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Palestinians cancel peace talks after deadly clash

Palestinians cancel peace talks after deadly clash

The Palestinian Authority canceled Monday evening’s session with Israeli peace negotiators in response to a deadly clash between Israeli soldiers and a violent Palestinian mob earlier in the day.

In a fairly routine operation, Israeli Border Police officers dressed in civilian clothing entered the Palestinian town of Qalandiya just north of Jerusalem to arrest a wanted terror suspect.

Just moments after the officers arrived at the suspect’s home, a mob numbering at least 1,500 poured into the streets and began hurling firebombs and stones at the Israelis.

The Border Police officers responded with rubber bullets and tear gas, but were beginning to be overwhelmed when IDF soldiers arrived to back them up. The soldiers resorted to live fire as the situation spun out of control.

"Large violent crowds such as this which significantly outnumber security forces leave no other choice but to resort to live fire in self-defense," an IDF spokesman said in a statement to the press.

Three Palestinian rioters reportedly died of gunshot wounds during the clash.

The riots subsided for several hours, but resumed as Palestinians again took to the streets Monday afternoon for the raucous funeral procession of the three deceased men.

Palestinian Authority officials, who view such mob activity as “peaceful protest,” accused Israel of “assassinating” the rioters.

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Syrian rebels: Israel must help us take down Assad

Syrian rebels: Israel must help us take down Assad

A senior Syrian rebel leader on Sunday told Israeli media that the Jewish state must help must help topple the Assad regime by convincing Western powers to intervene militarily in Syria’s civil war.

"If Israel wants to prove it has good intentions toward the Syrian people it must urge the international community to intervene in Syria," the official told Israel’s Ynet news portal.

The source said that Syrians opposed to the Assad regime feel that Israel has been providing the dictator with diplomatic cover by not being more vocal in its opposition to the brutal tactics being used by government forces.

Israel has purposely taken a low-profile approach to the Syrian civil war, as it does not feel it can trust the Sunni-dominated rebel forces any more than it can the current regime. Many of the groups making up the rebel forces are affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda, and hate Israel at least as much as Assad and his cronies.

However, the latest alleged atrocities committed by Syrian government troops have lead Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to do exactly what the rebels requested - press Western powers to finally take action.

British media reported on Sunday that Royal Navy vessels had begun preparations for an initial cruise missile strike against Syria, and that London was urging America to join the attack.

Russia demanded that the US and its allies not act hastily, and welcomed a decision by the Assad regime to permit access to the alleged chemical weapons attack zone to foreign investigators. But, White House officials said the gesture was too little, too late.

A joint British-American strike on Syria is expected within the week.

While that might sound like a dangerous prospect for Israel, military commanders in the Jewish state said they view a retaliatory strike against their country as unlikely.

Army officials told Israel’s Channel Two News that the Assad regime is perfectly aware of how forcefully Israel would respond to any unprovoked attack on its homefront, and that it could not possibly survive a war against the combined forces of the US, Britain and Israel.

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Israeli minister: Two-state solution is unrealistic

Israeli minister: Two-state solution is unrealistic

The two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that the world is touting, and that the Israeli leadership has publicly accepted, is unrealistic and will never happen, insisted a senior Israeli government minister.

"Those who are here understand why the vision of two states is unrealistic and will ever happen. Those who think they can force us to build only within the Auschwitz borders are wrong," said Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) on Sunday as he helped dedicate two new neighborhoods in the Samarian Jewish community of Kedumim.

The term “Auschwitz borders” was first used by former and legendary Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eben in 1969, when he noted that the Arab states and the international community were trying to confine Israel to tiny, indefensible borders, much as how the Jews were corralled into ghettos during the Nazi Holocaust.

Ariel said Israel would continue building homes for Jews on all of the land promised to this nation in the Bible, as that is the only true Zionist response to the threats against the Jewish state.

Many Israelis, and many in the Israeli government have come to accept the notion that they must surrender Judea and Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”) for the establishment of a Palestinian state in order to maintain a demographic Jewish majority in Israel.

But Knesset member Tzipi Hotoveli (Likud) told a gathering in Jerusalem on Sunday that Israel should not fear fully annexing those “disputed territories” and establishing a bi-national state.

Speaking at a conference advocating recognition of Jordan as the true Palestinian state, Hotoveli noted that annexing Judea and Samaria and granting Israeli citizenship to the 2.5 million Arabs living there would still mean a Jewish majority west of the Jordan river.

In fact, it would be a similar ratio of Jews to Arabs as what existed in the region when David Ben Gurion declared independence in 1948. Israel’s first prime minister did not let himself be deterred by the fact that there were only 600,000 Jews to the 450,000 Arabs living in the area.

Just as in Ben Gurion’s time, there remains a sufficient Jewish population around the world that will eventually immigrate to the Jewish state to further offset the increased Arab citizenry. And in the meantime, Israel will have solidly staked its claim to its historic and biblical heartland.

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Israel expects US attack on Syria

Israel expects US attack on Syria

Israeli leaders are anticipating US military action against neighboring Syria after Western leaders appeared to accept evidence that the regime of dictator Bashar Assad had used chemical weapons against its foes, including civilian populations.

In fact, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was openly urging Washington to make good on its threat to intervene should Assad employ non-conventional weapons against his own people.

In statements to the press prior to Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres even hinted that Israel itself could strike Syria if the situation did not stabilize soon.

Peres noted that the price of allowing Syria to continue holding chemical weapons after it has proved it’s willingness to use them against even internal enemies was far higher than the cost of taking forceful preemptive action.

While most Israelis no doubt agreed with Peres, the prospect of open warfare with Syria caused some trepidation at home, as only 60 percent of Israelis currently possess up-to-date gas mask kits.

Meanwhile, Iran is warning America against any involvement in Syria. “Trespassing over the red line in Syria will have severe consequences for the White House,” the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard told Iranian media.

Iran is determined to keep its ally Assad in power, and views the Sunni-dominated rebel forces as a threat to its own plans of regional hegemony.

For Israel, there is no good outcome to the Syrian civil war. If Assad wins, Iran’s influence in the area will continue. If the rebels win, Syria will likely descend into chaos and become a haven for all manner of radical terrorist organizations, much like what happened to the Gaza Strip and Southern Lebanon.

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Netanyahu encourages Christians to join IDF

Netanyahu encourages Christians to join IDF

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has officially put his weight behind growing efforts to encourage young Israeli Arab Christians to join the Israeli army and fully integrate with Israeli society.

The government has tried to initiate such programs in the past, only to create rifts in the Christian community and more hostility toward the Jewish state.

But this time, the initiative is coming from the Christians themselves.

Last week, Netanyahu met with Father Gabriel Naddaf, a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth who has been actively recruiting local Christian youth to the cause.

Together with Christian Arab army officers from the area, Naddaf has established a forum aimed at educating Christian youth on why they should brush aside old anti-Israel biases, and view the Jewish state as their home and ally.

Netanyahu’s decision will make the Israeli government a direct partner of this Nazareth forum.

The move is precisely what Father Naddaf and others had been hoping for. Months ago, under heavy criticism and even threats from Arab members of Israel’s Knesset, Naddaf cautioned that without official government recognition and support, the movement to bring local Christians into the Israeli fold would fail.

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Kerry’s sharp threat to Netanyahu ahead of peace talks

Kerry's sharp threat to Netanyahu ahead of peace talks

Israel’s largest daily newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, highlighted on Wednesday the recently reported “sharp” threat made by US Secretary of State John Kerry to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of the resumption of American-driven Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

According to American journalist Jeffrey Goldberg, who is close to the Obama Administration, “Kerry, capitalizing on [Israel’s] anxiety, has warned Netanyahu…that if the current peace talks bear no fruit, Israel may soon be facing an international delegitimization campaign — in his words – ‘on steroids.’”

US government sources cited by Goldberg said the Obama Administration “thinks the one thing Netanyahu fears as much as Iran’s nuclear program is the growing power of the international movement that seeks to isolate, scapegoat and demonize his country.”

Kerry stated yesterday that he had an “open, honest and direct” conversation with Netanyahu, particularly concerning America’s ongoing view of the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria as “illegitimate.”

Bilateral talks were scheduled to officially get underway in Jerusalem on Wednesday, though for the time being the negotiations are only at the ministerial level.

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Honey prices go up as Rosh Hashanah approaches

Honey prices go up as Rosh Hashanah approaches

Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year - is almost upon us (September 4th), and with it the mass consumption of apples and honey, the latter part of which is seeing considerable price increases in Israel.

Israeli media reports that the quality of the Holy Land’s apples is particularly good this year. Fifteen thousand tons of apples will be sold on Rosh Hashanah, with a total of 100,000 tons being produced throughout the year.

Israel’s apple crop is worth 700 million shekels (196 million US dollars) annually, and 7,000 tons of the fruit are exported every year.

Unlike the apple harvest, however, this year’s honey yields were less than impressive. Since it did not rain much from February to April, fewer wild flowers grew, which in turn led to a six percent decline in the amount of honey produced. The price of honey has increased accordingly.

On Rosh Hashanah Israelis consume 1,600 tons of honey. By comparison, 4,000 tons of honey are typically consumed during an entire year.

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Israeli volunteers help Nepalese extend life expectancy

Israeli volunteers help Nepalese extend life expectancy

Dozens of Israeli volunteers, including Israeli Ambassador in Kathmandu Hanan Goder (pictured left), recently visited a remote village in Nepal where inhabitants typically die at a young age and found an original way to instead give them long and healthy lives.

Behind the project is the Israeli humanitarian organization Tevel b’Tzedek (The Earth - In Justice), which every years picks about 100 Israeli and Jewish volunteers from around the world to come to Nepal for educational programs and humanitarian work.

The organization has been operating for the past four years in the impoverished village of Mahda Besi, providing training in the fields of agriculture, women’s empowerment, youth and education, and health and sanitation.

Residents of rural villages in Nepal such as Mahda Besi suffer from low life expectancy, with average life spans as much as 20 years below the Israeli average.

The main reason for this low life expectancy, according to the Israeli volunteers, is the traditional widespread use of local forest trees for cooking. Besides the obvious environmental damage, the smoke created by burning these trees in villages and homes harms both the mothers who are cooking and the children in their care.

But the Jewish mind immediately came up with an original solution for these villagers. Lead by group founder Rabbi Micha Odenheimer, the volunteers installed in several villages dozens of facilities for the production of cooking gas made from…cattle dung. The use of bio gas enables residents to cook without creating pollution harmful to both the environment and themselves.

Another quick fix was the installation of chimneys so that the smoke from cooking does not collect in residential areas. The villagers and the volunteers were surprised that such a simple and cost effective solution could so dramatically improve the quality of life in the village.

When Israeli Ambassador Hanan Goder heard about the operation, he personally joined the volunteers. Godel’s primary interests are in agriculture and community projects aimed at examining and improving the means of transportation used by the villagers. A joint Israeli-Nepalese think tank is continuing to develop additional ways to improve life in the villages. For example, through the use of Israeli technology, many villages have already doubled their agricultural output, and are now able to invest the increased income in further bettering their lot.

The local Israeli embassy and MASHAV - the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s Agency for International Development Cooperation - have for years worked in close connection with Tevel b’Tzedek in Nepal and other countries. As noted, the organizations hosts 100 Israeli and Jewish volunteers every yeas. Some come to participate in particular projects. Others combine a time of volunteering with a hiking trip to the East, a very popular post-army ritual for most young Israelis.

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Terrorist missile intercepted over Eilat

Terrorist missile intercepted over Eilat

Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system successfully intercepted a missile fired by terrorists operating in the Sinai Peninsula at the southern Israel resort city of Eilat late Monday night.

The missile was fired at a time when the bulk of the city’s residents and visitors are enjoying Eilat’s famous night life.

Sirens sounded in the resort city, but officials said there was little panic. Eilat has been targeted on several occasions in recent years, and an Iron Dome battery was recently redeployed there over concerns that growing lawlessness in Sinai would increase the threat.

This latest attack was claimed by a Sinai-based Al Qaeda affiliate. The group says the attack was carried out in retaliation for the alleged killing of four of its members last week in an Israeli drone strike.

Egyptian army officials have denied that an Israeli drone penetrated Egyptian air space, and insisted there was no direct cooperations between the Israeli and Egyptian armies in rooting out Sinai-based terror groups.

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Miraculous healing: Syrian girl shocks Israeli doctors

Miraculous healing: Syrian girl shocks Israeli doctors

A 15-year-old Syrian girl critically wounded in her nation’s ongoing civil war has made a miraculous recovery at a hospital in northern Israel.

Doctors at Ziv Hospital in the Galilee town of Safed (Tsfat) were shocked when the girl got up and walked around just one day after having her leg amputated as a result of massive shrapnel injuries.

The young girl had been hit by shrapnel all over her body. The Israelis worked hard to save her left leg, but were certain she would not be mobile for some time.

The doctors were taken aback when just 24 hours later, the girl stood up, and with the help of crutches began to move around the hospital with little trouble. Dr. Alexander Lerner, head of orthopedic department at Ziv Hospital, told Israeli media that his entire staff was filled with an amazing joy to see this girl smiling and walking around.

The hospital has treated dozens of Syrians hurt in indiscriminate attacks by both government and rebel forces.

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Israel TV News | Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resume amid fury over settlement construction - JerusalemOnline

Wed, Aug 14, 2013 News from Israel

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resume amid fury over settlement construction

Egypt declares month-long state of emergency, curfew in major cities

Deal signed to clear Tel Aviv’s Dov Hoz airport for housing

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Israelis speak out for religious freedom on Temple Mount

Israelis speak out for religious freedom on Temple Mount

Recently, Knesset member Danny Danon (Likud) said it’s time for Jews to have religious freedom to pray on the Temple Mount. Israel Today’s Jonathan David talked to Israelis on the streets of Jerusalem to get their reaction.

Amity Lerer: “Yes, it’s important. They say it in the Knesset (parliament), but they don’t really want to do it because they’re afraid of the Arabs.”

Aline Szewkeis: “I think it’s important for everybody to have freedom of religion in Israel. My particular opinion is I think we can give the Temple Mount to all religions.”

Rali Ben David: “It’s not important to me because I’m secular, but it’s important to the Jews. I think they should give us the ability to pray over there.”

Arlene Alyehs: “It’s the site of our Temple and there’s no reason for the Arabs to have control of the Temple Mount, except that the Jews are always giving in to them in hopes of peace. If there’s any restrictions it should be on the Arabs, but that may be too much to hope for.”

Eliran Maalumi: “Yeah, religious freedom is important, because it’s Israel. It’s the Jewish land.”

Naom Shiff: “I think that if everyone had religious freedom on the Temple Mount, it would create a friction that wouldn’t be good for the area.”

Agee Gottdiemer: “The rabbis say otherwise, at least certain rabbis. They say it’s forbidden to ascend the Temple Mount.”

Tamar Roller: “It is important to me, but because I’m a religious Jew, I know that it’s not the time of our redemption yet. So, I know that whenever God redeems us, the mosque will be demolished and our Temple will be built over there. Now, we have to fix ourselves internally and be better Jews and do whatever God wants us to do.”

Yosef Simon: “Religious freedom on the mountain site is based on the purity of the Jewish people. A lot of Jewish religious people don’t hold that you should really go up there unless we have the right purity… It’s important that the Messiah will come, because the Messiah will actually tell us the right way to purify ourselves.”


Israel’s new ‘Power’ at the UN

Israel's new 'Power' at the UN

Samantha Power is set to be the next US ambassador to the UN following overwhelming approval during her Senate Foreign Relations Committee appearance on Tuesday. Power made special note of her intention to defend Israel in the world body and work to secure a seat for the Jewish state on the Security Council by 2018.

After her approval by all but two of the 18-member Senate committee, Power is expected to easily win confirmation from the rest of the Senate.

Power, 42, is an expert on genocide, a champion of human rights, and a Harvard professor. She will replace Susan Rice, who has been appointed as America’s next National Security Advisor. Power earned a degree at Yale and worked as a journalist covering the Yugoslav wars from 1993-1996 before returning to the US and graduating from Harvard Law School.

Power is known to be ‘blunt and outspoken’ and has made a career out of her intellectual and critical engagement with human rights policy, especially on the topic of genocide. She promised to utilize her strong character traits an expertise to advocate America’s interest in the UN and to eliminate bias against Israel.

However, Power has not been received without criticism, especially in light of statements made about Israel in a 2002 interview at the University of California Berkeley’s Institute of International Studies. During the interview, Power was asked to conduct a “thought experiment” on how she would intervene in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in order to protect human rights. Power responded that, given the opportunity, she would advise the president to “sacrifice billions of dollars in aid to the Jewish state” and instead allocate those funds for “the new state of Palestine instead.”

But now Power is seen openly condemning the UN’s “unacceptable bias” against Israel and pledging to “lobby hard” to get Israel a seat on the Security Council. So, what swayed her thinking? Maybe it was her marriage to Jewish lawyer Cass Sustein in 2008, or perhaps it was her more recent work with the administration in Washington that alternated her perspective.

During the recent confirmation hearing, Power stated, “What I believe in terms of Middle East peace is, I think, what is obvious to all of us here which is peace can only come about through a negotiated solution. There is no shortcut. That’s why Palestinian…unilateral statehood efforts within the UN system — shortcuts of that nature just won’t work.” With such comments Power quickly won over her critics in the pro-Israel community.

But Republican Senator Marco Rubio, one of only two to vote against Power, was unconvinced, saying she had “failed to distance herself” from past statements “and offered insufficient explanation, leaving me with serious concerns about some of her views.”

Coming to Power’s aid was Shmuley Boteach, perhaps America’s most famous rabbi, who wrote in the Times of Israel that when Power was taking questions regarding the accusations against her in a closed door meeting with 40 American Jewish leaders, “she suddenly became deeply emotional and struggled to complete her presentation as she expressed how deeply such accusations had affected her.”

Boteach continued: “Tears streamed down her cheeks and I think it fair to say that there was no one in the room who wasn’t deeply moved by this incredible display of pain and emotion. More than a few of the leaders of the room came over to me afterward and said that, based on her comments and her unabashed display of emotional attachment to the security of the Jewish people…they would never again question her commitment to Israel’s security.”

In the words of Boteach, “the greatest challenge now facing Power will be changing the UN.”

We wait in hope.


Two shot dead in downtown Jerusalem

Two shot dead in downtown Jerusalem

A shopping center and office building in downtown Jerusalem was the scene of tragedy on Tuesday morning when a lone gunman entered a attorney’s office and shot dead two people.

According to police, the suspected gunman, a 30-year-old Jewish man who worked as a security guard in a nearby building, carried out the crime on the third floor of the Clal Building, adjacent to the Mahane Yehudah market.

The victims were a 50-year-old man and his 20-year-old daughter.

The perpetrator was captured by a former police officer as he tried to flee the scene. Police believe the motivation for the crime had to do with a financial dispute. The suspected gunmen is currently under interrogation.

Early news of the crime sparked panic in the local Messianic body, as the basement of the Clal Building is home to the local “King of Kings” congregation. The English and Hebrew-speaking congregation also has offices on the upper floors of the building.


A decision ‘written by American hands with Zionist ink’

A decision ‘written by American hands with Zionist ink’

“The blacklisting of Hezbollah is Israel forcing its way on the EU,” was the response from Lebanon’s Al-Manar TV to the European Union decision to add Hezbollah’s military wing to its list of terrorist organizations on Monday.

Al-Manar quoted European sources as saying that the EU’s decision was based on a “cause of formality” in response to the terrorist attack in Burgas, Bulgaria last year that killed five Israeli tourists and their local bus driver.

Hezbollah are alleging that the EU gave in to “Zionist American pressure in a dangerous way and took dictation from the White House,” adding, “It seems that this decision was written by an American hand with Zionist ink.”

Walid Sukariyeh, a pro-Hezbollah legislator, also claims that the decision was a result of American pressure and states that Hezbollah have not carried out any terror attacks in Europe or outside Europe. He defines Hezbollah as a “resistance movement that fought to liberate occupied land from the Israeli enemy.”

The idea of Hezbollah becoming a ‘resistance’ movement against Israel was solidified following Israel’s sudden withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000. It’s ‘resistance,’ however, should not be confused with ‘deterrence,’ nor is it resistance to Israel alone. Hezbollah’s resistance ideology is firmly rooted in Islamic revolutionary doctrine, which has a global agenda.

Hezbollah started as an Iranian-backed militia group (it is still largely funded by Tehran) that evolved into a ‘nationalist resistance group’ in the 90’s, and finally morphed into the ‘mainstream political party’ (with a huge standing private army) that we know today. It was only in the 90’s when Hezbollah became ‘Lebanonized’ (began infiltrating and integrating into parliamentary democracy and political processes) that it managed to distance itself from international associations and reject its ‘terrorist’ label.

It was this artificial dichotomy of ‘Lebanization’ that kept Hezbollah off the EU’s blacklist for decades. But, as US Secretary of State John Kerry noted last week, this new move by Europe sends a strong message that “will have a significant impact on Hezbollah’s ability to operate freely in Europe by enabling European law enforcement agencies to crack down on Hezbollah’s fundraising, logistical activity, and terrorist plotting on European soil.”

The blacklisting will also impose visa bans and asset freezes on organizations in association with the group, though the implementation of these provisions will be more complicated due to the divisions in Hezbollah’s conceptual framework between military and political.

Currently the Board of Deputies of British Jews is pushing for Hezbollah’s political wing to be listed alongside the military wing as a terrorist organization, since the divisions within the group are ‘clearly artificial’. As William Hague stated, blacklisting just the military wing will not have serious adverse consequences or destabilize Hezbollah.


Palestinians say peace talks might not happen, after all

Palestinians say peace talks might not happen, after all

While American and Israeli leaders are already patting themselves on their respective backs over the reported resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the other party to the talks, the Palestinian Authority, is saying everyone should instead hold their respective horses.

Israel is already setting up negotiating teams, and the Obama Administration is praising itself over ostensibly “closing the gaps” that had previously seemed like insurmountable obstacles.

But on Sunday, two of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ most senior advisers said it was by no means certain that bilateral peace talks would take place in the coming weeks, as claimed by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh and Yasser Abed Rabbo, official spokesmen for Abbas, said the Palestinian leader had merely agreed to send a team to Washington to continue the low-level preliminary talks that had already been taking place.

Both Rudeineh and Abed Rabbo would likely be on any official negotiating team. But they aren’t heading to Washington, because official negotiations are not on the schedule.

Both men said that from the Palestinians’ point of view, the talks scheduled in Washington next week are aimed at convincing Israel to meet the remainder of Palestinian preconditions so that official negotiations can resume at some future date.

Kerry’s announcement that official peace talks are about to resume would seem, at best, premature, in light of this clarification.


Iran’s ‘moderate’ new president takes aim at ‘Zionist enemy’

Iran's 'moderate' new president takes aim at 'Zionist enemy'

Once again the West hailed the election of a perceived “moderate” Muslim leader, and once again that leader has revealed just how easy it is to hoodwink the heads of Europe and America by simply saying different things in different languages.

This time around the ruse was executed by Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani, who, despite his prominent role in the Islamic Republic’s defiant nuclear program, was held aloft as a sign of positive change when he was voted into office earlier this month.

Rohani’s election was also said to herald a calming of tensions between Iran and Israel.

To be sure, Rohani has more tact than his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but his recent public pronouncements in his native tongue and to Arab leaders demonstrate that his end goal is very much the same.

Mocking the threat of Israeli military action against Iran’s nuclear program, Rohani last week told a gathering marking the anniversary of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War that “when a miserable regional country says such things, it makes you laugh. Who are the Zionists to threaten us?”

Far from taking a conciliatory position in foreign affairs, Iran’s IRNA news agency reported that Rohani had reaffirmed his nation’s commitment to embattled Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and Lebanon’s Hezbollah so that together they could better deal with “our enemies in the region, especially the Zionist regime.”

Meanwhile, Rohani presents himself as the face of moderation to the international community as the two sides continue to dance around the issue of Iran’s nuclear program.

Israel greatly fears that the Rohani ruse will be all too easily swallowed by an international community eager to avoid open conflict with Iran. But it is Israel that will ultimately pay the price for such short-sightedness.


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Kerry fails in bid for Israeli-Palestinian summit

Kerry fails in bid for Israeli-Palestinian summit

US Secretary of State John Kerry is currently on the last leg of his latest round of Middle East shuttle diplomacy, and looks to have fared no better than in his previous visits.

Just a few days ago, there was talk of Kerry announcing, and possibly even hosting on the spot a four-way summit between himself, Israel, the Palestinians and the Jordanians before his return to Washington.

But those hopes were put to rest as Kerry emerged from his Sunday morning meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

Kerry said both he and Abbas agreed progress had been made, but that issues remained to be worked out - diplomatic-speak for the fact that Abbas continues to refuse to meet the Israelis without preconditions.

Kerry met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the evening before in Jerusalem. Cabinet minister Gilad Erdan later told Channel 2 News that Abbas’ continuing intransigence had already been made known to Israel, and that the two sides are no where near as close to restarting negotiations as the media has been suggesting.

At Sunday’s cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Netanyahu reiterated that he remains ready to meet with Abbas at a moment’s notice, and that Israel is not the one holding up the resumption of peace talks.

In order to calm Israeli fears that the Jewish state could be strong-armed into joining negotiations on suicidal Arab terms, Netanyahu added that no agreement will ever be signed with the Palestinians without first going to the Israeli public for a referendum.

Demonstrating what can only be described as a lack of understanding for what democracy really is, Abbas has in the past decried Israel’s insistence on a referendum as an obstacle to peace.


1-in-4 European Jews targeted by anti-Semites

1-in-4 European Jews targeted by anti-Semites

One-in-four European Jews (26 percent) experienced anti-Semitic harassment at least once over the past 12 months, and one-in-three (34 percent) were targeted in the last five years.

Five percent of the victims reported that their property had been destroyed because they are Jewish, and seven percent suffered physical injury or were threatened with physical harm.

Forty-to-fifty percent of Jews in France, Belgium and Hungary said they are considering emigration because they now feel unsafe.

These were the results of a recent survey conducted among Jews in nine European countries by the European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights. Those figures were included in an annual assessment report to the Israeli Knesset by the Jewish People Policy Institute.

The report concluded that Jews in Europe are pessimistic about the future much more than they are willing to admit, and that Jewish people across the continent feel threatened. According to the report, Jewish life in Europe might be at another turning point.

Recently, 200-300 Jewish families left France for Montreal, Canada, and another 120 families migrated to London. New York City now has two large French Jewish communities, and over 50,000 French Jews have arrived in Israel since 1990.

Attempts over the past couple of years to further restrict Jewish life in Europe - for instance by banning circumcision, ritual slaughter of animals and Jewish burial rites - do not bode well.

Nor does the Israeli government necessarily expect the situation to improve.

Instead, the recommendations of the Knesset are to ease the ingathering of threatened European Jewish communities by removing barriers to employment and social integration, and by improving the absorption process of Jewish immigrants into the Israeli army.


Palestinian textbooks erase Israel, give no hope for peace

Palestinian textbooks erase Israel, give no hope for peace

A hearing at the Knesset this week revealed once again that Palestinian school textbooks deny the legitimacy of Israel, erase Jewish history in the region, and teach that true peace is not possible until the Jewish state disappears.

Presenting his findings to the gathered lawmakers and foreign diplomats, Dr. Arnon Groiss, a recognized expert on tolerance in education, charged that “Israel is delegitimized, and demonized in these texts and no peaceful solution to Arab-Israel conflict is ever discussed.”

The textbooks in question are used currently in Palestinian schools funded and operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Financing for the schools and textbooks comes from the US, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Australia and other nations.

One of the chief components of the original “Oslo” peace accords was that both sides would educate their respective populations for peaceful coexistence on the basis that both had a right to sovereignty in at least part of the land.

The Palestinian side has not only failed to meet this obligation, but has been demonstrably going in the opposite direction, educating future generations to perpetuate the conflict with Israel.

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Hamas: Palestinians will never recognize Israel

Hamas: Palestinians will never recognize Israel

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh this week reiterated that the Palestinian Arabs as a whole will never recognize Israel’s right to exist, and certainly not to exist as the Jewish state.

"We had two wars…but Palestinians did not and will not recognize Israel," Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an quoted Haniyeh as saying as he welcomed a solidarity visit by international activists.

Why should anyone care what Hamas says at this point? That’s certainly the line being taken by Washington and Europe, as they once again press Israel to make “peace” concessions to Hamas’ rivals in the Palestinian Authority.

But what most have conveniently forgotten is that Haniyeh is prime minister and Hamas legally controls a majority in the Palestinian parliament because the Palestinian public voted the group into power.

Meanwhile, Haniyeh praised international activists that visit Hamas-ruled Gaza for performing a “holy duty” aimed at de-legitimizing Israel.


Israel treats more child victims of Syria war

Israel treats more child victims of Syria war

Israel on Wednesday transfered two Syrian children to a hospital in the Jewish state for treatment after they were wounded in the ongoing Syrian civil war.

The two victims, boys aged 9 and 15, were taken to Ziv Hospital in the northern town of Safed with moderate-to-serious injuries.

Since war broke out in Syrian in March 2011, Israel has treated dozens of people who requested aid. Many have been treated at a field hospital set up along by border by the Israeli army, while more serious cases have been transfered to full medical facilities.

Most of the victims have been adults, and some were certainly wounded as combatants in the fighting. But of late a growing number of Syrian children have been brought over for treatment.

The United Nations says that up to 100,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict to date.

File photo for illustrative purposes only

Islam: The Jews Are the Eternal Enemies of Muslims Regardless of the Occupation of Palestine.

The truth is out. They dont want peace and they NEVER did.


News Update June 20th 2013

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“The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.” Ps 33:11

IRAN’S NUCLEAR AIMS ADVANCING DESPITE SANCTIONS: Iran is making “steady progress” in expanding its nuclear program despite international sanctions, the UN nuclear agency chief said this week. Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), also said no new meeting had yet been set after 10 rounds of talks since early 2012. “There is a steady increase of capacity and production in Iran’s nuclear program,” Amano said in an interview. Asked if tightening sanctions - imposed by Western powers to make the Islamic Republic curb its atomic activity - were slowing down Iran’s nuclear work, Amano responded: “I don’t see any impact.” (J.Post)

NEW IRAN PRESIDENT: OUR ECONOMIC PROBLEMS ALL ISRAEL’S FAULT: Hassan Rohani, Iran’s new President, is being termed a “moderate” in Western media, but his moderation stops when it comes to Israel. In his first speech as Iran’s new leader, Rohani quickly launched into a diatribe against Israel, blaming the Jewish state for Iran’s economic woes. Those problems largely have their roots in the sanctions imposed by the West, the result of the previous Iranian government’s refusal to allow international inspectors into its nuclear facilities, and its insistence at enriching uranium at a level that would allow Tehran to build nuclear weapons. Western countries several times tried to work out arrangements with the Islamic Republic to allow the country to continue nuclear enrichment at a level that would be used for civilian nuclear development programs in exchange for the removal of sanctions – but Tehran refused. Yet the sanctions are not the result of Iran’s actions, Rohani said in his first speech; it was Israel that got the West to impose those sanctions in an attempt to ruin Iran economically. “The Iranian nation has done nothing to deserve these sanctions,” he said. “If the sanctions help anyone, it is Israel.” It was part of Israel’s plan to “ruin” Iran, he added. (INN)

MOSSAD VET: IRAN’S NEW PRESIDENT MORE DANGEROUS THAN AHMADINEJAD: The former head of the Mossad outlet in Iran, Eliezer Tzafrir, says Iran’s new president is more of a threat to Israel than Ahmadinejad, precisely because of his supposedly moderate politics.Tzafrir, who served as the prime minister’s Adviser on Arab Affairs, said the election of Hassan Rohani is no more than an Iranian act of deception vis-a-vis the West. “They are taking us for a ride, as part of the Iranian deception of the entire world,” he said. “That way, they can buy more time and carry on with their nuclear project.”Tzafrir explained the election of the new president is already having the desired effect of causing the “enlightened” world to discuss the need of engaging him in dialogue, listening to his positions and viewing him as a democratically elected man, but Iran will simply use the time that passes to advance its plans.(Arutz-7)

ASHTON TO ARRIVE TO A J’LEM INCREASINGLY UPSET BY EU: Israel is expected to tell visiting EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Thursday that the EU’s “obsessive” focus on settlements is “undermining” efforts to restart peace negotiations by giving the Palestinians the impression that no matter what they do, European diplomatic fire will always be aimed at Israel, one Israeli official said. Ashton will be told that this policy is “undermining” US Secretary of State John Kerry’s initiative to restart the negotiations, and that the EU needs to back his efforts by making clear to the Palestinians that they do not have a blank check.(J. Post) Continue to pray for Israel’s leaders to be strengthened against caving into foreign demands that are suicidal to the Jewish state in order to achieve a false peace with those who have no intention of relinquishing their violence towards Israel.

BENNETT: PALESTINIAN STATE? GET OVER IT: Economics Minister Naftali Bennett said Monday the idea of establishing a Palestinian state has reached a dead end and should be forsaken. “Never in the history of Israel has so much energy been invested in something so pointless,” Bennett said at a conference on the Jewish settlers in Judea and Samaria. Regarding the idea of a Palestinian state, he said, “We need to go from a situation in which we try to convince people that it is a bad idea, to one in which this idea is behind us. Anyone who travels around Judea and Samaria knows that what they say in the hallways of Oslo and Annapolis is detached from reality. There are 400,000 Israeli residents of Judea and Samaria, and another 250,000 in eastern Jerusalem,” he noted. “The attempt to establish a Palestinian state inside our land is over.” The nation needs to keep on “building and building and building” in the Land of Israel, Bennett said. “We need to tell ourselves and the entire world that this land has been ours for 3,000 years.” (Arutz-7) “For you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited.” Isa 54:10 

ABBAS: NO PEACE WITHOUT JERUSALEM AS PALESTINIAN CAPITAL: PA President Mahmoud Abbas declared days ago there would be no peace or a Palestinian state without Jerusalem as the capital of that state. “We won’t accept any city other than Jerusalem as our capital,” Abbas said during a speech. “There will be no peace without Jerusalem,” he emphasized. “There will be no Palestinian state without Jerusalem. There will be no security and stability without Jerusalem. They mention Bethlehem, Ramallah, Hebron. These cities are all dear to our hearts. But our capital is Jerusalem.”  Abbas also said ‘Peace and settlements won’t meet. If they [Israelis] are thinking of settlements, there won’t be peace. This land belongs to us and they must uproot their settlements in order to achieve peace.” (J.Post) Palestinian claims to sovereignty over portions of Israel, and particularly over Jerusalem, are illegitimate not only in light of biblical history, but in light of centuries of history. Jewish identification with the land of Israel goes back almost 4,000 years to the time when God told Abraham to leave his homeland of Ur and go “to the land that I will show you.” (Gen 12:1) Israel became a nation 2,000 years before the rise of Islam in the seventh century CE, and has had a continual presence in the Holy Land for centuries. The insistence that Jerusalem must be the capital of an independent Palestinian state is especially ludicrous. Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital since the time of King David. Even when Jordan occupied Jerusalem, it never sought to make it their capital. Jerusalem is mentioned 700 times in the Hebrew Scriptures, but not once in the Koran. Mohammed never visited Jerusalem. The holy city is the rightful capital of the Jewish State.

A DAY AT GAZA TERRORIST SUMMER CAMP: Al-Arabiya reports, as the hot weather arrives in Gaza, teenagers head to the town of Rafah for summer camp - not to play sports but to join war games organized by radical terrorist organization Islamic Jihad. Youngsters wearing military fatigues and the movement’s black insignia capture a fellow camper posing as an Israeli soldier and drag him away, all part of being trained to “resist” the enemy. Around 100 children under the age of 16 learn from members of Islamic Jihad’s armed wing Al-Quds Brigades how to strip down an AK-47 assault rifle, crawl through tunnels and run across burning tires amid the sound of explosions on their assault course. “When I’m older I want to fight in Al-Quds Brigades and capture Israeli troops,” said 12-year-old Ezz who was this time playing the role of the unfortunate enemy soldier taken from his position atop a scorching sand dune. (Arutz-7)

ASSAD: EUROPE WILL ‘PAY THE PRICE’ IF IT DELIVERS ARMS TO REBEL FORCES IN SYRIA: Europe will “pay the price” if it delivers arms to rebel forces in Syria, President Bashar Assad said in an interview with a German newspaper. “If the Europeans deliver weapons, the backyard of Europe will become filled with terrorists, and Europe will pay the price for it,” he said in an interview published Tuesday. In his first comments since the US leaders announced Thursday they would be supplying military aid to rebels fighting for his overthrow, Assad said: “Terrorists will gain experience in combat and return with extremist ideologies.” (Ha’aretz) How odd. Actually some of Assad’s best friends are terrorists. 

FRANCE, BELGIUM, SAUDIS SEND WEAPONS TO SYRIAN REBELS: Reports on Monday said Syrian rebels have already begun receiving weapons from various sources, as they attempt to wrest control of the country from Syrian President Assad. While the US debated about helping the rebels with arms, the reports said insurgents had already gotten advanced weapons with the assistance of Saudi Arabia, Belgium, and France. All three countries have been working together to supply the opposition with a variety of armaments for several months. Weapons have been delivered to the head of the Free Syrian Army, General Salim Idris, the report added. The FSA is considered the “mainstream” opposition force to the Assad regime. One official source said Saudi Arabia had decided to get involved in the conflict after Assad achieved a number of strategic victories in recent weeks - victories due mostly to the assistance of some 4,000 Hizbullah terrorists who are fighting along with Syrian troops. (Arutz-7)

PUTIN: SYRIAN REBELS ARE CANNIBALS; DON’T ARM THEM: The Syrian rebels are “cannibals” and should not be given arms, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday. “One does not really need to support the people who not only kill their enemies, but open up their bodies, eat their intestines, in front of the public and cameras.” Putin was referring to video footage posted on the Internet last month of a rebel fighter eating the heart of a government soldier. “Is it them who you want to supply with weapons?” he said. Putin’s comments mark the first time he has publicly responded to a decision by the US last week to provide arms for the rebels fighting to oust Syrian President Assad. Russia is an open supporter of Assad and plans to provide him with advanced missile systems. In addition to being a major arms supplier to Syria, Moscow sees Damascus as a key to restoring Russia’s status in the region, so replacing the Assad regime with one supportive of America is unacceptable to Putin. (INN/Israel Today)

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Senior PA Official: ALL of Israel is Occupied Palestine

Jibril Rajoub, a senior Palestinian Authority official, vocally proclaims anti-Semitic propaganda and also denies the Jewish people’s history within the Land of Israel.

According to a video presented by Palestinian Media Watch, senior PA official Jibril Rajoub, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, and the head of the Palestinian Olympic Committee, has emphasized in an interview that “all of Palestine, from the river to the sea, it’s all occupied.” The clear implication is that Rajoub does not accept Israel’s right to exist under any borders, including the 1967 borders. According to Rajoub Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, Tiberias, Safed, and Beersheba are the equivalent of areas under Palestinian Authority control, such as the Gaza Strip, Jenin, and Ramallah.

Rajoub is not the exception, but rather the rule regarding official Palestinian Authority views of the State of Israel. Not too long ago, PA TV broadcast a song called Oh Flying Bird which claimed that Tiberias, a historically Jewish city considered Holy to the Jewish people is occupied Palestinian territory. Other places within mainland Israel that the song claimed were Palestinian included Safed, Haifa and the Negev. PA daily Al Hayat Al Jadida reported the entire Negev as occupied despite Jewish connections there dating back to Biblical times. Palestinian Authority Minister of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud Al Habbash, has even gone as far as denying the Jewish connection to the Western Wall.

Palestinian loss of land

The PA’s denial of the fact that the Jewish people are indigenous to Israel with a continuous Jewish historical connection to the Holy Land for over 3,000 years, makes it difficult for Israel to find a partner for peace in the PA.


This was not the first time that Rajoub has incited against the State of Israel and the Jewish people. In the past, he stated that he supported dropping nuclear bombs on Israel if the Palestinian Authority possessed such weapons. He also stated that he was prepared to bring the Executive Committee in helicopters from Jordan just so that they would not have to see “no Jews, no Satans, and no Zionist sons of bitches.” Rajoub is opposed to all normalization with Israel and furthermore, is a proponent of utilizing violence to achieve his political aims.

He claimed, “Whoever invades our territory, will leave in a wooden plank (i.e., in a coffin). This land is our land… Out of loyalty to your blood, Yasser Arafat, […] we will not return the sword to its sheath until there is a state… Resistance is Fatah’s strategic right – in all its forms.” Rajoub has also stated that it is racist to commemorate the Israeli athletes who were murdered by Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Olympic Massacre and has equivocated a terrorist throwing a hand grenade and building schools as forms of legitimate activism. For statements like these that were exposed by Palestinian Media Watch, Rajoub is presently prevented from entering Israel.

Palestinian Journalists Censcored and Intimidated by PA

The Palestinian Authority uses censorship, fear and intimidation against Palestinian journalists who express dissent or question the PA.


Recently, Khaled Abu Toameh of the Jerusalem Post reported that the Palestinian Authority had unjustifiably detained two journalists, Haroun Abu Arrah and Omar Arqoub in response to their journalistic work . Abu Arrah stated, “I went to the headquarters of the General Intelligence Security two days after receiving a summons. They asked me provocative and personal questions, such as whether I was having or had sexual relations. I told the interrogator that was none of his business. He replied: You better answer the questions.”

Haroun Abu Arrah with Mahmoud Abbas

Additionally, Abu Arrah was questioned about a comment that he had posted on Facebook. According to Abu Arrah, “The interrogation lasted for two-and-a-half hours after which I was released without knowing why I had been summoned in the first place.” Earlier on, Abu Arrah had been held in custody for ten days for asking PA President Mahmoud Abbas about questionable PA practices.He claimed, “There was a press conference in Oslo, Norway, where I asked President Mahmoud Abbas directly whether he was aware that people were dying in PA and Hamas prisons. The president replied that he did not know about this. So I told him that he should stop it.”

As a result of this brave stance, Abu Arrah spent ten days in solidarity confinement without a mattress and the PA has been harassing his employers to fire him. The second Palestinian journalist, Arqoub, was held in the custody of the Palestinian Authority for 11 days and had his laptop confiscated, also for journalistic work the PA disfavored. Since his release, Arqoub has been interrogated several times and was forced to hand over the passwords of his Facebook account and email address to Palestinian intelligence services. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights has condemned such persecution and called upon the Palestinian Authority to “respect freedom of the media and expression.”


This is not the first time that the Palestinian Authority has persecuted Palestinian journalists. The Palestinian Authority media routinely selects editors who agree with their ideology and shuts down Palestinian newspapers who dare to dissent. Palestinian bloggers and journalists that speak out against PA corruption are either arrested or face intimidation. Meanwhile, as Palestinian journalists are prevented on reporting on PA corruption, the PA media instead distracts the Palestinian population by inciting violence against Israel and denying Jewish history within the Israel, propaganda which is not conducive to peace. There are only rare exceptions regarding this general PA media trend.

Hamas destroys Palestinian wedding

The lack of freedom of the press within Palestinian Authority controlled areas is merely one of many human rights abuses that occur there, for Palestinian women and Christians also face persecution. Freedom House ranks the Palestinian Authorityin its entirety as not free.

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