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August 28, 2011


Due to the passing of my mother I will not be posting for a week.

August 26, 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/

Wake Up

Arab League: Israel-Egypt peace treaty isn't sacred

Nabil Elaraby endorses amendments to 1979 Camp David Agreement, says it can be annulled if one side violates accord. 'It's not the Koran or the New Testament,' Arab League chief says

Roee Nahmias
Published: 08.26.11, 12:45 / Israel News

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby said Friday that all peace treaties are subject to the Vienna Convention which stipulates that if one side violates the agreement, the other can reserve the option to amend or annul the agreement.

In an interview with Al-Arabiya TV, Elaraby said that the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt can be amended, noting that the accords are "not sacred - they are not the Koran or the New Testament." In a jab addressed at ousted President Hosni Mubarak he noted that no one ever told Israel off under the old regime. "There were violations and they were ignored," he said.

Israel wake up the hand writing is on the wall, the Arabs want a war.

So take the Sinai to prove you are not a shadow of your former self.

Tell Egypt we want peace but if they want war that is fine also.

August 22, 2011

Lull breached; rockets hit westeren Negev

Tense calm in south violated once more as greater Ashkelon area comes under rocket fire

Shmulik Hadad
Latest Update: 08.23.11, 00:08 / Israel News

The fragile armistice declared by the Gaza terror groups was breached once more Monday evening, as several rockets were were fired from northern Gaza at Israel's southern communities.

Four Qassam rockets were fired from northern Gaza at the area: One landed south of Ashkelon causing no harm; and three others exploded in open areas at the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

The Color Red alert sounded across the western Negev just seconds before the projectiles landed.

I don't understand it is the same old pattern. They murder Jews and Israel does nothing.

Why even have our own country?

When we lived in Europe and the Middle East for the last 2000 years, they could murder Jews at will and we could do nothing about it.

Now we have our own country and we allow Jews to be murdered and we do nothing about it.

The goyim would not let us have weapons for the last 2000 years to defend ourselves and now the State of Israel engages in strict gun control.

In America I own more guns than all the people on my Moshav in Israel own and you can even throw in the guns the State issues to the Moshav for defense and I still have more.

Israel is not acting as it must and should act.

December 8th Surrender ?

Popular Resistance Committees claim truce in effect

PRC's spokesman announces 'temporary halt of rocket fire' at Gaza press conference while Israeli officials say Jerusalem wasn't involved in decision to call ceasefire
Attila Somfalvi

The Popular Resistance Committees' military wing announced a temporary halt of rocket fire at Israel on Monday.

Also Monday, an official who was involved in mediating talks between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza told Reuters that the groups had "reached an understanding on a truce and that the truce has started".

A Palestinian official said Hamas had agreed to enforce the ceasefire on smaller militant groups which were responsible for most of the rockets fired at Israel in the recent surge in violence.

Meanwhile, the Political-Security Cabinet stressed that the ceasefire had been unilaterally declared by the Palestinians and that Israel was not involved in the decision.

The cabinet ministers discussed the security situation well into the night on Sunday. They decided that Israel will act against the rocket launchers and other parties involved in the rocket attacks.

Continued rocket fire

A rocket fired Monday morning from the Gaza Strip landed near a public building in the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no injuries but the building suffered structural damages.

At around 1:20 am an air raid siren roused Ashkelon residents as a rocket was fired from Gaza. The Iron Dome system intercepted the rocket with residents reporting shrapnel falling on buildings in the city.

Earlier, two more rockets were fired from Gaza at southern Israel. The Qassams landed in the Sderot area, causing no injuries or damages.

On Sunday night, an IDF force detected suspicious figures near an army base in the Egyptian border area and fired in the air.

The defense establishment believes the IDF's activities in response to the terror attack, including a number of air strikes in the Gaza Strip, sent terror groups a strong message.

In a situation when neither side is interested in escalation – it would seem that both sides were aiming for a ceasefire - Israeli representatives were in Cairo Sunday for talks on the recent escalating violence.


So would American have agreed to a cease fire on December 8th 1941?

Would Santa Anna have agreed to a cease fire while his troops surrounded the Alamo?

Would Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse have agreed to a cease fire if Custer had asked for one?

So why should Israel agree to a cease fire after taking over 100 rocket hits in the last few days and also suffering a historical terror attack.

No one or both of these are Casus belli, so let's get it on the sooner the better.

Trust in G-D and attack our enemies.

August 19, 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/

Bibi The Clown

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the nation Thursday evening in a special televised response to a deadly multi-pronged terrorist attack in the south that left eight Israelis dead and more than 30 wounded. "Today we all witnessed an attempt to raise the level of terrorism against our country with attacks from the Sinai. If anyone thinks that Israel will turn the other cheek, he is mistaken," Netanyahu declared. "I have established a principle now: If an Israeli citizen is struck, we will respond swiftly and with devastation. This principal has already been implemented. Those in Gaza who are responsible for sending the terrorists to murder our citizens in the south are no longer among the living."

Is Bibi serious?

Respond with devastation?

Where? When?

Bibi pay attention for one second.

A strong leader would have ordered the IDF to enter Sinai in force and have them take up positions on the Suez Canal. This would be followed by annexing Sinai, telling the world Israel will never leave Sinai again.

The IDF would then enter Gaza and destroy Hamas.

The attack yesterday was historic due to the nature of the attack. Terrorist used rocket propelled grenades and IED's which have never been used inside Israel.

This attack deserves a historical response but with our current leadership, you know the answer forget about Israel responding like a normal country.

Bibi next time you make a joke of yourself and Israel maybe you could put on some clown shoes and nose.

Slain police sniper laid to rest

Hundreds pay their final respects to legendary sharpshooter Pascal Avrahami, killed in murderous terror spree which plagued Israel's south Thursday

Omri Ephraim
Published: 08.19.11, 14:35 / Israel News

Pascal Avrahami, 49, a police sniper who was killed in Thursday's terror attacks on southern Israel, was laid to rest on Friday, at the Mount Herzl Cemetery in Jerusalem.

Avrahami was killed by terrorist fire near the Egyptian border, while Defense Minister Ehud Barak and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz briefed journalists nearby.

Escalation in the south:

The briefing had followed a blood-drenched day, in which multiple terror attacks near Eilat left eight people dead and dozens injured.

Hundreds of people – friends, relatives and fellow officers, including Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino, all members of the police's top brass, as well as YAMAM officers past and present – arrived at the cemetery to pay their final respects.

Avrahami was a legendary sharpshooter with YAMAM (the Israeli SWAT Unit) and was the police force's elite anti-terror unit's most veteran sniper.

A decorated officer, Avrahami was awarded the police medal of valor in 1990 and in 1995 received the medal of distinguished service.

"The Israel Police and the State of Israel bow their heads before the bravery of this man, who gave his life for us," Police Commissioner Danino eulogized.

"We have lost a brave warrior who fought fearlessly. There is no doubt that the YAMAM team's actions saved lives yesterday," he said.


Avrahami's commander spoke next: "We're standing here, unable to fathom the loss of YAMAM's number one officer... You did not hesitate yesterday, didn't falter for one moment and your heroic actions saved many lives.


"You were the pillar of fire showing us the way. We promise to carry on with your work."


Tal Avrahami also eulogized his father: "Why is it that God always takes away the very best? I'm sure there is no one up there like you.


"You were a role model for us and the entire people of Israel. A real hero. Many people are alive because of you and they don't even know it… You are the salt of the earth, the pride of the family. I promise that we will be strong for you. Give us the strength and watch over us from heaven, as you did on earth."

Avrahami was also a French national, and several representatives of the French Embassy attended the funeral service.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé denounced the terror attack, saying that "nothing can justify such acts, which took place while every effort should be focused on achieving peace."

Avrahami is survived by a wife and three children.

August 18, 2011

Send It


Legendary anti-terror sniper killed

Most veteran sniper in police’s elite anti-terror unit killed in Thursday’s terror offensive in south; Pascal Avrahami, 49-year-old father of three who moved to Israel from France in 1977, hit by terrorist fire near border
Omri Efraim

Police in mourning: The most veteran sniper in the Israel Police’s elite anti-terror unit, YAMAM, was killed Thursday in the terrorist offensive in southern Israel.

The 49-year-old Pascal Avrahami left a wife, Sima, and three children aged 25, 20 and 18. His death brought the toll in Thursday’s terror assault up to eight.

The religious Avrahami was born in France and moved to Israel in 1977. He joined YAMAM in 1985 and was trained as a fighter and sniper. During his service he took part in numerous operations and received two citations for his bravery.

The announcement of Avrahami’s death was made while some of his comrades were still in the field, hunting for more terrorists.

“He was a rare, exceptional man,” a Border Guard official who knew Avrahami said. “He raised generations of fighters in this elite unit…he had quite a reputation within the unit.”

Another officer familiar with Avrahami said: “He was a top-notch, professional fighter; a big gun.”

Immediately after the announcement of Avrahami’s death, many of his friends and relatives arrived at his home in Jerusalem’s Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood to support his family and offer condolences.

“There’s nobody like him in the world,” said his sister in law Leah Ben-Hemo while crying. “He was a model father who took care of his family and made sure everyone was well.”

Terrorists who infiltrated Israel Thursday killed six civilians, a soldier and police officer Avrahami in separate incidents. The attackers targeted a bus, civilian vehicles and soldiers, in one of the worst attacks to hit Israel in recent years. Later, the IDF bombed Gaza targets, killing the top terrorists believed to be behind the attacks.

RIP friend.

As a sniper my prayer to G-D, send it.

Counter-terror officer killed by terrorist fire near Eilat


By YAAKOV LAPPIN AND JPOST.COM STAFF
08/19/2011 00:49

Pascal Avrahami killed in firefight while taking part in sweeps of the region north of Eilat to search for additional terrorists who remained on the scene from earlier attacks; Israeli death toll rises to eight.


The Israel Police has announced that a member of the Counter-terrorism Unit was killed Thursday evening during a firefight with terrorists north of Eilat on the border with Egypt. The event took place hours after a three-stage attack in the area killed seven Israelis and wounded dozens more.

The officer has been named as 49-year-old Pascal Avrahami. He was married and had three children.

Rest in Peace, friend

Terror Returns, It Never Left

At least 6 dead, 25 hurt in terror attacks near Eilat
By YAAKOV KATZ
18/08/2011
Special police forces, IDF soldiers kill 7 terrorists involved in attacks; series of bombs go off near IDF patrol along border with Egypt, gunmen fire on bus, private car; IDF soldiers among casualties.

At least six people were reported dead and at least 25 injured in a three-stage terrorist attack along Israel’s border with Egypt on Thursday, which began when terrorists opened fire at an Egged bus traveling on Road 12 near Eilat.

Several minutes later, a number of bombs went off next to an IDF patrol traveling along the border with Egypt. There were also reports of mortar fire from Egypt into Israel. The terrorists apparently then moved on to another spot and fired an anti-tank missile at another vehicle, injuring a number of passengers.

Magen David Adom said that terrorists attacked a bus and a private vehicle 20 kilometers north of the site of the first incident. Paramedics said five people there were mortally wounded in that attack.

The casualties were evacuated to Yoseftal Hospital in Eilat. A number of soldiers were among the casualties

IDF soldier target, hit 7 terrorists involved in attacks

IDF soldiers targeted and hit seven terrorists involved in the attacks, according to IDF spokeswoman Avital Leibovich.

“This seems like a coordinated attack,” a senior IDF officer said. There was also speculation that there may have been more than one terror cell coordinating the attacks.

Commander of the IDF’s Edom Division Brig.-Gen. Tamir Yidayi arrived at the scene of the bus attack and set up a command post to coordinate efforts to capture the perpetrators. The IDF suspects that the terrorists infiltrated into Israel after crossing into Egypt possible from the Gaza Strip.

On Sunday, the Egyptian Military launched a massive operation to capture terrorist cells operating in the Sinai.

Due to concern that terrorists had infiltrated into Israel from Egypt, security officers in Israeli communities along the border were ordered to raise the level of alert and to tell residents to remain inside their home.

Authorities set up an emergency telephone number for those affected by the attacks near Eilat: 1255175.

Yaakov Lappin and JPost.com staff contributed to this report

August 17, 2011

Go Ahead Boycott Israel, HAHAHA

Hebrew University ranks 57th in world

Tel Aviv University, Weizmann Institute and Haifa's Technion also placed on list of best 150 universities worldwide, in annual ranking complied in China
Tomer Velmer

The Hebrew University in Jerusalem has been ranked the 57th best university in the world, in a list of the top 500 universities worldwide.

The list, which is published annually by Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, placed Harvard, Stanford and MIT in the first three spots.

This marks the highest ranking the Hebrew University received since 2003, and an improvement of 15 spots from last year. The Hebrew University is the only Israeli university to make it to the top 100 list.


Last year's ranking
China ranks Hebrew University in top100 / Tomer Velmer
Weizmann Institute comes in 12th in field of Computer Science on list of world's top 500 schools

Tel Aviv University, Weizmann Institute of Science and Haifa's Institute of Technology were included on the list of universities ranked in the 102-150th spots, while Bar-Ilan University and Ben-Gurion University made it to the list of the 301-400th spots, as in previous years.

President of Hebrew University Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson welcomed the high ranking, saying "I am thrilled that the Hebrew University continues to be featured in the list of the world's top 100 universities. The fact that we've reached such a high ranking is a testament to the phenomenal work the university's researchers do, and for that I am grateful and proud."

In addition to the general ranking, universities were also graded based on field of study. In the field of natural sciences, the Hebrew University came in 35th, while the Weizmann Institute and the Technion were listed in the 51-75th spots.

The Hebrew University also excelled in Mathematics, ranking 22nd, and in computer science, where it was placed 26, after Weizmann Institute in the 11th spot.

Chairperson of the Committee of University Heads in Israel, Professor Rivka Carmi, also expressed her satisfaction: "Despite a few difficult years for the higher education's budget, we've accomplished impressive achievements due to our excellent researchers and scientists.

"However," she warned, "We won't be able to preserve these accomplishments without a continuous allocation of resources."

Go ahead and boycott Israel, you make me laugh. If you want to boycott Israel you are so stupid even the graduates of our great universities can't fix what you wrong with you.

'Mossad plotted to harm Egyptian fertility'

Egypt's Al-Ahram daily claims Israeli Ofir Harrari accused of spying for Israel, devised to sell Egypt hair products endangering reproductive abilities
Roee Nahmias

Israeli citizen Ofir Harrari, recently accused by Egypt of spying for Israel, was allegedly involved in a complicated scheme intended to harm Egyptian reproduction abilities, Egypt's official state paper Al-Ahram has claimed.

Harrari, accused by Egypt of being an agent of the Mossad, is set be tried in absentia on charges of "spying for a foreign country with the purpose of harming Egyptian national interest," news agency MENA reported on Sunday.

"According to the public prosecutor's office's investigation, 'Mossad agent Ofir Harrari' instructed Jordanian Ibrahim abu-Zaid to set up a company in Egypt which would exclusively import an Israeli hair product, for both men and women, which causes infertility. This in order to completely destroy Egyptian reproduction abilities," Al-Ahram states.

The report also asserted that the Mossad supposedly required that abu-Zaid open communications companies in Sudan and Libya, so as to enable Israel to follow communication traffic in both countries.

On June 12, Egypt arrested US-Israeli dual national Ilan Grapel on suspicion of spying for Israel, which denied any such charge.

Egypt's espionage allegations come at a sensitive time when Israel is trying to understand where Egypt's new temporary regime is headed.

It has been estimated both in Israel and in Egypt that the Egyptian allegations stem from a wish to appease Egyptian demonstrators protesting against the close relations that existed between Jerusalem and Cairo in the pre-uprising days.

August 16, 2011

IDF Moves To Murder Jews


IDF: Allow arms into West Bank

Military's operational recommendations ahead of nearing Palestinian bid in UN include series of 'confidence-building measures'
Attila Somfalvi

Will the Palestinian Authority's UN bid for statehood in September necessarily mean violent riots? The IDF is not so sure.

Ynet learned Tuesday that the defense establishment has put together a series of operational recommendations, which aim to prevent the security situation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip from escalating.

The brief, which has already been submitted for government review, also states that should violence erupt, the military would still strive to keep outright conflicts with Palestinians to a minimum.

The IDF's recommendations include allowing several mitigations vis-à-vis the Palestinian Authority and its security forces, mainly allowing more weapons into the West Bank from Jordan.

The plan's "target audience" is the Palestinian government in Ramallah and the heads of its security forces – who have a vested interest in keeping the order during and after the UN General Assembly; and the general Palestinian public.

The defense establishment also recommended increasing the water supply to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, granting permits for the construction of new desalination facilities, increasing the numbers of Palestinian merchants who are allowed to enter Israel – especially from Gaza, and allowing more Palestinians into the EU agricultural training program.

The IDF also recommended other good-will gestures ahead of September, such as returning the remains of 30 Palestinian prisoners and removing various roadblocks.

The military defined its recommendations as "confidence-building measures," which should be applied while taking simultaneous action to neutralize the threat posed by radical groups on both sides.

COWARDS, SCUM, TRAITORS

Some days I would love to give up on Israel.

Some days the depths that our so called leaders descend to is beyond my ability to understand.

How many Jews will the IDF murder by giving Arabs even more guns?

I wish the only Jews that will be murdered are the family members of our leaders both civilian and the IDF.

August 15, 2011

True Words From Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck compares housing protesters to communists
By GIL HOFFMAN
15/08/2011
Peace Now: MKs should boycott Beck's planned J'lem rally, condemn comments made on show entitled "Radical leftists protest in Israel."

Peace Now called upon Knesset members to boycott Glenn Beck's August 24 Jerusalem rally on Monday after Beck compared the reported 200,000 people who attended the August 6 housing rally in Tel Aviv to Communists.

In a video clip from Beck's show entitled "Radical leftists protest in Israel" that was posted on his website, Beck mocked the protesters' demands for guaranteed housing, raising the minimum wage, and providing education for children aged three months.

"That worked out well for the Soviets," Beck said when told about the protesters' demands.

He suggested solving the housing shortage by building in Judea and Samaria and questioned where the protesters' funding came from.


"Why even look if there is any leftist global financing involved?" Beck asked.
"Do not look to see if there is any Islamist movement that is joining them."

Beck then spoke about joint efforts between socialists and Islamists in history and noted that Islamists worked together with the Nazis, using the alternative name for the Nazi party, the National Socialists.

Peace Now secretary-general Yariv Openheimer said MKs should not attend the rally and should condemn Beck's comments.

"What he said is very problematic," Openheimer said. "Because of Netanyahu's policies, our only friends that we have left in the world are crazy, racist, extremist lunatics like Glen Beck."




I would rather have Judea and Samaria and the friendship of people like Glenn Beck than all the members of Peace Now and all the other self hating Jews.

I wish we could figure out how to give the hard core left what they really dream of and that is a green card so they could move to America.

Stop The Games

Barak approves construction of 277 housing units in Ariel

Some of the new units will house evacuees from the Netzarim settlement that was dismantled in Gaza in 2005 • New housing units are latest in series of construction approvals that have garnered criticism from Palestinians and the international community.
Israel Hayom Staff

Defense Minister Ehud Barak last week approved the construction of 277 new housing units in Ariel, 100 of which are to be allocated to evacuees from Netzarim, a former settlement built in Gaza that was dismantled during the 2005 disengagement.

The plans for the new housing units in Ariel are the latest in a series of construction projects recently passed by the government.

Last week, Interior Minister Eli Yishai gave final approval for the construction of 1,600 new housing units in the ultra-Orthodox East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo, located over the Green Line.

A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said the housing plans are not political, but rather a reaction to recent protests about the high cost of living and calls for more affordable housing in Israel.

Last March, the ministry announced the construction of the 1,600 housing units in question, just as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was visiting the region. The announcement sparked outrage from the international community and led to a diplomatic rift with the U.S. Earlier this month, the Interior Ministry also approved the construction of 930 housing units in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa.

The approval of the housing plans has garnered fierce criticism from the Palestinians and the international community.

Asked to comment on the Har Homa project, U.S. State Department spokesman Jay Carney said the U.S. "position on that has not changed, which is that we urge both sides not to take any action that makes it harder for the two sides to come together and negotiate."

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland echoed his remarks, the French news agency AFP reported.

"As we've said many times, unilateral action of this kind works against our efforts to get folks back to the table, makes it all more difficult, and undercuts trust," she said.

Also expressing dismay at the construction plans, Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erakat said in a statement that the housing approval showed that Israel “is committed to investing in occupation rather than peace.”

"In the past few days, members of the international community ... condemned the expansion of the illegal settlement of Har Homa. Today, Israel has responded to this international consensus with intransigence and willful disregard,” Erekat said.

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton last week also expressed disapproval for the plan.

"I am profoundly disappointed by Thursday's approval of a project that has triggered fierce criticism from the Palestinians and the international community," Ashton said.

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=726

I have a great idea declare the so called peace process dead and build every where in Judea and Samaria.

End the stupid games that we are playing.

The time to stop pretending that we are going to allow the Palestinians have a state in Judea and Samaria is over.

I will even say the reverse is true, Bibi if you intend to make a terrorist state then just say so and do it. So we can fight you with what ever it takes to defeat you.

Israel Get In The Game

Abbas: Palestinians need funds to combat 'Israeli threats'
By REUTERS
15/08/2011
In Saudi paper, PA president writes that "pressures from Israel and its allies" are a risk to plan to seek United Nations approval for statehood.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday appealed for Arab financial support to help the Palestinians deal with "pressures and threats from Israel and its allies" which he said were a risk to his plan to seek United Nations approval for statehood in September.

The Palestinian Authority faces a financial crisis which forced it to cut government wages by half in July. Policymakers have identified a shortfall in Arab aid as the main cause.


Writing in the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan, Abbas said the Palestinians faced pressure from Israel and its allies to prevent them from seeing through their planned diplomatic action at September's General Assembly meeting in New York.

"We have not enjoyed the Arab political and financial support needed to get through this delicate period. These pressures and threats will continue and reduce the chances of success," Abbas wrote, without specifying the threats.

Despite the pressure, he said he was committed to seeing through the diplomatic offensive.

Abbas said that his reasons for the UN statehood bid in September included the fact that "bilateral negotiations have reached a dead end". He also said it would improve the chances of serious negotiations.

Abbas thanked the Arabs, particularly Saudi Arabia, for "continuous aid to their Palestinian brothers."

"However their support now has a special quality in supporting our diplomatic move which will help in bringing peace closer," he wrote.

The Palestinian Authority pays salaries to 150,000 people in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and monthly allowances to another 75,000 people.

Though it paid full wages in August, the PA warned its financial troubles were not over.

http://www.jpost.com/LandedPages/PrintArticle.aspx?id=233852

The American Congress should stop all aid to the PA now and not wait until September.

Israel must cut all aid to the PA, now.

Israel must do everything in it's power to block all funds from reaching the PA.

They are fighting a war to win and we are playing diplomatic games and the PA has the ability to weaken Israel enough so as to cause the downfall of Israel.

August 12, 2011

US may cut Gaza aid over Hamas probes

Washington threatens to cut $100 million from aid funds given to Strip over Hamas audits of Gaza-based US-backed charity groups
News agencies

The State Department has reportedly sent a warning to Hamas leaders in Gaza that it would withdraw $100 million of its Gaza funds unless they relent in their demands to audit American-financed charities operating in the Strip, Ynet learned on Friday.


US funds funneled to Gaza through these groups mostly finance health care, agriculture and water infrastructure.

According to the New York Times, the harsh message was delivered through a third party and came after Hamas officials suspended International Medical Corps operation in Gaza earlier this week, for refusing to submit to Hamas inspection of their offices.

Hamas’s relations with the foreign Gaza-based NGOs, and particularly with US-backed ones, had been discordant for several months, as Gaza's rulers aim to increase their supervision of foreign groups operating in Gaza.

In early 2011, Hamas ordered all foreign NGOs to register with the central government, pay a fee and submit their financial records for inspection.

Most groups eventually relented, but in June Hamas issued a new demand, this time for the groups to permit its officials to audit their books. Hamas offered no explanation for its demand, and the group's objection to its meddling grew.

The United States forbids any direct contact between American or American-backed groups and Hamas, which is on the State Department's terror watch-list. As a result, on-site inspection by Hamas officials would lead to suspension of aid, US officials said.

The United States accounts for a large share of the money that foreign governments spend on humanitarian assistance in Gaza, the NYT said.

Many involved with US and European charities now hope that Washington's warning will prompt Hamas to drop its demand, so that all programs will continue.

However, Hamas spokesman Taher al-Nounou told the newspaper that: “These organizations do not recognize and do not want to recognize the Palestinian law. We do not kneel down to any threat. Any organization that wants to operate in the Palestinian territories must respect the laws.”

Aid provided by American and other foreign groups goes to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza, where most of the 1.6 million residents are refugees.

Let us cut to the truth.

America is supporting an evil society, in Gaza.

Let's America stand for good and not evil.

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.

This will be a special edition if MERF with me being the guest for the whole hour, as the Prime Minister of Israel.

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

Abbas Tell The Truth For Once

Abbas: We want settlements-free state

Palestinian president assures US lawmakers visiting West Bank that nearing UN bid for statehood meant to bolster peace process; as delegation of Arab FMs sets off to convince UN Security Council members to support membership request

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with US lawmakers visiting the West Bank and Gaza Strip and urged them to lend their support to the formation of a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital, the PA's WAFA news agency reported on Friday.

Abbas reportedly stressed that the future state must be "empty of settlements."

The US delegation was led by Senator Steny Hoyer (D), who is the Minority Whip of the House of Representatives. They toured the area on Thursday.

Abbas reviewed the PA's policy, which is based on reaching a settlement for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict based on the two-state solution and the 1967 borders. Should such a deal be reached, it would lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.

Abbas further voiced his wish that a third party – preferably one made up of NATO forces under US command – would assume responsibility for the security of the future Palestinian state.

Free of settlements.

Is that an other way of saying free of Jews?

Are you so racist, that having Jews live in the state you dream of is not allowed?

Then you want security from NATO, so you can carry out terrorism but if Israel responds we end up at war with the whole world.

Why don't you just tell the truth about what you want for once, the end of Israel.

August 11, 2011

Iranian Commander: we advise Zionists to return to the countries of their origin soon to save their lives

Iranian Commander: Netanyahu Should Prepare for Trial
News number: 9005193117 13:59 | 2011-08-10
http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9005193117

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of Iran's Basij (volunteer) forces Brigadier General
Mohammad Reza Naqdi stressed the Zionist regime's weak and poor conditions
in the confrontation against Islamic resistance in the region, and said
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should prepare for a trial in cage
like the former Egyptian dictator, Hosni Mubarak.

"Today Zionists are completely surrounded by the Mujahedin of Islam and we
advise them (Zionists) to return to the countries of their origin soon to
save their lives," Naqdi said on Wednesday.

He referred to the recent threats posed by the Zionist regime to the Muslim
nations, and said, "Zionist leaders and Mr. Netanyahu should prepare
themselves for the cage (to be tried in), and this is our response to such
threats."

Naqdi's warning came after Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of General
Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi spoke of new wars against the regional
countries. Ashkenazi said that in a future war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip
or Hezbollah in Lebanon, the IDF will have to simultaneously use ground
forces and standoff firepower.

"It would be nice if we could stop rocket and missile fire with just
standoff firepower," he said. "But it is not possible. We will need to
combine our capabilities and also to maneuver on the ground."

To anticipate, Ashkenazi told the audience that the IDF has already been
working on creating target banks for future conflicts with Hezbollah and
Hamas.

Ashkenazi also said that the IDF was looking into procuring new accurate
rockets to increase the ground forces' capability to independently destroy
targets with great precision and without needing to rely on air support.

After Ashkenazi's remarks, Spokesman of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad's
Al-Quds Brigades Abu Ahmad warned the Zionist regime against a new assault
on Gaza, stressing that Palestinian resistance groups would not hesitate to
give a crushing response to any Israeli invasion.

"The Zionist enemy will receive a crushing response from the resistance in
case it embarks on any stupid act," Abu Ahmad told FNA on Tuesday.

He reiterated that resistance groups are equipped with facilities and
capabilities that make it capable of inflicting heavy damages on the Zionist
regime in case of an Israeli military attack on Gaza.

August 10, 2011

Israel Aerospace Industries to unveil lightweight vertical take-off drone

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New mini-drone boasts near-silent operation, performs day or night surveillance for ground forces • Control interface is based on modern computer games • Drone weighs less than 10 pounds.
Ilan Gattegno


Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is scheduled to unveil its cutting-edge Ghost surveillance drone in Washington next week.

The Ghost is a light nine-pound unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), that looks like a miniature version of the Chinook helicopter.

The Ghost was designed for field operations. It is intended to serve a company of infantry soldiers (about 100 men). Its interface resembles the latest computer games and its intuitive design requires minimal training time.

Ghost is a versatile platform capable of performing a variety of military and civilian missions. It carries a payload of day or night surveillance equipment, has vertical take-off and landing capabilities and can perform lateral movement while maintaining altitude. The Ghost boasts a low acoustic signature, allowing for covert observation, and can hover in the air for 30 minutes. The entire system can be carried in backpacks by two soldiers.

The Ghost will be unveiled at an Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AVUSI) expo opening on August 16 in Washington D.C.

"The innovative concept is a testament to our familiarity with the needs of ground forces and combat soldiers' ability to operate [the Ghost] in the field. The Ghost is at the vanguard of [UAV] technology and is a result of years of experience in the UAV field," IAI President Izthak Nissan said.

Justice Soon?

Court reverses conviction of Kfir Brigade soldier

Judges order to reexamine case of IDF sergeant convicted of assaulting Palestinians because reprimand given to brigade commander prior to trial may have 'directly or indirectly influenced legal proceedings'
Hanan Greenberg

The military appeals court on Wednesday reversed the conviction of a Kfir Brigade paramedic charged with attacking Palestinian residents during 2008 operational activity in Kfar Kadum, referring the case back to the Jaffa Military Court.

The judges ruled that because the Brigade Commander, Colonel Itai Virob, was reprimanded prior to the opening of Sergeant G.'s trial, his testimony may have directly or indirectly influenced the sentencing and subsequent punishment of 65 days in prison.

Sergeant G., along with Kfir Brigade Deputy Commander Adam Malul were convicted of aggravated assault after it was revealed that they had hit Palestinians during military activity in the West Bank.

The statement stirred a storm among top military echelons, who reprimanded Virob even before Sergeant G.'s trial began.

In the appeal Sergeant G. filed after his conviction, the military advocacy claimed that the disciplinary action taken against Colonel Virob affected his testimony during the second trial, and made him change his statements.

The advocacy further claimed that legal proceedings during the sergeant's trial were faulty, and therefore called to reverse the conviction.

The judges accepted the plea, referring the case back to the Jaffa Military Court in order to examine whether the reprimand had influenced Colonel Virob's testimony. If the court finds that the act did in fact have a negative impact on the legal proceedings, the judges might convict Sergeant G. of a lighter offence, or acquit him of all charges.

Let justice be the rule of the day acquit Sergeant G and Lt. Adam Malul.

Israel must end the persecution of it's combat soldiers, and let them get on with the job of protecting Israel.

August 09, 2011

Immoral


Tuesday, August 9, 2011
(47% decline in individual gun permits since 1995) Israel to strengthen gun control, tighten purchase rules

State moves to strengthen gun control, tighten purchase rules

Gold and diamond dealers to no longer be granted weapon licenses.
By Gili Cohen Haaretz Published 02:45 09.08.11
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/state-moves-to-strengthen-gun-control-tighten-purchase-rules-1.377692

The Public Security Ministry is amending weapons licensing regulations in an
effort to reduce the number of gun permits issued to Israeli civilians.

The changes include eliminating gold and diamond dealers from the list of
people whose occupation qualifies them for gun ownership, and giving
preference to permits held by institutions rather than individuals.

According to the latest figures available to the ministry's firearms
department, 173,818 permits to possess and carry guns have been issued to
individuals in Israel. The vast majority of these are for handguns, although
a few thousand permits are for hunting rifles, air rifles or small-bore
rifles.

An additional 130,000 institutional permits have been issued. These are
issued to organizations, including private companies, with employees whose
work requires them to carry a gun, and that meet ministry requirements. Most
of these deal with training and protective equipment for the users.

The number of gun permits issued has declined significantly over the years.
The peak was in 1995, during the height of the state's "gun for every
citizen" policy, when 330,000 Israelis were licensed to carry firearms. In
the last decade alone, that number has declined by about 100,000.

The main reason for the decline was the tightening of requirements for
obtaining a permit, including licensing fees and proficiency requirements,
which discouraged individuals without a genuine need for a gun to continue
renewing their licenses. In addition, thousands of permits issued in the
1990s were not renewed because their owners no longer complied with health
requirements, or no longer met occupational or other requirements. Another
contributory factor was the tightening of supervision, as well as reducing
the validity period for gun permits from five years to three. Public
Security Ministry officials even admitted that some blind people had gun
permits.

According to an internal memo circulated recently within the ministry, since
the 1970s more than 23,000 licensed guns have been lost or stolen and have
fallen into the hands of "unknown sources." Ministry officials believe that
a significant number of these are in the hands of criminals.

"Weapons that are stolen are not stolen by good people. The majority end up
in the hands of criminals and are used afterwards for criminal activities,"
said Yaakov Amit, director of the ministry's firearms department. The
possibility that legally held guns that have been reported lost or stolen
were actually sold by the permit-holder to criminals is behind the
ministry's decision to impose a cooling-off period of between three and six
years on individuals reporting the loss or theft or their weapon.

Ministry officials acknowledge that the actual number of stolen guns in
Israel significantly exceeds 23,000, since that number does not include guns
stolen from Israel Defense Forces bases.

"Criminals always prefer good guns, and the main source for these is the
IDF," Amit said. "A gun that shoots far and kills faster is more effective,
and that's the kind the military has."

According to figures published this year in the IDF magazine Bamahane, 137
guns were stolen from the army in 2010.

Immoral.

Jews can't own guns in our home land, immoral .

After the history of the Jewish people for the government to do this to the Jewish people is immoral and evil.

August 08, 2011

Secular Rothschild campsite quiets down for 9th of Av


By BEN HARTMAN
08/08/2011
Signs set up throughout Tel Aviv tent city telling locals there will be no dance parties or performances during evening of fast.

There was a noticeably quieter atmosphere along the length of Rothschild Boulevard on Monday evening, as the Ninth of Av fast came in after sunset.

Trance parties and impromptu jazz parties were replaced by a series of lectures and a number of campsites where readings of the book of lamentations were held. At busier spots throughout the boulevard, such as the Student Union headquarters and the main kitchen at the corner of Rothschild and Marmorek, signs were posted calling on people to respect the fast. Signs also notified passersby that there would be no music parties, performances or entertainment scheduled for the night, and called on all residents to “please participate in showing respect for this day.” Also at the kitchen on Monday, food service closed early, though cakes and cookies were still available into the night for those who weren’t fasting.

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At the boulevard studio of the nascent online radio station “TheVoice.fm”, founded by the protest movement, two of the station’s workers said they would be having no music during their nightly broadcast on the Ninth of Av.

On Sunday, the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel sent a letter to Mayor Ron Huldai asking that he ensure that no “festivals” take place on the Ninth of Av at the Rothschild tent city, though it appeared that like most aspects of the protest movement, showing respect for the holiday was a grassroots initiative not ordered by anything resembling a leadership.

Next to the kitchen, at a public relations booth for the protest movement, Ori Ben-Dov, 29, said that he saw great importance in the commemoration of the Ninth of Av at the Tel Aviv protest camp, even though the majority of campers are secular.

“There’s no better place to study about the Ninth of Av or the book of lamentations than here. We lost the first and second temple because of a lack of solidarity. We don’t want to lose the third temple because of a lack of solidarity,” he said.

He added, “it doesn’t matter if most people here are secular or not. The holiday is for all of us, not just the religious. Besides, even if there was only one religious person here, we wouldn’t want them to feel uncomfortable.”

A tent complex on Rothschild set up weeks earlier by a group of Breslov Hassids was mostly cleared out on Monday evening, and Yaakov, a Breslover laying on a couch said he believed that most of them were in synagogue.

Yaakov also said that he feels that the holiday resonates stronger at the Rothschild tent city because “we lost the first and second temple because of baseless hatred , because everyone was only worrying about themselves. And that is what has happened in the country here, because of the government and the way it has made everyone only about themselves. Here [on Rothschild] people are all starting to talk to one another, and it’s baseless love. We’re building the third temple here.”

Good for them.

I have to say I am impressed.

Bibi Thank You

S&P leaves Israel's credit rating at 'A'

Financial rating giant gives Israel 'solid' rating forecast but downgrades rating for US-backed bonds to AA+
Mishel Udi, Calcalist

US-based financial rating giant Standard & Poor's announced on Monday that it was leaving Israel's credit rating at "A" along with a solid rating forecast.

S&P did, however, downgrade Israel's US securities-backed credit rating to AA+, in accordance with its latest historic downgrade of the United States' credit rating.

The bonds in question were issued in 2003 and amount to $6 billion. These bonds are currently ranked at AAA.

The Israeli government can still issue $3.8 million-worth of US-backed bonds, but given the US' recent credit tumble, should new bonds be issued, they would automatically be ranked AA+.

S&P first upgraded Israel's credit rating to A in 2007. In January 2009, it reaffirmed its decision, further giving Israel's market a "soild" forecast.

In April, the Moody's rating agency reaffirmed Israel's credit rating as well, leaving it unchanged at the A1 level.

Giving credit where credit is due, thank you Bibi.

Now Bibi do not give into the rabble in the streets because if you do, we will go the way of Greece, Italy and the USA.

August 07, 2011

PA commission of inquiry: Dahlan helped poison Arafat


By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
07/08/2011
Ousted Fatah official asked a security officer to burn former Palestinian leader’s medicine bottle, report claims.

A Palestinian commission of inquiry has concluded that ousted Fatah Central Committee member Muhammad Dahlan was involved in the “poisoning” of former Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat.

The commission’s report was published on Sunday by a number of Arab news websites, including al-Jazeera.

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According to the 118-page report, which was prepared by top Fatah officials Azzam al- Ahmed, Tayeb Abdel Rahim, Othman Abu Gharbiyyeh and Nabil Sha’ath, the deposed Fatah official was involved in sending poisoned medicine to Arafat before the latter’s death.

If true, this would be the first time the Palestinian leadership accuses a Palestinian of being behind the “assassination” of Arafat.

Until now the PA and other Palestinians had held Israel fully responsible for the mysterious death of Arafat of an unknown disease in November 2004.

PA officials in Ramallah would neither confirm nor deny the report.

However, The Jerusalem Post was told that a senior aide to Abbas had leaked the report to al-Jazeera.

The commission of inquiry was set up to look into allegations that Dahlan had plotted to stage a coup against PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

At the request of Abbas, the Fatah Central Committee has expelled Dahlan.

Dahlan, who has denied the charges, returned to Ramallah late last month to appeal against the decision to expel him from Fatah.

A few days after he arrived in Ramallah, PA security forces raided his villa, detained his bodyguards and confiscated their weapons and vehicles.

Dahlan was nevertheless permitted to leave to Jordan without being harassed. But a number of his top aides have since been arrested by various branches of the PA security forces in the West Bank.

Dahlan’s associates maintain that the dispute with Abbas erupted only after the former demanded an inquiry into the fate of $1.3 billion that was deposited in the account of the Palestinian Investment Fund.

They claim that most of the money has gone missing ever since Abbas succeeded Arafat in January 2005.

According to Dahlan’s supporters, Abbas also holds a grudge against him because he had been bad-mouthing the PA president’s wealthy sons.

The report, which also appeared on other Arab media web sites, claims that while Arafat was hospitalized at a French military hospital, Dahlan approached a senior PA security officer and asked him to burn the bottles of medicine that Arafat had been using.

The report also claims that a number of Arafat’s associates had supported this allegation during questioning.

The Fatah report goes on to accuse Dahlan of standing behind a string of assassinations of senior Palestinian officials, including Hisham Mekki, chairman of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation and top Fatah operatives Kamal Midhat and Hussein Abu Ajweh.

The commission said that Dahlan had also been questioned about his personal fortune and bank accounts under his name in Switzerland.

The commission’s report also accused Dahlan of conspiring to recruit civil servants and security officers to his camp and planting espionage devices in a number of government and security installations.

Dahlan was also accused of plotting to stage a “military coup” in the West Bank against Abbas and purchasing weapons from Israeli-Arab arms dealers.

In response to the publication of the report, Arafat’s relatives in the Gaza Strip issued a statement in which they strongly condemned the charges against Dahlan.

The statement also cautioned the media against publishing lies related to the death of Arafat and said that such reports were unprofessional and immoral and were designed to harm Arafat’s image and reputation.

Samir Mashharawi, a top Fatah operative from the Gaza Strip and longtime friend of Dahlan, said on Sunday that the dispute between Dahlan and Abbas was “personal.”

Mashharawi said he personally asked Abbas about the dispute and the PA president admitted to him that this was the case.

Mashharawi quoted Abbas as saying: “Your friend [Dahlan] has a long tongue and has been bad-mouthing me and my sons. He [Dahlan] has been saying that I handed the Gaza Strip over to Hamas and that I have neglected the Gaza Strip in the past four years.”

The Fatah leader said Abbas had initiated the fight with Dahlan to distract attention from his failed policies. “Abbas wants to run away from five years of failure in running the Palestinian Authority and the political portfolio,” he charged.

Mashharawi claimed that the raid on Dahlan’s villa in Ramallah was aimed at liquidating the latter.

“They wanted to initiate an armed clash with Dahlan’s men so that the police could open fire,” he said. “The goal was to kill Dahlan and then announce that he was part of a conspiracy to overthrow the Palestinian president. Fortunately, Dahlan remained very clam during the raid and did not intervene even when they searched his bedroom in a provocative manner.”

End all contact with the PA, Lieberman says


By HERB KEINON
07/08/2011
FM: Palestinians planning unprecedented violence in September; PA can't have both security cooperation, try to bring Hague charges against IDF.

Israel should cut off all contact with the Palestinian Authority, including security cooperation, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday, adding he intends to recommend this step to the government.

“I am calling for the cutting off of all contact between Israel and the Palestinian Authority,” he told reporters.


“And I mean all contact, from discussions relating to water, to discussions between officials in the foreign ministries.”

Lieberman also said it was clear that along with the expected statehood recognition vote at the UN in next month, the PA was planning “the worst violence and spilling of blood that we have ever seen.”

He said he planned to go to the UN for the debate and vote on Palestinian statehood recognition in mid- September.

The foreign minister ridiculed claims by the PA leadership that they were only interested in non-violent protests, saying that if they planned a march of thousands of people to IDF checkpoints, and try to pass through those checkpoints, it was clear there will be violence.

The Palestinians were busy planning the details of the marches, including how to transport people, and which checkpoints to march on, Lieberman said.

“When you are preparing a march of tens of thousands on the checkpoint at A-Ram or Kalandiya [both north of Jerusalem], when you call on the public to go to the checkpoints and pass through them without being checked, in such large numbers, it is clear that there will be hotheads who will use violence, and it is possible to imagine what will happen, and what impact they are trying to make,” he said.

Lieberman said there was a serious disconnect between what PA leaders were saying in public about trying to prevent violence in September, and intricate plans they were drawing up for massive marches they know will lead to bloodshed.

“The more they talk about not using violence, the more I see preparation for violence,” he said. The ultimate goal of these marches, and the ensuing havoc, was to “drag the international community” into the conflict to impose a solution.

Lieberman said it was clear the Palestinians were not interested in negotiations, believing they could get more if the international community stepped in.

Referring to efforts by the PA to take Israeli soldiers to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, he said it was impossible for the PA to have it both ways, to have security cooperation on one hand, and to plan to take the IDF to The Hague on war crimes charges on the other.

Cutting off ties with the PA was necessary to get across the message that it could not work against Israel on all international fronts without facing any consequences, the foreign minister said. “They have to understand that there is a price,” he said.

Regarding the Turkish demand for an Israeli apology for last year’s Mavi Marmara incident, Lieberman reiterated his position that he is completely against any type of apology, and that this would send the wrong message to Turkey, the region and the world.

Israel was “100 percent right” in the way it dealt with the Mavi Marmara, even if the results were “tragic,” he said.

Lieberman is 100% correct, cut off all contact with the PA and do it now.

For trouble is coming in September.

August 05, 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/

No Brain

Prison overcrowding leads Israel to release 770 Palestinian prisoners

Top Hamas official Sheik Hassan Yousef among those released • Noam Shalit: Prisoners released while officials sow fear about a prisoner exchange for my son.
Itsik Saban and Daniel Siryoti

Citing intense overcrowding in its prisons, on Thursday Israel released 770 Palestinian prisoners, 200 of whom are considered security prisoners. Among those released was Sheik Hassan Yousef, a Hamas leader in the West Bank.

Yousef had previously completed a four-year sentence and, six months after his release, was arrested and imprisoned again. His detention period officially ended last month, but security officials delayed his release by six weeks for administrative reasons. Yousef's son, Mosab Hassan Yousef, famously converted to Christianity and joined Israel's Shin Bet security service as an informant in 1997, serving as Israel's most valuable informant during the Second Intifada. In 2010, he wrote a book, “Son of Hamas,” about his experience, and shortly afterward fled to the U.S., where he received political asylum.

At a gathering held in Ramallah to celebrate his release, the elder Yousef said he intended to join the intra-Palestinian reconciliation talks between Hamas and Fatah, and called on “all Palestinian factions to join forces in light of the Zionist threat.” In an interview with the Palestinian Ma'an news agency, Yousef denied reports suggesting Hamas prisoners in Israeli jails torpedoed a potential prisoner exchange deal for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. “Netanyahu derailed negotiations by refusing to accept Hamas's demands,” Yousef said.

Gilad Shalit's father, Noam, reacted to the prisoner release on Tuesday, saying, “This is the first time we have heard of security prisoners being released because the Israel Prison Service has no means to keep them there,” he said. “At the same time, the prime minister and his bureau are sowing fear among the public that releasing prisoners in exchange for an Israeli soldier will bring about a wave of terrorism. Terrorists will try to strike regardless of the circumstances in which prisoners were released.”

The Israel Prison Service has a capacity of 17,700 prisoners, but until this latest release, 18,442 prisoners were being held in Israeli jails. The Administrative Release Law stipulates that if the number of prisoners exceeds capacity, all prisoners who have a certain number of days remaining in their terms must be released immediately.

So why not keep these prisoners in prison and use them to get Gillad back.

Better yet just keep them in prison.

Do these terrorist think that Israel is Norway and prison is a 5 star hotel?

Like usual the Likud has no strategic planning.

August 03, 2011

PM: 'Solution keeps market free, responds to social crisis'


By LAHAV HARKOV
03/08/2011
After National Housing C'tees Bill passes in Knesset, Netanyahu says reforms meant to solve high cost of living by slashing prices; Livni slams PM: People are screaming for social justice, not charity.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said his goal is to respond to social issues while keeping the market free, shortly after the linchpin of his housing reform passed in its third (final) reading in the Knesset on Wednesday.

The prime minister told the plenum that the Israeli economy is enjoying unprecedented growth, adding that the average salary in Israel is higher than that of many European states.

"Then why, you ask, do Israelis have trouble finishing the month? Because our prices are higher than those in Europe," Netanyahu said, explaining that his reforms are meant to solve the current socioeconomic problems by slashing prices.

Lamenting the "wave of populism that hit the Knesset," Netanyahu explained that "the solutions must preserve the preserve the free market while responding to social issues."

Netanyahu's National Housing Committees Bill passed with 57 MKs in favor and 45 opposed on the final day of the Knesset's summer session.

MK Meir Sheetrit (Kadima) summed up the opposition's reservations about the bill, which were presented by MKs for hours on Monday and Tuesday, before it was brought to a vote.

"Real estate sharks are going to receive a multi-million shekel gift today," Sheetrit said. "This law will have a negative influence on building processes here, and will serve real estate sharks that will build higher, stronger and more expensively."

Chairman of the joint Knesset Economics and Interior Committee on the bill Carmel Shama-Hachohen (Likud) spoke out against those who said Netanyahu and his housing bill help real estate tycoons get richer.

He scolded opposition MKs for spreading "senseless hatred, which caused the destruction of the [second] temple on the ninth of Av 2,000 years ago."

"Anyone who saw this bill, or even skimmed it, knows that only the government, municipalities and the Israel Lands Authority can submit plans to National Housing Committees," he pointed out.

Construction and Housing Minister Ariel Atias compared the current construction planning process to a traffic jam.

"People wait in line for five years, because plans are backed up," he explained, adding that the new bill will drastically shorten the planning process.

The housing minister also addressed the complaints that the bill does not provide enough "accessible housing."

"The real problem is that there is no legal definition for 'accessible housing' – who deserves it, how much money would that person make," Atias explained. "We would have to pass a separate bill for that."

The National Housing Committees Bill is one of the central components of Netanyahu’s housing-reform plan. The bill is meant to circumvent usual construction- planning bureaucracy in order to build new homes.

The bill would allow for the temporary formation of six national-housing committees, which would work to accelerate the process of approving building projects in the next year and a half.

There will be one committee in every region in Israel, which will be responsible for providing all of the authorizations necessary to begin construction only for projects with over 200 homes built mostly on state land.

A number of changes to the bill were approved in its second reading. For example, some of the homes will be designated as rentals for the next 10 years. A housing project for minority groups may have only 100 homes, a change made in response to complaints that the bill was irrelevant to small Arab towns. In addition, the Knesset will investigate the bill's implementation every four months.

Immediately following the vote, the Knesset discussed a letter drafted by Kadima and signed by 40 MKs on "the failures of the Netanyahu government in diplomatic, economic and social matters."

Opposition leader Tzipi Livni (Kadima) said "a government that the people oppose is not legitimate. This is a real democracy," she added, in reference to the housing protesters.

"This is not a protest against the State of Israel, but for it. However, this is a protest against the policies of the government you head. They are screaming for social justice, not charity or favors, but justice," Livni said, quoting a popular Israeli rap song: "Everyone is talking about peace, but no one talks about justice."

"You say you understand economics," she added. "Maybe you do, but you do not understand people. While you are proud of low unemployment rates, you do not see the people who work hard, but still have hard lives."

"I saw you and [Finance Minister Yuval] Steinitz sitting and laughing this week," MK Ronnie Bar-On (Kadima) said to Netanyahu. "What reason do you have to smile or laugh?"

Bar-On referred to a Likud faction meeting in which a Likud mayor said that the protest tents are filled with "sushi eaters and hookah smokers," saying: "He saw a few demonstrators, and you quickly took advantage of the opportunity to cause conflict and split up parts of the nation. You said that only Ashkenazi Jews are there, and no Sephardic ones or right-wing people."

"You really are at your best," he added sarcastically.

MK Ayoub Kara (Likud) called MK Ronnie Bar-On (Kadima) a "corrupt dog," an "embarrassment," and an "idiot," before he was removed from the plenum.

Later, MK Nissim Ze'ev (Shas) opined that Bar-On's words could not be harsher if he "hit Netanyahu on the head with a bat."

"This is a democracy, but first we should be civilized," he said.

Various opposition MKs said the prime minister is ignoring the public protests.

UAL-Ta'al MK Masud Gnaim compared the protests to the French Revolution.

"People took to the streets in France, and the king did not understand what was happening until someone said to him: 'Sir, this is a revolution.' The same is happening with Netanyahu," Gnaim said.

He lamented the problems with planning and construction in Arab villages, saying "this government only deals with Arab homes through destruction and bulldozers."

Habayit Hayehudi MK Uri Orbach pointed out that "when the opposition does not have the power, they say they'll give out apartments, free education, whatever the public asks for. It almost makes me miss those days."

However, "when you were in power, you all behaved like Likudniks," he quipped.

Livni is a moron "social justice" is government forced charity.

By the power of the state, money is taken from the more productive members of society and given to less productive members and yes in some cases social leeches.

This bill is a good first step.

I think the government should change the long term leases on the land our homes sit on to private ownership. Starting first in the development areas of the country. This would give an influx of capital to the lower income people living on moshavs' around the country.

But I don't see the government taking this step for racial reasons. Moshavs' are made up of Jews that came from Arab countries, which historically were the under class.

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August 02, 2011

Will Justice Be Served?

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'Itamar massacre' killer, Hakim Awad, convicted
By JOANNA PARASZCZUK AND YAAKOV LAPPIN
02/08/2011
One of two Palestinian youths indicted for the brutal murder of 5 members of the Fogel family in March, convicted in Samaria Military Court.

The Samaria Military Court on Tuesday convicted 18-year-old Hakim Awad for the murder of five members of the Fogel family in the Itamar settlement - three children aged between 3 months and 11 years, and their parents, Ehud and Ruth.

Awad admitted to the charges against him in the indictment, according to which he and another youth, Amjad Awad, murdered the Fogel family in March.

Despite the fact that Awad, a high school student, had confessed his part in the murder to security services and the court, Judge Lt-Colonel Menahem Lieberman had nevertheless decided to examine detailed evidence gathered by the prosecution, including forensic findings, in order to rule out that Awad had lied about his part in the crime for "glory".

Hakim Awad was also convicted of weapons offenses and various other security offenses.

The two youths were arrested in April following an intensive and large-scale investigation by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), the IDF's elite Duvdevan Unit and forensic officers from the police's Special Intelligence Branch.

Although the youths carried out the attack on their own initiative, they are affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP) terror group, and received significant assistance from family members and friends after the attack, the IDF said.

The following account of the massacre is based on confessions and a reenactment of the attack by Hakim Awad and Amjad Awad, and a painstaking investigation led by the Shin Bet.

On the night of March 11, as the Fogel family were asleep in their home in Itamar, Hakim and Amjad Awad set out from the village of Awarta, two kilometers to the south, armed with knives, face masks, and a wire cutter.

The two planned to carry out the murders of Israelis days before, and had made unsuccessful attempts to obtain firearms from a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) representative in their village.

But the lack of guns did not dissuade the two from carrying out their plan to murder Israelis.

The youths set out from their village on foot, and after a kilometer, they cut a wire fence around Itamar, climbed over a forest hilltop, and reached a row of homes in the settlement.

They first entered a home adjacent to the Fogel residence, but found that nobody was home. They stole an M-16 rifle from the home, ammunition, and body armor, before walking on down the street.

The youths then saw the Fogel family residence, and spotted children sleeping through the window.

Immediately after entering the home, the youths set their knives on two young brothers sleeping in their beds, 4-year-old Elad and 11-year-old Yoav, killing them both.

They then entered the parents' bedroom, where they launched a knife attack on Ehud and Ruth Fogel. The parents fought back, attempting to fend off the attackers, but died of their stab wounds during the
struggle.

The two then left the house, before hearing cries from three-month-old baby Hadas. Awoken by the attack, the baby lay in her crib in her parents' bedroom.

"They went back into the house and stabbed the baby to death to silence her cries," a security source said.

Two other children remained in the home, but were spared because Hakim and Amjad did not know of their presence. Amjad later told interrogators that he would have killed them too had he known that they were in the home.

After murdering five members of the family, the suspects walked back to the village, and told Hakim's uncle, PFLP member Salah Adin Awad, what they had done.

Salah hid their firearms, and instructed them to burn their bloody clothes.

The youths then resumed their daily lives, while Salah sent the weapons to a friend in Ramallah, Jad Avid, who hid the guns in his home.

The military court is expected to reconvene in September to hear arguments for sentencing Hakim Awad.

The second youth indicted in the massacre, Amjad Awad, will be tried separately, because he and Hakim have testified against each other and so cannot be tried together. According to a spokesperson for the IDF, Amjad Awad will be tried on August 16th.


Justice will only be served if the court awards death as the sentence.

Justice will only be served if the High Court allows death.

Justice will only be served when the scum is dead.

Justice will only be served when his ashes are spread across the Mediterranean Sea.

G-D will justice will be served.

Knesset Is A Joke, Again

MK Michaeli censured for 'physically disturbing' Zoabi
By LAHAV HARKOV
02/08/2011
Knesset Ethics Committee also rebukes MK Plesner for telling Balad MK "no man would touch you" in post-flotilla discussion.

MK Anastasia Michaeli (Israel Beiteinu) was reprimanded by the Knesset Ethics Committee on Tuesday for "attempting to physically disturb" MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) in a special Knesset meeting following last year's Gaza flotilla incident.

Zoabi also complained to the committee about nine other MKs for comments made during the same discussion.

Two days after IDF commando soldiers boarded the Mavi Marmara last summer, the Knesset held a discussion titled "The Gaza Flotilla and Israel's response." Zoabi, who was aboard the Marmara at the time of the incident, was permitted to convey a personal message.

Zoabi told the Ethics Committee that, as she spoke, Michaeli "wildly approached the stand and raised her hand towards me in a threatening gesture, trying to prevent me from speaking. If a Knesset usher hadn't intervened, I would have been physically harmed."

In her defense, Michaeli said: "I do not deny that I took the stand in order to make my words heard, because the other microphones in the room were turned off."

The Ethics Committee severely censured the Israel Beiteinu MK, explaining that Zoabi's complaint is backed up with photographs from the plenum, which show Michaeli attempting to take the stand while Zoabi still stood there.

"The committee could not find a precedent in which an MK attempts to physically disturb another MK's speech by taking the stand without permission," an Ethics Committee statement reads. "A line was crossed that cannot be ignored."

The committee also rebuked MK Yohanan Plesner (Kadima) for making "insulting and harmful comments that are not connected to political stances and public life, but rather an MK's personal life."

During Zoabi's speech, Plesner said: "I only hope that you go to Gaza for a week and see what happens to you, a single 38-year-old woman."

He also told Zoabi: "Don't worry, just like no man would touch you, we will not touch you either." The comments were stricken from the Knesset protocol; however, they were published in the media, and Plesner did not deny saying them.

Plesner said that he has freedom of speech in the plenum, and his words "were meant to demonstrate the complainant's hypocrisy, in which she used liberal values like freedom of speech, demonstration, and women's rights in order to encourage de-legitimization [of Israel] and promote the Hamas regime that has declared war against these values."

He added that he made his second comment during a different part of the discussion, and did not mean to personally hurt Zoabi.

"That is not the way I use my job as an elected official, and it is unfortunate that my words were interpreted so personally. Although I stand behind my words, if I was given a second chance, I would have chosen to relay my message in a different way that would not be seen as a personal insult," Plesner explained.

The Ethics Committee also discussed Zoabi's complaints about Kadima MKs Eli Aflalo, Yulia Shamalov-Berkovich, Yoel Hasson and Yisrael Hasson, as well as MK Miri Regev (Likud) and MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) for calling her names like "murderer," "terrorist," "traitor," "collaborator," and "enemy."

In addition, MK Carmel Shama-Hacohen (Likud), then serving as deputy Knesset speaker, said: "If it depended on me, she wouldn't speak. She is entitled according to the code."

Zoabi said that the comment contributed to the fury of the discussion and was disrespectful to her.

What a joke.

Knesset is more worried about an insult than treason by Zoabi.

So if I say she is a traitor and deserves to be put on trial, is this disrespectful?


Is Norway promoting terror?

Op-ed: Despite claims to contrary, Norway has indirectly promoted Palestinian terrorism
Manfred Gerstenfeld

After the horrific Oslo and Utoya killings, we see increased media attention to the multi-faceted anti-Israeli incitement by the Norwegian government and the country’s cultural elite. However, the Norwegian Ambassador to Israel, Svein Sevje, has not yet grasped this. After the murders, he implied that Palestinian terror against Israelis is more justified than terror against Norwegians. Alan Dershowitz reacted: “I can’t remember many other examples of so much nonsense in such short an interview.” A few days later, Sevje told Haaretz: “The history of Norway vis-à-vis Israel is one of great support.”


To expose the fallacy of Sevje’s last statement, one can provide many examples of Norway’s accommodation of anti-Israeli terror, with this is being executed in three ways. The first method entails applying double standards and being soft on terror by criticizing Israel, while mentioning little or nothing about murderous Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians and Hamas’ genocidal program. The second entails statements that indirectly encourage terrorism. The third method is financing organizations that do the same.


Regarding the first method: In 2002, several members of the 1994 Norwegian Nobel Committee who granted the Nobel Peace Prize to Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, and Yasser Arafat – i.e. Bishop Gunnar Stålsett, Sissel Rønbeck, and former Norwegian Prime Minister Odvar Nordli - expressed their disappointment in Peres. A fourth member, Hanna Kvanmo, said she wished there was a way to take the prize back from Peres. She also said Peres was on the verge of being considered guilty of war crimes.


Kvanmo was jailed after World War II, as a Nazi collaborator. Nevertheless, the Socialist Left party had selected her for the Nobel Prize Committee, which is comprised of political appointees. Then-bishop of Oslo Stålsett described the involvement of Nobel Laureate Peres in human rights abuses as absurd. He remained silent about Yasser Arafat, who had continued to order the murder of Israeli civilians even after he had received the Peace Prize. In 2004, the Jerusalem Post published an article noting that the members of the Nobel Committee still stood by their choice of Arafat. By that time, Israel had publicized a list of the terrorist operatives Arafat financed and showed that his signature was on the page listing the amounts paid to the murderers.”


Modern-day blood libel

Last month, a day before the murders in Oslo and Utoya, Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere spoke at the anti-Israel incitement camp of the AUF, the youth organization of his Labor party. He called for the dismantling of Israel’s security barrier. Stoere knew well that it was built to prevent further murderous Palestinian terror attacks. He was thus indirectly promoting terrorism against Israelis, one day before some in his audience would become terror victims themselves.


In the past, even while acknowledging the threat of terror against Israel, the Lutheran Church demanded that Israel’s security barrier be dismantled. This State Church can thus also be considered an indirect promoter of Palestinian terrorism. Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) receives major funding from the Norwegian Foreign Ministry. One can debate whether it is only soft on terror, or an indirect terror promoter. Following Hamas’ takeover of Gaza in 2006, the NCA criticized the Norwegian government for "withdrawing economic support" for the "Hamas government."


Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) did the same. It is one of the largest and most highly regarded of Norway's humanitarian and development NGOs and is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its website promotes the “Stop the Wall Campaign” in Norway.


Mads Gilbert and Erik Fosse, two extreme left-wing doctors, came to Gaza during the Cast Lead War in 2008-2009, claiming that they wanted to provide medical assistance to the Palestinians. After the September 11 attacks, Gilbert stated that he supported the terrorist attacks on the United States. He and Fosse were interviewed extensively by the Norwegian and world press, and made serious accusations against Israel. According to Norway’s largest paper Verdens Gang, their trip to Gaza was paid for by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry.


Gilbert and Fosse failed to mention that the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza where they worked had been used for military purposes by Hamas. Later it became known that Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and other Hamas executives took over an entire ward of that hospital during the war.


Gilbert and Fosse later wrote a best-selling book on their stay in Gaza. They were once again silent about the Hamas military presence in the hospital. Their claim that Israel had gone into Gaza in order to kill women and children is a contemporary mutation of the classic blood libel. This book, with its anti-Semitic message, had back cover comments written by Stoere and former Conservative Prime Minister Kare Willoch.


Finally, there is Deputy Minister of the Environment, Ingrid Fiskaa, who delights in visions of terrorism against Israel. A year before she entered the government, Fiskaa told a newspaper that she sometimes dreams about the United Nations firing rockets into Israel. One should pay attention to similar statements in the future, in order to identify those Norwegians who have learned nothing from the horrific murders of so many of their fellow citizens by “one of their own.”


August 01, 2011

Stay Away From Socialist Cry Babies

Avoid dishonest protest

Op-ed: Religious staying away from housing protest because it’s led by radicals, anarchists
Yehoshua Mor-Yosef

So why didn’t I arrive at the anarchist tent city on Rothschild Boulevard and why will I be refraining from doing so? Because on the way there I heard protest leader Daphni Leef moving from one radio station to the next and presenting an unclear, spoiled and blatantly irresponsible protest. She’s unable to say what she wants, and she will therefore never be satisfied. Her colleague at the anarchist tent leadership, Stav Shafir, also didn’t make me feel like traveling to the Tel Aviv boulevard.

Indeed, it’s not sin to be a leftist. These days one even needs public courage to admit that one still believes the Palestinians. However, taking authentic distress and turning it into a manipulative protest that exploits those who are overwhelmed by the burden in order to promote radical political agendas is a terrible sin.

Imagine that a year ago the Yesha Council would have loaded people without housing on vans to protest at Jerusalem’s Zion Square against the construction freeze in Judea and Samaria. Would such move enjoy a fraction of the media coverage enjoyed by the tent boulevard on Rothschild? The answer is clear, and I am not here to argue over the media’s leftist tendencies.

I mentioned it just to illustrate that not every protest that expresses real distress deserves automatic support. One is allowed and should ask who is getting on the bandwagon here and who is the manipulator? Where does the truth end and where do the lies start?

Indeed, there is distress among the middle class, which works hard for a living yet is still unable to make ends meet. The piggish capitalism demonstrated by the tycoons, who suddenly turned into skilled storytellers, is outrageous and requires brave, painful handling by the government. Yet nonetheless, my religious friends and I are not heading to the media tents on Rothschild.

Why? Because we are in favor of resolving the problem but object to burning down the house; because we are in favor of affordable housing, but against toppling the Netanyahu government; because we are in favor of cutting fuel prices but against the “I deserve it” revolution; because we are in favor of minimizing socioeconomic gaps but against the stench of hatred for settlers and haredim that emanates from Rothschild Boulevard.

If you put politics aside, the “occupation” and hatred for the haredim, and instead take responsibility for the public coffers and not only for your private wallet – I’ll be happy to have coffee with you on Rothschild Boulevard.

I agree 100% .

As long as the government stands strong and uses the socialist actions as the catalyst to break the regulations that socialist put in place decades ago, so we can get construction going, it is a great thing.

Fischer: Market concentration cause of high prices
By NADAV SHEMER
01/08/2011
Bank of Israel governor says protests over high cost of living came as a surprise; calls for new c'tee to check high prices.

Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer admitted Monday that nationwide protests over the high cost of living took him by surprise, and said that the problem was mainly a result of market concentration.

Speaking at a press conference at his Jerusalem office, Fischer called for the establishment of a committee to investigate the disparity in prices between Israel and the rest of the world, saying, “I assume the problem is a lack of competition.”

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He added, “We pay too much for vehicles because of the import tax, among other things. My impression is that the prices in Israel are very high.”

Fischer said there were four main problems that had to be dealt with: high home prices, the cost of living, tax policy, and what he termed the government’s ability to provide services the public needs in a manner befitting the changing reality.

The press conference marked the first time Fischer has spoken out publicly on the cost of living since demonstrators began erecting tents in major cities more than two weeks ago to protest the rising price of housing.