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May 31, 2011

'Muslim Brothers using mosques as party branches'

Former Mossad chief Shabtai Shavit warns Islamist group is gradually seeking to create a Shari'a state in Egypt.

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is using mosques as the headquarters of its party branches, and the organization is gradually seeking to create a Shari'a-based state, former Mossad chief Shabtai Shavit warned on Tuesday, during a conference on the internet's role in recent upheavals in the Arab world in Tel Aviv.

Shabtai, who chaired the conference held at Tel Aviv University and organized by the Tel Aviv Workshop for Science, Technology and Security, said that the Muslim Brotherhood remained the only real organized political force in Egypt, and that the current military council leading the country until elections "was a link between the old hated regime and its replacement."

He added that the foundations of the old Mubarak regime, including the ruling party, the interior ministry, and prisons were currently being dismantled in Egypt.

"The Muslim Brotherhood could not be crushed by past regimes because of its dual identity as a religious and a political movement. Every mosque is a party branch headquarters. Every cleric at the mosque is the party branch chairman. A contribution to the mosque is a contribution to the party," Shabtai added.

The Brotherhood was maneuvering itself through the current turmoil in Egypt skilfully, Shabtai said, adding that its immediate goal was to be a balance changer in parliament, following the upcoming parliamentary elections.

"After that, they would like to place the country under Shari'a law," he added. "Only a separation between state and party could address the problem."

A second speaker at the conference, strategic expert Dr. Haim Asa, who served as an adviser to former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, said the internet had played a defining role in the process of making Arab-Muslim youths across the Middle East aware of the repressive surroundings in which they live.

"The youths live in two worlds, a physical world, and the cyberworld. This is a new experience, and it has a direct impact on consciousness," Asa said.

The new awareness has led to a collective rage and desire to improve their lives, and created "a new player on the scene" in the Middle East; the mob, Asa said.

"They stand in Tahrir Square and in Deraa, they are injured and killed, and they continue to stand," Asa said.

"This is an unstoppable process. I don't know what will come next, but it seems the old style of dictators that we have known will be no more," he added.

Asa said he believed that if Israel remained passive, the new phenomenon of mobs, which he described as a "civil atomic bomb," would pose "a greater danger to Israel than the Iranian nuclear bomb."

May 30, 2011

Action Is Needed

Palestinians prepare for ‘Naksa’ marches on Israel’s border
Hundreds of thousands join Facebook campaign to mark ‘setback’ of Six Day War; IDF to deploy larger forces along northern frontiers to avoid repeat of Nakba Day violence.

Following the example of this month’s Nakba Day marches, Palestinians and their supporters are preparing to launch another multipronged assault on Israel’s borders this week to mark the “Naksa,” or setback, of Arab defeat and territorial losses in the 1967 Six Day War.

The website “Third Palestinian Intifada” and its Facebook page, “Countdown to the Third Palestinian Intifada,” have posted detailed plans for marches on Israel’s borders with Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Gaza, as well as processions to Jerusalem’s Al- Aksa Mosque, on three separate dates before and during the war’s anniversary.

The group’s “plan of action” calls for mass rallies on June 3, 5 and 7 – the Friday leading up to the Six Day War anniversary, the date on which the war began and the date Israeli troops took Jerusalem, respectively.

It is very simple Israel must use what ever force is necessary to stop this action.

This will be a huge test for President Obama and if he truly supports Israel.

But make no mistake these actions will lead to hard times for Israel and the Jewish people.

Israel must be more proactive against these groups and the flotilla groups we must hack their web pages, their bank accounts and hunt down the leadership and kill them.

Activists tell Israel not to interfere in June flotilla

Speaking from 'Mavi Marmara', IHH spokesman says of IDF, "They will not attack. We don't believe they will repeat the same big mistake."

ISTANBUL - Pro-Palestinian activists told Israel on Monday not to interfere in a planned aid flotilla to Gaza in late June, a little more than one year after Israeli commandos boarded an aid ship killing eight Turks and one Turkish-American.

Holding a news conference on the deck of the Mavi Marmara where the May 31 2010 confrontation occurred, a coalition of 22 activist groups called on governments to ensure there was no re-run of the incident.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has asked governments to discourage activists from sending a new convoy and Turkey has told them of the risks of trying to break Israel's naval blockade of Gaza, but said they are outside government control.

Gaza is controlled by Hamas, which calls for the destruction of Israel and the group is regarded as terrorist by Western powers, including the United States and the European Union. Israel says it blockades Gaza to stop the importation of weapons.

"They will not attack. We don't believe they will repeat the same big mistake against humanity," said Huseyin Oruc, a spokesman for the IHH Islamic charity. The activists later held a minute's silence for those who were killed in 2010.

"It is the Mavi Marmara, it is a peace boat and the other 14 boats are also peace boats," he told the news conference on the ship, overlooking the Golden Horn inlet in Istanbul, as workmen carried out maintenance work on the decks below.

In an interview with Reuters on Monday Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the onus was on Israel to avoid any repeat of the bloodshed, adding it should abandon its illegal blockade of 1.5 million Palestinians living in the enclave.

"Therefore we are sending a clear message to all those concerned. The same tragedy should not be repeated again," he said.

Turkey wants Israel to apologize for its actions on the Mavi Marmara and to compensate the families of the men shot dead.

They were shot dead after the first Israeli boarding party on the Mavi Marmara was attacked by activists wielding metal bars, clubs and knives. The incident led to a breakdown in already strained ties between Turkey and Israel.

The activists said 15 ships, including the Mavi Marmara, would be in the new flotilla, carrying 1,500 people from around 100 countries, humanitarian aid and construction materials.

Activists vow to keep challenging blockade

Egypt eased travel restrictions for Gaza residents on Saturday, eroding the blockade..

But a spokesman for the "Gaza Freedom Flotilla II" vowed to keep challenging it.

"Israel's unlawful blockade remains in effect. Israel still prevents Palestinians from using their sea and controls and severely restricts all goods entering and exiting Gaza," said Greek university professor Vangelis Pissias.

"We renew our call to our governments to do their utmost to ensure that Israel does not repeat its attack on us," he said.

The United Nations has said it was giving a panel set up to investigate last year's incident more time to finish its work.

In letters to Mediterranean governments, Ban said aid for Gaza should go through "legitimate crossings and established channels" -- which in practice means through Israel -- and said he was concerned by reports of a new flotilla.

He called on Israel to "act responsibly" to avoid violence.

Activists say it is legal for them to send goods by sea direct to the coastal Gaza Strip.

I agree Israel should not fight the flotilla in the same way as they did the first time.

Israel should either, sink the ships now where they sit.

Or if we hit them on the high seas we should hit them hard and fast with deadly force. No more paint ball guns, no more games.

May 29, 2011

Police preparing for wide-scale rioting in September

Danino says forces readying for possibility of civil struggle as Palestinians expected to unilaterally declare statehood; adds police facing "new reality" due to "calls on internet sites to violate Israel's sovereignty."

The Israel Police is in the midst of preparing for the possibility of wide-scale rioting this September, when Palestinians are expected to unilaterally declare statehood, newly appointed police commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino said in a speech before the Israel Bar Association in Eilat on Sunday.

"The Israel Police is currently preparing for September, and for the possibility that various declarations regarding a nonviolent civil struggle against the background of a declaration of a Palestinian state will end up becoming a violent conflict and turn into wide-scale rioting," Danino said.

The police commissioner added that his forces faced a "new reality" due to areas of friction between populations, attempts to infiltrate Israel's borders, and "calls on internet sites and Facebook to violate Israel's sovereignty, as well as the the situation in which the whole of the Middle East is experiencing during these days."

Intelligence officers have been working together with operational planners at police headquarters in Jerusalem, including Border Police, the Jerusalem police district, and the northern district, to draw up the plans.

"In this reality, we are obligated, as a security force, to expect all possibilities and various scenarios, and prepare accordingly. This is a national mission and a national challenge," Danino said.

"The key to success for the state of Israel in containing these these expected incidents, at least from the security standpoint, is to have cooperation between the security forces, with a wide national perspective on the threats, potential scenarios, and the responses to them," he added.

My biggest fear is that the Palestinians go Gandhi on us.

Just picture a million Palestinians wanting to march to Jerusalem, unarmed . We could not allow this, but what length are our leaders willing to go to in order to stop it?

May 27, 2011


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

G-D Bless Canada

Canada takes firm pro-Israel line at G8 summit
Following leaders' call for resumption of Mideast talks, Canada insists language be softened, "1967 borders" be removed from final statement.

DEAUVILLE, France - Group of Eight leaders had to soften a statement urging Israel and the Palestinians to return to negotiations because Canada objected to a specific mention of 1967 borders, diplomats said on Friday.

Canada's right-leaning Conservative government has adopted a staunchly pro-Israel position in international negotiations since coming to power in 2006, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper saying Canada will back Israel whatever the cost.

G8 calls for negotiations under Obama's peace outline
Israel hopes EU will back other parts of Obama vision

Diplomats involved in Middle East discussions at the G8 summit said Ottawa had insisted that no mention of Israel's pre-1967 borders be made in the leaders' final communique, even though most of the other leaders wanted a mention.

"The Canadians were really very adamant, even though Obama expressly referred to 1967 borders in his speech last week," one European diplomat said.

A spokesman for Harper would not comment on the line Canada had taken, saying only that the final communique would make positions clear.

In the final communique, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters, the leaders call for the immediate resumption of peace talks but do not mention 1967, the year Israel seized the West Bank and Gaza from Jordan and Egypt during the Six-Day War.

"Negotiations are the only way toward a comprehensive and lasting resolution to the conflict," the communique said.

"The framework for these negotiations is well known. We urge both parties to return to substantive talks with a view to concluding a framework agreement on all final status issues.

"To that effect, we express our strong support for the vision of Israeli-Palestinian peace outlined by President Obama on May 19, 2011."

In his speech last week, Obama said pre-1967 borders should be a basis of talks to achieve a negotiated settlement, although he also acknowledged any agreement would ultimately involve land swaps on either side of the border.

That position was rejected by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said Israel would be indefensible if it returned entirely to the borders that existed before 1967.

Canada's strong backing for Israel was cited by diplomats last year as one reason why Ottawa failed to win a rotating two-year seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Harper has made is position on Israel very clear, saying last year: "When Israel, the only country in the world whose very existence is under attack, is consistently and conspicuously singled out for condemnation, I believe we are morally obligated to take a stand."

G-D Bless Canada

May 26, 2011

Weapons In-Shalit Out

Rafah deal underlines Cairo’s warming ties with Hamas
Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman says opening of border crossing meant to “ease the suffering of Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.”

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak had a strained relationship with the Hamas government in Gaza, and feared the spread of its influence and activities in his country. As a result he consistently refused to formally open the Rafah crossing on the Sinai-Gaza border – which was shut down after Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007 – despite complaints about Gazans’ suffering under the Israeli security blockade.

The new Egyptian government, however, wants to improve relations with Hamas, as evidenced by its brokering of this month’s Fatah-Hamas reconciliation deal.

As of Saturday, therefore, the border crossing will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Fridays and official holidays, Egypt’s state MENA News Agency announced on Thursday. Palestinian men aged 18 to 40 will need visas to cross. Older men, boys and females of all ages will be able to travel without one.

Both Hamas and Fatah welcomed the decision.

“This is an important move for the entry and exit of Palestinian citizens, and we hope it will be developed to enable the Rafah crossing to handle goods in the future,” Hamas spokesman Taher al-Nono told Al-Jazeera television.

Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Menha Bakhoum said the move was intended to “ease the suffering of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.”

Weapons into Gaza.

Gilad Shalit out of Gaza, soon to be seen in Lebanon or Iran. Gilad, Israel has failed you.

Egyptian activists 'to form Nazi party', newspaper reports

'Al-Masry Al-Youm' report says Facebook pages launched to attract followers; Nazi parties operated secretly in Egypt during Mubarak regime.

A group of Egyptian political activists have announced plans to set up a local version "of the Nazi party," an Egyptian newspaper reported on Thursday.

Citing a leftist Egyptian news portal, the Al-Masry Al-Youm daily said that "the party's founding deputy is a former military official," and that the party would be aimed at bringing "together prominent figures from the Egyptian society."

The report cited founding member Emad Abdel Sattar as saying that party "believes in vesting all powers in the president after selecting him or her carefully," and that "preparations are underway to choose the most competent person to represent the party."

Al-Masry Al-Youm added that an Egyptian Nazi party "operated secretly under former President Hosni Mubarak, whose regime prevented party leaders from carrying out their activities freely."

Oh great.

My fathers generation got to fight Nazi's and now my son's generation will have to fight Nazi scum.

Question is will America fight for the Jews this time?

May 25, 2011

"IDF is not capable of bringing about Schalit's release"

Former chief of staff Ashkenazi explains that Hamas is hiding captive IDF solider in a way which makes it almost impossible to find him.

Former IDF chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi said on Wednesday that the military is not capable of bringing about the release of captive IDF soldier Gilad Schalit.

"I failed. It must be admitted that we can not use military force to release Schalit, Ashkenazi said during a speech at the business forum at Bar Ilan University where he was awarded an honorary doctorate.

"It is my dream to see a helicopter landing at the Erez crossing with Gilad Schalit, and I phone his parents to inform them that we have released him," admitted Ashkenazi.

"Hamas is hiding him in a way that makes it almost impossible for us to find him. We do not know where he is," Ashkenazi added.

The former chief of General Staff said that, in his opinion, even if the IDF will attack Hamas leaders, it will not release Schalit.

"If we don't find a military option to bring about his release then we have to admit that we have to pay a reasonable price for the release," Ashkenazi continued.

Why admit this in public?

Also if Israel started killing off Hamas leadership, something we have not tried to this point, maybe we could get Gilad back.

May 24, 2011

Yoni On Bibi's Speech To Congress

I have to give Bibi's speech a mixed review.

On one hand Bibi from his time with Obama to today his speech to Congress hit the ball out of the park every time at bat. He did a lot in the PR battle to help Israel and I have to give him credit on this. He laid out the greatness of Israel, in a powerful way.

On the other hand he once again stated that he is willing to give up land in Judea and Samaria, this I cannot support at all.

What people need is straight talk.

Bibi has laid down the conditions for talks with the Palestinians.

1. No right of return

2. No to 67 border

3. Demilitarized Palestinian state

4.IDF on the Jordan border

5. Jerusalem will not be divided

6. Hamas can not be part of the government of the PA

Bibi also once again outlined that hate is the center piece of the Palestinian education system. Hate of Jews, love of Shayeed martyrs, and the destruction of the State of Israel.

So I wonder what the world would say if Bibi just told the truth and said reality is their will never be a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria.

Settlers: We'll remember PM's readiness to cede W. Bank

Dayan says Netanyahu's words are "completely unacceptable," mark a "significant step backwards"; Karnei Shomron head: I'm worried.

The thunderous applause Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu received in Washington did not drown out, what settlers consider to be, one of the most dangerous lines in his speech, his clear willingness to cede parts of the West Bank.

Netanyahu is not the only prime minister to have spoken of painful compromises in the peace process.

But his Tuesday speech to the US Congress in Washington marked the first time that Netanyahu, who campaign on a platform of preserving Judea and Samaria, has stated that Israel would relinquish settlements.

“In any peace agreement that ends the conflict, some settlements will end up beyond Israel’s borders. The precise delineation of those borders must be negotiated. We will be very generous on the size of a future Palestinian state.”

He added, “I recognize that in a genuine peace, we will be required to give up parts of the Jewish homeland.”

Dani Dayan who heads the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip said that Netanyahu’s words were “completely unacceptable” and marked “significant step backwards.”

The prime minister had said he would not discuss borders outside of the negotiations, and instead he has already begun to set the borders, in advance of talks.

Dayan noted that Netanyahu had also hinted that Israel would not remain in the Jordan Valley.

The significance of Netanyahu’s statements was not lost on the head of the Karnei Shomron settlement Herzl Ben-Arie, as he sat in the studio of radio station and watched to Netanyahu on television.

“I am very worried,” he later told The Jerusalem Post.

He acknowledged that Netanyahu’s speech was “brilliant,” particularly the parts about the dangers of Hamas, the unity of Jerusalem and the Jewish nature of the state of Israel.

What will be remembered, he said, is that Israel is willing to make painful concessions and give up settlements.

Ben-Arie warned that it was one more step toward Israel’s destruction. First in his Bar-Ilan speech in June 2009, Netanyahu recognized a two-state solution. In the Knesset last week he hinted that Israel would give up settlements beyond the blocs. Now he stated it more clearly, Ben-Arie said.

He was not swayed by Netanyahu’s pledge that Israel would not accept a return to the pre-1967 border. Netanyahu's words brings Israel one step closer to the '67 line, and soon that will be the border, Israel will not be able to defend itself, he said.

Although his settlement is located near the green-line and thus is likely to be retained in any final status agreement with the Palestinians, Ben-Arie said his concern was not for his own home, but the future of the state.

“The question is,” he said, “to whom are we making these painful concessions to and for what?"

Imagine, he said, that after hearing Netanyahu the Palestinian Authority decides not to unify with Hamas and a peace deal is concluded then with PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

What would stop Hamas from taking over the new Palestinian state, just like it seized control of Gaza, Ben-Arie asked.

Dayan said that Netanyahu also had the support in Congress and he should have leveraged it, to talk about the dangers of a Palestinian state, rather than pledge to recognize a state attained through a negotiated settlement.

When he spoke about a Palestinian state, the applause was not as strong, Dayan said.

“I think he would have received a standing ovation if he had said the truth, that a Palestinian state is not a solution to the conflict, but the prologue to a new confrontation,” Dayan said.

But Benny Kashriel who heads the third largest Jewish West Bank city, Ma’aleh Adumim, said he was impressed with the speech and its reception in the United States.

As a long time member of the Likud Central Committee, Kashriel said that it was important for the prime minister’s party to give him a wide berth of support as he continues his diplomatic battle on the nation’s behalf.

Netanyahu made strong points of issues of significance to Israel, particularly acceptance of the state as a homeland for the Jews and the need for a unified Jerusalem, said Kashriel

The statements about giving up land pale in comparison to these other two points, particularly given that the Palestinians have already rejected the offers that Netanyahu made to them to restart peace talks.

However, what is important now, is that Netanyahu make good on statement he made already last week, that Israel would retain the settlement blocs, said Kashriel whose city located just outside of Jerusalem is considered to be a settlement bloc.

Netanyahu must now turn his words into action and approve permits for new construction in those blocs, said Kashriel.

“We bless his words, but now we expect him to act,” Kashriel said.

May 23, 2011

Hamas: Let's discuss 1948 lines

Mahmoud al-Zahar says US president's plan for Mideast peace similar to that of George Bush. 'Obama wants to place us within 22% of area of Palestine,' he says, while Islamic Jihad calls Obama 'helpless before Zionist lobby'
Elior Levy

The difference in tone between US President Barack Obama's two policy speeches on Mideast peace sparked outrage among Palestinian leaders Monday.

Hamas spokesman Mahmoud al-Zahar responded by saying, "Clearly Obama's plan is no different, aside from a few small details, from that of George Bush. Now he refers to the 1967 borders as sacred, but who says we accept them, and that we won't speak of the '48 lines?" he told al-Emarat al-Youm.

He added that Obama was trying to pull wool over the Palestinian people's eyes and thus doing them harm. "Obama wants to place us within 22% of the area of Palestine," he said, referring to the entire State of Israel.

"He speaks of land exchanges, but the issue of exchanging territory takes away from Jerusalem. He wants to give Jerusalem to the Israelis and give us just 5% of historical Palestine, which was originally our land, and this is just a trick."

Obama also criticized a Palestinian plan to declare independence at the UN General Assembly in September. "We understood Obama's speech, which said that if the Palestinians go to the UN they will achieve nothing, but (Abbas) needs to understand this too, as he clings to hope for achievements in September," al-Zahar said.

Senior Islamic Jihad member Azzam Nafez says his organization was unsurprised at Obama's speech. "We do not especially care about the American position and we don't see in it any change towards the Palestinian issue," he said.

Nafez claims the Palestinians should take advantage of the Arab uprisings to promote the Palestinian issue. "Obama is a weak and helpless man in the face of the Zionist lobby and everyone needs to realize this," he said.

Meanwhile the Palestinian Authority announced Israel must accept Obama's plan. PLO Secretary-General Yasser Abd Rabbo said his position regarding a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders will be the basis for a profound peace process, "If Israel gives its unequivocal consent."

Abd Rabbo noted that Israel's refusal to withdraw to the 1967 lines and its insistence on continuing construction in areas beyond these borders – for example the recent approval of 1,500 new housing units in Jerusalem – proves that it is not heading toward a genuine peace process.

He also dismissed Obama's criticism against the reconciliation deal with Hamas. "This is unjustified, especially when the nations of the world are not being asked to deal with the factions but rather with the PLO, which has not changed its position or conduct," he said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas traveled to Jordan Sunday in order to consult with its leaders following Obama's speeches. Palestinian leaders are scheduled to convene in Ramallah in the coming days in order to discuss advice Abbas is receiving from various Arab leaders.


Let us stop playing games with the Palestinians, the USA, the world and more important ourselves.

The Palestinians have created the sickest society in world history. A society that celebrates the death of it's own children, in order to murder Jews.

Let's pull the plug on the evil that is the PA, go to war and end the game.

May 22, 2011

The Speech Bibi Should Give To Congress

Mr Speaker,Congress of the United States and the American people.

I come before this historic body as the closest friend you have in the world, and I seek to strengthen and deepen that friendship.

All of Israel wants to congratulate the American people on the elimination of the terrorist Bin Laden. As a former commando myself I want to personally congratulate those SEALS that carried out the mission. As many know from Israeli history, we also have our own anti terror commandos.

Some say that justice delayed is justice denied.

I want to inform the world that in keeping with the spirit of the American mission to kill Bin Laden.

Israeli commandos, our SEALS, 5 minutes ago killed a terrorist, an evil man that wrote his doctorate denying the holocaust and after that for several decades was the comptroller of Fatah and as a part of this function he funded the murder of Jews for decades.

This terrorist has not turned from his evil ways, as evident from his recent inclusion into the PA government the Palestinian terror group, Hamas. Hamas is the spiritual cousins of Al Qaeda. Abbas has now paid for his crimes against the Jewish people, the same way Bin Laden paid for his crimes against the American people.

Justice has been served.

The IDF has now gone to war to eliminate the terrorist living in Judea and Samaria. Israel is not at war with the Palestinian people, only the terrorist that are seeking to steal the future of the Palestinians and Israelis'.

To the Palestinians, I tell you Israel wants you to live in peace in Judea and Samaria. As permanent residence in the Jewish state, you will be giving your children a better future by accepting this offer.

If you refuse our offer, we will use what force is necessary to remove you from our land.

It is our land, given to the Jewish people by G-D. We have returned home and as a sign of this Israel will annex Judea and Samaria including all parts of Jerusalem.

In closing I now ask the American government to terminate aid to Israel, you need the money more than we do. We are requesting this as a sign of our deep friendship with the American people, friends help friends in need. You helped us when we were weak and needed these funds to gain strength and now we want to help America.

In closing I issue a warning to Iran, Syria, Egypt and Lebanon, do not interfere with our war against terrorism. For to do so will be an act of war against Israel and we will respond like we have never responded before.

The war you force on us ,will only finish with your unconditional surrender to Israel.

G-D bless America and Israel may we always be the closest of friends.

AIPAC, Bibi, Obama

Netanyahu 'pleased' with Obama's AIPAC address

PM's aides describe speech as 'befitting,' say Obama's clarifications about 1967 borders particularly pleasing. 'I'm determined to work with president Obama to find a way to reignite the peace process,' Netanyahu says
Attila Somfalvi

WASHINGTON – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's associates were satisfied by US President Barack Obama's clarifications during his address to pro-Israel lobby AIPAC in Washington, Sunday.

Netanyahu and his aides reportedly watched Obama's AIPAC speech at Blair House – the president's official guest house.

One of the associates told Ynet that the speech was "befitting," and that they were particularly pleased with Obama's clarifications about considering the 1967 borders as the basis for peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, but not necessarily as the final ones.

Obama's statements regarding the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit and the need of Hamas to abandon terror and recognize Israel also went over well.

"I share the President's wish to promote peace and I appreciate his past and present efforts to achieve this goal. I am determined to work with President Obama in order to find ways to resume the peace negotiations. Peace is a vital necessity for us all," Netanyahu said.

Opposition Chairwoman Tzipi Livni, who was present at the AIPAC speech, said that the two-state solution was first and foremost an Israeli interest.

"Israel must lead in partnership with the US... the world looks up to the US' relationship with Israel, so the message coming out of Washington these days is very important," she said.


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AIPAC and Bibi equally worthless.

They both need the love and support of the American President or they will crumble in a corner and cry like a baby.

Let me be clear, Obama is an enemy of the future of the Jewish people and Israel.

If Obama had miss spoke last Thursday, today he would have have cleared up where his support is by doing the following.

1. I want to clear up the issue of borders from my speech on last Thursday. As President I pledge the word of the American people that Israel will never be forced to retreat to the 1967 borders.

2. On the issue of Hamas involved with Fatah as part of the government of the PA, I order all funds cut off from the PA as long as Hamas is part of the government. I also order all PA offices in America closed.

3. There will be zero pressure on Israel to enter into any talks until the hostage Shalit is released. America will also issue warrants for the leadership of Hamas for terrorism

Any thing less than this is just hot air coming from the mouth of Czar Obama.

May 20, 2011


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

Netanyahu rejects any Israeli return to the 1967 lines

Obama and Netanyahu meet, discuss range of issues in Middle East; both leaders acknowledge differences in their positions concerning Palestinian issue; Obama says Hamas not a partner for negotiations.

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu acknowledged the differences that divide them even as they emphasized areas of agreement over the peace process, Iran and democratic changes in the Middle East after their White House meeting Friday.

Netanyahu flatly rejected any return to the 1967 borders, the basis – along with agreed land swaps – for a deal with the Palestinians as laid out in a speech by Obama the day before.

“While Israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peace, it cannot go back to the 1967 lines,” Netanyahu said, sitting alongside Obama in the Oval Office. “These lines are indefensible, because they don’t take into account certain changes that have taken place on the ground, demographic changes.”

Netanyahu also ruled out any return of Palestinian refugees to Israel proper or that Israel would negotiate with Hamas, branded a terrorist organization by both US and Israel.

Bibi you could have scored a home run, but you didn't.

It is time to be strong not weak.

May 19, 2011

Bibi Be A Leader

PM slams Obama call for ‘Palestine’ based on ’67 lines
"Those borders are not defensible," PM rages as he flies off to Washington; Palestinian state must not come "at Israel’s expense"; US President urges resumed talks, focused on territory, security.

A day before their scheduled meeting in Washington, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama staked out dramatically conflicting positions Thursday as to the path for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Netanyahu issued a quick, bitter response on Thursday night to Obama’s landmark Middle East speech, saying that the establishment of a Palestinian state could not come “at Israel’s expense.”


Bibi be a leader.

Do not meet with Obama, he does not deserve the honor of meeting the Prime Minister of Israel.

Then next week give the speech of your life in front of Congress and drive a wedge between the American people that by a over whelming majority support Israel and Obama.

Netanyahu says 'No' to 1967 borders

PM expects Obama to reaffirm bush pledges, whereby settlement blocs will remain in Israel

Attila Somfalvi
Published: 05.19.11, 21:41 / Israel News

Responding to President Barack Obama'smajor Mideast policy speech, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that Israel will not be withdrawing to the 1967 borders as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians.

Bibi stand strong against Obama, Israel's survival depends on your strength.

Mr President Look At A Map

Obama: Borders of Israel, Palestine should be based on 1967 lines

Published: 05.19.11, 19:56 / Israel News

"The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states," President Barack Obama said in his speech.

"The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state," he added. (Yitzhak Benhorin, Washington)


Let us put aside for the moment the fact that Abba Eban, called the 1967 border, the Auschwitz line.

Mr.President have you looked at a map?

If you want a contiguous Palestinian State, you would then create a bifurcated Israel. So you will reward terrorist with a contiguous state and punish Israel by cutting us into two parts?

May 18, 2011


Palestinian Facebook group urges rushing of Israel's borders

New pro-Palestinian group on social media site urges Arabs to march on Israel's borders following coming Friday's prayers
Roee Nahmias

Pro-Palestinian activists have formed a new Facebook group calling for mass marches on Israel's borders this coming Friday.

The group – "Third Palestinian Intifada" – urges Arab activists in neighboring countries to storm Israel's borders in reaction to the recent "Nakba Day" events and ensuing casualties.

Several Facebook groups urge a third mass popular uprising against Israel, and one of them sports a "Friday of response" page, bearing the date May 20. The page, which currently has 100,000 "Like's", does not however give any details on how or exactly when these marches should take place.

Still, various reports in the Arab media, including in al-Jazeera, suggest that activists in Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon plan to march on the Israel's borders; and that Palestinians from Gaza Strip and the West Bank are also expected to stage such marches.

IHH: Mavi Marmara ready for next flotilla

Turkish movement says 10,000 people want to board ship for June's Gaza-bound flotilla. 'Israeli attack could benefit Palestinians,' IHH leader says. 'Even if we sacrifice martyrs, we will be on justice's side'
Aviel Magnezi

The Turkish IHH organization announced Wednesday that the Mavi Marmara ship, which was subjected to a deadly IDF raid while attempting to breach Israel's maritime blockade on the Gaza Strip last May, is ready for set sail once more.

"Even if we sacrifice shahids (martyrs) for this cause, we will be on the side of justice," IHH President Bulent Yildirim said in a recent television interview.

According to the Islamic organization, which is recognized by Israel and other nations as a terrorist movement, the Mavi Marmara – upon which nine Turkish activists were killed in a clash with Navy commandos – has suffered severe damage during last May's events. The IHH said the vessel's engine was intentionally destroyed when the ship was towed by the Israeli authorities to the Ashdod Port, and its deck and command bridge were wrecked.

The ship was consequently repaired and renovated in Istanbul, Turkey; its deck and the passenger seating were completely redone. According to the IHH, the vessel is ready to cruise again.

A few weeks ago, the organizers of the upcoming flotilla postponed the departure of the Gaza-bound maritime convoy to the end of June, and Israeli elements speculated that the measure was taken because the event failed to attract participants. But the IHH said that the event was delayed because of the elections in Turkey, and that 10,000 people have already signed up to take part. The movement allows registration through its website, and has been distributing applications across Turkey and abroad.

'Israel beware: Don't harm Palestine'

In an interview with Turkey's Kanal 5 television station, Yildirim said that the turn out for the flotilla is unprecedented, and denied Israel's claim that people are afraid of participating.

"Our goal is to gather a million people who want to board the flotilla ship," he said. "From these applicants we will choose a limited number of people, but each of the applicants will be considered as though he is on the flotilla. We are not afraid, and want to convey the message to Israel that we are coming."

Yildirim added that an "Israeli attack" would actually serve the purpose of the flotilla. "This time, all of the world's nations will stand against (Israel)," he said. "It could benefit the Palestinians."

He said that Arab Israeli MKs and Israeli television channels expressed interest in boarding the flotilla. "There is great opposition to the government's policies," he said.

According to Yildirim, the IHH will hold protests in Turkey and around the world, and will send an aid ship to Gaza through the Egyptian El Arish port in the end of May.

"With the help of donors, we will send $100 million-worth of aid this time," he said. "Israel beware, don't you dare to harm Palestine, because when you harm it, the number of people on Palestine's side grows and becomes stronger, and you become smaller."


The time has come for the fools that are the leaders of Israel to face one critical fact. That fact is the Palestinians are the biggest threat to Israel in the near future.

Iran is a bigger long term threat but between now and September the Palestinians are what we need to take serious.

The time has come to do a couple of things, first attack.

No war was won by defense, you must attack and attack and then attack some more.

We need to turn every agency loose and hunt the leaders of every group from ISM, to Code Pink. If you are joining our enemies you must pay with your life.

The time has come to rise to the challenge or be buried by September.

May 16, 2011

Syrian infiltrator recounts journey to TA

Hassan Hijazi, 28, says he hitched ride to central Israel with peace activists. 'I wasn’t scared of police, I wanted to reach my birthplace in Jaffa'
Ynet reporters

From the depths of Syria to the first Hebrew city – one of the Palestinian infiltrators who crossed the Syrian border into Israel during "Nakba Day" riots on Sunday didn't return to his country, instead travelling all the way from Majdal Shams to Tel Aviv.

The Syrian clerk, Hassan Hijazi, 28, was handed over to the police via reporter Zvi Yehezkeli.

"We crossed the border and came to the edges of occupied Majdal Shams," Hijazi recounted his journey in an interview with al-Arabiya network.

"The Israeli army waited for us and fired rubber bullets and tear gas. We managed to respond and throw stones," he said.

Hijazi said Majdal Shams residents gave him water and tea. "They took an interest in us, but were scared of being investigated by Israeli authorities and therefore tried to convince us to return to Syria."

In an interview with Channel 10, Hijazi – who works for the Syrian Education Ministry – recounted how he made his way from the northern border to central Israel.

"I saw some peace activists, one Jew and a few French Arabs, and I told them – I want to go with you – because my dream is to reach Jaffa, the city where I was born."

Hijazi said he was not scared of the police, claiming that despite US and Israeli allegations, the protest at the border was not organized by Syrian President Bashar Assad as an attempt to divert attention from the domestic crackdown against anti-regime protesters.

"We organized the protests on Facebook and the regime at first didn’t allow them to take place although we sent representatives," he said. "Hezbollah was the one that pressured the Syrian regime to allow us to hold the protests," he added.

'Symbolic act'
Responding to whether he considers the events on Sunday a victory over Israel, Hijazi said, "I think it’s symbolic, because true victory will only come through the military."

Asked what he thinks of Israel, Hijazi presented his identification cards and said: "This is not Israel, this is Palestine – this is my land."

Upon arrival at the police station, Hijazi signaled 'V' with his fingers to the reporters waiting for him at the entrance.

"This country has to be non-Jewish, it needs to be for Jews and also for all the Muslims, so we need this country to be large," he said.

"I don't want to go back to Syria," Hijazi added, "I want to stay here in my village, where my father and grandfather were born.

"But Syria is a good country for Palestinians and I don’t know what the Israeli government would do to us. I want to stay here and bring my family here," he noted.

When asked what he thought of President Assad, who has ordered a violent crackdown against anti-regime protesters, Hijazi said solemnly, "He is a good president."

'Death does not scare us'

During his conversation with reporters, two police officers arrived and escorted him into the station. "You entered Israel illegally, you are illegally here and therefore you are being detained in the station," one of the officers explained to Hijazi in English.

Another Palestinian refugee who infiltrated Israel on Sunday and returned to Syria, said in a phone conversation with Ynet, "We will continue our struggle until we get what we want, which is the right of return that Israel took from us.

"Next time we cross the border we'll be armed and respond to IDF fire without hesitation or fear, because yesterday they killed more than eight martyrs, " he said.

The man thanked the people of Majdal Shams for their hospitality, adding, "I inhaled the air of my land, and the government of Israel should give us back what we deserve. If it doesn’t, it will suffer by thousands of young people who are willing to sacrifice their lives in order to fulfill their dream. Death does not scare us," he concluded.


Israel is at war with Syria since 1948 if memory serves me correctly.

That makes this man a spy, he is an enemy inside our country in civilian clothes.

He should be tried as a spy and executed, end of story.

Israel better wake up and get tough, our survival is in the balance.

$100 million transferred to PA

Finance minister unfreezes PA funds after being assured they will not end up in terrorist hands. 'Success of Palestinian campaign,' says PA spokesman
Elior Levy

The Palestinian Authority confirmed Monday that Israel transferred NIS 370 million ($105.5 million) to the Palestinian Finance Ministry – funds the government decided to freeze following the signing of the unity agreement between Fatah and Hamas.

PA spokesman Qhassan Khatib said that Israel's decision was proof of "the success of the Palestinian campaign on an international level, which pressured Israel to transfer these funds."

In spite of Israel's fears that the funds would end up in Hamas hands, no special mechanism is to be established to track the funds.

Fatah and Hamas representatives are set to meet in Cairo today to discuss unity issues including security, elections and forming a government. Hamas spokesman Dr. Salah Bardawil denied reports claiming that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas selected Salam Fayyad to stand at the head of the interim Palestinian government.

The head of the Fatah delegation to the talks, Azam al-Ahmed said that "the goal is to understand how we implement the issues agreed upon when we signed the unity agreement."

Al-Ahmed emphasized that the main issue up for discussion at the talks was the formation of an interim government and the reformation of the Palestinian national committee. He added that they would also need to address the detainee issue and the unification of Palestinian institutions in the West Bank and Gaza.

Securing interests

On Sunday Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz ordered Treasury officials to coordinate the funds' transfer with their Palestinian counterparts.

Steinitz said the decision was made "after Israel received several assurances and clarifications that the money would not find its way to terrorists' hands and that none of the procedures applied so far would change".

The finance minister added that should any of the funds "arrive at problematic destinations" Israel would know what to do in order to secure its interests.

Due to the freeze, the Palestinian Authority was forced to withhold salaries for 150,000 government employees for the month of April.

Shalit family to PM: Why did you release PA funds

Noam and Aviva Shalit, the parents of captive soldier Gilad Shalit sent a letter to the prime minister and defense and finance ministers demanding explanations for the decision to transfer the frozen tax funds to the Palestinian Authority without first receiving information on Gilad Shalit.

"The Shalit family is distressed by the fact that the Israeli government once again hurried to fold and release the PA funds after the finance minister rushed to announce they would be frozen last week," the Shalits noted. (Omri Ephraim and Ahiya Raved)

So Israel has transferred money to the PA, this money will be used to pay PA government workers.

Is the salary of the PA so called police officer in Shechem that murdered one Israeli and wounded a number more salary part of this money?

The Shalit family is only asking for some information before Israel gives the funds to the PA. I feel sorry for this family that has been beat down over the years.

How about this nothing goes to the PA until Hamas is no longer part of the government and Shalit is returned.

Or better yet nothing goes to the PA ever including our land for a future terrorist state in Judea and Samaria.

May 15, 2011

Laugh or Cry

Jerusalem says it will release tax funds to Palestinians
Steinitz describes two-week freeze of cash transfer as "yellow card," warns transfers will be stopped if unity government formed with Hamas; says he "received suitable clarifications" funds won't reach Hamas.

Israel agreed on Sunday to release millions of dollars in suspended tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority after receiving assurances the money will not fall into the hands of the Hamas.

Earlier this month, Jerusalem blocked the routine handover of about NIS 300 million ($88 million) in customs and other levies it collects on behalf of the Palestinians after PA President Mahmoud Abbas struck a unity deal with his Hamas rivals.

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said at the time he would only allow the transfer after receiving guarantees the money would not reach Hamas, whose charter calls for Israel's destruction.

On Sunday, Steinitz approved the resumption of the transfers, saying in a statement that the government "received suitable clarifications" that the money will not reach Hamas or be used to fund "terror activity."

He described the two-week freeze as a "yellow card" to the PA, and warned that if it eventually formed a unity government with Hamas, or if it started funding terrorist activity, Israel would again block the transfers.

Salam Fayyad, prime minister in Abbas's government, had sought international intervention to prevent the Israeli measure.

The PA is also heavily dependent on aid from donors including the United States, which has said its future assistance will depend on the shape of a new Palestinian government expected to be formed under the unity agreement.

The tax transfers provide the PA with $1 billion to $1.4 billion annually. Palestinian officials said they would not be able to meet their commitments, including paying salaries, without the funds.


If this is all the backbone Israeli leaders' have in our 63rd year, how are we going to survive to 64 years.

If we can't stand the heat of not paying money to a Fatah-Hamas government then how are we going to stand up to what is coming later this year.

We only held the funds up for two weeks before we caved in.

G-D help us, we have no leaders we need divine intervention

When will we have the leaders that will cut off all funds, supplies, water, electricity, phones and internet to Hamas in Gaza. Of course, the answer is, about the same time that we will have leaders that will get Shalit back to his family.

Does one laugh or cry upon hearing this news, I really don't know..

Radical leftists: Soldiers are killers

In show of support for 'Nakba Day' extreme leftists hold protest in Tel Aviv calling for end to 'killing of innocent civilians.' Right wing activists hold counter protest: You're fifth column
Yoav Zitun

Around 100 extreme leftists are protesting near Tel Aviv's Cinematheque in a show of support for the Palestinian "Nakba Day," "the Just people's uprising", and against "the killing of innocent civilians".

The protestors were carrying Palestinian flags and posters reading "Stop the civilian deaths", "Free Palestine", "the IDF is the most moral terror organization in the world", and "There is no holiness in the occupied city".

The radical leftists said they were there to protest against the "killing of innocent civilians protesting against the occupation on the northern border and in the Golan Heights". Some of the female protestors even wore black headscarves to identify with the Palestinian "catastrophe". They are chanting "Barak you killer, the Intifada will be victorious".

A group of right wing activists is holding a counter-protest, waving Israeli flags and calling out "Am Yisrael Chai" (the Israeli nation lives).

They also called out to the radical leftists "you are a fifth column, traitors, you didn't served in the army"

Police arrived at the scene to maintain the peace after a number of vocal clashes broke out between protestors.

Meanwhile, a group of enraged local residents threw eggs at the radical leftist protestors.

It is time to deal with the far left. Laws must be passed that would make such activities criminal.

These people must pay a price for being traitors.

Driver in Tel Aviv truck rampage shouted death to Jews'

"It was deliberate," witnesses say; Bar Lev St. strewn with wreckage, damaged cars; angry residents at scene shout "death to Arabs."

A witness who claims he stopped the driver who hit several cars on Tel Aviv's Bar Lev Street Sunday in what police called a suspected terror attack said he initially thought the driver had just lost control of his brakes.

Arik Levy told Israel Radio that when he went to go help the driver, he saw him continue to hit cars and street lights, and heard him saying "Allahu Akbar" and "death to Jews."

10,000 police brace for expected 'Nakba Day' protests
Netanyahu: Nakba Day conflicts are 'unfortunate'

Levy said he ran up to the driver, the two struggled for a short time, and then police arrived at the scene after 10 minutes.

Another witness who saw the incident told The Jerusalem Post the driver "looked crazy."

The eye witness, 18-year-old Natalie, said she saw the truck driver driving in zigzags, and "deliberately hitting everything he saw."

"It was obvious it was deliberate," she said. "He was looking at the road and then back down at his wheel. He looked crazy."

Bar Lev street was strewn with wreckage, with several badly-damaged vehicles parked in different areas on the street. Some of the vehicles were lying in the middle of the dividing fence in the opposing traffic lane, street signs were flattened and there was glass on street.

The perpetrator's truck, a large Volvo, came to a stop after smashing into an Egged bus. The bus and truck were side by side on the sidewalk and both were completely damaged. The truck was parked over a destroyed moped which was crushed. Witnesses said the moped rider jumped off the vehicle before the truck hit it, so he was saved.

The last target hit by the truck driver was right near the Eliyahu Golomb School on Bar Lev Street.

One woman, who asked not to be named, said "I am traumatized by what I saw. I was sitting in my car when I saw the truck hit the car in front of me and then drive on." She said she saw the driver in the car in front of her slump down, and then he was later declared dead by paramedics.

She added that she was reading a prayer book at the time of the incident and that's what saved her.

After the incident, dozens of angry residents gathered around Bar Lev Street, and a few residents shouted "death to Arabs," with one man saying the incident happened because of "their F*****" Nakba Day."

May 13, 2011


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Riots in Jerusalem, West Bank ahead of Nakba Day

Friday prayers at Temple Mount end peacefully only to be followed by clashes between police, protestors in Silwan, At-Tur and Bab al-Huta. Security forces pelted with stones near Bethlehem, Ramallah

Omri Efraim
Latest Update: 05.13.11, 18:33 / Israel News

Riots broke out in east Jerusalem and across the West Bank Friday ahead of Nakba Day, but fears of large-scale violence did not materialize.

IDF forces dispersed dozens of Palestinians, foreign nationals and Israeli leftist activists who hurled stoned near the Palestinian village of Nabi Salah, east of Ramallah. Leftist protestors said more than 10 people were hurt in the clashes.

Elsewhere, a Border Guard police officer sustained light wounds after being pelted with stones in the Jerusalem area. He was treated at the scene.

Prayers at the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem's Old City, however, were held under relative calm.

In Silwan, protestors clashed with security forces who entered the neighborhood. Arabs hurled stones while police officers responded with crowd dispersal means. Three men were arrested on suspicion of hurling stones in Bab al-Huta, while Border Guard and police forces arrested a protestor in At-Tur.

Stones were also hurled at security forces in Issawiya.

This week end could get ugly, as Palestinians want to cry about their misfortune to be under Israeli rule.

But just think how Syria, Yemen, and others responded to events just like those in Israel today. How many dead in the Arab countries and how many dead today in Israel?

May 12, 2011


Ex-Labor chief Barak declares ‘Independence’ in Tel Aviv
Defense minister officially inaugurates new political party, complaining about "opportunists and charlatans" in Israeli politics.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak completed the process of leaving the Labor Party he led until January when he officially formed the new Independence Party at its inaugural meeting at the Council for a Beautiful Israel Center in Tel Aviv on Thursday.

Speaking to the party’s founding 80 members, Barak complained that Israeli politics had deteriorated into “tricks and shticks” and was led by “too many opportunists and charlatans.”

He vowed to change that with his new party, rejecting surveys indicating that it had no chance of passing the 2 percent electoral threshold in the next election.

“I have bad news and good news for you,” he told the crowd. “The bad news is that we are doing badly in the polls, but the good news is that we can only go up from here.”

Barak spoke in front of a wall bearing the party’s new blue, white and red logo that features the national flag and quotes from Israel’s Declaration of Independence. Barak was unanimously elected head of the party at the event, which was held on the Hebrew calendar anniversary of his withdrawal of IDF troops from Lebanon 11 years ago.

A party of loosers' founded on a day that marks a loss for Israel the shameful retreat from Lebanon.

Look for them not to be in the next Knesset.

May 11, 2011

Gov't to build Ethiopian village?

New project aims to settle Ethiopian families in southern village, where they can farm, manage tourist attractions
Itamar Eichner

The government is planning to establish a new Ethiopian-style village in the western Negev, where immigrants from the African nation will live, farm and operate guesthouses – turning the site into a tourist attraction.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed support for the idea, which was brought forth by Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, and has asked his advisers to research ways to bring the initiative to life. A discussion on the matter is expected to be held in the coming weeks by the authorities who will be responsible for the village's establishment. Following the meeting, the project will be submitted for final government approval.

The village is expected to be built near the region of Halutziyot, where some of the communities that were resettled from Gush Katif now live.

According to the plan, each resident of the Ethiopian village will receive a plot of land, where they can start a farm or a tourist site, with government assistance and guidance. Some 100 families will live in the village at first.

"The plan is to give the village characteristics that are unique to the Ethiopian culture, including an Ethiopian museum, a culture center, an Ethiopian restaurant, agricultural plantations and guesthouses," Katz said. "Until now, the immigrants from Ethiopia have been scattered and hidden at absorption centers. Here you can display an Ethiopian village with the abilities and the heritage. I want this village to be the display window of the Ethiopian olim, a place of which they can be proud."

I hope the government is only providing the land and that the people involved will build their own village so they have pride in ownership.

Diskin: "I'm very worried about September"

Outgoing Shin Bet chief says US has more leeway to undertake operations like killing of bin Laden without fear of international law.

Outgoing Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) Chief Yuval Diskin said he is "very worried by what [is expected to] take place in September," referring to a Palestinian initiative to seek statehood in the United Nations.

Speaking at Tel Aviv University on Wednesday, Diskin said, "September is always a very bad month in the Middle East. I'm not sure that things will happen on the first of October. I expect that it will set in motion processes that can also deteriorate if no developments take place."

Diskin also addressed the recent US operation that killed Osama bin Laden. The United States has more legal leeway than Israel, enabling it to carry out operations like the one which killed bin Laden in Pakistan earlier this month, Dsikin said.

“In comparison to Israel which is under constant criticism regarding its war on terror, the US can permit itself to launch operations like these without facing a trial afterwards,” Diskin said. “The Americans can influence international courts. Israel has more difficulty doing so.”

Last week, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s military secretary had to back out of a visit to England out of fear that he would be arrested for his involvement in Operation Cast Lead two years ago.

Diskin also said that while terrorist attacks are down in recent years, Palestinian terrorist groups are still motivated. He said that the Shin Bet foiled over 100 attacks, including suicide bombings, in recent years against Israeli targets.

I also worry about September, which is why the time has come for Israel to be strong and make bold moves to counter the Palestinians and defeat our enemy.

If we act like cowards we will have trouble in the fall maybe even a three front war.

May 10, 2011

Hot Air

Lieberman: Israel ready to renew direct peace talks
Foreign minister tells gathering of diplomats that J'lem is ready to immediately talk to the Palestinians but rejects Abbas's demand for a renewed building freeze or any other preconditions.

Addressing recent comments by Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas that he would be willing to return to the negotiating table with Israel should it implement a new West Bank building freeze, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Jerusalem is ready to return to the negotiation table "immediately," but rejects any preconditions for doing so.

"We are ready to immediately renew the negotiations without preconditions," Lieberman told diplomats gathered at Beit Hanassi for an Independence Day event on Tuesday.

Responding to Abbas's call for a settlement freeze, Lieberman added, "But there will no building freeze in Jerusalem or in [the West Bank], not for three months, not for three days and not even for three hours."

Criticizing what he characterized as missed opportunities for talks by the Palestinian Authority, he told the gathered diplomats that the Palestinians wasted nine months when Jerusalem "decided on a moratorium as a unilateral gesture a year ago Abbas and the Palestinians rejected it completely."

The foreign minister continued, "it is clear that they are only looking for excuses to avoid meaningful talks that will lead to a comprehensive solution. The Palestinians are overly confident and are assuming that they have the complete support of the international community." This, he said, gives them the idea that they have more to gain from the international community than from negotiations with Israel.

Addressing the recent reconciliation agreement reached by rival Palestinian factions, he said, "That an organization with a charter that calls for the destruction of the State of Israel through violent Jihad and aspires to a world without Jews, not just Zionists and Israelis, but Jews, should be thought of as partners to Fatah tells us more about Fatah than it does about Hamas."

Lieberman asserted that Israel has "the right to wonder about the real intentions of Fatah."


A Foreign Minister of Israel that says he is willing to sit and talk with the Palestinians, tells us more about the sad state of affairs in Israel than it does about the Palestinians. Lieberman is about as right wing as Meretz.

How about this we tell the world that in light of the agreement between Hamas and Fatah, the Palestinians have signaled their true intent and that is the destruction of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. As a result the peace process is null and void.

Israel then annexes Judea and Samaria.

We offer those Palestinians that want to live under Israeli rule with residence status the ability to do so as long as they swear allegiance to the Jewish State. Refuse to do so and out you go, deported.

Lieberman you are a bunch of hot air, a bluff calling you right wing is like trying to say pork is kosher.

You can try and say it but we all know it just isn't .

May 09, 2011

Israel kicks off 63rd Independence Day celebrations

Torch-lighting ceremony on Jerusalem's Mount Herzl marks transition from Remembrance Day to Independence Day; Rivlin dedicates torch to Jonathan Pollard and captured IDF soldiers including Ron Arad and Gilad Schalit.

The nation celebrated 63 years since the State of Israel's establishment on Monday night, as Independence Day got underway across the country.

The abrupt transition from Remembrance Day to Independence Day was marked by the annual torch-lighting ceremony on the capital's Mount Herzl.

The official theme for Independence Day this year is "mutual responsibility," which Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin marked by dedicating the torch to Jonathan Pollard, together with captured IDF soldiers Ron Arad, Gilad Schalit, Zachary Baumel, Yehudah Katz, Tzvi Feldman, Guy Hever and Majdi Halabi.

In the evening, free outdoor concerts and celebrations were scheduled to be held across the country, and in the daytime, hundreds of thousands of Israelis were expected to visited national parks, forests and beaches.

The IAF and Navy will hold celebratory demonstrations in the air and the sea that can be seen along Israel's Mediterranean coast.

Independence Day celebrations hosted by President Shimon Peres at Beit Hanassi were scheduled to be webcast from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday. The webcast will include an air force flyby and a ceremony in which the President's Prize for excellence will be distributed to 120 soldiers from different branches of the IDF.

A new Independence Day tradition, which began last year, will be kept up: The prime minister, defense minister and the chief of General Staff will choose their favorite song to sing with the crowd at Beit Hanassi.

This year Peres, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak will duet with popular singers Miri Mesika, Harel Skaat and Kobi Aflalo.

May 06, 2011

Special MERF

This Sunday will be a special edition or at least as far as I am concerned of Middle East Radio Forum.

I will be the only guest and the topic will be what would I do if I were the Prime Minister of Israel.

Do not miss this show as it will be any thing but PC.

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May 05, 2011

Mashaal: Bin Laden assassination an 'atrocity'

Hamas Politburo Chief demands West 'recognize atrocity' of al-Qaeda head's killing, burial at sea. 'There are moral rules and the shedding the blood of Arabs and Muslims by Americans is unacceptable,' he says

News agencies
Published: 05.05.11, 20:15 / Israel News

Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal called on the West Thursday to "recognize the atrocity" of the assassination of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and his burial at sea.

"Arabs and Muslims are human beings and the West should treat them with dignity, regardless of whether they are supporters or opponents of Osama bin Laden," he said.

Hamas attracted verbal fire over the recent week for condemning the arch-terrorist's death and calling him a "Shahid" (martyr). "There are moral rules to follow and the shedding the blood of Arabs and Muslims by Americans or others is unacceptable," Mashaal said.

The Damascus-based Hamas leader also spoke of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, saying the fate of the Israeli soldier depended on "the Israeli government's attitude… the ball is in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's court.

"The obstacle in this case is the attitude of the Israeli government. We have submitted demands for a prisoner exchange and once they are satisfied, we will see some progress on this issue. For now, the ball is in Netanyahu's court," he said.

Meanwhile, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh urged militant groups in Gaza Strip to adhere to the de facto truce with Israel, reached after several days of fighting in April. Haniyeh stressed the move is vital for the success of the newfound Palestinian unity.

I got a better idea that an exchange of terrorist for your hostage Shalit. You have 2 hours to hand over Shalit unharmed or we will do to you that which was tried in the past only this time you will get 2 rounds in the head like Bin Laden.

May 04, 2011

Hamas, Fatah sign truce deal

Jubilant Israeli Arab MKs attending ceremony say 'Israel fears deal will end occupation, establish Palestinian state.' Yisrael Beiteinu demands government cut ties with PA so as not to 'fund operations against its own citizens'
Elior Levy

Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah prepared for the historic signing of a truce deal Wednesday despite Israel's fervent objections. President Mahmoud Abbas said at the official ceremony that Palestinians had "turned forever the black page of division. Hamas is part of the Palestinian people."

"Israel must choose between settlements and peace," Abbas added. Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal said, "We want an independent Palestinian state with sovereignty in the West Bank and Gaza." With the signing of the agreement, he added, "Hamas's only conflict is with Israel."

Meanwhile Yisrael Beiteinu announced it would demand the government cut all ties with the new Palestinian unity government. "You cannot expect the State of Israel to transfer money to Hamas and in effect fund operations against its own citizens," a statement from the party says.

"Those who declare bin Laden a freedom fighter and a holy Muslim, as Haniyeh has done, and those who do not allow the Red Cross access to kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, cannot be partners for negotiations, neither directly nor indirectly."

A draft of the deal was signed Tuesday in Cairo. Wednesday's ceremony was delayed nearly two hours, apparently due to a last-minute argument over Hamas and Fatah leaders' seating arrangements. Sources say Abbas refused to allow Mashaal to sit next to him on stage.

Also participating in the ceremony were Israeli Arab MKs Ahmed Tibi, Mohammed Barakeh, Wasil Taha, and Taleb El-Sana.

MK El-Sana said at the ceremony, "We are happy to be a part of this event. It is a historic day for the Palestinian people and leadership, and a historic day for peace-lovers. This agreement is an important step on the path to ending the occupation and establishing a Palestinian state."

El-Sana added, "The truce is an internal Palestinian issue that will promote peace and even help promote the release of Gilad Shalit. The Netanyahu government must understand that everything has changed. This government is living in the past and missing out on this historic change."

MK Barakeh said he realizes the Arab MKs' participation in the ceremony will spark outrage among Israel's rightists, but that they feel it is their duty.

"The Israeli government fears this agreement because it was enjoying the division between Gaza and the (Palestinian) territories. But a truce should not be feared. The Israeli government should welcome the change and learn to live with the people beside it," he said.

Tibi: Typical Israeli hypocrisy, vanity

MK Tibi said he was "proud to be here at the signing of a truce agreement whose target is to put an end to a dark chapter in Palestinian national history".

"Israel aggrandizes the value of unity, but when it comes to the Palestinians they jump as if snake-bitten. This is a mixture of typical Israeli hypocrisy and vanity," he said. "Palestinian unity will bring on the end of the occupation and the founding of a Palestinian state, with or without Israel."

However the MKs diverged from Hamas's condemnation of the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. "I believe this statement was unfortunate," Barakeh said. "Palestinian issues should not be mixed up with the crimes bin Laden committed."

Balad Party Chairman MK Wasil Taha also said he was happy to participate in the event. "The truce being signed now is the answer to anyone plotting against the Palestinian people and unity is the basis for the continuing struggle to establish a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital," he said.

Taha also expressed hope that the truce would help the Palestinians' relations with Egypt, "which changed its political views after the revolution and began to base itself on freedom of speech, democracy, respect, and justice – not only on a local but also on an international scale."


Attila Somfalvi and Hassan Shaalan contributed to this report

Israel has been given a historical chance now to declare to the world the farce called the peace process is null and void.

Let us think about one thing for a second Jimmy Carter supports this pact between Hamas and Fatah so it must be worse for Israel than I had thought.

Israel must cut off all ties to the PA and close Gaza and Judea and Samaria (west bank) 100% no fuel, food, electricity, water,money, nothing should be allowed in or out.

Lastly those members of Knesset that were in Cairo for the signing should be placed on trial for treason, or better yet let them have a Bin Laden end in the middle of the night.

May 03, 2011

Netanyahu urges Abbas to cancel Fatah-Hamas unity deal

PM meets with Blair, says: "I call on Abu Mazen to choose the way of peace with Israel"; Fatah in response: PM's calls are "unacceptable interference"; Palestinian deal inked ahead of Cairo signing ceremony.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to step away from a unity deal with the Islamist group Hamas a day before it was due to be officially signed in a ceremony in Cairo. On Tuesday it was announced that the deal itself had already been inked, and the scheduled Egyptian event would merely be ceremonial.

Fayyad: Israeli suspension of funds to PA won't stop unity
Abbas bids for EU backing for unity accord with Hamas

Nevertheless, following a meeting with Quartet envoy Tony Blair, Netanyahu released a statement imploring the Fatah head to reconsider. "I call on Abu Mazen (Abbas) to cancel the agreement with Hamas immediately and to choose the way of peace with Israel," Netanyahu said.

Fatah responded to Netanyahu's calls for a cancellation of the unity deal, saying this is an "unacceptable interference," AFP reported.

Netanyahu "must respect the will of the Palestinian people and stop the unacceptable interference in internal Palestinian affairs," AFP quoted Azzam al-Ahmed, the head of the Fatah delegation in Cairo, as saying.

Israel has said the surprise deal announced last week, which is meant to reconcile the two rival Palestinian factions of Hamas and Fatah, will sabotage peace efforts. Most recently, it has pointed to Hamas's condemnation of the killing of Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden by US forces as reason for concern.

"The agreement between Abu Mazen and Hamas deals a tough blow to the peace process. How can peace be reached with a government in which half of it calls to destroy Israel and even praises mass-murderer Osama bin Laden?" Netanyahu said.


I can only hope that Abbas does not do the smart thing and choose Bibi over Hamas.

Now Bibi you have said what needed to be said in your little PC world now please shut up. Make no deals with the Palestinians to get them to leave their pact with Hamas, just thank G-D they are this dumb and then get the IDF ready for war.

From slave to IDF officer: A Guinean's story

At just 15 Avi Be'eri was sold to slave traders who smuggled him into Israel from Guinea, he managed to turn his life around and will now become an IDF officer
Smadar Shir

Avi Be'eri's life story could have easily become a successful soap opera. It started with the death of his parents in Guinea, continued with slave traders smuggling him into Israel and through to the IDF officers course, which he is due to complete on Tuesday.

The 21-year old, whose real name is actually Ibrahim, was born in the city of Labe in Guinea. When he was a year old his father died of cancer and he and his mother moved in with his uncle. His mother always emphasized the importance of an education and even saved up money to send him to school. But when he was just 13 years old she died and he was left alone in the world.

Life in his uncle's house was harsh and so he ran away to the local market, helping merchants in exchange for a place to sleep at night. One day he felt his luck was about to change, one of the merchants told him that in Israel it was possible to earn $3,000 a month. The merchant offered to pay for his air ticket in exchange for a percentage of Ibrahim's monthly salary.

"I knew nothing about Israel," he says in his fluent Hebrew. "I was an innocent kid and thought he really wanted to help me."

Avi arrived in Cairo with just a small backpack and nothing else. The local contact was waiting for him. "There were eight of us Africans, he put us under a big blanket on a truck and drove off," Avi recalls.

"The whole journey my mother's voice was echoing in my head saying 'they sold you into slavery'." The journey to Israel was an ongoing hell. "At night we drove and throughout the day, Bedouins with guns watched over us. One night we arrived in Eilat and from there on to Tel Aviv."

At Tel Aviv's Central Bus Station he was left all alone. "I was 15, the only black guy among the white," he said. "I noticed someone who was the same color as me and asked him where the migrant workers sleep." Avi started working as a dishwasher and was told by other migrant workers to send a letter to the UN's Refugee Committee in Jerusalem.

Avi Be'eri: I was an innocent kid (Photo: IDF Spokesperson)

Special saviors
Their response was that he wasn't eligible for refugee status as there was "no war in Guinea". He was then sent to Tel Aviv's Shanti House – a home for children at risk. "I had to escape to make money," he remembers. "I knew that if I was deported back to Guinea without the money I owed the merchant who bought me the air ticket would butcher me."

Yet just a short time after he arrived, Avi was arrested by immigration police. He was transferred to a holding facility as a deportation candidate. It seemed like his worst fears were about to come true.

Avi's saviors were Susana and Azion Oshri from the communal settlement of Massad. They welcomed him into their home. Under their sponsorship Avi went back to school and appealed to the then Interior Minister over his status. The minister decided to offer the case special consideration and presented him with an Israeli citizenship.

When he received his identity card he changed his name to Avi – making it official. After completing his studies and receiving his high school diploma, Avi enlisted in the IDF.

On Tuesday he is set to complete his officers' course and will then be promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant. "I really do feel like someone who is making history," he says with pride. "Who would have believed that I, who arrived in this country with nothing, sat in prison and was nearly deported, would become an IDF officer and serve at the IDF adjutancy helping Israelis integrate into the army?"

Avi already has big plans for his future. "I feel like every door is open to me and see myself as a Jew in every way. My next challenge is to convert, marry and start a family. I want to go to university and study International Relations and then work in the Foreign Ministry to promote Guinea-Israel relations. My dream is to contribute as much as I can to this country. There aren't enough words to express my thanks."


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May 02, 2011

East Jerusalem: Dozens rally in support of Osama bin Laden

Monday, May 2, 2011

East J'lem: Dozens rally in support of Osama bin Laden
Yair Altman YNET Published: 05.02.11, 22:59 / Israel News

Dozens of Silwan residents rallied in east Jerusalem to support Al-Qaeda
leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed by US Special Forces in Pakistan.

A few protesters cast stones at police forces.

Hamas condemns 'assassination' of 'holy warrior' bin Laden

Gaza leadership condemns killing of al Qaida head and "shedding of Muslim and Arab blood"; in different tone, PA praises hit, says it will promote peace.

RAMALLAH/GAZA - Hamas on Monday deplored the killing of Osama bin Laden by US forces, while its prospective power-sharing partner, the Palestinian Authority, issued a statement welcoming the al Qaida-leader's death.

Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas in the Gaza Strip, called bin Laden a martyr.

"We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior," Haniyeh told reporters. "We regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood."

"Getting rid of bin Laden is good for the cause of peace worldwide but what counts is to overcome the discourse and the methods -- the violent methods -- that were created and encouraged by bin Laden and others in the world," Palestinian Authority spokesman Ghassan Khatib said.

Hamas is due to sign a unity deal this week in Cairo with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's more secular Fatah movement.

Israel has condemned the agreement, saying it could sabotage any efforts to revive peace talks with the Palestinians. The deal envisages an interim unity government comprised of independents and Palestinian elections later in the year.

The Fatah-led PA supports a negotiated peace with Israel to obtain a state in territories the Jewish state captured in a 1967 war. Hamas is officially sworn to Israel's destruction.

Abbas has defended reconciliation with Hamas, saying it reflected a deep-seated Palestinian desire to close a rift with the group that seized Gaza from Fatah forces in 2007.

The United States has responded coolly to the unity pact.

In the West Bank city of Ramallah, the PA's view on the death of the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks was shared by Ahmed Saleh, a 58-year-old retiree.

"The world is better without bin Laden. This has removed a pillar of evil from the world," he said. "His heinous actions were exploited to allow hostile policies towards the Arabs and Muslims."

But Umm Mohammed, a veiled woman, said she hoped news of bin Laden's death was a lie. "God willing, he will continue to conquer the West," she said.

Palestinians hit the headlines after the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, carried out by al Qaeda, when a small group were filmed celebrating in East Jerusalem.

At the time, there were bigger demonstrations in the Gaza Strip in support of the attacks. Palestinians partly blame their national plight on generations of U.S. support for Israel.

But late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat banned such public displays and voiced sympathy for the dead in the United States.

In Gaza, Hamas now faces a challenge from al Qaida-inspired groups that consider it to be too moderate. One such group was behind last month's killing of a pro-Palestinian Italian activist in the territory.

Abdel-Qader Abu Shaaban, a 53-year-old Palestinian from Gaza, described bin Laden's killing as "a very criminal act".

"This is not a victory. If they assassinated bin Laden, there will be others stronger than him: politicians and military people," he said.

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