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September 28, 2011

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Defense Ministry: Asher Palmer, son were terror victims


By BEN HARTMAN AND JPOST.COM STAFF
28/09/2011
Police investigation finds that the pair from Kiryat Arba died from rocks thrown at their vehicle; incident declared a terror attack, not car accident.

Asher Hillel Palmer and his infant son Yonatan will be recognized as terror victims, the Defense Ministry confirmed on Wednesday morning in an announcement to the National Insurance Institute. The two were killed when their car overturned on Route 60 outside Kiryat Arba on Friday.

The statement came after the Defense Ministry received the findings of a police investigation which confirmed that the father and son from Kiryat Arba were killed as a result of rock throwing, not a car accident as originally reported by the IDF.

Details of the incident began to emerge on Sunday, after the family of Palmer, 25, reached an agreement with the state to allow for blood samples to be taken from his body and that of Yonatan, in order to determine the cause of death.

Palmer’s family had initially refused the state permission to conduct an autopsy on the bodies, and the state petitioned the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court against the family’s decision.

When the court refused the petition, the state immediately appealed the lower court’s ruling directly in the High Court of Justice.

The High Court issued a temporary injunction delaying the magistrate’s court’s ruling ahead of a hearing scheduled for Sunday, but the hearing was cut short after both sides reached an agreement that blood samples could be taken from the bodies.

More than a thousand people crowded a parking lot in Kiryat Arba on Sunday evening, to bid farewell to the deceased.

Asher’s brother-in-law, Aharon Peretz told the mourners, “Asher, you were my beloved, noble brother-in- law. Yonatan, my nephew, people used to stop me in the street and say what a little angel your sister has, with eyes as blue as the heavens, a baby that at only 10 months old started to walk. Asher, the love of my heart, who never said anything loud, always spoke softly, always with a pure heart.”

His voice cracking as he burst into tears, Peretz added “I want to tell you one thing, we promise you that we will take care of your mother, Yonatan. We will take care of her, and we will try as much as possible to make sure that you are happy up in heaven with how we take care of her. And we want you to make sure to protect her and us from up above as well. We love you and miss you every second.”

After the eulogies ended, mourners carried the body of Asher and a tiny prayer shawl carrying Yonatan to a waiting van, in which they were taken for burial in Hebron.

I can go into the New Year with a certain degree of peace, since the cover up is over.

Full disclosure my son in law was very good friends with Asher.

But the powers that be in Israel have to stop engaging in coverups for Arab terrorism for political reasons.

It is time to put Jews first no matter what.

September 27, 2011

Senior Officer Says IDF Covered Up Murder


Senior officer in Judea sector: IDF lied to press so that nationalists would not "inflame" situation as Abbas spoke in UN.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 9/26/2011, 12:25 PM


A senior IDF officer in the Judea sector has admitted that the IDF purposely covered up the evidence that Asher Palmer and his infant son Yehonatan were murdered Friday, Arutz Sheva has learned exclusively.

The senior officer admitted Sunday that the IDF falsely described the event to the press as an accident because of concern that nationalists would "inflame" the area, which was tense because of Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas's speech in the United Nations.
Arutz Sheva has learned that IDF Spokesman's Unit personnel were instructed, immediately after the crash that killed the Palmers, to contact all of the reporters that cover Judea and Samaria and to inform them that a check on the ground showed that the crash was an accident that was caused by the driver's speeding, and not a terror attack.

An IDF spokeswoman who spoke to Arutz Sheva immediately after the crash also insisted that the investigation on the ground indicated an accident.
However, versions of events that Arutz Sheva has received from several IDF sources who requested anonymity, indicate that the military purposely covered up the murder, in collusion with the Israel Police.

This testimony has been handed over to nationalist MKs who intend to demand a reckoning by the IDF and police.
The IDF rejected the accusations. "The IDF expresses sorrow and takes part in the family's mourning. The IDF rejects out of hand the claims of falsely reporting the event. An initial scan by IDF Forces who were present on the ground during the event, which also relied on police investigators who arrived on the scene, indicated that no rocks had been thrown at the car from the sides of the road and that it was an accident. As the police investigation progressed new evidence was found and it was presented by the police."

A first responder also said that he reported Asher Palmer's handgun had been removed from its holster and that foul play appears to be involved.


First Responder: I Reported Gun Missing at Initial Scan
Ofer Ohana of Hatzala emergency services says he reported Asher Palmer's gun as stolen immediately upon scanning the car.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 9/25/2011, 7:25 PM

Ofer Ohana, a volunteer for Hatzala emergency services, confirms that he reported Asher Palmer's handgun was missing and that the "accident" was likely the result of foul play, immediately upon arriving on the scene.

Ohana told HebronVideo: "I saw a man in his twenties and a baby who was a few months old lying in the car lifeless, we attempted resuscitation. I saw a Magen David Adom paramedic and a female military paramedic."
"In the course of a quick scan of the car, they were trapped in the car, I saw a large rock, then I saw the father with a gun holster, but the gun was missing. I saw a lot of Arabs and I immediately reported that this is apparently not an innocent accident but a terror attack and that the gun was apparently stolen."

"Then the professionals from the army and police came and combed the area, they said it was an accident. Today it seems they are changing their story and saying it was a murderous terror attack and a father and baby were murdered."

"Unfortunately the soldiers here, even if they see a murderer with a rock in his hand, they will not fire at him because these are their orders regarding opening fire. The policy today is to cause as few Palestinian casualties as possible even when this occurs at our expense, and that is the result."
Police and the IDF insisted from Friday until Sunday that they had ruled out foul play, but nationalists said throughout that they smelled a rat.

He added that IDF soldiers are rendered powerless by the orders from above that prevent them from opening fire at Arabs, and that as long as the orders are not changed, even massive IDF presence will not make much of a difference in the security situation.

An IDF soldier serving in Judea and Samaria told Arutz Sheva that soldiers who are pummeled with rocks when they enter Arab villages are not even allowed to fire in the air, but only to use stun grenades and tear gas. Some of the rocks are veritable boulders that are dropped from rooftops. The situation "definitely feels life threatening," he added.

The IDF, for its part, is trying to respond in ways that prevent escalation that might get out of hand, but low key response to Arab violence encourages more terror attacks. . All in all, a Catch-22 situation.

New legislative initiative calls to limit the activities of MK Ahmad Tibi

MK Ofir Akunis (Likud) proposes so-called “Tibi Law,” seeking to limit the activities of fellow MK Ahmad Tibi • Initiative comes on the heels of Tibi's actions at the U.N. General Assembly • Knesset speaker rejects idea, saying democracy will be eroded.
Gideon Allon

MK Dr. Ahmad Tibi says he will freely express his position in New York for Palestinian bid to U.N.


A proposed new law, known as the “Tibi Law,” calls for an official ban on the activities of Israeli Arab MK Ahmad Tibi as a consultant or envoy for the Palestinian Authority or any other foreign government. The proposal was put forward by MK Ofir Akunis (Likud) and says, “If [Tibi] engages in such activities, he will not be able to participate in the next Knesset elections.”

Akunis proposed the law in response to Tibi's recent conduct at the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Tibi flew to the meeting on the official Palestinian Authority plane and sat with the Palestinian delegation at the U.N.

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“His conduct totally violates the pledge of allegiance sworn by every Knesset member to remain loyal to the state of Israel and faithfully fulfill his roles as a Knesset member,” Akunis said.

Tibi has attracted a great deal of criticism over his years in government, angering many Israelis by repeatedly vocalizing his support for the Palestinians. Tibi, a former political adviser to Yasser Arafat, comes from the Arab town of Tayibe, and was trained as a physician at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was first elected to the Knesset in 1999 as a member of the Arab Balad political party. Currently, Tibi is a member of the Raam-Taal Arab political party and serves as deputy speaker of the Knesset.

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin objected to the proposed law. “Taking steps that seek to restrain the activities of any MK will eventually restrain democracy,” he warned.

“Even if they legislate 10 ‘Tibi Laws,’ Tibi will not back down,” a Raam-Taal official said. “He will not change his stance opposing the occupation and opposing racism, and will not relinquish his quest to attain freedom and equality for Palestinians.” The party has three other Knesset members: Talab El-Sana, Masud Ganaim and Ibrahim Sarsur.

Speaker Rivlin is a moron.

Allowing MK's to engage in treason is suicidal.

Some days I shake my head in amazement.

IDF and Police cover up a terrorist murder last week of Asher Palmer and his infant son Yonatan. Full disclosure the last fun thing the Palmer family did the night before the murder was attend my daughters wedding.

Now the Knesset fails to act against a traitor, thus putting the Knesset in the role of traitor to the Jewish people.

Annex 100% Or Nothing

Efforts to annex settlements gain momentum in Knesset
By LAHAV HARKOV
27/09/2011
Land of Israel Caucus calls on Netanyahu to sanction Palestinian Authority for statehood bid; Likud MK to put annexation bill to vote.

Efforts to annex areas of the West Bank have gained momentum in recent days, as the Knesset Land of Israel caucus and the heads of four factions wrote on Tuesday a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu asking him to consider the move and to sanction the Palestinian Authority.

The letter, written by caucus leaders Likud faction chairman Ze'ev Elkin and MK Arye Eldad (National Union), as well as the faction chairmen of Shas, National Union and Habayit Hayehudi said that sanctions will show the PA that "Israel will not agree to be its punching bag."

"Israel will defend its interests, and turn the crisis into an opportunity," the letter reads. "Any diplomatic attack will be turned into a victory."

The Land of Israel Caucus called for a gradual annexation of settled areas in Judea and Samaria, as well as increased building and development of the region. The letter also demanded that any Palestinian construction in Area C be prevented, and that funds no longer be transferred to the PA.

"The Palestinian commitment to avoid unilateral steps is the only thing Israel got in return for all it has given up since the Oslo Accords," the MKs wrote. "The PA's unilateral bid for recognition of statehood in the UN is a clear violation of the agreements, which for the last 18 years cost us a high price."

The letter also explains that any country that cooperates with the PA in its statehood bid may no longer serve as a mediator in future peace talks.

If Netanyahu does not take such steps, the MKs wrote, he will "encourage the Palestinians to continue acting against [Israel] in the international arena."

"The international damage to Israel from the UN vote is much smaller than the damage Israel may inflict on itself if we do not follow the principle of 'if they give, they will get, if they don't give, they will not get,'" the letter reads, referring to a well-known quote from Netanyahu's first term as prime minister. "This principle has saved Israel from deteriorating into the abyss opened by the engineers of the Oslo Accords."

This is just stupid.

Annex all of Judea and Samaria, this is the course of action that Israel must take.

Let's be truthful, the reason these members of Knesset want to annex only the settlements. Is they don't know what to do with the Palestinians if we annex all of Judea and Samaria.

Call the bluff of the Palestinians offer them green cards , the right to live in Israel but no right to vote. To obtain a green card you must sign a request form that attest to Israel being the Jewish state. The affirmation will also contain a document agreeing to be deported if you do anything to hurt Israel or to try to form a Palestinian State.

September 26, 2011

IDF to legally protect 'Mavi Marmara' raid soldiers


By YAAKOV KATZ
26/09/2011
After Turkish news reports claim intelligence agencies complied list identifying 174 soldiers, IDF takes legal precautions.

The IDF is taking legal precautions to protect soldiers and officers who participated in the operation to stop the Mavi Marmara Turkish passenger ship, senior defense officials said on Monday after Turkish news reports claimed intelligence agencies had compiled a list identifying 174 soldiers who could be prosecuted for their involvement in the operation.

The Istanbul Deputy Public Prosecutor Ates Shasan Sozen later told the Today's Zaman that the list was compiled by IHH, the organization that organized the Gaza Flotilla and not by Turkish intelligence.

Earlier Monday, the Sabah newspaper wrote that the names were acquired by Turkish intelligence agencies which had studied social connections on Facebook and Twitter, as well as photographs on those websites with ones taken on board the Marmara.

The list of 174 names was transferred to Turkish prosecutors, in addition to pictures of 10 IDF soldiers the paper said could not be identified. Included on the list were not only those IDF soldiers who participated directly in the operation to stop the Gaza Flotilla, but also senior IDF officers.

The list reportedly includes commandos from the Navy's Flotilla 13 - better known as the Shayetet - as well as their commanders, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

Earlier this month, the IDF Military Advocate General's office established a joint team with the Justice Ministry to study the Palmer Report which had justified Israel’s decision to impose a sea blockade on the Gaza Strip but also harshly criticized the navy’s operation to stop the Gaza-bound flotilla.

The report said that “the loss of life and injuries resulting from the use of force by Israeli forces during the takeover of the Mavi Marmara was unacceptable.”

The team is studying the legal consequences of the report and possible ways to provide protections to IDF soldiers. Due to this threat, Ehud Barak had tried to broker a compromise with Turkey in an effort to minimize the legal exposure to the commandos.

A senior IDF officer said at the time that the Palmer Report could potentially serve as the basis for criminal lawsuits against the commandos who boarded the ship as well as additional senior IDF officers, including commander of the navy V.-Adm. Eliezer Marom and the chief of General Staff at the time, Lt.- Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, for their role in the operation.

Both officers are already vulnerable to legal action due to their involvement in Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip two years ago.

Israel must investigate if Turkey does in fact have names of commando's that took part in the raid. If proven to be true, then Israel must investigate the source of how this information was given to the Turks.

Once it has been determined the name(s) of the source of the information these people must be arrested and dealt with. Part of me thinks elimination of these people would be justified, but the other part favors a court trial. The problem with a trial is that the death penalty could not come into play.

September 25, 2011

Public Enemy #1

State to pay NIS 1.6 million over killing of Palestinian girl

Abir Aramin was killed in 2007 from a rubber bullet fired by Border Guard officer during dispersion of violent riot in east Jerusalem, now court rules that State must compensate her family
Aviad Glickman

Over a year after it determined that the State was responsible for the death of Palestinian girl Abir Aramin, the Jerusalem District Court, presided by Judge Orit Efal-Gabai, ruled that the state must pay NIS 1.6 million ($430,000) in compensation to the family of Abir Aramin, a Palestinian girl from east Jerusalem who was killed in 2007 from a rubber bullet fired by a Border Guard officer.

The judge said that there was no dispute over the fact that the 10-year-old's death was due to negligence or that the bullet was fired in violation of orders.

"We are happy that justice has come to light and are still working to award the family compensation for all the suffering it has gone through," the family's attorney Lea Tsemel told ynet.

According to Tsemel, "The father is a peace activist whose attitude has not changed since the incident. that is one positive aspect of this story. The whole thing brings color back into the cheeks of anyone who is trying to make the judicial mechanism establish justice for the victims of the police and military."

In her ruling the judge said that the State must pay NIS 10,000 (about $2,700) for burial expenses and NIS 674,000 (about $182,000) for "lost years". The judge also ruled that the State would compensate the family to the tune of NIS 900,000 (about $243,000) for the way Aramin was killed, her young age, the circumstances surrounding the case and the customary sum of compensation awarded in similar cases.

Abir was killed in January 2007 near her school in the village of Anta north of Jerusalem, where Border Guard forces were dispersing a violent riot.

Police adamantly claimed that according to the autopsy, the child was killed from a stone – but a week after the incident, her family, with the help of the B'Tselem organization, published a pathologist's report stating she was hit by a rubber bullet.

In July of this year the High Court rejected a petition demanding that the two Border Guard officers involved in the incident be brought to trial.

Yet at the same time the court also expressed harsh criticism against the police and the State Prosecutor's Office's handling of the case and called the investigation "negligent and lacking". The High court also ruled that the State and the officers must pay NIS 10,000 in costs.

Once again the left has proven themselves to be bigger enemies of the Jewish people and Israel than the Arabs.

What a combination, B'Tselem and the leftist courts in Israel.

Traitors to your people, you have no shame.

What about the Palmer child just murdered, the Fogel children,and the hundreds of other dead Jewish children?

September 24, 2011

Abbas seeks to revise Paris Protocols

Palestinian presidents wants financial addendum to Oslo Accords reviewed and renegotiated, says Israel failing to meet its specifications
Elior Levy

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that the Palestinian Authority wants to open the 1994 Paris Protocols – the financial addendum to the Oslo Accords – for review.

Speaking to journalists on his plane back from the UN General Assembly in New York, Abbas said that parallel to the PA's fight to see its UN statehood bid mature, it will also seek to redefine its financial arrangements vis-à-vis Israel.


"The (current) arrangement is unfair and has articles which are keeping the Palestinian economy from stabilizing," he said, adding that the agreement "prevents land development… We aim to become independent of external (financial) assistance."

The 1994 Paris Protocols outline the legal and financial stipulations for the transfer of tax funds and levies, imposed mostly on goods transferred to the PA through Israel's various ports, which are collected by Israel on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.

Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh told Ynet that "Israel fails to adhere to parts of the agreement. The Protocols state that there shall be free movement of people and goods and Israel has neglected that."

Shtayyeh is an expert on Palestinian economy and serves as the managing director of the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction (PECDAR). He is considered one of Abbas' closest advisors.

He further noted several problems regarding Israel's handling of the PA's tax revenue, but stressed that the motion to review the Paris Protocols has nothing to do with recent statements made by Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, suggesting Israel may withhold the PA's tax funds following Ramallah's unilateral statehood bid in the UN.

Shtayyeh stressed that the decision had nothing to do with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's threat to revoke the Oslo Accords: "I don't think that the demand to review the Paris Protocols will make the situation between the parties worse. It is natural for financial agreements to be reviewed and updated every once and a while… We haven't discussed the matter with Israel because there are no talks. These agreements are just not being implemented in full."

I agree.

Let Israel from now on cut off all funds to the PA.

The let Israel revoke the PA, which is allowed to exist by consent of Israel.

Then Israel need to annex Judea and Samaria.

September 23, 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/

Abbas says no to Jewish state


Ahead of UN speech, Palestinian leader says he will not cave in to global pressure
Roi Kais

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday he is adamant about not recognizing Israel as the Jewish state.

"They talk to us about the Jewish state, but I respond to them with a final answer: We shall not recognize a Jewish state," Abbas said in a meeting with some 200 senior representatives of the Palestinians community in the US, shortly before taking the podium and delivering a speech at the United Nations General Assembly.

The Palestinian leader, who appeared fatigued, shared with his audience the global pressures exerted on him in an effort to prevent him from presenting the PA's statehood bid at the Security Council.

"We are withstanding these pressures, and I'm telling you that I am going to the Security Council and will never change my mind, regardless of the pressure," he said.


Hamas: Don't beg for state
"The American Administration did everything possible so that we don't approach the UN, yet we are continuing with this important move," Abbas said, adding that peace talks with Israel are facing an impasse and presenting his conditions for the resumption of negotiations.

"We are saying once again that without Netanyahu's declaration that he recognizes the state of Palestine within the 1967, as well as a declaration on and implementation of a settlement freeze, we shall not return to negotiations and we shall not allow the presence of settlers and an occupation army in Palestine," he said.

Meanwhile, Hamas said Friday Palestinians should liberate their land, not beg for recognition at the United Nations, firmly rejecting President Abbas' quest for statehood. Speaking hours before Abbas was due to ask formally that the UN recognize a Palestinian state, senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said this would not bring independence.

"Our Palestinian people do not beg for a state. ...States are not built upon UN resolutions. States liberate their land and establish their entities," Haniyeh said.

So we must identify Palestine as an Arab state, that must be free of those nasty Jews.

But on the other hand the Palestinians will not recognize Israel, as the Jewish State.

Plus in this new state if it is given birth, refuses to allow Palestinian refugees to be citizens.

Thus keeping the issue alive to weaken Israel even more.

Then if Abbas get's a "state" in Judea and Samaria, it will not satisfy Hamas so we will still be at war with the Palestinians.

So besides giving our land to a society that glorifies the suicide of it's own children in order to murder Jews, we will not have peace.

I just wish Israel had leaders that were strong enough to say just like the Palestinian leadership, no.

Let Israeli leaders say no to a terrorist state.

September 21, 2011

Nice Words, Not

Obama tells UNGA: Only talks will create Palestinian state
By JORDANA HORN, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
21/09/2011
US president says "peace won't come through statements, resolutions at UN - if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now."

NEW YORK -- US President Barack Obama told the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday that there could be "no shortcuts" to peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, and that negotiations between the two parties would be the only means to achieving a true and lasting peace.

In his twenty minute speech before the international body, Obama devoted significant time to discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Obama alluded to his remarks before the General Assembly in 2010. In that speech, he had expressed his hope that there would be a Palestinian state requesting membership in 2011 -- remarks that could be seen as prescient in light of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's plans to petition the Security Council to recognize Palestine as a state.

However, Obama distinguished between what he had said last year and the situation before the international body on Wednesday.

"One year ago, I stood at this podium and called for an independent Palestine," the president said. " I believed then - and I believe now - that the Palestinian people deserve a state of their own. But what I also said is that genuine peace can only be realized between Israelis and Palestinians themselves."

Noting that one year later, Israelis and Palestinians "have not bridged their differences," Obama iterated the American position -- albeit implicitly rather than explicitly referencing Abbas -- that peace can only be achieved through bilateral negotiations.

"Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the UN - if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now," Obama said. "Ultimately, it is Israelis and Palestinians who must live side by side. Ultimately, it is Israelis and Palestinians - not us - who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them: on borders and security; on refugees and Jerusalem."

Peace, Obama said, "depends upon compromise among peoples who must live together long after our speeches are over, and our votes have been counted." The president cited Northern Ireland and southern Sudan as examples of people who put aside their differences in the name of compromise and a livable peace: "that is the path to a Palestinian state."

While emphasizing his support for an independent Palestinian state, Obama did so comparatively briefly. Obama characterized America's commitment to Israel's security as "unshakeable," highlighting instances of attacks on Israel and referencing the Holocaust.

"America's commitment to Israel's security is unshakeable, and our friendship with Israel is deep and enduring," Obama said. "And so we believe that any lasting peace must acknowledge the very real security concerns that Israel faces every single day.

"Let's be honest: Israel is surrounded by neighbors that have waged repeated wars against it. Israel's citizens
have been killed by rockets fired at their houses and suicide bombs on their buses. Israel's children come of age knowing that throughout the region, other children are taught to hate them," the president said. "Israel, a small country of less than eight million people, looks out at a world where leaders of much larger nations threaten to wipe it off of the map."

"The Jewish people carry the burden of centuries of exile, persecution, and the fresh memory of knowing that six million people were killed simply because of who they were," the president said.

Saying that the Jewish people "have forged a successful state in their historic homeland," Obama said "Israel deserves recognition."

"Israel deserves recognition," Obama said. "It deserves normal relations with its neighbors. And friends of the Palestinians do them no favors by ignoring this truth, just as friends of Israel must recognize the need to pursue a two state solution with a secure Israel next to an independent Palestine."

"That truth -- that each side has legitimate aspirations -- is what makes peace so hard," Obama said. "And the deadlock will only be broken when each side learns to stand in each other's shoes."

It is incumbent upon the UN, Obama said, to "recognize the reality that is lived by both the Palestinians and the Israelis."

"The measure of our actions must always be whether they advance the right of Israeli and Palestinian children to live in peace and security, with dignity and opportunity," Obama said. "We will only succeed in that effort if we can encourage the parties to sit down together, to listen to each other, and to understand each other's hopes and fears. That is the project to which America is committed. And that is what the United Nations should be focused on in the weeks ahead."

Obama also referenced events in other parts of the world. While applauding protestors who demonstrated in the name of democracy, he explicitly stated that the Security Council should sanction the Syrian regime and stand with the Syrian people.

Obama also said Iran and North Korea must be held accountable for their nuclear proliferation. No single issue, however, commanded as much time in his speech as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Let me cut through all the nice words that President Obama said about Israel.

They were so much fluff.

Where was the holding the Palestinians feet to the fire, and the UN for that matter.

His speech should have told the UN and the Palestinians.

Dare you allow the Palestinians to bring forward statehood.

While thousands of rockets fall on Israel, fired from a Jew free Gaza. While the Palestinians hold hostage Gillad Shalit and while a terror organization sits in the legislative body of the PA.

America demands better of the UN, and will cut off all funds to the UN and order the UN out of New York if this body allows the games the Palestinians want to play.

America will also cut off all aid to the Palestinians, and block all funds to them from any source.

Obama is still calling for the creation of a terrorist state, in Judea and Samaria.(west bank)

Let me also state clearly that Bibi calls for the same thing.

I don't care why either man says it. The fact they say it is enough, for them to be wrong.

Judea and Samaria is part of Israel given by G-D and I pray for an Israeli leader that has the courage and faith to say so.

Blue Helmet = Target

Poll: 70% of Israelis say Israel should accept UN decision
By JPOST.COM STAFF
21/09/2011
Joint J'lem-Ramallah survey questions Israelis, Palestinians on what should happen after UN bid; 80% of Palestinians support statehood.

Israel should accept the decision if the UN recognizes a Palestinian state, about 70 percent of Israelis answered in a recent Hebrew University poll.

The poll, which was conducted jointly by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, also found that over 80% of the Palestinians support turning to the UN to obtain recognition of a Palestinian state. The survey was supported by the Ford Foundation Cairo office and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Ramallah and Jerusalem.

As well as exploring Israeli and Palestinian attitudes to the Palestinian bid to the UN to obtain recognition as an independent state, the poll looked at other topical domestic issues within each population.

In response to questions about the Palestinian appeal at the UN, 83% of the Palestinians surveyed supported the move to obtain recognition for their state. Majorities on both sides, 77% of the Palestinians and 79% of the Israelis, believed that the US would use its veto power in the UN Security Council in order to prevent the UN from admitting the state of Palestine as a UN member.

In the face of UN recognition of a Palestinian state, 69% of Israelis thought that Israel should accept the decision and either start negotiations with the Palestinians about its implementation (34%) or not allow any change on the ground by the Palestinians (35%); 16% believed Israel should oppose the decision and intensify the construction in the settlements; 7% think that Israel should annex the PA territory to Israel; and 4% think Israel should invade the PA territories and use force to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Faced with the same scenario, Palestinian participants of the survey answered on how they thought Israel might be made to withdraw from PA territory: 26% of Palestinians supported a return to armed attacks on army and settlers; 37% thought peaceful non-violent resistance could be successful; and 30% supported negotiations with Israel. 54% of Palestinians in the West Bank said they would join large peaceful demonstrations in the West Bank and Jerusalem if they were to take place after the recognition of the Palestinian state.

Regarding the recent social protests in Israel, 44% of Israelis would favor the protest movement becoming a political party. If such a party participated in the next elections, 27% of the Israelis claimed that they would vote for it. Two thirds of Palestinians thought that the rising cost of living and their inability to provide a better future for themselves and their families could push them to demonstrate as well.

The Palestinian sample size comprised 1,200 adults interviewed face-to-face in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip in 120 randomly selected locations between September 15 and 17, 2011. The margin of error was 3%. The Israeli sample included 605 Israeli adults interviewed by phone between September 11-14, 2011. The margin of error was 4%.

If I thought 68% of Israeli's were really holding this position, I would be ashamed of Israel.

First who cares what the UN does or says. It is the most corrupt evil organization on the face of G-D's green earth.

The UN has used it's people and vehicles to move weapons and terrorist for the Palestinians, as well as in Lebanon for terrorist there.

UN people as I write this in Cote d'Ivoire ,are trading food for sex with little girls. Not 17 year old that you might argue in a cultural setting other than the west is permitted , no we are talking about 12 year old girls.

In the Congo, it was not even trading food for sex with little girls it was wide scale rape of little girls by blue helmeted thugs.

In Haiti, it was the rape of a teenage boy on film,by UN soldiers.

Zionism equals racism, came from a UN resolution.

So who cares what the UN thinks?

I see blue helmets I think target.

I have not even touched on corruption of the UN, the selling of food and medicine in the black markets around the world of items that are supposed to aid people suffering.

Congress should strike a blow for good, and not fund the UN.

In Israel, people used to hate and despise the UN, I hope and pray this has not changed.

September 20, 2011

IAEA meeting: Iran blames Israel for killing nuke scientists


Tehran accuses Israel of killing nuclear experts, says will push for greater international condemnation of such practices;
Associated Press

Blaming Israel for assassinating its nuclear scientists, Iran said Tuesday it would not retaliate for the "ugly phenomenon" but would seek more international support against such killings.

Israel in turn accused Tehran of secretly working on nuclear arms, warning that it may be the first nation to develop such weapons while being a member of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

The recriminations at and outside of a meeting of the 151-nation International Atomic Energy Agency reflected the bitterness dividing not only the Mideast's most intractable foes but of the camps supporting them.

Iran is under four sets of UN Security Council sanctions for not mothballing a program that can make both nuclear fuel or fissile warhead material. It has rapidly expanded since being discovered in 2002, and concerns have grown with the country's refusal to allow the IAEA to probe growing intelligence-based allegations that it is working on a nuclear warhead and other aspects of a weapons program.

Tehran insists, however, it is only interested in nuclear power, not weapons. It says the intelligence is fabricated by the United States and its allies, arguing it is the target of a campaign by world powers meant to keep it and other developing nations from the benefits – and profits – of peaceful nuclear technology.

Criticizing US ally Israel for not acknowledging it has nuclear weapons, Tehran exploits Muslim hostility and fear against the Jewish state as it seeks to blunt concerns about its own growing nuclear prowess.

Israel has not commented on Iran's accusation that it was behind the killings of at least two nuclear scientists and the wounding of a third since January 2010.

Its campaign against the Islamic Republic focuses on warnings that Tehran is rapidly nearing nuclear weapons state status and demands that the international community act before it is too late to prevent such a development.


'Iran wouldn't retaliate against killings'

Arguing his case Tuesday to reporters at an event featuring family members of the killed victims, Iranian IAEA envoy Ali Asghar Soltanieh said his country would not retaliate against the "ugly phenomenon of assassinating ... nuclear scientists to stop Iran's nuclear progress."

Instead, he said, Tehran will push for greater international condemnation of such practices, adding he is "very sure about the support of almost all member states" of the 151-nation IAEA.

Mansoureh Karami, the widow of assassinated scientist Masoud Ali Mohammadi, blamed the "Zionist regime" for the killings. In an indirect poke at the United States and its allies, she said nations who "falsely claim human rights share these crimes."

The Iranian delegation also showed a film featuring Majid Jamali Fashi – who Iran says is the killer of one of the scientists – asserting that he was recruited by the Jewish state. Israeli nuclear chief Shaul Chorev meanwhile insisted inside the IAEA meeting that the real danger was Tehran.

"Not only is Iran continuing its enrichment related activities in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, but it is also engaged in activity directly related to the design and testing of nuclear weapons," he said.

"Absent an effective response by the international community, Iran may become the first country to acquire nuclear weapons while being member of the NPT."

I wish my blog program had a smiley face I could use.

Great News

Malki: Talks can't resume until Israel accepts PA's terms
By JPOST.COM STAFF
20/09/2011
PA foreign minister responds to Netanyahu, Prosor statements that Israel ready to resume negotiations immediately.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki on Tuesday responded to Israeli calls for an immediate resumption of peace talks, saying that Israel must accept the PA's list of terms before negotiations can restart.

"[Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu has to accept all terms of reference and stop settlement activity including [in] east Jerusalem, to enter negotiations immediately with [a] timeframe not to exceed six months [and] with international guarantees to make any negotiations serious and credible," Al Jazeera quoted Malki as saying in New York.

So give us 100% of what we demand even before we sit at the table.

Good, let's insure the cowards that sit in the Knesset can't give away our country.

With the current events in the Middle East now is not the time to sit with anyone. Besides you all have heard me say it before every time Israel sits with our enemies to talk we loose.

I think within a year the King of Jordan will be gone, creating a Palestinian state on the east bank of the river.

September 19, 2011

Lawmakers slam Arab MK over reports he joined Palestinian delegation to UN

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin and other MKs speak out against Israeli Arab MK Ahmad Tibi following reports he traveled to New York with PA delegation • Tibi's office says he is not a member of the delegation, but is "a strong supporter of it and will express his position on every stage in New York."
Gideon Allon

MK Dr. Ahmad Tibi says he will freely express his position in New York for Palestinian bid to U.N.
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Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin on Sunday lashed out at MK Ahmad Tibi (Ra'am Ta'al) following reports that the Israeli Arab lawmaker had joined the delegation of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas traveling to the U.N. to seek recognition for an independent Palestinian state this week.

"I don't know if Tibi is a member of the Palestinian delegation, but if he is such an act has very serious implications," Rivlin said.

“Every member of the Knesset can say his position in the Knesset,” Rivlin added, “but an MK joining a process that bypasses the state of Israel is contrary to the parliamentary and democratic standards. I would like MK Tibi to clarify if there is any truth to these reports and if not, to emphatically deny them.”

A spokesperson for the lawmaker said, "Tibi is not a member of the Palestinian delegation, of course, but he is a strong supporter of the delegation and will express his position on every stage in New York."

Tibi traveled to New York at the invitation of the Palestinian American Congress, which invited him to speak at Columbia University in New York and to participate in activities related to the Palestinian statehood bid, according to Israel Radio. His spokesperson said, "He is doing so with pride and with his head held high."

Likud MK Ofir Akunis said Tibi’s trip “crossed another red line and proved that he represents only the Palestinian interest in the Knesset and not the interests of Israel's Arab citizens.” Akunis intends to file a complaint against the Arab lawmaker with the Knesset Ethics Committee.

On Sunday, Abbas departed from Jordan for New York, where he is expected to seek full membership for an independent Palestinian state from the U.N. Security Council, despite diplomatic efforts to prevent the Palestinians from bypassing negotiations with Israel and seeking unilateral recognition of statehood.

Israel Radio reported that Abbas' plane made a stop in Ireland en route to New York, and that sources said Tibi was on board the plane with the Palestinian delegation. The Palestinian news agency Ma'an also reported that Tibi was part of Abbas' entourage, which includes leading Palestinian figures and journalists.

MK Uri Ariel (National Union) called for Tibi's parliamentary immunity to be stripped, and urged police to investigate Tibi. Uriel said that Tibi "uses Israeli democracy as a means for treason," according to Israel Radio.

"Parliamentary immunity does not grant Tibi the right to carry out subversion, and freedom of speech does not give him legitimacy to join the anti-Semitic chorus calling for the establishment of a Jew-free state,” Ariel said.

“I call upon the Knesset to remove Tibi’s immunity, and call upon the police to investigate his deeds in order to put him on trial,” Ariel added.

Tibi is known for his outspoken views on Israel, and earlier this month he and other Arab lawmakers encouraged the Palestinian Authority to submit their statehood bid to the U.N.

"There is no need to head off the Palestinian move in attaining U.N. statehood recognition," Tibi told reporters at the time. "The Israeli side is extremely confused, annoyed and disturbed with the Palestinian bid."

He also criticized the U.S. for its attempts to mediate between the parties and get them to return to the negotiating table. "The current U.S. attempt is pointless and useless, aimed only at averting the Palestinian U.N. plan, where the Americans use political and ethical double standards and act under the Israeli demands," he said.

"It is unbelievable to see the U.S. and some European countries waging a campaign against the recognition of a Palestinian state which they called for in the first place," he said, adding that, "The Palestinian U.N. plan ... will prove to the entire international community that Obama is a mere tool in the hands of [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu," he said.

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=1168

Strip Tibi's immunity and investigate him going all the way back to when he was working with Arafat to destroy Israel.

Tibi is nothing short of a traitor and should be placed on trial. It must be noted that it is too bad he would not be subject to the death penalty if convicted because that would be justice.

September 16, 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/

Jews, Beware of Jews

Palestinian, Israeli wounded in West Bank clashes
By YAAKOV KATZ
09/16/2011 13:23

Violent clashes erupt in Kusra south of Nablus; IDF sends in troops to disperse crowds; "PA may be unable to control demonstrators."

A Palestinian was shot and seriously injured by a settler Friday afternoon as Palestinians and settlers clashed near the village of Kusra, south of Nablus, in the West Bank.

The clashes erupted outside the village as at least one settler was reported to have been stabbed.

The circumstances that led to the violence were unclear.

The IDF deployed large forces to the area to disperse the crowds.

Clashes also took place between IDF forces and demonstrators in the West Bank town of Nebi Salah, the site of weekly demonstrations.

The clashes came as the IDF went on high alert ahead of planned Palestinian demonstrations throughout next week in conjunction with the Palestinian Authority's planned declaration of statehood at the United Nations.

IDF sources have warned that settler violence could lead to an escalation of hostilities.

Palestinian officials warned Israel last week that if so-called "price tag" settler attacks continued in the West Bank, they would not be able to control the demonstrators.

Initial demonstrations are expected to begin already this weekend at the Kalandiya checkpoint outside Jerusalem as well as other points through out the West bank.

The IDF was concerned the demonstrations could incite additional violence.

The government can stop all the violence by being proactive.

Proactive in this case tell the IDF, Police and all armed Jews to open fire first and don't worry about prosecution if you are faced with a mob.

But we all know this can't happen due to the leftist in the courts and Knesset.

So be careful out there, your government will make your life hell if you have to shoot.

We prayed for 2000 years to be treated this way by our fellow Jews?

September 14, 2011

Today's Nazi's

PLO official: Palestine should be free of Jews

PLO ambassador to US says 'after 44 years of occupation, it would be in both peoples' interest to be separated' adding that Palestinians need separation to work on national identity. US diplomat subs remarks 'despicable form of anti-Semitism'
Yitzhak Benhorin

WASHINGTON - The Palestinian Liberation Organization's Ambassador to the US Maen Areikat said Wednesday that any future Palestinian state must be free of Jews. Speaking to reporters in the US he said, "After the experience of the last 44 years of military occupation and all the conflict and friction, I think it would be in the best interest of the two people to be separated."

Areikat made the statements after being asked about the rights of minorities in a future Palestinian state, USA Today reported. He declared that the PLO seeks a secular state, but that Palestinians need separation to work on their own national identity.

Later Wednesday, Palestinian Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud al-Habash dismissed Areikat's statements, saying that the Palestinian state is to welcome members of all faiths. He asserted that any media attempts to manipulate anti-Jewish statements are politically motivated.

He added that the Palestinian Authority and its ambassador to Washington have a clear stance on the matter.

Minister of Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Yuli Edelstein also responded to Areikat's remarks. "After an unending de-legitimization campaign and attempts to brand Israel an apartheid state, it appears it is the Palestinians who seek apartheid.

He said the statements are reminiscent of Nazi slogans. "His comments conjure up Judenrein motifs. I wonder if Areikat's remark that both peoples must live separately means that one million Arab-Israelis are not part of his people."

Areikat's comments caused a stir among Jewish leaders. Elliott Abrams, a former US National Security Council official, said in response that according to such plans, Palestine will be the first to officially prohibit Jews or any other faith since Nazi Germany, which sought a country that was judenrein, or cleansed of Jews.

Abrams described the demand as "a despicable form of anti-Semitism" adding that a small Jewish presence in a future Palestinian state would not hurt the Palestinian identity.

The UN's General Assembly is scheduled to address the Palestinian bid for recognition next week, with Israel, the US and several European states strongly opposing it. The Palestinians are slated to win an overwhelming majority at the Assembly as it is controlled by Arab and Muslim states.

Nevertheless, any such resolution would not have practical significance and in order to be accepted as a full member in the UN the PA will need Security Council endorsement.

Meanwhile, Jordan's foreign minister said Wednesday his country supports a Palestinian drive for recognition at the UN but prefers negotiations toward creation of a Palestinian state.

Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh told reporters that Jordan supports the Palestinian campaign, but it should take into account the rights of Palestinian refugees, the fate of Jerusalem and the borders of a future Palestinian state.

He said the "best way" to attain statehood is through "direct negotiations."


Last-ditch effort to prevent UN vote

Meanwhile, a high-level US team kicked off a new round of shuttle diplomacy on Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to contain the diplomatic fallout from the Palestinian statehood push, but the odds of a breakthrough appeared slim as the Palestinians pledged to go ahead with mass rallies to draw world attention to their bid.

US diplomats Dennis Ross and David Hale arrived late Wednesday for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak. They were to travel to the West Bank on Thursday to talk with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. No breakthrough has thus been achieved.

In addition to the US efforts, the European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, and special international Mideast envoy Tony Blair have been meeting with the sides this week. US officials said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been in touch with both Ashton and Blair in recent days.

Barak urged Ashton to prevent the Palestinians from tabling a resolution proposal.

Ashton is proposing a three-part plan: Grating the Palestinians UN observer status similar to that of the Vatican, issuing a Quartet statement accounting both the Israeli and the Palestinian needs, and a UN chief pledge the put forward a recognition resolution in the future.

Germany is opposed to Ashton's plan which has not won European consensus. The US, on its part, wants the plan to be presented to allow each side to voice its reservations.

Both Israel and the Palestinians oppose the plan.

Palestinians are today's Nazi's, enough said.

Light To The World

Breakthrough device helps Alzheimer’s patients regain cognitive skills
By Abigail Klein Leichman
September 08, 2011


Israeli development stimulates areas of brain responsible for memory and learning, leading to improvement in cognition and decision-making in Alzheimer's patients.

A new electromagnetic stimulation system has been developed in Israel that appears to change the course of the degenerative Alzheimer's disease and allow patients to regain faded cognitive skills.

The non-invasive NeuroAD system, developed by Yokneam-based Neuronix, is the first medical device in the world to receive approval for treating mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, a terminal brain disease affecting about 30 million elderly people worldwide.

Scientific advisory board member Prof. José (Martin) Rabey, chief of neurology at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Tzrifin, unveiled NeuroAD in July at the annual International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease in Paris.

The company's solution is based on a patent-pending technology dubbed NICE (Non-Invasive Cortical Enhancer), which electromagnetically stimulates areas of the brain responsible for memory and learning, making them receptive to simultaneous tailored cognitive training. This double-barreled approach is hoped to induce LTP (long-term potentiation) associated with learning and memory processes.

‘Nothing else is available'

Clinical results show measurable cognitive improvement after a few weeks of treatment that is superior to improvements achieved with available drugs, says Neuronix CEO Eyal Baror, and NeuroAD can be used in conjunction with medication.

Even one year later, trial subjects maintained improvement in cognition, activities of daily living and decision-making to a state comparable to two years before treatment.

"The idea comes from an understanding of how Alzheimer's surrounds cortical regions of the brain, moving from one area to another," Baror tells ISRAEL21c. "We identified some regions more responsible for decline, and then came the idea for enhancing LTP, which is responsible for memory and learning, and degrades in Alzheimer's disease."

Baror reports that the concept is well-received in the worldwide medical community. "Wherever we go, physicians are eager to hear about this new technology because nothing else is available to help patients," he says.

The initial two trials took place at Assaf Harofeh, resulting in "statistically significant results." In May, new studies began under the supervision of Neuronix scientific advisers at Assaf Harofeh and at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

Starting trials in the US next year

"We hope to open one or two more sites in Europe this year," says Neuronix VP marketing Orly Bar. Following meetings with the US Food and Drug Administration later this year, the company also expects to expand its American clinical testing sites to 15 during 2012.

Trial participants undergo an MRI scan of the brain to pinpoint affected regions, and then receive five one-hour sessions per week for six weeks, in addition to long-term maintenance and follow-up. The treatment is painless and non-invasive, and can be repeated after its effects begin to wane, Bar adds.

The company, which was founded in 2008, has 12 employees, half of them engaged in the engineering side of the enterprise. Funding comes from private investors and the office of Israel's Chief Scientist.

Baror cannot yet predict the pricing of the made-in-Israel machine, but "our goal is to make it very affordable for all patients," he says.

A graduate of the Israel Defense Forces prestigious Talpiot program, which allows promising young scientists and mathematicians to pursue higher education to further military research and development, Baror came to Neuronix with management experience at other medical device companies.

"LTP is known to degrade in patients with Alzheimer's disease and can be re-stimulated by high frequency electro-magnetic pulses," he says. With LTP reactivated, targeted cognitive training can be delivered with an enhanced and long-lasting effect, temporarily reversing the progress of the disease."

September 13, 2011

'Hamas weighing a resumption of suicide bombings'


By YAAKOV LAPPIN
13/09/2011
Counter-terrorism expert: Group not deterred by IDF as government and public grow accustomed to cities falling under barrage of rockets.

Hamas is weighing a resumption of suicide bomb attacks against Israeli civilians, a senior counter-terrorism expert warned in Herzliya on Tuesday.

Col. (Ret.) Jonathan Fighel, a researcher with the Interdisciplinary Center's Institute for Counter-Terrorism, spoke at the Institute's eleventh annual terrorism conference.


"We're seeing more and more Hamas flags in Hebron. The public atmosphere to Hamas is much more lenient. This allows the creation of operational terror cells. Hamas is taking into consideration the renewal of suicide bomb attacks," Fighel said.

Fogel family murderer gets 5 life sentences

Itamar massacre: Hakim Awad, 18, tells Samaria Military Court he has no regrets, says he murdered five members of Fogel family 'over the occupation.' Defense attorney: Defendant as much a victim as Fogel family was
Ahiya Raved

The Samaria Military Court on Tuesday sentenced Hakim Awad, 18, who was convicted in the murder of five members of the Fogel family in Itamar last March, to five consecutive life sentences and another five years.

Hakim and his cousin Amjad brutally murdered Ehud Fogel, 36, Ruth Fogel, 35, 11-year-old Yoav, 4-year-old Elad and 2-month-old Hadas.

Prior to the sentencing Awad declared he was not sorry and claimed he murdered the five "because of the occupation."

During the court hearing, Awad claimed that Israeli security forces tied up and killed two men from his village. "I am 18 and in my teenage years. Not any young man of this age thinks about murder, only a Palestinian man whose land was taken. This is what the state does to me every day. When I want to leave my village I have to undergo a search which always involves beatings."

As he left the court he motioned the V sign for Victory with his fingers.


The judges asked Awad, who confessed to the murder last month, to refrain from discussing politics and instead talk about himself. "I am a person like you, I have no mental condition, I never had a serious illness. My only illness is the Israeli occupation." He replied negatively when asked if he regrets his actions.

Awad was convicted of murder as well as of arms dealing and involvement in a shooting incident.

At one point during the hearing, one of the prosecutors presented a letter written by Yohai, Ruth Fogel's brother as well as a letter from Elad's nanny.

"The children were murdered while screaming and fighting for their lives. It's hard to imagine a situation where the person standing before you is wrestling with a 4-year-old or an 11-year-old who were murdered. The two-month-old baby's only crime was that she cried. A helpless infant murdered by stabs to the head is a murder that is difficult to put into words."

The prosecutor said, "At the end of the day when one considers the murder and its consequences, a life sentence is still a light punishment. This event elevated the murder to an extreme level. It's not an explosive where the terrorist does not know his victims. Here the hands of the murderers are covered in blood."

He called on the judges not to consider the fact that Awad was underage at the time of the murder and to disregard any arguments for rehabilitation. "The defendant, in his actions, distanced himself from human company and acted on an malicious and satanic ideology deserving of the punishment the prosecution is demanding," he said.

Defense Attorney Raed Erda claimed that the occupation was the cause of the murder. He noted that the Supreme Court had ruled that murders committed inside the territories are considered acts of war.

"The prosecutor mentioned that the murder of a baby is a cruel and harsh act but all murders are harsh – no matter whether it's of a baby, a young person or an adult. We're all human beings and our blood is the same. No blood is more red than another."

Erda enraged the judges when he claimed that the defendant was as much a victim as the Fogel family was. "When you build a Jewish community among dozens of Arab communities and do not provide it with the necessary security you can expect this to happen.

"Houses are being built on their lands, there's no work, no education, the occupation is pushing people from all directions and a boy like the defendant goes out and does things like this without realizing their consequences."

I am ill.

Please will a guard put a bullet in the head of this scum.

But then the guard will go to prison for ever,while this scum will be released in a prisoner exchange.

War or Peace

Report: Turkish warplanes now able to fire at Israeli targets

Ankara's Star Gazete says country's new F-16 radar system modified to recategorize Israeli targets as hostile. Order said to come directly from PM Erdogan's office; naval, submarine radar systems to be changed next
Aviel Magnezi

Turkey has developed a new radar system for its US-made F-16 fighter jets that will allow them to fire at Israeli targets, Ankara's Star Gazete reported on Tuesday. The orders to modify the system reportedly came directly from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office.

The new radar system – Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) – is a defensive command and control system developed by Turkey's Military Electronics Industry (ASELSAN) for the nation's air force and navy. It is slated to replace a similar US version which is in use today.

The US system is comprised of lists of "friends" and "foes." The system's settings are designed to prevent pilot error as well, to an extent, disabling the ability to fire at "friendly" targets even by mistake. The US system identified Israel as a 'friend,' thus preventing Turkish fighter jets from firing at them automatically.

The new system, however, allows Turkey control the "friend or foe" list independently.

The Turkish IFF system is scheduled to be mounted on all Turkish fighter jets, military vessels and submarines in the near future.

The move, whose timing coincides with a prolonged period of unprecedented diplomatic tensions between Ankara and Jerusalem, has received extensive media coverage in Iran, as well.

According to foreign media sources, the IAF has a fleet of 1,964 aircraft, including 689 advanced assault helicopters and F-15 and F-16 fighter jets.

Israel's aerial superiority will soon receive a significant boost, in the form of the US-made F-35 fighter jet.

The Turkish Air Force is said to have a fleet of "just" 1,940 aircrafts, including F-16s and F-4 Phantoms, as well as 874 assault helicopters.

Like Israel, Turkey has also been promised the F-35. It is slated to receive it by 2015.

If this report is true, it can mean only one thing. That Turkey has been planning to go to war with Israel for at least a year if not longer.

As of right now, the question is can the USA and NATO push Turkey back from playing a game of Brinksmanship?

Erdogan must be dreaming of recreating the Ottoman Empire, but at what cost.

He has done a great job on the Turkish economy, grow is at almost 9% for last year. By lowering corporate income tax to 20%, he has attracted major corporations to build state of the art factories in Turkey.

Will he take a chance at destroying the economy that he has built, for a greater payoff the establishment of the caliphate?

Will the Turkish military see the danger and will some junior officers act ,in the role of protecting the balance between religion and secularism in Turkey that Ataturk gave them.

I say junior officers because over the last 5 years or so Erdogan has removed many generals from the military.

Can a coup take place?

What is 100% for sure if this report and the report that Turkish naval vessels are free to engage Israeli vessels if they approach is true.

We are closer to war, than to peace.

September 12, 2011

Turkish PM: Gaza flotilla raid was 'grounds for war'


By REUTERS
12/09/2011
Erdogan told Al Jazeera Turkey acted patiently after 'Mavi Marmara' raid because of "Turkey's greatness," duty of Turkey's navy to protect ships.

ANKARA - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan saw "grounds for war" with Israel last year after a deadly raid on a Turkish ship headed for Gaza, according to a transcript of a recent interview.

State news agency Anatolia released late on Sunday what it said was an original Turkish-language transcript of an interview Erdogan gave to Al Jazeera television last week. It included elements not broadcast as well as original wording for sensitive comments that had been transmitted only in Arabic translation.

Among previously unpublished elements, Erdogan said the IDF's deadly raid last year on a Turkish ship headed for Gaza would have justified going to war: "The attack that took place in international waters did not comply with any international law. In fact, it was grounds for war. However, befitting Turkey's greatness, we decided to act with patience," he said.

The transcript in Turkish from Anatolian, apparently provided by Erdogan's office, also gave the following account of the prime minister's response to a question on what Turkey would do to ensure free passage for its ships in the Mediterranean.

"Right now, without a doubt, the primary duty of Turkish navy ships is to protect its own ships," Erdogan said.

"This is the first step. And we have humanitarian aid that we want to carry there. This humanitarian aid will not be attacked any more, as it was the case with Mavi Marmara."

Turkey has downgrade diplomatic ties with Israel and halted defense-related trade after the Jewish state's confirmation last week that it would not apologize for the raid on the Mavi Marmara in May 2010 in which nine Turks were killed.

Turkey and Israel had tried to mend fences before the publication of a UN report two weeks ago, which deemed the blockade of the Gaza Strip a legal means to stem the flow of arms to Palestinians.

The government has said it will continue the blockade and that it wants to ease tensions with its former ally.

The prospect of a showdown at sea with Turkey, a NATO power and fellow ally of the United States, rattled Israelis already on edge over political upheaval in the Arab world and Iran's nuclear program. Washington has appealed for restraint.

Erdogan, seeking to expand Turkey's regional influence, will travel to Cairo on Monday as part of a tour of three Arab countries likely to be scrutinized by Israel, whose once warm ties with both Muslim states have been shaken.

Turkey can't afford a war with Israel.

The economy of Turkey is growing but it is a shallow growth, that a war would severally damage.

Besides Turkey has no border with Israel so how could they go to war?

Naval and air engagements, along way from Turkey will play to an Israeli advantage.

Great Job Bibi

'I felt like your father': Netanyahu to head of security detail at Cairo embassy

Yonatan, hero of the Cairo embassy escape, was welcomed at an honorary reception with the prime minister • "Without you, we wouldn't be here," he said • "When he messaged 'I love you' I knew there was something wrong," said his wife.
Shlomo Cesana

The head of the security detail for the Israeli Embassy in Cairo was given a hero's welcome Sunday when he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

The guard, Yonatan [last name withheld for security reasons], is one of six Israeli security guards who returned home to Israel on Saturday morning after being trapped by an angry mob inside the embassy in Cairo. The episode began on Friday afternoon at a mass demonstration in Cairo's Tahrir Square, which quickly devolved into a violent outpouring of popular anger against Israel.

Late Friday night, when a single door separated him from the angry Cairo mob, Yonatan texted his wife the words, "I love you."

"When he sent me that message I realized something was wrong," his wife Hofit said during the meeting with the prime minister. "I didn't believe things would be okay until I finally saw him in Israel. Thank goodness I was surrounded by friends."

Hugging the hero of the rescue operation, Netanyahu said, "I felt like your father, like I had to get you out of there. One door separated us from a strategic crisis ... We were a step away from a terrible tragedy," Netanyahu said. "I am glad you made no mistakes inside the embassy and the incident concluded successfully and without injuries. You were cool-headed and your conduct was exemplary."

"Thank you," the security guard replied. "We wouldn't be here without you." He also thanked the prime minister for speaking to him throughout that tense night. Yonatan had asked everyone in the foreign ministry's situation room that if things ended badly, to inform his parents personally and not over the phone.

"My son will celebrate his 30th birthday this week," Yonatan's mother said to the prime minister during the meeting. "You gave him the best present. You gave him his life back."

Netanyahu gave the guard a copy of the book "Letters to Jonathan," which he wrote for his late brother Jonathan Netanyahu, who died while commanding Operation Entebbe. "For your courage and composure. Welcome home," he wrote as an inscription.

Barak also heralded Yonatan. "You acted with courage in a very difficult situation. You exercised good judgement and acted in an impressive, responsible way."

September 11, 2011

No Words

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No casualties as Palestinian snipers target Israeli bus stops

Gunmen from Gaza Strip fire large caliber weapons at Israeli border town • Regional council head says it was a "miracle" no one was hit • Qassam rocket fired Saturday into Western Negev region and lands in open fields.
Gadi Golan and Shlomi Diaz

"The bullets are of a large caliber and cause tremendous harm to anyone hit," Regional Council Head Yair Farjoun on Friday.
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Photo credit: Rafael Ben-Ari

Palestinian snipers on Friday fired at houses in Netiv Haasara, a southern Israeli town on the northern border of the Gaza Strip, in what was believed to be an attempt to shoot children as they waited for their school buses in the morning. No one was hit and the community's houses sustained minor damage.

Although the snipers hit multiple houses, defense officials speculate that the real targets of the shooting were student bus stops in the area.

"It was a war zone, simply terrifying. Women and children were walking around the neighborhood and suddenly bursts of gunfire erupted toward the houses, aiming to kill," a Netiv Haasara resident said on Friday. "We were just very lucky," said another resident. "At that moment the children were already on their buses. I can't even think about what could have happened had the children still been at the bus stops."

IDF soldiers and Israel Police forces arrived at the scene and directed residents to enter shelters. The forces then fired at the area the gunfire originated, while simultaneously pursuing the shooters. The IDF also bolstered its reconnaissance efforts on the portion of the security fence that runs near the town.

A mere 400 meters from the border, Netiv Haasara is one of closest communities to the Gaza Strip. Since Israel's disengagement from Gaza in 2005, the town has been a repeated target for Qassam rockets, sniper fire and infiltration attempts.

Security forces who searched the neighborhood found .50 caliber bullets, a type only fired by heavy machine guns or sniper rifles. The large bullets can tear through walls and unarmored vehicles. "The bullets are of a large caliber and cause tremendous harm to anyone hit. Luckily, no one was wounded by the gunfire. There is a sense that it was a miracle that no one was hit," Regional Council Head Yair Farjoun said.

Also on Saturday, a Qassam rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip landed in an open field near Ashkelon. No injuries or damage were reported.

First Victim of 9-11

'Daniel was an inspiration'

A hero's tale: Daniel Levin was murdered by the hijackers of American Airlines Flight 11 just moments before they crashed it into the World Trade Center. A decade later, his family speaks for the very first time

Avigail Looshi
Published: 09.12.11, 00:11 / Israel News

Israeli-American Daniel Levin became the first victim of the 9/11 terror attacks, when he single-handedly tried to prevent the hijackers of American Airlines Flight 11 from crashing the plane into the northern tower of the World Trade Center. Ynetnews brings you a glimpse into the life of an unsung hero.

First victim of 9-11 was an American-Israeli Jew, that tried to fight back.

Dani rest in peace

Please go watch the video on Ynet.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4120871,00.html



Shots fired at IDF jeep near Egyptian border


By YAAKOV KATZ
11/09/2011
No injuries or damages reported; shooting reported not far from where terrorists infiltrated Israel's border along the Sinai peninsula, killing eight Israelis; IDF on high alert.

Shots were fired Sunday night at an IDF jeep traveling along Israel's border with Egypt not far from where terrorists infiltrated last month, killing eight Israelis.

Military sources said that the shots were fired from inside Egypt at the IDF vehicle.

No injuries or damages were reported.

The shooting took place near the Netafim Crossing, the site of the infiltration by a group of Palestinian and Egyptian terrorists into Israel on August 19.

The IDF has been on high alert along the Egyptian border since the attacks near Eilat and has significantly beefed up forces and surveillance equipment there.

Behind Door #3,?

Embassy under siege: Israeli guards fired in the air

New evidence sheds light on drama in Cairo: Three of six Israeli security guards fired warning shots into the air; used any object they could find to block room's final door after rioters broke through first two. Meanwhile, Egypt blames neighboring countries for violence
Ynet reporters

New evidence which surfaced Sunday sheds light on the drama that went on in Cairo as an angry Egyptian mob stormed the Israeli embassy threatening to lynch the six security guards stranded inside a security room in the building.

Several hours into the mass protest in Cairo, the mob succeeded in breaking two of the three doors that led to the security room at the embassy. When the mob reached the final door, the guards could hear the noises from outside as well as loud bangs on the door.

More on the Egypt embassy riots:

At this critical time, when it was yet unclear how long they could last, the Israelis began final preparations for the battle of their lives. Using every object they could find, the guards built barriers near the door in the hopes of preventing intrusion.

Three out of the six guards were carrying weapons and at a certain point as the rioters moved closer, they fired warning shots into the air.

This apparently caused the mob to move elsewhere, as security officer Yonatan told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the phone. The six were eventually rescued by Egyptian commandos who instructed them to wear traditional Arab headdress and Muslim garments as camouflage.

A senior Israeli official who was present at the Jerusalem Command Post, criticized the Egyptian authorities for taking too long to respond. He noted that the guards only narrowly escaped a lynch: "Thank God they didn't break through that last room. Had they broken the door, a great disaster would have happened: both a human tragedy and a strategic disaster for the peace with Egypt."

Egypt blames outside powers

Egypt's Justice Minister Abdul Aziz Al Jundi said Sunday that the "events outside the Israeli embassy came as a shock to any Egyptian citizen who loves his country."

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also addressed Saturday's violent events in Cairo and said, "The flag removers stop at nothing, they don't care about specifics, they negate peace."

Speaking at Sunday's cabinet meeting, Netanyahu praised the Egyptian voices that condemned the storming of the embassy. "I am glad there are other voices in Egypt and the administration that want to promote peace and maintain it." He said that the government is discussing the return of the Israeli ambassador and diplomatic staff to Cairo with the Egyptian administration.

Addressing the matter Defense Minister Ehud Barak said "the incident was complicated and very dangerous; we were a hairsbreadth from loss of life and potential for massive damages."

According to Barak, "the diplomatic triangle created between Israel, Turkey, Egypt and the Palestinians and the worn out intimacy with the US, our situation with the quartet and the Europeans ahead of the UN decision, these are things we must discuss."

Prime Minister's Spokesman Roni Sofer said that "joint efforts with Egypt to reorganize the security arrangements for the return of the ambassador and the diplomatic staff to Cairo are continuing. The prime minister intends to complete the process as fast as possible."

Meanwhile, an Israeli security source said: "It was fully justified to keep the men there. Nothing that should not have been broken into was broken into."

Having spoken to security officer Yonatan, whom Netanyahu mentioned in his Saturday speech, he claimed that reports of a near-lynch were exaggerated. "I was there several times and have spoken to Yoni and the reports do not exactly reflect reality."

Egypt, on its part, is trying to turn the focus to neighboring countries. In a TV interview, Minister Al Jundi said: "What happened is part of a plan to bring Egypt down. There are regimes in neighboring countries that fear what happened here would happen to them."

He noted that such countries provide "unimaginable" sums to various groups and foundations within Egypt and claimed this proves Saturday's events are part of a campaign to damage national security.

Egyptian daily Al-Ahram followed the same line. The paper quoted an Egyptian security source as saying that "the events were meant to hurt state institutions and are part of a plan with three goals: Implicating Egypt's armed forces in a conflict, postponing or preventing parliament elections to avoid stability, and implementing outside agendas meant to embarrass Egypt in the eyes of the international community."

Other papers stressed that various political movements in Egypt do not approve of the violence and quoted activists who endorse non-violent protest.

Al-Masry al-Youm said that the "forces of the revolution" renounced the events and blamed "remnants of the old regime," the current regime, the US, Arab states and even Israel itself for the incident.

The weekend's events received extended coverage in the US media, many expressing concern over the security level at US embassies throughout the globe.

According a report in the Washington Post, diplomatic sources at the US embassy in Cairo claimed that “they just turned a blind eye when all this was going on toward the Israelis, for week after week.” Now the council is “in the terrible position where they have to show that they’re strong,” a western diplomat said.

Meanwhile, the official Egyptian news agency reported that Israel's embassy in Jordan was reinforcing security measures. Eye-witnesses claimed that they saw armored vehicles and a large number of security forces on the streets leading to the embassy.

Security has also been boosted around the Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv. Border Guards were joined by a police car and were instructed to call the Tel Aviv police upon any unusual event and to remain alert.

Behind door number 3, war?

Was the Middle East, one door away from events that could spin out of control into war?

I think it was a very real possibility.

We know from reports from Israel that Yoni had asked Bibi to visit the families of the security agents if they would have fallen in defense of the embassy. I know someone that knows Yoni and I can assure you he is not the type to panic.

I have to say Bibi is in a tough situation no leader wants to be the cause of war for his nation. But no leader also wants to destroy the future of his nation be giving into the demands of the enemy.

But who is the bigger enemy?

Egypt, Turkey, Iran and the Palestinians?

Or is the bigger enemy the left of Israel?

I offer the following quote as evidence
"Daniel Ben-Simon, a member of Parliament from the left-leaning Labor Party, said the Netanyahu government was on a path “not just to diplomatic isolation but to actually putting Israelis in danger,” he said. “It all comes down to his obsession against a Palestinian state, his total paralysis toward the Palestinian issue. We are facing an international tide at the United . If he joined the vote for a Palestinian state instead of fighting it, that would be the best thing he could do for us in the Arab world.”

September 09, 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/

Report: Turkey obtains names of flotilla raid soldiers


IHH lawyer claims it handed Ankara prosecutor names of over 10 IDF soldiers involved in Marmara takeover; prosecutor also approaches intelligence services for soldiers' identities. Among possible suspects: Peres, Netanyahu and Ashkenazi
Ynet

Amid rising tensions between Israel and Turkey over the Palmer Report, Istanbul's chief prosecutor approached the Turkish intelligence services in a request to reveal the identities of the Israeli soldiers involved in the May 2010 raid on the Mavi Marmara ship, in which nine Turkish civilians were killed.

The request came after the prosecutor approached Israeli authorities for the information last May, but did not receive a reply.

Meanwhile, a lawyer affiliated with IHH– the Turkish group that organized the flotilla – claimed the organization handed the prosecutor a list with over ten names of IDF soldiers that were onboard the vessel, Turkish newspaper al-Zaman reported on Friday.

"We have handed the list to Istanbul's prosecutor and are now waiting for arrest warrants," said Attorney Ramzan Turk, adding that the list is based on information received by other IDF soldiers who "regretted the incident and gave me the names of the soldiers."

Ramzan noted that the soldiers who provided the names did not take part in the raid.

In addition Zaman's claims, the prosecutor reportedly also approached the intelligence services for a list of names, a move which would enable to start proceedings against a long list of Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, former IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, Navy Commander Adm. Eliezer Marom and other officials involved in the flotilla raid.

The soldiers that participated in the takeover may face charges of premeditated murder and torture, as well as restricting the passengers' freedom of movement, the report said.

Meanwhile, Ankara diplomats on Friday stressed that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's north African tour will not include a visit to the Gaza Strip.

"Turkey doesn’t want to enrage the Egyptian authorities," an Ankara official explained the move.

If this is true that Israeli soldier(s) handed over the names of the guys on the raid, these people are traitors.

Due to the lack of death penalty in Israel for traitors, I say let the commando's solve the problem.

Egyptians demolish Israel embassy wall

About a dozen Egyptians activists use hammers to chip away concrete wall erected around building housing Israeli Embassy in Cairo. Over 4,000 protest against slow reforms
Reuters

Egyptian activists on Friday demolished parts of the wall erected around a building housing the Israeli embassy in Cairo to protect it against demonstrators, Egyptian newspaper al-Ahram reported Friday.

According to the report, no attempts have been made to break into the building.

Eyewitness said about a dozen people used hammers to chip away at the mainly concrete wall, which Egyptian authorities erected after daily protests last month sparked by tensions over the death of five Egyptian security personnel in Sinai which Cairo blamed on Israel.

The attempt to demolish the wall came after an Egyptian Facebook group called activists to gather outside the Israeli delegation in Cairo and "urinate on the wall."

Egyptian groups also called activists to spray graffiti slogans against Israel on the wall and erect a memorial for the soldiers killed during the attack in south Israel.

Eyewitnesses said policemen and soldiers stood by as the activists hammered away at the roughly 2.5 metres (8-foot) high wall.

Egyptian officials said the wall was intended to protect residents of the high-rise embassy building, not the Israeli mission.

The move against the embassy wall came as around 4,000 Egyptian activists demonstrated in central Cairo demanding faster reforms, ending military trials for civilians.

Welcome to the new Middle East or back to the future .

Israel has stood alone in the region in the past, to do so again will not be the end of the world.

But Israel must prepare for war, for to not take the steps needed to be ready for war would be criminal on the part of our leaders.

September 08, 2011

Turkey: Warships will back next flotilla


Turkish PM Erdogan announces Ankara's ships will escort aid vessels headed to Gaza. Jerusalem: Rhetoric concerning but will not impact Gaza blockade. Meanwhile, Ankara-Cairo ties get commercial boost in form of military, trade contracts and naval maneuvers

Reuters
Latest Update: 09.09.11, 00:34 / Israel News

Turkish warships will escort any Turkish aid vessels to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview with Al-Jazeera television on Thursday.

"Turkish warships, in the first place, are authorized to protect our ships that carry humanitarian aid to Gaza," Erdogan said in the interview. "From now on, we will not let these ships to be attacked by Israel, as what happened with the Freedom Flotilla."

Erdogan also said that Turkey has taken steps to "stop Israel from unilaterally exploiting natural resources from the eastern Mediterranean."

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor responded to the Turkish premier' statement by saying: "This is a statement well-worth not commenting on."

Are you kidding ? Do you really want to go to war for the Palestinians?

Let me be perfectly blunt, the only reason for Turkey under Erdogan getting ready to walk off the cliff is that the Turkish military has failed to keep radical Islam out of the government. We can only hope and pray the military can clean the Turkish house before a disaster happens.

September 07, 2011

Want To Be, UN Is Broken

'Palestinians can't be a UN member and hold Gilad captive'

Noam Shalit and Yoel Shalit's girlfriend Ya'ara Winkler travel to New York to meet U.N. officials and U.S. congressmen • Timing of visit coincides with planned Palestinian statehood bid • Muslim leaders gave them a copy of a letter sent to Hamas.
Daniel Siryoti

Abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit's father, Noam Shalit, along with Ya'ara Winkler, the girlfriend of Gilad's brother Yoel, traveled to New York this week to meet with representatives from various countries as well as top U.N.officials.

"The timing of the visit corresponds to the Palestinian bid for statehood, likely to be recognized, as well as the [Palestinian's proposed] membership in the U.N.," Noam Shalit said on Tuesday. "Gilad continues to be held in captivity. He has been a hostage for the past five years, and the fact that the Palestinian entity uses him as a bargaining chip and for blackmail is a clear violation of international law. This directly contradicts their request for international recognition."

Want to bet?

PA will become a member of UN and Gilad will stay hostage in Gaza.

If Gilad's parents think the UN will block membership for the PA until Gilad is released. They are unfortunately mistaken.

Gilad will highlight, just how broken the UN is.

Hit Israel, Yes Or No

Barak: Israel's enemies wouldn't dare use chemical weapons against us

Defense minister seeks to calm fears after homefront commander claims there is increased likelihood of an all-out war in the Middle East that would include use of WMDs • GOC Homefront Command Maj. Gen. Eyal Eisenberg says his analysis was taken out of context.
Shlomi Diaz

A day after GOC Homefront Command Maj. Gen. Eyal Eisenberg created a firestorm when he claimed there was an increased likelihood of all-out war in the Middle East, one that might include weapons of mass destruction, Defense Minister Ehud Barak sought to allay fears, saying there is no reason for such a war in the Middle East.

“We do not see a reason why any of our enemies would launch a broad attack against Israel at this time,” Barak said after touring the northern border on Tuesday. “They know full-well why they should not even think about using chemical weapons against Israel.”

Defense Ministry Policy and Political-Military Affairs Director Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad also contested Eisenberg's claims Tuesday on Army Radio. “There is no situational analysis pointing to a broad regional war. Currently things are stable and there is no reason to foster panic,” Gilad said.

They wouldn't dare?

Why what are you going to do Mr. Defense Minister hold your breath till you turn blue?

What has Israel done to assure that they do not hit Israel with chemical weapons?

Allow ourselves to be hit with hundreds of rockets without hitting back in a way that brings and end to the attacks.

We have show us to be weak.

September 06, 2011

Homefront commander under fire for grim security assessment

Maj. Gen. Eyal Eisenberg says regional unrest might lead to "total" war, with weapons of mass destruction directed against Israel • Defense Minister Ehud Barak rejects assessment: "Our enemies will not dare use weapons of mass destruction against us."

Shlomi Diaz


The Israeli general in charge of preparing the homefront for war and emergencies has come under intense criticism for a grim security assessment he delivered at an academic conference.

GOC Homefront Command Maj. Gen. Eyal Eisenberg said on Monday that the likelihood of a total, all-out war in the Middle East, with the possible use of weapons of mass destruction, had increased in light of the upheavals in the Arab world and the deterioration in Israel-Turkey relations.

Speaking at a conference on homefront defense at Tel Aviv University's Institute of National Security Studies, Eisenberg provided an analysis of recent regional developments and their implications for Israel. "The revolutions and upsets in the Arab world, coupled with the deteriorating relations with Turkey, might lead to an all-out regional war," he said.

The Arab Spring, the popular uprising that has swept through Arab states and led to the downfall of one of Israel's key regional allies, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, has alarmed Israeli policymakers, who fear the wave of protests could threaten regional stability and lead to the rise of Islamist forces. While Arab leaders struggle to hold on to the old order, Turkey has been taking on a more active regional role, in what may be an attempt to reassert itself as a regional power. Ankara has recently recalled the Israeli ambassador to Israel and said it might pursue legal action against the Jewish state following Israel's refusal to apologize for the 2010 raid by Israeli naval commandos on a Turkish-led flotilla, which led to the deaths of nine Turkish nationals.

"What is called the Arab Spring can become a radical Islamic winter, which increases the likelihood of an all-out regional war, and this might even involve weapons of mass destruction," Eisenberg said Monday.

According to Eisenberg, terrorists in the Gaza Strip have recently acquired a new weapon, which they have already fired on Israeli communities in the south. The discovery of this weapon prompted authorities to instruct citizens to take cover in shelters that have double ceilings during the latest round of escalation, he said. He stopped short of elaborating on the nature of the weapon system. "The outcome of a future war will depend on the stamina of the homefront," he said.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak poured cold water over Eisenberg's assessment, saying, "Our enemies will not dare use weapons of mass destruction against us." He said the defense establishment was seeing no regional mobilization for war against Israel. Top Israel Defense Forces officials were surprised by Eisenberg's comments on Monday. "It is unclear why he would raise this issue [of regional war] at this particular point in time and why he would comment on specific intelligence on certain weapon systems," they said. "There is no justification for heating up tensions or sowing fear among the public."

In an interview with Israel Radio, the Director of Policy and Political-Military Affairs at the Defense Ministry, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Gilad, who has also served as head of military intelligence, dismissed Eisenberg's remarks as "too simplistic and incorrect."

"Our security situation has never been better: There is no terrorism inside Israel, we have deterrence in the north and south, we are not facing a coalition of Arab armies and the regimes in the region are stable, although there are some processes underway that we must watch closely," he said.

Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) was also quick to react. On Tuesday, he asked Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz whether Eisenberg's views were those of the army or his own. Mofaz said that Gantz had yet to comment on the matter.

Homefront Defense Minister Matan Vilnai defended Eisenberg, telling Army Radio that it was a good thing that generals chose to express themselves rather than keep silent. "It is better to be able to hear assessments and to react accordingly than to have all matters discussed behind closed doors like in bygone eras" he said.

Vilnai, who also spoke at the conference, elaborated on the government's response to the threats on the homefront and commented on his newly created post. "The creation of the new Homefront Defense Ministry has been frustrated by internal politics, despite the importance attached to it," Vilnai said. The delay has compromised our ability to meet challenges, he conceded.

This is the fourth year that Tel Aviv University has held the Preparedness of the Civilian Front for War conference. Speakers usually include high-profile defense figures. In Monday's conference, several speakers criticized the local authorities' lack of emergency preparedness in about 25 per cent of municipalities, first reported by Israel Hayom. This could compromise Israel's security in any violent confrontation, they warned.

Eisenberg went on to discuss the threats facing Israel, saying Israel has to contend with threats on multiple fronts. These range from Gaza Strip and Iran to Syria and Egypt, adding that even Jordan's King Abdullah has had to contend with daunting challenges domestically. Israel must make every effort to keep the peace along the borders with these countries, Eisenberg said, adding that Israel is increasingly wary of the uncertainty in Egypt, particularly because it is unclear whether the central government in Cairo can exert its authority in the Sinai Peninsula alongside Israel in a way that would ensure it does not become an enclave of Islamic radicalism. "The Egyptian military has been overwhelmed, effectively losing its grip over the Sinai; what was once a manifestation of Egypt's strategic choice to maintain peace has now been supplanted by terrorism," Eisenberg said. Speaking on Syria, Eisenberg predicted president Assad's days in power were numbered due to the growing domestic unrest. As for Iran, Eisenberg reiterated the prevailing Israeli assessment that Iran still intends to pursue a military nuclear program, warning that Iran is in fact moving "full steam ahead" down that path.

If you tell the truth, you will upset Barak .

Barak is like our leaders prior to the war in 1973, everything is good we have nothing to worry about.

Then we get hit and pay the price in Jewish blood.

Juden Rous


Robert Gates: Israel an ungrateful ally

Former US secretary of defense says Prime Minister Netanyahu's policies isolating Israel on a global level
Yitzhak Benhorin

WASHINGTON – Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates blasted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying that his policies were ungrateful towards the US and were isolating Israel on a global level.

Gates' harsh words were said during a meeting of the National Security Council Principals Committee, Bloomberg's Jeffrey Goldber reported Tuesday.

Gates believes Netanyahu's government has offered the Obama administration "nothing in return" for its generous security aid, which includes access to top-quality weapons, assistance in developing missile-defense systems and high-level intelligence sharing.

The former defense secretary said that not only is Netanyahu ungrateful, but his polices were "endangering his country by refusing to grapple with Israel’s growing isolation and with the demographic challenges it faces if it keeps control of the West Bank."

Bloomberg added that Gates’s analysis met with no resistance from other committee members.

This was not the first time Gates had expressed his frustration with Netanyahu's government: In 2010, when Israel announced new building plans for east Jerusalem during Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel, Gates said that Netanyahu should "call Obama when he was serious about negotiations."

The former defense chief was also irked by incessant squabbling with the prime minister over US arms sales to its Arab allies.

According to both Israeli and American sources, Netanyahu and Gates met in March, when the latter was visiting Israel. The PM reportedly lectured Gates at length on the possible dangers Israel may face following such arms deals.

According to the report, Gates resented Netanyahu’s tone and reminded him that the "sales were organized in consultation with Israel and pro-Israel members of Congress."

Washington's frustration with Israel is growing, the report hedged, and such feelings are becoming more poignant as the US is once again gearing to go to the mat for Israel – this time to thwart the Palestinian Authority's nearing bid for recognition by the UN General Assembly.

The US has voiced its objection to the PA's unilateral move, which Washington believes would undermine the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and is likely to veto it in the Security Council.

Bloomberg's analyst believes that the US vote in the UN will be in spite of Netanyahu – not to help him.

Sources close to Netanyahu said Tuesday that Netanyahu's first concern is to look out for Israel's interests, adding he will continue to do so relentlessly.

"The prime minister has been calling for direct negotiations since he took office, and he's sure such talks could lead to a solution. Netanyahu insisted upon Israel's security needs and the demand to recognize it as a Jewish state," a Jerusalem source said.

Gates and other like him are the ungrateful allies that are willing to risk the future of Israel and the Jewish people.

The Jewish people with G-D will never be defeated.

Come on Bob, between friends what you really want is a return to the good old days.

When you didn't have to complain about strong Jews.

You could just yell Juden Rous.

September 05, 2011

CST

Intel chief, senior ISA official forbidden from talking about Eilat terror attacks

Defense establishment instructs intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) official, who were set to testify before Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, to keep quiet on terror attacks near Eilat three weeks ago until IDF completes its internal investigations • MK Mofaz livid: Barak and ISA chief "overtly impeding committee's ability to fulfill its role."


Israel's defense establishment on Sunday forbade Director of Military Intelligence Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi and a senior official from the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) from testifying before a Knesset committee about the terrorist attack near Eilat three weeks ago.

Kochavi presented a letter of exemption from Defense Minister Ehud Barak while the ISA official cited an order from ISA Chief Yoram Cohen. Both Kochavi and the ISA official said they were prohibited from disclosing any intelligence on the Aug. 18 multi-pronged attack in southern Israel's that claimed the lives of eight Israelis, until the IDF completes its internal investigation into the attacks. The Knesset committee that had been preparing to hear their testimony is a secondary intelligence committee of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

In response to the information blackout, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee MK Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) canceled his scheduled meeting with Kochavi, originally set to take place during the committee's general assembly.

"The decision by [Barak and the ISA chief] overtly impedes the secondary committee's ability to act and fulfill its role," Mofaz said.

MK Benjamin Ben-Eliezer (Labor) joined Mofaz in his criticism of the move. "It is unfortunate that we are being prevented from fulfilling our duty to the public," he said.

MK Avi Dichter (Kadima) also criticized the move, saying, "The order not to give us information is tantamount to a gag order on the intelligence and ISA chiefs."

Following the defense establishment's instructions to keep quiet on the attack, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin (Likud) said he would arrange a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Barak, and Mofaz to "define the secondary committee's boundaries and the Knesset's authority to supervise the defense establishment."

The Defense Ministry on Sunday issued a statement in defense of its move, saying, "We are dismayed that MK Shaul Mofaz is trying once again to turn the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and the secondary committees into part of a political game meant to boost his image in his personal quarrels."

"Intelligence and operational briefings of current events are first given to the operating units and then to the intelligence bodies. The results are given to the chief of general staff and then the secondary committees in Knesset," the statement said.

This makes me sick.

Members of Knesset playing games either to cover themselves or to make points.

Good people are dead because Barak refused to take the advice of the Shabak.

Cowards, Scum and Traitors all.

September 02, 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/

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