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January 30, 2013


Israel to Transfer to PA $100 Million in Withheld Funds
Israel released $100 million of duties collected on behalf of the PA, which were frozen following their bid for statehood at the UN.
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By Annie Lubin
First Publish: 1/30/2013, 11:54 AM

Israel announced on Wednesday it had released $100 million of the tariffs and tax monies it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, which were frozen last year following their unilateral bid for statehood at the UN.

According to AFP, an Israeli official said it was a one-off measure to ease the financial crisis faced by the Palestinians and was not a sign that the transfers would be renewed entirely.

"This decision was taken by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu because of the Palestinian Authority's very difficult financial situation," an official at the Prime Minister's office told AFP.

"But this transfer is temporary and affects only funds owed for one month," he added, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"The prime minister did not commit to continue these transfers."

As part of an interim peace deal, every month, Israel transfers around $100 million in customs duties which are levied on goods destined for PA markets that transit through Israeli ports, and which constitute a large percentage of the PA budget.

Israel began withholding funds after Abbas unilaterally sought statehood at the UN in November of last year, reasoning that the country would use the money to begin to pay off the $200 million the PA owes the Israel Electric Corporation.

The withholding of funds was predicted to last until March at least, but amid desperate cries by the PA of economic troubles and after urgent pleas by Tony Blair, special envoy for the Quartet on the Middle East, it seems that Netanyahu decided otherwise.

Israel froze payments to the PA in 2011 as well, when the U.N. cultural body UNESCO granted the PA full membership.


So Israeli wins a big one. The PA has withdrawn it's bid for statehood at the UN.

Wait, what do you mean they haven't withdrawn their bid for statehood at the UN.

Well, at least Bibi took the money and paid off the $200 million the PA owes the Israeli Electric company.

What do you mean, no they still owe us money?

I thought Bibi was a tough guy, no I didn't what a punk.

This is a bribe to the PA, not to let the terrorist loose.

I say call their bluff and then crush them, when they start causing injury and death to Jews.

Officials to AP: Israel hit SA-17 missiles shipment


News agency quotes US and regional security officials as saying Israel conducted airstrike inside Syria hitting convoy of trucks; officials estimate target was SA-17 missiles which would be 'game-changing' in hands of Hezbollah
Roi Kais

Israel conducted an airstrike inside Syria overnight near the border with Lebanon, hitting a convoy of trucks, US and regional officials said Wednesday.

The regional officials said Israel had been planning in the days leading up to the airstrike to hit a shipment of weapons bound for Hezbollah in Lebanon. They said the shipment included sophisticated, Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles, which would be strategically "game-changing" in the hands of Hezbollah.

A US official said the strike hit a convoy of trucks.

SA-17 missiles are self-propelled and have the capacity to hit jets at a low altitude. The system's portability makes it harder to trace and enables it to surprise jets within its range. These attributes could jeopardize IAF jets should they operate against Hezbollah in Lebanon.

A former senior security official in Lebanon told the Washington Post that the attack involved a missile fired by an unmanned Israel aircraft at a truck the Lebanon-Syria border. There were no casualties, according to him. The strike was on the Syrian side of the border, said the former official, who still has close ties to Lebanon’s senior security team and said he was told about the attack by a high-ranking official.

He said the truck was carrying weapons, although it was unclear what kind of weapons. It also was not immediately clear whether the truck was being used by the Syrian military or by Syrian rebel forces, who have been locked in a brutal, bloody civil conflict for almost two years.

Earlier on Wednesday, foreign and Arab media sources said Israeli forces attacked a target on the Syrian-Lebanese border overnight adding that 12 IAF jets breached Lebanon's airspace on Tuesday.


I think as the final days of Assad fall on Syria we will see more of these types of activities on both sides.

More attempts to transfer weapons to Hezbollah, and more actions by Israel to hit the trucks inside Syria.

January 28, 2013

Israeli sources reportedly confirm blast at Iranian nuclear facility
London Times report cites intelligence officials who say Iran hasn’t evacuated area around Fordo plant; unclear if explosion was ‘sabotage or accident’
By Yoel Goldman and Times of Israel staff January 28, 2013, 5:34 am 12

Israeli intelligence officials have confirmed that a major explosion has rocked an Iranian nuclear facility, according to a report Monday in The Times of London.

The British daily cited officials in Tel Aviv who said the blast occurred last week, as originally reported on the website wnd.com.

Iran is not believed to have evacuated the area surrounding the Fordo plant, according to the same Israeli sources, who said that an investigation into the blast was ongoing.

“We are still in the preliminary stages of understanding what happened and how significant it is,” one Israeli official told the London Times. He did not know if the explosion was “sabotage or accident” and refused to comment on reports that Israeli aircraft were seen near Fordo at the time of the blast.

On Sunday, two senior Iranian officials dismissed reports of the explosion.

Deputy head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency Seyyed Shamseddin Barbroudi said there had been no explosion at the Fordo facility whatsoever, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

The chairman of the Iranian parliament’s Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, referred to rumors of the blast as “Western-made propaganda” and said they were “baseless lies” meant to impact ongoing talks on Iran’s nuclear program, reported IRNA.

The original wnd.com report published Friday claimed that a blast deep within Fordo last Monday “destroyed much of the installation and trapped about 240 personnel deep underground,” citing information from former intelligence officer Hamidreza Zakeri, who it said used to work with the Islamic regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and National Security.

The article claimed the blast “shook facilities within a radius of three miles,” that Iranian security forces had “enforced a no-traffic radius of 15 miles,” that the Tehran-Qom highway was shut down for several hours after the blast, and that, “as of Wednesday afternoon, rescue workers had failed to reach the trapped personnel.” It said US officials were aware of the reported blast.

Asked about the incident on Sunday, Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter, a former head of Israel’s Shin Bet security service, said, “Any explosion in Iran that doesn’t hurt people but hurts its assets is welcome.” Dichter was acting defense minister Sunday, in the absence of Ehud Barak.

Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, but that claim has been rejected by much of the international community. The Islamic Republic’s consistent refusal to allow international inspectors into the Fordo nuclear facility has frustrated Western powers and officials at the International Atomic Energy Agency.

I don't care how many Iranians die in these types of bast, better they all die than one Israeli.

Notice I said Israeli which means our Arab citizens as well as our Jewish citizens.

January 25, 2013

Ex-Iranian diplomat warns Israel: If Iran gets the bomb, it will fire on you

Tehran’s former consul in Oslo, interviewed on Israeli TV, says Islamic regime is ‘willing to destroy many countries’
January 25, 2013, 11:45 pm

An Iranian diplomat who defected in Norway in 2010 warned Israel on Friday that if the Iranians got the bomb they would use it against the Jewish state.

In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 TV, Mohammad Reza Heydari, the former Iranian consul in Oslo who resigned and obtained political asylum there three years ago, said that ”If Iran is given more time, it will acquire the knowledge necessary to build a nuclear bomb within a year.” Asked whether it would use the bomb against Israel, he said: “If Iran gets to the point where it has an atomic bomb, it will certainly use it, against Israel or any other [enemy] country.”

Heydari — who defected soon after he was asked to identify his son in photos taken during the protests that followed the 2009 vote in which Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was reelected — said the regime in Tehran was aiming to develop two or three bombs. It saw nuclear weapons as “insurance” to guarantee its survival.

Regime leaders “believe that when they acquire a nuclear bomb, [others] will start to behave toward them as they do toward North Korea,” said Heydari. “As a matter of fact, the leading way of thinking in Iran is [devoted to] protecting their own security, and nobody else’s,” he added.

“They are busying themselves with ideological preparations for the arrival of the hidden Imam and are preparing the ground for that in a practical way; for this purpose, they are willing to spill much blood and destroy many countries.”

Heydari, who was previously stationed at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport as the representative of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, said that while he worked there he noticed that Hezbollah groups would come to Iran, acquire knowledge and send it back to Lebanon, under the auspices of the Revolutionary Guards. He said that Hezbollah had contacts with terrorist outfits in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the Taliban and al-Qaeda, with which it had close ties.

Heydari, who went on to serve as an Iranian diplomat in Georgia, Germany and finally Norway, said he knew of civilian airplanes from South America arriving with no passengers but with weaponry and material for the nuclear program. He spoke in the interview of uranium purchased for and transported to Iran by Venezuela.

“Venezuela might buy uranium from another country, and after that, send it to Iran by civil flight,” Heydari said. He suggested that the uranium was bought from “the mafia.”

He also said he had been told when serving as a diplomat to try to recruit western nuclear scientists for large salaries and had personally arranged for dozens of North Korean nuclear personnel to come to Iran. He said Iran used diplomatic mail to import material relating to its nuclear program.

“If the US and Western countries believe Iran belongs to the Axis of Evil, as George Bush said, and that it aids international terrorists, they have to oust this regime,” said Heydari. He said that with strong enough sanctions, such as closing all Iranian embassies abroad and preventing Iranian ministers from leaving the country with the threat of their arrests, it would be possible “to help the Iranians.” In order to achieve results, he said, Iran must be treated “like the apartheid regime in South Africa.”

Heydari described his rise up the Foreign Ministry ranks, saying that he was considered loyal to the regime because he had participated and sustained wounds in the Iran-Iraq war. He said that though he wasn’t a religious man himself, he and other government employees had been instructed to “uphold the religious principles,” pray several times a day, fast when necessary, grow beards and “dress like Hezbollah men.”

He said he gradually began to realize that he was “not alone” — that many other Foreign Ministry employees were only pretending to be religious and ideologically loyal to the regime.

He was posted as consul to Norway in 2008. In 2010, he resigned and has stayed in Oslo since, in a location strictly guarded by the Norwegian authorities.

During the interview, Heydari claimed that five other Iranian diplomats — in Brussels, London, Geneva, Milan and Paris — had defected recently.

The interview was brokered by an Iranian Jewish woman who immigrated to Israel 13 years ago, and arranged it via Norway’s security authorities. It took place in an Oslo hotel; Heydari had insisted on a public location, the report said.

Heydari acknowledged that his relatives still in Iran have asked him not to speak out publicly, but said he felt the imperative to speak, and had no problem with the interview being screened in Israel.


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January 24, 2013

Disgusting Defacement' by Arabs of Tomb of Yosef

Visitors to the Tomb of Yosef in Shechem were shocked to discover yet
another instance of major Arab vandalism to the holy site
By David Lev First Publish: 1/24/2013, 9:47 AM

Visitors to the Tomb of Yosef in Shechem were shocked to discover Wednesday
night yet another instance of major Arab vandalism to the holy site. Arabs
trashed furniture, destroyed books, and defaced the site with anti-Semitic
graffiti, and there was evidence that they had tried to burn the structure
down. In addition, human and animal waste was found all over the floor of
the site.

Mesika joined with more than 2,500 other people Wednesday night who visited
the site. The visit was organized by the Samaria Regional Council and the
Shechem Echad organization, and the visitors were accompanied by IDF
soldiers and police. Accompanying Mesika to the site was the Admor

Samaria Council Chairman Gershon Mesika called IDF officials to express his
shock at the damage. “Only barbarians are capable of doing terrible things
like this, destroying a holy place,” said Mesika. The State of Israel must
reclaim the Tomb of Yosef, as described in the Oslo Accords. We must return
with strength and faith and reestablish our presence, and that yeshiva, at
the Tomb,” he said.

Deputy Council Director Yossi Dagan pointed a finger of blame at the PA
police who are supposed to be guarding the site. “The Palestinian terrorist
police are responsible for the site when IDF soldiers are not present. They
have proven a long time ago that they have lost all semblance of humanity.
These are the terrorists in uniforms who murdered Yosef Ben Livnat h”yd, and
now they dump their waste and try to burn down the Tomb.”

The large crowd of Jews that had arrived to worship were forced to wait
outside for long minutes as soldiers and police cleaned up the site.

Speaking at the event, the Admor m'Rachlov spoke to the crowd, saying that
those who merited praying at the site should merit “to serve G-d fully, with
all our beings, and to be a merit for the success of those who are ensuring
the safety of this site.”

January 23, 2013

Arab Spring, Equals Dead Jews


January 22, 2013

What a Mess

Polls: Netanyahu reelected, Lapid surprises with 19 mandates

Exit polls marking conclusion of 2013 elections give Likud-Beiteinu 31 mandates; Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party comes in second with 18-19 Knesset seats. Netanyahu: Voters want me to keep serving as PM
Ynet reporters

Exit polls marking the conclusion of the 2013 general elections are predicting that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been reelected, but the vote's biggest surprised was the success noted by Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party, which according to the polls won 18-19 mandates.

Israel's news networks projected the joint Likud-Yisrael Beteinu ticket to have won 31 Knesset seats – a sharp drop from the 42 mandates that two parties currently hold.

The winner of the day was the centrist Yesh Atid, whose projected number of mandates was almost double what the final pre-election polls predicted.

Shelly Yachimovich, who in recent weeks voiced hopes of becoming Israel's next prime minister, failed to garner enough mandates to make Labor the country's second largest party, but according to the polls Labor has been able to secure 17 Knesset seats.

Naftali Bennett's Habayit Hayehudi is believed to have won 12 Knesset seats.

The results are expected to make it tough for Netanyahu to form a coalition, considering that the race between the Right and Left blocs was tighter than initially expected. The polls showed the the Right bloc won a combined 61 Knesset seats, while the Center-Left bloc won 59 mandates.

Shas was said to have won 11-13 seats, followed by Hatnua with six or seven. Kadima, the news network said, has failed to pass the minimum electoral threshold and will therefore have no representation in the 19th Knesset.

Meretz appeared to have doubled its power by winning seven mandates, according to channels 1 and 2. Channel 10 saw the party receive six Knesset seats. This is the biggest win for the party, which is headed by Zahava Gal-On, since 1999.

The elections' final results are not expected to be announced until the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Preliminary results are as follows:

Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu: 31
Yesh Atid: 18-19
Labor: 17
Habayit Hayehudi: 12
Shas: 11-13
Hatnua: 6-7
Meretz: 6-7
United Torah Judaism: 6
Hadash: 3-5
United Arab List-Taal: 3-4
Balad: 2
Otzma Leyisrael: 0-2
Kadima: 0

PM: Voters want me to stay

Yair Lapid commented on the initial results with a single phrase posted on his Facebook page: "Thank you." Rabbi Shay Piron, Yesh Atid's No. 2, told Ynet that Tuesday's elections were a "historic event," noting that the party was initially slated to get only five or six mandates.

Netanyahu attempted to downplay the fact his ruling party had significantly weakened. The prime minister thanked his constituents in a Facebook post, emphasizing his reelection.

"According to the polls, the citizens of Israel asserted that they want me to keep serving as prime minister and to form the broadest coalition possible," he said. "These results pose an opportunity to make many changes that would benefit the Israeli public… Many challenges are ahead."

Netanyahu pledged to launch efforts to form a government as soon as Tuesday night.

As the results emerged, Meretz's Gal-On urged the centrist parties not to join the prime minister's coalition.

"We have a mission: To start talking about peace again," she said.

Officials with Habayit Hayehudi expressed contentment with the rightist party's gains, which mirrored predictions made ahead of the elections.

"We promised that something new was starting, and today something new was started by the people of Israel," Bennett, the party's chairman, told dozens of supporters waiting outside his Raanana home. "We, Habayit Hayehudi, have returned to the center of the political stage."

Members of Shas were equally pleased that they managed to preserve, and most likely to boost, the ultra-Orthodox party's power.

"The people have decided to empower Shas," Avraham Kreuzer, a manager of the party's campaign, told Ynet.

Sources close to Shas' spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, said that he "heard the results and rejoiced before resuming his (Torah) studies."

Hatnua Chairwoman Tzipi Livni thanked activists and told them that she "is back for good."

"I will stay in order to complete the mission we have taken upon ourselves – to make Israel a country that is part of the free world and isn't closed off and isolated, a country that leads the process towards peace," she said, noting that her party deserved more Knesset seats.

The number two on the party's list, Amir Peretz, said the Center-Right bloc can pose an alternative to Netanyahu.

High voter turnout

The final voter turnout on Election Day stood at 66.6%, the highest since 1999.

Polling stations across Israel opened at 7 am on Tuesday, beckoning a total of 5,656,705 eligible voters to cast ballots in 10,132 ballot boxes across the country. The stations closed at 10 pm, allowing the count to begin.

While the winner appeared to be pretty much decided, international media outlets on Tuesday pondered the implications of another Netanyahu administration for the diplomatic process.

A Washington Post editorial claimed Netanyahu is one of only two Likud members who support the establishment of a Palestinian state, out of the top 30 candidates on the Likud list.

The question, it said, was whether Netanyahu would include Center-Left parties in the coalition, or risk isolation both within his party and internationally.

January 21, 2013

15 Year Old

I usually write my comments after an article, but since I am putting the comments from people on the article. I will start with my thoughts.

The comments show the left in Israel is really brain dead and as one person said the mental development of Gal-On stopped at about 15 years old.

Meretz leader: Why must we rule others?

Ynet reporter visits Zahava Gal-On's Petah Tikva home to discuss Meretz's role as 'moral and ideological beacon'; Meretz can win 10 seats in Tuesday's elections, she says
Attila Somfalvi

"Meretz can be big and powerful because there is an audience that believes in what we represent: Social justice and a diplomatic agreement," Chairwoman Zahava Gal-On told Ynet ahead of Tuesday's national elections.

Related articles:

Parties vie for women's votes
Poll: Labor, Meretz, Habayit Hayehudi gaining ground
Meretz head: Oslo was not a mistake

Recent polls indicate that the leftist party will win six Knesset seats, but Gal-On said nine or 10 mandates would not come as a surprise.

צילום: חגי דקל ויהונתן צור עריכה: אסף קוזין הפקה: מגלי סקידלסקי בימוי: אלעד רובינשטיין

Full interview with Zahava Gal-On (Video: Hagai Dekel, Yehonatan Zur)

"The picture is becoming clearer, and Meretz is standing out as and ideological (and) moral beacon. People are returning to Meretz," she told Ynet. "People suddenly realize how hollow the centrist bloc is."

Gal-On expressed hope that the "tough winter" Israel is going through will pass: "Why must we continue to rule over another nation for so many years? Why should working people have to live beneath the poverty line? So I believe. The spring always comes."

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1. Why we rule others

"Why must we continue to rule over another nation for so many years?" Because they refused every offer to have a state of their own. instead, they plan to rule over us. When they make peace and recognize Israel as a Jewish state, we can stop ruling them with pleasure.
Mickey , Sydney, Australia (01.21.13)

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2. Mentality problem.

This woman seems to suffer from severe mental arrest ie her ideas are those of an idealistic 15 year old. When will she learn ?
G. B. Shaw , Disneyland. (01.21.13)

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3. Whay? !!

You need to rule others because your mentality and idiology constructed on this, you started your happiness on others NAKBAH
sam , jerusalem (01.21.13)

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4. Meretz Leader

Excuse me, but I don't see how protecting our citizens from slaughter and extinction can be filed under "ruling others". Has this woman never looked or listened to what our enemies are screaming for? They want nothing less than All of Israel and All Jews dead--that includes the mental midgets of meretz!
Nili (01.21.13)

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5. Why does Meretz want to rule?

What if Meretz ruled the country?
Wouldn't then Meretz rule others, too?
Why don't Arabs in Egypt rule over indigenous Egyptian Jews?
Why don't Arabs in Syria rule over indigenous Syrian Jews?
Why don't Arabs in Iraq rule over indigenous Iraqi Jews?

Gimme a break, Zahava, I find your point of view cynical!

Guess we had a right wing majority and a minor chance for a left wing government and Peres orders Meretz to build the government.

Would Meretz hesitate to rule over millions of Jews who never would have given them their vote!

Every medal has too sides!
Yael Schlichting , currently Munich (01.21.13)

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6. For Israel there is no concession large

enough to appease the arabs and remain a sovereign state at the same time. The whole "peace process" consist of palestinian arabs saying no to anything Israel offers to maintain the status while brainwashing palestinian children into eternal hate of jews to guarrantee failure of any peace initiative in the future. This simple fact is completely lost not only on the European liberals but on Israel's Left as well.
32 years after the fall of Soviet Union, the marxist ideology is more dangerous than the whole of Cold War. And we all gonna pay.
Nick , Sweden (01.21.13)

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7. "Why must we rule others?"

Why must we rule others? Because, although it happened way earlier than your attention span stretches, Ms Gal-On, the "others" tried to kill you (wipe you off the map) and whenever you've tried not to "rule over" them, they've tried again. So, starting from that point Ms Gal-ON, what do you suggest?
JonC , Sydney Australia (01.21.13)

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8. Why ?

Because we CAN take (steal) their land And settle on it.
X (01.21.13)

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9. if Labor was still left Meretz would be facing extinction

Its unlikely Meretz will get as many as 9-10 seats and become big and powerful but they are doing better than they have done in a long time but not because people have fallen in love with them but because nobody else claims to be left wing.
Before Shelly started calling Labor centrist it was a party mainstream leftist voters could identify themselves with it.
Now the mainstream leftist voter only has Meretz if they want a party that is proud to be left.

zionist forever (01.21.13)

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10. With Meretz there is no Israel

It will all be over.
Rachel , US (01.21.13)

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11. the 'moral beacon, called Meretz

with social justice & diplomatic agreement.

To little modesty & to much presumption with lofty, but empty words.

She dismisses the rest of Israeli society as unmoral, anti social, warmongering liars for only 'they don't keep agreements, agreed on the diplomatic front!!

Who is going to pay for the social justice she wants and who of Israel's enemies is willing to go the diplomatic road with her and afterwards keep it's agreements to?

How dare she! But parties like hers who, rather believe in fairy tales than in harsh realities, always find an audience of dreamers who, without the fighters against the harsh realities, won't be given the right to be a 'moral beacon by Israel's enemies, for their fate will be the same as the rest of Israel, diplomatic, moral, social beacon or not!

tiki , belgium (01.21.13)

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12. Gal-on is..

..full of gallons of BS!
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13. Why must we rule others? Because we can not force them to

Why must we rule others? Because we can not force them to leave.

Israel has 2 classifications for the same group:
- Israeli Arabs
- Palestinians

Both groups have started to identify as the same. This means that unless we can pay them all to leave then we will always have to rule others.
Eric , Tel Aviv & NY (01.21.13)

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14. #1: Don't worry too much. Bibi will give them their state!

Netanyahu has actually given the Palestinians their state. The UN resolution elevates their status from "non-member observer entity" to "non-member observer state,".

Their is your word "State" and that is because our Government has alienated the vast majority of the countries of world. Yes a small number abstained but abstentions was a good as a vote against Israel. Israel, the USA, Canada, the Czech Republic, Panama and several Pacific island nations: Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru and Palau were the only countries to vote against.

So the Palestinians should look at Mr. Netanyahu as their best friends because he has given them everything on a plate at the expense of the people of Israel, where children are hungry, old people are living in squalor, Holocaust Survivors who built this country, the sick and the handicapped.

He has poured billions od dollars into "illegal" settlements, deemed illegal not by the USA, the UN and the EU but by Israeli Law which he has sworn to uphold. He has, with all his fiddling and saying "our economy is the best in the world", succeeded in creating a deficit of NIS39 Billion Shekels and he is still throwing away money in allowances to to people who think being in a Yeshiva is working and don't pay tax!

Some regard Bennett at a fascist and a covert supporter of "Women have no place in society" but at least he will bring change and just maybe stop the corruption.

Quite frankly, I don't think that any of our leaders are great but it looks like the big loser in the election, left right or center, will be Israel and all its people except for Netanyahu's friends.
Dee Bee , Israel (01.21.13)

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15. Arabs opting for war terror and no peace? (End)


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16. to#5

But didn't Livni get more votes than Netanmyahu in the last election?
And Bibi is only 'in' because Livni refused to work with the EXTREMIST settlement and religious parties,and let the tail wag the dog.She may have been criticised for pulling out completely,but at least she was sincere in thoughts and believe.Netanhayu was content to play good cop bad cop with these extremists,in order to be king of the castle.
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17. Ruling over others

It is simple. If you rule over others without their consent, however much it can be justified, you must expect resistance. But such resistance constitutes criminal activity which must be punished, I hear you say. However, that assumes that 'criminals' are members of society, albeit wayward ones. But the people we are talking about are not members of Israeli society, neither do most Israelis wish them to be. Therefore, to moralise about such resistance, however extreme it may be, is both naïve and hypocritical.
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18. We rule others because they're violent

We have one tiny sliver of a state, which is sucessful beyond anybody's wildest dreams. We are surrounded by savage wolves who eat each other up day and night, and want to eat us. Is there country ruled by Arabs or Muslims which isn't totally dysfunctional and primitive and dangerous? Israel is only free country in Mideast. We don't ask for anybody else's land, just the tiny piece that belongs to us, historically and biblically. The wolves have far more land, and see what they have accomplishd with it.
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January 20, 2013

Jews without guns

January 18, 2013

'When the dawn comes I will no longer be alive'

Rare diaries, written by anonymous Jewish fighters, offer somber insight into their heroic struggle during the darkest hours of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising • "We must survive, we hope to survive. We are fighting for justice and for the right to live."
Daniel Siryoti

The diary, written by an anonymous Jewish fighter who perished fighting the Nazis during the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

"April 19, 1943. In another week I'll be 37 years old. Oh well, what does it matter? A new group of people was taken to the Umschlagplatz [the loading point from where Jews were taken to concentration camps]. Among them were acquaintances, friends, those who managed to survive the ghetto, who haven't been killed yet. They tell me: 'Your mother was shot.'"

This stirring account was found in a rare diary, authored by an anonymous, young Jewish fighter during the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The historical artifact was unveiled at Kibbutz Lohamei Hagetaot [a kibbutz founded by Holocaust survivors from Poland and Lithuania and housing the Ghetto Fighters' House Museum] on Thursday at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the "January rebellion."

After finding out that his mother was shot, the anonymous fighter wrote: "I am not shaken. I am realizing that she suffered in vain for nine months, from July until April. She survived the death of her daughter, the death of her husband, having to hide in stinking, suffocating hovels. For naught she suffered the torture of perpetual fear. I suddenly understand that I wasn't gentle enough toward her, that the ghetto robbed me of my softness and sensitivity; that I absorbed the cruelty that is all around, like an X-ray."

The fighter went on to write: "A salvo of gun fire. The bullets are hitting the stones in the streets. The fighters in the ghetto are fighting a battle of few versus many. An automatic rifle is making noise on the roof. The fighter will exact a heavy price in exchange for his life. Next to him are tiny flags — a red and white flag — Polish, and a blue and white flag — the Zionist flag. By this time tomorrow I will already be past it all. I calculate things with equanimity. It's two in the afternoon right now. I look at the clear April sky. Tonight they will take us to Treblinka. When the dawn comes I will no longer be alive. The math is simple — this is the last time I will see the blue sky between the clouds. In one of the rooms a woman's body is placed; she was shot yesterday evening by a Ukrainian. He shot her when she stood near the window, because going near the windows is forbidden. A small toddler, around four years old, is crawling near her. He touches his mother's still body, pulls at her hair. The still body, its rigidness, amuses him. He sticks a finger in the slightly open mouth, touches the glazed eyes that no longer see. And then suddenly he starts crying; it's a wretched sound."

President Shimon Peres took part in the ceremony, during which he was presented with a copy of the historical document. The diary, which is only now seeing the light of day, is 28 pages long and written in Polish. During the ceremony it was revealed that the writer, born in April 1906, was a Jewish lawyer who spoke Russian and Polish and who lost his entire family in the Holocaust.

Passages from a different diary, written by an anonymous female fighter, were also read aloud during the ceremony: "This is our 10th day in the bunker. Ten days of fighting our bloodthirsty enemy, who intends to annihilate us completely. The enemy began the fight with grenades and tanks, and is finishing it by burning homes. We must survive, we hope to survive. We are fighting for justice and for the right to live."

Peres told the surviving fighters of the uprising in attendance: "It is difficult to comprehend the degree of your heroism."


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January 17, 2013

30 hostages reported killed in Algeria assault

Rescue operation of Algerian special forces frees hostages held by al-Qaeda-linked militants who seized a natural gas plant in the Sahara Desert; Dozens dead

Special, maybe as in Special Ed.

President Peres Salutes the Fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising on the 70th Anniversary of the Uprising

President Shimon Peres, today (Thursday, 17 January 2013), at the Ghetto
Fighters' House Museum
at kibbutz Lohamei HaGeta'ot, took part in a ceremony to commemorate 70
years since the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising
along with fighters from the ghetto, Holocaust survivors and their

President Peres spoke to the fighters and said, "To sit between you is to
sit between a legend and a dream. It is hard to fathom the heights of your
bravery. One cannot understand the depth of the Nazi atrocities when
compared alongside the heroic bravery of the Warsaw Ghetto fighters. I stand
in awe of the heroism of the fighters and shocked, to this day, by the Nazi

Two fighters from the uprising who survived the atrocities of the war told
their story in the presence of President Peres - Chavka Folman-Raban and
'Kazik' Simcha Rotem. Chavka Folman-Raban, who served as a young liaison
during the uprising spoke of her sense of mission and of the individual and
group preparation before the uprising began, "For me to be in Israel is a
dream, when I was a fighter in the Warsaw Ghetto, when I was caught and I
sat in German prison, when we were deported and sent to the camps, on the
death march and in the face of murderous atrocities and the flames and the
smoke we never stopped dreaming of the land of Israel. We prayed that we'd
arrive here and set up a kibbutz, and create a new life."

'Kazik' Rotem spoke during his testimony of the preparation work for the
uprising and the rescue of the fighters from the sewage pipes under Warsaw.
At the end of the event, Ayal Zukerman, granddaughter of Zvi and Antek
Zuckerman, spoke and said that she felt, "great pride to present her
grandparents, fighters of the uprising" and stressed that "the memory and
legacy of my grandparents and the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising must
be passed down as a torch to future generations." President Peres turned to
her and said, "The Warsaw Ghetto uprising is one of the peaks of bravery of
the Jewish people. We salute the fighters of the uprising; future
generations will continue to carry the memory of the uprising."

A particularly emotional moment in the ceremony was the presentation to
President Peres, by fighters from the ghetto uprising, of a rare and
authentic diary written by one of the fighters of the uprising from inside
the ghetto detailing the deportations and the stories of those who went to
their deaths while the uprising began. In the diary, which is translated
into Hebrew, the author describes from his viewpoint the actions and bravery
of the Jewish fighters. The diary, which is published for the first time
today for the general public, was discovered alongside other documents as
part a collection which was given to the Ghetto Fighters Museum in the 1970s
by Adolf Berman who survived the war and arrived in Israel.

Don't Call Us

Hollande: France to launch peace initiative after election

France considers renewed Israel-Palestinian peace talks an urgent matter, Israel Radio reports • France condemns new construction in Judea and Samaria, saying, "It fuels tensions on the ground and constitutes an obstacle to peace."
Israel Hayom Staff

France will introduce a new initiative to jump start Middle East peace talks, French President François Hollande told Israel Radio on Wednesday. According to the report, French diplomats said France and the U.K. were in lockstep over the Middle East but had yet to formulate a joint plant.

French Ambassador to Israel Christophe Bigot told Israel Radio on Wednesday his government considered it urgent to have the Palestinians and Israelis renew negotiations. He stressed the need for a concerted effort involving all parties, including the United States, the European Union, Egypt and Jordan. According to Israel Radio, Bigot said Israelis and Palestinians should make concessions and build mutual trust.

Bigot vowed that France would not interfere in the coming Israeli elections and would cooperate with any Israeli prime minister who was elected.

Meanwhile, France sounded a critical note after the Israeli government announced on Wednesday that it would build some 200 new housing units in the Judean and Samarian communities of Kiryat Arba and Efrat. A statement issued by the French Foreign Affairs Ministry on Wednesday said France "condemns the issuing by the Israeli government of invitations to tender for the construction of 198 new homes in two settlements in the southern West Bank."

"It is especially concerned about the impact of these two projects on the territorial contiguity of a future Palestinian state. It therefore calls on the Israeli government to reverse this provocative and illegal decision," the statement said. "France reaffirms that the continuation of settlement activity has a very negative impact on trust between the parties, that it fuels tensions on the ground and constitutes an obstacle to peace."

Cote d' Ivoire, Libya, Algeria, Mali, haven't you done enough evil for at least a decade?

You are at war in Mali, because you went to war in Libya and upset the status qua.

I have an idea, why don't you fix your own country that is full of rude racist idiots, besides you fail even to keep your home free of trash on the street.

So solve your problems, maybe if picking up litter is too far below your French greatness, maybe you can figure out how to regain French sovereignty in many of your own cities that have been taken over by the Muslims.

So when you have fixed all your problems, then maybe give us a call.

January 16, 2013

A Terrorist, is a Terrorist, is a Terrorist

Jewish terrorist' Jack Teitel convicted

Jerusalem District Court finds radical rightist guilty of two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder; rules he was sane at time of the murders
Aviel Magnezi

Yaakov "Jack" Teitel, notoriously known as the "Jewish Terrorist," was convicted of the murder to two Palestinians and the attempted murder of two other people.

The conviction, rendered by the Jerusalem District Court on Wednesday, stated that Teitel was in full control of his faculties at the time of the murders, thus debunking the defense's repeated claims that he was legally insane and therefore should not be held responsible of his actions.

Teitel was arrested in 2009 and was held without bail ever since. The indictment against him consisted of 10 counts, including premeditated murder, attempted murder, illegal possession of firearms, arms manufacturing and incitement to violence.

During the trial, it was also revealed that the police and Shin Bet had information which directly pointed at Teitel as the prime suspect in a series of hate crimes, but he had somehow managed to slip through their fingers.

According to court transcripts, Teitel was convicted of the 1997 murder of Samir Akram, a Palestinian bus driver, who offered him a ride. Shortly after boarding the bus, Teitel instructed Akram to pull over to the side of the road, and shot him at point-black range.

He was also convicted of the 1997 murder of Issa Jabarin, a Palestinian shepherd. Teitel shot him twice in the chest, at close range.

Teitel was also found guilty of the 2008 attempted murder of then15-year-old Ami Ortiz. Teitel placed explosives in a package delivered to Ortiz' home, because he believed that the teen was the leader of a messianic cult. Ortiz suffered serious injuries as a result.

The court further found Teitel guilty of incitement to violence and terror, after he publicly pledged a NIS 20,000 (roughly $5,000) reward to anyone killing gay men and women and "ridding the earth of this Sodom and Gomorrah."

A flyer he printed and distributed to that effect offered detailed instructions on how to construct a Molotov cocktail.

He was also convicted of targeting Prominent Israeli historian Professor Ze'ev Sternhell in 2008 by planting a pipe bomb in a plant outside his house. Luckily, Sternhell was only lightly wounded.

In May 2012, after three years of consistent denials, Teitel confessed to his

crimes. In an unusual move, the confession was signed and filed with the court by his two attorneys – as he stated that he refused to recognize the court's jurisdiction.

However, the State agreed to the defense's request to omit a part of the original indictment, which stated that he was motivated by his objection to groups or individuals whose lifestyles contrasted to his own.

I am going to upset some people.

Too bad, Israel doesn't have the death penalty for terrorist.

I don't care if you are an Arab, a Jew or what you are.

If you are a terrorist, you deserve to die for your crimes.

King Obama

Netanyahu aides: Obama meddling in Israeli elections

Likud politicians attack U.S. President Barack Obama over his remarks to journalist Jeffrey Goldberg • "This has the fingerprints of the Left all over it, Obama is blatantly meddling in the elections" • According to the article, Obama believes "Netanyahu is moving his country down a path toward near-total isolation."
Shlomo Cesana, Mati Tuchfeld and Yoni Hirsch

The White House is not denying a report that President Barack Obama repeatedly said that "Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are," POLITICO reported Tuesday.

White House spokesman Tommy Vietor, in a statement to POLITICO on Tuesday, did not confirm or deny that Obama made the comment "or what was allegedly discussed in private meetings."

"The president has been clear in stating what he believes is a realistic basis for successful negotiations, and we will continue to base our efforts on that approach," Vietor said. "He has also consistently stated that the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security is unwavering, and he has backed up this commitment with tangible action."

Sources close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday brushed off Obama's critical remarks, as published in an article by Jeffrey Goldberg on Bloomberg News.

"The prime minister will continue to protect the national interests of the State of Israel, and will not make any compromises that will undermine the security of Israeli citizens," one Netanyahu associate said.

According to Atlantic Monthly columnist Goldberg, Obama said privately and repeatedly, "Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are.”

"With each new settlement announcement, in Obama’s view, Netanyahu is moving his country down a path toward near-total isolation," wrote Goldberg, who is believed to have steady access to the White House.

"When informed about the Israeli decision [to announce construction plans in the E1 zone as a punishment for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' U.N. move], Obama, who has a famously contentious relationship with the prime minister, didn’t even bother getting angry," Goldberg wrote. "He told several people that this sort of behavior on Netanyahu’s part is what he has come to expect, and he suggested that he has become inured to what he sees as self-defeating policies of his Israeli counterpart.

"The dysfunctional relationship between Netanyahu and Obama is poised to enter a new phase. On matters related to the Palestinians, the president seems to view the prime minister as a political coward; an essentially unchallenged leader who nevertheless is unwilling to lead or spend political capital to advance the cause of compromise.

"Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, Obama’s nominee to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, is said to be eager to re-energize the Middle East peace process, but Obama — who already has a Nobel Peace Prize — is thought to be considerably more wary. He views the government of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as weak, but he has become convinced that Netanyahu is so captive to the settler lobby, and so uninterested in making anything more than the slightest conciliatory gesture toward Palestinian moderates, that an investment of presidential interest in the peace process wouldn’t be a wise use of his time.

“Obama, since his time in the Senate, has been consistent in his analysis of Israel’s underlying challenge: If it doesn’t disentangle itself from the lives of West Bank Palestinians, the world will one day decide it is behaving as an apartheid state," Goldberg wrote.

Diplomatic sources close to Netanyahu responded to the article: "In the last four years Netanyahu stood strong in the face of all the international pressure. As President Obama said, security cooperation between the two countries is as deep as it ever has been. We saw this recently during Operation Pillar of Defense, when the U.S. equipped us with Iron Dome batteries.

"Netanyahu won't let Iran go nuclear, he won't retreat to 1967 lines, and he won't allow Jerusalem to be divided," the diplomatic source said.

Meanwhile, a senior Likud official disparaged the president's remarks. "This is blatant meddling by the U.S. president in Israeli elections. The fingerprints of the Israeli Left are all over it."

Hatnuah Chairwoman Tzipi Livni also jumped on the bandwagon. "One can love or not love the U.S. president, but we are speaking about our greatest friend and about Israel's security. Therefore these remarks need to wake up every Israeli citizen."

One foreign columnist who did take Netanyahu's side is conservative British journalist Nile Gardiner. In a forcefully worded blog post for The Daily Telegraph, Gardiner wrote:

"President Obama’s contempt for Netanyahu is already well known, as he amply displayed in a private meeting with then French president Nicolas Sarkozy at the G-20 in November 2011, where he reportedly told his French counterpart in reference to the Israeli PM: “you’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!” Obama refused to meet with Netanyahu when he visited the United States in September last year, while finding the time to appear on the David Letterman show, and has a long track record of snubbing the Israeli PM.

According to Gardiner, "Obama’s latest comments, conveyed by Jeffrey Goldberg, take the U.S. president’s hostility against Netanyahu to new heights, and are a major diplomatic faux pas ahead of next week’s Israeli election, which Netanyahu is widely expected to win ... They also reveal a remarkable degree of antipathy towards America’s closest friend and ally in the Middle East, and an unhealthy willingness to intervene in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation state.

"Barack Obama’s sneering reference to Israel as 'a small state' that is already 'a pariah,' and one that may not even survive unless it changes its 'behavior,' smacks of staggering condescension, and will be music to the ears of every enemy of Israel on the face of the earth ... President Obama claims to be a friend of Israel, but his words and actions strongly suggest otherwise. And as for Israel’s best interests, they are far better defended by Benjamin Netanyahu than the current occupant of the White House."

In related news, the White House responded with a week's delay to remarks by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who last week was discovered to have said in Sept. 2010 that Israelis are "the descendants of apes and pigs."

"The language that we have seen is deeply offensive," said White House spokesman Jay Carney. "We completely reject these statements, as we do any language that espouses religious hatred."

The Obama administration called for Morsi to respect people from every religion and said that such remarks are not acceptable in a democratic Egypt. "This kind of discourse has been acceptable in the region for far too long, and is counter to the goal of peace," Carney said.

Morsi clarified that he respects people from every religion and that such remarks are not acceptable in a democratic Egypt.

Big surprise.

King Obama throwing his weight around, doesn't matter the issue.

Who will be the next choice of the Jewish people to lead Israel, King Obama opens his big mouth.

Guns, of course King Obama opens his mouth.

Can you tell I don't like kings very much, there is a reason G-D warned the Jewish people of the evils of a king.

January 15, 2013

king of America

Report: Obama said 'Israel doesn't know what's good for it'

According to Bloomberg, when informed of Israel's decision to expand construction in E1, American leader 'didn't even bother getting angry' and said Netanyahu moving Israel down path toward near-total isolation

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is moving his country down a path toward near-total isolation, US President Barack Obama said after Israel announced it would expand construction in the disputed E1 area shortly after the United Nations General Assembly voted in late November to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority to that of a non-member state.

According to Bloomberg, when informed about the Israeli government's decision to build additional housing units in the between Jerusalem and Ma'ale Adumim, the American leader "didn't even bother getting angry. He told several people that this sort of behavior on Netanyahu's part is what he has come to expect, and he suggested that he has become inured to what he sees as self-defeating policies of his Israeli counterpart.

Jeffrey Goldberg's report said that in the weeks after the UN vote, Obama said privately and repeatedly, "Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are," adding that with each new settlement announcement, Netanyahu is moving Israel down a path toward near-total isolation.

Goldberg wrote that "if Israel, a small state in an inhospitable region, becomes more of a pariah - one that alienates even the affections of the US, its last steadfast friend - it won’t survive. Iran poses a short-term threat to Israel's survival; Israel's own behavior poses a long-term one.

"On matters related to the Palestinians, the president seems to view the prime minister as a political coward, an essentially unchallenged leader who nevertheless is unwilling to lead or spend political capital to advance the cause of compromise," according to the Bloomberg reporter.

Goldberg said what Obama wants is recognition by Netanyahu that Israel's settlement policies are foreclosing on the possibility of a two-state solution, and he wants Netanyahu to acknowledge that a two-state solution represents the best chance of preserving the country as a Jewish-majority democracy.

"Obama wants, in other words, for Netanyahu to act in Israel's best interests," he wrote. "So far, though, there has been no sign that the Israeli government is gaining a better understanding of the world in which it lives," said Goldberg.

Since Obama is doing such a great job as king of America, I guess we need to role over and let him rule Israel as well.

Thank You, once again to the American Jews that voted this man back into office.

He has not started his second term yet and it seems like he has been king of America for ever.

Israel needs to wake up and become friends of both the Chinese and Russians, before it is too late.

January 14, 2013

Good Move

Israel investing in disputed West Bank sites

Government moves forward with plan to renovate places of heritage, including Cave of Patriarchs, site sacred to both Jews and Muslims. Palestinians: Tomb is ours
Associated Press

Israel is advancing a plan to invest in places it considers part of its national heritage, including nine West Bank sites, the government said Monday in an announcement that could appeal to hard-line voters a week ahead of elections. It triggered an angry Palestinian response.

Israeli Cabinet Secretary Zvi Hauser said Israel is adding handicapped access to the Cave of the Patriarchs, a sensitive site in the West Bank city of Hebron sacred to both Jews and Muslims.

The US objected to Israel's initial 2010 announcement that it would label the shrine an Israeli heritage site, charging it impeded peace efforts. Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops in Hebron then, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned the move could spark a religious war.

Nour Odeh, a spokeswoman for the Palestinian Authority, called on the international community to condemn the latest Israeli announcement.

"The Tomb of the Patriarchs is a Palestinian site, and the Palestinian Authority is the only one in charge of making any changes to it," Odeh said Monday.

With elections set for next week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears likely to win another term, but his party has been losing seats to a hard-line religious-nationalist faction. The timing of the announcement hinted that he was trying to win back his traditional hawkish voters.

$107 million investment

Hauser said Israel has an obligation to renovate the sites, and it is not related to politics.

"You can't change history. Many sites of the Bible took place in Judea and Samaria," said Hauser, using the biblical term for the West Bank. "As long as we're in the territory, it's our national and human moral obligation to take care of and preserve these sites."

Other plans include renovating the West Bank site of Tel Shilo, where Jewish tradition holds the Israelite tabernacle once stood, and possibly building a replica of the tomb of King Herod at the Herodion, a hilltop site near the West Bank town of Bethlehem. Archeologists believe it was the burial site of the Jewish proxy ruler who controlled the Holy Land under imperial Roman occupation two millennia ago.

Under the program, Israel has budgeted about $107 million to invest in about 300 cultural sites and other ventures, including renovating Israeli archaeological sites, digitizing archives and building a museum dedicated to famed physicist Albert Einstein.

Later Monday, Palestinian medical officials reported a Palestinian farmer in northern Gaza was shot dead by Israeli troops. The IDF said an initial investigation disclosed it was not behind the shooting.

"Tomb of the Patriarchs is a Palestinian site" over my dead body.

This get's down to where the rubber meets the road, do these Jewish sites belong to the Jewish people or the Palestinians?

Let's be clear I and many others are willing to die to keep these locations under Jewish control.


Tel Aviv, Jan. 14, 2013: A US court has ruled that the Palestinian Authority
(PA) has the right to cover up a document linking it to a 2002 suicide
bombing that killed two Americans and one Israeli teenager. The suicide
bombing was perpetrated by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
(PFLP), a constituent faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization

The secret memo was mistakenly given to lawyers representing the teens'
parents as plaintiffs in a $300 million lawsuit against the PA and PLO. The
case is being tried in a Washington, DC federal court, with plaintiffs
represented by New York attorneys David Schoen and Robert Tolchin and
Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of Tel Aviv's Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center. The
families contend that they have evidence that the PA provides funding to the
PLO and PFLP, including paying the rent for the designated terrorist group's
offices in the West Bank.

According to media reports, the memo reveals a close relationship between
the bomber and a PA security officer who planned the suicide attack. The
document, written by Major Ziad Abu Hamid of the PA's intelligence service,
additionally supports the plaintiffs' allegations that the PA provided
material support and resources for the PFLP bombing which took the lives of
the three teens and seriously injured numerous others.

Once attorneys for the defendants realized their mistake they sought to
retrieve the document from the plaintiffs insisting it was privileged. The
attorneys for the plaintiffs, however, argued that the memo was evidence in
the murder of American citizens and should not be returned to the
Palestinians nor destroyed. The defendants then asked the district court
judge to compel the plaintiffs to destroy the memo. In a recent ruling, the
court surprisingly granted the defendants' motion and ordered the plaintiffs
to destroy the document. The terror victims' families have now filed for a
stay of that order pending an appeal to the Court of Appeals in Washington,

On Feb. 16, 2002, a Palestinian terrorist blew himself up in a packed
pizzeria in the Israeli town of Karnei Shomron, killing American citizens
Keren Shatsky, 15, and Rachel Thaler, 16 and Israeli teenager Nehemia Amar,

Scott Shatsky, the father of one of the victims, remarked: "This decision is
incomprehensible. It makes me feel that justice is not being done. Maybe I'm
missing something, but to me it's just outrageous." The families have
written to the Department of Justice, the FBI and several congressmen asking
them to intervene in the matter.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner stressed: "We are hopeful that the Court of Appeals
will understand the importance of this document and will reverse the ruling
and not allow the memo to be destroyed. It is hard proof of the defendants'
role in this heinous suicide bombing that took the lives of three young
teenagers. We are insisting that the truth be allowed to come out and the
details of the Palestinian Authority's role in this murderous terrorist
attack be presented to an American jury."

Attorney David Schoen stated in his filings with the court: "Defendants'
illegitimate cover-up efforts must not be permitted with impunity. If
returned or destroyed, this critically important evidence of murder will
likely be lost forever. It would also deprive Congress of the kind of
evidence it must have to evaluate whether to continue funding these
defendants, only to see the money go to support and reward terrorism against

In November, Shurat HaDin, representing 24 Americans living in Israel, filed
a civil action against the State Department claiming the latter was not
providing adequate oversight concerning its funding to the PA in the West
Bank and Gaza. The group alleges US funds were possibly being utilized for
terrorism. The suit, filed in the district court for Washington, D.C.,
claims that the State Department has failed to observe congressional
safeguards, transparency, and reporting requirements in its funding of the

Shurat HaDin—Israel Law Center is an Israeli based civil rights organization
and world leader in combating the terrorist organizations and the regimes
that support them through lawsuits litigated in courtrooms around the world.
Established in 2003 and based in Tel-Aviv, Shurat HaDin works together with
western intelligence agencies and volunteer lawyers around the world to file
legal actions on behalf of victims of terror. It has succeeded in winning
more than $1 billion in judgments, freezing more than $600 million in
terrorist assets and in collecting $120 million in actual payments to the
victims and their families.

For more information:




Shurat HaDin - Israel Law Center
10 Hata'as St., Ramat Gan 52512

January 11, 2013


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.

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January 10, 2013

Good News From Israel

Parkinson’s treatment may boost creativity

Posted By Abigail Klein Leichman On December 30, 2012 @ 5:55 am In Research | No Comments

Israeli neurologist Dr. Rivka Inzelberg noticed for years that patients taking dopamine-stimulating medication to control symptoms of Parkinson’s disease didn’t bring her the customary box of chocolates at holiday time. Instead they brought drawings, sculptures or poems they’d created despite never having been artistically inclined before.

“I saw it was becoming such a phenomenon, and I looked in the literature to see if anyone ever worked on this,” she tells ISRAEL21c. “I found many articles about patients who have become artists in the context of being Parkinsonian.”

Inzelberg has now written her own article, soon to be published in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience, which reviews and summarizes all the knowledge thus far accumulated about this phenomenon. In the article, she also brings up related questions about the role of dopamine – a brain neurotransmitter that is lacking in people with Parkinson’s – on human creativity.

Inzelberg, who treats patients at the Joseph Sagol Neuroscience Center at Sheba Medical Center and teaches at the medical school of Tel Aviv University, says the connection between dopamine and artistic tendencies has been observed for years.

The artist Vincent Van Gogh suffered from schizophrenia, which is characterized by the overproduction of dopamine. And psycho-stimulants such as cocaine and Ecstasy increase activity of dopamine in the brain.

“People think these drugs help them become more creative, but there is no systematic study that checked this, except anecdotal studies among addicts showing creativity or a high self-measure of talent,” cautions Inzelberg.

Dopamine’s dark side

Too much dopamine may also cause impulsive behaviors, because this brain chemical is responsible for reward-driven behavior and pleasure seeking.

“The feeling of happiness from rewarding activities is transferred by dopamine in the brain,” she explains. “It is possible that in patients with Parkinson’s, when they take these drugs to ease their muscle disability, a side effect can be a need to do things that bring pleasure in a hyper way such as hobbyism or gambling.”

One of the case studies she read involved a medicated Parkinson’s patient who painted compulsively around the clock, but stopped when the dosage was reduced.

Inzelberg stresses that not all Parkinson’s patients on dopamine-stimulating drugs develop creativity or impulsiveness. She and several colleagues are currently building a battery of tests to measure creative skills and impulse control in order to figure out why some patients on dopamine stimulants develop these traits while others do not.

“This is important for a better understanding of the neurological basis of creativity in ‘normal’ humans. Is it possible something else aside from dopamine is influencing this?” asks Inzelberg.

Her main area of interest over the past 25 years of her medical practice has been diseases of the aging brain, including both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Each of these conditions affects millions of people worldwide.

“I’m interested in the epidemiology of the disease, what changes its onset and course; genetic factors that influence the course of the disease; and also concomitant diseases.”

She explains that people with Parkinson’s disease seem to be protected from all kinds of cancer except for skin cancer; they actually have a higher risk of developing skin cancer. “If we can find why they have such low rates of almost every cancer, this would be significant for saving lives,” Inzelberg says.

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

January 08, 2013

Terror Attacks in 2012: The Ones You’ve Heard About and the Ones You Haven’t

Published on: January 8, 2013
In 2012, Israel suffered terror attacks on all fronts. Some made headline news around the world. Most of the others you’ve probably never heard about. Here’s our rundown of the major terror attacks in 2012.
Major Terror Attacks of 2012

From February to March, the IDF thwarted a number of attacks on the Israel-Egypt border..

February 21: A joint IDF-Israel Police operation uncovered a powerful explosive device planted near Egypt. Two days later, IDF soldiers on a routine patrol identified suspicious activity on the border, where they discovered another large explosive device.

February 28: Suspected terrorists infiltrated Israel from Egypt. The suspects failed to heed IDF warnings to stop and fired on IDF soldiers. The IDF fired back, injuring one suspect, while the rest fled back across the border. A similar incident occurred on March 15.

March 9: The IAF targeted two members of the Popular Resistance Committee, a terrorist group in the Gaza Strip. The terrorists had been planning a combined terror attack that was to have taken place via Sinai.

June 18: Terrorists crossed the border from Egypt, killed an Israeli civilian and wounded two more. After infiltrating Israel, the terrorists detonated a roadside bomb, shot anti-tank rockets at two Israeli vehicles, and then opened fire on them with Kalashnikov assault rifles.

Said Pashpasha (36), father of four, was killed. Pashpasha and his colleagues were workers on the Israel-Egypt border fence, designed to protect Israelis from future cross-border attacks.On August 5, Israel Air Force aircraft targeted a Global Jihad-affiliated terrorist squad in the southern Gaza Strip, members of which were responsible for the June attack.

Michael B. Oren @AmbassadorOren

Said Pashpasha, an Israeli citizen, resident of Haifa & father of four, was killed in the terror event. Our condolences to his family.
18 Jun 12

July 18: A suicide bomber exploded in a tour bus in Burgas, Bulgaria. He killed five Israelis and their Bulgarian bus driver, and wounded another 32 Israelis. “We got on the bus. There were a lot of people on it… suddenly someone got on there, and something exploded,” said passenger Gal Malka. “We heard a boom. And we actually saw body parts. We tried to escape. The door was closed. But there was a hole in the side, through which me and my friend escaped.”

American intelligence officials identified the bomber as a member of a local Hezbollah cell actively looking for Israeli targets.

Early on July 19, an IDF medical team departed for Bulgaria. An IAF aircraft then evacuated all Israeli civilians injured in the attack.

November 15: During Operation “Pillar of Defense”, Gazan terrorists fired a rocket on Kiryat Malachi, killing three Israelis: Mira Scharf (25), Aharon Smadga (40) and Yizhak Amselam (22). Scharf was a mother of three and pregnant at the time. Two babies and a four-year-old boy were wounded in the strike. Hamas’ military wing claimed responsibility for the attack.

November 21: Muhammad Mafarji boarded the 142 bus in Tel Aviv, planted an explosive device connected to a mobile phone, and disembarked. His handlers remotely detonated the bomb, wounding 28 Israelis. When the news reached Gaza, celebration broke out on the streets. Sweet cakes were handed out in the Strip’s main hospital. “God willing, we will soon see black body bags,” said the Gazan television announcer.

In the immediate hours following the attack, the IDF, ISA and the Israel Police exposed and arrested the members of Hamas- and Islamic Jihad-affiliated terrorist cell responsible for the bombing. The cell had been planning additional attacks.
A bomb exploded on this Tel Aviv bus on the afternoon of November 21, 2012.

A bomb exploded on this Tel Aviv bus on the afternoon of November 21, 2012.
Everyday Terror

Terrorists carried out a number of major attacks against Israel in 2012. But they also targeted Israeli citizens in smaller attacks — just about every day.
Shootings, Rock Hurling and Firebombs

In 2012 in Judea and Samaria, Israelis were shot at 15 times, got caught in 4,731 incidents of rock hurling, and were the targets of 642 firebombs.

Rock-hurling and firebomb-throwing may seem less serious than shooting incidents — but they too have the potential to kill. In 2011, Asher Palmer and his infant son Yonatan were killed in a car crash due to rocks thrown at their vehicles.

These events are ongoing. Only two months ago, as he was driving down the highway, Daniel Maon saw three people “holding what looked like fire in their hands. Suddenly they threw a firebomb that missed the car,” he said. “I told the driver to keep going, and then another firebomb was thrown at us which shattered the windshield and got into the car.” Maon and the driver escaped before the vehicle was engulfed in flames.

15 shooting incidents in 2012

642 firebombs hurled at Israelis in 2012

2012 In Terror

Rockets from Gaza

In 2012, 1,435 rockets fired from Gaza hit Israel. The rocket attacks began in 2001, and continued almost unabated since. In November, the IDF launched Operation “Pillar of Defense” to bring a halt to rocket attacks on Israeli civilians. Since then, a relative calm has been upheld, but 3.5 million Israelis still live under the threat of rocket fire from Gaza.

1,435 rockets from Gaza hit Israel in 2012

January 06, 2013

'Bar-Ilan speech will be basis of next government's policies'

Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, referencing Netanyahu's 2009 speech at Bar-Ilan University in which he accepted the two-state solution, says government prepared to implement important diplomatic measures when right conditions arise.
Israel Hayom Staff

Yisrael Beytenu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman: Israel has no imperialistic ambitions.

Yisrael Beytenu party head and former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday that the principles outlined in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech at Bar-Ilan University in 2009, in which he accepted the two-state solution, would serve as the basis for the next government's policies and that the Likud-Yisrael Beytenu will not deviate from them, Israel Radio reported.

Lieberman also said Israel had no imperialist ambitions and the government was prepared to implement important diplomatic measures for a Palestinian state, when the right conditions arose and when there was a proper partner for peace.

Israel Radio reported that Lieberman had emphasized that the merger between Likud and Yisrael Beytenu was thriving and strong and the issue of the factions still being separate was a technical one that will be revisited following the election, as agreed.

Lieberman said he had an understanding with Netanyahu according to which, after he settles his current legal issues, he would be able to choose to head any of the three major ministries: Defense, Finance, or Foreign.

The Yisrael Beytenu chairman also criticized former Israel Security Agency head Yuval Diskin over comments he made in an interview with Yedioth Ahronoth criticizing Netanyahu's and Barak's conduct on security matters, saying that Diskin should have waited until after the election.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar said Sunday that the two parties were running for election together and would assume shared responsibility for forming the next government, if the task was given to Netanyahu.

Sa'ar, Israel Radio reported, agreed with Lieberman on Diskin's comments, saying it was strange that the former ISA chief had remained silent throughout his service and after it, but decided to voice his opinion just two weeks before the election.

"I wouldn't be surprised if Diskin goes into politics with one of the left-wing parties," Sa'ar said.

Israeli voters be fore warned, Bibi will create a Palestinian state.

So vote for Bayit Yehudi.

The State you will be saving will be your own.

January 04, 2013


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

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

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Wake Up

Morsi in 2010: No peace with descendants of apes and pigs
01/04/2013 16:34
Newly translated interviews by MEMRI show Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi opposing two-state solution, saying "Either [you accept] the Zionists and everything they want, or else it is war."
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi Photo: REUTERS
Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are "a waste of time and opportunities" as Arabs and Muslims get nothing out of engagement with "the descendants of apes and pigs," current Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi asserted in September 2010, according to newly translated interviews published this week by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

In the first interview, aired on Lebanon's Al-Quds TV on September 23, 2010, Morsi denounced the Palestinian Authority as a creation of "the Zionist and American enemies for the sole purpose of opposing the will of the Palestinian people." Therefore, he stressed, "No reasonable person can expect any progress on this track."

"Either [you accept] the Zionists and everything they want, or else it is war," Morsi said, "This is what these occupiers of the land of Palestine know – these blood-suckers, who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs."

In the result, according to MEMRI, Morsi called on Arabs and Muslims worldwide to "employ all forms of resistance against...those criminal Zionists, who attack Palestine and the Palestinians."

"Pressure should be exerted upon them," Morsi continued, so that Jews should "not be given any opportunity [to] stand on any Arab or Islamic land."

In a separate interview translated by MEMRI, aired on the same network on March 20, 2010, Morsi affirmed that "The Zionists have no right to the land of Palestine.... What they took before 1947-8 constitutes plundering, and what they are doing now is a continuation of this plundering. By no means do we recognize their Green Line. The land of Palestine belongs to the Palestinians, not to the Zionists."

He therefore called on the Islamic world "to confront this Zionist entity" and to severe "all ties of all kinds...with this plundering criminal entity," including a total boycott of Israel and the avoidance of "normalization of relations with it."

Morsi concluded that the Arab-Islamic world "want[s] a country for the Palestinians on the entire land of Palestine...[and] all the talk about a two-state solution and about peace is nothing but an illusion."

The Jews, he said, "have been fanning the flames of civil strife wherever they were throughout history. They are hostile by nature.... The Zionists understood nothing but the language of force."

Can it be any more clear?

It seems the dreams of the left are starting to crash down around their ears.

Life is going to get very interesting, I just hope Am Israel will wake up in time to the looming danger.

January 03, 2013

W. Bank: Palestinians attack IDF vehicles in Jenin

W. Bank: Palestinians attack IDF vehicles in Jenin
In response to search for terrorist in Jenin, hundreds of Palestinians throw rocks, petrol bombs at IDF forces.

Palestinians threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at IDF jeeps as they left the West Bank city of Jenin after entering its industrial zone in search of a wanted terrorist on Thursday afternoon.

They failed to locate the terrorist, but did arrest another Palestinian.

Security sources did not name the suspects, their organizations or the specific reasons for which they were sought, beyond terrorist related activities.

As the security forces left Jenin, Palestinians threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the IDF vehicles. They also rolled burning tires of at the vehicles.

A video of the incident was posted on YouTube. It one brief shot, it appears that a number of Palestinians were able to climb onto one of the IDF jeeps and hang on as it drove down the road.

A security source rejected attempts by the media to portray the IDF as retreating from Jenin. The source noted that the attack happened as the IDF was already in the process of leaving Jenin.

The IDF has lost the deterrence factor or is loosing it.

This is serious.

It may spark a wave of terrorism that due to letting free over 1000 terrorist for Shallit will result in many lives lost.

January 02, 2013

fatah on face book.jpg

What's the Difference?

On Facebook, Fatah incites terror against Israel

PA President Mahmoud Abbas' organization is celebrating 48 years since inception with an array of hateful messages broadcast through social media • "The is year will be the year we breach Al-Aksa; what was taken by force will be returned through force."
Daniel Siryoti

Children carrying rifles and praising terror on Fatah's Facebook page.

The Fatah Party has taken the opportunity of its 48th anniversary to broadcast messages on its Facebook page that incite hatred, glorify terrorism and envision a world without the State of Israel.

Such messages come despite President Shimon Peres declaring earlier this week that "Israel will have no better partner with whom to secure a peace agreement" than Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who also chairs Fatah.

Arab media watchdog Palestinian Media Watch - headed by Itamar Marcus - has examined how Fatah has chosen to celebrate its 48th anniversary, which the Palestinian party has nicknamed "Breakthrough Day."

The institute discovered a plethora web pages related to Fatah's official media and within the PA's educational system that displayed messages of incitement and accusations against Jews.

Fatah glorified terrorism as acts of heroism on its Facebook page, PMW reported. The Palestinian party - which is the largest faction in the PA - displayed a map on the web page that showed a world without the State of Israel, despite statements from Abbas and other Fatah officials that their party and the Palestinian Liberation Organization have both recognized the Jewish state since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993.

The social media web page is replete with images of children brandishing weapons against the backdrop of slogans attesting to the ongoing armed struggle against Israel. "Through conquering they stole our land," web designers wrote against the backdrop of a map of Israel and the Palestinian Territories labeled together as "Palestine," with no semblance of Israel's borders.

In addition, Fatah has celebrated Dalal Mughrabi - a terrorist and former Fatah member who helped massacre 37 Israeli citizens on a coastal bus attack in 1978 - as a national hero through its online publications and party mouthpieces in the West Bank. Children carrying assault rifles are shown singing songs of exaltation to Mughrabi, while promising that this will be the year Palestinians breach the Temple Mount and other Palestinian holy lands held by the Zionist regime. According to these children, "what was taken through force, will be returned through force."

Hamas could take over Palestinian Authority, PM warns

In apparent response to President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns that hasty diplomatic moves by Israel could lead to an Iranian terror base arising in Judea and Samaria • Hamas: We reject any dialogue or negotiations.
Shlomo Cesana, Mati Tuchfeld and Daniel Siryoti

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns that Hamas could take over Palestinian areas in Judea and Samaria.

Israel must conduct itself responsibly in the diplomatic process, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday. Netanyahu also warned of the danger that Hamas could take over Palestinian Authority-controlled areas in Judea and Samaria.

Netanyahu made the statements during a bible study group meeting in memory of his late father-in-law Shmuel Ben-Artzi at the prime minister's official residence in Jerusalem. Netanyahu's words came amidst the backdrop of recent unrest in the Judea and Samaria and concerns that a Third Intifada could erupt.

Netanyahu's statements also appeared to be an implicit response to President Shimon Peres. Earlier this week, Peres called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas a partner for peace and also said that Israel should be willing to talk to Hamas if the group accepts the conditions of the Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators.

Netanyahu cautioned on Tuesday that the unrest sweeping the Middle East could reach the Palestinian areas in Judea and Samaria.

"In this week's Torah portion, it is written 'Now there arose a new king over Egypt,'" Netanyahu said. "As it was then, it is now. In Egypt, the regime has changed. In Syria, the regime is weakening. This could also happen in the Palestinian Authority areas in Judea and Samaria. Every intelligent person knows that Hamas could take over the Palestinian Authority. It could happen after agreement or it could happen before an agreement, like it did in Gaza."

"Contrary to voices I've been hearing in recent days that have been urging me to rush forward, to make concessions and to withdraw, I think that in a diplomatic process one must act responsibly, not hastily," Netanyahu said, without mentioning Peres by name. "Otherwise, a third Iranian terror base will arise in the heart of the country. Peace is only achieved once security is guaranteed."

The bible study group at Netanyahu's official residence was held in cooperation with the Menachem Begin Heritage Center. Netanyahu's wife Sara and two sons Yair and Avner participated in the event, as did Tel Aviv Chief Rabbi Yisrael Lau and Israel Defense Forces Chief Rabbi Brig. Gen. Rafi Peretz.

Meanwhile, Hamas rejected on Tuesday Peres' call for it to accept the Quartet's conditions and hold talks with Israel.

"There can only be a dialogue about peace once the Zionist occupation of Palestinian lands disappears," Hamas said.

Hamas official Salah Bardawil told the group's al-Risala media outlet that "our movement rejects any dialogue or negotiations with the occupation."

"Such dialogue would mean compromising holy Palestinian lands, which is not acceptable. Peres must choose whether to continue to absorb the blows of the resistance or to escape from Palestine with his people in order to live in peace."

Egyptian media reported on Tuesday that Hamas and Fatah officials have responded positively to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's call for the two groups to hold talks in Cairo in ten days about implementing their reconciliation agreement.

The unfulfilled Palestinian reconciliation agreement was signed in Cairo a year and a half ago. At the time, the Israeli government criticized Abbas for "preferring Hamas over peace."

So Bibi, what is the difference ?

Fatah wants us dead.

Hamas wants us dead.

Palestinians want us dead.

So Israelis need to grow up and face the truth, we will never have peace with the Arabs.

It says so in the Torah, and so it shall be.

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