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November 30, 2011

Iranian Navy Equips Naval Vessels with Anti-Ship Cruise Missile


News number: 9007275517 14:52 | 2011-11-30
http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9007275517

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Army's Navy equipped its vessels with powerful
anti-ship Qader (Mighty) cruise missiles, a senior Navy commander announced
on Wednesday.

Speaking to FNA, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari
stated that Qader missile with a range of 200km is "one of the strongest and
most precise naval missiles" of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The commander added that a large number of such missiles have already been
delivered to the Iranian naval combat units.

Sayyari stated that the Iranian Navy is now using Qader as a coast-to-sea
and surface-to-surface missile, and noted that the cruise missile can be
mounted onto different types of choppers as well.

Late in September, the Iranian Defense Ministry supplied large numbers of
Qader missiles to the naval forces of the Army and the Islamic Revolution
Guards Corps (IRGC) to boost Iran's naval power.

The Iranian defense minister said at the time that Qader is an anti-ship
cruise missile with a range of 200km and enjoys a short launch time and is
able to hit all naval vessels, including frigates and warships, as well as
onshore enemy targets.

Also on November 21, the Iranian Defense Ministry supplied a large number of
highly advanced coast-to-sea cruise missiles to the Army's naval forces.

The move came on the verge of the National Navy Day on November 28.

Tehran launched an arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed
war on Iran to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has
produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and fighter
planes.

Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and
arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a
threat to any other country.

Iran's naval power has even been acknowledged by foes. In a Sep. 11, 2008
report, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy said that in the
two decades since the Iraqi imposed war on Iran, the Islamic Republic has
excelled in naval capabilities and is able to wage unique asymmetric warfare
against larger naval forces.

According to the report, Iran's Navy has been transformed into a highly
motivated, well-equipped, and well-financed force and is effectively in
control of the world's oil lifeline, the Strait of Hormuz.

Seems to me, Iran has a lot of stuff a long way from the sea going boom in big way in the last few weeks.

Hope the new cruise missiles work as well as the missile base that went boom last week.

Good luck, with your new program. I am not sure I would want to be an Iranian soldier near anything that might go boom.

November 29, 2011

Gov’t expected to release PA tax funds


By HERB KEINON
30/11/2011
Icelandic parliament passes resolution to recognize Palestinian state.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to convene his senior cabinet on Wednesday to decide on the release of $100 million in Palestinian tax revenue that Israel has been withholding since the beginning of the month.

While it was not immediately clear whether Netanyahu would convene his forum of eight senior ministers to decide on the matter, or whether it would be raised at the weekly security cabinet meeting of 14 ministers, one senior government source said the prime minister has a majority in both forums for freeing up the funds.

He will, however, face opposition from Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who has come out unequivocally against the move, saying Monday his Israel Beiteinu party would “do everything possible” to prevent the transfer of the funds. Lieberman made clear, however, that despite his objections, his party would not break up the coalition over the issue.

Netanyahu told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday that he supported transferring the money now because the situation with the Palestinians had “calmed down,” and the Palestinian Authority has at least temporarily put a hold on seeking statehood recognition in various UN bodies.

The decision to freeze the money, which according to EU numbers makes up some 30 percent of the PA budget, was taken at the beginning of the month after UNESCO voted to accept the Palestinians as a full member. In addition to freezing the funds, Israel also decided to react to that move by accelerating the building of some 2,000 housing units in Jewish neighborhoods in east Jerusalem, as well as in Efrat and Ma’aleh Adumim.

According to government sources, Netanyahu believes that if the PA returns to its proactive efforts at the UN, Israel could once again freeze the funds. Under the terms of the Oslo agreements, Israel collects the tax monies each month and transfers them to the PA. Netanyahu said in the Knesset that Israel ultimately doesn’t want to see the PA fail.

The prime minister has come under intensive international pressure over the past couple of weeks to transfer the money, with one argument being that the funds pay the salaries of the PA security apparatus, and it is in Israel’s interest for that apparatus to continue functioning.

Israel froze the funds a number of times during the height of the Second Intifada as a way of placing pressure on the PA.
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I feel like giving up.

Cowards, Scum and Traitors.

This is evil.

What games the Israeli leaders, play with Jewish lives.

Wanted a nice small Island, where I can build a home and not have to watch the evil games of the Israeli so called leaders.

I am tired.

November 28, 2011

70% of Public: Execute Fogels' Murderer

Military court to hand down sentence in trial of the man who slaughtered
five at Itamar.

By Gil Ronen Arutz 7 First Publish: 11/28/2011, 9:33 AM
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/150162

As a military court prepares Monday to hand down its sentence in the trial
of Amjad Awad, aged 19, a poll shows 70% of the public want the cold-blooded
killer executed. The poll was conducted by Pirsumei Israel.

Together with his cousin Hakem Awad, 17, Amjad murdered five members of the
family in the Samaria (Shomron) community of Itamar eight months ago. It was
Amjad who stabbed and killed Udi Fogel and his wife Ruthy, as well as their
children – Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and Hadas, who was 3 months old.

The cousins admitted the crimes and reenacted them for investigators.

Hakem was found guilty on all the counts. He was charged with in August and
sent to 130 years' jail. However, Amjad was the initiator of the massacre.

While 70% supported the death penalty for Amjad, 20% said they oppose the
death sentence and 9.8 said they have no opinion. The poll encompassed 521
people from all socio-economic layers.

Israeli courts, including military ones, can impose the death penalty by law
but never do

Too bad it will never happen.

I would volunteer to drop the hammer on these scum, but my guess is the line of volunteers would be long.

'Mysterious explosion rocks Iranian city of Isfahan'


By JPOST.COM STAFF
28/11/2011
Cause of explosion unknown, but blast is massive enough to be heard throughout city, FARS news reports; Isfahan is home to nuclear experimental reactor, uranium enrichment sites.

A large explosion rocked the central Iranian city of Isfahan, Channel 2 news reported according to Iranian semi-official FARS news.

The report did not reveal the cause of the explosion, which was large enough to be heard throughout the city.

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Isfahan is home to nuclear experimental reactors, and also a uranium enrichment facility for producing nuclear fuel.

The explosion occurred two weeks after a massive explosion west of Tehran which killed 17 troops, including an IRGC officer responsible for the development of some of Iran's most advanced weapons.

The cause of the explosion was unknown and Iran claimed it occurred when soldiers were moving explosives between bases. There was some speculation on Sunday that sabotage had caused the blast and Israel was involved with the assistance of local Iranian opposition groups.

It was not the first time that mysterious explosions struck in Iran. In recent years, a number of scientists have been killed in car bombings and dozens of IRGC officers have also been killed in various plane crashes.

Israel is hitting Iran through covert methods.

Who says everything must be done in an overt way.

November 27, 2011

I Am Proud Of Israel

Cabinet Approves Establishment of Memorial on Mt. Herzl to Commemorate the
Names of the Members of the Ethiopian Community who Perished En Route to
Israel
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

The Cabinet today (Sunday), 27.11.11, approved the establishment of a
memorial on Mt. Herzl to commemorate the names of the approximately 4,000
members of the Ethiopian community who perished en route to Israel.

Establishing the memorial closes a cycle for 130,000 members of the
Ethiopian community whose family members – men, women, children and the
elderly – left on the long and arduous journey to Israel and some of whom
perished after suffering shortages of food and water, and from diseases.
The memorial will commemorate the names of those who perished and serve as a
fitting place that enshrines the memory of those who did not realize their
dream of coming to the Land of Israel.

Building the memorial will cost approximately NIS 2 million (NIS 150,000 of
which will be provided by the Jewish Agency).

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that, "I know that the way to the
State of Israel and absorption in it has not always been easy and even today
members of the community are finding certain things difficult, and we are
trying to help them. However, integration has been impressive and it is
encouraging; it gives the essence to this idea of returning to Zion and
combining the absorption of the tribes of Israel. We are working to
implement the desire to absorb here the rest of the Ethiopian Jewish
community It warms my heart to see the faith of thousands of years being
realized."

I thought Zionist, were racist!

What is going on here, something is wrong.

The right wing government is building a memorial to those Jews that gave their lives to reach Zion. Jews that happened in this case to be black.

What will this do to our image?

Nothing because those that hate us, can't let facts of the greatness of Israel stand in the way of hate.

November 25, 2011

MERF Appearance

For those who would like to hear me on the radio, I am very pleased to announce that I will be having a weekly appearance on the Middle East Radio Forum, the show is hosted By William Wolf.


The time of the show is 2pm EDT, 11 am Pacific, 9pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

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

Cairo rally: One day we'll kill all Jews

Muslim Brotherhood holds venomous anti-Israel rally in Cairo mosque Friday; Islamic activists chant: Tel Aviv, judgment day has come
Eldad Beck

Arab hate: Muslim Brotherhood rally in Cairo's most prominent mosque Friday turned into a venomous anti-Israel protest, with attendants vowing to "one day kill all Jews."

Some 5,000 people joined the rally, called to promote the "battle against Jerusalem's Judaization." The event coincided with the anniversary of the United Nation's partition plan in 1947, which called for the establishment of a Jewish state.

However, most worshippers who prayed at the mosque Friday quickly left it before the Muslim Brotherhood's rally got underway. A group spokesman urged attendants to remain for the protest, asking them not to create a bad impression for the media by leaving.


'Treacherous Jews'
Speakers at the event delivered impassioned, hateful speeches against Israel, slamming the "Zionist occupiers" and the "treacherous Jews." Upon leaving the rally, attended were given small flags, with Egypt's flag on one side and the Palestinian flag on the other, as well as maps of Jerusalem's Old City detailing where "Zionists are aiming to change Jerusalem's Muslim character."

Propaganda material ahead of Egypt's parliamentary elections was also handed out at the site.

Spiritual leader Dr. Ahmed al-Tayeb charged in his speech that to this day Jews everywhere in the world are seeking to prevent Islamic and Egyptian unity.

"In order to build Egypt, we must be one. Politics is insufficient. Faith in Allah is the basis for everything," he said. "The al-Aqsa Mosque is currently under an offensive by the Jews…we shall not allow the Zionists to Judaize al-Quds (Jerusalem.) We are telling Israel and Europe that we shall not allow even one stone to be moved there."


'We have different mentality'
Muslim Brotherhood spokesmen, as well as Palestinian guest speakers, made explicit calls for Jihad and for liberating the whole of Palestine. Time and again, a Koran quote vowing that "one day we shall kill all the Jews" was uttered at the site. Meanwhile, businessmen in the crowd were urged to invest funds in Jerusalem in order to prevent the acquisition of land and homes by Jews.

Throughout the event, Muslim Brotherhood activists chanted: "Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, judgment day has come."

Speaking to Ynet outside the mosque following the prayer, elementary school teacher Ala al-Din said that "all Egyptian Muslims are willing to embark on Jihad for the sake of Palestine."

"Why is the US losing in Afghanistan? Because the other side is willing and wants to die. We have a different mentality than that of the Americans and Jews," he said.

Here is a tough question.

Do we support tyranny, but it brings peace to a region.

Or do we support the Arabs right to choose, and maybe plunge the world into World War 3 .

Since I strive to be honest, I must choose tyranny for the Arabs.

In an all out war with Israel how many Arabs will die?

A lot more than die at the hands of the tyrannical governments.

My heart is breaking, freedom should not be used to hate and lead to war.

November 23, 2011

A quick fix for addictions and depression?


By Karin Kloosterman
November 17, 2011


Brainsway's revolutionary painless, non-invasive deep electromagnetic stimulation eases addiction, depression, autism and other conditions.

Brainsway’s device consists of a coil attached to a helmet. Treatments take about 15 minutes.

Psychotherapy, drug therapy, hypnosis, cold turkey -- whatever the remedy for addictions such as gambling, smoking, or narcotics, doctors agree there is no one quick fix.

However, a new tool from Israel promises to help alleviate addictions and at least a dozen other brain disorders, such as depression, Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, in a non-invasive way with no side effects.

Developed by the Israeli company Brainsway, the new medical device provides deep-brain electromagnetic stimulation.

Maps of our brain's cortex are already well known, says Dr. Avraham Zangen, Brainsway's neuro-consultant, and stimulating specific areas of the brain electromagnetically is easy. Brainsway's new technology, deep TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation), takes it to a new level.

"We invented the ability to reach deeper, to reach the relevant brain regions in psychiatric treatment," he tells ISRAEL21c.

Unlike electroshock therapy, which is still used extensively today on people with clinical depression who do not respond to other treatments, the more refined Brainsway stimulates only the area of the cortex related to depression, rather than the whole brain. "We gain the beneficial effect of shock therapy without the side effects," Zangen explains.

Soon ready to market

Brainsway's IP is an electromagnetic energy-emitting coil attached to a helmet. The person being treated sits on a chair or couch while wearing the Brainsway helmet for about 15 minutes. The patient may hear small noises, similar to a knock on the door, during the painless experience.
Brainsway device
The device will be marketed first to private clinics.

Depending on how the coil is shaped and positioned, it can determine what parts of the brain will be stimulated and how intensively. It can be activated at varying frequencies and patterns for therapeutic results over a course of time.

"Here you have an artificial way to make changes in the brain," Zangen says.

For treating depression, a person may need to come to the clinic every day in the beginning. Effects start around week two or three, and maintenance treatments are required to hold the effect for as long as possible, says Zangen.

Trial patients in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas have already benefited from the treatment. Trials are taking place at 22 centers throughout Europe, the United States, Canada and Israel including Harvard and Columbia universities. Once the device receives US Food and Drug Administration approval, it will start being sold, probably at first to private clinics.

Tackling autism and Parkinson's

The ability to stimulate different brain regions is not equivalent to discovering a new medication, he says. It is equivalent to developing a whole new set of drugs.

The first diseases expected to be tackled by Brainsway will be those for which conventional treatments do not work well. The company is also investigating ways to target the "craving" areas of the brain, by stimulating them in a negative way so the brain no longer craves harmful substances or behaviors.

Obesity is another area the Brainsway coil could potentially address, as well as autism, stroke and Parkinson's disease.

The idea for the device came to Zangen while he was doing his post-doctoral degree research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States.

Returning to Israel, he then founded Brainsway in 2003, and today employs 50 people, plus consultants who manage clinical trials covering some 50 studies in total. The company is traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, and has been public since 2007.

Zangen's academic background is at the prestigious Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, where he works today. The patent on the Brainsway coil is licensed exclusively to the company by the Weizmann and the NIH, owners of the patent.

New heart of gold could save many lives

Israeli doctor develops groundbreaking innovation: artificial tissue containing gold fibers that rehabilitates damage caused by heart attack • Team led by Dr. Tal Dvir is already working on similar technology to rehabilitate other internal organs.


Ziva Mougrabi-Kubani and Ilan Gattegno


Israeli doctor Tal Dvir and his team have developed a groundbreaking innovation allowing caregivers to better treat and prevent heart attacks, the number one killer in the Western world. This medical breakthrough involves pulsating cardiac patches that contain tiny gold fibers – patches that can be implanted in diseased hearts to rehabilitate them. The gold serves as an agent that conducts electricity essential for the normal function of the heart.

Studies indicate that 50 percent of heart attack sufferers will die within five years of their first attack, while many others will remain weakened. The most prevalent solution nowadays, a heart transplant, is extremely problematic due to a shortage of available hearts. With this new development, many more heart attack survivors will be able to receive adequate treatment.

Dvir presented the cardiac patch on Monday during the first French-Israeli Conference on Nanotechnology applied to Life Sciences, organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology.

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According to the program of the conference, "the heart is a non-regenerating organ. Consequently, the loss of cardiac cells and formation of scar tissue after extensive myocardial infarction frequently leads to congestive heart failure. Given the scarcity of cardiac donors, a potential approach to treat the infarcted heart is to repopulate the ‘dead zone’ with cells capable of spontaneous contraction".

Some three years ago Dvir reached a breakthrough in his research while working in the U.S. First he collaborated with researches from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and later he returned to Israel and joined a research team at Tel Aviv University. The team, comprised of chemists, biologists, and engineers, combined various nanotechnology methods and tissue engineering in its experiments.

The experiments involved a sample of damaged heart muscle which was affixed to bio-material (a bed on which tissue can be cultivated and developed). Since the bio-material does not conduct electricity, the tissue cells did not pulsate simultaneously and another material was required to remedy the electrical shortfall.

The researchers came up with a unique solution – highly conductive gold, from which they fashioned nanometer (a billionth of a meter) thick fibers.

"In this case, the gold fibers solved the problem of the simultaneous pulsing of the cells, improved the cells' conductivity and thus allowed the use of artificial tissue," Dvir explained. "We saw that the tissue was working well independently, and then all we had to do was affix it to scarred heart muscle and rehabilitate the heart."

Dvir hailed the suitability of gold for use within the body saying, "it is known that the material does not harm the immune system as the fiber involved is less than a hairline thick and as such its use has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration."

The next stage: engineered nerve-system tissue

Dvir's study was published in this month's issue of the prestigious peer-reviewed scientific journal Nature Nanotechnology. In the journal, Dvir explained, "in the future we hope that the next stages of development will include the use of gold fibers in engineered tissue for nerve cells, and brain tissue, thereby allowing perhaps to improve brain tissue that was damaged as a result of traumatic injury, or for example nerve cells damaged, or a torn or injured spinal cord." Dvir's lab at Tel Aviv University is currently working on creating engineered brain cell tissue out of nerve cells and biomedical Materials which contain gold fibers.

November 22, 2011

The ultra-Orthodox are changing the face of the IDF

November 21, 2011


HAARETZ

November 2011 data from the IDF Manpower Directorate, compiled yesterday, shows that the national-religious school system sends more graduates to combat units than any other educational system. National-religious graduates make up an even larger percentage of combat officers. At time when many secular youths, including those who choose combat units, are content to serve their mandatory three years before returning to civilian life, religious soldiers are being educated to stay in uniform beyond the minimum. Thus, 42 percent of cadets in the most recent infantry officer training course were religious (nine cadets in this course stood trial for boycotting the contentious ceremony with women singers ).

The 19 reservist major generals who signed the letter to Chief of Staff Benny Gantz on Monday, warning of extremist religious trends in the Israel Defense Forces, “were in the army long ago,” Rabbi Avichai Rontzki declared this week. Brig. Gen. (res. ) Rontzki, who was chief army rabbi until a year and a half ago, claimed that the veteran officers don’t know what the IDF is like anymore. “Things are different nowadays,” he explained.

The signatories, who were prompted to protest by events – such as male soldiers boycotting official ceremonies where women were singing, and the ousting of female staff officers from combat units – are indeed detached from the reality of being in the army today. Much has changed since people like Ori Orr, Menachem Einan and Yeshayahu Gavish were among the top brass.

Orr says he never encountered religious soldiers boycotting events featuring female singers. He certainly never imagined stories such as these, culled randomly from the media this week: about the IDF gradually adopting stricter (kasher lemehadrin ) dietary standards (from the army’s weekly Bamahane ); about Rabbi Eli Sadan, head of the pre-military academy in Eli, lecturing about the “dedication and courage” of Baruch Goldstein and Yigal Amir (Yedioth Ahronoth ); and about the IDF Education Corps’ directive that soldiers not attend the annual memorial rally for Yitzhak Rabin (Haaretz ).

When it comes to relations between religious and secular soldiers, it seems that indeed, this is no longer the army we used to know. As if we blinked and the army changed.

The IDF’s policy with respect to kosher food, drafted by the first IDF rabbi, Rabbi Shlomo Goren in the 1950s, was based on the lowest common denominator that could be found between religious and secular soldiers: Each side sacrificed something, but the army’s dining halls were open to all. Yet now this situation isn’t good enough for the IDF’s 3,000 ultra-Orthodox soldiers, and a growing group of Haredi-Zionist soldiers won’t accept it either. The army’s rabbinate is currently leaning toward accepting these ultra-Orthodox soldiers’ demands and toughening kashrut rules, which will require larger budgets.

Of course, the growing number of religious soldiers and officers forces the army to make adjustments; now it has to face an array of issues that did not have to be addressed in the past. Yet some of these changes, particularly those involving women, stem from power struggles between rabbis not affiliated with the army, who compete to make stricter demands of their students in uniform.

November 2011 data from the IDF Manpower Directorate, compiled yesterday, shows that the national-religious school system sends more graduates to combat units than any other educational system. National-religious graduates make up an even larger percentage of combat officers. At time when many secular youths, including those who choose combat units, are content to serve their mandatory three years before returning to civilian life, religious soldiers are being educated to stay in uniform beyond the minimum. Thus, 42 percent of cadets in the most recent infantry officer training course were religious (nine cadets in this course stood trial for boycotting the contentious ceremony with women singers ).

Rabbi Sadan’s influence on these soldiers is considerable; some say he has the impact and stature of a major general. In 1988, Sadan established the religious pre-army academy Bnei David in the settlement of Eli – today the country’s largest and most important such institution, many of whose graduates go on to command battalions.

Sadan’s lecture on Rabin memorial day makes for troubling reading (the text appears in full on the academy’s website ). Rabin, Sadan claimed, was “the biggest leadership and political failure in Israel’s history.” He left no legacy, the rabbi added, and the whole personality cult that has sprung up around him is misbegotten. After the obligatory denunciation of the assassination, Sadan said he is “amazed by the dedication and courage” of Rabin’s assassin, Amir, and of “the extraordinary heroism” of Goldstein, who knew he would die after his shooting massacre at the Tomb of the Patriarchs. The damage they caused “will take generations to repair,” he added.

Kahane lives

It seems that declarations by the late radical Rabbi Meir Kahane’s students a decade ago are now part of the religious mainstream. Some of its leaders are now taking off their masks: For example, Sadan, who for years preached patriotism to the state, and adamantly opposed violating orders, has taken up a fiery manner of expression that he avoided in the past (he says the quotations regarding Rabin were taken out of the lesson’s broader context ).

“An ill wind has been blowing through our public,” said a senior religious officer this week. Another officer expressed consternation that nobody denounced Sadan’s remarks. The truth, however, is that there is little chance that anyone in the IDF General Staff would dare to take on Sadan, whose academy produces outstanding officers.

“The army is capitulating to the religious, and that started before the withdrawal from Gaza,” stated a third officer. “The [disengagement's] blow to the religious public was quickly compensated by rabbis’ gains on day-to-day matters. The officers were told that this is a very sensitive time, and it’s not prudent to argue with rabbis. Somehow, only one side has shown flexibility over the past several years.”

For example, why does the IDF allow Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, head of the Elon Moreh Yeshiva – who calls on soldiers to refuse orders to evacuate settlements – to spend Sabbaths with hesder students (who serve in a combined religious study-army framework ) on Givati infantry bases?

Meanwhile, the army is imposing controversial and dubious restrictions upon its soldiers. One was the Education Corp’s sweeping ban on soldiers from taking part in the annual memorial service for Rabin. The IDF called the rally, which was not sponsored by a state body, a political event. This is the same Educational Corps that was defeated in recent years in its power struggles vis-a-vis the chief rabbinate of the army, spearheaded by Rontzki.

A strongly worded report compiled by the State Comptroller’s Office, slated for release in April, will discuss problems related to the power of the IDF rabbinate vis-a-vis the Education Corps in full. When the draft report was passed on to the various units the comptroller had examined, claims immediately arose that he had a vendetta against the rabbinate (as has become nearly routine, these claims were accompanied by hints of a complex conspiracy led by Haaretz ).

Anyone who believed these issues would disappear after Rontzki left the army was mistaken. His successor as IDF chief rabbi, Brig. Gen. Rafi Peretz, has a reputation in the General Staff as a moderate and a compromiser. Yet Peretz is being forced to bow in some cases to civilian rabbis, including Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, who has shown sudden vigilance on religious matters in the IDF and demanded that religious soldiers boycott events with women singers.

Despite the pressures on it, a committee appointed by Gantz and headed by Manpower Directorate commander Maj. Gen. Orna Barbivai, is expected to conclude that the army’s standing orders should remain in effect: Soldiers cannot leave official ceremonies even if women are singing there. With regard to other kinds of events, commanders are expected to use discretion.

Speaking before the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Tuesday, Gantz expressed himself strongly: “I am worried about Iran and Syria, but also by the matter of the army and society … the chief rabbis told me they do not stand up and leave when a woman sings at a state ceremony. There is no ban on women singing in the IDF, and commanders’ supreme authority on this issue cannot be undermined.”

Prof. Yedidia Stern, a religious man who is a lawyer and also vice president of the Israel Democracy Institute, told Haaretz that, “what is needed is a multi-faceted policy of setting limits while allowing commanders to be flexible. The army needs to set red lines that cannot be transgressed. Religion is imperialist by nature. It has tremendous energy, but it retreats when facing a resolute policy. On the other hand, the carrot needs to be used along with the stick: After setting limits, the army should go the extra mile on behalf of religious soldiers, and allow prudent officers the freedom to deal with specific issues.”

Glenn Beck receives first ZOA 'Defender of Israel Award'

Beck: I am a proud Zionist and obvious defender of Israel; I speak the truth • American businessman Sheldon Adelson: Beck is a man of courage and determination, devoting his life to battle evil. There is no greater supporter of Israel in the media.

Yoni Hirsch


Glenn Beck, American journalistic figure and die-hard conservative, received the first Zionist Organization of America's "Defender of Israel Award" on Sunday. At the event, Beck was asked if the award signified a future political move, to which Beck responded, "On Dec, 8, I will announce where I am heading."

The award is sponsored by American philanthropists and business magnates Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson. Presenting the award, Sheldon Adelson said of Beck, "He is a man of courage and determination, who is devoting his life to battle evil. I have never met a Christian-Zionist like Beck. There is no greater supporter of Israel in the media."

Beck, in his acceptance speech, said, "I am a proud Zionist and an obvious defender of Israel. I speak the truth and have been awarded the Defender of Israel Award, which only reveals the kind of trouble we are in."

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He also added, "The current U.S. government is not a friend of Israel." Beck has been one of the most outspoken and vocal critics of U.S. President Barack Obama.

Beck, who left Fox News several months ago, strongly hinted of political aspirations as he wrapped up his speech. "There is a vacuum [in American politics] that I intend to fill. I am not asking you to join me. I would rather join you," he said.

Several American politicians were on hand at the ceremony as well. Republican presidential hopeful Congresswoman Michele Bachmann spoke at the event saying, "The Pentagon must prepare a plan for war against Iran, as a last resort." The congresswoman called for crushing economic sanctions on Iran, and promised that on the day she is sworn in as president, she would move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), who also received an honorary ZOA award, pledged that the House of Representatives would work to increase sanctions against Iran.

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November 21, 2011

'Opting out of the UN is preferable to foreign control of Jerusalem'

Former Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion's stance on Jerusalem revealed by state archivist in Sunday's cabinet meeting • Israel State Archives undertakes ambitious project to digitize records, with 3 million historical documents already online.
Shlomo Cesana

The words of David Ben-Gurion and other leading Israeli figures were revived at Sunday's cabinet meeting, as ministers were treated to a unique history lesson from the state archivist that took them through the minute-by-minute deliberations of historic government decisions.

Dr. Yaacov Lozowick, the head of the Israel State Archives, addressed the cabinet to offer a report on the progress his department has made in its ambitious project to digitize the national archives, from cabinet minutes to documents dating back to pre-state Israel, including the British Mandate and the Ottoman era.

In an attempt to convey the importance of the project, Lozowick, a former history teacher and scholar, read the protocols from two high-stakes cabinet sessions: one from the War of Independence in 1949, and one dating 18 years later, from the Six-Day War.

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According to its website, the Israel State Archives currently "holds some 40 km of shelf space of valuable records of the institutions of the state of Israel and of previous administrations." Three million documents have already been uploaded to the government's online portal.

On Dec. 4, 1949, as the U.N. was about to take up the issue of Jerusalem, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion convened his cabinet to discuss Israel's reaction should the international community deny Israel sovereignty over recently captured parts of west Jerusalem. By then, Israeli forces had been fighting for almost a year against Arab militias at home and invading Arab armies from neighboring states who sought to frustrate the Zionist effort to establish a state in accordance with the 1947 U.N. Partition Plan.

In a cable to then Foreign Minister Moshe Sharet, Ben-Gurion informed his subordinate: "I shall convene the government tomorrow morning and propose that we issue a Knesset resolution that Israel will not accept any form of foreign government in the Jewish parts of Jerusalem and the severance of the city from the state."

Ben-Gurion then told his foreign policy chief, "If we are faced with a choice of withdrawing from Jerusalem or opting out of the U.N., we shall choose the latter." Israel would eventually hold on to west Jerusalem, but had to wait almost 20 years before seizing control of the walled Old City, home to the Western Wall and the Temple Mount.

Lozowick then went on to provide an inside look into the monumental decisions made during the early stages of the Six-Day War. On June 5, 1967, with Israeli forces already engaged in heavy fighting on the southern front with Egypt, the cabinet convened to discuss a possible maneuver to capture the Jordanian-occupied Old City of Jerusalem, after parts of it had been bombed.

"I suggest the government approves a resolution to liberate the city," then Minister without portfolio and future Prime Minister Menachem Begin said in the meeting. Begin, a fierce opponent of the ruling party, chose to enter an emergency unity government as war became imminent, putting aside differences during one of Israel's most challenging periods. But Prime Minister Levi Eshkol was wary of being embroiled in another front. "Before I left Tel Aviv for Jerusalem I talked with Maj. Gen. Yigal Yadin [a special adviser to the prime minister], and raised that option with him. He told me that this requires more thought and discussion. I suggest we put off a decision on this matter for now," Eshkol said, according to the archival material.

While calling an Israeli move against Jordanian forces morally just, then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Immigrant Absorption Yigal Allon advocated that a small group, the Political-Security Cabinet, make a final decision on the issue. But Begin further implored his fellow cabinet members to endorse his proposal. "I whole-heartedly ask the prime minister to add this as an item on the agenda and make a decision. We are faced with an unprecedented window of opportunity for a redemption of the Old City," he said according to the documents.

Several days later, Israeli paratroopers stormed the Old City and took control of Judaism's holiest place. In the aftermath of the war, Israel had tripled its size, having captured the entire Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, parts of the Golan Heights from Syria and expelled Jordanian forces stationed west of the Jordan River, in what is known as the West Bank. The rest is history.


Do our leaders, still have the courage to say the same thing today.

I agree 100%, and then some.

Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria in Israeli hands is more important that Israel in the UN. Of course we can not forget the Golan Heights, is more important than the UN.

Religious zealots attack 'immodest' shops

Different businesses in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighborhood, including ice cream parlor and book store, damaged in night-time attacks by group of haredi men who want one of holy city's most tradition-bound quarters to become even more conservative
Reuters

A sign at the ice cream parlor may caution men and women not to lick cones in public, but the warning didn't stop Jewish zealots vandalizing the shop in Jerusalem's main ultra-Orthodox neighborhood.

Other businesses in Mea Shearim, including a bookstore and dress shops, have been damaged in night-time attacks by Sikrikim, a group of some 100 ultra-religious men who want one of the holy city's most tradition-bound quarters to become even more conservative.

"Promiscuity" reads graffiti scrawled in black at the entrance of a clothing shop selling dresses whose lengthy hemline and drab colors have been deemed too racy by the group.

Other stores in the neighborhood, where men wear traditional black garb and women bare little but their face, have had their windows broken, locks glued and foul-smelling liquid smeared on walls.

"They also threw once a bag of excrement inside and smashed our windows three times," said Marlene Samuels, manager of the Or Hachaim bookshop, whose bright lights and large storefront sign stand out among smaller and more dimly lit businesses.

The shop has been attacked more than 10 times since it opened a year and a half ago, Samuels said. The latest assault was last week when one of the store's branches had its locks glued overnight.

Samuels said the shop's owner met with the Sikrikim several times. The store stocks only religious books, but they include volumes published by Orthodox institutions that are Zionist – anathema to the Sikrikim, who believe a Jewish state can be established only with the coming of the Messiah.


Ancient resistance

Named after a small Jewish group which 2,000 years ago fought against Roman rulers and suspected Jewish collaborators, the modern-day Sikrikim strike at night and some wear masks to hide their identities.

"They use aggressive tactics and they also ask for protection money which involves paying (a religious inspector) coming in and removing the books he deems unfit," Samuels said.

Meir Margalit, a Jerusalem councilman from the secular Israeli Meretz party, voiced concern that the existence of the Sikrikim, although a tiny minority, signified a growing divide among Jews in Israel.

"Society is becoming increasingly extremist. With the Sikrikim particularly, who are religiously motivated and rule out any position but their own, one cannot reckon, only fight them," Margalit said.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews make up about 8% of Israel's 7.7 million population. With an average of eight children per family, they are a fast-growing population. Many live below the poverty line and keep to dozens of their own towns and neighborhoods.

Mea Shearim area is small, less than half a square mile (1.3 square km), and home to about 30,000 residents considered among the most tight-knit and reclusive of Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jews.

It takes about a minute to walk from Jerusalem's city center to Mea Shearim, but the dozens of synagogues and Hassidic courts dotting its narrow alleyways are a world away from the cafes and bars of downtown Jerusalem.

Sikrikim attacks have also been reported at Beit Shemesh, a mixed secular and religious town with a growing ultra-Orthodox community, about half an hour's drive from Jerusalem. The latest target there has been a religious girls' school.

The Sikrikim who reside near the school object to the way the girls dress. Since the school year began in September they have regularly picketed outside shouting out at the students, most of them younger than 12, that they are promiscuous.

"They claim to be religious but what they do is a crime against God, against the Torah and against humanity," said David Rotenberg, who works at Or Hachaim.


'Sacrilege'

Up the road, the Zisalek ice cream parlor has separate entrances for men and women and a sign – posted at the request of local religious authorities – asking them to avoid any show of immodesty by licking cones in public.

"They (the Sikrikim) had a real ball with us," said Guy Ammar, one of Zisalek's owners, describing vandalism similar to attacks against other shops in the area.

"But we were not deterred. Residents here told us not to give up and business is going well now."

Sikrikim shun the media and have made no public comment about their activities.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said an investigation was under way following two complaints lodged by Or Hachaim Center but no suspects have yet been arrested.

Some business owners in Mea Shearim said police has been slow to act, reluctant to get involved in what they see as internal disputes among different religious sects of a closed community.

Rosenfeld said that no other businesses have filed formal complaints in recent weeks.

A few minutes' walk from Zisalek Ice Cream is the Greentech music shop, where Hasidic music plays in the background and one DVD in a collection of ultra-Orthodox movies is a suspense film about the battles of a rabbi against Christian missionaries.

The Sikrikim "do not like anything that changes the character of the shtetl and the way it was a hundred years ago," a worker in the music store said, using a Yiddish term for the small towns where Eastern European Jews lived before the Holocaust.

Shlomo Kuk, an ultra-Orthodox journalist from Jerusalem, said the Sikrikim shouldn't be seen as representative of devout Jews known as "haredim."

"One thing is certain: they may dress like haredim but what they do is utter sacrilege which blackens the name of the entire haredi community," Kuk said.

The time has come for the government of Israel to stand firm.

Every Jew, Arab, Druze, must be forces to sign a declaration of loyalty to Israel and give 3 years of their life in government service.

Refuse to do either and it will result in prison and or deportation.

We can not let the left wing Jews or Arabs not give service to the State and we must demand the same of the haredim.

For not to stand up to this evil, is to allow the Taliban to grow even stronger in Israel.

November 20, 2011

Destruction of Israel

Iran Mulling Creation of 100-million-Strong Muslim Basij Army
News number: 9007274143 17:21 | 2011-11-20
http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9007274143

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of Iran's Basij (volunteer) force Brigadier General
Mohammad Reza Naqdi announced on Sunday that Tehran is studying formation of
a 100-million-strong Muslim world Basij force.

"We will form the 100-million-strong Basij force of the Muslim world to
materialize the promise of the late Imam Khomeini about the freedom of the
noble Quds," Naqdi said.

He underlined that Basij will bravely and steadfastly continue its struggle
and fight for the freedom of Quds from the occupation of Zionist regime and
to release all mankind from the claws of the world arrogant powers.

Naqdi's remarks comes against the backdrop the Muslim world's popular
uprisings and revolutions which are similar to what happened in Iran in 1979
under the leadership of the late Imam Khomeini.

Tunisia saw the overthrow of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in a popular revolution
in January, which was soon followed by a revolution which toppled Hosni
Mubarak in Egypt in February.

Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Libya have since been the
scene of protests against their totalitarian rulers, who have resorted to
brutal crackdown on demonstrations to silence their critics.

While Libya celebrated the victory of its revolution after the death of the
country's dictator, Muammar Qaddafi, in October, uprisings continue in
several other Muslim states.

Regional analysts and officials have underlined that Iran's Islamic
Revolution led by the Late Founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini,
is the source of inspiration for the growing tides of Islamic awakening in
the region.

Earlier, Ayatollah Khamenei had also underscored the profound and vast
influence of Iran's Islamic Revolution on the growing waves of Islamic
awakening in the region.

"Thanks to Islam and Islamic Revolution, a popular and overall Islamic
awakening has happened in the region today, which will definitely yield its
results as it has already yielded (some of) its results in certain points,"
Ayatollah Khamenei said in April.

Analysts believe that Iran's inspiration on these nations means that they
share Iran's goals and ideals and are, thus, willing to joint such a
100-million-strong force.

Liberation of Quds, means liberation of Jerusalem, which means the destruction of Israel.

MERF Appearance

For those who would like to hear me on the radio, I am very pleased to announce that I will be having a weekly appearance on the Middle East Radio Forum, the show is hosted By William Wolf.


The time of the show is 2pm EDT, 11 am Pacific, 9pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

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

November 18, 2011

Jewish Choice, Kapo or Bastard

Kissinger in '72: Jews 'self-serving bastards'

Secret US State Department docs released for publication indicate Jewish-American politician suffered from Jewish lobbyists' pressure prior to Yom Kippur War; reveal he suggested to divide Sinai Peninsula into 'security zones'
Yitzhak Benhorin

WASHINGTON – Confidential files released for publication in the United States on Friday reveal a new side to the Jewish-American politician Henry Kissinger, which might anger the Jewish community.

Kissinger, who served as the United States National Security Advisor and later as Secretary of State in the administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, had demanded to divide the Sinai Peninsula into "security zones" prior to the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

According to the secret documents released by the State Department, back in 1972 Kissinger wished to put economic and ethical pressure on Israel, calling American Jewish groups lobbying the Nixon White House self-serving "bastards."

The files also show that Russia had claimed the "Arabs" were willing to recognize the State of Israel at that time.


Kissinger had a huge impact on American foreign policy, helping reach certain degree of conciliation between Washington and Moscow during the cold war. As the relations between both countries grew warmer, the Jewish American lobbyists amped up the pressure on Washington in an attempt to aid their Soviet brothers.

One of Nixon's advisors, Leonard Garment, reported he was flooded with letters and phone calls from Jews and asked for Kissinger's advice on the matter.

According to the transcripts, Kissinger, who is Jewish, replied to Garment: “Is there a more self-serving group of people than the Jewish community?”

In response, Garment, also Jewish, said: “None in the world.”

Kissinger responded: “What the hell do they think they are accomplishing? You can’t even tell bastards anything in confidence because they’ll leak it.”

Despite these remarks, Kissinger said he would bring up the issue during his meeting with Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin and also meet again with Jewish leaders.

"They ought to remember what this administration has done,” he added.

Yes we are, we need to be.

We need to be mainly because of bastards like you, and all the anti Israel liberal Jews that form groups like Peace Now.

Let us remember that it was Kissinger that also said it was no concern of the US, if Soviet Jews were gassed.

If the choice is between being self serving bastards or a Kapo like you, the choice is easy.

The majority of Jews in the camps went to their death rather than be Kapo's, this holds true for the Jewish people today.

Then we have self serving scum like you and Soros, Kapos self hating Jews.

You have more Jewish blood on your hands for your actions against Israel than maybe even Arafat.

May G-D only judge you fairly, that will be enough and may it be soon.

November 17, 2011

60 percent of Israelis won't serve in IDF by 2020


By YAAKOV KATZ
11/17/2011 18:04

IDF Manpower Directorate says every other Israeli already doesn't serve, army looking to balance needs of different sectors.

By 2020, 60 percent of Israelis will not serve in the IDF, head of the military’s Manpower Directorate Maj.-Gen. Orna Barbivai warned on Thursday.

According to Barbivai, every other Israeli citizen – male and female – already does not serve in the IDF today. Forty percent of women dodge the draft, with the majority receiving exemptions based on religious grounds. Among male Israelis, 25% dodge the draft on an annual basis.

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Draft dodging is expected to rise in the coming years due to the demographic trends in Israeli society, where for example, ultra-Orthodox youth now make up 26% of first graders in the country in comparison to just 7% in 1960 and will continue to grow. It is also a result of low aliya numbers which have dropped from 77,000 in 1999 to just 16,600 in 2010.

Among male Israelis, the largest number of exemptions is given to the haredi sector, which constitutes 13% of the draft dodgers, a number that is expected to increase by 0.4% by 2014. Six percent of youth every year receive medical exemptions, half of them for mental illnesses.

The IDF found that the highest motivation to serve in combat units (61%) is among Jewish youth from settlements in the West Bank, in comparison to the Gush Dan region – which includes Tel Aviv – where only 36% ask to serve in combat positions. Second place is Jerusalem where 52% of draftees ask to serve in combat positions.

The city with the highest draft rate is Modi'in-Maccabim-Reut where 92.4 percent of male youth serve in the IDF. In comparison, in Tel Aviv, 42.5 percent of male youth serve in the IDF and in Jerusalem only 40.8 percent serve.

Barbivai also referred to allegations that the IDF is being overrun by religious extremists. On Monday, a group of former IDF generals sent a letter to Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz warning against giving in to religious demands to prevent the mixing of men and women in military ranks.

Gantz recently tapped Barbivai to head up a committee tasked with setting guidelines for the integration of female and religious soldiers into the same unit. In addition, Barbivai will also clarify rules and what is expected from soldiers during IDF ceremonies where female soldiers often perform. There have been a number of cases of religious soldiers walking out of ceremonies citing religious reasons forbidding them from listening to a female singer.

“The IDF needs to work to find the balance that will enable it to provide a quality and significant service for soldiers from all sectors of society, whether male or female, religious or secular,” she said in a briefing on Thursday.

Barbivai said that her committee would submit its recommendations to Gantz in the coming weeks and would also work to create clearer borders for the Military Rabbinate and the Education Corps which have clashed recently over issues regarding the education of soldiers.

We can't allow this to happen.

The religious exception is not good for the those excused from the IDF nor is it good for the IDF.

The more religious we can make the IDF the better we will be.

Why

Israel to allow construction materials into Gaza

Materials to be used in construction of 10 factories destroyed during Operation Cast Lead • Palestinian government coordinator says first two trucks with materials entered Gaza on Wednesday • Agricultural and Gaza-made furniture exports also expected • Hamas-ruled Gaza is subject to an Israeli and Egyptian blockade restricting the movement of goods and people.
The Associated Press

Israel allowed the first truckloads of a rare shipment of construction materials into Gaza on Wednesday to allow the reconstruction of 10 privately owned factories, the Israeli military and Palestinian officials said.

Until now only international projects have been allowed to import such materials, which Israel restricts because of concerns they could be used by Gaza militants who regularly launch rockets at Israeli towns.

Hamas-ruled Gaza is subject to an Israeli and Egyptian blockade that includes restrictions on the movement of goods and people.

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In Gaza, Palestinian government coordinator Raed Fattouh said the first two trucks with materials entered Wednesday. The military says several dozen trucks will be allowed in.

The factories being rebuilt were destroyed or damaged in fighting in 2009, when Israel invaded to attempt to stop near-daily rocket salvos.

Fattouh said the coming weeks would also see the export of agricultural products and several shipments of Gaza-made furniture in exceptions to the blockade. Permission was negotiated with Israel and international mediators. Israel significantly eased limits on imports last year but kept building materials on its list of restrictions.

Sari Bashi of the Israeli human rights group Gisha, which monitors the Gaza blockade, said those moves were too little to alleviate the economic distress in the Palestinian territory.

"By banning Gaza residents from selling goods to Israel and the West Bank, Israel is preventing economic recovery for reasons that have nothing to do with security," she said.

Hamas, backed by Iran, is considered a terror organization by Israel, the U.S. and the EU. It has ruled Gaza since 2007.

Why?

Why were these ten factories destroyed by the IDF?

Because they were being used by terrorist.

Why allow them to be rebuilt?

When will we stop playing stupid games with the Palestinians?

November 15, 2011

Is He Nuts

'Send the Foreign Legion to Gaza and Israel will lift its blockade'

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman reportedly tells French counterpart that Israel would leave Gaza if foreign force prevented terrorist activity in Hamas-run territory • Lieberman reportedly raised the idea with French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe.

Israel Hayom Staff and News Agencies

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman requests French Foreign Legion.
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Photo credit: AP

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday told the Knesset that Israel would be happy to lift the blockade on the Gaza Strip if the French Foreign Legion agreed to maintain order in the Hamas-run territory, according to a report by French news agency AFP.

"I have no problem in lifting the blockade tomorrow as long as there is a force to inspect everything coming into the Gaza Strip and [prevent] terrorist activity," Lieberman was quoted telling MKs on Monday. "Instead of us doing it ourselves, you [can] send the French Foreign Legion."

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Established in 1831 as a way for France to maintain dominion over its colonies using foreign adventurers, the French Foreign Legion comprises around 7,500 soldiers from more than 130 countries. Regiments from the legion are currently deployed in Afghanistan.

Lieberman said he had introduced the idea during talks with French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe in June.

The outspoken Lieberman, known for his often blunt remarks about Israel's foreign policy and international relations, has threatened to cut ties with the Palestinian Authority over its attempts to seek unilateral recognition of statehood at the U.N..

On Monday, Lieberman was quoted as saying the argument that Jordan was "Palestine" contradicted Israel's interests and was not based on reality. Speaking at a Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting on Monday, Lieberman criticized those who argued that Jordan was the true Palestinian state, saying such claims contradicted international law and the tenets of the Israel-Jordan peace treaty, according to Israel Radio.

Commenting on the acceptance of "Palestine" into UNESCO -- the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization -- last month, Lieberman said this was a Pyrrhic victory for the Palestinian Authority.

I would never turn the security of Israel ever.

However I do favor the formation of an Israeli Foreign Legion.

Non Israeli, non Jewish troops under the command of Israeli officers.

We could use these troops when suffering Israeli losses would cause political problems for a government . No problem send in the IFL.

November 14, 2011

Cabinet set to unfreeze Palestinian funds

According to government officials, a majority of Cabinet ministers are expected to approve the transfer of tax revenue funds to the Palestinian Authority • The funds were frozen in October after UNESCO accepted "Palestine" as its 195th member.

Israel Hayom Staff and Associated Press


The Political-Security Cabinet is set to meet on Monday to approve the transfer of $100 million of tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority, funds that were frozen by the government following UNESCO's decision to accept “Palestine” as its 195th member on Oct. 31.

Defense ministry officials say that freezing PA tax revenues, which they say provide salaries for Palestinian security forces in the West Bank, can hurt Israel and lead to a deterioration in the security situation in the West Bank.

According to government officials, a majority of Cabinet ministers are expected to approve the transfer.

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Palestinian tax revenues are collected by Israel on behalf of the PA in accordance with the 1993 Oslo Accords agreement.

Despite the unfreezing of the tax revenue, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz is expected to soon announce a series of sanctions against the PA due to its continuing unilateral moves at the U.N. His proposal was said to include the possibility of freezing future PA tax revenues.

Meanwhile, due to a dearth of funding at UNESCO, the organization will not be accepting new projects until the end of the year, an official said. The U.S. made good on a threat to withdraw its contributions -- some $80 million annually, or one-fifth of the organization's budget -- to UNESCO when they accepted "Palestine" as a member. Now, UNESCO says, projects already in motion will be continued, but a decision on how the organization will operate next year has yet to be made.

I am of divided mind on this issue.

I agree that the Palestinian police in Judea and Samaria, are doing a good job of keeping the lid on terrorism, as of now.

However I feel this is more in wanting to keep Abbas in power and not wanting Hamas to seize control.

It is not because the PA want to protect the Jews of Israel. By Israel I mean all of Israel from the sea to the river.

I am also jaded enough to wonder if people in the defense establishment that have day to day contact with the leadership of the PA might be getting a kick back on these funds delivered to the PA.

So if Israel transfers the funds, it buys a little temporary peace and quite.

If on the other hand Israel takes the position you joined UNESCO and this is not acceptable and as a result you must know actions carry rewards and punishments.

Hamas then takes over people will be killed on both sides but maybe we then in the war win a victory that will give us Judea and Samaria forever.

Withhold the funds, get's my vote.

November 13, 2011

Peace Crimes

Photo by: Ben Hartman

Left-wing NGOs slam bill limiting donations
By JOANNA PARASZCZUK
13/11/2011
Civil rights groups, NGOs attack move limiting contributions from foreign countries as "an assault on democracy."

Immediately after the Ministerial Committee on Legislation's vote in favor of two bills limiting foreign governments' donations to NGOs on Sunday, civil rights groups and left-wing NGOs - who stand to see a substantial cut in funding - were unanimous in attacking the decision to pass the bill limiting contributions of nonprofit organizations from foreign countries.

The New Israel Fund slammed the committee's vote to pass the bill as a "shameful moment in the history of Israeli democracy" and called on Knesset members to "vote against the bill and remove this black stain from the face of Israel."

In a scathing statement, Hagai El-Ad, executive director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), accused the government of seeking to undermine Israel's democracy.

"The current government is leading an assault on the foundations of democracy," said Elad, adding that the Ministerial Committee had been expected to vote on two bills on Sunday, including proposed legislation to change the way Supreme Court justices are elected.

"The Supreme Court's very independence was endangered today, as are the freedom of operations for human rights organizations. But even further, the government insists on attacking freedom of expression and the rights of Arab citizens," El-Ad continued, saying that ACRI vowed " in the face of this attack to continue to fight for human rights."

"We are steadfast in our opposition to Knesset legislation aimed at derailing Israeli democracy," he added.

Shirit Michaeli, spokeswoman for human rights NGO B'Tselem, which operates in Israel and the Palestinian territories, also blasted the bill, accusing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of "degrading the international position of Israel."

However, Michaeli vowed that B'Tselem would "not be silenced" by the legislation.

"B'Tselem will be silent only when Israel stops violating human rights in the occupied territories," said Michaeli "Until then, we will continue to expose the injustices of the occupation. Every country needs democratic and human rights groups, and B'Tselem's activity contributes to a more just Israeli society."

Peace Now director Yariv Oppenheimer attacked the Ministerial Committee's approval of the bill as "worse and more dangerous than the price tag attacks", referring to the acts of vandalism by right-wing groups and individuals against Palestinian property in the West Bank.

"The government is trying to stifle the law and does not care about the position of the attorney-general, who determined that the proposed law is unconstitutional," said Oppenheimer. "Israeli democracy has been surrendered to right-wing extremists and is in a state of bankruptcy."

Human rights NGO Yesh Din was similarly scathing about the bill's approval. "Accepting donations from foreign countries is not wrong," said the NGO's spokeswoman, Hila Aloni in a statement. "Human rights in the occupied territories is not an 'internal Israeli matter', no more than Iran's nuclear policy is an 'internal Iranian matter'."

On the right, in contrast, NGOs welcomed the Ministerial Committee's approval of the bill.

Nachi Eyal, director of legal advocacy NGO the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, which describes itself as being 'tasked with protecting human rights and ensuring sound government', said legislation to prevent foreign donations would "protect Israelis and Israeli democracy from those seeking to do them evil."

"The involvement of foreign countries in Israel's internal affairs is undermining democracy and are a fifth column for political purposes and to influence the public," said Eyal.

Extra-parliamentary Zionist advocacy group NGO Im Tirtzu said in response to the bill that "the time has come for the Knesset to put a stop to foreign political donations," while NGO Regavim, whose stated aim is to "preserve the lands of Israel for the Jewish people" said the bill would make NGO funding "more fair and equal."

Professor Gerald Steinberg, president of Jerusalem-based organization NGO Monitor, which analyzes NGO activity, including funding, told the The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that the bill highlighted an important domestic political issue - that of Israelis' concerns over NGO funding.

"MKs, especially on the right, see this as a significant issue for the Israeli public," said Steinberg, who added that the problem lies with 'secretive' European government funding to NGOs in Israel.

"We're not just talking about groups like Peace Now, but also other NGOs that say Israel is an apartheid state or that Israelis are war criminals," said Steinberg.

"If European governments provided transparency over their funding instead of conducting it in a secretive way, it would be far less of an intense issue for Israelis."

However, Steinberg added that he expected there to be "significant legislative changes" to the bill before it passed into law.

"The concept was approved but not the details," he added.

Democracy is not a suicide pact.

The question is how to balance a person's freedom, with the security of the Jewish people.

I support the left's right to speak, I do not support them receiving money from anti Israeli groups' from outside Israel. Groups that seek to weaken or even destroy Israel.

If Peace Now and other groups were honest in what they stood for we might be in a different situation. But these hard core leftist groups, know only one tune, give upland create a terrorist state.

How come they can't tell the truth, we tried to make peace with the Palestinians but they seek only the death of 6,000,000 Jews and the destruction of Israel.

But they keep pushing the same left wing surrender because they are weak little people that really would rather not be Jews, if it means you have to fight to stay alive.

So I don't support the hard cores left right to exist in a time of war and we are still fighting the war of Independence

. I support arresting people and having peace crimes trials.

November 11, 2011

MERF Apperance

For those who would like to hear me on the radio, I am very pleased to announce that I will be having a weekly appearance on the Middle East Radio Forum, the show is hosted By William Wolf.


The time of the show is 2pm EDT, 11 am Pacific, 9pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

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

Nasrallah warns of regional war if Iran, Syria attacked

In first response to IAEA report on Iran nuclear program, Hezbollah chief says Tehran will 'retaliate harshly' to any strike'
Roee Nahmias

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah on Friday warned Israel and the US that a war against Iran and Syria would lead to an all-out regional conflict.

"They should understand that a war on Iran and Syria will not remain in Iran and Syrian territory, but it will engulf the whole region and there is no escaping this reality,” Nasrallah said during a televised speech honoring "Martyrs' Day."


In his first response to the growing calls for a military strike on Iran following the publication of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) report on the country's nuclear program, the Hezbollah chief said the Islamic Republic would respond harshly to any strike in its territory. "Iran is strong, united and has a one-of-a-kind leader and it will retaliate harshly," he said in his speech, which was delivered in Beirut's southern neighborhood of Dahia.

The IAEA report said Iran appeared to have worked on designing an atom bomb.


Iran and Syria have been supplying Hezbollah with military equipment - including thousands of rockets and other weapons – for years. Israel estimates that a strike on Iran would prompt an attack by Hezbollah from Lebanon, as well as an attack by Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip. Hamas is also backed by Iran.

"Over the past few days we have witnessed an escalation in threats, and suddenly there is talk that the Israeli enemy may attack the Iranian nuclear facilities…The Iranian leadership responded firmly and decisively," Nasrallah added.

The Hezbollah leader said the recent warning by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to which any military action against Iran's nuclear sites would be met with "iron fists," best expressed "the reality, which is that Iran is strong and has an army, a nation and unity, and should not fear the fear campaign, the ships and the American armed forces who have already conquered the entire region around Iran.


"The US wants to defeat Iran and drag it to direct negotiations – which Iran rejects," he said.


Nasrallah further warned of foreign military intervention in Syria, where President Bashar Assad continues to butcher his opposers. "The US is looking to subjugate Syria so that it will accept the conditions it has objected to in the past. Despite all the threats in the region…the state of the axis of resistance is better than ever," Nasrallah said, adding "those who are gambling on the collapse of (Assad's) regime (should) stop wasting their time.”

More than 3,500 people have been killed in Syria's crackdown on protesters, the United Nations said this week, as the military pressed its campaign to put down resistance in the city of Homs against Assad's rule.

"The brutal government crackdown on dissent in Syria has so far claimed the lives of more than 3,500 Syrians," UN Human Rights Office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva.

"Since Syria signed the peace plan sponsored by the League of Arab States last week, more than 60 people are reported to have been killed by military and security forces, including at least 19 on the Sunday that marked Eid al-Adha (the main Muslim feast)."

Syria agreed to the Arab League plan on November 2, pledging to pull its military from restive cities, set political prisoners free and start talks with the opposition, which wants to remove Assad and introduce more democratic freedoms.

Syrians have recently called for NATO's intervention, but Assad has warned that any military intervention in his country's affairs would cause an "earthquake" that would "burn the whole region".

http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-4147052,00.html

So what happens when you get between a grizzle mother and her cubs?

You get torn to pieces, and if the grizzle mama is wounded, then it get's really bad.

Let me give a piece of advice to Nasrallah.

You better kill Israel, because a wounded Israel will make a grizzle attack seem like a good time.

November 09, 2011

A vaccine that can kill cancer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhEwj6Ue13s&feature=player_embedded

By Karin Kloosterman
November 06, 2011


Israeli company formulates a drug that ‘trains' the immune system to seek and destroy malignant cells that have already invaded the body.


As we get older, modern medicine will help more of us live with cancer rather than die from it. That's the assumption behind a vaccine to treat cancer, being developed by a pharmaceutical company in Israel.

Vaxil BioTherapeutics' main product, ImMucin, is now in advanced clinical trials at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem.

CEO Julian Levy tells ISRAEL21c that this therapeutic vaccine doesn't prevent cancer from invading, but activates and enhances the body's natural immune system to seek and destroy cancer cells already present in the body, such as those lingering after cancer surgery.

Malignant cells normally get out of control by tricking the immune system not to notice them, a strategy that works especially well in older people because immune systems get less efficient with age.

The vaccine is currently being tested against a blood cancer called multiple myeloma. However, Vaxil's scientific breakthrough is based on a drug platform, VaxHit, which can be tailored to treat not only 90 percent of cancers, he says, but also diseases such as tuberculosis.

This disease is cropping up in developing nations as existing vaccines are proving less and less effective.

"Two billion are affected by the pathogen," says Levy. "Ten percent will develop the active disease. And while TB can be treated by drugs, it takes several months and it can be brutal."
CEO Julian Levy
Julian Levy, CEO of Vaxil BioTherapeutics.

According to Levy, the vaccine presents no side effects, and can be taken indefinitely, like vitamins. ImMucin is designed to overcome cancer cells that mutate, rendering other drugs ineffective.

A hit for long-term survival

Depending on the outcome of clinical trials, the ImMucin vaccine could be ready and marketable within the next six years. It could have major implications for the treatment of leading killers like prostate and breast cancer.

New studies in the United States suggest that fewer men will go under the scalpel to remove their cancerous prostate gland, and simply live with the usually slow-growing cancer. Vaxil could be a helpful tool in prolonging lives of these patients.

The specific molecular markers on most cancer cells, which ImMucin "trains" the immune system's T-cells to find and kill, were discovered by the company's founder, Dr. Lior Carmon, a biotechnology entrepreneur with a doctorate in immunology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot.

Vaxil was founded in 2006, and the company of five is currently based in Nes Ziona, Israel. This year, Vaxil signed a memorandum of understanding to merge its business into Sheldonco, an Israeli company traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

November 08, 2011

IAEA: Iran continued work on building nuclear bomb


By REUTERS AND YAAKOV KATZ
08/11/2011
Iran carried out testing relevant for nuclear weapons, UN nuclear agency report says; US says it needs time to study report before taking further steps; Israel aided in providing intelligence.

VIENNA - Iran has worked on developing a nuclear-weapon design and other research, and carried out testing relevant for such arms, the United Nations atomic agency said in its most detailed report to date on Tehran's nuclear program.

The International Atomic Energy Agency document detailed new evidence suggesting efforts to develop a nuclear arms capability.


Some of the activities may still be going on, the report said. The United States and its allies are expected to seize on the keenly-awaited IAEA report to press for more sanctions on the major oil producer.

Tehran has dismissed the allegations as fabricated and baseless.

The US State Department on Tuesday said it needed time to study a new report by the UN nuclear watchdog agency on Iran's nuclear activities and declined to make any immediate comment on its contents.

"This was released to member states about an hour ago so we're going to take some time to look at it before commenting," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told a news briefing, referring to the IAEA report.

"We are not prepared to talk about any next steps at this point."

Israeli intelligence agencies played a role in helping the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) gather information for the report.

In addition to Israel, intelligence agencies from the United States and Europe were also instrumental in helping the IAEA compile the report.

Israel is expecting the United States to take the lead in pushing the United Nations and other Western countries to impose tougher, new sanctions on Iran following the publication of the incriminating IAEA report.

Jpost.com staff contributed to this report.

So the question is what comes next?

Sanctions will not work if Russia and China work to destroy the sanctions.

So will the west hit Iran?

Will the hit be hard enough to destroy the total weapons' program?

What will the ramifications be from military action?

November 07, 2011

Bibi Is Going to Cave In

PM: Lets fight for the settlement blocs, not the outposts
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
07/11/2011
Netanyahu tells Likud faction meeting that "it is possible to be faithful to both the land of Israel and to the law"; speaks out against movement in his own party to authorize outposts on private Palestinian property.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu went further then he ever has at hinting at the withdrawal of isolated settlements when he spoke Monday at his party’s faction meeting in the Knesset.

At the same time, however, he also spoke out against the movement within his own party to authorize outposts on land designated by the state as private Palestinian property.

“Last week I ordered the acceleration of construction in [Jewish neighborhoods of east] Jerusalem, Ma’aleh Adumim, and other places in Judea and Samaria. We are talking about 2,000 units,” he said.

“That is the best way to strengthen settlements that will most certainly remain under Israeli sovereignty in any future agreement [with the Palestinians],” he said.

“Our efforts must go toward strengthening these settlements,” he said. “We should not be in conflict with the law, and most certainly not with each other,” he said.

“There are enough places that we can build in,” he said.

Netanyahu’s words came at a moment when a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the creation of a two state solution seem further away than ever.

It also came as many politicians within his party and that of others in his coalition, namely Shas and HaBayit HaYehudi, have pressured him to halt the pending demolition of unauthorized outposts on private Palestinian land.

They have urged him to re-examine the status of that land, to see if it can be re-classified legally as state land and then authorized so that the outposts become legal settlements.

The issue is particularly pertinent because a number of outposts, including Migron, Givat Assaf and Amona, are under threat of court ordered demolitions within the coming months.

Even those politicians who previously believed in the removal of outposts, on land designated by the state as private Palestinian property, have argued against it.

They argued that this is not the diplomatic climate in which to be taking down outposts, given the enmity that now exists between Israel and the Palestinians.

But Netanyahu told the Likud faction, “we do not need to build on land that belongs to someone else.”

“It is possible to be equally faithful to the law as to the land of Israel and the settlements,” he said.

“I expect everyone to unify around these principles,” he added.

Bibi will cave in and create a terror state in Judea and Samaria if the palestinians were just smart enough to meet him half way.

If the law of the State of Israel must make you choose between obeying the law or keeping our land, then a Jew has only two choices.

Change the law or violate it.

A court that would make the Prime Minister give up our land is a court that should be disbanded and the justices serving on it jailed for treason.

US releases hold on $200 million in PA security funds


By REBECCA ANNA STOIL
07/11/2011
House Foreign Affairs C'tee chair Ros-Lehtinen releases block on aid after Obama administration convinces her that security funds to PA support US, Israeli interests; additional $200m. in economic aid still withheld.

A key US lawmaker cleared the way Monday for the Palestinian Authority to receive almost $200 million in aid, after the Obama administration convinced her that releasing security funds to the PA was in Israel’s and the United States’ interest.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said that she would release her block on two separate sections of security aid – one for $50 million , and the second for $150 million.


An additional $200 million in economic assistance is still being withheld by both the State and Foreign Relations Appropriations Subcommittee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Both the security and economic funds were frozen by Congress in August, in response to the PA’s strategy of seeking unilateral recognition of statehood during the UN General Assembly in September.

A second key house leader, State and Foreign Relations Appropriations Subcommittee Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), had used her committee to freeze only the economic aid, believing PA security forces aided in countering the influence of Hamas. Ros-Lehtinen’s move has removed the last roadblock to the security aid package.

Funding packages can be blocked by either chairwoman, and need the support of both representatives in order to be released.

In recent weeks, Ros-Lehtinen received extensive documentation from the administration explaining why releasing the security funds supported both America’s and Israel’s interests.

The total package to the PA varies but is estimated at below $500 million

Despite the freeze, the PA continued attempts at gaining recognition, recently securing such a vote in UNESCO. In response to that vote, the US cut funds to the UN organization, in accordance with a 1994 law that forbids the US from funding any UN organization that supports a unilateral Palestinian declaration of statehood.

I have just about had it, with American and Israeli political types.

Does anyone stand for justice and truth any more.

Israel probable pushed her to change her vote.

Some days, I am not so sure we are going to be able to keep Israel afloat.

So how long will the USA and Israel withhold funds from UNESCO?

Not long I bet.

November 06, 2011

Zoabi to S. African tribunal: Israel is an apartheid state


By LAHAV HARKOV
06/11/2011
Balad MK calls for sanctions against Israel; Kadima MK files complaint to the Knesset Ethics Committee calling to revoke Zoabi's citizenship.

As MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad) gave a lecture on "the racist political and legal regime in Israel" in South Africa on Sunday, a MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima) filed a complaint against the Balad MK to the Knesset Ethics Committee, and called to revoke her citizenship.

Zoabi addressed the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in Capetown, which is meant to support Palestinians' rights and investigate whether Israel is considered an apartheid state under international law.

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"Establishing this tribunal in Capetown gives it symbolic value, hinting at the attempts of the Israeli regime to make Israel the exclusive state of the Jews," Zoabi explained. "Unlike Israel, South Africa admitted that it was a racist regime, which brought a change."

The Russell Tribunal is an international, public body founded by British philosopher Bertrand Russell to investigate war crimes. The tribunal on Palestine was formed in 2009 to examine the West Bank security barrier and Operation Cast Lead, and held two meetings last year in Barcelona and London

The Capetown tribunal includes Stephane Hessel, a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor who helped draft the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet Alice Walker, and Irish Nobel peace laureate Mairead Maguire, among others.

The South African Zionist Federation has called the event, which is to involve prominent South Africans and already is making national headlines here, “an irrelevant talk shop.”

“Despite its name, the Russell Tribunal is not an impartial, accountable judicial body,” a vice chairman of the South African Zionist Federation, Ben Swartz, said. “Rather it is a loose association of lobbyists pushing a narrow, one-sided political agenda, in this case the delegitimization of the State of Israel.”

He called it “a pointless political smear campaign by a self-appointed group of anti-Israel activists.”

Zoabi explained that the Russell Tribunal asked the Israeli government to send representatives, but did not receive an answer.

The Balad MK told the tribunal that Israel is an apartheid state, and should face diplomatic, economic and cultural sanctions.

Schneller filed a complaint against Zoabi to the Knesset Ethics Committee, and said that "the time has come to find a way to revoke Zoabi's citizenship."

"Zoabi makes every effort to detach herself from, the state, and the government should answer her wishes," he explained. "Israeli Arabs must denounce this rotten apple that is identified with Hamas and Hezbollah."

"Anyone who supports this criminal is announcing that he wants to give up his Israeli citizenship and join Israel's enemies," Schneller added.

The Kadima MK explained in his ethics complaint that Zoabi did not request permission to leave the country, as required by Knesset regulations. In addition, he requested from the Ethics Committee to investigate the sources that funded Zoabi's trip as well as "the legal protection she has while subverting the State of Israel."

Schneller asked the Ethics Committee to "use its authority against this charging bull."

On Saturday, Zoabi and MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad) visited Istanbul, where Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the two "heroes" and commended them for "standing strong against Israeli policies and Zoabi's praiseworthy participation in the flotilla to Gaza."

MK Anastasia Michaeli (Israel Beiteinu) called the two a "fifth column, enemies of the state acting from within."

According to Michaeli, Zahalka called for the Turks to sanction Israel, and that a democracy cannot tolerate "those who try to destroy it from within."

"I call to expel Zahalka and Zoabi [from the Knesset] and put them on trial for undermining the State of Israel," she said. "They should go to the Gazan parliament, where they belong."

Michaeli said on Sunday that she plans to ask file a complaint to the Attorney General's Office and request that Zoabi, Zahalka and MK Ahmed Tibi (UAL-Ta'al) be indicted.

The Israel Beiteinu MK also said that a Parliamentary Inquiry Committee should investigate the activities of MKs "who act against the state."

Treason, is the crime, death should be the punishment.

What more needs to be said, first the flotilla, now this action against Israel.

Enough is enough.

Treason, is the crime, death should be the punishment.

November 04, 2011

MERF Appearance

For those who would like to hear me on the radio, I am very pleased to announce that I will be having a weekly appearance on the Middle East Radio Forum, the show is hosted By William Wolf.


The time of the show is 2pm EDT, 11 am Pacific, 9pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

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

ADL poll: Anti-Semitic attitudes on rise in America

Nationwide survey of the American people released Anti-Defamation League reveals that anti-Semitic attitudes have risen slightly in America

Yitzhak Benhorin
Published: 11.04.11, 19:08 / Israel Jewish Scene

WASHINGTON - A nationwide survey of the American people released Thursday by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) found that anti-Semitic attitudes have risen slightly in America, demonstrating once again that "anti-Semitic beliefs continue to hold a vice grip" on a small but not insubstantial segment of America.

The ADL survey found that 15 percent of Americans – nearly 35 million adults – hold deeply anti-Semitic views, an increase of 3 percent from a similar poll conducted in 2009, and matching the levels of anti-Semitic propensities recorded in the US in 2005 and 2007. Over the last decade, the highest level of anti-Semitic attitudes was reported in 2002, when an ADL poll found 17 percent of Americans harbored anti-Jewish attitudes.

The 2011 Survey of American Attitudes Toward Jews in America, a national telephone survey of 1,754 adults, was conducted October 13-23 by Marttila Strategies of Washington, DC and Boston.

"The fact that anti-Semitic attitudes have increased significantly over the past two years is troubling and raises questions about the impact of broader trends in America – financial insecurity, social uncertainty, the decline in civility and the growth of polarization – on attitudes toward Jews," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.


'Too much influence'

"It is disturbing that with all of the strides we have made in becoming a more tolerant society, anti-Semitic beliefs continue to hold a vice grip on a small but not insubstantial segment of the American public."

Among the more disturbing findings, the ADL survey shows that at a time of high unemployment and economic uncertainty, age-old myths about Jews and money and Jewish power in business endure.

Nineteen percent (19%) of Americans answered "probably true" to the statement "Jews have too much control/influence on Wall Street," an increase from 14 percent in 2009.

According to the ADL, some Fifteen percent (15 %) agreed that Jews are "more willing to use shady practices," up slightly from 2009. Sixteen percent (16%) agreed that Jewish "business people are so shrewd, others don't have a chance," up from 13 percent in 2009.

The survey also revealed that thirty percent (30%) believe that Jews are "more loyal to Israel than to America," a percentage that has remained virtually unchanged since ADL's benchmark survey in 1964, despite the changing makeup of the US population.

So if this is true, then what ?

I will tell Jews, to buy guns and lots of bullets.

Then get training, so you know how to use those guns and bullets.

November 03, 2011

Yoni Wake Up, No IsraelWake Up

State funded commendations for flotilla participants

State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss reveals that United Arab List-Ta'al used state funds to buy commemorative plaques for six Israeli Arabs who took part in Gaza flotilla
Hassan Sha'alan

The IDF forces that took control of the Mavi Marmara in last year's Gaza flotilla never received medals or citations from the State – but the six Israeli Arabs who took part in the flotilla received commemorative plaques, funded by the State.

A report by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss revealed that United Arab List-Ta'al used state funds to buy commemorative plaques for the six Israeli Arabs who took part in the Gaza-bound flotilla.


A week after the flotilla, United Arab List-Ta'al Chairman MK Ibrahim Sarsur granted six commemorative plaques worth a total of NIS 5,000 ($1,380) to MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad), Islamic Movement leader Sheikh Ra'ad Salah and others.

According to the report, which examined the state's political party funding, the faction paid NIS 5,000 to buy the brass plaques, for the activists who took part in the flotilla on which IDF soldiers were brutally attacked and nine Turks were killed.

They listed the plaques as an expense aimed at keeping in touch with the party's supporters, as they were given out to well known people who represent an extensive section of the Arab Israeli sector.

The Comptroller noted in the report that the funds should never have been used to purchase the plaques and that their purchase could not be included in the "keeping in touch with the voters" clause as they were given as personal gifts directly to a small number of people. He added that their purchase from the public was illegitimate.

This is a case in which not only were public funds misappropriated, they were also uses to honor a group of people who took part in a flotilla against Israel.


No regrets

MK Sarsur said he was summoned to the State Comptroller's office where he was told that he used the funds contrary to state procedure. "I told them that there was no clause forbidding what we did," the MK told Ynet.

He added that "the flotilla participants took steps in line with social and political activity and their stance is justified, a kind of defense of values." Sarsur stressed that he did not regret his actions.

The plaques which were given out on behalf of the United Arab List and the Islamic movement had an inscription: "We welcome you back to Israel and wish you great success in the service of the people." Sarsur claims that the State Comptroller agreed that he did not go against directives: "The State Comptroller justified my actions and was in favor of my claims."

If this is the end result of democracy, I may be forced to change my way of thinking about democracy.

I might be willing to give up my right to vote to take the vote away from my enemies.

Of course it must be a government that is Jew friendly, gun friendly, low taxes, and will make war against the enemies of Israel.

Wow sounds like a fantasy or a dream. Maybe I have dreamed this all in a bizarre political night mare. Come on Israeli taxes going to terrorist, never.

Oh wait, I am working on my computer, I am awake.

But Israel, has become a night mare.

Good Now Do More


Israel suspends PA funds, UNESCO fees

PM Netanyahu halts annual fees to UN's cultural body following PA vote, as UN chief warns PA's efforts to join United Nations' bodies jeopardizes organization's funding. PA claims Jerusalem withholding transfer of tax revenue
Attila Somfalvi

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered to suspend Israel's annual $2 million membership fees to UNESCO, Ynet learned on Thursday.

The decree followed the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization's decision to grant the PA full-member status, despite the objections of both Israel and the United States.

Netanyahu ordered that the now-free funds be allocated to similar regional projects.

Earlier Thursday, the Palestinians said Israel has carried out its threat to suspend transfer the transfer of taxes it collects on behalf of the PA. The Palestinians linked the decision to the UNESCO vote.

Israel collects about $100 million in customs, border and some income taxes each month on behalf of the PA, then relays the funds to Ramallah.

Palestinian officials said Jerusalem did not transfer the funds in the first three days of November as it does every month.

Jerusalem threatened to suspend the transfer of tax money following the admittance of Palestine into UNESCO, but had not confirmed the move.

The decision to freeze Israel's membership in UNESCO was slammed by the Opposition: "The Israeli government has lost the diplomatic battle and it is punishing the State of Israel for it. First it fails to stop the Palestinian accomplishment and then it just decides to give up and forfeit the game," a statement released by Kadima said.

"It is time that Netanyahu understood that his actions are punishing his people more than anyone else. Netanyahu is isolating Israel in the international arena in a feeble attempt to try and excuse his government's failures. The government is expected to bolster Israel's standing not derail it."


'UN's entire funding at risk'

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the Palestinian efforts to join other United Nations' agencies were "not beneficial for Palestine and not beneficial for anybody."

Ban warned that "millions and millions" of people could be affected if UN agencies see their funding cut as a result of the Palestinian bids.

The United States and Canada have cut off funding for UNESCO following its PA vote, stripping it of about 25% of its total funding.

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova urged the US on Wednesday to "find a way" to continue funding the agency

"I call on the US administration, Congress and the American people to find a way forward and continue support for UNESCO in these turbulent times," Bokova said in a statement.

Following this growing criticism, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki announced that the PA would not pursue admission to additional UN agencies at this time; but rather it would focus its efforts on its UN Security Council bid and in trying to be accepted as a full member at the UN.

Elior Levy, Moran Azulay and AP contributed to this report

Good first step now deport UNESCO from ALL of Israel.

Do not leave them in Palestinian occupied parts of Israel for if we allow this they will attempt to destroy Jewish history in Judea and Samaria.

November 02, 2011

Peace Now is anti-Zionist and anti-Israeli, rightist MKs say

Peace Now signs a petition in the U.S. against listing "Jerusalem, Israel" on passports as birth city • Right-wing MKs: They are a far-Left fringe group • Peace Now: We are a Zionist organization.

Mati Tuchfeld
Right-wing factions are furious after Americans for Peace Now, an international affiliate of the Israeli nongovernmental organization, threw its support behind a measure aimed at preventing the identification of Jerusalem as part of Israel on U.S. passports.

The organization signed a petition submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court that calls for the writing of “Jerusalem, Israel” as a birthplace on the passports of U.S. citizens to remain illegal.

Despite a decision by the U.S. Congress in 2002 that allows Americans born in Jerusalem to have "Jerusalem, Israel" written on their passports as their birth city, the State Department has refused to implement this, saying it is a political issue with consequences for the state. As a result, U.S. citizens born in Israel's capital have only "Jerusalem" printed as their birthplace.

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One family of dual U.S.-Israeli citizens, the Jabotinskys, recently submitted a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court demanding that the decision be overturned and that their son Menachem have "Jerusalem, Israel" written on his passport. A number of prominent Jewish organizations in the U.S., as well as some members of Congress, added their names to the petition.

Peace Now, however, sided with the U.S. State Department and signed a separate petition that opposes the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

MK Ofir Akunis, chairman of the Likud party's response team, said on Tuesday, "Peace Now is an anti-Zionist and anti-Israeli movement."

MK Danny Danon added, "Peace Now continues its treacherous line of opposing the state of Israel. Their joining with Israel's enemies reinforces their place on the far fringe of the Left."

MK Tzipi Hotovely said, "When they aim against Jerusalem, Zion, they pull the rug out from under Zionism. Once again it is proven: Behind all of these false explanations about how the occupation is harmful to us, there is nothing but hatred and scorn for Zionist activity overall."

MK Aryeh Eldad said, "When Peace Now contests that Jerusalem is not part of Israel, it violates the section in Israeli law against treason, which stipulates that anyone who tries to remove a part of sovereign Israel is subject to punishment of death or life imprisonment."

Peace Now responded with a statement, saying, "Peace Now is a Zionist organization of American Jews who are dedicated to achieving peace and security in Israel. The U.S. plays a critical role in promoting negotiations for resolving the conflict, including core issues such as Jerusalem. Any change in the U.S.'s long-standing policy, including a refusal to acknowledge Israel's sovereignty over every part of Jerusalem, directly harms the U.S.'s ability to act as a fair mediator in negotiations."

Peace Now is a Zionist organization, like Ahmadinejad is a Zionist.

The problem is I know what to do with people like Ahmadinejad, but the Jews of Peace Now present a problem.

But the time has come to outlaw Peace Now, if Kach can be banned then so should Peace Now.

November 01, 2011

UNESCO, Arabs Out; Jews In

Palestinians aim to join 16 other UN agencies

PA UNESCO victory leads it to seek admittance to additional UN agencies. Meanwhile, Saeb Erekat believes Palestinians current 'comfortable' aurhortity status will not last forever

Elior Levy
Published: 11.01.11, 13:14 / Israel News

The Palestinian Authority's admittance to UNESCO as a full member is an achievement Israel should be pleased with – or at least that's what Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat thinks.

"This is a victory for peace and a victory for the human race," he stressed while threatening: "Israel might find itself as the only authority from the Jordan River and to the sea". Palestinian officials have claimed that this is just the beginning.

Meanwhile, in Geneva the Palestinian envoy in Geneva said he believes that joining the UN agency for culture, education and science will "open the door" to joining 16 other UN agencies within weeks.

Ibrahim Khraishi told the Associated Press that Palestinian diplomats are now planning to capitalize on Monday's landslide vote to allow the Palestinians into UNESCO by preparing papers to join 16 other UN agencies without detailing which agencies were involved.

Israel has previously expressed concern over the possibility of the Palestinian Authority joining the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

I think a lot of third world countries voted in favor of this, not meaning it to be anti Israel.

However, I don't care. This will be used as a vehicle to remove the Jewish history from the worlds memory.

UNESCO will allow the Palestinians to rename Jewish locations as Muslim locations.

This is enough, forIsrael to remove UNESCO from our land.By this I mean from the river to the sea all land is Israel.

Then Israel must declare war and end this farce of the Palestinians Authority forever.

Games, Israel Loose

East Jerusalem: 3 Hamas-affiliated institutes shut down

Defense officials claim Hamas aims to take over east Jerusalem, setting up civilian institutes serving its interests in area

Yoav Zitun
Published: 11.01.11, 20:14 / Israel News

Cleared for publication: Three establishments operating on behalf of Hamas in east Jerusalem were shut down in a joint Shin Ben-Police operation last month. The offices were closed by order of the police commissioner. Meanwhile, Defense Minister Ehud Barak declared the Hamas-affiliated Shabab Alaqsa group an illegal organization.

Among the institutions was the Al Quds Institution for Development, which defense officials say was operated by the Islamic Movement's northern branch, headed by Sheikh Raed Salah.

Another establishment to be closed was Work without Borders which defense officials say promotes Hamas activities. It was also suggested that the company's managers are Hamas members from east Jerusalem.

Finally, Israeli forces also closed the Saed education development company. According to defense officials, the company belongs to Hamas and has been active in north Jerusalem for the past year and a half. The company's managers are prominent Hamas members residing in east Jerusalem.

This makes me crazy.

We allow these offices to work until the government needs to try and show they are tough.

Then, we close them.

I wish we could go to war, and fight for our survival like we should be.

These games, must end.

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