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Thursday, Jun. 28 ’12, Tammuz 8, 5772
1. FATAH TO ISRAEL: DO WHAT WE WANT, OR FACE INTIFADA 2. AFTER THREE DECADES, IDF PREPARES FOR A HOSTILE SOUTHERN BORDER 3. EVICTED ULPANA CHILDREN SUFFERING TRAUMA, SAYS EXPERT 4. YISHAI ORDERS IVORY COAST ILLEGALS DEPORTED 5. HAMAS TERROR MASTERMIND CONVICTED OF 46 MURDERS 6. TWO ARAB ARSONISTS ARRESTED IN JERUSALEM BLAZES 7. OLDEST NADVORNA REBBE PASSES AWAY 8. LIEBERMAN BLASTS IRANIAN REGIME FOLLOWING TALMUD REMARKS
1. FATAH TO ISRAEL: DO WHAT WE WANT, OR FACE INTIFADA by David Lev
If Israel does not surrender all the lands liberated in the Six Day War of 1967, set up an Arab state with Jerusalem as its capital, and make significant concessions in accepting as citizens descendants of Arabs who fled Israel in 1948, a third intifada should, and must, be conducted. The call for a new “uprising of the people” against Israel was part of a the summation statement issued at the end of the two day Palestinian Revolutionary Council (PRC) general meeting held this week. The meeting was led by Palestinian Authority chief and Fatah party head Mahmoud Abbas.
The statement declares its support for Abbas’ ongoing refusal to back down from positions that have proven unacceptable to Israel in the past, including demands that Israel agree in principle to accept as citizens descendants of Arabs who fled their homes in 1948. Abbas has also declared that he will refuse to discuss anything with Israel until all settlement activity is ended. That precondition has also been unacceptable to Israel, but in its statement, the PRC said that it supported Abbas on that as well.
The PA will also make another attempt to be recognized as a state by the United Nations this year. Last year, the PA statehood bid was thwarted after many months of intense diplomatic activity by Israel, but analysts said that the PA was less likely to back down this time, and would insist that the matter be brought before the Security Council.
The statement also expresses ongoing support for attempts to reunite Fatah and Hamas in the PA government.It also praised the election of Mohammed Morsi as President of Egypt, saying that it “indicates that Egypt is on the way to resume its major role in the Arab world.”
2. AFTER THREE DECADES, IDF PREPARES FOR A HOSTILE SOUTHERN BORDER by David Lev
The IDF is preparing for a “new era” on Israel’s southern border, which actually is a rewind of history back to the days before the Camp David Accords. With the rise of what appears to be a hostile regime in Egypt, the IDF will be beefing up forces all along the Sinai border, and is asking the government for NIS 15 billion ($3.8 billion) for the construction of bases, installation of security equipment, and establishment of new training areas.
Analysts said that the new situation in Egypt necessitates the opening of a “fourth front” for the IDF. For decades, security along the southern border has been more relaxed, because of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, and the IDF was able to concentrate on trouble spots like Gaza and the northern border, as well as “distance missions.” Egypt’s new President, Mohammed Morsi, who is identified with the Muslim Brotherhood, has said several times that he wishes to “reexamine” the Camp David Accords. Given his party’s open hostility to Israel and its strong support for Hamas, Israel has decided that it can no longer regard the Egyptian border as a “normal” one.
A senior IDF official told the Israeli daily Ma’ariv that while no one expects Egypt to abrogate the Camp David Accords, the new situation requires extreme caution. And thanks to three decades of American military aid and support, the Egyptian army today is extremely sophisticated, and is equipped with the latest equipment, making it, for all purposes, a Western-type army, the official said. Egypt also has the largest army in Africa; it has about 470,000 regular troops and some 480,000 reserve troops. The IDF, by way of comparison, has 180,000 active duty soldiers, and about 560,000 reserve troops.
The IDF will ask for the NIS 15 billion increase to be funded over a five year period. Without this money, officials said, it will be impossible to upgrade the IDF’s souther flank, making the country dependent on the graces of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. In a statement, an IDF official would not comment directly on the funding issue, saying that “as a matter of course the IDF is studying the changes in the region, and specifically in Egypt.”
3. EVICTED ULPANA CHILDREN SUFFERING TRAUMA, SAYS EXPERT by Elad Benari
The director of the Welfare Department in Beit El, Hedva Ariel, said on Wednesday that the children who were evicted from their homes in the Ulpana neighborhood are suffering from trauma. She said that the trauma has created many problems within the families who were evicted.
“These are families who have been under a threat of eviction for a long time, be it voluntarily or involuntarily,” Ariel told Arutz Sheva. “The families who were evacuated this week underwent situations of uncertainty and difficulty, wondering whether they will be evicted or not, how and when.”
She added, “We have been in touch with these families since the beginning of the year. We provided assistance to the children, who have experienced a lot of fears and nightmares as a result of the anticipated eviction. We held for them some workshops with psychologists, and provided parents with training on how to help their children with fears. We also provided them with some joyful activities, in order to facilitate the difficult and traumatic experience.”
The first 15 families moved out of their homes in the Ulpana neighborhood without any resistance on Tuesday, following an agreement between the Beit El leadership and the government, which has promised to build 300 new homes in Beit El. Another 15 will leave their homes and move to a nearby neighborhood of temporary caravans on Thursday.
Ariel said that the fact that the residents left their homes without any resistance caused even greater problems for the children.
“The word voluntary is a very difficult and inappropriate word in this case,” she said. “To the children it was not a voluntary eviction but a forced one. They wanted to continue living in their house and saw no reason why they had to leave.”
She added, “The fact that there was no resistance made it harder for them to express their protest and the feeling that it was not voluntary. The media presented it as though it was voluntary and that also increased their anger, because they wanted to stay there. The fact that they did it voluntarily because they were forced to do so, is causing them to now turn inward because they did not get to express their pain.”
Ariel noted that the best experts who helped treat the expellees from Gush Katif are now trying to minimize the damage caused to the evicted families in Beit El.
“We have professionals to help them express their pain,” she said. “We”ve had some success but we still have a lot of work. Children are most vulnerable because they do not have the tools that adults do, and even for an adult it takes a while before he can process the loss.”
“We must also pay attention to see how each child responds, because everyone reacts differently,” added Ariel. “Some children experience fears and nightmares. We saw some children in Gush Katif and Migron who could not attend school. They had difficulty concentrating in school because they were emotionally overwhelmed by pain and anger. They found it difficult to collect themselves and needed much investment to help them psychologically. We hope that everyone in Beit El will rehabilitated quickly.”
4. YISHAI ORDERS IVORY COAST ILLEGALS DEPORTED by Gabe Kahn
Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Thursday instructed the Department of Immigration and Population to begin repatriating illegal aliens infiltrators from the Ivory Coast.
Yishai announced that those who leave Israel the next two weeks will receive a grant of USD 500 per adult and USD 100 per child.
However, those who refuse to identify themselves and voluntarily return to their country of origin will be arrested and deported without financial assistance.
A previous offer of an assistance basket for illegal immigrants in Israel who agreed to return to their countries of origin met little success.
Yishai said exceptions can be made for refugees, but pointed out that only a small number of illegal aliens came to Israel to escape death or imprisonment.
Tens of thousands of Africans have illegally entered Israel in recent years, yet the government largely ignored the problem until the recent movement of the Africans from southern cities to metropolitan Tel Aviv.
Yiahi noted that Sudnaese and other Africans have flooded Eilat, Arad and most recently the southern area of Tel Aviv.
Officials in Tel Aviv said they estimate some 100,000 illegal African immigrants live in the city.
5. HAMAS TERROR MASTERMIND CONVICTED OF 46 MURDERS by Elad Benari
An Israeli military court ruled on Wednesday that Ibrahim Hamad, the former commander of Hamas” military wing in the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria, is guilty of the murder of 46 Israelis.
According to a report on Channel 2 News, Hamad was convicted of involvement in a series of suicide terror attacks. These include an attack at the Sheffield Club in Rishon Letzion which killed six Israelis, a suicide attack at Café Moment in Jerusalem which killed 12 people, an attack at the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall in Jerusalem and an attack at the cafeteria of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
The report noted that Hamad was acquitted of involvement in an attempt to carry out an attack on the Tzavta Club in Tel Aviv in 2002. In its decision, the Court ruled that no evidence supporting Hamad”s involvement in the attempted attack was presented.
Hamad reportedly renounced the military tribunal”s ruling in his case, but was convicted anyway. His sentence will be handed out early next month, and he is expected to be sentenced to a series of life sentences.
Hamad, a 47-year-old member of Hamas, joined the terror group in the 1980s. He was imprisoned by the PA in the 1990s and was released in 2001. After his release, he ordered a series of lethal terror attacks.
Since 2006, Hamad has been detained in a military prison in Israel. He was captured after a lengthy manhunt.
6. TWO ARAB ARSONISTS ARRESTED IN JERUSALEM BLAZES by David Lev
Two Arab youths from the village of Issawiya in eastern Jerusalem were arrested Thursday and charged with arson, for setting several fires in the area of their village. One of the fires was set next to an IDF base on Mount Scopus, and the other was set next to Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus. One of the youths confessed, incriminating his partner in crime.
Twelve soldiers were injured in the fire at the base, requiring treatment for smoke inhalation. But the two fires were among the smaller of dozens of blazes that hit Jerusalem and other parts of Israel this week, with the largest being two major fires in the hills west of Jerusalem Tuesday. Some 300 homes were evacuated, and hundreds of dunams of natural forest growth were destroyed or damaged in the fire. Highway One, the main road into Jerusalem, was closed for hours while dozens of firefighters fought the blazes.
Although the weather in Israel has been hot and humid in recent weeks, many Israelis believe that the fires Jerusalem has experienced this month – one estimate said that some 300 small and large fires were reported in Jerusalem and vicinity – were the work of Arab terrorists. Minister of Internal Security Yitzchak Aharonovitch said Wednesday that the massive fire Tuesday was probably the result of arson motivated by Arab nationalism. Police have already arrested suspects, he said, “some for their nationalism, some for their criminal background.” Police term such arson attacks “spontaneous terrorism,” he continued. “You don”t need an organization to set a forest on fire.”
On Monday, three other fires broke out in Jerusalem, with at least one of them likely a case of arson. Three firefighting crews were needed to put out a blaze in an open area in the Gilo neighborhood, while a second fire raged in an open area in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood. The third fire, in the Talpiot industrial zone, was deemed suspicious after several individuals were seen fleeing the scene of the fire. Several vehicles were damaged in that fire.
Meanwhile, witnesses said Monday that Arabs invaded a house in Havat Gilad, in the Binyamin region of Israel, and set fire to a house in the neighborhood. The house was badly damaged, the report said. Large numbers of firefighters were able to bring the fire under control, and put the blaze out.
Initial investigations indicated that arson was the cause, most likely a fire set by local Arabs. Evidence at the scene showed that several individuals broke into the house, breaking a window. Furniture was broken, as were mirrors and other items in the house. A spokesperson for the fire department told Arutz Sheva that four firefighting crews were needed to douse the blaze. “There was fear that the roof was going to fall in,” the spokesperson said. “We were able to bring the fire under control quickly and prevented the spread of the blaze to other homes. The house was badly damaged,” he said.
7. OLDEST NADVORNA REBBE PASSES AWAY
by Gabe Kahn
The oldest Rebbe of the Nadvorna hassidic dynasty, Rabbi Asher Yeshaya Liefer, passed away last night at Columbia Hospital in Manhattan.
Rabbi Kiefer, who was 98, left behind hundreds of grandchildren and great grandchildren in Israel and abroad.
The rebbe lived in Bnei Brak where he founded a Beit Midrash on Uziel Street, which became reputed as a magnet for Torah and God-fearing Jews.
A few years ago, Rabbi Liefer went to the US to participate in a celebration for one of his children, but because of his advanced age the trip greatly weakened him and he was forced to stay in America to live with one of his relatives.
Earlier this week, a serious decline in the rabbi’s condition caused him to be quickly rushed by relatives to the hospital.
His funeral procession will depart at 09:00 am (PST) from the Beit Midrash “Salka Muncie” to the airport, from where he will be flown to Israel.
Upon arriving, his coffin will be brought to to the school he founded on Uziel Street in Bnei-Barak. From there, the funeral procession will head to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Liefer was called the Rebbe of Nadvorna-Hadera as the hassidic dynasty he hails from maintains more than one court.
In March, his relative Rabbi Yaakov Yisachar Ber Rosenbaum, called the Rebbe of Nadvorna, died at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva. He was 82.
8. LIEBERMAN BLASTS IRANIAN REGIME FOLLOWING TALMUD REMARKS by Rachel Hirshfeld
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman blasted the Iranian regime, saying it is composed of “anti-Semitic fanatics”, following the hateful remarks of Vice President Mohammad Reza, who claimed that the teachings of the Talmud incite global drug trade.
Addressing a ceremony for the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking held in Tehran on Tuesday, Rahimi alleged that the “spread of narcotics in the world emanates from the teachings of the Talmud… whose objective is the destruction of the world.”
“The Talmud teaches that it is lawful to acquire wealth through legal and illegal means… which gives (the Jews) the right to destroy humanity,” he said.
“If one seeks what lies behind all forms of corruption, there is the repugnant face of Zionists. This is the same case for the narcotics trade … whose primary operator is the Zionist regime,” he said
“The Zionists spread destruction not only by drugs, but also by (attacking) cultures.”
Lieberman asserted that, “the international community has not yet internalized the great danger that this regime represents for world peace.”
The Minister warned that the presence of international representatives at the conference “gives legitimacy to the regime of the ayatollahs, which poses a real threat to world peace.”
“Hitler said foolish things and succeeded in executing his plans. Today, the situation is different and the sovereign state of Israel will not allow a single Jew to be harmed,” he said.