threaten Israel just as it is striking Libya.
Gaffney notes the Palestinian Authority is attempting to bring a U.N. resolution that would unilaterally declare a Palestinian state outside of negotiations with Israel.
Such a resolution seeks international legal recognition for a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, meaning inside the Gaza Strip, West Bank and eastern sections of Jerusalem, technically including the Temple Mount.
While it is not yet clear whether the Obama administration will ultimately support such a move, PA officials told WND on numerous occasions the U.S. has indicated it may not veto a U.N. vote to declare a Palestinian state.
In a previous WND interview, Ahmed Qurei, former PA prime minister and member of the Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee, said the PA "reached an understanding with important elements within the (Obama) administration" to possibly bring the resolution to the U.N. Security Council.
Asked to which "elements" he was referring, Qurei would only say they were from the Obama administration.
A top PA negotiator, speaking to WND on condition of anonymity, named the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, and National Security Council member Samantha Power as among the Obama administration officials who were involved with the Palestinians' U.N. threat.
"The U.S. told us that they prefer a negotiated settlement with Israel, but if we (Palestinians) insist on a resolution, the Americans will not necessarily reject it," the PA negotiator said.
"The U.S. has a history of never before vetoing any U.N. move to create a new state," the negotiator pointed out.
Should the U.N. unilaterally declare a Palestinian state, Gaffney warns, the move may put the U.S. and Israel on a military collision course.
Writes Gaffney: "With a stroke of the U.N.'s collective pen, substantial numbers of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Israeli citizens find themselves on the wrong side of internationally recognized borders. The Palestinian Authority (PA) insists on its longstanding position: The sovereign territory of Palestine must be rid of all Jews."
Gaffney envisions a scenario in which Israel refuses to evacuate its Jewish communities and military stations from the newly recognized Palestinian state, leading the PA to seek international help to liberate its land.
Another scenario not directly pointed to by Gaffney could involve the PA asking the international community for help to oppose any future Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip or West Bank should the U.N. unilaterally impose a Palestinian state there.
"As with the Gadhafi Precedent," Gaffney predicts, "the first to act is the Arab League. Its members unanimously endorse the use of force to protect the 'Palestinian people' and end the occupation of the West Bank by the Israelis."
He continues: "Turkey (which is still a NATO ally, despite its ever-more-aggressive embrace of Islam) is joined by Britain and France – two European nations increasingly hostile to Israel – in applauding this initiative in the interest of promoting 'peace.' They call on the U.N. Security Council to authorize such steps as might be necessary to enforce the Arab League's bidding."
"Accordingly, hard as it may be to believe given the United States' longstanding role as Israel's principal ally and protector, Obama acts, in accordance with the Gadhafi Precedent. He warns Israel that it must immediately take steps to dismantle its unwanted presence inside the internationally recognized State of Palestine, lest it face the sort of U.S.-enabled 'coalition' military measures now underway in Libya. In this case, they would be aimed at neutralizing IDF forces on the West Bank – and beyond, if necessary – to fulfill the "will of the international community."
Gaffney warns, "Of course, such steps would not result in the ostensibly desired end-game, namely 'two states living side by side in peace and security.' If the current attack on Libya entails the distinct possibility of unintended (or at least unforeseen) consequences, application of the Gadhafi Precedent to Israel seems certain to produce a very different outcome than the two-state 'solution': Under present and foreseeable circumstances, it will unleash a new regional war, with possible worldwide repercussions."

In watching Al Jazerra, BBC, and keeping up on events in Cote d'Ivoire I came to the same conclusion as Frank Gaffney two days ago.

But I believe the actions of Obama have a greater end game than just military action against Israel.

We can see that Obama has subjugated American sovereignty to the UN, and NATO . In order to attack the sovereignty of Libya.

Many have asked the question why Libya and not Yemen, Algeria, Syria, according to friends many more people have been killed in Yemen than in Libya.

The answer is that due to his history Qaddafi is easy to hate, and as a result it is easy to get many Republicans on board despite the Constitutional and moral questions of American actions.

The other question is who are the rebels, who is the UN and America supporting ? According to sources I have in Israel the rebels are hard core Islamic terrorist with backing from Iran.

In light of the above I find myself hoping that Qaddafi survives, which should bring about the end of this anti Israel push and world domination by the UN.

March 24, 2011

Iron Dome heads south


Following escalation on Gaza border, Israel will station portable anti-missile system in south on Sunday in order to intercept rockets, mortar shells
Ron Ben-Yishai

Iron Dome put to work: Due to recent escalation on the Gaza Strip border the IDF plans to activate a portable anti-missile system on Sunday in order to intercept short-range rockets and mortar shells fired from Gaza.

The IDF will also check whether the system can work in accordance with the alarm systems. The system's installation may be postponed by a day or two.

The Iron Dome system can protect an area as big as 10X10 km from rockets and mortar shells threatening to explode in communities or on vital structures. The system can calculate the trajectory of the rockets and avoid intercepting rockets which are about to land in open areas. However, the Iron Dome cannot intercept objects fired from a distance shorter than 1.737 miles.


March 23, 2011

J'lem bombing is a 'natural response to Israeli crimes'


By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
23/03/2011
Hamas, Islamic Jihad express support for terror attack as PA's Abbas, Fayyad issue condemnations; state of emergency declared in Gaza.

The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday condemned the Jerusalem explosion that killed a woman and wounded dozens of people, while Hamas and Islamic Jihad welcomed it as a “natural response to Israeli crimes.”

The Hamas government, meanwhile, declared a state of emergency in the Gaza Strip in anticipation of a massive IDF response to the bombing and the recent spate of rocket and mortar attacks on Israel.


Palestinian journalists in the Gaza Strip said that Hamas has evacuated most of its civilian and security buildings in the Gaza Strip as part of its precautionary measures.

Many Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders went into hiding after closing their mobile phones, the journalists said.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas, who is on a visit to Moscow, condemned the Jerusalem explosion, his office in Ramallah said, noting that he had also denounced the killing of nine Palestinians in the Gaza Strip a day earlier by the IDF.

PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said in a statement that he “strongly condemns the terror attack in Jerusalem regardless of the identity of the perpetrators.”

Referring to the possibility that Palestinians were behind the attack, Fayyad said it would it be despicable if any Palestinian party was involved, especially in light of the huge damage that such attacks have inflicted on the Palestinians in the past.

Hamas representatives in the Gaza Strip hailed the attack as a “natural response to Israeli crimes against Palestinians.”

Ehab Ghissin, spokesman for the Hamas-controlled Interior Ministry, said that his government has acted in accordance with an emergency plan that envisages a massive IDF strike in the Gaza Strip.

He said that in line with the plan, Hamas evacuated security installations throughout the Gaza Strip out of fear that they could be targeted by Israeli warplanes.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that Israeli threats to retaliate in response to the terror attacks don’t scare his movement or the Palestinians.

Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip said that the movement has asked Egypt to intervene with Israel to prevent a military confrontation. The officials added that Egyptian authorities were in contact with Hamas and Israel to avoid another war.

So how can we make peace with people that murder Jews and say you deserved to be victims.
Do you really think if we treated the Palestinians as bad as they say they are treated we would still be suffering from them?

At least 25 injured, 3 seriously in J'lem bus bomb


By JPOST.COM STAFF
23/03/2011
MDA says none killed; Police say that package exploded next to Egged bus 74 opposite Binyanei Ha'uma in central Jerusalem; Netanyahu delaying departure for Moscow.

An explosion took place on or near a bus in central Jerusalem Wednesday afternoon.

Police said that a bomb exploded outside Egged bus number 74 at a station opposite the Jerusalem Conference Center in the center of town.

Magen David Adom said that there were 25 people injured. Three people were seriously injured. Israeli media reported that two of those were in critical condition.

Five people were moderately injured and the remainder lightly to moderately. MDA said that no deaths took place.

Police suspected that an explosive device inside a bag was left at the bus stop, which then exploded. Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said that the explosive device was between one and two kilograms and contained shrapnel.

Large numbers of police and ambulance forces were on the scene.

Roads surrounding the scene were closed to traffic and authorities were searching the area for additional explosive devices.

The public was advised to stay clear of the area.

Despite the on-going social workers strike, which reached its 18th day on Wednesday, the Union of Social Workers gave approval for social workers in Jerusalem to provide services to those who need it following the terrorist attack in the capital.

The Jerusalem Police has two phone numbers for information: 02-5314600 or 106

http://www.jpost.com/LandedPages/PrintArticle.aspx?id=213442

I pray none of you go through what I went through once again, hearing the breaking news of an attack and then the stress of attempting to get connected by phone to your children to see if they are ok.

As usual after an attack the phone system was over loaded, but Skype came through. Kids are fine, but so what.

Somebodies children are not fine, pray for the victims.

Pray for the leaders of Israel to grow some courage so they can and will defend Israel and the Jewish people.

March 22, 2011

President to prisoner: Katsav


By JPOST.COM STAFF
03/22/2011 14:58

A visual account of Katsav's day of reckoning: Tel Aviv District Court on Tuesday sentenced former president to seven years in prison.
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Tel Aviv District Court on Tuesday sentenced former president Moshe Katsav to seven years in prison and two years probation for rape and sexual harassment, which he was convicted of in December. Judges George Karra, Judith Shevach and Miriam Sokolov also ruled that Katsav pay NIS 100,000 to victim "Aleph" from the Tourism Ministry.

The decision brought to an end a two-year trial and a saga that has fascinated the Israeli public for more than five years.

This is step one, a good step and I feel a fair sentence.

However the next step should be the termination of his pension.

Katsav should from this day on not receive even one shekel from the Israeli government which of course means the Israeli people.

March 21, 2011

An Israeli apology is in order

- Suhail Khalilieh
Published Saturday 19/03/2011 (updated) 20/03/2011 10:19 By Suhail Khalilieh
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=370210

The Palestinians have been struggling for their rights and independence for
more than 60 years with honor and pride. While Palestinians recall their own
list of infants and children murdered by the Israeli army -- it was no
picnic for the Palestinians -- what happened in Itamar is plain murder, and
Palestinians do not condone the killing of children.

The hideous crime in the illegal Israeli settlement Itamar in the northern
West Bank revealed how quickly the Israeli community and state reacts to
accuse Palestinians.

Furthermore, Israeli authorities publicized the attack worldwide and used it
as a pretext to justify approval to build more than 500 housing units in
several Israeli settlements in the West Bank (in Gush Etzion, Kiryat Sefer,
Ma’ale Adumim and Ariel).

The Israeli government and settlement councils quickly started a campaign to
capitalize on this crime with a new wave of settlement construction and
incitement against Palestinians. The brother of the murdered settler said at
the cemetery, "A person is born for himself, to his parents and siblings,
and dies for himself. He is not a symbol or a national event, and death must
not be allowed to become an instrument of something."

He professed that the funeral should have been a private affair and not
exploited by right-wing politicos, ministers, Knesset members and West Bank
rabbis who turned the scene into a political episode.

The funeral was quickly turned into a pre-election campaign as the Israeli
Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin declared that Israel "shall continue to build
anywhere and at any time." Gershon Mesika, Samaria Regional Council chairman
said, "All the talk of peace delusions must stop." And Israeli Minister of
Interior Eli Yishai demanded the construction of 5,000 homes in settlements.

While the blame was targeted toward the Palestinian Authority for not
dealing with incitement, the funeral was an opportunity for many to spread
their incitement promoting Jewish control over the entire area between the
Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River using words like "transfer" to
suggest moving Palestinians to the other side of the Jordan River.

Ultimately, the funeral was a chance for many to disclose their real
thoughts, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who declared
during his condolences that "We shall build our land." After all, his
ultimate plan remains that of his mentor and predecessor, former Israeli
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon: "to annex as much of the Palestinian land as
possible" before a real and final negotiation actually begins.

Among all of this, it seems that the voice of reason is missing, that it is
inevitable that Palestinians committed the act and that the entire
population is at fault. But what about the Israeli crimes against
Palestinians? How come some people value the life of one person over the
other -- in this case the life of one Jew over the life of one Palestinian
Muslim or Christian?

Stop Israeli incitement against Palestinians

The incitement campaign against Palestinians operates on all levels.
Palestinians expect it from Israeli government officials, from rabbis and
from settlers. But the impact of this campaign is used to fuel hatred within
Israeli society itself, not that they need any encouragement.

That the Israeli government indifferently perpetuates racism and violence
against Palestinians is a simply repellent, offensive and scandalous aspect
of their policy toward Palestinians.

Condemnations of the attack came swiftly from many nations and different
sources.

In contrast, the condemnations of the Israeli massacre of 2002 in Jenin
refugee camp or the Israeli Cast Lead operation of 2008-2009 in the Gaza
strip (to name a couple) came late, and with provisions that correlated
Palestinians and the Israeli army. These are not isolated examples but
typical reactions to injustice against Palestinians.

With this in mind, director of the Israeli Government Press Office Oren
Helman filed a formal complaint against CNN for putting "terror attack" in
quotation marks when it reported the killings. The complaint rebuffed CNN
for seemingly having doubts that the killing -- the Itamar massacre -- was
anything but a terror attack. Even though no decisive evidence was brought
forward to concur such a claim, CNN agreed to remove the quotation marks
(talk about media reporting facts).

The killings are undoubtedly dreadful but they are, after all, murder.
Terror attack is a straight forward accusation to Palestinians. Obviously,
and as reported by Israeli sources, Palestinians had nothing to do with it:
it was a murder. An unfortunate one, because it involved children,
nevertheless it was a case of murder.

Still that did not stop dozens of attacks on Palestinians, their land and
properties all over the West Bank under the protection of the Israeli army,
who for its part carried out dozens of random arrests in the occupied West
Bank.

In any case, instead of exploiting this crime to further stereotype the
Palestinians, and patronize hate, Israel should have exhibited leadership to
curve the hate and embrace peace. Sadly, not even such a horrific crime is
capable of hindering the wave of incitement.

Netanyahu was quick to refuse Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas'
denunciation of the crime, even though the perpetrator is not yet
identified, although Israel has less than little to say when such a crime
happens to a Palestinian.

When Israelis commit crimes, Israel says they were psychologically
disturbed, as has happened with many settlers who killed Palestinian
children. Or they say it was a mistake, like when the Israeli navy
annihilated an entire family who were picnicking on Gaza beach on 9 June
2006. Israel gunboats opened fire on the beach, literally destroying a
Palestinian family with what Israel lamely called "an errant shell" that
killed seven and wounded over 40 people.

The victims were Ali Ghalia and his 26-year-old wife Rye Ghalia, and their
children Sabrina, 8, Haitham, 1, Zebren 8, Anadia 2, Ilham 7, and Halia, 15.

Later at a conference, the Israeli "Defense" Minister at the time Amir
Peretz retracted any insinuation that this could have been an Israeli
attack. "The intention to describe this as an Israeli event is simply not
correct," he said.

In parallel, the perpetrator of Itamar has not been identified. Moreover,
there are strong suspicions that the perpetrator of the murders may be one
of the laborers brought from abroad to work in settlements. According to
unofficial testimonies the suspected perpetrator had a financial dispute
with the deceased over 10,000 NIS ($2,817).

However, it seems it was much easier to blame the Palestinians and turn it
into a political event, an opportunity to unleash settlers' rage on
Palestinians, and a chance for Netanyahu to pass pending decisions to build
hundreds more illegal housing units in settlements all over the West Bank.

Netanyahu and Israelis are sure the air in the West Bank is filled with
hatred from Palestinians toward the Israelis. This is true to an extent, and
justifiable because it was built over years of injustice against the
Palestinians. But what about the hate coming from the Israeli side and their
categorical denial of the injustice forced upon Palestinians throughout the
decades since the establishment of the state of Israel?

The bottom line is that the perpetrator of Itamar is unidentified and only
assumptions command status on the ground today. Fact finding -- the truth --
is no longer the subject of interest to anyone anymore.

The Israelis are demanding justice for what happened in Itamar but what
about justice for the Ali Ghalia family and thousands others? The saying
goes that "justice is blind" with no consideration for ethnicity, religion,
politics, social status etc. But what is happening on the ground is
otherwise and this is why a remedy of this selective justice to include
everybody in its spectrum may be the first step to peace.

Hence, an Israeli apology for the accusation, and the stereotyping, of
Palestinians is in order. We demand it. We are entitled to it.

Suhail Khalilieh heads the Settlements Monitoring Department at the Applied
Research Institute in Jerusalem

Israel first to set up field hospital in Japan


By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
21/03/2011
Surgery established at Minamisanriko, fishing city devastated by quake; Israel also providing aid for the homeless.

The field hospital Israel is establishing in Japan is the first to be set up by any nation offering outside assistance, Israel’s Ambassador to Japan Nissim Ben Shitrit said Monday, and the Japanese are extremely appreciative.

Ben Shitrit said the hospital was being established at Minamisanriko, a fishing city 290 miles north of Tokyo, that was utterly overwhelmed by the quake and tsunami and where some 10,000 people are dead or missing. A five-strong Israeli team “is setting up the surgery right now,” the ambassador said. “They are evaluating the needs today, so that a larger team can be dispatched.”

Not Enough

IDF to track foreign anti-Israel groups

New section in Military Intelligence Directorate to collect data, passively probe groups from overseas, Gaza, West Bank aiming to delegitimize Israel
Yoav Zitun

Israel's Military Intelligence has launched a new section that will be responsible of tracking foreign organizations located overseas, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which aim to delegitimize the State of Israel.

The IDF was planning to form the new section, inside the Research Department, headed by an officer in the rank of a major, prior to the Gaza-bound flotilla last may, with the intention of collecting information on the Turkish group that organized the sail.

The new section will not track Israeli leftist organizations such as Breaking the Silence and Machsom Watch, which regularly criticize the IDF and government policies, and will not engage in active investigations or summon interrogees to Israel.

Instead, the division will be responsible for collecting information and continuously supervising the organizations, while conducting passive investigations.

A recent bill urging the creation of a committee to probe the funding sources of leftist organizations was rejected by the Knesset plenum after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave Likud members the freedom of vote.

The initiators of the bill claimed that certain Israeli organizations were cooperating with international coalitions aiming to undermine the legitimacy of the IDF and encourage draft-dodging while branding IDF soldiers and commanders as war criminals.

This does not go nearly far enough.

Any group that is anti Israel and sides with the Palestinians must be investigated for either criminal prosecution or stronger measures

Israel is at war and if you are an Israeli citizen and you aid groups such as ISM, or the flotilla groups you are a traitor and should be forced to pay with your life for your actions..

March 18, 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 3pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific, 9pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

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

Accountant General Raises $124M for 1 Year through Private Offering to Thai Investors

STATE OF ISRAEL
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
DEPARTMENT

1 Kaplan St. Jerusalem 91030, P.O. Box 3100, Tel: 02-5317200, Fax:
02-5695349
English: www.financeisrael.mof.gov.il Hebrew: www.mof.gov.il
March 15, 2011
2011-559

Press Release

Accountant General Raises $124M for 1 Year through Private Offering to Thai
Investors

Borrowing costs are 0.56% below yield on government bonds for equivalent
period

Last week, the Accountant General made a one-year $124 million private
offering to Thai asset management companies. The offering was made as part
of the Government of Israel’s shelf offerings program in Europe (European
Medium-Term Notes). In addition to the offering of the debenture itself, the
Accountant General performed a swap transaction, whereby the government
converted its dollar liability into shekels. The investment bank that
underwrote the offering was Barclays Capital, which acts as a primary dealer
in government bonds. The swap transaction was performed with one of the
Israeli banks with whom the state recently signed ISDA agreements.

The sophisticated outline for the transaction – a bonds offering in parallel
with a swap transaction – allows the government to raise debt at the lowest
cost, resulting in the government’s borrowing costs in shekels, after the
swap transaction, being 0.56% below the yield on fixed-interest shekel
government bonds for an equivalent period.

The making of this private offering contributes to lowering debt-raising
costs and to reducing the interest payments in the state budget. This is
achieved without any addition in government debt exposure to foreign
currency exchange risk. The transaction demonstrates the borrowing
flexibility of the State of Israel, in light of its ease of access to the
international capital markets.

Asset management companies of this kind manage large investment portfolios
and are perceived by the global capital markets as being sophisticated
strategic investors for whom this investment represents their first
investment in bonds of the Government of Israel.

The accountant general, Shouky Oren, said that, “this offering represents
the realization of the Ministry of Finance’s work plan to upgrade the
economic relations between the state and the economies of the Far East.
Within this framework, one of our goals is to bring the Israeli economy to
the attention of new investors from the Far East”. Mr. Oren continued, “the
Government Debt Management Unit constantly monitors the international
capital markets with the aim of lowering the State of Israel’s borrowing
costs; we will continue to take advantage of attractive opportunities to
conduct financing transactions such as this offering and we will also
continue to fully explore possibilities for efficiently funding the deficit,
as and when these present themselves”.

The deputy accountant general, Eran Heimer, who was in charge of the
transaction, added that the offering is part of a strategic program for
increasing the exposure to investors from the Far East and that this is the
second offering to Asian investors in the past year, with the first such
offering having been made in April 2010”. Mr. Heimer went on to say that,
“the fact that such investors have chosen to carry out this transaction with
the State of Israel is a further expression of confidence in the strength of
the Israeli economy”.

Five private offerings preceded this one:
1999: POUND STERLING 100 million for a term of 35 years
2001: YEN 20 billion for a term of 30 years
2002: $75 million for a term of 10 years (zero coupon)
2006: $500 million linked to the Brazilian real for a term of one year
2010: $200 million for a term of two years.

Do we really need American aid?

March 16, 2011

IDF, settlers save Arab baby


Saving life after massacre: IDF troops, paramedics save life of Palestinian woman giving birth in settlement where Fogel relatives sitting Shiva. Soldier: It felt amazing to hold girl in my arms, know we did something good
Yair Altman

After massacre, settlers help bring new life into world: IDF forces and local paramedics helped save the life of a Palestinian woman and her newly born infant Wednesday, at the settlement where Fogel relatives are sitting Shiva for the five Israelis brutally murdered last week.

Just as IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz arrived in Neve Tzuf to offer his condolences, a Palestinian cab raced towards the community's entrance. In it, soldiers and paramedics discovered a Palestinian woman in her 20s in advanced stages of labor and facing a life-threatening situation: The umbilical cord was wrapped around the young baby girl's neck, endangering both her and her mother.

The quick action of settler paramedics and IDF troops deployed in the area saved the mother's and baby's life, prompting great excitement and emotions at the site where residents are still mourning the brutal death of five local family members.

Corporal Haim Levin, 19, an IDF paramedic, was the first medical team member at the scene and recounted the dramatic situation he faced.

"When I arrived, I saw a woman covered by a blanket in a yellow Palestinian van. I moved closer and saw the baby's head and upper body," he told Ynet. "The umbilical cord was around the baby's neck; the baby was grey and didn't move."

"I first removed the cord from the neck and at the same time asked paramedics to prepare the baby resuscitation kit. I pinched her to see if she's responding, and she started to cry," he said. Paramedics also treated the mother, who was in good condition at that point, Levin said.


Paramedic: We treat everyone
Meanwhile, ambulance driver Orly Shlomo raced to the scene. "We joined the military paramedic and helped him cut off the umbilical cord…without the medical treatment, the fetus and woman faced genuine life danger," she told Ynet.

"It was touching, but I couldn't help but think that a few meters from there, people were sitting Shiva for another baby, who was murdered," she said. "I was touched to see the face of the new baby, but I also thought about the face of the murdered baby."

Gadi Amitun, who heads the Magen David Adom team at Neve Tzuf, said this was not the first time settlers assist Palestinians in distress.

"They know we have a skilled medical team here, and in any case of accident or injury they arrive and we help them," he said.

The paramedic noted that on the day of the Fogel massacre, settlers saw fireworks and celebrations in nearby Palestinian communities, but added that the local medical team is committed to assisting anyone in need.

"Two years ago, we also made sure to treat a terrorist who attempted to place a bomb on the road and was shot by soldiers," he said.

Palestinians from the nearby village of Nabi Salah gathered around the paramedics along with the new grandmother and could not hide their joy.

"They thanked us and told us they named the girl Jude," Corporal Levin said. "I volunteered for Magen David Adom since age 15 and it's the first time I witnessed childbirth. It was an amazing feeling, to hold the girl that was just born in my arms, and to know that in this complex place we did something good."

http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-4043536,00.html

Execute modern-day Nazis

Op-ed: Itamar massacre identical to Nazi killings, murderers should get the death penalty
Noah Klieger

I believe that the murderers of the Fogel family should be executed, without hesitation.

It’s clear that just like almost everyone else in Israel, I too am not at peace with a broad death penalty provision for murder, if only for the reason that investigators, prosecutors and judges may err and sentence a person who did not commit the crime to death.

However, in the case of the murder in Itamar I have no problem with the death penalty whatsoever. Creatures that are able to face young children and a baby girl, look at them, and stab them to death in cold bold must pay for their actions with their life.

The murderers in Itamar are not human beings and are even worse than predators. After all, most predators only kill when they’re hungry – while those who stabbed the Fogel family drew pleasure and satisfaction from their acts. What we saw in Itamar was not just another terror attack, but rather, an execution based on inhuman motives.

Until the day of the terrible murder I innocently believed that only the animals of the SS – just like many Germans and quite a few Poles, Ukrainians, Lithuanians, Latvians and so on – could treat Jews in such brutal, animalistic way during the Holocaust.

Now I understand that today too, creatures that lack any hint of conscience or humanity do exist. And if the democratic and liberal State of Israel has a death penalty law only for cases of crimes against Jews during the Holocaust, we can certainly include the murder in Itamar under this provision.

While this murder was committed more than 65 years after the Holocaust, it’s completely identical to the actions committed by the Germans and therefore is commensurate with the spirit of lawmakers in Israel at the time.

When these despicable murderers are caught – and they will be caught, sooner or later – Israel’s judges will sentence them to several life terms. This would not satisfy me and I assume it would not satisfy the overwhelming majority of Israel’s citizens. Moreover, these killers will not end their life in prison anyway, as they will be freed in some kind of swap later on.

Amen.

March 15, 2011

Bibi Satire

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G_D Bless Glenn Beck

Yesterday Glenn Beck was a lone voice in the media, telling the world of the brutal murders of most of th Fogel family.

Mr. Beck also exposed the evil that is the enemy of Israel, the Palestinian people that celebrated the murder of a baby by handing out candy and baklava on the streets of Gaza.

Then today Mr. Beck as far as I am concerned earned the title without dispute of being a rightous gentile by sharing with the world the wonderful words of Rabbi Yehuda Ben Yishai the father of Ruth Fogel.

Rabbi Ben Yishai teaches at the yeshiva where my son learns, so we have a slight connection to the pain of the family.

May our faith be strengthed by the words of rabbi Ben Yishai and the actions of Mr Beck.

Israeli columnist: Media dehumanizes Palestinians


Senior Haaretz writer Gideon Levy claims Israeli 'occupation' is 'tyranny' that won't last forever, says settlements are crimes, slams media for legitimizing attacks against Palestinians
Itamar Eichner

The Israelis believe that they are the chosen people; their way of thinking is disconnected from reality and they accuse anyone who disagrees with them of anti-Semitism - so claimed Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy during a lecture he gave at Trinity College in Dublin last week.

The lecture was held as part of "Israeli Apartheid Week" at Ireland's oldest university. Levy was the speaker of honor at the event. He spoke with a PLO flag at his side.

Levy slammed the Israeli media, saying that its slanted reportage attempts to legitimize crimes against the Palestinians. Levy accused the media of pushing the army to act against Palestinians; He said that the news outlets presented Operation Cast Lead as a war, even though there was barely any resistance on the Palestinian side; for every Israeli that died in the operation, he said, there were at least 100 Palestinians.

"The Israeli media is dehumanizing the Palestinians systematically year after year, decade after decade and that is, in my view, the best explanation to this unusual phenomena in which the Israelis... live so much in peace with themselves," he explained.


Propaganda machine

He went as far as saying that an Israeli "propaganda machine" undermines any anti-Israel opinion. The few groups that dare to take a stand against the occupation by holding rallies and refusing to serve in the army are delegitimized.

According to Levy, this phenomenon has lead to a situation in which "five million Israelis are deeply convinced today that they are right and seven billion people of the world are wrong".

The journalist also addressed last May's Gaza-bound flotilla, saying Israel attempted to depict the peace activists aboard the Mavi Marmara as terrorists. He also claimed that the events surrounding the incident prove that Israel does as it pleases even in international waters.

Levy called the settlements a crime, and said that Israel never intended to achieve peace – which is why this has been the longest peace process in history. He accused the government of making up excuses and dumping the blame on the leaders on the opposing side: Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas.


'Occupation is addiction'

Levy added that Israel's demand to be recognized as a Jewish state is ridiculous; he said that the Israeli occupation is like an addiction, and that friends of the State should help it kick the habit.

"With the huge dramatic turmoil in the Arab world in the last few weeks... finally there is a new spirit in the world and in the Arab world and tyrannies will not last forever," he said. "The Israeli occupation is by far one of those tyrannies."

Levy wrapped up the lecture with a story of a Palestinian girl who was killed while sleeping in her mother's arms by a missile that was fired at her house in Khan Younis.

Haaretz responded to Levy's speech by saying that he is "entitled to the complete freedom of speech that the newspaper gives its senior writers."

Gideon Levy it is time for you to change sides officially.

Move to Gaza City or Ramallah and become a citizen of the PA.

Yes it is sad that a Palestinian girl was killed in a missle strike. But it is a fact that in war people get killed.

This Palestinian girl was not the target and I am sure 100% no Israel had any intent toharm even one hair on her head.

As a former police officer in order to have all the elements of a criminal act you must have intent.

Since their was no intent to harm this Palestinian girl much less kill her their was no crime, just a tragedy of war.

As Plato said "Only the dead have seen the end of war" So war is with us and will be forever.

Now on the other side of the coin let's take the 3 month old Fogel babies death.

This baby was stabbed twice in the heart, I think the intent is crystal clear it was murder.

I will pray for you my friend for you are a lost soul

IDF seizes freighter of Iranian weapons headed to Gaza


The IDF seized a freighter ship with dozens of tons of weaponry from Iran headed for Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.

The ship, known as Victoria, was flying a Liberian flag, and was seized by the navy in the Mediterranean Sea, 200 miles off of Israel's coast.

The Victoria was boarded by commandos from the Israeli Navy's Flotilla 13, also known as the Shayetet, arrived in the Ashdod port on Tuesday evening.

An initial inspection of the cargo revealed the ship was carrying weapons. The exact amount is to be determined.

The crew, questioned by the Navy Commando, was not aware that the cargo contained weaponry.

The ship set sail Monday night from the port of Lattakai in Syria and from there it traveled to Turkey. There, it was supposed to unload the weapons, which would travel by land to Gaza. The IDF's assessment is that the weapons did not originate in Turkey, but that the containers were unloaded there and transferred onto the Victoria.

The port of Lattakai is the same port where two Iranian war ships docked in February on their way to the Suez Canal. At the time, IDF officials raised concerns of the possibility that they were carrying weapons intended for terrorists organizations, but there was no confirmation.

"The operation was approved as necessary in accordance with government directives in light of Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz's recommendations," an IDF statement read.

Gantz updated Defense Minister Ehud Barak about the findings on-board the vessel earlier in the morning.

"The IDF and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs alerted German authorities about the interception of the "Victoria" due to the German ownership of the ship," the statement said.

In addition, the government of Liberia, whose flag it was flying under, was notified, as well as France, due to the French shipping company.

The Israeli Navy has conducted numerous operations over the years against Iranian smuggling to Hamas and Hezbollah.

Foreign reports attribute bombings of truck convoys in Sudan as well as arms ships in the Red Sea in recent years to the IDF.

In November 2009, the Israeli Navy seized the Francop cargo ship, which was carrying 500 tons of weaponry from Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon, including Katyusha rockets and grenades. At the time, IDF officers said the amount was enough to sustain Hezbollah for several weeks of war.
http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=212234

March 14, 2011

Palestinians: Settlers throw stones in W. Bank village


By JPOST.COM STAFF AND BEN HARTMAN
14/03/2011
Sources say that dozens of Itamar residents march towards Awarta, damage houses in apparent revenge for Fogel family killings.

Over 100 hundred settlers from the West Bank community of Itamar made their way to the Palestinian village of Awarta on Monday and threw stones at homes, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported.

In an apparent revenge attack for the brutal murder of five members of the Fogel family on Friday night, more than a dozen masked settlers approached the village in what appeared to be a demonstration, Ma'an reported.

According to the report, two Awarta residents were injured as they attempted to drive away the settlers.

Avishay Bloch, a 24-year-old resident of Samaria said that he and a few hundred other marchers, walked from the Itamar synagogue to the outskirts of Awarta, where they held signs, including a few in Arabic and one reading "Awarta – we will pursue you for eternity".

"We marched to Awarta and when we got outside the village we held a rally and people from the Samaria local authority and Itamar gave speeches talking about how we're there to say and will build in response to the attack."

"After that we walked to the new neighborhood of Itamar [where the murders took place] and we started putting up tents and working on the new neighborhood to show that in the face of murder and our weak government we are becoming stronger."

Bloch was dismissive of media reports that settlers threw rocks saying "I didn't see anybody throwing rocks. I was there for the entire march and didn't see even a single person throw rocks or even a single Arab. We didn't come to fight, we came to show our support for our struggle. I'm not saying that it didn't happen, that nobody threw rocks, but I didn't see it at all."

Understandable but counter productive.

"When the government fails to address issues that are salient to the masses, in the end the masses will revolt"

I must confess I don't remember who said the above but I was forced to memorize it at one point in my studies.

Can their be no more basic issue than security?

Security from a society that glorifies murdering Jews and Jewish babies in the most brutal way, is not too much to demand.

Who Needs America

US 'deeply concerned' by new settlement construction
By JPOST.COM STAFF
14/03/2011
Embassy in Tel Aviv issues statement that expresses settlements as "illegitimate and running counter to efforts to resume direct negotiations."

The US expressed that it was "deeply concerned" by the government's plans to build hundreds of new housing units in the West Bank settlements of Ma'ale Adumim, Ariel, Kiryat Sefer, and Gush Ezion, the Associated Press reported Monday.

The US embassy in Tel Aviv issued a statement saying: "We're deeply concerned by continuing Israeli actions on settlements in the West Bank."

The Associate Press report said that the US saw "these settlements as illegitimate and as running counter to efforts to resume direct negotiations."

The Israeli decision to build 400 new homes in the settlement bloc comes after Sunday's terrorist attack in the Itamar settlement in which five family members were stabbed to death in their home.

The time has come for Israel to dump America. America is bankrupt both financially and morally.

So let Israel make the break on our terms and move toward selling weapons to China and India to cover the aid money from America.

If after a family is wiped out like the Fogel family America can condemn Jews building on Jewish land, who needs them.

March 13, 2011

Facebook page calls for 3rd intifada

(Video) Over course of one week, nearly 140,000 people click 'Like' on Facebook page that calls for Palestinian uprising against Israel. 'If there isn't a political order to begin intifada, it won't happen,' Fatah says
Elior Levy

VIDEO - The first Intifada began on December 9, 1987, the second Al-Aqsa Intifada was underway in late September 2000, and according to a very popular Facebook page, the third coming of the violent Palestinian uprising is scheduled to kick off this year, on May 15 - the Palestinian Nakba Day and the anniversary of the establishment of Israel in 1948.

Recent developments in the Middle East have gained Facebook the reputation of a safe haven where social uprisings ignite; it appears that the Palestinians have decided to try out the sweeping power of the social network as well.

Early last week, a new Facebook page calling for a third intifada in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip was created. The popularity of the page grew exponentially since then, each day bringing an additional 25,000 supporters on average. On Sunday afternoon, the page had nearly 140,000 "Likes." The organizers' goal is to reach a million.

Despite repeated requests made by supporters, the creators of the page refuse to reveal their identity or location. They identify themselves only as Palestinians.

The page's creators claim that after "popular intifadas" have toppled the Tunisian and Egyptian governments, it is now the turn of the Palestinian intifada to take place. "If Facebook blocked this page," the creators warn, "All Muslims will boycott Facebook forever!"

With the help of the surfers, the creators aim to overthrow Israel. The organizers ask supporters in neighboring nations like Jordan, Syria and Egypt to simultaneously hold demonstrations on their borders with Israel. Meanwhile, they call on Palestinians in the West Bank to attack the settlements, and request Hezbollah to launch rockets at Israel.

Bring it on, is all I can say.

Israel should not be afraid of this threat, we should hope they do it . Then Israel should crush them once and for all, then annex Judea and Samaria.

March 12, 2011

IDF hunting for perpetrators of brutal Itamar killings


By YAAKOV KATZ
03/13/2011 00:57

Parents, 3 children stabbed to death in their sleep; large forces deployed near Nablus to prevent settler-Palestinian clashes.

A mother, father and three of their children were stabbed to death late Friday night by at least one suspected terrorist who infiltrated the Itamar settlement southeast of Nablus.

The killings occurred shortly after 10 p.m., when one or two attackers jumped the fence that surrounds Itamar and broke into the home of Ruth and Udi Fogel, aged 35 and 36, respectively. The attackers went room to room, stabbing the parents, a three-month-old girl, Hadas, and two boys, Elad, three, and Yoav, 11.

March 11, 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 3pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific, 9pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

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

Bibi's Malfunction

Palestinian Affairs: Will the Palestinians rise up too?
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
11/03/2011
If they do, they will be shooting in all directions.

Will the popular uprisings that brought down Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak, and which are threatening to topple other Arab dictators, arrive one day in the Palestinian territories? This is the question that many Palestinians have been asking in wake of the antigovernment tsunami sweeping the Arab world in recent weeks.

When and if the Palestinians revolt, they will be shooting in all directions: against Fatah, Hamas, Israel, the UN, the US and many Western powers and Arab regimes that allegedly turned their backs on them all these years.

Signs of the impending intifada are already evident on a number of Facebook campaigns launched by disgruntled Palestinian youths.

“F... Hamas. F... Israel. F... Fatah. F...UNRWA. F... USA!” shouted a posting by one of the youth groups in the Gaza Strip.

“We, the youth in Gaza, are so fed up with Israel, Hamas, the occupation, the violations of human rights and the indifference of the international community. We want to scream and break this wall of silence, injustice and indifference like the Israeli F-16s breaking the wall of sound.”

Inspired by the uprisings in the Arab world, young Palestinian men and women are now using the Internet to stage similar campaigns in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

One group wants to launch an intifada against Israel, while a second wants to organize a mass protest next week to demand that Hamas and Fatah end their power struggle.

Even Hamas and Fatah have discovered the power of Facebook. Each one of the two rival parties has in recent weeks been inciting Palestinians to revolt against the other.

Fatah and Hamas are obviously not happy with the Facebook campaigns that are urging Palestinians to take to the streets to achieve their goals.

So with the streets of the PA getting ready to go up in flames in the third intifada, why is Bibi going forward with a new so called peace plan.

He is going against the majority of his party and common sense.

What is Bibi's major malfunction, is he stupid, driven by ego or bought off?

March 10, 2011

Poll finds 83 % of Likud members oppose concessions


By GIL HOFFMAN
10/03/2011
Only 5 % of faction members in favor of creating Palestinian state in temporary borders, even though it could soon become PM's peace plan.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu may have a harder time advancing a new diplomatic initiative than he had previously thought after an automated poll conducted by the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria found that 83 percent of Likud members opposed making any concessions to the Palestinians.

The automated polling system, which settler leaders admit was unscientific, called 113, 643 Likud members. Nearly 72,000 picked up the phone of which 26, 959 participated and agreed to answer one question..

Participants were given three choices: The creation of a Palestinian state in temporary borders, an interim agreement with transferring some territory, or no concessions at all.

Only five percent were in favor of creating a Palestinian state in temporary borders, even though it could soon become Netanyahu's diplomatic plan, 12 percent said they backed an interim agreement, and 83% opposed any concessions.

Officials in the settlers' council called the poll a "slap in the face" to Netanyahu. They intend to intensify efforts to prevent Netanyahu from advancing a diplomatic initiative next week.

Mayors from Judea and Samaria, nearly all of whom are Likud central committee members, intend to come to the Knesset on Monday to meet with the party's ministers and encourage them to confront Netanyahu on the diplomatic issue.

In addition, Likud MK Danny Danon drafted the support of 10 Likud branch heads calling upon the prime minister to not surrender territory to the Palestinian Authority. The list includes key political allies of Netanyahu.

March 09, 2011

Be Truthful

Kfir Brigade troops threaten mutiny

Friends of soldier sent to jail after his home was razed in Havat Gilad swear loyalty to rabbis over commanders, whom they call 'ignorant'. 'Lack of confidence between soldiers, command has reached critical point,' says one
Yair Altman

Soldiers from the Kfir Brigade stood firmly by their colleague who deserted following the destruction of his home in the West Bank outpost of Havat Gilad by the Civil Administration.

Two of Shimon Weisman's friends told Ynet they placed loyalty to their rabbi above obeying their commander, and others threatened the brigade commander with mutiny

The Kfir Brigade has become known for its soldiers' identification with settlers. "We have to ask why such behavior repeats itself in this brigade," one of the soldiers told Ynet.

"We think the brigade commander is behaving with continuous ignorance, which in turn leads to police ignorance in the whole story of Havat Gilad and the treatment of Shimon Weisman." Weisman was found guilty of desertion and jailed.

But the former soldier's friends are now threatening mutiny. "In the past the army knew how to work well with the different populations serving in it and considered their needs. The brigade commander and brass cannot decide that they are going against their soldiers with defiance," one of the soldiers said.

Another soldier said Weisman was "deceitfully" brought to the base and judged before the brigade commander, "who decided ahead of time to dismiss him" from the army. "Many soldiers, not just from our regiment, came to support him and said that if he goes to jail, they follow him," he said.

The soldiers have also published a letter signed by 70 troops, who urge the commander to accept Weisman back into the ranks. "The letter is meant to send the brigade commander a clear message: If he and the other commanders continue with this behavior they will remain alone with no troops," one of the organizers said.

He added that the soldiers were planning a protest Saturday night outside the prison in which Weisman is being held and that they were expecting attendance from throughout Israel. "Lack of confidence between soldiers and the command has reached a critical point," he explained.

Another soldier said commanders were alarmed by the level of support shown for Weisman among their troops. "There were some who asked to help Weisman rebuild his home," he said. However, rabbis advised the two not to break military regulations, he added.

Later the two soldiers were asked whether they are loyal to their commander or their rabbi, and they answered the latter. "Now (the commanders) want to try them or summon them to a talk in order to dismiss them from the regiment as well," the soldier said.

"This behavior must stop. In the end we will all have to announce our support of them and our loyalty to the rabbis," he warned. "The friends of these soldiers have vowed to support them and create chaos if they are dismissed."

The majority of combat soldiers today are religious, and either come from Judea, Samaria or Moshavim.

If the civilian or military leadership keeps pushing against the families of our soldiers in the end their will be blow back.

The time has long past for games, it is time to be truthful with everyone.

Judea and Samaria is the issue, it will be winner take all. The question is who is going to win.

Will Bibi please stop playing games with other people's lives. He is not fair to the Palestinians or to the Jews.

Tell it straight and true, I am going to give up Jewish land to make a Palestinian terrorist state, or I will never allow Jewish land to be given away no matter the cost.

But by playing games you are going to destroy everything, can we survive a civil war is the question?

March 08, 2011

Winners or Loosers


'No Palestine without Jordan Valley'

In response to Netanyahu's claim that continued military presence in Jordan Rift Valley vital for Israel's security, PM Fayyad says only solution to conflict is establishment of Palestinian state within 1967 borders
Attila Somfalvi

While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking international support for continued Israeli military presence in the Jordan Rift Valley, even in the event of a peace agreement, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Tuesday, "There is no Palestinian state without the Jordan Valley."

Meanwhile, Netanyahu's proposal for an interim peace deal suffered a blow earlier in the day when British Foreign Secretary William Hague demanded that Israel and the Palestinians resume discussions and seek a breakthrough on a permanent peace deal before the end of the year.

Following a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in London, Hague said "the British government's message today is that the peace process cannot become a casualty of uncertainty in the region. It is too important to be allowed to fail or falter."

Since the civil unrest began spreading throughout the Arab world, Netanyahu has increased his efforts to garner support from western leaders for continued Israeli presence in the Jordan Valley. He claims the region is vital for Israel's security, particularly in light of the recent uprisings in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and other countries.

However, the PM said the issue of sovereignty over the Jordan Valley will be determined during the peace negotiations, should they resume. "Without Israeli presence in the Jordan Valley, a truck will be able to travel freely from Iran to Petah Tikva," he said during a tour of the region.

Without military presence in the Jordan Valley, the PM continued, Israel will not be able to thwart the smuggling of arms to the territories or prevent terrorists from infiltrating.

In response to Netanyahu's comments, Fayyad said there is no other solution than the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.

It appears that Netanyahu would agree to greater Palestinian control in the West Bank and the easing of restrictions on the Palestinian population in the area.

Israeli officials have expressed concern lately that the US will demand that Netanyahu clearly address the issue of a possible withdrawal to the 1967 borders.

The prime minister plans to significantly increase Israel's defense budget. One official said Israel "must have an answer to the missile threats and the new technological threats, as well as to compensate for any concessions it may have to make."

Elior Levy contributed to the report

I talked to a friend today in Israel. This friend is usually upbeat and positive about Israel.

Not today, today he sounded like a looser, demoralized, and beaten. Is it any wonder that he should sound this way, with a Prime Minister like Bibi. Bibi begs the international community please oh please may I have a little bit of my land.

I asked my friend to remember how he felt as a small child after the six day war, how about after the raid on Entebbe . He said he felt proud and Israel was strong.

I then asked him how the world felt about Israel, oh he said they hated us, in the UN they called us racist.

I then pointed out to him in both cases the world for the most part did not like us. But at least when we were strong we felt good about ourselves.

I told him Israel needs to say no to American money start making deals with India and China for what ever and become proud again.

We need to tell the world no to a Palestinian state located on our land. You want a state go to Jordan and leave us in peace or you will get a war like you have never seen Israel fight. Choose peace and together let's build a better future for all our children Arab children east of the Jordan river for those that choose. West of the Jordan a Jewish State where if you accept a Jewish state all are welcome to live.

March 07, 2011

Rabbi Wolpo: Fire rubber bullets back at soldiers

In radio interview, SOS Israel chairman urges violent resistance against IDF forces that evacuate outposts. 'It will probably come down to a war between Jews,' he warns
Kobi Nahshoni

National rift deepening- SOS Israel Chairman Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpo called on West Bank settlers living in outposts and their supporters to use violence against soldiers and officers who use crowd dispersal means during evacuations.


In a radio interview Saturday night, Rabbi Wolpo estimated that Israel was heading toward a civil war. "The army decided to fight against settlers and against the people and State of Israel.

"So when Jews or Arabs come to destroy houses and shoot rubber bullets, like what happened in Havat Gilad, we need to fire rubber bullets back at them. If they come to beat us – we need to beat them back," he asserted.

"These terrorists clad in black – their faces concealed, without tags or names – how should we know if they are Jewish or Arabs or terrorists? If they come to fight me, I will fight them back. We are not talking about a normal police or normal army…there's no one to talk to – the special police unit beat us as if we were Nazis," added Wolpo.


'No need for Hamas'
The SOS Israel chairman harshly criticized Israel's leaders and institutions, calling Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak "oppressors," and referring to the High Court of Justice as "low" and the "foreign agent of terrorists."

During the interview, Wolpo claimed that given Israel's current judges and leaders, there is no need for Hamas and other enemies. "The country is crumbling and will end up like Libya and other places," he warned.

"It will probably come down to a war between Jews, to our great dismay – and it's not the settlers who are initiating it – it’s the army that is fighting them and wants to inflict on them the same fate as was inflicted on the residents of Gush Katif. We will not let this happen," he said.

Despite the grim outlook, Rabbi Wolpo remained positive, stating that they will soon re-inaugurate the demolished outposts.

"Nowadays we have two individuals who shoot at citizens – Gaddafi and Barak," he said, adding that "just as it hasn’t helped Gaddafi, it will not help Barak either."

G-D forbid we let things get to the point of civil war.

But if we want to avoid it the police must operate against Jews with restraint. It also means that settlers must also reign in the hooligan element

Settlers must stop attacking police and soldiers and vandalizing government vehicles.

Police must wear their name tags and not operate with their faces covered.

We must never act against Jews like we should against Arabs that seek to destroy Israel.

The government must start acting like Judea and Samaria is ours, as it has been since Abraham..

IDF: 6 Palestinians shot in clashes with settlers


By JPOST.COM STAFF
07/03/2011
Security forces use live fire to disperse ongoing clashes that broke out after settlers reportedly uprooted trees in Kusra, south of Nablus.

Six Palestinians were hit by live fire during a violent incident that took place with settlers from the Alei-Ayin settlement south of Nablus on Monday evening, the IDF spokesperson said. Settlers reported one injury sustained from thrown rocks.

Eqab Hassan, a resident of Kusra, south of Nablus, said about 20 settlers cut down olive trees belonging to the village. Its residents began throwing stones at the settlers who then opened fire, wounding 10 people,

March 06, 2011

IDF Training Psycho Drama Features Killing Settler To Resolve Scenario

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 5 March 2011

Chagai Segal reports in his 4 March column in Makor Rishon that three months
ago reserve soldiers in the Carmeli Brigade where presented with the
following two psycho dramas written by an IDF colonel and performed by the
“Dilemma Theater” in order to prepare the soldiers for their reserve duty:

Scenario #1: Hungry young Palestinian is offered 50 NIS by someone to throw
a fire bomb at Jews. An IDF ambush observes the transaction and follows the
youngster as he prepares to throw the fire bomb at an Israeli car. The
soldiers hesitate what to do and in the end shoot him in the leg. The
youngster is wounded and cries out “all I wanted was the NIS 50”.

Scenario #2: A group of soldiers sets up a roadblock in the territories an
hour before the Sabbath. A tense driver approaches from one of the
settlements. The soldiers explain that he can’t pass for the time being
because of a suspicious item in the area, He demands that they let him pass
anyway because it is almost the Sabbath but the soldiers insist on blocking
him. The settler driver then gets out of his car, draws a knife and puts it
against the neck of one of the soldiers and threatens to kill him if they
don’t let him pass.

With the participation of the reserve soldiers watching the psycho drama
performance, the drama is “resolved” by killing the settler with shots to
his head.

Settlers among the reservists protested the scenario, noting that such a
scenario never transpired but the colonel who wrote the scenario rejected
the complaints, saying that he didn’t understand what all the fuss was
about.

Segal notes that the same scenario was repeated at the next round of
“Dilemma Theater” presentations to reserve solders in the brigade but it was
dropped after that.

The IDF Spokesperson defended the scenario to Segal, writing that “scenarios
are frequently intentionally exaggerated in order to prepare the commanders
so that they can deal with complicated situations”.

March 04, 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/

Officials: US wants dramatic statements

While Prime Minister Netanyahu reportedly prepares to present new peace initiative, officials in Jerusalem fear Obama Administration to demand clear reference to 1967 borders
Attila Somfalvi

The Obama Administration will not make do with statements that are "not dramatic" alongside a new peace initiative reportedly planned by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, officials in Jerusalem say.

The political sources said they fear that the US Administration will demand clear reference to the 1967 borders as part of the plan and a subsequent Netanyahu speech.

The officials said the PM would not be able to address sensitive issues such as Jerusalem's division or Palestinian refugees. Hence, the sources estimated that the issue of borders "must be on the table," with America expecting Netanyahu to refer to the 1967 borders as the basis for a final-status agreement and the establishment of a Palestinian state.

In the past, the prime minister has refrained from addressing the issue of borders, for fear that any statement on the matter would obligate Israel to agree to such boundaries in a future agreement.


'US mistrusts Bibi'
At this time, Washington is boosting the pressure on Netanyahu to produce diplomatic momentum. For the time being President Barack Obama is refraining from presenting a diplomatic plan and forcing it upon Israel and the Palestinians. Instead, the Americans are expecting Israel to undertake significant steps that would revive the diplomatic process, especially in the face of current Mideast turmoil.

Talks between Israel and the US continued in recent months in an effort to find ways to renew negotiations; however, the contacts have not been successful. Now, officials at the White House and State Department, as well as members of Washington research institutes are saying that the US is expecting Netanyahu to take action.

Political sources said that while ties with America have not been harmed, the relationship between President Obama and PM Netanyahu is "not as intimate as it should have been. An Israeli source said that the White House holds "great mistrust" towards Netanyahu and "has not granted him one minute of mercy."

Why should Israel play America's game?

Because we have leaders with zero self confidence in themselves and in Israel.

What would happen if Israel just said no?

Would Israel come under embargo's , we see many siding with the Palestinians so do we just give up and give in?

Do we attempt as Bibi is going to attempt to do, try and cut a better deal?

Do we hand tough and tell the world no? No to a terrorist state on our land.

I really wonder if w would be worse off by being tough?

March 03, 2011

PM likely to unveil diplomatic initiative in DC in May


By HERB KEINON
03/03/2011
Ross meets Netanyahu, as efforts focused on keeping Quartet from issuing statement tilting toward Palestinian demands.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s new diplomatic initiative is likely to be unveiled in Washington in May, possibly during an address to Congress.

In the meantime, his envoy Yitzhak Molcho is expected to ask Quartet representatives traveling to Jerusalem next week to refrain from issuing statements fundamentally changing the Quartet’s position on the conflict, until Netanyahu unveils his new initiative.

Discussions are being held between Jerusalem and congressional representatives about organizing a speech in Congress when Netanyahu goes to Washington to address the annual AIPAC policy conference, scheduled to begin on May 22.

Netanyahu met on Thursday with White House senior adviser Dennis Ross, who is in the country with a team of Middle East experts – including Fred Hoff and Mara Rudman from US envoy George Mitchell’s team – for talks.

Hoff is Mitchell’s specialist on Syria and Lebanon.

Ross and Hoff met with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, whose influence on Netanyahu is reportedly on the rise, and who is urging the prime minister to place a new Israeli initiative on the international agenda.

Barak, in a Channel 10 interview, said an initiative was essential to maintaining Israel’s position in the world, ensuring future US security assistance, and fending off delegitimization.

While Barak said a major policy address in the US by Netanyahu in May would be important, this was a long way off, and there were immediate diplomatic challenges for Israel on the horizon.

One such challenge is the Quartet principals’ meeting scheduled for March 15 in Paris, to be attended by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon.

Barak said that if that forum issued a statement showing movement closer to the Palestinians’ position, Israel would “be in a worse position. I think we have a lot to lose from passivity.”

There is concern that the Quartet may come out and endorse a key Palestinian position – that a future state be along the 1967 lines.

Both Netanyahu and Barak are demanding, especially in light of the changes in the Arab world, that Israel retain a security presence along the Jordan River.

While Netanyahu is keeping details of any new initiative close to his chest, Barak hinted at a direction, saying there was a widespread understanding of the need to move – in a phased, gradual manner – toward an agreed-upon objective.

Netanyahu did not shed any light on his plan in a meeting on Thursday with Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt.

According to diplomatic officials, Bildt brought a message that Netanyahu had heard from other European leaders in recent days: the need to solve the Palestinian issue now to keep it from becoming an issue that Islamic radicals could use to their advantage in any election in Egypt or other Arab states now going through upheaval.

While there is speculation that Netanyahu is interested in a Palestinian state within temporary borders, with the final borders to be negotiated at a later date, others believe Netanyahu’s plan entails a reiteration of the goal of two states, and the announcement that the IDF will turn control of all the major cities in the West Bank over to the Palestinian Authority, giving it control over some 90 percent of the Palestinian population. Under this plan, the IDF would no longer operate inside the cities, except in extraordinary circumstances.

I understand how Bibi can feel he is in a damned if you do and damned if you don't position.

He is afraid if you do nothing the Palestinians gain support in the world, but what if doing is also the wrong thing to do.

With the rapid changes in the Arab world over the last month or so maybe it is time to go slow. Wait and see what shakes out.

Will Camp David Accord survive, will Jordan survive? Will the Middle East go fundamentalist?

Measure 10 times and cut once is the correct path .

How can

Pope exonerates Jews for Jesus' death

In new book, Benedict XVI explains biblically and theologically why there is no basis in Scripture for accusations against Jewish people as a whole
Associated Press

Pope Benedict XVI has made a sweeping exoneration of the Jewish people for the death of Jesus Christ, tackling one of the most controversial issues in Christianity in a new book.

In "Jesus of Nazareth-Part II" excerpts released Wednesday, Benedict explains biblically and theologically why there is no basis in Scripture for the argument that the Jewish people as a whole were responsible for Jesus' death.

'Jesus' blood brings reconciliation'
In the book, Benedict re-enacts Jesus' final hours, including his death sentence for blasphemy, then analyzes each Gospel account to explain why Jews as a whole cannot be blamed for it. Rather, Benedict concludes, it was the "Temple aristocracy" and a few supporters of the figure Barabbas who were responsible.

"How could the whole people have been present at this moment to clamor for Jesus' death?" Benedict asks.

He deconstructs one particular biblical account which has the crowd saying, "His blood be on us and on our children" - a phrase frequently cited as evidence of the collective guilt Jews bore and the curse that they carried as a result.

OK, so the pope says not all Jews are guilty bt then says the guilt should be attributed to "Temple Aristocracy".

What does this mean?

It means he has condemned the priest the Cohenim .

I think if we want to assign guilt to any leadership it should be on multiple popes for the crusades and many wars, along with 2000 of pograms in Europe.

March 01, 2011

Why?

PM mulling new initiative on Palestinian statehood
By HERB KEINON
01/03/2011
PA’s refusal to negotiate, as well as world pressure and regional changes, spurred Netanyahu to consider new plan.

The current instability in the region, coupled with the continued refusal of the Palestinians to negotiate, will likely lead to an Israeli initiative to move the diplomatic process forward, senior government officials said Tuesday.

The officials said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was contemplating a phased approach “that will lead us on the path toward his formula of a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state.”

One official said Netanyahu was “seriously considering” a major policy address to launch the initiative, the details of which have not yet been revealed.

It is believed that the initiative – which likely would be along the lines of a long-term interim agreement – has been coordinated with the US.

Although there is little expectation that the Palestinians would accept such an agreement, the feeling in government circles is that it would at least take some of the international pressure off Israel and preempt world recognition of a Palestinian state along the 1967 lines.

Netanyahu has been urged for months by various quarters, both inside Israel and abroad, to put a concrete proposal on the table that would force the Palestinians to respond and take the onus of responsibility for the stymied diplomatic process.

According to government officials, while Netanyahu would prefer a negotiated agreement with the Palestinians, the sense in the Prime Minister’s Office is that it was unlikely that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas would sit with Netanyahu and negotiate, and as such there was no choice but for Israel to initiate its own steps because the “current diplomatic and political status quo is not sustainable.”

The officials said that the recent unrest in the Arab world had pushed negotiations further away. Unlike a month ago, when Hosni Mubarak was still president of Egypt, there is currently no one in the Arab world with the authority to give Abbas a green light to negotiate with Israel, even if he wanted to, they said.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has for some time been working on a plan for a long-term interim agreement, meaning that the Palestinians would be able to declare a state with provisional borders on a certain percentage of the territory.

The idea is that once a state is established along provisional borders, negotiations could continue toward an agreement that includes permanent frontiers. Neither Netanyahu nor Lieberman’s office would confirm that the two men had talked about the plan, or that this was the core of Netanyahu’s planned initiative.

Government officials also would not say whether recent government steps against settlement outposts were tied to the new plan. Netanyahu has established a committee to formulate the government’s policy regarding petitions submitted to the High Court of Justice demanding the demolition of outposts.

The idea of a Palestinian state on provisional borders was proposed two years ago by Kadima MK Shaul Mofaz, though it is believed that the land he was willing to cede to the Palestinians – some 60 percent of the West Bank – was more than the amount Lieberman might offer.

While officials in the Prime Minister’s Office would not say when the new plan might be launched, it was expected to be unfurled before the next meeting of Quartet principals – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – scheduled for mid- March on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in Paris.

Israel, meanwhile, decided Tuesday not to send Netanyahu envoy Yitzhak Molcho to Brussels on Wednesday to meet with lower-level Quartet officials in an extraordinary session the Quartet had called in order to meet separately with Israeli and Palestinian officials and push the process forward.

While Quartet representatives meet frequently among themselves, this would be one of the first times that they would be meeting as a group with Israeli and Palestinians representatives.

A Palestinian representative is expected to meet with the officials, who include US Mideast envoy George Mitchell’s adviser David Hale; the EU’s deputy secretary-general for the new External Action Service, Helga Schmid; Russian Middle East envoy Sergei Yakovlev; and the UN’s Mideast envoy, Robert Serry.

A government source said that instead of going to Brussels, Molcho would meet with the Quartet representatives here a week later. Israeli diplomatic officials said Netanyahu did not want Molcho to meet Quartet officials until he launched his new initiative. Israel has also been historically hesitant about attending meetings of this type and giving status to other players – outside of the US – in the negotiations.

Meanwhile, foreign ministers are continuing to pour into Jerusalem, with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store scheduled to arrive Wednesday for a day of talks with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders. He will join El Salvador’s Hugo Martinez and Sweden’s Carl Bildt, who are already here. Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi was in Israel earlier in the week.

This is Store’s second visit in a month and a half, and he will be coming for less than a day, arriving from meetings in Egypt. He will meet separately with Netanyahu, Lieberman, Abbas and PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

Diplomatic officials said Netanyahu was interested in meeting visiting foreign officials at this time to share assessments of the changes sweeping across the region.

Palestinians vow to foil Holocaust lessons in UNRWA schools


By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
01/03/2011
Fatah officials also express opposition to teaching "enemy's false claims and lies"; Hamas says UNRWA plan would be a "cultural crime."

Hamas and Fatah have vowed to foil any attempt to teach the Holocaust in UNRWA-run schools in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The two parties said Tuesday that teaching about the Holocaust was a “provocative act.”

The Hamas government said that the UN group’s intention to include the Holocaust in school text books was a “challenge to the feelings of the Palestinians.” It accused UNRWA of carrying out a political agenda that did not serve the interests of the Palestinians and “violates their culture and unchangeable values.”

Hamas said it was also opposed to the move because it would pave the way for normalization with Israel.

“This is an attempt to impose on us the culture of normalization with the occupation,” said a statement issued by the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Culture in the Gaza Strip. “They want us to accept the tales and lies to win sympathy.”

The ministry described the Holocaust as a lie, saying it had been exaggerated to garner sympathy for the “usurping entity” at the expense of the rights and interests of the Palestinians.

The Hamas ministry warned UNRWA against teaching the Holocaust in its schools as part of lessons on human rights, declaring, “This is a flagrant intervention in the internal affairs of the Palestinians and a violation of regulations that have existed since the establishment of UNRWA.”

Hamas also urged Palestinians to confront the “suspicious scheme,” which it condemned as a “cultural crime.” It said schools should instead dedicate classes to talking about the “occupation’s terror and racism.”

Zakariya al-Agha, a senior Fatah official in the Gaza Strip and head of the PLO “refugee department,” said he was also opposed to teaching the Holocaust in Palestinian schools.

Salah al-Wadiyeh, a Fatah representative in the West Bank, said that the Holocaust was a “big lie.” The Palestinians, he said, “know more than any other people the history of their enemies and their false claims and lies.”

He, too, lashed out at UNRWA for reportedly agreeing to educate Palestinian school children about the Holocaust.

Why are they so afraid of the truth?

Because for 50 years they have told nothing but lies to their own people and the world.

They are afraid if this lie is uncovered then maybe more lies will be exposed.

IDF celebrates Armored Corps history: Trophy system successful

Army top brass ecstatic as tank active protective system has first operational success. 'Changes equation in Gaza and in northern sector against Hezbollah's anti-tank threat,' says senior IDF official
Yoav Zitun

IDF feels like it has crossed the Rubicon in the anti-tank missile battle with the operational success of the 'Trophy': Senior IDF sources expressed immense satisfaction Tuesday from the first operational activation of the active protection system (APS), designed to supplement the armor of both light and heavy armored fighting vehicles, known as Trophy, this afternoon near the southern Gaza Strip border.

An initial report into the incident shows that a Palestinian terror cell that got close to the border fence fired an RPG from close range at a tank that was carrying out a routine patrol.

The system, which is fitted to the tank, immediately recognized the fire and fired a neutralizer which caused the rocket to explode in mid-air within safe distance of the tank. As a result, the tank incurred no damage and none of the soldiers within the tank were hurt.

The IDF stressed that this is an unprecedented and historical event in Israel's Armored Corps and around the world. Above all this is also "a change in the equation in the southern sector and in the northern sector against the Hezbollah's anti-tank threat".

A senior IDF source noted that "the system has proven itself above and beyond expectations and it is also effective against missiles that are larger than RPGs."

"Just two months after it came into operational use the Trophy prevented injury among soldiers with unimagined success," the senior source added. "Investment in technological development that went on for years presented unprecedented results. This doesn't mean that tanks won't be hit in the future, but without a doubt this is a new method of dealing with the anti-tank threat."

The Armored Corps technological innovation first made headlines two months ago when the IDF prepared a final test for the Trophy system, which was supposed to include a fully-manned tank. Following appeals from bereaved parents who lost their children in the Ze'elim disaster, it was eventually decided to avoid using live fire on the tank.

The test, which was held under supervision and using all available safety measures was a success – and the system was immediately put into the mark-4 Merkava tanks.

Iran: 2012 Olympics logo 'racist,' resembles word 'Zion'

london 2012.jpg

Photo by: Reuters

By REUTERS
01/03/2011
Tehran warns it may boycott London event, calls on other countries, Islamic nations, to react "to jeopardize Olympic games in the world."

Iran on Monday said it might boycott the 2012 London Olympics because of the event's "racist" logo which resembles the word Zion, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The secretary general of the National Olympic Committee said Iran had made the complaint in a letter to the International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge and was waiting for a response.

The London logo shows the numbers 2012 in four jagged multi-coloured figures and was launched in 2007.

"Certainly other countries, including Islamic nations, will react to this racist logo and this would jeopardize the goals of the Olympic games in the world," Bahram Afsharzadeh told IRNA.

He warned the International Olympic Committee that "negligence of the issue from your side might affect the presence of some countries, especially Iran," IRNA reported.


This is just too crazy to make up.

I can't even imagine how these people warped little minds work, to see Zion out of 2012, I have no words .

I only have a warning NEVER let these people have nukes.

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