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  1. 1.      Bodyguards Separate Lieberman and ‘Terrorist’ MK
  2. 2.      MK Tells French Envoy: You Are Responsible for Anti-Semitism
  3. 3.      Mofaz to Meet Abbas in Ramallah
  4. 4.      Lieberman: UN Presence at Iran Hate Speech Aids Anti-Semitism
  5. 5.      Car Crash Kills Two IDF Officers
  6. 6.      Anti-Israel Candidate Demands Recount after Huge Loss
  7. 7.      Anti-Israel Billboards Taken Down in LA
  8. 8.      Russia Has No Problem Recognizing Palestine, Declares Putin

 

1. Bodyguards Separate Lieberman and ‘Terrorist’ MK

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Bodyguards stepped between Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Arab MK Talab Al-Sana, who Lieberman called a terrorist during a tour of an illegal Bedouin village in the Negev on Wednesday.

During a visit to the “unrecognized” Bedouin village of Al-Zarnog near Be’er Sheva, MK Al-Sana appeared and accused the Foreign Minister of acting like the head of “a gang” instead of a government official. He charged that Lieberman’s objective is to take the spotlight off 12-year-long criminal investigations against him that have not produced an indictment.

“You already have caused worldwide damage to Israel, and now you have come here to inflame the land from within?” he asked the Foreign Minister.

Lieberman replied sharply with a thinly veiled threat. “I will take care of you. You are a terrorist,” he asserted.

MK El-Sana retorted, “What do you mean you ‘will take care of me’? By using the methods of the mafia?”

At that point, security forces and bodyguards took over and separated the two before the verbal confrontation escalated further.

Unlike a couple of dozen settlements in Judea and Samaria that are determined to be illegal, the official term for hundreds of Bedouin villages is “unrecognized.” The government also has authorized a regional council of “unrecognized” Bedouin outposts that have unilaterally taken over vast regions of the Negev, claiming ancestral rights.

The nationalist Regavim organization, which argues in the courts for Jewish land rights and for equal application of the law against illegal Arab and Bedouin homes, hosted Lieberman’s visit.

“The Al-Zarnog village is an illegal village that was built on private Jewish land, but the Bedouin residents refuse to leave even though the government has offered them to relocate elsewhere,” Regavim explained.

Regavim appealed to the courts two weeks ago to order their expulsion based on the precedent that High Court established against the residents of the Jewish community of Migron in Samaria.

Foreign Minister Lieberman agreed that “it is not reasonable to destroy houses in the Ulpana neighborhood [of Beit El in Samaria] and ignore 100,000 illegal residential structures in the Arab [and Bedouin] sectors in the Galilee in the north and in the Negev.”

Hundreds of Bedouin protestors demonstrated against Lieberman at the village and waved Hamas flags.

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2. MK Tells French Envoy: You Are Responsible for Anti-Semitism

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Knesset Member Danny Danon confronted the French ambassador to Israel Wednesday, telling him that France is responsible for the growing anti-Semitism in the country.

MK Danon, speaking at a meeting of the Knesset Aliyah Committee that he chairs, revealed that violent anti-Semitic incidents in France soared by 53 percent in the period of January to May of this year compared with the same period in 2011. He added that Jews are afraid to walk in the streets with a kippa.

French Ambassador to Israel Christophe Bigot was invited to the session, and MK Danon told him, “You are responsible for anti-Semitism in your country. Do not let the violence against Jews raise its head – stop the anti-Semitism before it is too late.”

Bigot replied that most of the rise in anti-Semitism occurred following the brutal point-blank murders of a rabbi and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse March 19. Danon confirmed that instead of a fall in violent anti-Semtiic attacks after the murders, sixty percent of the anti-Semitic attacks in the January-May period were carried out in the 20 days following the Toulouse murders.

He said that France must fight anti-Semitism and that it has invested half a million Euro for security.

Danon said there were 274 recorded incidents of anti-Semitism in the five-month period, and more than half of them involved murder, attempted murder or other attempts to physically harm Jews.

 

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3. Mofaz to Meet Abbas in Ramallah

by Elad Benari

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas will meet Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz next week, Channel 2 News reported on Tuesday.

It will be Abbas’ first meeting in months with an Israeli cabinet minister. The report said that Mofaz will arrive in Ramallah on Sunday for the meeting.

The meeting comes after many attempts by Mofaz to bring Abbas to meet with him. He recently indicated that he means to meet with Abbas in order to get the peace process going, which is one of the four major issues to be addressed as part of the recent coalition agreement between Likud and Kadima.

Channel 2 News reported that the upcoming meeting between the two was organized by Kadima MK Yisrael Hasson and attorney Yitzhak Molcho, who is Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s chief negotiator.

The report added that the message Mofaz intends to convey to Abbas is that he should take advantage of the broad coalition consisting of 94 Knesset members and use it as an opportunity to advance the peace process.

Mofaz recently publicly called on Abbas to take advantage of the large coalition and begin peace negotiations.

Speaking at a meeting of the Kadima council, Mofaz addressed Abbas, saying, “Forget the letters, forget the preconditions – Let’s talk peace now. The coalition today is the widest ever, and this allows for a political breakthrough.”

Channel 2 noted that Netanyahu is allowing Mofaz to try to bring Abbas to the negotiating table because of his desire to keep Kadima in his coalition.

Abbas, despite having described Netanyahu as ‘a partner for peace’, has repeatedly continued to demand that Israel accept the indefensible pre-1967 lines as final borders, release all Arab terrorists from its jails, and halt construction in Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem for a second time before talks begin.

He recently warned that he may seek non-member status for a Palestinian state at the United Nations if peace talks with Israel do not resume.

Abbas’ chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, recently said Abbas will demand the release of 123 long-term prisoners before agreeing to meet Netanyahu.

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4. Lieberman: UN Presence at Iran Hate Speech Aids Anti-Semitism

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Wednesday condemned the United Nations and European nations for making anti-Semitism look legitimate by sitting at meetings where Iran spreads hate of Jews.

Iran’s deputy vice president Mohammad Reza Rahimi charged at a UN conference in Tehran Tuesday that the Talmud teaches to “destroy everyone who opposes the Jews” and that Jews control the international drug trade.

“The fact that United Nations and European Union representatives still participate in conferences in Iran, where anti-Semitism is rampant, makes the Ayatollahs’ regime look legitimate while it endangers the entire world,” the Foreign Minister said.

He added that the Iranian regime is not made up of crazy people but rather is composed of “fanatics” who are anti-Semites and “openly display their plan, which includes destroying the State of Israel.”

“Hitler said the same crazy things, and he succeeded in carrying out his program,” Lieberman added, charging that the international community does not understand that the Iranian regime is a “recipe for danger.”

 

 

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5. Car Crash Kills Two IDF Officers

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

The naval soldiers were on their way back to their base in the port city of Ashdod when their van struck a truck and then went out of control and hit a barrier before overturning near Rishon LeTzion on Highway 4, which connects Ashdod with metropolitan Tel Aviv and Netanya.

One of the injured was rescued from inside the vehicle after crying out for help. He is in serious condition at Tel HaShomer Hospital in Tel Aviv. The second injured passenger was found standing outside in shock and also was rushed to the hospital.

Two dead officers were 25 and 22 years old. Their families have been notified.

The truck driver said he saw the soldiers’ vehicle in his rear view mirror before his vehicle was hit.

He called the police after he saw the vehicle behind him hit a traffic barrier and flip over. Police are investigating.

 

Photo: Yossi Zeliger/Flash90

 

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6. Anti-Israel Candidate Demands Recount after Huge Loss

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

New York City councilman Charles Barron, who has called Israel a “terrorist state,” was clobbered in his bid for a Congressional seat but blamed the media and demanded a recount.

Barron lost out to state Assemblyman Hakeen Jeffries in the race to succeed retiring 24-year incumbent Congressman Edolphus Towns. The redrawn district is highly Democratic and Jeffries can expect to coast to a victory in the November elections against the Republican party nominee.

Jeffries won the primaries Tuesday night by a whopping 72-28 percent margin. Democratic party leaders went all out to prevent an upset victory by Barron, which would have seriously embarrassed the party and President Barack Obama because of the ex-Black Panther’s stated hostility towards Jews and Israel.

His severe loss did nothing to gag his venom. He denounced the media as “really lowlife scum” and he refused to concede defeat.

“At the risk of sounding like a sore loser, honesty compels me to say there will be no congratulatory statement to the opposition tonight, only because of the way the campaign was run,” Barron was quoted as saying by the New York Daily News.

“We had them scared from the very beginning,” Barron claimed. “There’s something bigger than politics and that’s a movement. A movement of the people. We have that here tonight. When we launched this campaign, we knew we were going up against…the entire New York Democratic political leadership.”

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7. Anti-Israel Billboards Taken Down in LA

by Fern Sidman, INN US Correspondent

 

Several weeks ago, a conglomerate of anti-Israel activists known as the “Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel” claimed to be  “thrilled” when 23 Los Angeles area billboards featuring their message of “Tell Congress: Spend our Money at Home, Not on the Israeli Military” pictured over the image of an American flag were erected.

 

One week later, the billboard operator, CBS Outdoor, (a subsidiary of the CBS Corporation) removed the billboards on the grounds that the Stop $30 Billion to Israel organization had used the CBS name without permission in their organizational e-mails and in their petition thanking CBS for putting up the billboards.

 

According to their web site’s mission statement, the Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel, “advocates an end to the ten year commitment of $30 billion in U.S. taxpayer-funded military aid pledged to Israel in 2007 by the Bush administration. We also oppose Israel’s ongoing occupation and control over Palestinian Territories – East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip.”

 

Among those political offshoots that lend their name and support to the Coalition to Stop $30 Billiion to Israel are Amnesty International Chapter 101, Albuquerque, Another Jewish Voice (Albuquerque), Another Jewish Voice – Santa Fe (AJVSF), Irish Freedom Committee, Middle East Peace and Justice Alliance, Muslim Women Outreach, The Social Concerns Committee of the Albuquerque Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, the New Mexico People’s Weekly Forum, the Pax Christi Saint Bernadette (Albuquerque), Stop The War Machine, the United Nations Association, Albuquerque Chapter, and Veterans For Peace in Santa Fe and Albuquerque (VFPA).

 

Having orchestrated billboard campaigns of this nature in several other American cities to spread its vehemently anti-Israel message, the “Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel” entered the Los Angeles market on June 11th, with billboards scheduled to run for four weeks, and more to follow.

 

Through its literature and fundraising appeals the “Coalition” overtly implied that CBS Outdoor supported its anti-Israel cause. In their online petition, the “Coalition” stated, “By contracting with the grassroots, nonprofit Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel, this billboard company is demonstrating its support for the basic American tradition of free speech.”

 

Responding almost immediately, CBS Outdoor, removed the billboards only a week after they were put up, while informing the Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel in a curt note that their money would be refunded, as they had used the CBS Outdoor name without permission.

 

The Coalition asserts that the billboards were dropped because of pressure from pro-Israel groups; not because it crossed red lines by implying that CBS Outdoor supports its cause. It has embarked on a campaign calling for its supporters to deluge CBS Outdoor with phone calls and e-mails demanding that the billboards go back up.

 

“These kinds of factual distortions characterize the anti-Israel campaigners”, said Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs, a pro-Israel advocacy organization based in Los Angeles. “They misrepresent facts about Israel and mislead the public about who supports their movement, as they did with CBS Outdoor.

 

“Why? Probably because they hope to persuade well-meaning people that their cause is respectable and mainstream, when in fact it is a fringe, extremist movement that seeks to harm the U.S. and one of our most valuable allies, Israel. They can’t make that case without distorting the facts,” she added.

 

Countering the anti-Israel billboard campaign over the last several years with use of their own ads, Stand With Us has responded to the inflammatory, anti-Israel canards of the Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel in such cities as Washington, DC, Albuquerque, Houston, Chicago, New York, Seattle and San Francisco.

 

In the coming months, Stand With Us will be erecting 23 of their own pro-Israel billboards throughout the Los Angeles area.

 

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8. Russia Has No Problem Recognizing Palestine, Declares Putin

by Elad Benari

Russian President Vladimir Putin met on Tuesday with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem.

In a joint press conference the two held after their meeting, Putin declared that Russia has no problem recognizing an independent Palestinian state, saying, “We did it 25 years ago and our position has not changed.”

Abbas called to convene a peace conference in Moscow to try to restart the Middle East peace process, nothing that a decision on such a conference was made several years ago but has yet to be implemented.

In an interview with the Russian Interfax news agency ahead of his meeting with Putin, Abbas said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave messages that were “too general” in a recent exchange of letters and that he did not address points Abbas had raised.

Abbas said the diplomatic deadlock between Israel and the PA is due to continued construction in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and called for “a freeze on Jewish construction in the territories which is spreading like crawfish.”

Abbas has repeatedly continued to demand that Israel accept the indefensible pre-1967 lines as final borders, release all Arab terrorists from its jails, and halt construction in Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem for a second time before talks begin.

He recently warned that he may seek non-member status for a Palestinian state at the United Nations if peace talks with Israel do not resume.

Abbas’ chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, recently said Abbas will demand the release of 123 long-term prisoners before agreeing to meet Netanyahu.

Putin’s meeting with Abbas came after his visit to Israel on Monday, during which he met with both Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres. During his meeting with Peres, Putin said that serious negotiations for peace cannot be promoted without trust between the parties, adding that it is important to quickly restore trust and return to the negotiating table.

He also said that he places an importance on maintaining Israel’s security and noted that “it is the Russian national interest to ensure peace and tranquility for Israel.”

Putin also warned Peres that attacking Iran could backfire and advised the world to keep its nose out of affairs in Syria, where Russia has a vested interest.

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HEADLINES:

1. LAST PRAYERS FOR ULPANA EXPULSION VICTIMS 2. COMMISSIONER: DEMOS WERE ‘WELL PLANNED VIOLENCE’

3. ‘CEASEFIRE WAR’ CONTINUES WITH ROCKET ATTACK ON KIBBUTZ 4. KASSAM ROCKETS FAIL TO SILENCE WEDDING BELLS 5. FORMER ISRAEL ENVOY TO SOUTH AFRICA BACKS BOYCOTT 6. PUTIN WARNS ATTACK ON IRAN WILL BACKFIRE 7. ULPANA NEIGHBORHOOD: PICTURES OF QUIET EVICTION 8. NEW, LARGER ULPANA NEIGHBORHOOD DEDICATION TODAY

 

 

1. LAST PRAYERS FOR ULPANA EXPULSION VICTIMS

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

Beit El Rabbi Zalman Melamed joined Ulpana neighborhood expulsion victims Tuesday for their last morning prayers before the expulsion of the families.

 

A feeling of mourning and anger hung over the neighborhood, where the residents said there would be no violence. After the 6:45 prayers concluded, the Defense Ministry deployed workers to load up their possessions and move them to temporary “caravan homes,” trailer housing without wheels.

 

No soldiers were present Tuesday morning, and parents moved their children elsewhere so they would not have to witness the removal of possessions and the first 15 families, which is to be completed by nightfall. The expulsion of 17 other families is expected to be completed by Thursday.

 

The expulsions were ordered by the High Court although some of the families have been living in five multi-apartment buildings for more than a decade. The court accepted a Peace Now petition and rejected arguments that the land on which the homes were built was bought from the original Arab owners, although no proof was presented that the supposed Arab owner had legal possession of the property.

 

The Defense Ministry has been working feverishly the past two weeks to prepare the temporary homes for the residents of the Ulpana neighborhood homes that were singled out in the Peace Now petition. Most of the neighborhood remains intact because there is no question concerning the legality of the rest of the homes.

 

Ironically, the temporary homes are located on a base adjacent to Beit El which is the home of Border Police, who have carried out hundreds of middle-of-the-night demolitions, often without presenting court approval, of dozens of outposts in Judea and Samaria.

 

 

2. COMMISSIONER: DEMOS WERE ‘WELL PLANNED VIOLENCE’

by Gil Ronen

 

Police Commissioner Lt. Gen. Yohanan Danino said Tuesday that the violence in Tel Aviv at week’s end was not a spontaneous grassroots protest but “a pre-planned series of violent offenses,” according to IDF Radio.

 

The protesters planned to place their social agenda in the public spotlight “at any price,” he said, “but the price is too heavy for the state of Israel.”

 

“There is nothing more absurd than the accusation that the police will not allow a protest,” insisted Danino. “We will do everything so that the protests take place, but freedom of demonstration must not turn into chaos.”

 

The commissioner said that the right to protest does not include the right to cause bodily harm and damage the property of other people. Police will give its permission to hold protests as long as they are legitimate and carried out in accordance with the law.

 

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said that the right to protest is a basic one in a democracy, but there is no room for violence and vandalism. “I opposed violence during the evacuation from Gaza too,” he explained, “and the same holds true for the social protest. There is no difference between violence from the left and violence from the right.”

 

Steinitz and Danino spoke at a Finance Ministry conference in Jerusalem.

 

 

3. ‘CEASEFIRE WAR’ CONTINUES WITH ROCKET ATTACK ON KIBBUTZ

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

Terrorists from Hamas-controlled Gaza continued their “ceasefire war” Tuesday morning and fired a Kassam rocket on a kibbutz chicken barn, causing damage but no physical injuries.

 

The rocket exploded in the area of Sderot, located less than a mile from northern Gaza.

 

This week”s unannounced ceasefire, similar to dozens of others the past several years, resulted in a relative quiet after last week”s massive barrage of more than 150 Grad Missiles, Kassam rockets and mortar shells.

 

Israel has refrained from any massive retaliation this week and has restricted itself to filing another complaint to the United Nations over missile and rocket attacks on civilians.

 

As in the past, mainstream media have reported that the rocket and missiles usually caused no damage but did not note the minor miracles of the explosions often taking place only several feet from homes. The Iron Dome anti-missile system shot down at least five oncoming missiles on the port city of Ashkelon.

 

One rocket last week fell in the yard of a home at a kibbutz, causing damage to the home. Several people were wounded in a separate attack.

 

The peak of the latest attacks was last Wednesday, when Hamas and other terrorists launched 69 missiles and rockets on southern Israel. The previous day, 47 attacks were recorded.

 

Another 36 missiles and rockets were launched during the next three days.

 

The phenomenon of an escalation of missile attacks, quick but restrained IDF retaliation, followed by “relative calm” and un-honored “ceasefires” has become an established routine.

 

 

4. KASSAM ROCKETS FAIL TO SILENCE WEDDING BELLS

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

A young couple married in a “flash wedding” near Tel Aviv last week after Hamas rocket fire prevented the marriage at Kibbutz Alumim, whose fields abut the Gaza security fence at northern Gaza.

 

Weddings at Alumim, a strictly agricultural kibbutz, frequently have been punctuated by the sound of rocket fire, but these seldom have interrupted nuptial ceremonies.

 

Last week”s rocket barrage changed the situation.

 

Invitations to more than 650 guests already had been sent for the wedding of Rinat Shickler, of the kibbutz, and her husband, who serves in the IDF.

 

Massive rocket and missile attacks forced them to find a last-minute alternative only several hours before the wedding.

 

The family contacted wedding hall owner Tzion Sasportas in Petach Tikvah, adjacent to Tel Aviv, and he happily told them the hall was not booked.

 

“We are all Israelis – one people, one heart, if we aren”t there for each other during times of war–when will we be?” he said. He added, “This is the fastest flash wedding we have ever had here.”

 

Friends of the newlyweds mobilized and called the caterers and guests to direct them to the new location, but before they were married, Rinat and her fiancé stopped to take some photos in front of the Iron Dome battery, which knocks out almost all of incoming missiles aimed at Be”er Sheva and Ashkelon.

 

The wedding off without a hitch – but without the sounds of Kassam rocket explosions.

 

 

5. FORMER ISRAEL ENVOY TO SOUTH AFRICA BACKS BOYCOTT

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

A former Israel ambassador to South Africa has turned his back on current government policy to back a boycott of goods made in Judea and Samaria.

 

Alon Liel was ambassador to South Africa from 1992 to 1994. He wrote this week in the South African Business Today, “I buy Israeli products every day and do my best not to buy Israeli products from the occupied territories.”

 

He added, “I cannot condemn the move to prevent goods made in the occupied Palestinian territory from being falsely classified as “Made in Israel.” I support the South African government”s insistence on this distinction between Israel and its occupation.”

 

He foresees a boycott as bringing Israel closer to an agreement with the Palestinian Authority, but previously stated liberal policies and predictions have been way off the mark.

 

In a 2009 interview with a blogger, he state, “In Netanyahu”s first term, he said “no peace with Arabs until they are all democracies.” But we have given up on that and understand that it”s not for us to decide who the Arab leaders should be. Basher Assad is…a very experienced president and as far as we can guess he is quite popular. He is much more outspoken, gives more interviews, he is more exposed. We don”t foresee any dangers about the control of his country.”

 

Liel argued for the boycott in Business Today by reasoning that “the simple act of marking settlement products differently to Israeli products pulls the rug from under the refusal to declare a border.”

 

He said that Israel is to blame for Arab resistance because its stated desire for peace “belittled the sense of outrage Arabs felt about what they considered a foreign intrusion.”

 

“Israelis have now come to the conclusion that they don”t need peace,” he wrote. “The Israeli government is not planning on withdrawing. Behind the wall, and with the army”s might, Israel is more or less kept safe without peace. The economy is growing and Tel Aviv is booming. The occupation is not a source of great moral discomfort to Israelis…

 

“I can understand small but symbolic acts of protest that hold a mirror up to Israeli society. As such, I cannot condemn the move to prevent goods made in the occupied Palestinian territory from being falsely classified as “Made in Israel.”

 

“I support the South African government”s insistence on this distinction between Israel and its occupation.””

 

Liel accepted the designation of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria as “violation of international law and a tool in a project of de-facto annexation.”

 

 

6. PUTIN WARNS ATTACK ON IRAN WILL BACKFIRE

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

Visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin warned President Shimon Peres Monday that attacking Iran could backfire. He also advised the world to keep its nose out of affairs in Syria, where Russia has a vested interest.

 

“Look at what happened to the Americans in Afghanistan and in Iraq. I told Obama the same thing,” Putin stated concerning Iran. “There is no need to do things too quickly; one should not act without thinking first.”

 

Recalling the American objective to end the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and eliminate the terrorist infrastructure in the country, Putin noted, “Iraq has a pro-Iranian regime after everything that has happened there. These things should be thought out ahead of time before doing something one will regret later.”

 

Putin and his Israeli hosts made their disagreements on Iran obvious although Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in a separate meetng that he and Putin were able to agree “that Iran”s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons is a grave threat first and foremost to Israel, but also to the region and to the world.”

 

They clearly were at odds on how to stop that pursuit.

 

Russia has been a constant opponent to American-led efforts to pressure Iran to allow United Nations supervision of its nuclear development program, which Tehran insists is for peaceful purposes and not for the objective of building a nuclear weapon.

 

President Peres told his guest, “The Iranian people are not our enemy. Israel does threaten their existence. It is Iran’s current regime that indentifies itself as an enemy of Israel and a threat to its existence.”

 

Prime Minister Netanyahu was blunter. He said, “I believe that we should be doing two things now: Boosting the sanctions and also boosting the demands.

 

“Israel believes that the international community should have three clear demands of Iran: Stop enriching uranium inside Iran; remove all the enriched uranium from Iran; and dismantle the underground nuclear facility near Qom.”

 

Similarly, Putin and Netanyahu were at odds on Syria, where Russia has supplied President Bashar Assad with massive military weapons, and perhaps chemical weapons, which have been used to bomb and kill 15,000 opponents of the regime during the 16-month-old uprising.

 

Besides expressing wishes for peace and warning against outside interference, Putin avoided Syria.

 

Prime Minister Netanyahu told Putin, “Regarding our neighbor to the north, a way to end the killing and the terrible suffering of the citizens of Syria must be found.”

 

He and Putin also released blatantly different statement on the declaration that Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi won the presidential elections in Egypt.

 

Putin “congratulated” Morsi on his victory, according to Russian media, and the Russian president noted “he hopes for constructive cooperation with Egypt”s new leadership in the aim of developing Russian-Egyptian relations and ensuring peace and stability in the Middle East.”

 

Prime Minister Netanyahu simply noted that Israel “appreciates the democratic process in Egypt and respects its outcome.”

 

He called for “continued cooperation with the Egyptian administration on the basis of the peace accord between the two countries, which is in the interest of the two peoples and contributes to regional stability”.

 

 

7. ULPANA NEIGHBORHOOD: PICTURES OF QUIET EVICTION

by Hezki Ezra & Gil Ronen

 

Residents of the Ulpana Neighborhood in Beit El moved out of their homes without any resistance Tuesday, following an agreement between the Beit El leadership and the government.

 

The first 15 families are scheduled to move out Tuesday and another 15 on Thursday.

 

Photos: Hezki Ezra

 

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8. NEW, LARGER ULPANA NEIGHBORHOOD DEDICATION TODAY

by Gil Ronen

 

The Rabbi of Beit El, Rav Zalman Melamed, announced Tuesday morning that a new neighborhood would be dedicated later in the day.

 

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The rabbi addressed a short sermon to believers at the site of the Ulpana Neighborhood, where five apartment homes are to be dismantled upon orders from the High Court.

 

The new neighborhood – to which some of the families now living in the Ulpana Neighborhood will move – will be larger than the current Ulpana Neighborhood.

 

“Two months ago,” he said, “if someone had said that part of the base would be handed over for enlarging the community, it would have seemed like a dream, a figment of the imagination.”

 

“And today, with G-d’s help, we will inaugurate a new neighborhood in Beit El, inside the base, a plot that is 2.5 or 3 times larger than this one. “

 

This does not lessen the sorrow and suffering caused by the High Court decision, the rabbi noted, but he added: “We pray that it not only will be cancelled but turned around and that here, with G-d’s help, will be a large neighborhood, we will return to these homes, and build additional ones, and the Land of Israel will be built up soon and in our times.”

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HEADLINES:

1. ONE KILLED IN WILD HAMAS CELEBRATIONS FOR MORSI 2. US-ISRAEL WAR GAMES

AGAINST IRAN PLANNED NEAR ELECTIONS 3. MORSI TELLS IRAN PEACE TREATY WITH

ISRAEL TO BE ‘RECONSIDERED’

4. PUTIN TO ATTEND UNVEILING OF RED ARMY MONUMENT IN ISRAEL 5. HAMAS ‘SHOOTS

ITSELF IN FOOT’ AS IDF HALTS FREIGHT SHIPMENTS 6. PUTIN IN ISRAEL TO BOOST

POWER IN MIDEAST 7. CAIRO GOV’T CONCEIVED IN VIOLENCE, BRED IN CHAOS 8.

EGYPTIAN BEATS PREGNANT WIFE TO DEATH FOR NOT VOTING FOR MURSI

 

 

1. ONE KILLED IN WILD HAMAS CELEBRATIONS FOR MORSI

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

 

 

One Gaza Arab was killed and three others were wounded Sunday as Hamas

wildly cheered Egypt”s Muslim Brotherhood victory, giving it new hope to

achieve its dream of annihilating Israel.

 

Hamas gleefully welcomed the election of Mohammed Morsi with the usual

gunfire, which this time was deadly, and senior Hamas official Mahmud Zahar

said that his victory was “a historic moment and a new era in the history of

Egypt. De facto Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said he is looking to

Egypt to help “the Palestinian nation get freedom.”

 

Morsi quickly backed up Hama”s optimism with a statement made before the

election results were announced and published Monday in an interview with

the Iranian government-controlled Fars  News Agency, in which he said he

would review the 1979 peace treaty with Israel.

 

The Muslim Brotherhood helped found Hamas in 1987 and grew not a powerful

political influence by maintaining social support for Gazans. The terrorist

organization, declared as such by the United States, peaked in popularity by

winning the first and only Palestinian Authority legislative elections six

years ago.

 

Its isolation by the rival Fatah faction, based in Ramallah and headed by

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, has weakened it, but Haniyeh

sees the Muslim Brotherhood victory in Egypt as a good sign.

 

However, it might be disappointed. Morsi is taking office with most of his

powers having been stripped several days beforehand by the ruling military

regime. It also has dissolved the lower house of the parliament, dominated

by Islamic parties.

 

Hamas” strongest tool is the lack of control of Egypt in the Sinai

Peninsula, south of Gaza and a breeding ground for terrorists trying to

infiltrate into Israel.

 

If Morsi decides to beef up Egyptian security forces in the Sinai, he

probably will demand changes in the 1979 peace treaty with Israel, which

limits the presence of Egyptian military and arms in the region.

 

Either way, Hamas holds out the hopes that it can maintain an alliance with

whatever military forces are in the Sinai, making it easier to attack

Israel.

 

 

2. US-ISRAEL WAR GAMES AGAINST IRAN PLANNED NEAR ELECTIONS

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

The United States and Israel are planning war games involving simulated

attacks against Iran and Syria. Coincidence or not, the exercises will take

place less than a month before elections November 6.

 

Thousands of soldiers will participate in the war games under simultaneous

and simulated missile fire from Syria and Iran, the Hebrew language Maariv

newspaper reported. It said that the exercise will be named “dress

rehearsal,” a thinly veiled message to Iran of the possibility of a military

attack on its unsupervised nuclear program if Tehran does not cooperate with

United Nations inspectors.

 

President Barack Obama is seen as wanting to postpone any military action

until after the elections, in which he will be running for re-election

against Republican Mitt Romney.

 

Iran has suffered numerous cyber attacks in the past year, presumably

originating from Israel and the United States, in an effort to cripple

computer programs operating nuclear facilities, particularly those where

Iran is enriching uranium, a key element for a nuclear weapon.

 

On the military front, Israel has beefed up its submarine force, which is

reportedly equipped with nuclear weapons.

 

Recent U.S. defense contracts to arm its navy with more Tomahawk cruise

missiles may possibly be intended to deplete reserves that were used for

bombing missions against Muammar Qaddafi but also may be designated for a

future attack, Business Insider noted.

 

“Taking out radar and aircraft defenses would be one step in an Iranian

attack. Another, equally as vital, would be determining where Tehran’s fleet

of submarines may be parked in the Persian Gulf,” it said.

 

The U.S. Navy also has ordered 17,000 sonar buoys that are used to work with

other buoys to locate underwater objects but also might be intended for

research for an unknown mission. 

 

 

3. MORSI TELLS IRAN PEACE TREATY WITH ISRAEL TO BE ‘RECONSIDERED’

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

Egypt”s Muslim Brotherhood president-elect Mohammed Morsi told Iran he will

“reconsider the Camp David Accord” with Israel and that he wants closer ties

with Tehran to create a “balance” in the Middle East. He made the comments

in an interview with the government-controlled Fars News Agency before he

was announced as ther winner of the presidential elections.

 

Afetr he was declared the victor Sunday afternon, Morsi vowed he will

“preserve international agreements,” without mentioning Israel by name.

 

Morsi told Fars a mouthpiece for the regime, that closer relations with Iran

“will create a balance of pressure in the region, and this is part of my

program.”

 

Iran”s government-controlled media promoted the Muslim Brotherhood candidate

during the election campaign, and the Iranian foreign ministry quickly

congratulated the “Egyptian people and government on election of Mohammed

Morsi as the country’s new president,” Fars reported Monday morning.

 

Tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Cairo and across the country to

celebrate the victory of Morsi, chanting slogans in praise of Allah.

 

The Muslim Brotherhood”s signal for closer ties with Iran comes as no

surprise, but Morsi”s statement underlines the threat of Israel’s being

under the potential stranglehold of an Iranian-Hizbullah-Hamas-Egyptian

axis.

 

 

4. PUTIN TO ATTEND UNVEILING OF RED ARMY MONUMENT IN ISRAEL

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to attend the unveiling of a

Red Army World War II Victory Monument in Netanya Monday.

 

The “Victory Monument”, an unprecedented joint-state venture between Israel

and Russia, also honors the more than half a million Jews who fought with

the Red Army during WWII.

 

The design of the monument was the first-ever joint initiative between

Israel and Russia to commemorate the Red Army.  Keren HaYesod – UIA and the

World Forum of Russian Jewry led efforts to raise funds for the project.

 

A world-class design commemorating the Red Army”s victory over Nazi Germany

in WWII, the monument honors millions of Red Army soldiers who perished in

the war, among them 120,000 Jews.  More than half a million Jewish soldiers

fought with the Red Army in WWII against the Nazis.

 

Alexander Levin, president of the World Forum of Russian Jewry and an

American citizen, will represent Russian-speaking Jews from North America at

the ceremony.

 

“Millions of Russian Jews around the world are united at this moment in

solidarity for the brave Red Army soldiers,” said Levin, one of the main

supporters of the monument. “I am proud to be part of those who support the

building of this special monument, particularly as the sole representative

of the United States and the millions of Russian-speaking Jews who reside

there.”

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed the idea of the monument to

President Putin two years ago during his visit to Moscow. Putin complied and

promised to come to Israel for the inauguration ceremony.

 

 

5. HAMAS ‘SHOOTS ITSELF IN FOOT’ AS IDF HALTS FREIGHT SHIPMENTS

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

Hours after President Shimon Peres warned Hamas it is shooting itself in the

foot by attacking Israel, the IDF ordered a halt in freight through the

Kerem Shalom crossing.

 

Southern District Commander Tal Russo ordered the halt following massive

missile and mortar shell fire on Israeli communities in the south, with more

than 150 missiles smacking into rural and urban areas in the past week.

 

He said re-opening the crossing, where fuel and other goods and merchandise

are shipped from Israel, will be conditioned on better security and a

cessation of rocket fire.

 

Gaza-based terrorists fired three Kassam rockets on the Western Negev Sunday

afternoon, and no further violence was reported as of Monday morning,

indicating that Hamas has completed the latest round of attacks.

 

President Peres told a Jewish Agency conference in Jerusalem on Sunday,

“[Hamas] must understand that when they attack Israel, they are attacking

residents of Gaza. Every missile that hits Israel will hurt you more than

anyone.”

 

Southern Israel has been under constant rocket fire since Israel expelled

all Jews from the Gaza region in 2005 and ordered the total withdrawal of

all soldiers, based on the theory that Hamas would cease deadly terrorist

attacks. Instead, it widened its target area and attacked as far east as

Be”er Sheva and as far north as Yavne, on the southern edge of metropolitan

Tel Aviv.

 

Ashkelon city councilman Shimon Cohen wrote Prime Minister Binyamin

Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak Sunday night, “In the name of the

residents of Ashkelon and the south, I urge you to bomb the terrorist

tunnels that are filled with weapons, to immediately stop the shipments of

cement to Gaza, and to cut off electricity and water in the neighborhoods

where missiles are launched.

 

“This situation is totally impossible, whereby a sovereign country allows a

dangerous situation to exist that threatens the lives of its citizens

without a reasonable reaction over a period of several years.”

 

Hamas has pummeled southern Israelwith more than 13,000 rockets and mortar

shells since the outbreak of the Second Intifada, also known as the Oslo

War, which began in 2000. Israel and Hamas have been engaged in continuing

battles, interspersed by periods of relative calm.

 

 

6. PUTIN IN ISRAEL TO BOOST POWER IN MIDEAST

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

Russian president Vladimir Putin lands at Ben Gurion Airport Monday for a

visit to Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan in an effort to

improve his image, blackened by support for Syria and Iran.

 

Russia has been engaged in a modern version of the diplomatic Cold War

standoff between Washington and Moscow 60 years ago and has been an obstacle

to moves by Western allies that would allow them to be the major influence

on Iran”s nuclear development and Syrian President Bashar Assad”s violent

struggle to keep himself and his regime alive at the expense of the lives of

thousands of civilians who have been bombed to death and gunned down in the

streets.

 

Russia has a huge vested interest in Iran and Syria through technological

investments and military sales, similar to its stake in Libya, where the

overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi cost it billions of dollars in military deals.

 

The Arab world increasingly fears Iran”s nuclear ambitions and its stated

desire to rule an Islamic Middle East empire, and also has openly opposed

Assad”s continuing refusal to surrender. 

 

Moscow”s support of Assad has unmasked it as an opponent to democracy, and

Putin”s visit – along with more than 300 aides and advisors – is aimed at

raising his political profile.

 

Putin in 2005 was the first Russian president to visit Israel, and this time

around he will make a high-profile trip to Bethlehem and to Jordan.

 

“The message (the Russians) will receive is that Israel can’t tolerate a

nuclear Iran,” said Yaakov Livne, head of the Russia desk at the Israeli

foreign ministry, according to the Yisrael HaYom newspaper.

 

“Of course we prefer a diplomatic solution, but we will use any means to

protect Israel’s survival… We expect Russia, as a member of the Security

Council, to demonstrate responsibility and help to prevent the Iranian

nuclear race. I think that will be the most important issue on the agenda

during the visit.”

 

Putin”s presence in Israel could serve as a warning to Iran that Moscow

could cross the line and become closer to Israel if Iran does not cooperate

with the United Nations and open up its nuclear sites for full inspection.

 

 

7. CAIRO GOV’T CONCEIVED IN VIOLENCE, BRED IN CHAOS

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

Egypt”s new Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi vowed to “respect

all international agreements,” presumably meaning the pact with Israel, as

he takes power in a regime conceived in the violence of last year’s Arab

Spring rebellion and bred in the aftermath of political chaos.

 

With the United States hoping for the best and Israel expecting the worst,

Morsi did not mention the name of the Jewish state in his victory speech

Sunday night, in which he promised to preserve international accords. He

said he carries “a message of peace” to the world.

 

The stated doctrine of the Muslim Brotherhood to establishing a Middle East

Muslim empire, along with Morsi”s statements the past year calling for

changes in the 1979 peace treaty with Israel, are not easily forgotten by

Jerusalem officials.

 

Few international leaders expect Morsi to try to cancel the treaty but he is

almost certain to try to institute changes, such as moving more military

power into the Sinai Peninsula, where Bedouin tribal leaders have teamed up

with Hamas and other terrorists to carve out fiefdoms.

 

However, one factor working in Israel”s favor is the need for Morsi to deal

with Egypt”s economic problems, which have been aggravated since the

beginning of last year”s Arab Spring rebellion in Tahrir Square. The

protests led to the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who now is

in a coma after having been sentenced to life in prison for involvement in

killing more than 800 opposition demonstrators.

 

Another urgent problem that will overshadow the peace treaty with Israel is

the temporary military regime”s last-minute power grab, taking away most of

the president”s powers.

 

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took power after Mubarak”s

ouster 15 months ago, said it will be the sole power to appoint government

leaders, including ministers.

 

The military council also recently dissolved the lower house of parliament,

where the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafist Islamic parties won a majority

last year.

 

 

 

 

8. EGYPTIAN BEATS PREGNANT WIFE TO DEATH FOR NOT VOTING FOR MURSI

by Rachel Hirshfeld

 

 

 

An Egyptian plumber in Alexandria beat his pregnant wife to death upon

learning that she had not voted for Muslim Brotherhood presidential

candidate Mohammed Mursi, the Egyptian daily al-Wafd reported on Sunday.

 

According to police reports, the initial argument between the unnamed couple

escalated into a violent death, despite the pleas of the battered and

bruised wife. She was reported to have died at the hospital from injuries

sustained.

 

Domestic fights have dominated Egyptian news headlines when the bid fell on

the two most feared and most controversial candidates, Mursi and former

prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, Al-Arabiya news reported.

 

Mohammed Morsi was declared the winner in Egypt’s first free presidential

election in history by the country’s elections commission on Sunday.

 

In his first televised speech on state TV, Morsi pledged Sunday to preserve

Egypt’s international accords, alluding reference to the peace deal with

Israel.

 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued an official reaction to Mursi”s

victory saying, “Israel appreciates the democratic process in Egypt and

respects its results,” said Netanyahu.

 

 

 

 

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