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June 29, 2012

MERF

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


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

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

We Are Stupid


PM to Plesner Committee: Drop personal sanctions

While Kadima pushes for personal sanctions against anyone who doesn't enlist in army, Netanyahu tells Mofaz he wants to avoid 'social flare-up' over sanctions. Plesner Committee won’t release recommendations before agreement is reached
Attila Somfalvi

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a meeting with Shaul Mofaz that the Plesner Committee must drop a recommendation for personal sanctions against anyone who does not join the IDF.

"I don't want a social flare-up on the ground because of the sanctions," Netanyahu said.

Meanwhile, the Plesner Committee has decided not to release its recommendations without first coordinating it with the prime minister.

"We won't approve the sanctions without coordinating it with the prime minister," they said. "There is great discord on the matter of the sanctions. We won’t pursue unsatisfactory pseudo sanctions."

Sources in Kadima said that Netanyahu will have to choose between their path or the haredim's.

During their meeting, Mofaz demanded that the Plesner Committee impose personal sanctions against those who don't enlist. The two agreed to meet early next week.

Netanyahu's associates said that if the sides don’t reach an understanding on the sanctions, the law will be void and unenforceable. "If that's the case, it looks like we're heading for a blow-up." A decision on the matter is slated to be reached by Wednesday or Thursday upon the return of Defense Minister Ehud Barak from the US.

Boaz Fyler contributed to this report

http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-4249080,00.html

So the power of the State, can throw my son in jail if he refuses to do reserve duty.

But Bibi wants no penalties for haredi, who refuse to be drafted or serve in national service.

If Bibi get's his way, I think every IDF soldier, should warn the government that they will refuse to serve.

Bibi is a snake in the grass, he wants to pass a law with no teeth, so he can say he has done something.

Does he really think, we are that stupid?

But then again, I know our boys are good boys and not even one will refuse to serve.

So maybe, we are really that stupid.

June 28, 2012

At Police Academy Commencement, Hamas Minister Fathi Hammad Vows To Liberate
Cities In Israel, Including Jerusalem, Haifa, Jaffa, Akko, Lod, and Ramle
Egyptian Al-Tagammu' Party Leader Rif'at Al-Said: The Muslim Brotherhood
Will Never Relinquish The Presidency
British MP George Galloway: The Syrian Rebels Are 'Servants Of The Crusader
Powers'

Special Dispatch No. 4807

At Police Academy Commencement, Hamas Minister Fathi Hammad Vows To Liberate
Cities In Israel, Including Jerusalem, Haifa, Jaffa, Akko, Lod, and Ramle
Following are excerpts from footage of a Gaza police academy graduation
ceremony, at which Hamas Interior and National Security Minister Fathi
Hammad delivered an address. The footage aired on Al-Aqsa TV on June 13,
2012.

To view this clip on MEMRI TV, visit
http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/3473.htm.

Hamas Interior and National Security Minister Fathi Hammad: "Allah says:
'Prepare for them what force and steeds of war you can.' The Prophet
Muhammad says: 'Prepare for them what force you can. Force means shooting.'
The Prophet Muhammad also says: 'Lands shall be thrown open to you, and
Allah will protect you, but none of you should give up playing with his
arrows.'

"None of you should give up playing with all the tools of force and
equipment, which will bring us closer to our aspirations: Jerusalem, the
Al-Aqsa Mosque, Haifa, Akko and Jaffa. […]

"From this place, I bring you glad tidings: The officers of the class
graduating today will become the police chief of Jaffa, the police chief of
Haifa, the police chief of Akko, the police chief of Lod, the police chief
of Ramle, and of all other places.

"Therefore, from this place, we declare to all those who usurped our lands
that they must prepare to leave, because we have prepared for jihad. You are
going to leave, while we are summoned to battle. We are the owners of this
land."

To read the full report, visit
http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6478.htm.

Special Dispatch No. 4806

Egyptian Al-Tagammu' Party Leader Rif'at Al-Said: The Muslim Brotherhood
Will Never Relinquish The Presidency
Following are excerpts from an interview with Rif'at Al-Said, leader of the
Egyptian Al-Tagammu' Party, which aired on Dream 2 TV on June 6, 2012.

To view this clip on MEMRI TV, visit
http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/3474.htm.

Rif'at Al-Said: "The danger in the Freedom and Justice Party [of the Muslim
Brotherhood] lies in its being a Salafi organization, which relies upon
peddling in religion. They believe that if their candidate becomes
president, Islam itself will have come to power, and will serve as an
umbrella for the rule."

To read the full report, visit
http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6477.htm.

Special Dispatch No. 4805

British MP George Galloway: The Syrian Rebels Are 'Servants Of The Crusader
Powers'
Following are excerpts from an address by British MP George Galloway, which
aired on Mayadeen TV on June 18, 2012.

To view this clip on MEMRI TV, visit
http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/3467.htm.

George Galloway: "I am with the Syrian people's legitimate demands, but I
will never support the destruction of Syria. I will never support the
invitation to the Crusaders to come back to Syria. I will never support my
army, my airforce, in England bombing the holy land of Syria, the beautiful
citadel of Arabism, of Arab resistance to colonialism. Don't ask me to
support that."

To read the full report, visit
http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6476.htm.

June 27, 2012

Light Unto The Nations

Israeli company grows new bones from fat

Posted By Karin Kloosterman On June 25, 2012 @ 12:00 am In Biotech | No Comments

Make no bones about this technology: Bonus Biogroup, a regenerative medicine company in Israel, has found a way to grow human bone from a patient’s own fat, culled during liposuction.

Following successful pre-clinical testing, clinical trials will begin within the next year in Europe or in Israel on applications ranging from growing bones for dental surgery to replacing bone tissue lost through trauma or illness.

“The standard of care today is autologous bone grafting — taking bone from other parts of the body, breaking it and putting it in where needed,” Bonus founder and CEO Shai Meretzki tells ISRAEL21c. “Two operations are needed for the treatment of harvesting bone from another part of the body,” he says. Obviously, this solution isn’t optimal.

“Our advantage is that the healing process is much faster, and patients of course don’t have to suffer the harvesting procedure,” he adds.

The new innovation pioneered by Bonus evolved from years of research and development at the NASDAQ-traded company Pluristem Therapeutics, which Meretzki founded previously. The technology involves extracting stem cells from a person’s own fat tissues, and transferring them to a special matrix that coaxes the cells to grow into real human bone.

Building bone in a bioreactor

Using a 3D imaging scan of the area of missing or damaged bone, the Bonus methodology builds a “scaffold” of the correct shape. Then, a live culture of cells is introduced onto the scaffold inside a unique bioreactor that mimics the cellular environment of the human body. After a few months, bone in the correct shape and size, compatible with the patient’s own body, is ready and can be sent by courier to wherever it is needed.

This process allows for growing bone outside the body to be used a few months down the road in bone reconstructive surgery.

While the compelling notion of harvesting stem cells from our youth to grow a complete series of replacement bones and organs for our golden years is “a little farfetched” says Meretzki, he and his team are working on bone reconstructions several centimeters in size for now. Bigger bones like femurs pose a challenge because these bones also include cartilage. But theoretically it can be done, with the right science behind it.

The key is in the growing matrix and medium. Meretzki says: “When you grow cells not in 2D but in 3D, the cells are behaving completely differently. They express different markers and cytokines and react differently with the cells around them.”

Bonus has proven that the technology works in animal models, and expects it will be a success in human clinical trials.

The impact could be enormous. Bone transplantation following hip and knee injuries and fractures amounts to two million bone grafts costing some $15 billion a year. A second application with winning potential is in grafting bone for making dental implants.

Bones that leap over hurdles

Haifa-based Bonus Biogroup, which is looking to expand on its current staff of 12, was founded in 2008 as a publicly traded company on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange in order to raise sufficient funds for the expensive clinical trials required.

Meretzki hopes to fast track through these trials in about three years versus the typical 10 in drug development and other related medical areas.

“The regulatory processes for bone transplants are much easier than if we were using allogeneic bones [bones from a source other than the patient]. The cells come from the patient,” stresses Meretzki.

When the technology is made available, perhaps four years down the line, a bone graft is expected to cost several thousand dollars, most of which should be covered by healthcare insurance.

With decades of research under his belt, Meretzki says he is indebted to contributions in the field from leading Israeli research centers such as the Technion Institute of Technology and the Weizmann Institute of Science, as well as biomedical researchers around the world.

Meanwhile, Meretzki’s Pluristem, a company specializing in stem-cell regenerative medicine, is now in advanced clinical trials on its first product for treating arterial disease.

Article printed from ISRAEL21c: http://israel21c.org

Again, Why

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June 26, 2012

Scum

4 Neturei Karta youths implicated in Yad Vashem vandalism

Police arrest four members of radical anti-Zionist sect in connection to defacement of Holocaust Museum
Itamar Fleishman

The police have arrested three suspects in the vandalism of Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum earlier in June.

The four, ages 18, 26 and 27, who are residents of Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, belong to the Neturei Karta sect.

The Jerusalem district Police said Tuesday that the suspects have also been linked to other vandalism cases of monuments in the greater Jerusalem area.

According to police sources, a search of the suspects' apartments yielded anti-Israel and anti-Zionists material, spray cans and PLO flags. A search of their computers derived material the police said constitutes sedition.

"The investigators' creativity and professionalism resulted in the suspects' arrests. More arrests may follow," Judea and Samaria District Police Commander Amos Yaakov said.

Re refused to address the police's tactics in the case.

In early June, workers at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum discovered that its main entrance was defaced with graffiti reading "Hitler, thank you for the Holocaust" and "If Hitler didn’t exist the Zionists would have had to invent him" on one of the walls.

Some 10 other slogans of the same nature were found in several other areas as well, including "Israel is the secular Auschwitz of the Sephardic Jewry," and "Jews wake up – the Zionist regime is dangerous."

One of the slogans was reportedly signed "The global Zionist mafia" and another was signed "the global haredi Jewry."

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4247444,00.html

If any of these suspects have a second passport, deport them.

They do not deserve to live in Israel.

If they do not have a second passport, the charge should be treason and Israel should give them life.

They should sit in an Israeli prison, until they die.

I am orthodox, but I have had enough of parasite's that want to live in Israel and not give the country anything in return.

Then we have Neturei Karta, which should be declared a terror group and outlawed.

June 25, 2012

Egypt's President-elect Morsi reaches out to Iran

Egyptian President-elect Mohamed Morsi tells Iranian news agency that relations between Tehran and Cairo will create a strategic balance in the region • Iran lauds Morsi's election as "final stage in an Islamic awakening and a new era in the Middle East."
News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff

In his first televised speech on state TV, Mohamed Morsi pledged Sunday to preserve Egypt's international accords.

Egypt's President-elect Mohamed Morsi said on comments published Monday that he intends to restore "normal relations" with Iran to achieve "strategic regional balance."

Just hours before the official results of his victory were announced, new Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi told the semi-official Iranian news agency Fars that relations between Tehran and Cairo "will create a strategic balance in the region."

Fars published the interview on Monday.

In the interview, Mursi stressed his eagerness to further develop ties with Iran, and said, "It is part of my agenda (as the first post-Mubarak president of Egypt)."

In contrast to comments he made in a televised address after his victory was announced on Sunday, Fars news quoted Morsi as saying Egypt's Camp David peace accord with Israel "will be reviewed", without elaborating.

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=4830

I hope the Egyptian military will stage a coup.

I will be very clear on this, I don't care how many Egyptians have to die for the military to take over, as long as after the military takes over it means no war with Israel.

Maybe a good first step, will be for some military officer to assassinate Morsi. I seem to remember they have a history of such thing in Egypt.

No Service - No Money

Haredim rally against IDF enlistment

Thousands led by Eda Haredit gather in Jerusalem at dawn to protest committee's intention to recommend haredim enlist in army, perform national service
Kobi Nahshoni

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox men, women and children attended an early Monday morning prayer and protest rally against the enlistment of yeshiva students organized by the Eda Haredit in Jerusalem.

The protest was held in the backdrop of the discussions of a committee tasked with finding alternatives to the Tal Law and regulating haredim's military service. The organizers predict that the Plesner Committee will recommend the enlistment of haredim to the IDF or national civil service.

The protesters gathered in Jerusalem's Shabbat Square at around 5 am. Some of them wore rags as a sign of mourning. They read Psalms excerpts and various lamentations.

Eda Haredit leader Rabbi Tuvia Weiss said at the rally, "We will not allow yeshiva students to be taken to the army or police and will not be fazed by their seductions."

He said that forceful enlistment and designated service routes for haredim were part of the government's efforts to "destroy the Torah world."

The protest was also attended by prominent rabbis of the mainstream ultra-Orthodox section who are not part of the Eda Haredit. Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach said that opposition to enlistment should be regarded a mitzvah that warrants self sacrifice.

No unusual incidents were recorded during the protest but it was followed by the pelting of two female journalists who covered the event. Police were not at the scene at the time.

On Saturday, Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef called on the committee not to "prevent Torah from whoever wants to make it his profession."

Rav Ovadia, I agree 100%, the government has zero business in preventing someone from making Torah his profession, if you find a way to make Torah pay your way in life good for you.

But if you don't want the government to make demands on you then you have zero right to make demands on the government, including the right to live in Israel.

June 24, 2012

IDF SEnd in Supplies, Palestinians Send Out 200 Rockets

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June 22, 2012

MERF

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


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

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

June 21, 2012

Dead Saints

Alice Walker rejects Israeli translation of book

US writer bars release of Hebrew edition of 'The Color Purple', cites Palestinian conflict
Associated Press

American writer Alice Walker won't let an Israeli publisher release a new Hebrew edition of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Color Purple," saying she objects to Israel's treatment of the Palestinian people.

Walker, an ardent pro-Palestinian activist, said in a letter to Yediot Books that Israel practices "apartheid" and must change its policies before her works can be published there.

"I would so like knowing my books are read by the people of your country, especially by the young and by the brave Israeli activists (Jewish and Palestinian) for justice and peace I have had the joy of working beside," she wrote in the letter, obtained by The Associated Press. "I am hopeful that one day, maybe soon, this may happen. But now is not the time."


Walker, flotilla passenger

The chief editor of Yediot Books, Netta Gurevich, said in a statement Wednesday she regretted Walker's decision to bar the release of a new Hebrew-language edition of her book, a tale about black women's struggle against their miserable status in the American South in the 1930s.

The arts, and literature in particular, "are so important to bridging differences, presenting `the other' and generating a climate of tolerance and compassion," Gurevich said. "That's all the more so when talking about `The Color Purple,' a book that addresses discrimination, otherness and the importance of the individual's struggle against injustice in general."

Gurevich said Walker is not the first author to refuse to have works published in Israel.

"The Color Purple" had been translated into Hebrew before by a different publishing house.

Walker is a supporter of a movement that seeks to pressure Israel to end its rule over the Palestinian people through boycotts, divestment and sanctions. She was also a passenger on a flotilla that unsuccessfully tried to break Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip last year.

Who cares?

Her book is old news, even the movie made from her book qualifies as a very late night movie.

I don't know enough about her to know what her motivation is.

What ever her motivation is, she is just wrong.

Does she think we are keeping people of color down, then explain to me Jews darker than her from Africa and India.

Does she think it is a form of racism, that we want to be kept apart from the Palestinians?

If this is what she thinks, then I suggest we find out where she lives and have a bunch of brain dead idiots from the Klan and/or neo Nazis move next door and start acts of violence against her property and family.

She then might sing, a different tune.

Bottom line as long as 60% or more of the Palestinians want to murder Jews, I vote we do even more against the Palestinians so morally confused people can call us racist.

For is Israel is surviving and people call us racist it is better than being dead saints.

June 20, 2012

Let's Lauch Tibi To Space

Tibi, we have a problem. Arab MK against commemorating Israeli astronaut

Arab-Israeli village, Taybeh, wins tender for space center to be named after late Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon • MK Ahmad Tibi sends letter to Science and Technology Minister against the name because Ramon participated in the "bombing of a civilian population" in Lebanon as IAF fighter pilot.
Gideon Allon, Shlomo Cesana and Ilan Gattegno

The late Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon. Taybeh won the tender for a space center with the stipulation that it would bear Ramon's name.

MK Ahmad Tibi (Ra'am Ta'al) expressed his opposition on Tuesday to naming the new space center in Taybeh, an Israeli-Arab village, after Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, killed in the U.S. Columbia spaceship disaster in 2003.

Tibi said that Ramon, "was a combat pilot who participated in the bombing of civilian populations during the Lebanon War and other attacks on Arab countries."

In a letter to Science and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz, Tibi wrote that Ramon's name on the space center may offend local Taybeh residents, and perhaps even those of the entire Israeli-Arab population.

Hershkowitz responded to Tibi's request, saying Tibi has "crossed a red line with this horrible request. He caused immense damage to the sector he represents, as well as to the Israeli public at large. All [Israeli] space centers are named after Ramon; if Taybeh does not want their center named after Ramon, they won't have a space center at all."

In the original tender the Science and Technology Ministry issued to Arab municipalities, it stipulated that the center would be named after the late astronaut because the Ramon Foundation, which operates within the ministry, funded the project. Taybeh, which won the tender, also participated in the construction of a similar center in the Druze village of Yarcha, contributing a total of NIS 800,000 ($207,000) to the two projects.

Rona Ramon, the foundation's chairman and Ramon's widow, said on Army Radio that, "Ilan's message as an astronaut was one of peace for all humanity, regardless of gender or population sector. We established space centers in Ilan's name all around the country. Our main activities are in the aerospace field, but our goal is to nurture values in the younger generation, where our future lies."

MK Danny Danon (Likud) responded to Tibi's comments: "Israelis memorialize Ilan Ramon and Tibi memorializes shahids [Islamic martyrs who participated in terrorist attacks]. Tibi crossed every red line possible with his comments, insulting those who sacrificed their precious loved ones for Israel. It appears that he is already beginning his campaign for the Palestinian primaries in Ramallah, understanding that the day will come when our efforts to banish him from the Knesset will succeed."

Constitution, Law and Justice Committee Chairman MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beytenu) said, "instead of commemorating Ilan Ramon, it seems that MK Tibi prefers to name the space center after Yahya Ayyash." Ayyash, a master Hamas bombmaker killed by Israel, became a Palestinian hero, with a street in Ramallah and other areas named after him.

A statement by the Ramon Foundation said "The foundation will continue investing in youth no matter what background they come from or where they reside, believing that our future depends on the quality of the young generation. The foundation was established in honor of Ilan and [his son] Assaf to encourage personal excellence as well as value-based and scientific education among youths throughout Israel."

Rona Ramon also told Army Radio that, "we want to bring people together and create a common language around a fascinating and inspiring subject. Our scholarships are granted to the best and brightest, regardless of gender or sector. Our goal is to create a cooperative base to lead this country to a better place."

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=4763

Before Tibi was a member of Knesset, when this scum was an advisory to Arafat we should have taken them both out with a massive airstrike on Mukata Arafat's headquarters.

Maybe now we can launch him into space on a one way mission, for he is a traitor.

To bad we don't have the courage to arrest him, find him guilty and put him against a wall somewhere.
If an Arab village doesn't want a space center, your loss and a gain of some other village.

Yishai orders easing of gun control following West Bank attack

After learning that one of settlers killed in Tuesday's deadly shooting attack had his gun license revoked, interior minister determines West Bank Jews will be given permits without police authorization. 'We won't allow deaths as a result of bureaucracy,' he says
Roni Sofer

In the aftermath of Tuesday's deadly shooting attack near Hebron, Interior Minister Eli Yishai has instructed Population and Immigration Administration head Amnon Ben-Ami to ease restrictions on the purchase of firearms by Jewish settlers in the West Bank.

Yishai said Wednesday he had decided to change the gun control policy after learning that one of the victims of the attack reportedly had his gun license revoked, and was therefore not carrying a weapon at the time terrorists opened fire.

According to the new directive, gun licenses will be issued without police authorization based solely on the professional opinion of Firearms Division personnel.

Minister Yishai said that a situation whereby the State of Israel "prevents its citizens from protecting themselves" is "absurd."

The new policy also applies to Israelis who work in the West Bank.

"Due to the launching of direct talks (between Israel and the Palestinians), we can already see the mass
murderers coming out of their murder nests to kill Jews," the minister told Ynet.

"We won't allow deaths as a result of bureaucracy. It is our duty to help the residents maintain their basic right to protect their own lives. We must be prepared for a complex period as far as security is concerned," he said.

Meanwhile, Knesset Member Danny Danon (Likud) asked Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Tzachi Hanegbi (Kadima) to check the claim that the IDF has been instructed to remove West Bank roadblocks and refrain from initiating military operations as a gesture to the Palestinians.

Good First Step!

Truth Hurts

Joe the Plumber: Holocaust linked to gun control

Republican congressional candidate says Hitler was able to seize power in part because of gun control laws; National Jewish Democratic Council: Using the memories of the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust to make a political point is never appropriate
Associated Press

A new campaign video for a Republican congressional candidate implies that German gun controls contributed to deaths during the Holocaust because people didn't have firearms to defend themselves.

The comments quickly drew strong rebukes from Democrats and Jewish organizations.

In the video, Samuel Wurzelbacher loads a shotgun and fires at pieces of fruit placed on wooden posts.

"In 1939, Germany established gun control," he says. "From 1939 to 1945, six million Jews and seven million others, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated." He ends the video by saying, "I love America."

Joe the Plumber: Jews weren't able to defend themselves

Gun control opponents have long held that Adolf Hitler was able to seize power in Germany in part because of controls on firearms.

"Using the memories of the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust to make a political point is never appropriate, under any circumstances," said David A. Harris, president of the National Jewish Democratic Council.

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern called the video "incredibly offensive." Wurzelbacher is running as a Republican in Ohio's 9th US House district.

Wurzelbacher defended his statements on Twitter, posting Tuesday that he did not say that gun control caused genocide.

A message was left Wednesday for Wurzelbacher, who became known as "Joe the Plumber" during the 2008 presidential campaign after questioning Barack Obama at an event.

Truth hurts.

So what can liberal Jews and democrats that want to take away my guns say.

Oh, it is never allowed to use the murder of 6 million Jews to make a political point.

Understand you liberal idiots, 6,000,000 Jews were in fact murdered as they were because they didn't own guns.

If as I have said before even 10% of the Jews owned guns legal or not and fought back in the early days, history would have been different.

June 18, 2012

Due to a family emergency, I will not be blogging for the next few days.

June 17, 2012

Munich widows accuse Germany of hiding information

Ilana Romano, whose husband, Yossef, was one of the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, isn't surprised to learn that neo-Nazis were involved. 'It was clear that the terrorists had support,' she says
Shiri Hadar

"I'm not at all surprised to hear that the terrorists had cooperation in Germany. The murder in Munich wasn't a 'regular success,' it was a 'great success.' It's obvious that the terrorist organization had support from all kinds of places," Ilana Romano – whose husband, Yosef, was one of the 11 Israeli athletes killed by Black September terrorists at the 1972 Munich Games – said Sunday.

Romano spoke in response to a new report that the terrorists had been supported by neo-Nazis inside Germany.

The report, which was leaked ahead of its scheduled publication Monday in Der Spiegel, is based on thousands of documents requested by the newspaper and reveals that Neo-Nazis supplied the Palestinian terrorists with the forged passports that allowed them to enter Germany.

Unlike Romano, Ankie Spitzer-Hacks, widow of Andre Spitzer – who died during the attempted rescue of the Israeli hostages – was surprised by the new information.

"It's news to me that neo-Nazis were involved," she said. "We aren't surprised to learn more, because it happened 40 years ago – new angles and new information is being discovered all the time, but today, from a source considered reliable, it's surprising."

Spitzer-Hacks, a reporter on Israel and the Middle East for Dutch and Belgian TV, wonders about one thing: Why is the information being published now?

"In the past, we were given other information, that the terrorists had been helped by Arab nations, mainly Libya – both for money and weapons. They told us that (former Libyan leader Muammar) Gaddafi had sent weapons via diplomatic post and that East Germany had been involved. But neo-Nazi involvement is totally new for me," she said.

Romano and Spitzer-Hacks, like the rest of the victims' families, continues to deal with the Munich massacre on a daily basis.

"The Munich disaster isn't over, there are no easy days," Romano said. "For 40 years we have faced a round-the-clock struggle. I don't remember Yossi just during the moment of silence; the opposite – during the moment of silence we cry out against terror so that the wolrd will hear. But day to day, it's my own private disaster."

Spitzer-Hacks believes that the matter won't be closed as long as the full picture remains unknown. "We've been looking for the answer for 40 years, but for the first 20 the Germans kept documents related to the incident from us."

"Investigations, ballistic reports, and pathology reports – it could have been that there were things they were trying to hide precisely because of this new information. If we had known all this, maybe we would have won our suit. We don't know exactly how to take this new information. I'm trying to solve this puzzle, but apparently it's impossible."

http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-4243674,00.html

Two Palestinians dead in alleged attack on Israeli


By YAAKOV LAPPIN AND YAAKOV KATZ
17/06/2012
Driver in West Bank fires shots, kills his 2 attackers; Palestinians' bodies discovered later, hospital treats driver for head-injury.

An Israeli truck driver who was the target of an attempted robbery in the West Bank fired shots and apparently struck and killed two Palestinians, police said Sunday.

The incident began when the tow truck driver from Ashkelon made his way to the South Hebron Hills near Yatir. "It looks like he was lured to the spot by Palestinians who ordered his services," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. The driver allegedly came under attack in the attempted robbery, and was struck on the head with a blunt object.

He fired six shots at his attackers. Soon afterwards, a Hebron area hospital reported receiving the bodies of two Palestinians with gunshot wounds.

"We're looking into the connection between these developments," Rosenfeld said.

The truck driver is hospitalized in the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba in light condition. A Judea and Samaria police spokesman said he was being questioned in hospital. "We will release further details soon," he added.

Sources in the IDF Central Command said that while the incident was not a planned kidnapping, it did highlight the danger posed to Israelis in the West Bank.

"A seemingly innocent job offer can actually turn out to be part of a kidnapping plot," one officer said. "Israelis need to be extremely careful in such scenarios."

The IDF and Shin Bet have thwarted a number of kidnapping plots by Palestinian terror groups in the West Bank in recent months. In one case, the Shin Bet arrested a number of Hamas operatives who were plotting the kidnapping of an Israeli citizen or soldier from the settlement of Kiryat Arba.

In 2011, the IDF recorded around 20 attempts to kidnap soldiers in the West Bank.
http://www.jpost.com/LandedPages/PrintArticle.aspx?id=274119

This is why the Israeli government must stop limiting the number of guns in the hands of Jews .

The government must allow all non criminal Jews to buy what ever type of gun they can afford.

June 15, 2012

MERF

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


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

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

Border Guard wins military's snipers title

Members of border police's 'Mistaarvim' unit win IDF's annual sharpshooting contest. Navy takes second place; IAF takes third
Yossi Yehoshua

The Border Guard's Mistaarvim Unit has won the IDF's sharpshooters championship, held Thursday.

The Mistaarvim ("Arabized") Unit is an elite counter-terrorism force whose members serve in various IDF divisions.

The Mistaarvim force is lead by Chief Superintendent Y. – the defense establishment's most decorated officer.

Second place went to the Navy Commandos, while the IAF's elite Shaldag ("Kingfisher") commando unit took the third place.

The championship was held at the Adam Base, which houses the defense forces' counter-terror training facility.

According to a Friday report in Yedioth Ahronoth, all military units participated in the championship – each sending a team of two – excluding Sayeret Matkal, the IDF's elite Special Forces unit.

The judging panel comprised former military sharpshooting instructors as well as reservists who serve as judges in civilian sharpshooting contests.

Lt.-Col Lior Kenan, commander of the IDF's counter-terrorism unit, congratulated the winners, adding: "The true victory is holding the competition and having all IDF units participate in future events."

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4242813,00.html

Tutu's In The IDF?

Dogs won't take part in protest dispersals

IDF's Canine Unit suspends use of dogs in crowd dispersal situations after dog bit Palestinian protester last March
Yoav Zitun

Dogs belonging to the IDF's Canine Unit Oketz will no longer be used in protests following an incident where a dog that was unleashed by one of the soldiers bit and injured a Palestinian.

An inquiry revealed that the combatant failed to follow procedure by not putting a muzzle on the dog's mouth. As a result, the dog bit the protester in his upper torso. It took the soldiers several minutes to control the dog.

While the soldier was not suspended, guidelines at the Canine Unit have been revisited. It has been decided to suspend the use of dogs in crowd-dispersal situations pending further notice.

The event itself was documented by activists in a video uploaded to Youtube. In the video, the Palestinian is seen trying to free himself from the dog's grip. A senior IDF official told Ynet that dogs are rarely used to disperse protests in the West Bank.

"We try to avoid it as a matter of policy, despite the fact that it is considered a non-fatal weapon, just like rubber bullets," he said.

"This incident was not so good for us because the combatant had a hard time 'unlocking' the dog's grip, for 7-10 minutes. Had he been wearing a muzzle, the Palestinian likely would have not been hurt."

Canine Unit teams are assigned to brigades across the West Bank and take part in arrests of senior officials and the tracing of weapons.

The dogs themselves, mostly German shepherds, are purchased in Germany and spend an average of 6-7 in the army's service. They are trained to attack to chase after targets as well as trace explosives.

Since it seems the IDF and Knesset, no longer are willing to fight to keep Judea and Samaria let's just give it away now.

I am tired of these defeatist PC punks, running our country, they are also ruining our country and the IDF.

When the IDF get's all worked up because a criminal get's bit by a dog and they spend time pushing gay soldiers, it scares me to no end.

When I was a deputy I spent about 2 years in training for the K9 unit and only because I moved back to Israel did I not serve as a K9 officer. So I will not call myself an expert but I do know a good bite when I see one.

The dog did as he was trained, he protected his handler.

Besides what is this PC garbage of only letting the dogs work when wearing a muzzle?

What is next sending our soldiers and police to play with the Palestinians with blanks in their guns wearing tutus?

June 13, 2012

Zoabi fumes at focus of Lindenstrauss flotilla report


By MICHAEL OMER-MAN
06/13/2012 22:54
"Instead of looking at nature of pirate operation, murder of activists, Comptroller cooperated in suppressing facts," Zoabi says.

MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad) harshly criticized State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss's report on the government's handling of the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla incident on Wednesday, saying Lindenstrauss cooperated with the defense establishment in suppressing the facts.

"Instead of investigating the nature of the pirate operation, or the murder of activists and the attack on a civilian ship, the State Comptroller is cooperating with the Israeli security establishment in suppressing the facts," said Zoabi, who herself was a passenger on the Mavi Marmara.

Zoabi attacked the investigation, saying she hoped Lindenstrauss would have examined the documentation created by the IDF and videos shot by activists, which were later seized by the army.

But instead of looking into the nature of the actual operation, she continued, the State Comptroller dealt with the political echelon's decision-making process and the state and army's public relations efforts.

In his report on the flotilla incident released Wednesday, Lindenstrauss criticized both the IDF and political echelons for their planning ahead of the incident and their handling of its aftermath.

The State Comptroller's report portrayed a haphazard, ad-hoc decision-making process ahead of the boarding of the vessel that was attempting to breach Israel's naval blockade on the Gaza Strip. He also criticized the failure to immediately release video footage of the botched helicopter boarding, in which a number of IDF commandos were injured and ten Turkish activists were killed.

"I've been working for the past two years to expose this documentation -- 15 hours of video recordings -- that will once and for all stop the incitement against the flotilla activists and myself," Zoabi said.

It is unfortunate, she concluded, that the comptroller, "who normally acts with bravery and does not hesitate to confront the system, did not deal with those materials, and therefore did not fulfill his role."
http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=273764

How much more clear can it be?

Zoabi is a traitor.

Eritrean suspected of aiding terror group


International Crimes Unit arrest foreign national residing in Tel Aviv for alleged terror activity; say he served as terror group's 'fundraiser'
Eli Senyor

Cleared for publication: The Police International Crimes Unit have arrested an Eritrean national for alleged terror affiliation, Ynet learned Wednesday.

Tel Aviv resident Kabari Gabriosus, 22, is suspected of raising money among the Eritrean migrant community and transferring it to a terrorist group, possibly based in the Sinai Peninsula.

Police arrested two more suspects along with Gabriosus: One was identified as a resident of Ramla and the other as a resident of Beit Zurif in the West Bank.

The police said that Gabriosus' arrest was made possible following a lengthy, covert investigation. He was charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, terror affiliation, funding a terror group and money laundering.

The latter charge, according to the police, is indicative of the large sums of money he delivered to his handlers.

According to available information, Gabriosus came under suspicion in the course of police surveillance of several terror suspects in central Israel.

Investigators believed he was serving as the group's "fundraiser" – collecting money from various foreign nationals living in Tel Aviv, the greater Tel Aviv area and other cities in central Israel.

According to the case file, Gabriosus enjoyed a certain standing with various criminal and terror elements in Sinai. Investigators also told the court that so far, he has not been cooperating with them.

Gabriosus was arraigned by Rishon Lezion Magistrate's Court: "The material submitted by the police so far presents sufficient evidence implicating the suspect in the acts attributed to him," Judge Shira Zamir said in her ruling.

"After reviewing the case file, including its confidential addendums, it is clear to me that this extensive investigation is ongoing and that its sensitive nature requires various measures for it to be completed."

Judge Zamir granted the police's motion and remanded the suspect until Sunday.

Golden Dawn threatens hospital raids against immigrants in Greece

Far-right party says it will throw immigrants and their children out on the street, as some hospitals run short of supplies

In an atmosphere that has become increasingly electric before Greece's crucial election, the far-right Golden Dawn has ratcheted up the rhetoric by threatening to remove immigrants and their children from hospitals and kindergartens.

Earning loud applause at an election campaign rally in Athens, Golden Dawn MP Ilias Panagiotaros said: "If Chrysi Avgi [Golden Dawn] gets into parliament [as polls predict], it will carry out raids on hospitals and kindergartens and it will throw immigrants and their children out on the street so that Greeks can take their place."

Medical supplies and beds at some hospitals are running desperately short. The governor of the state-run Nikea hospital, Theodoros Roupas, called on doctors to stop non-essential surgical interventions because of a critical shortage of gloves, syringes and gauze. The order was revoked when Roupas found emergency supplies later in the day.

"The situation is really critical and getting worse every day," said Dr Panaghiotis Papanikolaou, a neurosurgeon at the hospital. "There is not enough medical staff to cope and huge shortages of supplies. There's no money to even service scanners and surgical microscopes … we're talking about a major healthcare crisis – not in the making, it is happening now."

The paralysis spawned by six weeks of political instability following Greece's indecisive poll on 6 May has exacerbated the country's parlous public finances. Sunday's fresh general election is viewed as decisive for the county's future in the euro.

Alexis Tsipras, leader of the leftwing Syriza alliance, said it was obvious that Greece's rudderless state could no longer continue. A government had to be formed. "The country has to have a government, be it of the right or left," he said. Syriza is neck and neck with the conservative New Democracy party.

"The next 10 days following the election are extremely important," he said referring to a host of critical EU meetings, including an emergency summit scheduled at the end of the month.

He said the forthcoming vote would boil down to a single choice – whether Greeks wanted to support or reject the "memorandum" of onerous terms demanded by the EU and IMF in return for financial assistance.

"Greeks should know that, if Syriza is elected, there will be no memorandum on Monday," he said. "Syriza will replace the memorandum with a national plan of recovery … I think we have been totally clear." He said Syriza would ensure that minimum wages were increased, unemployment benefits extended and the public sector expanded.

Tsipras and his colleagues attempted to brush off the shock defection of Nikos Hanias, Syriza's candidate in Corinth. In an excoriating letter, the veteran leftist lambasted the party, saying its elevation to power "if only for an hour" would be catastrophic "for Greece and our children".

"It is shameful and dishonourable that, by exploiting the justified rage of society, you are gambling with our future, betting on the non-existent possibility that our creditors are bluffing without proposing something if the case is the contrary," Hanias wrote. He said he could no longer participate in a party that was "extremely dangerous for the Greek people and its future".

Conceding that Syriza was a conglomeration of parties "with many tendencies," Tsipras suggested the extraordinary outburst was linked to campaign dirty tricks. Hanias, who failed to be elected in last month's inconclusive election, had previously been a member of the socialist Pasok before joining the leftwing coalition.

"I want to say that we are ready for everything, and to see everything. When a system of power sees the ground slipping from underneath it, it can do anything," said Tsipras.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/12/golden-dawn-hospital-immigrants-greece

I am posting this so that people can understand, the dangerous place the world is in.

An African leader expands his Jewish horizons

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By GIL SHEFLER
06/13/2012 01:34
At conference in Jerusalem, Ugandan yeshiva student receives warm welcome, despite halachic questions.
Synagogue used by the Jews of Uganda Photo: Courtesy

Participants at the ROI Summit, the gathering of young Jewish leaders that kicked off in Jerusalem on Sunday, are a case study in diversity. They come from dozens of countries and belong to many different streams of Judaism, or are entirely secular.

Still, Moshe Madoi of Uganda sticks out even in this colorful crowd. The 24-year-old yeshiva student, who is the only black participant in the conference this year, said he has been warmly welcomed by organizers at the conference and in Israel in general.

“In Efrat, where I am living, there has not been any kind of racism of segregation,” he said.

“Perhaps only during prayer when we are not considered part of the minyan,” the prayer quorum, “because we are not considered Jewish according to the halacha.”

Madoi is a member of the Abaduya, a religious minority in eastern Uganda that professes Judaism as its faith. The community members, which Madoi said number around 1,100 people, are followers and descendants of Tsemei Kakungulu, a 20th-century official who was fascinated by the Mosaic faith.

“He was given a bible with the New and Old Testament,” said Madoi, “but only followed the ones in the old one so a British officer told him, that’s what Jews do, so he said ‘OK, then I’m Jewish.’” Madoi is in Israel to learn more about Orthodox Judaism and bring back that knowledge to the 100 people back home who adhere to that stream of Judaism (the other 1,000, he said, are Conservative Jews.) “Relations between the two groups used to be bad but now they are fine,” he said. “Now we go to each other’s synagogues and pray.”

He said he would like to make aliya with the rest of his community, but that depends on the government’s immigration policy. So far, the gates are closed to them especially since they have not converted to Judaism, as recognized by the Orthodox establishment in Israel.

“I would like to convert officially and so would the rest of the Orthodox community back home,” said Modai.

Meanwhile, he is busy expanding his Jewish horizons at the ROI Summit, which is happy to have him.

“We need the resolve to create a fully inclusive Jewish community that embraces every Jew seeking to lead a personally meaningful and active Jewish life,” said billionaire philanthropist Lynn Schusterman, chairwoman of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network and funder of the ROI Community.

“We need the courage to focus not on the question of who is a Jew, but on what we can do as Jews to strengthen our community and the world around us. In many ways, the ROI Community is an embodiment of this vision.”
http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=273659

People that are honest and true and want to become part of the Jewish people through Orthodox conversion are welcome in Israel.

No matter their color or where they came from.

EU-funded Palestinian TV program glorifies terrorists

Palestinian youth TV program sanctifies dying for the Palestinian struggle, gives special honor to 91 terrorists whose remains were recently transferred from Israel to the Palestinian Authority • TV program's hosts: "These [martyrs] are more honored than all of us ... they went beyond the sacrifice of effort and sacrificed their lives."
Israel Hayom Staff

Palestinian Media Watch, an Israeli organization that monitors and translates the Palestinian media, released a translated recording on Monday of an EU-funded Palestinian youth program that praises suicide bombers as the "most honorable martyrs" and the "greatest role models."

The minute-long video clip by PMW shows segments of the youth TV program, created by the Palestinian Youth Association for Leadership and Rights Activation, which glorifies 91 terrorists whose remains were recently transferred by Israel to the Palestinian Authority.

"These [martyrs] are more honored than all of us ... not only because they fought and struggled for the homeland, but because they went beyond the sacrifice [of] strength and effort, to the phase where they sacrificed their lives for the homeland," PMW translated the TV show's Palestinian hosts as saying.

The Palestinian youth association is funded by the EU Humanitarian Aid Office and the London-based nongovernmental organization Save the Children, among others.
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=4662

Since PA TV glorifies terrorism, then it should be a target for the Israeli Air Force.

But of course since the leaders of Israel do not view the Palestinians as our enemy, this will never happen.

Besides what would the Euro trash think of us if we bombed their propaganda machine into ruble?

June 12, 2012

Israeli's Moving Right

Poll: 64% of Israelis back continued settlement activity
A new poll suggests Israelis have shifted politically rightward, and have a more favorable view of the settlement enterprise and settlers in general compared with previous years • 36% would support a partial or full annexation of Judea and Samaria.

A new poll suggests Israelis have shifted politically rightward, and have a more favorable view of the settlement enterprise and settlers in general compared with previous years.

The full findings of the survey, conducted by the Maagar Mohot Institute for Dr. Miriam Billig and Dr. Udi Label of the Ariel University Center of Samaria, will be published on Thursday during a conference organized by the Samaria and the Jordan Rift Regional R&D Center. The poll sampled 568 respondents who live within the Green Line.

According to the poll, 64 percent of respondents said they support continued settlement activity in Judea and Samaria. Only 15% said they would support a full moratorium on settlement construction, down 20% from the previous year.

A sizeable proportion still supports some kind of an Israeli pullout from Judea and Samaria and more than a third (36%) would support a partial or full annexation of the disputed areas, captured during the 1967 Six-Day War. Fourteen percent would like to see the continuation of the current status quo in Judea and Samaria. Forty-two percent say the hilltop youth (who allegedly carry out vandalism against Arabs and IDF troops to protest terrorism and government policy on outposts) are a serious obstacle, with 22% saying settler leaders must have zero tolerance toward that phenomenon and combat other forms of unlawful behavior.

When asked if they would support a unilateral Israeli evacuation of the area without first reaching an agreement with the Palestinians, only 5% said they were in favor.

The researchers note a marked shift in the public's willingness to see an Israeli withdrawal in exchange for full peace compared to past surveys on this issue, with 46% saying they would oppose any territorial concessions, up from 38% in 2009 (the question did not refer to east Jerusalem). About 73% of those who gave an answer said the two-state solution would not further peace or would at most only prevent a short term escalation (up from 64% in 2011).

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's popularity among non-settlers is also on the rise. Last year less than half of respondents (49%) said they would prefer the incumbent premier to represent Israel at the negotiating table and sign a peace agreement with the Palestinians, but this figure climbed to 58% in 2012.

Asked if Netanyahu positively affected U.S. President Barack Obama's policy on settlements, respondents were split down the middle.
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=4656

June 11, 2012

Why- It Makes Me Want To Cry

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Father of Toulouse terrorist sues police

Attorney for family of terrorist who was shot dead after killing spree at Jewish school says, 'You’ve got 300 to 400 heavily armed people and a guy shut up all alone in his flat. That alone is enough to raise questions'
AFP

The father of al Qaeda-inspired terrorist Mohammed Merah, who was shot dead by French police in March after going on a killing spree, has filed a murder suit in Paris, his lawyers said on Monday.

“This is a suit against unnamed persons for murder with aggravating circumstances concerning those who gave the orders at the top of the police” during the assault on Merah’s flat in Toulouse, said lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre.

Mohamed Benalel Merah said in March that he wanted to sue the RAID elite police unit that shot dead his son on March 22 during a shootout at the end of a 32-hour siege at his flat in the southern French city.

The 23-year-old had shot dead three soldiers, and three children and a teacher at a Jewish school, in a wave of killings that shocked the country.

He filmed himself carrying out the attacks and reportedly confessed to police before he was shot dead.

“You’ve got 300 to 400 heavily armed people and a guy shut up all alone in his apartment. That alone is enough to raise questions,” said Coutant-Peyre, who is part of Merah’s legal team headed by Algerian lawyer Zahia Mokhtari.

She said the family had video evidence that would be handed over to the authorities when they requested it.

Mokhtari said in April that she had proof that Merah was “liquidated”, including two 20-minute videos probably filmed by Merah himself before he was shot dead.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4241076,00.html

Welcome to the modern world, people have no shame.

June 10, 2012

US excludes Israel from anti-terror forum because of Turkey
Israel tried hard to obtain an invitation to the Global Counterterrorism
Forum meeting, and its exclusion has greatly disappointed officials in
Jerusalem.
10 June 12 13:23, Ran Dagoni, Washington - Globes
http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000755761&fid=1725

The US blocked Israel's participation in the Global Counterterrorism Forum's
(GCTF) first meeting in Istanbul on Friday, even though Israel has one of
the most extensive experiences in counterterrorism in the world. A
pro-Israeli source in Washington told "Globes" that Israel was excluded from
the meeting because of fierce objections by Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan.

Israel tried hard to obtain an invitation to the meeting, and its exclusion,
despite the tight US-Israeli intelligence ties, has greatly disappointed
officials in Jerusalem.

The GCTF, one of the pillars of President Barack Obama's antiterrorism
campaign, was established in September 2011. The White House calls the forum
as a wise use of force against terrorism, and chose Turkey as the forum's
joint chair, together with the US.

29 countries are participating in the GCTF, ten of which are Arab and/or
Muslim countries: Algeria, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan,
Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. Other members
include China, Russia, India, and Western European countries.

"The GCTF sought from the outset to bridge old and deep divides in the
international community between Western donor nations and Muslim majority
nations. And it has, I think, done that quite effectively," said a top US
official at the press briefing before the opening session.

Republican politicians claim that, since one third of the GCTF's members are
Muslim countries, the Obama administration is trying to deepen ties with the
Muslim world at Israel's expense.

In response to numerous questions about Israel's exclusion from the GCTF
session in Istanbul raised at a press conference yesterday, the State
Department opted to focus on the questions: Has Israel requested membership
to the Global Counterterrorism Forum? Has the United States, as a co-host of
the forum, sought to get Israel involved?

A State Department spokesman replied, "Our idea with the GCTF was to bring
together a limited number of traditional donors, front line states, and
emerging powers develop a more robust, yet representative, counterterrorism
capacity-building platform. A number of our close partners with considerable
experience countering and preventing terrorism are not included among the
GCTF’s founding members.

"We have discussed the GCTF and ways to involve Israel in its activities on
a number of occasions, and are committed to making this happen."

Pro-Israeli sources say that the Obama administration decided to ignore the
fact that Turkey, which has a key role in the GCTF, opposes calling Hamas a
terrorist organization, even though Hamas is included on the State
Department's list of terrorist organizations. In an interview with the US
media last May, Erdogan said that he did not consider Hamas a terrorist
organization, but as a resistance movement trying to protect its country
from occupation. He said that Hamas won elections in the Gaza Strip in 2006,
and that, therefore, calling it a terrorist organization was an insult to
the Palestinian people.

For its part, Turkey calls the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is
seeking to establish a Kurdish state in southeast Turkey and northern Iraq,
as a terrorist organization, and the US supports this position.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com -
on June 10, 2012

June 08, 2012

MERF

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


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

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

The dark side of Tel Aviv

Special: Journalist poses as African infiltrator, spends week in Tel Aviv’s most volatile neighborhood
Danny Adino Ababa

“First, you must steal or find Saharonim shoes,” James instructed me. “Otherwise, the people at the park will immediately suspect you.”

James is a veteran infiltrator, fully aware of the balance of power in the parallel universe of Levinsky Park, the Sudanese and Eritrean stronghold in southern Tel Aviv. This universe has its own codes of dress, language and behavior, and in order to fit in I had to receive comprehensive instructions. Wearing the right clothes wasn’t enough. For the purpose of the journalistic assignment I faced – posing as a refugee for a week – I had to cut my long hair and shave my beard, my two trademarks in the past seven years. In the State of Levinsky people notice the finest details, and James (pseudonyms are used throughout this story) asserted that I couldn’t have arrived from the desert with my dreadlocks and a well-groomed goatee.

“Ok, but what the hell are Saharonim shoes?” I ask James. Listen,” he replies, “when the infiltrators cross the border and are nabbed by the IDF, all of them – men, women, children, babies – are taken to Saharonim, the new detention center at the Negev. There, they get new shoes, sort of slippers, which they use when they arrive at Levinsky Park. Saharonim shoes are the trademark of every refugee in his first days in the park. If you arrive without them, they’ll suspect you. Be careful. As it is, you don’t look like an ordinary refugee.”

Eventually I met an infiltrator who agreed to sell me his Saharonim shoes for seven shekels. “When you go to sleep, put them under your head; otherwise you won’t find them in the morning,” he said. “You should know that they steal everything; anything that moves.”


‘Lie to the Israelis’

I enter the park wearing my new Saharonim shoes. Welcome to the State of Levinsky. Two slides and three swings, but this afternoon there are no children here; only infiltrators, most of them in their first days in Israel. My cover story has not been finalized yet, but luckily I run into Jeremiah, who’s been in Israel for three years now. “What do I tell those who ask how I got into Israel?” I ask him. “Lie,” he says. “Don’t tell the whole story. The Israelis, and mostly the non-profit groups working with the infiltrators here, like to be lied to.”

“Say you were a soldier, and that if you return to Eritrea you’ll get a death sentence. Keep in mind that you must be consistent with your story. The bottom line is that everyone uses the story I’m telling you here, and this way they fool everybody,” he says. “Almost none of them arrived on foot from Egypt to Israel. None of us crossed any deserts…it’s all nonsense.”

Evening descends on the park, and armed with the cover story I got I prepare for the first night in the State of Levinsky. I manage to get a bench, but my chances of falling asleep on it are slim. Too many things are happening around me: Infiltrators speaking in various languages, prostitutes looking for clients, and junkies. The fear is paralyzing and grows worse thanks to the darkness in the park. Ironically, the only light arrives from the nearby police station. Yet the whole night I did not see even one police officer in the area. As it turns out, Levinsky State has its own laws.

Three Eritreans position themselves nearby. “How long have you been here?” asks one of them. “Not long,” I reply, and sigh. “I’m looking for an apartment, but I don’t have much money. “I’ll teach you how to make a quick buck here,” he says. “You can’t sleep here at Levinsky Park with these Sudanese; you’re humiliating yourself. An Eritrean does not sleep with Sudanese. The best thing to do if you want to make money is to steal cell phones…they’re sold like hotcakes here. There’s a market over there where you bring your cell phone, and that way you have a little money for food and drink.”


Violent night

The next day, there are rumors that this night won’t be as ordinary. “Don’t walk around here today,” a few Eritreans warn me, the fear visible in their eyes. “There’s a protest here today.” Owners of Eritrean shops say the police advised them to close up early. By the afternoon, when the protestors start to gather, the infiltrators meet not far from Levinsky Park to hear some updates. I arrive there as well. Rumor has it that some groups are walking around the streets, spitting and threatening blacks. Other rumors speak of assaults. There’s much panic in the park.

By 7 pm, the atmosphere in the park is one of an imminent explosion. Yet at least one miracle takes place at this time: Several police officers come out of the nearby station and arrive at the park, maybe to calm the infiltrators and maybe to protect them should a hothead high on the speeches in the protest decide to settle the score with them.

Somebody whispers a secret in my ear: The leadership of the foreigners is convened not too far away, working out the next move. I decide to try and join this meeting. Surprisingly, nobody asks any questions. I simply show up at the home and enter. The fiery session is run by an Israeli-born girl married to a refugee who speaks from her heart. One foreign leader stands up and says: “The violence amidst us is great, and first and foremost it hurts us. Those who arrive from Darfur, from Sudan or from Eritrea are obligated to give the Israeli residents a sense of safety. The violence is gnawing at us, harming us; another rape by a refugee and the game will be over. We are the ones responsible for our own fate.”

Later I return to Levinsky Park. Not too far away from here, Knesset Member Miri Regev speaks of a “cancer in our midst.” People at the park seek someone who would translate the Hebrew to them and what they meant when they said “cancer.” Each one adds his own commentary in his own language, but we can assume it didn’t sound good in any dialect. A short while later they started saying that storefronts and windshields are being shattered, and that there’s a mess outside, using the Hebrew word “Balagan.” It’s amazing to see how common this word is around here.


Stolen bicycle market

The next night I returned to Levinsky Park to sleep. I put my head between two refugees, half-awake, ready for any trouble. At 5 am, a strange sound prompted me to wake up. What is it? I squinted, and noticed movement among the people lying everywhere. Mice. Dozens of them, unnaturally large, climbing on people uninterruptedly, hunting for leftovers. Some of them reach my new neighbor. He kept a piece of bread and a little rice from the previous night, but the Levinsky mice had other plans. He woke up in the morning, and noticed that he has less food. “It’s the mice,” I said. He shrugged and started eating. When he saw the disgust on my face he said: “What? These mice were here years before us. We’re merely guests here.”

I decided to expand my walks and enter more corners in Levinsky State to see from up close how things really work around here. Quickly I discovered that here too there is a clear hierarchy, especially among the infiltrators who chose to turn to crime (this certainly does not all of them). For example, look at what takes place at the corner of Bnei Brak and Neve Shaanan Streets. Hundreds of people arrive in this area using the State of Levinsky’s official vehicle: Bicycle. The infiltrators refer to this area as the “Sudanese Quarter.” Nobody messes with them; they are exclusively in charge of the stolen bicycle market. Dozens of bikes, some of them brand new, are arranged in rows and sold for ridiculous sums.

I try to purchase a new bicycle, a well-known brand that must have cost its owner thousands of shekels. Here, their starting price stands at NIS 180. If one haggles, one can get it for less. They also make sure to provide good service: A mechanic is nearby and ensures that the brakes work properly and that every flat tire is taken care of. A big Sudanese man stands to the side and watches over. Someone quietly tells me that he is “one of the heads of the bicycle mafia.” The thieves bring him the bike, he pays them and sells the bicycle for a profit. All of this takes place in the middle of the street, out in the open.

Meanwhile, I’m told that the Eritreans control two other markets: Stolen bags and stolen cell phones. I went to look for a phone. The “sales center” is at the corner of Rosh Pina and Neve Shaanan Streets. Improvised stalls boast an impressive array of cellular devices. Some of them still contain family photos and the personal text messages of the victims they were stolen from.

On Friday morning, my Eritrean friends tell me that I must go see Nagasi, or things will get messy. I ask them to explain it. Nagasi is apparently the representative of the Eritrean government, or the unofficial Eritrean ambassador in the State of Levinsky, if you will. They tell me that Eritrean authorities don’t care why and how you arrived in Israel: They only want you to keep paying taxes to the homeland. How much? Two percent of your income. As there is no way to find out your income, most Eritreans pay a regular monthly fee of $100. “What will happen if I don’t pay?” I ask. “Bad things will happen, to you and to your family,” was the reply.


Fight club

I promise to take care of this soon, but by now it’s Friday evening, and we are heading to the “Solomon.” As it turns out, it’s a three-story building that used to offer porn movies, before turning into a hostel for the homeless. Today it’s a sort of mega-club for infiltrators: Three floors, each featuring loud music, plenty of beer and much violence. It’s past midnight and the place is packed. The alcohol is being poured, and with it, the ethnic genies come out of the bottle. Suddenly, a wild brawl erupts pitting a Sudanese group against the Eritreans. Bottles are broken on heads, fists and chairs are used, and deep hatred is in the air, as if all these people do not share a similar fate here in Israel.

I get out of there and walk towards Levinsky Street. Two white vans carrying Border Guard police officers indicate that a new era may be underway. The minister of internal security promised it, and for the time being they are here, shutting down Levinsky’s illegal bars and dispersing the infiltrators. I thought this would be a safe place to call home, see how my family is doing and let them know I’m doing well. “Hey, come here,” I hear someone yelling nearby in Hebrew. It’s a young Border Guard policeman. “Where did you steal this phone, huh?” he groans. I manage to whisper that I’m actually Israeli, and he nods and rushes into the next bar.

For the next two days I looked into the attitude of veteran residents to infiltrators. I walked around the new central bus station, in the Shapira and HaTikva neighborhoods, through busy streets. I did not encounter any display of racism. Nobody swore at me or threatened me. Infiltrators I spoke with told me about spitting and curse words; some said that glass bottles were hurled at them while they were riding their bicycle. Personally, I did not encounter any of this. Yet one thing is certain: The State of Levinsky is a powder keg, and I’m not at all sure that the Border Guard police patrolling the streets here now would be able to prevent the next flare-up.

Meanwhile, according to the statistics, during the week I lived as an infiltrator in Levinsky Park, another 203 fresh infiltrators arrived in Tel Aviv.

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June 07, 2012

Poll: 68 percent of Arab-Israelis prefer to live in Israel

According to a 2011 survey by Professor Sammy Smooha of the University of Haifa, 58% of Arab-Israelis accept that Israel is characterized as having a Jewish majority; 56.6% accept that the main language is Hebrew; 73% say they are treated as second-class citizens.
Daniel Siryoti

The different "keys" to coexistence. A Nakba day protest in 2011. [Illustrative]

A majority of Arab-Israelis prefer to live in Israel over any other country in the world, according to an index of Arab-Jewish Relations for 2011, conducted by Professor Sammy Smooha of the University of Haifa.

The survey found that 68.3 percent of Arab-Israelis prefer to live in Israel more than in any other country in the world, while 58% of Arab-Israelis accept that Israel, as a country, is defined as having a Jewish majority. Additionally, 56.6% accept that the country's main language is Hebrew.

"Despite the deep divide, there is agreement among most Jews and most Arabs about living together in Israel," noted Smooha, who will present his findings during a conference on Thursday at the Jewish Arab Center at the University of Haifa.

However, 80% of Arab-Israelis blame the Jewish majority for the Palestinian "Nakba" (the "catastrophe" they believe befell their families when Israel was created in 1948), and 76% feel that legislation such as the "Nakba Law," which forbids any institutions that receive state funding from commemorating the Nakba, weakens their trust in regard to coexistence with the Jews.

In addition, 73% said that the government treats Arabs as second-class citizens.

The sample pool for the survey included 702 Jews and 715 Arab-Israelis.

Yishai to S. Sudanese: Leave now or be deported


By BEN HARTMAN, Y. LAPPIN, Y. KATZ, HERB KEINON
08/06/2012
Senior source says migrants who accept offer to voluntarily leave within week will get 1,000 euros and a flight ticket home.

The Interior Ministry has informed South Sudanese migrants that they have one week to voluntarily leave Israel.

Migrants who accept the offer will receive 1,000 euros and a flight ticket home courtesy of the State of Israel, a senior source said. After the week passes, the migrants will be arrested and expelled.

Earlier on Thursday, the Jerusalem District Court rejected a petition by rights groups opposed to the migrants’ deportation.

In its ruling, the court said the NGOs did not provide evidence that the South Sudanese would be in physical danger if they were returned to their country.

Interior Minister Eli Yishai praised the ruling, calling it “the first step in the expulsion of all the infiltrators [in Israel].”

The Interior Ministry said that there are around 35,000 migrants from Eritrea and 15,000 from Sudan, and acknowledged for the time being that not all of them can be deported. Nonetheless, Yishai said that until all of the migrants are out of Israel, he will continue to support the construction of a tent city and holding facilities to detain them so they do not disperse in cities across Israel.

“This is not a war against infiltrators,” Yishai said. “This is a war for the preservation of the Zionist and Jewish dream in the Land of Israel.”

Population, Immigration and Borders Authority spokeswoman Sabine Haddad said the arrests had not yet begun, but that the thousands of South Sudanese in Israel would be “processed” for deportation “in the near future.”

An Israeli official quoted by Reuters said the state had assigned 11 clerks to vet refugee claims, many of which could be complicated by applicants’ lack of documentation. The official predicted processing the South Sudanese’s claims would take several weeks.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu convened a ministerial meeting after the court decision was announced, and said steps were being taken to begin to “turn the corner and start solving” the illegal migrant issue.

At the meeting, attended by Yishai, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman and representatives of the police, IDF and Prisons Service, Netanyahu outlined a four-pronged policy for dealing with the illegal migrants.

The first prong, he said, was to complete the 240-kilometer-long border fence with Egypt, which is expected to be finished by the end of the year. The second was to build and expand holding facilities for arrested migrants, where they will be housed until they are deported. The third prong was to transfer infiltrators to these holding facilities immediately after they cross the border, and not allow them to make their way to the cities. The final component of this policy is to punish employees giving the migrants jobs.

Likewise, Netanyahu said, Yishai was preparing his ministry for deporting migrants, and Aharonovitch was getting his ministry ready to work with the Border Police to arrest criminals among the migrants in Tel Aviv.

However, a government official said that it was unrealistic to think most of the estimated 60,000 to 65,000 illegal migrants would be deported. This is because, he said, some 40 percent of them are from Eritrea, and the UN has said returning the migrants there would endanger their lives. An additional 30% are from Sudan, an enemy state.

The migrants cannot just be “dropped from the sky,” the official said. Their deportation must be coordinated with their country of origin – something that is impossible in the case of Sudan.

Of the tens of thousands of migrants, only between 700 and 2,000 are from South Sudan, with which Israel has friendly relations.

The Israeli government and NGOs disagree on the number of South Sudanese in Israel, with the Interior Ministry saying there are around 2,000 and NGOs and activists saying there are between 700 and 800.

Whatever the figure, they are a small minority within the population of over 60,000 African migrants in Israel, most of whom are from Eritrea or Sudan.

The court ruling appears to put into effect an announcement made by the Population, Immigration and Borders Authority in January, which said that because the South Sudanese now have their own country – and one that has a good relationship with Israel – they have until April 1 to leave Israel willingly or face deportation.

The announcement had also offered a stipend of 1,000 euros to each adult who left willingly.

William Tall of the UN High Commission for Refugees said the Jerusalem court’s support for the Interior Ministry’s removal of “collective protection” status for the South Sudanese appeared to be in line with the formal end of their country’s war with Sudan.

“We have been assured by the government that they [the South Sudanese] still enjoy the individual opportunity to apply for asylum,” Tall told Reuters, noting that continued territorial disputes between Khartoum and Juba may still justify refugee claims. There was no immediate comment from Juba.

Tall said that between 800 and 900 South Sudanese had voluntarily returned to their homeland from Israel in recent years, despite the lack of reliable, scheduled flights between the countries.

The Defense Ministry will begin construction of facilities next week that will be able to hold 20,000 African migrants ahead of their deportation.

The project will include the construction of five facilities in the South that will be managed by the Prisons Service and the Interior Ministry.

The Defense Ministry said the facilities would be used to house anyone who infiltrates Israel starting next week.

The immediate goal of the program is to start processing all new migrants who cross the border illegally and send them to the new installations as early as next week.

The installations are being designed to hold the migrants in the designated locations, even for an extended period if necessary, to prevent them from dispersing throughout the country.

Soon, the Defense Ministry expects to complete three installations near Ketziot in the South, as part of the existing prison setup in that location.

The ministry said that all possible efforts would be made, within the limits of the short deadline given to the project, to ensure the living standards in the new installations are in line with applicable regulations, including laws concerning water and electricity.

Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry, with the assistance of the IDF, continues to move forward with another major construction project to address the migrant issue.

Construction of the fence on the Egyptian border is moving forward at an accelerated rate, the ministry said. By October, 95% of the fence is expected to be finished. To date, more than 170 kilometers of the fence between Ein Kerem and Shalom Netafim have been built.

The remainder of the fence runs through the mountains near Eilat.

More than 100 contractors are working on the fence, finishing an additional kilometer of fence each day.

The project is scheduled to be completed sometime in early 2013.

Yonah Bob and Reuters contributed to this report.

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The surprising source of Israel’s edible exports

Once a barren strip of desert, the Arava today has some 600 farms supplying more than 60 percent of Israel’s exports of fresh vegetables and 10% of ornamentals.
By Abigail Klein Leichman May 29, 2012, 2 Comments


How many peppers can Peter Piper pick? Well, if the protagonist in the old tongue twister were picking them in Israel’s Arava Desert, the surprising answer is about 150,000 tons.

Once a deserted 112-mile strip of land stretching from the Dead Sea to the Red Sea, the Arava now has some 600 farms supplying more than 60 percent of total Israeli exports of fresh vegetables and about 10% of ornamentals.

In addition to dozens of varieties of peppers, Arava farmers produce tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, eggplants, melons, watermelons, table grapes, herbs and dates – many raised organically and all with minimal pesticides. Other Arava agriculturists specialize in flowers or aquarium fish such as the “Nemo” clownfish.

Israeli technology – most notably, drip irrigation – is a major factor in this desert-to-farmland story. But just as important is the constant sharing of ideas, methodology, research and experiences facilitated by Central and Northern Arava Research and Development.

Cooperation key to success

Arava R&D, founded in 1986 by the Jewish Agency, originally served the agriculture development needs in periphery areas. Idealistic would-be farmers, eager to make the proverbial desert bloom, already had established three kibbutzim in the Arava back in 1959.

“They were considered meshugenners, crazy people,” relates Aylon Gadiel, director of Arava R&D. “You couldn’t live in the Arava, let alone grow vegetables there. But it was proven that it is possible, and one reason is the development of drip irrigation in the beginning of the 1960s.”

Zohar Experimental Station, one of Arava R&D’s two research facilities, is named for Yuval Zohar, an Israeli pioneer of modern drip irrigation.

Yet this advance alone was not enough to turn Arava agriculture into a thriving venture. Neither were the innovative greenhouses, shade houses and walk-in plastic tunnels that the desert farmers put into use.

By 1997, when the Jewish National Fund took over Arava R&D in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and other government agencies, regional councils and private sponsors, it was already clear that cooperation is the main ingredient of success.

The researchers, scientists and farmers involved in Arava R&D’s eight agricultural villages – comprising about 8,650 acres – interact through regularly scheduled site tours, seminars and online forums in order to learn about one another’s problems and solutions, Gadiel tells ISRAEL21c.

“You can see what the growers are doing, and they can see what you think could help. Some farmer may be trying something new and we will go test it on an academic level,” he explains. “The interaction is ongoing and constant between all the parties. We try to get the knowledge flowing back and forth.”

New farmers in 2012

This year, many new farmers are being trained in basic agriculture, says Gadiel. Instructors from the agricultural extension service, Arava R&D, business and academia teach topics including the most updated methods of irrigation and plant protection.

“We sponsor meetings with R&D people so that they will get to know the farmers and discuss new options in growing,” adds Gadiel. “We’re testing all kinds of things: Our farmers are growing more and more dates, mangos, table grapes and ornamental fish.”

The next promising crop is strawberries. “They cannot grow in saline water, so we’re trying to grow them with desalinated water from a small plant we have in our Yair Experimental Station. We are developing a protocol for that, and we hope we will have good quality water in a couple of years.”

Arava R&D has also developed a hardy variety of fig tree and a less odiferous guava fruit. “We’re trying apricots now, and we developed a protocol for organic table grapes,” Gadiel says.

World model

The United Nations chose the Arava region as a global model for agricultural education on saving water. Israel’s agricultural researchers are constantly improving and refining “fertigation,” in which water and fertilizer are dripped uniformly onto the root system of crops from a specially constructed pipe.

Over the last 15 years, says Gadiel, the Arava has become an international school for agricultural trainees.

“We have a lot of students coming here for year-long projects to study and work with families of Arava farmers — mainly from Thailand, Myanmar and other Far East countries, in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry. When they go back home, each student becomes an ambassador for Israel.”

Experts from Arava R&D travel to countries such as Ethiopia to give practical courses through MASHAV, Israel’s international development agency.

Back on home soil, Arava R&D is working with local companies to develop hardier seed varieties and a new type of plastic covering for greenhouses that would reduce the need for expensive heating in cold months.

“I think Israeli agriculture in general is an example for the whole world of how you can develop an area and live in it, too,” says Gadiel. “We learned how to use our advantages, especially in winter, to produce good-quality vegetables for export to Europe and the United States.”

Last February, Arava R&D hosted its 21st annual Arava Open Day Exhibition, the largest agriculture expo in Israel, attracting 30,000 visitors and 200 companies. The next expo is scheduled for January 23-24, 2013.

June 06, 2012

Netanyahu defends voting down 'Ulpana bill'

Prime minister holds special press conference following settlement regulation bill's failure to pass Knesset vote. 'Gov't must abide by court ruling,' he says; 'This is best for settlement movement'
Attila Somfalvi

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a special press conference Wednesday following the Knesset's vote on the settlement regulation bill.

The legislation, which was meant to circumvent the High Court's ruling and prevent the eviction of Beit El's Ulpana neighborhood, was voted down 69:22.

"Israel is a law-abiding democracy. As the prime minister, I am obligated to both adhere to the High Court's orders and maintain the settlement movement. That is not mutually exclusive," Netanyahu told reporters.

"Passing this bill would have hurt Beit El. The plan I outlined – relocating the disputed homes, bolstering the settlement movement and providing legal protection against legal precedents – reinforces the settlement movement."

"Nevertheless, this is not an easy day. The decision to relocate homes is never an easy one, even when only five homes are involved. This is not something the government relishes doing, but the court has rendered its ruling and we must respect it.

"Those who think the legal system was used to ram the settlement movement are wrong," he continued. "Beit El is not getting smaller – it's getting bigger. Beit El will be expanded, with 300 new families joining it."

Netanyahu added: "I have unequivocal legal opinions that say that the verdict did not set any precedent and will not affect other cases."

He reiterated his intention to head a new ministerial committee that would deal with settlement affairs, and expressed his gratitude for the ministers' support, saying that they "demonstrated great responsibility at a tough moment. Israel has a responsible leadership.

"To my brothers and sisters in the settlement movement – I understand your pain. I share it. I want to assure you – no other government would ever support the settlement movement more than the government I am leading. No other government has ever had to withstand so much pressure to hinder the settlement movement.

"We are operating in very complex political, security and legal realities," he concluded. "We have to be able to navigate these realities wisely and responsibly… and we will continue to bolster both the settlement movement and democracy in Israel."

The High Court's ruling met with fierce objection from the Right, forcing the prime minister, who opposed the bill, to impose party discipline to secure the vote. He even threatened to dismiss any minister who breached party lines.

Settlers were enraged to learn of the vote's result, promising a "tsunami of protests." Several clashes were noted outside the Knesset Plaza on Highway 1's entrance to Jerusalem. Five right-wing activists were arrested.

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I am confused.

Jews can live here, but not there in Judea and Samaria?

Who won the war?

Who did G-D give the Land too?

Who cares what a bunch of liberal judges say?

Who cares what the world says?

Would the sun fail, to rise if Bibi had let the Knesset make these homes legal?

Bibi has stated Israel would look bad internationally, which is the same thing he said when he gave up Hevron when he was PM the first time around.

Bibi is still Bibi, all talk, no walk.

Bibi is no Zionist.

June 05, 2012

True Color Of Israel's Leaders

Netanyahu: Any minister who backs settlement bill will be fired

PM issues threat ahead of Wednesday's Knesset vote on legislation aimed at preventing Ulpana evacuation; hundreds of settlers demonstrate outside Supreme Court in Jerusalem: 'Land of Israel belongs to Jews'
Attila Somfalvi

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to fire any minister or deputy minister who votes in favor of the settlement regulation bill, which is due to be brought before the Knesset plenum on Wednesday, Ynet has learned.

If passed, the legislation would retroactively legalize the Ulpana neighborhood in the Beit El settlement, as well as other Jewish outposts built on privately owned Palestinian land in the West Bank. According to the bill, any land owner in the West Bank who did not challenge construction on the land he claimed to own within four years would lose the legal right to do so.

Following Netanyahu's announcement, Shas ministers said they will be absent from the Knesset plenum during the vote on the settlement regulation bill. Ministers belonging to Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beitenu party are also expected to skip the vote.

Shas members of Knesset said they will vote in favor of the bill.

The High Court of Justice ordered the state to evict five homes in Ulpana by July 1, but the bill, which was tabled by rightist MK Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi), aims to circumvent the ruling and prevent the evacuation.

Netanyahu opposes the bill and has presented an alternative plan, by which the homes will be relocated several hundreds yards away, effectively placing them within a military zone in Beit El.

"We are facing major (domestic) challenges, such as promoting equality in the bearing of the national burden, passing the state budget and dealing with the infiltrators. Only a unified and responsible government can deal with these issues," the PM said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, some 400 people demonstrated Tuesday evening at a protest tent set up by hunger-striking residents of Ulpana near the Supreme Court in Jerusalem.

Heads of West Bank local councils were also present, as were Likud MK Danny Danon and Kiryat Arba Rabbi Dov Lior, both of whom oppose the planned evacuation of Ulpana.

"The Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people… the Jewish people want their leaders to tell the truth. Tomorrow, vote for true democracy – I believe that (Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) also feels this way. Let G-d give him the strength to say what he really thinks," Lior said during the demonstration.

MK Danon addressed the Likud ministers, saying "Remember what we promised – that we would not be like Kadima or the Independence Party. This is the moment of truth. The struggle is not only for Ulpana. If we surrender, there will be thousands of other concessions in the West Bank."

Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan also took part in the demonstration: "Tomorrow the Netanyahu government must make the Jewish-Zionist-moral decision on whether it chooses the path of the liberation of Jerusalem in 1967 or the path of destruction," he said.

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What was it Cindy Lauper used to sing?

"You with the sad eyes

Don't be discouraged

Oh I realize

It's hard to take courage

In a world full of people

You can loose sight of it all

And the darkness inside you

Can make you feel so small

But I see your true colors

Shining through

I see your true colors"

But here is the problem I see the true color of Bibi, Shas and Lieberman .

You are all yellow, the true color of COWARDS.

'Netanyahu should be put on trial'

Hanin Zoabi says prime minister, senior IDF officials should be tried for oppressing Palestinians as court hears petition over partial revocation of Knesset privileges
Aviad Glickman

According to Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi "The people who should be here in court are the people who are oppressing the Palestinian people – Ehud Barak, Benjamin Netanyahu and Gabi Ashkenazi."

The Balad MK made the comments on Tuesday at the end of a High Court hearing into the revocation of some of her parliamentary privileges, over her participation in the Gaza flotilla two years ago.

Zoabi was on board the Mavi Marmara when Turkish activists assaulted IDF commandoes that were trying to take control of the ship in June 2010.

Among the privileges revoked by the Knesset was the privilege of holding a diplomatic passport, being waived through Ben Gurion security, legal expenses and participation in any Knesset plenum activities with the exception of voting rights.

Zoabi promised that she "would take part in any future flotilla," and said: "I believe the Knesset decision is a political penalty, political vengeance. There have been attorney general opinions stating that I didn't break the law.

"My participation in the flotilla is not accepted by the consensus and the Knesset's decision in itself voids any claims of pluralism."

The High Court convened with an extended panel of seven judges lead by President Asher Grunis. During the hearing the Knesset's legal advisor Eyal Yinon said: "Revoking privileges from a Knesset Member is a very rare process in the Knesset, this is the sixth time that the Knesset has taken these steps."

According to Yinon: "The procedure against Zoabi should not be seen as a penal act, it is a preventive process meant to avoid these acts in the future."

Attorney Danny Geva who is representing the plaintiff said: "We believe that the freedom of expression refers to expression as well as acts." A statement which led Justice Grunis to reply sarcastically: "That is, indeed, news."

Geva went on to add: "The Knesset cannot revoke the privileges of a Knesset Member elected by the public. Revoking those privileges is revoking the rights of the public which they represent."

The Judges will hand down their ruling at a later date.
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The trial that should be taking place, is Zoabi's trial for treason.

Revoking some of her privileges as a member of Knesset is like trying to treat cancer with aspirin.

She sits in the Knesset and she is a traitor.

She needs to be bared from office, put on trial for treason, and then executed for her crimes.

June 04, 2012

Scammed

Illegal migrants face up to three years in prison under new law

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approves construction of tents to house illegal immigrants taken into custody • MK Aryeh Eldad: We should shoot anyone who crosses over the border • Migrants' home in Jerusalem torched in suspected arson attack.

The Population, Immigration and Border Authority announced on Sunday that it has begun implementing a law that calls for harsher measures against illegal immigrants and Israelis who assist or employ them. The law, which was approved by the Knesset in January, allows the state to incarcerate illegal immigrants for up to three years without trial.

The authority said it would jail only illegal immigrants who entered the country from this point on. Those arrested will initially be taken to the Saharonim detention center in the Negev, where room for 2,000 more people has been recently made available. Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Haddad told AFP that the order had previously been to jail illegal migrants who entered Israel for 10 days, before then setting them free inside the country.

The move comes as Israel battles to curb a major influx of Africans from across the Egyptian border. According to Interior Ministry statistics, there are some 60,000 African migrants who have entered Israel illegally. During May alone more than 2,000 Africans entered the country, while 8,644 people have crossed the border illegally since the beginning of this year.

During a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved the expedited construction of larger detention centers, which will include tents to house the immigrants. Netanyahu said the move was part of his plan to curb the influx of illegal immigrants to Israel.

At the time the law allowing authorities to detain migrants for up to three years was approved earlier this year, Netanyahu praised it, saying, "This is a welcome and important change. It is essential to our efforts to maintain the character of the State of Israel and to ensure its future as a Jewish and democratic state."

Interior Minister Eli Yishai, who has often tried to expel non-Jewish immigrants, sparking accusations of racism, on Sunday met Eritrean ambassador Tesfamariam Tekeste Debbas "to find joint ways to return infiltrators," Yishai's office said, according to AFP.

Yishai asked the ambassador to convey the message to Eritreans that "Israel cannot be a destination for them, and future infiltrators are liable to find themselves in prison," a statement said.

On Sunday, critics of the new law to jail illegal migrants lashed out against the government, while the representative in Israel of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said that the Israeli law contradicted Israel's commitments as a signatory to the U.N. treaty on refugees.

The Hotline for Migrant Workers denounced the law in a statement, saying, "The law to prevent illegal immigration is a law that was born in sin. The start of its enforcement is also a dark day for Israel. Instead of investigating each request for immigration and granting refugee status to those who are eligible, as all civilized countries do and as is required by the U.N. Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, to which Israel is also a signatory, the country chooses the mass incarceration of thousands of people, including women and children, whose only sin was to flee murderous, evil regimes. The solution is not only inhumane, it is also inefficient and will not solve anything."

"A country may legislate a law against infiltration, but it cannot implement it against asylum-seekers and refugees," said William Tall, the UNHCR representative in Israel, according to Army Radio. "If Israel begins implementing the law, we will be forced to challenge the government through legal means."

Daniel Solomon, legal adviser to the Immigration and Border Authority, said Sunday, "What Israel is doing today is essentially freezing the status quo in place. It doesn't return these people to their countries of origin, not to Sudan and not to Eritrea. Each person has his or her own story. On the other hand, we understand the implications of investigating each case individually and allowing people to upgrade their status in Israel. The government is responsible for that."

Speaking at a conference of the Academic Center of Law and Business, Solomon explained that Israel simply cannot take the drastic measures the government is calling for. "The government is neither here nor there. It has an obligation not to return these people without knowing the details of their cases, but on the other hand, everyone knows what will happen if we grant them licenses to work here."

Solomon said the government does not examine requests for political asylum made by Eritreans and North Sudanese, who constitute most of the illegal immigrants. This, he said, impedes its ability to determine if they are migrant workers or refugees.

As the government grapples with how to handle the growing influx of migrants illegally crossing the border from Egypt and making their way to Israeli cities, one member of Knesset on Sunday said the only way to stop migrants from entering the country was with bullets.

"I propose that Israel shoots at anyone who tries to cross the border," MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union), a medical doctor, said on Sunday, while on a tour of the border fence being constructed in southern Israel with other lawmakers and army officials. "If the IDF does not have standing orders to shoot to kill illegal immigrants or anyone else who tries to cross the border, the situation will persist and illegal immigrants will continue to arrive. Anyone who touches the fence violates the State of Israel's sovereignty."

Eldad and other members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee toured southern Israel along Route 12, the site of a terror attack that killed eight Israelis last August, and visited the security fence being constructed along the border. Following a spate of crimes, including rapes, allegedly committed by Africans and several anti-migrant demonstrations that have turned violent, Israel has recently stepped up the pace of construction on the fence, aiming to complete the entire 240 kilometers by September.

"The fence being constructed cannot stop anything, not infiltrators and not terror," Eldad said.

Netanyahu has previously said that the phenomenon of "illegal infiltrators" is "grave and threatens the social fabric of society, our national security and our national identity."

On Sunday, OC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Tal Russo accompanied the Knesset committee members and briefed them about the border fence construction and the challenges the army faces in the area in preventing terrorists and illegal immigrants from crossing into Israel.

During the tour, MK Ronnie Bar-On (Kadima) who chairs the committee, said, "The Egyptians are busy protecting Cairo. Soon the fence will be completed and we hope that instead of thousands of illegal immigrants, the number will be reduced to hundreds, and eventually only a few will make it across."

In addition to Bar-On and Eldad, MKs Ofir Akunis (Likud), Nissim Zeev (Shas), Moshe Matalon (Yisrael Beitenu), Orit Zuaretz (Kadima), Miri Regev (Likud) and Meir Sheetrit (Kadima) also took part in the tour.

Meanwhile, early Sunday, a Jerusalem apartment housing Eritrean immigrants was torched in what police say is a suspected arson attack. Four migrants reportedly suffered from smoke inhalation and minor burns on their hands, and were taken to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

The assailants, who have yet to be apprehended, scrawled the words "Get out of the neighborhood" on the door. Jerusalem Police have appointed a special team to investigate the incident.

Opposition leader Shelly Yachimovich called the incident "chilling" and said it must be condemned, according to Israel Radio. She said the government had failed to form a coherent, reasonable and humane immigration policy.

Residents told reporters that they lived in fear of the African immigrants, who, they claimed, were frequently drunk and unruly until the early hours of the morning.

The incident also comes in the wake of reports that the Oz Unit (the immigration law enforcement unit of the Interior Ministry) has nearly stopped operating in Jerusalem as all of its forces have been transferred to central Israel in recent months.

"Investigators travel each day to the center and work there rather than in Jerusalem," said Doron Ezra, head of the Oz unit workers' union. "It's only a matter of time before Jerusalem becomes a place of refuge for illegal immigrants."

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I think we are being scammed.

The majority of Africans come from three countries, Ivory Coast, South Sudan and Eritrea.

These three countries meet the international criteria, to be considered refugees.

I want an investigation into how these people are getting across Africa from west to east and then through the Sinai.

No body walked from Ivory Coast to Israel.

So how did these people get to Israel?

What is the motive of the people funding the travel of these people and also representing the poor refugees, when they get to that mean Zionist State Israel?

Why make a law to jail people for 3 years. where are we going to put them and who is going to pay to feed them.

UNDERSTAND, JAIL IN ISRAEL IS HEAVEN, COMPARED TO AFRICA.

Good First Step.


Haifa threatens businesses that employ African migrants

Municipality tells local business owners they must fire illegal workers or risk losing license. Employer: In the end they'll have to roam Israel like gypsies
Ahiya Raved

While only a few hundred foreign migrants reside in Haifa, the city is already taking steps aimed at preventing it from becoming another south Tel Aviv: A missive that was recently distributed among local businesses said they would lose their license unless they fire any foreigners who are being employed illegally.

According to a Channel 2 report, which was aired Monday, city inspectors visited local businesses to check whether they were employing foreigners who did not carry a work permit.

The measure followed protests in a number of other Israeli cities against the constant influx of African migrants into the country.

The memorandum read: "According to information obtained by our offices, it appears that you are employing foreigners who do not have work permits. You are required to put an immediate end to these workers' activity."

In the letter, the city threatened to take legal action against business owners who fail to comply. One of the measures, the municipality stressed, includes revoking the said business' licenses, a move that would ultimately lead to their closure.

A local business owner said city inspectors began searching for illegal foreign workers last week. "I have an Eritrean worker who has both work and residency permits. I told this to the inspector, but it did not interest him. A few days later I received a phone call from a senior city official who warned that my license would be revoked if I didn't fire (the worker), and yesterday I got the letter telling me that I have to fire him or risk losing my license.

"Without a license it would be very difficult for me to keep the business up and running," he said.

The business owner said he employs Jews, Muslims, Christians and one Eritrean. "They are good workers who are willing to do everything and treat their work seriously. There is a sense that they are trying to drive the (African workers) away from the area by threatening us. Eventually they will be forced to roam the country like gypsies," he said.

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Good first step.

Israel, needs to make life miserable for these people.

We do not need, to make life comfortable for Africans in Israel.

For comfortable to us, is a life of luxury for Africans.

I know since, I live and work in Africa.

Illegal migrants face up to three years in prison under new law

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approves construction of tents to house illegal immigrants taken into custody • MK Aryeh Eldad: We should shoot anyone who crosses over the border • Migrants' home in Jerusalem torched in suspected arson attack.
Yori Yalon, Gideon Allon, Ronit Zilberstein and Yael Branovsky

The Population, Immigration and Border Authority announced on Sunday that it has begun implementing a law that calls for harsher measures against illegal immigrants and Israelis who assist or employ them. The law, which was approved by the Knesset in January, allows the state to incarcerate illegal immigrants for up to three years without trial.

The authority said it would jail only illegal immigrants who entered the country from this point on. Those arrested will initially be taken to the Saharonim detention center in the Negev, where room for 2,000 more people has been recently made available. Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Haddad told AFP that the order had previously been to jail illegal migrants who entered Israel for 10 days, before then setting them free inside the country.

The move comes as Israel battles to curb a major influx of Africans from across the Egyptian border. According to Interior Ministry statistics, there are some 60,000 African migrants who have entered Israel illegally. During May alone more than 2,000 Africans entered the country, while 8,644 people have crossed the border illegally since the beginning of this year.

During a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved the expedited construction of larger detention centers, which will include tents to house the immigrants. Netanyahu said the move was part of his plan to curb the influx of illegal immigrants to Israel.

At the time the law allowing authorities to detain migrants for up to three years was approved earlier this year, Netanyahu praised it, saying, "This is a welcome and important change. It is essential to our efforts to maintain the character of the State of Israel and to ensure its future as a Jewish and democratic state."

Interior Minister Eli Yishai, who has often tried to expel non-Jewish immigrants, sparking accusations of racism, on Sunday met Eritrean ambassador Tesfamariam Tekeste Debbas "to find joint ways to return infiltrators," Yishai's office said, according to AFP.

Yishai asked the ambassador to convey the message to Eritreans that "Israel cannot be a destination for them, and future infiltrators are liable to find themselves in prison," a statement said.

On Sunday, critics of the new law to jail illegal migrants lashed out against the government, while the representative in Israel of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said that the Israeli law contradicted Israel's commitments as a signatory to the U.N. treaty on refugees.

The Hotline for Migrant Workers denounced the law in a statement, saying, "The law to prevent illegal immigration is a law that was born in sin. The start of its enforcement is also a dark day for Israel. Instead of investigating each request for immigration and granting refugee status to those who are eligible, as all civilized countries do and as is required by the U.N. Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, to which Israel is also a signatory, the country chooses the mass incarceration of thousands of people, including women and children, whose only sin was to flee murderous, evil regimes. The solution is not only inhumane, it is also inefficient and will not solve anything."

"A country may legislate a law against infiltration, but it cannot implement it against asylum-seekers and refugees," said William Tall, the UNHCR representative in Israel, according to Army Radio. "If Israel begins implementing the law, we will be forced to challenge the government through legal means."

Daniel Solomon, legal adviser to the Immigration and Border Authority, said Sunday, "What Israel is doing today is essentially freezing the status quo in place. It doesn't return these people to their countries of origin, not to Sudan and not to Eritrea. Each person has his or her own story. On the other hand, we understand the implications of investigating each case individually and allowing people to upgrade their status in Israel. The government is responsible for that."

Speaking at a conference of the Academic Center of Law and Business, Solomon explained that Israel simply cannot take the drastic measures the government is calling for. "The government is neither here nor there. It has an obligation not to return these people without knowing the details of their cases, but on the other hand, everyone knows what will happen if we grant them licenses to work here."

Solomon said the government does not examine requests for political asylum made by Eritreans and North Sudanese, who constitute most of the illegal immigrants. This, he said, impedes its ability to determine if they are migrant workers or refugees.

As the government grapples with how to handle the growing influx of migrants illegally crossing the border from Egypt and making their way to Israeli cities, one member of Knesset on Sunday said the only way to stop migrants from entering the country was with bullets.

"I propose that Israel shoots at anyone who tries to cross the border," MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union), a medical doctor, said on Sunday, while on a tour of the border fence being constructed in southern Israel with other lawmakers and army officials. "If the IDF does not have standing orders to shoot to kill illegal immigrants or anyone else who tries to cross the border, the situation will persist and illegal immigrants will continue to arrive. Anyone who touches the fence violates the State of Israel's sovereignty."

Eldad and other members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee toured southern Israel along Route 12, the site of a terror attack that killed eight Israelis last August, and visited the security fence being constructed along the border. Following a spate of crimes, including rapes, allegedly committed by Africans and several anti-migrant demonstrations that have turned violent, Israel has recently stepped up the pace of construction on the fence, aiming to complete the entire 240 kilometers by September.

"The fence being constructed cannot stop anything, not infiltrators and not terror," Eldad said.

Netanyahu has previously said that the phenomenon of "illegal infiltrators" is "grave and threatens the social fabric of society, our national security and our national identity."

On Sunday, OC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Tal Russo accompanied the Knesset committee members and briefed them about the border fence construction and the challenges the army faces in the area in preventing terrorists and illegal immigrants from crossing into Israel.

During the tour, MK Ronnie Bar-On (Kadima) who chairs the committee, said, "The Egyptians are busy protecting Cairo. Soon the fence will be completed and we hope that instead of thousands of illegal immigrants, the number will be reduced to hundreds, and eventually only a few will make it across."

In addition to Bar-On and Eldad, MKs Ofir Akunis (Likud), Nissim Zeev (Shas), Moshe Matalon (Yisrael Beitenu), Orit Zuaretz (Kadima), Miri Regev (Likud) and Meir Sheetrit (Kadima) also took part in the tour.

Meanwhile, early Sunday, a Jerusalem apartment housing Eritrean immigrants was torched in what police say is a suspected arson attack. Four migrants reportedly suffered from smoke inhalation and minor burns on their hands, and were taken to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

The assailants, who have yet to be apprehended, scrawled the words "Get out of the neighborhood" on the door. Jerusalem Police have appointed a special team to investigate the incident.

Opposition leader Shelly Yachimovich called the incident "chilling" and said it must be condemned, according to Israel Radio. She said the government had failed to form a coherent, reasonable and humane immigration policy.

Residents told reporters that they lived in fear of the African immigrants, who, they claimed, were frequently drunk and unruly until the early hours of the morning.

The incident also comes in the wake of reports that the Oz Unit (the immigration law enforcement unit of the Interior Ministry) has nearly stopped operating in Jerusalem as all of its forces have been transferred to central Israel in recent months.

"Investigators travel each day to the center and work there rather than in Jerusalem," said Doron Ezra, head of the Oz unit workers' union. "It's only a matter of time before Jerusalem becomes a place of refuge for illegal immigrants."

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=4556

June 01, 2012

MERF

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


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

You can listen to the show by going to the MERF web page
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Rest In Peace

IDF soldier, terrorist killed in Gaza border gun battle

Golani soldier killed in incident is named as Staff Sgt. Netanel Moshiashvili • Terrorist breaches the security fence along border with Gaza, opens fire on Israeli troops, and is killed by return fire • The plan may have been to abduct an Israeli soldier.
Israel Hayom Staff and News Agencies

Israeli soldiers man a tank position at the border with Gaza in southern Israel on Friday.

An Israeli soldier and a Palestinian terrorist were killed in a gunbattle on Friday that erupted near the southern Gaza border, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

The soldier killed in the incident was later identified as Staff Sgt. Netanel Moshiashvili, 21, from Ashkelon who served as a medic in the Golani Brigade. Moshiashvili's funeral was scheduled to take place Friday afternoon at the military cemetery in Ashkelon.

The incident began when a Palestinian terrorist infiltrated into Israel early Friday, setting off a shoot-out that left him and Moshiashvili dead, the IDF said.

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